Job Opening

Posting Title: PSUP Text Reviewer
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 29 December 2021 - 06 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-171633-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The goal of the proposed publication is to provide a comprehensive global assessment of slums in 2020 and an analysis of key developments in terms of policy, partnerships, novel and innovative solutions that have been successfully applied in response to the challenge of slums. The specific objectives are to contribute to advocacy, demonstrate the impacts of sustainable transformation in slums and informal settlements, and accelerate the implementation of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) based on new knowledge, know-how and data trends.

Deliverables

The Text Reviewer will support the production of a major official documentation of UN-Habitat by delivering the following outputs that meet high editorial standards and are completed on schedule and in accordance with established procedures:

1 Initial review of provided text 1 Week 2
2 Initial review of provided text 2 Week 5
3 Initial review of provided text 3 Week 7
4 Follow-up review of full draft Week 10
5 Follow-up review of final draft Week 12

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

6 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

1. BACKGROUND

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

The Land Housing and Shelter Section is the tools and methodology production and skills center of UN-Habitat, that develops normative guidance and cutting-edge tools through communities of urban practice. It provides technical and policy advice approaches and methodologies government and partners and mainstreams them throughout the programmed portfolio. It also ensures that the cross-cutting area of safety and the social inclusion issues of human rights; gender; children, youth, and older persons; and disability are developed and mainstreamed across the Agency.

The Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) was initiated by the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, the European Commission and UN-Habitat in 2008 in recognition of the widespread and chronic urban poverty in slums and informal settlements. The Programme’s strategic objectives are to strengthen global partnerships and policy dialogue and improve knowledge and capacities for participatory slum upgrading and prevention in ACP countries, with a view to improving living conditions in slums and informal settlements. Its primary focus is to integrate slums communities into the urban fabric by addressing tenure security, increasing access to land and basic services, improving infrastructure and mobility and strengthening economic links.

In 2003, UN-Habitat published The Challenge of Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements, the results of the first global assessment of slums by the United Nations since the adoption of the Millennium Declaration. The report proposed a newly accepted operational definition of slums, and with the first global estimates of the numbers of slumdwellers, painted a dire picture of the situation in slums, which are predominantly a physical and spatial manifestation of urban poverty.

The report, which remains one of UN-Habitat’s most read publications and a relevant resource for many global stakeholders, discusses the challenge of slums and the factors underlying their formation. In view of the developments and innovative solutions that have been successfully applied in addressing the challenge of slums, and the importance of slums and informal settlements on the global development agenda, the time is ripe to publish the Solutions to Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements 2020.

2. THE PUBLICATION

2.1 Brief Overview
The proposed publication, whose provisional title is Solutions to Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements 2020, will provide the direction needed by key development stakeholders to step up in their commitment to reducing urban poverty and inequalities, leaving no one behind. UN-Habitat is committed to assisting member states to meet the challenge of slums and enable countries to transform the lives of the urban poor strategically and at scale, incrementally putting the people at the centre of the interventions.
The Report will assess the impacts of the slum upgrading and prevention solutions and developments (including policies) adopted by governments, civil society groups and international organizations over the past 20 years. In addition, it will demonstrate how large-scale transformations have and can be actioned in a way that allows for physical improvements, socioeconomic development, cultural identity, wellbeing and belonging without resorting to forced evictions.

The topic of slums and informal settlements has been high in global debates for 20 years. As a result, many countries have abandoned slum demolitions and forced evictions – a gross violation of human rights – in favour of inclusive policies, legislation and people-centred investments. In contribution, UN-Habitat alone reviewed more than 50 policy frameworks over the past 10 years and leveraged more than one billion USD in several countries including Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Fiji, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Niger and Papua New Guinea.

Essentially, this publication will examine the developments and innovative solutions that have been successfully applied by the United Nations and development partners to address the challenge of slums. Furthermore, it will assess the impact of the slum upgrading and prevention solutions and policies adopted by governments, civil society groups and international organizations since the inception of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP).

With the recognition of the challenge of slums in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG #11.1 and elevation of sustainable urbanization and development to an “Urban Goal”, this is the opportune moment to strengthen the call to the global community to redouble their efforts if related goals and targets are to be realized by 2030. Therefore, the purpose of the publication will be to refocus global discussions around upscaling slum upgrading interventions to meet the challenge of slums in less than a decade.

3. THE ASSIGNMENT

3.1 Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Publication Coordinator of the Participatory Slum and Upgrading Programme (PSUP), the Text Reviewer (Consultant) will be responsible for the following duties:
1) Perform copyediting, ensuring:
a) correct grammar, syntax and punctuation; accuracy and consistency in spelling, capitalization and abbreviation/acronyms;
b) correct terminology, policies and framework names;
c) correct and consistent use of footnotes, endnotes, references and other bibliographic entries;
d) accuracy of all URLs included in the text;
e) readability and consistent of logic and flow;
f) clear and concise titles, headings and subheadings;
g) Import text into desktop software and complete formatting of text, tabular matter, front matter and back matter.
2) Ensure proofreading in terms of:
a) review designed pages against backup files of final copy-edited text and checking corrections.
b) complete cross-references within text and footnotes;
c) read amended proofs against previous proofs and incorporate additional editorial alternations as required;
d) check pagination, sales number, taglines and correlation of table of contents with listed items in text.
3) Contribute to final print production
a) Read galley or page proofs against original manuscript to ensure that the printed version is a true transcription of the text supplied for printing.
b) At blueprint, check registration, pagination, alignment and sequence.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: - Solid writing and analytical abilities with sensitivity to nuance. Ability to spot errors and inconsistencies in a text.
- Knowledge of United Nations structure and rules of procedure of various organs, including documents production system, is desirable.
- Ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration and attention to detail.
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable and handle a wide range of subjects, with availability for overtime and on-call assignments, depending on the needs of the service.
Academic Qualifications: A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status is a requirment. High school diploma or equivalent with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the degree.
Experience: 5 years of experience in desktop publishing, including draft typing, copy editing, proof-reading and typographical layout or related area is a requirement; Knowledge of editorial practices and desktop publishing, including typographic standards is desirable
Language: Fluency of English is a requirement

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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