Consultant – Proofreader – Remote within UK

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Mercy Corps

Valid unrestricted work authorization in the country in which you will be based (United Kingdom) is required at the time of application for this position.

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.

Department Summary

Energy 4 Impact is Mercy Corps’ energy access platform, working to increase access to climate-smart, sustainable energy, improving the lives of millions of people around the world.

Consultancy summary

Energy 4 Impact produces a variety of articles, studies, working papers and thematic reports for external audiences, as well as programme reports for donors. Under the direction of the communications and the knowledge management teams, the proofreader will support Energy 4 Impact to ensure that content is clearly written, grammatically correct, consistent in formatting, error-free, and adheres to the house style guide when appropriate.

Consultant activities

The consultant will be engaged on a periodic project-by-project basis to improve assigned content according to the following criteria:

  • Identify and correct errors in spelling, grammar, syntax, punctuation and citations.
  • Cut, add or rewrite sentences where necessary to improve the clarity and readability of content in a style appropriate to the publication.
  • Ensure consistency of design, formatting, style and spelling within the document – and check against house style guidelines if requested by the communications team.
  • Check table of contents against section titles and page numbers.
  • Identify cases in which the information conveyed by graphics, tables or images seems incomplete, inadequately captioned or unclear.
  • Work to deadlines and raise any issues around scope or delivery in a timely fashion with the communications team.

Timeframe: May 2024 to May 2025


Reports Directly To: Head of Communications, Energy 4 Impact

Works Directly With: the communications and knowledge management teams.

Minimum qualifications and transferable skills

  • Proven use of writing and editing skills in a professional capacity.
  • Native or advanced command of the English language.
  • Excellent MS Word skills, particularly editing and reviewing tools.
  • An interest in and knowledge of the energy access and international development space.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Organised with excellent time management skills.

Application Process:

Please submit a cover letter and CV. Cover letter should highlight how your skills and experience match the job description above.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our stakeholders and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

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