United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – Science Editor

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Result of Service

By the end of the consultancy, the consultant should have prepared an edited and formatted version and submitted a clean version of the publication on the Chondrichthyans of the Western Indian Ocean: Biodiversity, Fisheries and Trade, Management and Conservation for online and print dissemination.

Work Location


Expected duration

3 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP’s Ecosystem Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The Nairobi Convention Secretariat for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean region, is within the Ecosystems Division of UNEP. This position is home-based and is located within the Nairobi Convention secretariat.

The third phase of the programme on capacity building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries (ACP MEAs 3 Programme) seeks to empower key stakeholders to address environmental challenges and to reap the benefits of improved environmental management at the national and regional level. In the context of the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean region (Nairobi Convention), Phase III of the ACP MEAs Programme aims at better management of coasts and oceans, enhancing ocean governance and effective implementation of the Convention. The programme has been supporting the strengthening of the governance framework of the Nairobi Convention and its associated protocols, including supporting conservation of migratory species, the development of a regionally representative network of marine protected areas, and in enhancing measures for reducing the influx of waste entering the marine environment.
With support from the ACP-MEAs III Programme, the Secretariat for the Nairobi Convention is undertaking an editorial review and printing of the partnership publication on ‘Chondrichthyans of the Western Indian Ocean: Biodiversity, Fisheries and Trade, Management and Conservation’. The status report on the conservation and management needs of Chondrichthyans (sharks, rays and their relatives) was spearheaded by the Wildlife Conservation Society following the seventh Conference of the Parties to the Nairobi Convention (COP7). The publication supports the Contracting Parties to the Convention and partners in their efforts towards sustainably managing, protecting, and developing the marine resources of the Western Indian Ocean region. The report reveals the main threats facing chondrichthyans in the Nairobi Convention area, biodiversity, fisheries, trade and policy for each of the ten Nairobi Convention Member States. For an improved chondrichthyan management the report recommends actions that should be considered by the Member States. In its preparation, the report involved a team of experts working with several organizations committed to the conservation of sharks and rays and the conservation and sustainable development of the Western Indian Ocean Region. The authors and editors have drawn on the expertise and input of a wide range of contributors – scientists, fisheries experts, policy experts, resource managers, technicians, and conservationists.
For this purpose, the Nairobi Convention Secretariat is seeking the services of an experienced and qualified science editor to edit the partnership publication on ‘Chondrichthyans of the Western Indian Ocean: Biodiversity, Fisheries and Trade, Management and Conservation’.
The science editor (hereinafter referred to as “Consultant”) will be required to work according to detailed Terms of Reference contained in the following sections.
The purpose of the consultancy is to provide editorial services to the manuscript on the ‘Chondrichthyans of the Western Indian Ocean: Biodiversity, Fisheries and Trade, Management and Conservation’, leading its publication and printing for dissemination.


  • Under the general supervision of the Head of the Secretariat of the Nairobi Convention, and direct supervision of the project manager, the consultant will undertake the following tasks related to the publication titled ‘Chondrichthyans of the Western Indian Ocean: Biodiversity, Fisheries and Trade, Management and Conservation’:
  • Review, edit to a high standard and proofread the manuscript, foreword, preface, and summary, to ensure accuracy, correct language use, consistency, clarity, and conformity with UNEP style guidelines.
  • revise or rewrite text, as needed, to allow for improved readability and logical sequence.
  • Propose revisions to the document’s layout to enhance flow and user-friendliness, and incorporate these as agreed.
  • Ensure compliance with UNEP editorial style guidelines, and proper acknowledgement of the Nairobi Convention, authors, and all partners and projects involved in the publication.
  • Accommodate or update any input, suggestions, or additional changes that may proposed by partners.
  • Produce Pdf files for electronic/online distribution
  • Produce print-ready pdf files for printing.

Qualifications/special skills

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in a science subject, communications sciences or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of work experience as a science editor/writer may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • 5 years of working experience is required in the area of scientific editing, technical writing, proofreading and publishing.
  • Excellent command of advanced and technical English language, scientific terminologies and conventions, editorial principles, and great attention to detail and accuracy, are required.
  • Solid understanding of printing and production processes and norms, and knowledge of online publication, is required. Experience working within the Western Indian Ocean region, UNEP and/or other UN Agencies will be an asset.
  • Experience with editorial practices and documentation procedures of UNEP or comparable international organizations is desired.
  • Experience in a field related to the environment, sustainable development, and marine science is an added advantage.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.

Closing Date:10 October 2023