PACT NGO - Consultancy for Editing Services in Kenya

PACT NGO - Consultancy for Editing Services in Kenya


Background

Pact Inc. has been operating in Kenya since 1998, implementing a number of projects with local CSOs across a variety of sectors.

These projects, implemented in partnership with local CSOs, have included but are not limited to: natural resource management, cross-border peacebuilding, community conservation, health and HIV/AIDS, women's empowerment, artisanal gold mining, and good governance. At the foundation of all of these projects is Pact’s capacity development approach.

Today, Pact Inc. is working with local partners regionally on peacebuilding and conflict management along cross-border areas of Kenya and Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia.

In addition, Pact is working with a range of local CSOs in capacity development, financial inclusion, health, and artisanal gold mining projects. Donor partners include: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID); DFID, American Cancer Society, Aga Khan Foundation, and the European Union Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF).

One of Pact’s project is the Regional Approaches for Sustainable Conflict Management and Integration (RASMI) project which adopts a conflict systems-based approach to promote peace-building, conflict management, and conflict resolution capacity at the community and cross-border levels.

It is part of the EU's programme for Collaboration in the Cross-Border areas of the Horn of Africa, providing over 60 million euros of investment to prevent and mitigate the impact of local conflict and to promote economic development and greater resilience in four different cross-border regions.

RASMI, which means “reliable” in Somali, targets stakeholders in the Mandera Triangle who are most vulnerable to engaging in conflict, irregular migration, and recruitment into militias and terror groups.

These stakeholders include youth, internally displaced people, pastoralist drop-outs and marginalized ethnic groups.

At the same time, RASMI engages local government agencies, women, religious leaders, security forces and the private sector – those who have the greatest capacity for managing conflicts and promoting peace.

Objectives and Scope

Overview

This request for proposals aims to identify at least one Consultant with the ability to provide reliable editing skills, usually to a tight deadline, reviewing EUTF (RASMI & SEEK) technical documents and making them ready for wide-spread publication in a variety of electronic and hard-copy formats.

The consultant will be required to quote for each work, which will be approved before work begins.

Objectives

The objective of this work is to ensure RASMI and SEEK’s communiqués are of the highest standard. The Consultant will review, edit and revise both RASMI and SEEK communication materials e.g. bi-annual

reports, etc.

The work will be focused on two main outputs: a) carrying out substantial editing of RASMI and SEEK reports and b) writing report summaries, key messages and recommending information to help develop infographics.

Scope

To achieve these objectives, the Consultant’s scope of work will include:

  • Establishing the purpose and intended readership of the material to be edited and ensuring that the writing style is appropriate
  • Improving presentation and wording so that text is easy to read and understand
  • Providing extensive editing of reports, adjusting writing styles where necessary for targeted audiences
  • Ensuring key messages from edited reports can be used on social media (typically Twitter and LinkedIn)
  • Assimilating key points from reports to be used in summaries
  • Editing executive summaries of detailed reports to be packaged into brochures (4 pages maximum)
  • Recommending information that might be used for infographics within reports
  • Citing references correctly and checking facts and statistics for accuracy, while questioning potential errors
  • Ensuring grammar, punctuation and spelling is of the highest standard and consistency
  • Eliminating abbreviations where appropriate and using acronyms properly but sparingly
  • Monitoring paragraph length and content, eliminating repetition, and excising redundant text
  • Checking overall structure and relevance of headings, simplifying technical language, eliminating jargon as far as possible, and introducing definitions when appropriate
  • Rewriting long, complicated sentences, removing ambiguity and eliminating discriminatory language
  • Proposing interesting and imaginative layouts of material to enhance the way RASMI and SEEK disseminates information.

    Timeline

  • Work is expected to begin immediately and end early January 2018. This contract will be delivered flexibly and in response to specific demand from Pact Inc.

    How to Apply

    Submission Requirements

    Submit the following documents with their expression of interest for this consultancy:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of the most recent consultancy contract
  • At least three references (could be included in the CV)

    Contacts for Submission and Due Date

  • Submit the EOI and supporting documents to kenyahr@pactworld.org and mnamasaka@pactworld.org & amahmed@pactworld.org quoting EOI – EUTF on the subject line by midnight Nairobi time on Friday 28th December, 2018.

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