Writing/Editing Services



UNICEF is the agency of the United Nations mandated to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child UNICEF strives to establish children’s rights as international standards of behaviour towards children. UNICEF’s role is to mobilise political will and material resources to help countries ensure a “first call for children". UNICEF is committed to ensuring special protection for the most disadvantaged children.

UNICEF carries out its work through its headquarters in New York, 8 regional offices and 125 country offices world-wide. UNICEF also has a research centre in Florence, a supply operation based in Copenhagen and offices in Tokyo and Brussels. UNICEF’s 37 committees raise funds and spread awareness about the organisations mission and work.


The purpose of this RFP is to invite proposals from qualified institutions to provide Writing/Editing services for UNICEF Somalia Programmes.


The schedule of the contractual process is as follows:

Closing date and time for submission of full proposal: 20/11/2015 at 10.00 a.m. Nairobi Time

b) Award Notice: To be determined

c) Signature of contract: To be determined


All requests for formal clarification or queries on this RFP must be submitted in writing via e-mail to somsupply@unicef.org. Please make sure that the e-mail mentions the RFP reference number.

Only written inquiries will be entertained. Please be informed that if the question is of common interest, the answer will be shared with all potential RFP bidders.

Erasures or other corrections in the proposal must be explained and the signature of the applicant shown alongside. All changes to a proposal must be received prior to the closing time and date. It must be clearly indicated that it is a modification and supersedes the earlier proposal, or state the changes from the original proposal. Proposals may be withdrawn on written request received from bidders prior to the opening time and date. Bidders are expected to examine all instructions pertaining to the work. Failure to do so will be at bidder’s own risk and disadvantage.


Bidders are requested to confirm their intention to submit their proposal, by sending an e-mail to somsupply@unicef.org

Full proposals should be submitted in ENGLISH and must be received not later than 20/11/2015 by 10.00 am Nairobi Time at UNICEF SOMALIA SUPPORT CENTRE OFFICE, UN GIGIRI COMPLEX, BLOCK Q, GROUND FLOOR. Proposals received prior to the stated closing time and date will be kept unopened in the Bid Box and proposals received after the stipulated date and time will be invalidated.

Bidders must submit three (03) sealed original copies of the proposal duly signed and dated, in the following manner (clearly marked):- Proposals received in any other manner will be invalidated.

· Outer envelope: Name of company

RFP number

UNICEF Somalia Support Centre


· Inner envelope – technical proposal: Name of company, RFP number - technical proposal

· Inner envelope - price proposal: Name of company, RFP number - price proposal

UNICEF will accept no responsibility for the premature opening of a proposal not properly addressed or identified.

Due to the nature of this RFP, there will be no public opening of proposals and responsible officers will open technical proposals when the specified time has arrived.


1.6.1 Formal submission requirements

The formal submission requirements as outlined in this Request for Proposal must be followed, e.g. regarding form and timing of submission, marking of the envelopes, no price information in the technical proposal, etc.

1.6.2 Mandatory criteria

All mandatory (i.e. must/have to/shall/should/will) criteria mentioned throughout this Request for Proposal have to be addressed and met in your proposal.

All references to descriptive materials should be included in the appropriate response paragraph, though the material/documents themselves may be provided as annexes to the proposal/response.

It is important that you read all of the provisions of the request for proposal, to ensure that you understand UNICEF’s requirements and can submit a proposal in compliance with them. The bidder must also provide sufficient information in the proposal to address each area of the Proposal Evaluation to allow the evaluation team to make a fair assessment of the candidates and their proposal. Note that failure to provide compliant proposals may result in invalidation of your proposal.


Information, which the bidder considers proprietary, should be clearly marked "proprietary", if any, next to the relevant part of the text, and UNICEF will treat such information accordingly.


UNICEF reserves the right to accept any proposal, in whole or in part; or, to reject any or all proposals. UNICEF reserves the right to invalidate any Proposal received from a Bidder who has previously failed to perform properly or complete contracts on time, or a Proposal received from a Bidder who, in the opinion of UNICEF, is not in a position to perform the contract. UNICEF shall not be held responsible for any cost incurred by the Bidder in preparing the response to this Request for Proposal. The Bidder agrees to be bound by the decision of UNICEF as to whether her/his proposal meets the requirements stated in this Request for Proposal. Specifically, UNICEF reserves the right to:

  • contact any or all references supplied by the bidder(s);
  • request additional supporting or supplementary data (from the bidder(s));
  • arrange interviews with the bidder(s);
  • reject any or all proposals submitted;
  • accept any proposals in whole or in part;
  • negotiate with the service provider(s) who has/have attained the best rating/ranking, i.e. the one(s) providing the overall best value proposal(s);
  • contact any number of candidates as required to achieve the overall evaluation objectives.


Proposal must be valid for a minimum of ninety (90) days from the date of opening of this RFP and must be signed by all candidates included in the submission. For proposals from institutions, the proposal must also be signed by an authorised representative of the institution. Bidders are requested to indicate the validity period of their proposal in the Proposal Form. UNICEF may also request for an extension of the validity of the proposal.

1.8.1 Technical Proposal

The technical proposal should address all aspects and criteria outlined in this Request for Proposal, especially in its statement of work, terms of reference and paragraph 1.10 of this Request for Proposal. However, all these requirements represent a wish list from UNICEF. The bidders are free to suggest/ propose any other solution. UNICEF welcomes new ideas and innovative approaches. (NOTE: No price information should be contained in the technical proposal).

1.8.2 Price Proposal

The price proposal should be in line with the TOR, indicating overall/total cost of assignment and itemized budget.


After the RFP opening, each proposal will be assessed first on is technical merits and subsequently on its price. The proposal with the best overall value, composed of technical merit and price, will be recommended for approval. UNICEF will set up an evaluation panel composed of technical UNICEF staff and their conclusions will be forwarded to the internal UNICEF contracts Review Committee.

The evaluation panel will first evaluate each response for compliance with requirement of the RFP. Responses deemed not to meet all of the mandatory requirements will be considered non-compliant and rejected at this stage without further consideration. Failure to comply with any of the terms and conditions contained in this RFP, including provision of all required information may result in a response or proposal being disqualified from further consideration.

1.10 TECHNICAL PROPOSAL (70 points)

The technical proposals will be evaluated against specified criteria below. The total amount of points allocated to the technical proposal is 70 points and only technical proposals which receive a minimum of 45 points will be considered further.

Please submit a tailor-made presentation, highlighting:




  1. Your or your company’s strengths, including comparative advantages over your peers - 20 points
  2. Your experience working with development and humanitarian partners - 10 points
  3. Your understanding of Somali context, and network of contacts within Somalia and Somali diaspora, if any - 10 points
  4. Professionalism – ability to deliver on time, handle pressure and hardship, ensure quality despite tight deadline, attention to detail, etc. - 20 points
  5. Sample of recent work - 10 points

Total score for technical proposal - 70 points (Only proposals which receive a minimum of 45 points will be considered further)


Please give your price proposal by filling out the attached Rate Sheet.

Note: You don’t have to give a price for each item. UNICEF Somalia will evaluate your eligibility based on what you/your company can provide. You can add items to the Rate Sheet if it is not already included.

Please indicate clearly what unit your price is based on - is it daily, hourly, monthly, or per X number of words, per assignment?

The total amount of points allocated for the price component is 30. The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened and compared among those invited firms/institutions which obtain the threshold points in the evaluation of the technical component. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

Score for price proposal X = Max. score for price proposal x Price of lowest priced proposal/Price of proposal X




Raising awareness on children’s issues is an integral part of UNICEF’s communication and advocacy work. This is especially significant to Somalia, a country that has been deeply affected by conflict and violence, and is still struggling to achieve peace two decades on. Written materials, such as human interest stories, frontline diaries and blogs, continue to be an effective communication and advocacy tool to help us shine light on the many challenges facing Somali children.

USSC would like to work with professional writers/editors who can help us tell the stories of Somali women and children in a compelling and engaging way. All stories will be pitched to UNICEF.org, UNICEF Connect, ICON and media houses. The incumbent will also provide writing, proofreading and editing support to reports and publications produced by the office.


Using written words to capture the reality of Somali children and women, as well as the development and humanitarian work supported by UNICEF and partners. It is expected that the contractor also pitches these stories to local, regional and international media using their own contacts to broaden the reach of these products.

The following professional services will be required:

· Writing

o Human interest stories, blogs, etc. Average 500 words per piece, written in a compelling and engaging manner

· Editing

o Proofreading and editing to reports and publications

· Pitching

o Local, regional and international media


The assignment is remotely based. The consultant is expected to conduct the work at his/her own working location, using his/her own equipment. Any cost incurred to enable the consultant successfully carry out the assignment, such as Internet connection, will be borne entirely by the consultant.

If travel is required, UNICEF will cover the cost of flights and DSA. Travel will be by the most economical fare and reimbursement as per UNICEF policy.

Payment is made as lump sum upon receipt of an invoice, and deliverables that meet UNICEF’s quality standards.

End Product

· Human interest stories, blogs, etc.

· Reports/publications edited and ready to be published

· Media pitching


· Advanced university degree, preferably in Journalism, Communication, English or a similar field;

· At least eight years of professional experience in writing/editing;

· Proven ability to synthesise and powerfully convey messages;

· Excellent analytical skills;

· Good knowledge of development issues, especially children’ issues and UNICEF’s work;

· Up-to-date knowledge of the latest developments in the fields of communication;

· Must be reliable, creative and be able to work with little supervision.


Contract will be established on a long term arrangement basis for a period of 24 months.


Before the start of any activity UNICEF and the selected contractor will agree on the task to be undertaken. Job orders will be issued by UNICEF Communication Section on need basis.


UNICEF does not make advance payments. Payments will be made upon satisfactory completion of tasks/deliverables and within 30 days of submission of invoices and supporting documents.

How to apply:

Sealed Hard copy proposals should be hand-delivered or sent by Courier to reach UNICEF at the below address on 20/11/2015 by 10.00 a.m. Nairobi Time. Bids received later than this date will be disqualified:

Supply & Logistics Section

UNICEF Somalia Support Centre

UN Gigiri Complex, Block Q, Ground Floor

P.O. Box 44145-00100



1. Prospective bidders are required to request for a full set of this RFP.

2. Bidders are requested to provide details i.e. Name/ID No. of person delivering the bids a day before the deadline to facilitate entry into the complex to:somsupply@unicef.org

3. A printed set of the completed technical and cost proposals should be submitted in three separate sealed envelopes. (Individual envelopes for technical and price proposals) clearly marked with RFP No., Name of Company, Technical Proposal and Financial Proposal

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Mogadishu
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2015-11-20

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