Consultancy : Copy editing in Spanish
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Closed on 7 Aug 2020
Location: Paris (France)
Grade: Level 2
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Job Description

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : Up to 1 month

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 07-AUG-2020

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


The Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System, property inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, is considered today an important example of international cooperation undertaken by the six countries involved in its protection, conservation and management: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

Based on the contributions of cultural heritage specialists from the Latin America and Caribbean region, the present publication entitled “Qhapaq Ñan, Sistema Vial Andino: Nuevos esfuerzos en favor de su conservación sostenible” (Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System: New steps towards its sustainable conservation” in English), demonstrates the unique characteristics of this transboundary cultural itinerary, portrays its Outstanding Universal Value, as well as demonstrates the results of the continuous and collective work carried out by the different national authorities and specialists from participating countries, including the active participation of local communities since its inscription on the World Heritage List in 2014.

The publication will be issued in both languages Spanish and English, in order to reach a wider audience including all relevant stakeholders from the six Spanish-speaking countries concerned. For this purpose, the original manuscript has been developed in Spanish, it requires the services of a professional copy editor to conduct a thorough review of the manuscript in Spanish.

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Work assignment

  • Copyedit the Spanish language version of the publication “Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System: New steps towards its sustainable conservation” in Microsoft Word format in accordance with normal publishing standards, bearing in mind the particular UNESCO requirements and the target readership (approximately 177 standard pages), using as a reference, but not confined by, the English version of the manuscript translated from the original Spanish by UNESCO. The copyediting should pick up spelling mistakes and grammatical and punctuation errors, consistency in capitalization and use of verified terminology, ensure consistency and fluency of style throughout the manuscript, and make sure that all the details of the UNESCO Style Manual have been adhered to. The copyeditor may also flag any remaining structural or substantive problems that have escaped the author(s) of the document, although.
  • Based on the final copyedited document, flag in the marked-up version any changes required to the English translation of the original Spanish manuscript;
  • Submit to UNESCO both a clean and track-changed version of the copyedited manuscript in Microsoft Word format, along with a signed invoice.

Deliverables and timeline

  • Final copyedited document of the Spanish language version of the publication in Microsoft Word (approx. 177pages), including flag in the marked-up version any changes required to the English translation of the original Spanish manuscript;
  • Clean and track-changed version of the copyedited manuscript in Microsoft Word format along with a signed invoice.
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Work Location

  • The work will be carried out remotely and regular meetings will be held by videoconference.

Expected duration

  • The expected duration for the elaboration of the activity is of 1 month (4 weeks)


  • The Contractor will receive a total lump sum of 2 000 EUR (two thousand euros), in one instalment, for the above-mentioned services.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

Skills and competencies

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Spanish and English (oral and written)
  • Computer literacy (MS Office)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good knowledge of UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Social or Human Sciences, Communication, Journalism.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience in the fields of proofreading, translation and publications
  • Experience in international organizations and academic institutions.


The appointment is non-career and does not carry any expectancy of renewal or conversion to another contract. Medical health care is not provided.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


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