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Editor for the Child Protection Minimum Standards 2nd Edition

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Editor for the Child Protection Minimum Standards 2nd Edition

Deadline for application: 
07 Mar 2019
Terre des hommes
Job type: 

Organization: Terre des hommes
Closing date: 07 Mar 2019

The Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) Working Group has been revising the CPMS in a consultative and participatory 18-month process. The consultative process has involved more than 1300 individuals and 60 agencies from across the globe and 19 different leads revising 26 standards.

The objectives of the revision of the CPMS included both ensuring the latest evidence and best practices is included as well as increasing the user-friendliness of the handbook, including for frontline workers. It needs to make sense to child protection professionals and non-specialists alike while also being consistent and clear across languages.

The 2nd edition of the CPMS is planned to be available by September 2019. The latest drafts are currently out for a final round of reviews, after which the content of the standards will be completed in April 2019 and ready for editing. The CPMS includes an Introduction chapter, Principles and Approaches chapters, 26 standards with four pillar introduction sections, a glossary, and annexes on measurement and indicators, further references, and a glossary. The 2nd edition is estimated to be around 80,000 words.

Objectives of the Consultancy

  1. Undertake the content editing of the full 2nd edition of the CPMS to ensure reader-friendly, clear language.

  2. Undertake the copy-editing of the full 2nd edition of the CPMS.


Content Editing

  • Undertake content editing of the entire 2nd edition CPMS including the following:

    • Review the text for consistent use of terminology with reference to the draft glossary developed for the CPMS and list of preferred terminology provided by the CPMS Working Group;

    • Edit the language to ensure it is straightforward and clear for practitioners around the world, and inclusive to those with English as their 2nd or 3rd language, and keeping in mind the need to ease translation into a wide array of language.

    • Identify and edit for any duplication of content or missing content within the standard.

    • Ensuring consistent cross-referencing within the handbook;

  • Manage the development and inclusion of graphics and visuals in collaboration with a graphic designer;

  • Identify where additional visuals could be helpful to support or replace existing text;

  • Ensure any changes to content are agreed by the CPMS Working Group co-leads, who will manage consultation with revision leads. Direct work with revision leads will be preferred where significant changes are being proposed within a standard.

Copy editing

  • Ensure consistent copy editing through the handbook using the agreed style guide and British standard English.

  • Ensure a consistent layout of the word document of the handbook; and

  • Ensure referenced resources are consistently formatted and have the correct web links.

  • Review the final online version for any errors.

Timeline and Deliverables

The consultancy is for an estimated 35 days expected to last from 1 April – 30 August 2019.

Content editing: 1 April – 31 May 2019 (25 days)

1 April 2019: Starting date of consultancy. CPMS Working Group co-leads to provide final drafts of available standards and chapters, glossary, preferred terminology list.

1 -30 April 2019: It is anticipated that not all chapters will be ready by 1 April and chapters and standards would be submitted to the consultant for editing on a rolling basis throughout this period as text is finalised and agreed. (10 days)

2 April -31 May 2019: Editing content undertaken. Any questions or proposed content changes discussed and agreed with the relevant revision lead and the CPMS Working Group co-chairs. Discussions with visual designer to develop and finalise graphics. (15 days)

31 May 2019: Submission of final text and visuals to the CPMS Working Group.

Copy editing: 1 June – 30 July 2019 (10 days)

1-17 June 2019: Copy-editing of the final text. (8 days)

17 June 2019: Submit the copy-edited text for review.

18-29 June 2019: Adjust text based on review from CPMS Working Group. (2 days)

30 June 2019: Final approval of edited text and visuals by the CPMS Working Group and the Alliance

Between 1-31 August (dates to be confirmed): Review of online version for any errors.

Management and collaborations

The consultancy contract will be made between the consultant and Terre des hommes, one of the co-lead agencies of the CPMS Working Group. The co-leads of the CPMS Working Group from both Terre des hommes and Save the Children will supervise and be the main contact points for this contact.

The consultant is expected to work closely with a graphic designer to develop and deliver the graphics for the handbook.

The consultant will also work in collaboration with the co-leads of each individual standard as appropriate and necessary to agree editing changes. In case of disagreement or lack of clarity, the CPMS Working Group co-leads are the point of contact for final decisions.


  • Demonstrated writing skills in English for a global audience that is both technically sound and in clear English.

  • Previous content and copy-editing editing experience.

  • Knowledge of the humanitarian sector in general, and experience working with the child protection sector in particular, as well as familiarity of child protection technical language.

  • Experience collaborating with graphic designers.

How to apply:


To Apply


Interested applicants are requested to apply by 7 March 2019 to cpms.wg@alliancecpha.org and include a detailed cost estimate of the consultancy fees, relevant past experience, 2 writing samples and at least 2 references. All consultants must adhere to Terre des hommes Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

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To contact us, you can send an email to info@alliancecpha.org or use the form on our contact page