Consultant - Technical Writers

Kabul, Afghanistan
Apply by 17 August 2018
Posted on 10 August 2018

Job Description

Position Title: Consultant Technical Writer

Department: Policy and Research

Organization: The Asia Foundation (TAF)

Contract Duration: 45 days (Aug 20, 2018 to Oct 5, 2018)

Duty Station: Kabul office / or Home based

Number of Posts: Multiple

Nationality: International

Gender: Male/Female

Repost Date: August 10, 2018

Closing Date: Aug 17, 2018

Background about the Foundation:

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance, law, and civil society; women’s empowerment; economic reform and development; and international relations. Drawing on more than 60 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research. With a network of 19 offices throughout Asia, an office in Washington, D.C., and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level.

Project Background:

Since 2004, The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) has conducted the annual Survey of the Afghan People (SAP) to gather first-hand opinions from a broad and nationally representative sample of Afghan citizens across all 34 of the country’s provinces on a variety of contemporary governance and development-related issues.

The overall goal of The Survey of the Afghan People project is to provide analyzed public perception data to help GoIRA, the international community and civil society actors, identify and prioritize development and policy needs in Afghanistan

We seek writer(s) who can contribute to the overall analysis and write up of the report.

Scope of Work:

Report Writer/Analyst is responsible for drafting chapters for the annual Survey Report. Chapters are determined in collaboration with the Policy and Research Director and can in most cases follow the section headings of the 2017 Survey Report. The Report Writer/Analyst shall also produce visualizations, using Microsoft Excel, following guidelines for color. These visualizations should be given in a separate Excel document to the Survey Team to complete formatting.

Writing should follow the tone and voice detailed in the Guidebook for Writers, to be provided by the end of August, which also outlines standard formatting and color schemes for visualizations.

Chapters should be no shorter than ten pages and no longer than 25 pages (double spaced, 12 pt times new roman font) in length, and should include:

  • An introduction which includes a timeline of recent relevant events
  • All key trendline questions (ie, questions reported in 2017)
  • References to at least 5 other surveys in Afghanistan, cited as endnotes
  • Reporting of significant changes, year to year, and region to region, for key questions
  • Report of any surprising findings, results from statistical tests, and any other information of objective relevance to stakeholders

Each chapter should require approximately one week of full-time writing to complete. Throughout the process, the Policy and Research Director and the Department are available for support and will provide feedback in track changes on the first version of the chapter, prior to final submission. A set of weighted tabulations for major questions will be delivered to the report authors in the beginning of September, once the data arrives, to kickstart the process.


The audience for the report includes a wide array of readers:

  1. In the Afghan government this includes the Afghan President, all members of the Afghan Parliament, the Judiciary, Ministers and Deputy Ministers and Policy and Planning Departments in most ministries;

  2. in the private sector, Afghan businesses and a limited number of international investors;
  3. in the international government community, members of the US Congress, MPs in the British Parliament, and officers in the Australian government and aid communities;
  4. in the defense community, members of various militaries and their agencies;
  5. in the NGO/ aid community, leaders in Afghan national and international NGOs
  6. in the academic and research communities, scholars and researchers at universities in the U.S. and U.K., Europe and Australia, as well as local researchers and think-tanks operating in Afghanistan


  1. A brief literature review/background timeline of key events for each chapter, due before September 7, 2018.
  2. Delivery of a first draft of each chapter, with visualizations attached in a separate Excel file (can also be pasted into the text, but the Excel file is needed for the Policy and Research Department to standardize the formatting) by September 15, 2018 along with associated Excel files for tables and charts, and tables and charts, and data files (e.g. Stata .do files).*
  3. Delivery of a final draft of each chapter, no later than October 1, 2018 of all chapters, to reflect responses and changes to editorial feedback from TAF’s review team.

(* Tables and charts should be unformatted and labeled in an Excel file. TAF’s Kabul team and a professional designer will require your original Excel file to apply the book’s standard fonts, colors, dimensions, to each chart or table you include.)


  • Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, degree in journalism, English, or communication or any other relevant area.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ and more experience in area of research, development and journalism and technical writing.
  • Knowledge about Afghanistan and its current affairs.
  • Ability to deliver high quality documentation paying attention to detail.
  • Ability to quickly grasp complex technical concepts and make them easily understandable in text and pictures.
  • Work experience in post-conflict countries is a plus.
  • Excellent written skills in English and Fluency in English is a must.

Reporting to:

The consultant would be technically reporting to the Policy and Research Director or his desgnate.

Interested candidates encouraged to apply and should submit the following documents:

Cover letter
Two samples of published work

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes with a detailed application letter and contact details, no later than August 17, 2018 to

Please clearly indicate “Consultant Technical Writers” in the subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be informed.

Applicants who have previously submitted applications for this position are not required to submit a new application

About the Organization

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2017, we provided $83.7 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at $8.7 million.

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