SCOPE OF WORK
POSITION: Technical Writer
LOCATION: USAID Wildlife Asia Office, Bangkok, Thailand
CONTRACT TYPE: Full-time
REPORTING: Communications, Outreach and Learning Specialist
ABOUT THE PROJECT: Started in 2016, the USAID Wildlife Asia Activity seeks to significantly reduce wildlife crime in Southeast Asia and China by employing a comprehensive regional cooperation approach. Specifically, Wildlife Asia will (i) Reduce consumer demand for wildlife and wildlife products in target areas; (ii) Strengthen regional law enforcement capacity and coordination; (iii) Increase commitment to addressing counter wildlife trafficking (CWT); and, (iv) Support the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia’s (RDMA’s) coordination of regional CWT stakeholders and efforts to strengthen the US Government (USG) interagency CWT initiatives.
USAID Wildlife Asia is based in Bangkok, Thailand and the geographic scope includes all ASEAN countries, with a focus on the Lower Mekong (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia) and China. The species of primary interest are elephants (ivory), pangolins, rhinos (rhino horn), and Asian big cats. This activity is the first Task Order under the USAID/Asia Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.
ROLE: The Technical Writer will draft and edit various Project documents, including, among others, technical abstracts and documents, reports, communications outreach materials including storyboards, press releases, invitations. S/he will proofread, edit and provide clarity for all staff external outputs.
The Technical Writer shall be primarily responsible for carrying out the following activities:
- Provide technical writing and editorial review of all project materials in a quick, efficient manner (program briefs, reporting requirements, conference documents, technical abstracts and materials, presentations, journal articles, technical reports and public information materials)
- Check that all project materials are responsive/compliant, sound, internally consistent, and appropriately address all reporting and procurement requirements.
- Review drafts of project materials to make recommendations to improve responsiveness/ compliance, organization, and clarity.
- Prepare and assist with preparation, coordination, copyediting and proofing of large and small reports and papers; as well as write-ups for USAID.
- Compile news reports on wildlife trafficking or a production of USAID Wildlife Asia Weekly News round-up and Counter Wildlife Trafficking Digest
- Ensure document quality and branding as per USAID branding guidelines
- Work closely with project team members to cater writing style for project needs
- Other duties as may be set out by the Communications, Outreach and Learning Specialist or the Chief of Party.
Education and Experience
- Bachelors degree in liberal arts, social science, journalism, communications, or a similar field plus minimum 7 years of professional editing/writing experience or an advanced degree in the above with at least 3 years of professional editing/writing experience.
- Previous experience with and knowledge of USG Graphic Standard Manual and Partner Co-Branding Guide is a plus.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- English mother-tongue (native-level) fluency required, fluency in Thai is a plus. Ability to read, write and effectively communicate nuance in English language. Excellent and proven writing and verbal skills in English.
- Advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office Suite, Acrobat Adobe.
- Advanced skills and experience with WordPress and HTML.
- Excellent, organization skills and ability to function in a fast-paced setting. Must be able to meet deadlines.
- Ability to quickly research and identify information with minimal to no supervision.
- Flexibility, tact, and ability to work with diverse kinds of team members under tight deadlines.
- Ability to quickly adjust to changing priorities and deadlines.
- Self-motivated, proactive attitude that thrives under pressure as part of a team.
- Outstanding skills in persuasive writing and the ability to present technical ideas in a concise way.
- Thai residency or a long-term Thai working permit is preferred.
- Familiarity with issues related to wildlife conservation is a plus.
Interested candidates, submit CV and letter of interest to the following address:
Subject line: USAID Wildlife Asia – Technical Writer
Deadline: August 31, 2018.