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Syria LEARN - Consultancy for photojournalist services (H/F)

Pays
Syrie
Sources
Solidarités International
Date de clôture

NOTICE OF INTEREST - CONSULTANCY SERVICES - Photojournalist services

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LEARN Consortium : Linking Emergency Assistance and Response in Northeast Syria (LEARN)

Date: 28/07/2021

Project: LEARN Consortium

Title: Consultancy for photojournalist services

Reference: AMM/IM/004/AMM/21

This Expression of Interest solicitation is open to all eligible consultants, in accordance with SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL procedures.

1. Description of Project

The LEARN Consortium is a partnership between four (4) International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), and two (2) national partners. A three-year program with possible extension, it leverages the respective expertise from the I/NGO partners to deliver Health, Shelter, multi-purpose cash assistance (MPCA), protection, humanitarian coordination, and WASH services to the most vulnerable communities in North East Syria (NES). LEARN has completed its first phase (2018-2020), is currently in its second phase (2020-2021) and is working on a third phase extension. The main activities being implemented are related to the rehabilitation and running of Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs), emergency WASH (water distribution and rehabilitation of water infrastructure), private and public institutional shelter repairs, distribution of essential kits (new arrivals, hygiene, shelter repairs) and MPCA to cover basic needs. A livelihoods component is being added to the ongoing programming from October 2021. The program incorporates a Rapid Response Mechanism.

The implementing partners are based in, and implement throughout, NES. The Consortium Management Unit (CMU) is the oversight structure for the program that aims to facilitate smooth coordination, oversee program delivery, lead donor communications, ensure compliance and manage risk. The CMU is led by the Chief of Party (Jordan) and Deputy Chief of Party (NES), together with a team of Specialists.

2. Background

In early 2019, Northeast Syria (NES) witnessed a steady decline in conflict activity since the group known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was expelled from the region. This decline in conflict activity has led residents who had previously been displaced to return to their communities of origin. At the same time, the governorates of Ar-Raqqa, eastern Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor and Al-Hasakeh continued to host a large number of IDP populations. Residents of NES faced a new humanitarian crisis after the escalation of conflict in October 2019; this resulted in significant displacement from the region, both internally and towards the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KR-I). More than 190,000 women, children and men were displaced, mostly from Al-Hasakeh and Ar-Raqqa. Critical infrastructure, including health and water treatment facilities, was damaged or closed. Since mid-December 2019 conflict has continued at a reduced level in comparison to October/early November. Most recently, public health measures have been put in place in NES to mitigate widespread infection due to COVID-19. With poor health infrastructure, lack of basic services, densely crowded camp and collective center populations, and a population that after years of war may have many undiagnosed underlying health conditions, the effect of COVID-19 is likely to be severe in NES. In mid-2021, communities in NES are seeing a fear of imminent water shortages and a severe currency depreciation impacting their ability to safely access basic needs.

3. Purpose

The purpose of the consultancy is to tell the story of the LEARN visually over its three-year history, with a focus on the impact that this has had for communities in NES. The materials produced will be used internally (Consortium and individual partners), but also may be used externally e.g. to contribute to learning in the wider humanitarian community.

The expected focus is on LEARN with a consortium lens (rather than individual I/NGO partner programming, although specific pictures on individual partners’ activities could also be listed). In proposing a methodology and developing the final report, the consultant should be guided by the people-centered approach of the consortium and the consortium’s strategy of:

  • comprehensive service delivery to communities (i.e. integrated programming) with health being at centre-stage;
  • ability to rapidly deploy lifesaving services in an emergency;
  • existence as a humanitarian frontline partnership, with demonstrated flexibility to fill urgent gaps;
  • value added in the most “hard to reach” areas, areas that have often seen recent conflict and where the most vulnerable population reside (e.g. IDPs);
  • “field-up” consortium that values coordination, collaboration and partnership;
  • investment in NES-wide coordination mechanisms;
  • programming based on lessons learnt; and,
  • a multi-sectoral, needs-based, people-centered approach.
4. Methods

The consultant will be asked to propose a methodology and approach to capture the history and culture of the LEARN visually, with the impact that this has had on communities in NES at the heart of this project. It is expected that the process will include:

  • Consultant ensures familiarity with the unique visibility requirements linked to NES for each LEARN partner organisation and the donor (receiving briefing from CMU and individual partners). These are mandatory to comply with during the entire consultancy, and the output must also be in compliance with such requirements.
  • Interviews with key stakeholders (consortium management unit and project staff of partners) and initial reading of key reports to understand the LEARN’s programmatic approach and aims, and the consortium’s values and culture. This should provide ideas on how the consortium has been leveraged to do more for the people of NES and meet the needs of the most vulnerable.
  • Proposition of a final plan (location, interviews, approach, core plan for the story) to be approved by the Chief of Party and functional support at SI HQ.
  • Interviews, observations, etc. in Northeast Syria.

The methodological approach will be outlined by the consultant and needs to consider the COVID-19 related situation.

5. Deliverables and Timeline

The expected output is high-quality photographs and video output, alongside a short (3 page maximum) presentation of the history of LEARN and how the consortium has been ‘more than the sum of its parts’ to provide services to the most vulnerable in NES, designed with a communications approach (as opposed to a reporting and descriptive approach). It is expected that the focus will be taking into account the value of a consortium, the strategy and culture of the LEARN, and the impact for communities LEARN serves in NES.

  • Inception Report: This should cover the resources (human, documentation, logistics) proposed by the consultant to reach the output, including the timeline. This should also cover the plan and core approach for the output. This needs to be pre-approved by the Chief of Party.
  • Video output: One edited and finalized “3 first years of LEARN” video film (duration 10-15 minutes), 5 edited and finalized short formats (for social networks, max. 2 minutes) covering each 5 LEARN sector of intervention including “beneficiaries’ talks” (Health, WASH, Shelter, MPCA and Protection or Humanitarian Coordination)
  • Photo output: 60 pictures covering activities, impact, context, partners and partnership
  • Draft narrative piece (3 pages maximum) allowing for feedback from Consortium, within two weeks from the end of field assignment.
  • Final narrative piece (3 pages maximum) incorporating feedback from Consortium to the Draft Report and final recommendations, within two weeks from receiving the response.
  • Materials and data including interview transcripts/summaries/recordings, photo documentation, site observation records, etc. are to be provided to the Chief of Party.

These deliverables are to be:

  • prepared in English
  • submitted to LEARN electronically via e-mail: cop@learnconsortium.org and dcop@lernconsortium.org.

Minimum standards for Video works would be 4K (this could be revised up based on proposition/inception of the mission); for Photo works the consultant would be asked to submit materials in both HD (High Definition) and LD (Low Definition) + TIF to allow SI and partners to consider prints.

LEARN is keen on receiving the rushes used for videos and the rights of the photo materials to allow external utilization.

DELIVERABLE - CONTENT - RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Inception Report : Consultant provides clarifications on methodology and resources, and the core proposed approach for the output, ensuring compliance with visibility requirements in NES. -> Consultant submits to LEARN electronically. LEARN provides all necessary inputs such as project documents, logistics planning, etc.

2. Draft of the Final Report : High quality photographs and video output, alongside short (2 – 3 page) presentation, prepared with a communications approach in mind. -> Consultant submits the draft of the final report to LEARN. LEARN provides feedback within 5 working days of the draft report receipt

3. Final Report : Finalized version of the narrative piece (3 pages, formatted), amended versions of the video output (if necessary following LEARN feedbacks). -> Consultant submits the draft of the final reports (internal and external) to LEARN

Materials and data: Interview transcripts/summaries/recordings, photo documentation, video rushes, etc. -> Consultant submits the data to LEARN in one package, all documents must be in either English (preferred) or Arabic

DURATION OF THE MISSION : The expected period of the mission is to not exceed 5 weeks. The following schedule is tentative but the field work should be completed in September.

Preparation : August 2021 - Field work : *August/September 2021 -* Submission of the outputs: September 2021

Management and Reporting Lines

  • Position under the hierarchical supervision of: LEARN Chief of Party
  • Position under the functional supervision of: Middle-East Desk Manager, in contact with Communications Department (Solidarités International HQ).
  • The Consultant, CMU and Prime Recipient will discuss appropriate working relationships between them.
  • Key interlocutors: All CMU Specialists; Consortium Technical Advisory Group members; Key program and/or technical focal points at partner agencies; SI HQ Desk team.

Logistics

The LEARN consortium partners will work with the selected consultant and team to map out security and logistics. It is expected that the Solidarités International office will support logistics arrangements, including the transport and accommodation inside NES. The LEARN partners will facilitate access for interviews and to locations as agreed with the consultant in the Inception Report. LEARN will share necessary security and access information. The consultant is required to have appropriate and sufficient insurance for the field trip.

6. Consultant profile / team composition

The consultant is expected to demonstrate the following experience and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or photography, or demonstrable equivalent industry experience
  • Minimum 05 years’ experience in photojournalism, photo-reporting in complex security environment
  • Excellent technical skills, using digital and non-digital cameras and industry-standard software
  • Bring his/her own material (cameras, editing software, etc.) necessary to the production of high-quality media (cf. Minimum standards in section 5)
  • Initiative when reacting quickly to situations
  • The ability to convey information, and creativity and an eye for telling a story
  • The ability to work under pressure and a high degree of flexibility, courtesy and professionalism
  • Highest standard of accuracy and attention to detail. The ability to self-supervise, organize and prioritise in order to meet deadlines.
  • Experience working in conflict or post-conflict environments (preferred, not mandatory)
  • Good knowledge of the context and the conflict in Northeast Syria, where the project is being implemented (preferred, not mandatory)
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English (mandatory) and Arabic/Kurdish (preferred).
  • Evidence of similar work in the recent past (mandatory)
7. Application process

SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL invites consultants to apply for the provision of services as described above. Interested consultants must submit a Cover Letter outlining:

  • the financial offer (daily rate with clarifications on other cost covering expectations)
  • proposal to meet the ToR
  • Proposed work plan and field mission scheduling,
  • information on capacity and experience showing that they are qualified for the services (up to three examples of past relevant work are mandatory); and,

Interested consultants may express their interest by sending an email to the following address: dcop@learnconsortium.org and cop@learnconsortium.org by end of Tuesday, August 10th (UTC+3) and expressly mentioning « LEARN Photojournalist Consultancy»

A short list of consultants will be established after the call for expressions of interest and the consultation will follow the rules and procedures of SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL for the use of Consultants. The interest shown by a Consultant does not imply any obligation on the part of SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL for inclusion in the short list.

8. Budget and payment schedule

50% : Following the signing of the Contract

50% : After the final version of the final report and the evaluation data has been received and approved

Comment postuler

SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL invites consultants to apply for the provision of services as described above. Interested consultants must submit a Cover Letter outlining:

  • the financial offer (daily rate with clarifications on other cost covering expectations)
  • proposal to meet the ToR
  • Proposed work plan and field mission scheduling,
  • information on capacity and experience showing that they are qualified for the services (up to three examples of past relevant work are mandatory); and,

Interested consultants may express their interest by sending an email to the following address: dcop@learnconsortium.org and cop@learnconsortium.org by end of Tuesday, August 10th (UTC+3) and expressly mentioning « LEARN Photojournalist Consultancy»

A short list of consultants will be established after the call for expressions of interest and the consultation will follow the rules and procedures of SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL for the use of Consultants. The interest shown by a Consultant does not imply any obligation on the part of SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL for inclusion in the short list.