Publications Consultant

About the Project: OGP is looking for a consultant to support the production of the upcoming  publication ‘Do we trust democracy? A future agenda for Europe' which will be published in the run-up to the crucial European Parliament elections in May. The publication will feature 28 essays (approx. 600-800 words each) from Europe’s leading political do-ers and thinkers. This is a follow up to the 2017 publication ‘Trust: The Fight to Win it Back’

Description of Consultancy: The primary role of the consultant will be to edit the essays of the publication. The consultant will be required to review the incoming pieces, and provide concise and high-quality feedback to the authors on structure, flow and messaging within a short period of time. It will be particularly important to ensure that the essays have a clear link to open government approaches. The consultant will coordinate a diverse set of authors including EU Commissioners, politicians, academics and civil society activists. The consultant will reach out proactively and diplomatically to ensure all 28 authors meet the stipulated deadlines.

Term of Consultancy: ASAP - end of April; 2-3 days per week


  • Review and edit 28 essays at approx. 600-800 words each in length (please note this is not a copy-editing task but will focus on content, structure and messaging).
  • Communicate editorial feedback to authors.
  • Work and coordinate with authors to finalise the essays by 1 April.
  • Communicate with OGP Support Unit staff during regular check-in calls regarding progress and any challenges regarding the project.
  • Coordinate with graphic designer to lay out and finalize publication.

Experience and Skills needed:

  • Native English is preferred.
  • Very strong editorial skills, with relevant and demonstrable experience.
  • Ability to manage projects, with strong attention to detail and collaboration, including sharing information to update both on progress and setbacks.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Ability to work in a “virtual” team setting with colleagues based in different countries.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • An excellent grasp of open government issues and an understanding of OGP’s mission and values.


The consultant will be compensated a daily rate based on the level of experience, up to 400 EUR per day.

Details on How to Apply:

  • The consultant can be based anywhere in the world, although proximity to Central European Time is preferred.
  • Compensation commensurate with requirements and experience.
  • Please submit a cover letter, current CV and a writing sample as attachments to Please add ‘Publications Consultant’ to the subject of your email.
  • Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. The cut off for accepting applications is February 28, 2019.
  • Because of the volume of applications, we will not be able to respond to every applicant. We thank applicants in advance for their expressions of interest.
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