Description of assignment title: Proofreading and editing of a document
Assignment country: Gambia
Expected start date: Invalid Date
Sustainable Development Goal: 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
For how many hours per week will the volunteer be required?
Host entity: UNDP
Duration: 8 weeks
Number of assignments: 1
Mission and objectives
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization that advocates for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help build resilient nations and improve the livelihoods of people. UNDP Gambia was established in 1975 as a development partner to provide technical assistance through advice, access to its global knowledge networks and financial support to implement government development frameworks to boost capacity development and promote national efforts to eradicate poverty and attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In The Gambia, UNDP supports national efforts for sustainable human development in line with the Gambian National Development Plan (NDP) 2018 – 2021 which is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development/SDGs and the African Union Agenda 2063. To deliver on its mandate, UNDP partners with key government institutions and employs different means of actions including institutional capacity strengthening, harnessing strategic linkages, support to evidence-based policy formulation, planning and implementation, resource mobilization, support to national planning processes and mainstreaming of relevant issues.
The Gambia has had a successful transition from 22 years of authoritarian rule to an embryonic democratic dispensation. During the past 22 years of authoritarian regime, justice institutions were systematically manipulated to preserve the regime in power. Justice delivery has been slow and there has been a marked deficit in access to justice for the population as well as very limited state support mechanisms or legal aid services available for victims, and defendants. This has reinforced the public’s lack of confidence in the system. Building an inclusive and effective justice system based on the rule of law and human rights is requisite for a stable democracy and sustaining peace in The Gambia. Such a justice system will contribute to the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 16 aimed at promoting a peaceful and inclusive society for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels. Legal reform and the strengthening of the justice system is necessary to re-establish standards and procedures, to enhance the capacity, accountability and oversight of the judiciary and justice institutions in line with basic principles of independence of the judicial process, to ensure fair justice service delivery to all Gambians, in particular women and children, and to deal with the past and address grievances and prepare the future to build democracy based on rule of law and human rights. To consolidate democratic governance in The Gambia, the Government in its 2018-2021 National Development Plan (NDP) identified governance as a key priority for reform to assure the durability of peace, transitional justice, and reconciliation. The new administration embarked on several reform initiatives including national reconciliation, constitutional review, and security sector reform. UNDP Governance Portfolio supports Government’s implementation of governance priorities through our work in Transitional Justice, Security Sector Reforms, Elections Support, Rule of Law, and support to Parliamentarians.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Programme Specialist – Governance, and in close collaboration with project managers, the Online Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: ● Review, edit and proofread documents and communication materials to check for spellings, grammar, punctuation, numbering, typos, formatting issues and other inconsistencies ● Ensure that any data used or referenced in a document or communication material is accurate ● Proof final copies before print and produce an error free, final version of documents and communication materials that will be ready for publication
Undergraduate degree in Graphic Design, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or other relevant fields ● At least 2 years proofreading and graphic design experience, developing brand assets and creating visuals that depict powerful messages, reviewing and editing documents and communication materials ● Relevant experience in development and cooperation related areas will be an asset ● Demonstrable experience producing brand assets, graphic elements and social media cards for online promotion and outreach ● Proficient user of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, etc.) or similar design software ● Demonstrable creative flair in producing visual concepts and products related to humanitarian and development issues ● Ability to work independently and ensure punctual delivery ● Ability to provide helpful feedback as soon as required ● Flexibility and client-oriented approach ● A portfolio of similar design work produced by the applicant ● Ability to deliver high quality documents and reports according to specified quality and technical requirements ● Excellent writing skills ● Ability to identify problems and to propose solutions ● Knowledge of the UN, volunteerism and development issues will be an asset
English, Level: Fluent, Required
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