Consultant - Proposal Writer

UN Children's Fund, Belgrade, Serbia

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th March, 2017

Job Description

Purpose of Activity/Assignment:
UNICEF seeks a highly skilled professional writer to help the organization increase revenue and support organizational fundraising and advocacy goals.
Work Assignment Overview:
Task: Develop the content of responsive and high-quality and reader-friendly detailed programmatic proposals (background, technical approach, activities, work/implementation plan, monitoring and evaluation plan, and results frameworks (in close cooperation with UNICEF programme). This includes analysing, summarising and the use of information, official statistics, and any other UNICEF and partners materials as appropriate.
Identify information gaps blocking proposal completion and secure that the necessary information is available to complete the process. Conduct research and collect/analyze and interpret UN/UNICEF data and information needed for proposals, utilizing UN, UNICEF, partners and other electronic resources to develop proposals
Submits multiple drafts for team reviews, incorporating comments from reviewers in liaison with UNICEF programme.
Provide skilled design and editorial oversight: edit and proofread drafts and final versions of proposals. This includes making editorial recommendations and formatting the final design of materials, which includes laying out text in appropriate design software (i.e. MS Powerpoint, MS Word, etc.) and adding graphs/photos and photo captions.
Deliverables: 10 reader-friendly proposals (15 pages max) on the following topics: shared parenting, justice for children, child marriage, maternal health, neo-natalogy, school drop-out, pre-school education, quality of education, special education, early childhood development.
10 key issues brief (2 pagers max) highlighting key issues in the 10 areas mentioned above and proposed UNICEF interventions.
Timeframe: 35 working days
Minimum Qualifications required:
Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, English or a related field are desired.
  • Experience in writing successful donor funding proposals.
  • Strong research capacity; interpreting, analysing, complex international development issues and representing such information in a clear and concise written manner.
  • Knowledge of international development issues particular to children is essential. Knowledge of UNICEF and children is an asset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Fluency in English is essential.
  • Confident IT skills to enable the production of visually appealing and professional Word and Excel documents.
  • Programming experience in child protection, or maternal and or neonatal health and pre-university education is a plus.
  • High levels of numeracy and previous budget preparation experience.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be requested to send samples of previous works.

The application must include the following:

  • Daily rate in RSD

Important note: Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. UNICEF is a non-smoking environment. UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply.

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