Technical writer / editor

  • Anywhere
Organization: Anthrologica
Closing date: 5 Mar 2023

Job Description

Position: Technical writer/editor

Location: Global, home-based (remote)

Contract: Part-time, 18 months (with potential to renew)

Remuneration Competitive, based on qualifications and experience


Anthrologica ( has developed specific expertise in applied social science in emergency and humanitarian response, particularly regarding public health emergencies. We have been heavily engaged in major disease outbreaks over recent years including Ebola, Zika and COVID-19. Anthrologica is a founding partner of the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform ( (SSHAP) with the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

An important aspect of our work with SSHAP is the preparation and editing of a variety of publications to inform operational actors responding to humanitarian emergencies and the full range of stakeholders across the emergency response. These publications present syntheses of social science evidence and practical considerations. We collaborate closely with agency partners including WHO, UNICEF, IFRC and others, as well as with Ministries of Health and local institutions.


Anthrologica seeks a technical writer/editor to work on SSHAP publications. The writer/editor will be responsible for reviewing, editing and revising a variety of written documents prepared by SSHAP authors, including briefs related to emergency response activities. Extensive rewriting of draft documents is sometimes required. The position requires close collaboration with SSHAP researchers and writers worldwide. This is a flexible, part-time position. Work can be done primarily during regular business hours in the writer/editor’s home time zone, with some work required after standard hours and on weekends to accommodate deadlines and colleagues’ time zones. The position is for 18 months with potential to renew. The editor/writer will collaborate with and report to Anthrologica.

Key Responsibilities

  • Review, edit and rewrite as necessary SSHAP written materials related to public health preparedness and emergency response activities.
  • Work with expert reviewers and SSHAP authors to ensure accuracy, clarity and conciseness of written materials and appropriateness for intended audience.
  • Fact check and conduct limited additional research as needed.
  • Ensure consistency with SSHAP template style and formatting, including proper formatting of references and proofreading .
  • Work with graphic design team to prepare infographics and summary reports for non-expert audiences.

Key Competencies

  • A bachelor’s degree in a social science-related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as a technical writer with a focus on public health. Experience related to emergency response and/or humanitarian contexts is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Zotero.
  • Excellent English language skills, including spelling, punctuation, and grammar skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, in complex environments and with a range of stakeholders.
  • Fluency in English (additional language skills an asset).

How to apply

To apply

Submit CV / resume and one or two technical writing samples demonstrating public health expertise to:

Samples should not exceed 1500 words in total and may be excerpts from longer works. Short-listed candidates will be asked to complete a brief edit test.

For the subject line of your submission email please use ‘SSHAP editor – YOUR NAME’.


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