At CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance, we know that words matter. We are looking for a word guru with a deep understanding of diversity, inclusion, and human rights to collaborate with the Secretariat to produce rights-based editorial guidelines, comprising: a relevant and practical writing guide, a terminology database, and a system for ensuring these are continually updated. This will be used by staff and consultants across the organisation to ensure our words consistently reflect our values - in our 3 working languages of English/ Spanish/ French - as well as shared with the Alliance as a resource. The below Terms of Reference provides further information about the proposal and application.
Interested candidates or teams are welcome to submit their proposal in writing to Suhani Bhushan [email protected] by 22 September 2020.
CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. Established in 1993, since 2002 we have been proudly headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with additional hubs across the globe. The Alliance currently comprises over 10,000 members in more than 190 countries. Our definition of civil society is broad and covers non-governmental organisations, activists, civil society coalitions and networks, protest and social movements, voluntary bodies, campaigning organisations, charities, faith-based groups, trade unions and philanthropic foundations. Our membership is diverse, spanning a wide range of issues, sizes and organisation types, while staff is based across the globe in over 20 countries. This diversity is one of the Alliance’s most significant strengths and we are continually searching for practical ways to implement diverse and inclusive principles within civil society.
At the CIVICUS Secretariat, we’ve made substantial efforts to try to get language right. This has meant being thoughtful and intentional when writing publications, op-eds, newsletters and social media. It’s also meant being mindful of keeping up to date with ever evolving good practices around inclusive language, including how to ensure this is consistent across our three main languages of English, Spanish and French. However, with the many teams and initiatives at CIVICUS, the most up to date language decisions are not captured nor used consistently. There has also been difficulty to translate specific terms to Spanish and French as direct translations do not always suffice and can lose the meaning of the piece.
CIVICUS is looking for a consultant or team of consultants to create a process that will gather existing informal and formal language rules across the organisation, create mechanisms to further engage in this process and to begin a terminology base in English French and Spanish for key terms.
Scope and Purpose
The consultants will be tasked with:
The consultants will work closely with the following CIVICUS staff: Editor in chief, Communications Lead, Multilingual Officer and the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator.
CIVICUS will provide background information on the above to help provide initial direction.
The purpose of this consultancy is to:
Drawing on co-design methodologies and approaches that ensure inclusion of the target stakeholders in the design of the writing guides and terminology database, consultants will undertake the following indicative activities:
Timelines and Deliverables
Interview CIVICUS staff on terminology uses and internal review 20 October 2020 Complete a desk study on D&I and civic space terminology31 October 2020 Present a suggested process and database15 November 2020 Finalize writing guide and initial database30 November 2020
Interested candidates are welcome to submit their proposal in writing to Suhani Bhushan [email protected] by 22 September 2020. Proposals must include the following:
The deadline for applications is 22 September 2020. Please contact Suhani Bhushan at [email protected] if you have any questions. We can only provide clarifications to the terms of reference. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. References may be requested for shortlisted candidates.
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