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Organization: MSI
Job Type: Full-Time
Country: United States
Experience: Mid Career (3-5 years)
Languages: English
Category: Communications/Advocacy
Topic: Social Justice
Application Deadline: 17. January 2021

Job Description

The Editor will be the primary recipient of editing support requests from operations teams. . This person will mainly edit reports and success stories for USAID-funded projects. Reports can be highly technical, and several individuals, including non-native English writers, write the content. The editor will transform the copy into one voice with engaging, concise and clear language that is compliant with MSI and client requirements. They will also generate graphics and support other internal communication initiatives. This individual is a self-starter: bright, motivated and dynamic. This position is primarily based in Arlington, VA, but for a strong candidate we would consider remote opportunities. The successful candidate will report to the Global Security Manager.

**Please note: U.S. work authorization is required for this position

Responsibilities:

  • Work with operations teams to develop an editing schedule for each editorial assignment
  • Coordinate with content experts to resolve substantive questions, meaning, language and context of technical reports. Translate information into accurate, clear and concise prose
  • Maintain consistency of voice, style, punctuation, spelling and grammar as well as logical, technical and narrative consistency
  • Identify and correct repetitious phrasing, inconsistencies, word choices that make passages ambiguous or unclear, and verbosity across different sections of the report
  • Edit internal communications as required
  • Ensure all materials follow USAID or company’s branding requirements and client instructions
  • Improve editorial and visual standards and recommend new formats and procedures as needed
  • Make reports compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Take on other editing requirements that may arise

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years of editing, communication and/or publication experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, technical writing, communications or related field required
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Some professional experience in international development a plus
  • Excellent project management and multi-tasking skills with ability to meet deadlines a must
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) products
  • Able to travel to Arlington, VA office on an ad-hoc schedule
  • Understanding of Section 508 compliance requirements for U.S. Government reports, preferred
  • Graphic design experience preferred
  • Familiarity with Associated Press style, USAID terminology and MSI’s technical areas a plus
  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English.

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