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Editor - CSO Sustainability Index | Temporary Event Coordinator

Editor - CSO Sustainability Index

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a part-time consultant to serve as an Editor for the CSO Sustainability Index

ICNL works to achieve legal environments that strengthen civil society, advance the freedoms of association and assembly, foster philanthropy, and enable public participation around the world. ICNL works with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Management Systems International, Inc. to produce a number of regional editions of the CSO Sustainability Index (CSOSI), USAID's premier instrument for tracking the development of CSO sectors in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East/North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Responsibilities:
The consultant will report to ICNL’s CSO Sustainability Index Program Manager. The consultant will be responsible for managing, reviewing, editing and finalizing for publication edited reports on the sustainability of the CSO sectors in multiple countries. Examples of the Index can be found here. Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for producing the following deliverables:

  • Edited country reports for one or more regional editions of the CSOSI.  Country reports are written by local partners, who are generally non-native English speakers. Editing will include review and revision for accuracy, completeness, and consistency of content; clarity; proper English usage, including style, grammar, spelling, and punctuation; presentation; and consistent citation format. The consultant will communicate with the local partners to clarify language and ensure that reports are complete and consistent with reports from previous years.
  • Attendance at meetings of the DC-based Editorial Committee for one or more regional editions of the CSOSI. The consultant will be responsible for recording decisions of the Editorial Committee and incorporating input from the Editorial Committee and USAID missions into reports.
  • Draft Executive Summaries for the various editions of the CSOSI.

The workload will vary from week to week, but ICNL anticipates that the Editor will need to work 20-30 hours a week from December 2014 to May 2015.

Qualifications:
Fluency in English and superior editing and writing skills are key requirements, as is familiarity with civil society development issues. The Project Editor must also demonstrate organizational skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines.

Compensation:
Competitive daily rates based on experience and qualifications.

How to Apply:
Please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no longer than five pages) to Jennifer Stuart at jstuart@icnl.org. Please note that writing samples should be solely the product of the applicant and should not have been reviewed or edited by others. Reference “CSOSI Editor” in subject line. Only finalists will be contacted. No telephone calls please. Visit us at www.icnl.org.  ICNL is an EOE.

The deadline for applications is October 3, 2014.

Temporary Event Coordinator

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law ("ICNL") is seeking a Temporary Event Coordinator based in Washington, DC to provide support in organizing a high-level international event overseas in May 2015. ICNL works with governments, civil society organizations, and the international community to develop the legal framework for civil society, philanthropy, and public participation in over 100 countries.  Please see www.icnl.org for additional information on our work.

Reporting to the Project Supervisor, the Event Coordinator will have lead responsibility for all logistical preparations and arrangements related to the high-level meeting.  Key responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and managing the event timeline and all logistical plans and arrangements;
  • Managing the event budget; negotiating finances with local partners, hotel, vendors etc.
  • Liaising with overseas organizing partners;
  • Hotel and meeting arrangements (lodging, catering, meeting rooms, equipment etc.);
  • Participant registration, payments, travel and visa arrangements;
  • Developing and maintaining event databases;
  • Coordinating on-site operations;
  • Assisting in evaluation and reporting.

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of direct experience in organizing, marketing and managing major international conferences (200+ participants), preferably abroad;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Excellent organizing skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to multitask and provide project management oversight;
  • Contract negotiation skills and ability to manage multiple vendors;
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook; experience with database systems and web-based conference applications an advantage;
  • Excellent work-management and interpersonal skills and ability to work independently as well as on a team;
  • Experience in multi-cultural settings an advantage;
  • Interest in, and knowledge of, civil society organizations desirable.

The candidate must also possess legal authorization to work in the United States.

This will be a temporary full-time employment or consulting position.  Applicants must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.  Applicants should specify if they prefer an employee or a consultant status and include salary requirements or fee rates.  Please send to ejacob@icnl.org, with your name and Temporary Event Coordinator in the subject line by COB September 22, 2014

Only finalists will be contacted - no phone calls please.  ICNL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit ICNL's website at www.icnl.org.