The Regional Communication Centre (RCC) of the ICRC in New Delhi provides communication support to the ICRC delegations in the Asia-Pacific region. We are looking for an experienced English editor with excellent English language skills to join the team. The English editor performs editorial work as part of the team at the Regional Communication Centre in New Delhi. (S)he reports to the head of the Regional Communication Centre (HoRCC).

The Language Specialist/English editor provides English-language editorial services to communication departments in ICRC delegations around the world. The editor is responsible for ensuring the editorial, grammatical, factual, contextual and intellectual integrity of content produced in English by ICRC delegations and RCCs. In order to manage the volume of material to be edited, the editor will develop and coordinate a network of external editors. The English editor will provide editorial oversight of local and regional public communication documents, such as newsletters, factsheets, press releases, and reports and website articles. The editor will work closely with the language specialists at the ICRC’s headquarters in Geneva to achieve consistency across all global ICRC content. The Language Specialist/English editor will also work closely with the English digital copyeditor, also based at the RCC in New Delhi, and will undertake some of their tasks during staff absences.

Responsibilities and main tasks:

Editing – The editor shall:

  • edit a range of texts in English (press releases, key reports, policy and position papers, web articles, social media posts, presentations for press conferences, etc.)
  • liaise regularly with the English team at the ICRC’s headquarters about terminology and style in order to achieve coherence and consistency across all ICRC content
  • relay decisions on terminology and style to the external editors and other communications staff in delegations
  • implement terminology and style decisions made by the English team at headquarters
  • assess the quality of the work done by the pool of external editors and give feedback
  • review texts carried out by external editors before they are delivered to ICRC clients

Coaching and coordination – The editor shall:

  • liaise directly with the client, such as regional public relations officers or communication delegates
  • prioritize requests and manage the workflow with delegations and assign work to external suppliers
  • refer to the English language team at headquarters for confidential or sensitive texts
  • manage editing requests on a day-to-day basis
  • develop a network of external editors and regularly assess their work
  • ensure a coherent grid of fees across the range of services in order to ensure a smooth and efficient outsourcing policy
  • ensure that external editors sign and comply with confidentiality and discretion forms
  • ensure that external editors have all the reference materials necessary for their work
  • liaise with the HoRCC about workload and planning at delegation level
  • liaise with the HoRCC in order to comply with the wider organizational strategy

 Required qualifications & experience:

  • University degree in English or similar from a recognized academic institution
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Very good analytical and writing skills
  • At least six years’ experience writing for an international audience, either in the private sector or for an international organization
  • At least four years’ experience editing and proofreading
  • At least two years’ experience coordinating and managing a team or pool of editors.

 Personal profile:

  • A robust approach to editing and a strong attention to detail
  • Excellent ability to plan and organize work
  • Capacity to work within tight deadlines and under pressure
  • Very strong client-orientated approach (towards internal clients)
  • Strong interpersonal skills to manage a network of external suppliers worldwide
  • A creative, flexible, dynamic, empathetic, solution-oriented and innovative personality
  • The willingness and availability to travel (domestic and international)
  • The strength and ability to support team members effectively and to create a conducive working environment.

The ICRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. We recognise that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our organization. We offer rewarding and enriching work in a humanitarian and international environment to all job applicants with no discrimination on the grounds of gender, race and disability.

Qualified applicants are requested to submit their motivation letter, comprehensive CV, work certificates and salary expectations, on ICRC.HRCARE@gmail.com & del_hr_services@icrc.org. This position is open to Indian nationals only.

Last Date of sending application: 23 January 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.