Senior Web Editor Consultancy

IPU is looking for a highly experienced, motivated and creative Senior Web Editor with excellent web writing and editing skills. S/he will be responsible for developing and managing all types of content on the IPU website to ensure it is a dynamic, engaging and accurate resource on parliaments and democracy that fulfils the user needs of a variety of target audiences.
In addition to commissioning new content for the site, the Senior Web Editor will have strong research and visual skills and an understanding of multimedia communications and resources. S/he will manage the English and French versions of the site and work with colleagues in all Divisions to coordinate the content workflow. S/he will also ensure all content is available in other language versions of ipu.org.
The Senior Web Editor will ensure IPU style guides are adhered to and will play a key role in the governance of the IPU website. S/he will also be responsible for categorizing content with taxonomies. With a solid eye for detail, well organized and deep understanding of international relations and politics, s/he will have excellent inter-personal skills and experience in working in a multi-cultural environment and global context. The Web Editor is part of the IPU web team within the Communications Division and reports to the Director of Communications.
  • Excellent web writer and editor with strong attention to detail and the ability to alter writing style to reflect different audiences
  • Proven experience in translating website communications goals into developing content that fulfils user needs
  • Knowledge of multimedia resources
  • Experience in integrating use of diverse social media platforms in online communications
  • Experience in developing and running online campaigns
  • Ability to define taxonomies and to categorize content with taxonomies
  • Be able to multi-task and prioritize
  • Ability to lead and manage a team
  • Basic working knowledge of HTML
  • Strong knowledge of Content Management Systems, preferably Drupal CMS
  • Proficiency in the following: Photoshop, streaming audio and video, blogs, SEO, CSS, other web/programming languages.
  • Solid ability to analyse Google Analytics and adapt content strategy accordingly
Key deliverables:
  • Leads content production and evaluation
  • Identifies and works with subject matter experts within IPU Secretariat and among IPU Members to produce content
  • Commissions and liaises with content producers
  • Writes and edits content
  • Approves content before publishing
  • Has ultimate responsibility for the quality of both the content and the user experience by:
    • Ensuring that the content is up to date
    • Ensuring that the content is translated in all supported languages
    • Evaluating content performance based on analytics
    • Publishing content
  • Defines workflow processes
  • Defines policy on content production and content archiving
  • Defines style guide for the web
  • Enforces the style guide and IPU brand online
  • Researches and commissions visual content
  • Coaches and supports writers and content producers including photographers and videographers
  • Manages IPU’s social media accounts
  • Proposes content that will help to implement the communications strategy and support overall IPU goals and objectives
  • Plays key role in the execution of the communications strategy
  • Works in cooperation with the IPU Web Manager to ensure technical features work well with content strategy
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Staff of the IPU Secretariat
Qualifications and competencies:
  • 10 years digital communications experience, preferably as an online journalist or with an international organization
  • Fluent English/excellent French written and oral communications skills
  • Strong knowledge of international relations and politics is essential
  • Knowledge of parliaments is preferred
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree, preferably in international relations or politics
Dates and conditions:
The consultancy will run from 1 October to 30 March 2017. The consultant will be working from the IPU Headquarters in Geneva and will receive a fee of CHF 8’300 per month.
You can find the full Terms of Reference for this position at http://www.ipu.org/finance-e/tor-web-editor.pdf

Those persons interested in the consultancy and who meet the criteria are requested to send their applications, comprising a resume and a cover letter, to postbox@ipu.org by 5 September 2016.
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