Production of Documentary Videos and Photographs Highlighting UNDPs Contribution to Development to Somalia
United Nations Development Programme | Published September 7, 2015 - Deadline September 18, 2015
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It seeks to assist national counterparts find their own solutions to global and national development challenges drawing on UNDP and its partners as they develop local capacity.
Human development, poverty reduction, protection of human rights, youth and women’s empowerment and environment protection are an integral part of UNDPs work. This is especially significant to Somalia, a country that has been deeply affected by war and conflict and is still struggling to achieve peace two decades on. Notwithstanding the political transition in August, 2012, Somalia remains one of the most challenging operational environment compounded by lack of proper structures, and under-developed capabilities and skills needed to deliver. Notwithstanding, expectations of government and its citizens are high, thus, UNDP must operate at its optimum to ensure that it lives up to these expectations.
UNDP in Somalia is supporting the Somali government and people in their efforts to promote human development through people-driven initiatives. It seeks to help in generating more jobs and economic opportunities, improving livelihoods, providing better public services, building national capacities, influencing policies and promoting knowledge transfer. The UNDP continues to do this by building partnerships with a wide range of international, regional and national stakeholders in its efforts to support Somalia’s development priorities and address the challenges facing it. Our partners range from the, federal government ministries and agencies, and local governments to civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
2. Overall objective
The overall objective of this assignment is:
2.1. To produce three 3 – 6 minute videos documenting UNDP’s interventions across the main areas of programme, particularly painting a picture of how the areas of support —governance and rule of law, poverty reduction and environmental protection, capacity development and gender and women’s empowerment - link together in a coherent and functional whole. The focus will be on highlighting the human element of this work, both the beneficiaries impacted by bringing services delivery closer to the people, as well as the stakeholders helping to bring these efforts to life. The visually appealing and concise video will aim to communicate such stories to donors, media, stakeholders and the wider public - thereby creating a better understanding of how the collection of small and coordinated interventions undertaken by UNDP link to the larger picture of development, good governance, state-building and livelihood empowerment pursued by the international community;
2.2. The assignment also requires submission of 150 high-quality photos which can be used for various publications and products, to demonstrate stories to donors, media, stakeholders and the wider public - thereby creating a better understanding of how the collection of small and coordinated interventions undertaken by UNDP link to the larger picture of development, good governance, state-building and livelihood empowerment pursued by the international community;
The videos and photos will address UNDP’s support to Federal Government of Somalia, and Governments in Somaliland and Puntland. These development themes follow the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals as laid out by the Somali Compact, focusing on inclusive politics, security, justice, economic foundations, revenue and services, as well as cross cutting issues (capacity development, gender and women’s’ empowerment and support to HIV).
3. Specific deliverables
3.1. Supplementary/intermediate deliverables provided during process
a) Detailed work plan with filming/editing methodology, timeframe, schedule and budget -taking into account trips to Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia for filming;
b) Raw footages and photographs collected in project areas;
c) Transcripts of select interviews available in English and Somali;
d) First cut of the documentary for comments;
e) Raw photos as requested. Captions for photographs in English.
3.2. Final deliverables
3.2.1. Develop three short (3 - 6’) videos of HD-quality, expertly edited to tell the story of UNDP’s support to the Federal Government of Somalia. In consultation with UNDP, the scripts and videos will be further expanded upon (see point 5).
a. UNDP’s support for institutional capacity building in select cities within Somalia. The documentary should be suitable for broadcast on TV channels. It should be in Somali and English. May include gains made by the Federal Government of Somalia (with UNDP’s support) in regards to state formation efforts in south and central Somalia. The documentary should be suitable for broadcast on TV channels. It should be in Somali and English;
b. Support to Governance and Rule of Law programming in Somalia (including but not limited to support to state formation, access to justice, support to Parliament and Constitution). The documentary should be suitable for broadcast on TV channels. It should be in Somali and English;
c. Support to Poverty Reduction and Environmental Protection programming in Somalia (including but not limited to support to local economic development activities, environmental protection, support to Parliament and Constitution). The documentary should be suitable for broadcast on TV channels. It should be in Somali and English;
d. The minimum standards for the video quality are as follows:
Frame size and image dimensions Base temps
Variable Bit Rate
Screen Aspect Ratio
1440 pixels wide x 1080
18,50 Mbits/s max
3.2.2. Develop 150 usable photos of high-quality, high resolution (over 3 mb) expertly edited to convey the story of UNDP’s support across Somalia. Capturing these photos will be dependant on security in the areas. However, they should include portrait and landscape pictures with a focus on women and men in non-traditional roles. Digital colour photos, JPG format with high resolution;
These photos should be from the main areas on UNDP’s works. This will include (but not limited to) policing, access to justice activities, youth employment and empowerment, electoral processes, Parliament and institutions in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central, state building efforts, environment, capacity development, local economic development projects, and Community Conversations on HIV, FGM and gender. The exact sites will be identified in consultation with UNDP’s PPU and Communications Specialist.
4. Scope of work and specific tasks
To carry out the following scope of work, of which all elements must be undertaken to achieve the successful completion of the assignment:
a) Review of provided documents and material outlining the background, vision and objectives of UNDP’s work and successes;
b) Consult with identified representatives from UNDP’s Planning and Partnership Unit (PPU) and partner agencies (at field and country office levels) to design and undertake the filming process;
c) Provide input into the video’s script, initially designed by UNDP’s communications consultant;
d) With facilitation and support by UNDP, communicate with and conduct in-person interviews with identified stakeholders, including line ministers within the Somaliland government, local representatives within the covered areas (Somaliland, Puntland, and South Central), relevant district staff and local community beneficiaries and donors;
e) Cover all the logistical aspects of the filming process, including travel and accommodation between and within Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia;
f) Provide English-language narration and/or subtitles for the video;
g) Select and integrate appropriate music and visual effects to accompany and professional-looking, high-quality short movie;
h) Edit the material using professional video production programming, based on the final script - communicate with UNDP counterpart to allow for the process to be overseen throughout the editing process.
5.1. Production Company
a) Present and refine methodology and budget for implementing the assignment, including efficient work plan and timeframe;
b) Provide filming and editing equipment to the minimum quality requirements presented below;
c) Make arrangements for logistics across all aspects of the filming, including accommodation, local transport, communications services and any other needed details; and
d) Advise on issues related to the assignment in a timely manner.
5.2. UNDP Communications Unit
a) Organize an inception meeting between the production company and local UNDP/PPU staff, as well as other relevant local representatives from programme agencies;
b) Establish and facilitate contact with identified stakeholders and field staff, as necessary;
c) Review and approve work plan for filming (including a schedule, timeframe and methodology), and then conduct periodic monitoring of filming progress;
d) Provide reference material;
e) Provide initial draft and final authorization of script, including interview questions;
f) Overseeing editing process based on discussions over a feasible plan for undertaking this, in order to ensure UNDP feedback when and where necessary;
g) Meet the relevant costs related to this assignment, as agreed in the contract upon approved offer;
h) Review and approve the draft and final production, as stipulated in the deliverables section and contract.
6. Expertise required and Prequalification
The production companies applying will be judged against the following criteria:
a) Demonstrated experience and competency in conducting similar assignments within Somalia/Somaliland;
b) Experience in working with international organizations and/or international donors, as well as Somali government officials and communities, to produce videos on specific programmes or activities;
c) Prior experience working specifically with UN agencies, and in particular UNDP and/or UNDP programme activities, an added advantage;
d) Extensive company experience in overall video production, as well as general communications;
e) The dedication of a qualified team of staff with the skills, capacities, technical competencies, understanding and vision to undertake the various aspect of the assignment in a creative, timely and professional manner, with clear leadership;
f) Clear work plan and articulation of expected methodologies and outputs;
g) Excellent technical capacities, including facilities, equipment, transportation, editing equipment and other assets, to undertake all production activities for a high quality video;
h) Expert command of Somali and English languages, and a demonstrated ability to implement this in the form of narration and voice-overs;
i) Capacity to respond creatively to unexpected setbacks, communicate extensively with field and UNDP staff and a proactive approach to overall engagement with production counterparts; and
j) Ability to start within one month upon signing a contract.
7. Duration of work
The assignment, including and travel and editing, is expected to take a duration of no more than 63 calendar days and will be completed before 15 December 2015. We propose that the initial cut of the film to be produced in about 36 days, with the last 14 days to be dedicated to allowing for input to be provided to the video and the final changes to be made.
An initial round of photos will be ready within 36 days, and will be delivered to the UNDP Communications Unit for review and consideration. The last 14 days will to be dedicated to allowing for input, additional editing as needed.
Copyright © United Nations Development Programme. All rights reserved. UNDP photos are used to promote the development work of the organization. If the photographer uses the picture for his/her own work, redistributes the work in any type of publication/exhibition written consent from UNDP Somalia Communication Unit must be sought. UNDP photos can be downloaded free-of-charge from the website and used in print, online or electronic publications and products. UNDP photos cannot be altered, sold, redistributed or used to create derivative works. All UNDP photos, whether used in print, electronic or online format, must be credited as follows: name of photographer/UNDP, if the photographer’s name is available. If not, the photo should simply say UNDP/name of Country Office, if the Country Office is known; otherwise, UNDP next to the photograph will suffice.