Call for Application: We are looking for Documentary Film Production Companies

Terms of Reference

Background of CARD  

The Center for the Advancement of Rights and Democracy (CARD) is a board-led, for-not-profit organization registered in Ethiopia under the Civil Societies Law 1113/2019 with registry number 4307. CARD acquired its legal personality on 24 July 2019.

​CARD aspires to see Ethiopia where democratic culture flourished on human rights values and has been working with a mission to empower citizens and groups of citizens to ensure their ability to promote and defend human rights and build democratic governance in Ethiopia. CARD is an organization that follows a rights-centered approach to help the democratization process in Ethiopia. Currently, CARD implements several projects under five major thematic program areas: Civic Engagement, Media Literacy, Women and Youth Empowerment, Digital rights, and Democratic Index.

CARD’s Vision

To see Ethiopia where democratic culture flourished on human rights values.

CARD’s Mission

To empower citizens and groups of citizens to ensure their ability to promote and defend human rights and build democratic governance in Ethiopia. [More on CARD’s Website]

Background of the Project

Through the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), CARD is implementing a project under the title “Under the Ethiopian Sky: Articulating Contentious Issues for a Meaningful Dialogue”. It focuses on promoting peaceful and amicable ways of resolving issues in a democratic way amongst different groups of youth.  

CARD is currently implementing a portion of the 10-month project that entails the production of 7 documentaries based on 7 selected contemporary contentious issues in Ethiopia. he selected issues are as follows:

  1. Controversial issues over the city of Addis Ababa)
  2. The structure of Ethiopian federalism
  3. Dealing with history and its many narratives
  4. Controversies over the special force units of regional states
  5. Controversies over territories among regions, zones, and other administrative units
  6. Power and relationship of the federal and regional state governments
  7. Bad Peace or Good War?

CARD will assign selected production companies to work on a specific thematic area from the list. So, applying production companies do not need to choose thematic areas they are interested to work on

To this end, CARD wants to hire seven (7) production companies to develop 7 documentaries on the selected controversial issues and invite all qualified candidates to apply according to the below-specified requirements. 

Scope of the Task

The documentaries seek to highlight controversial issues in a way that helps the viewers get a comprehensive highlight of the issue and how it came about to be controversial. They seek to touch on history, context, the issue, and its solutions within the allocated time. It will contain three major components: the questions, the dilemma, and democratic alternatives to the solution. To help guide this, literature reviews and storylines will be prepared for each controversial issue. 

Each documentary must consider the following as the scope:

  1. The full documentary must be 30 minutes for each selected issue 
    • 20 Minutes – is the produced documentary that follows the storyline and contains facts and information provided by the literature review.
    • 10 Minutes – is the portion of the documentary that highlights/contains the reaction/discussion of different stakeholders to them watching the 20 minutes documentary.
  2. They need to be able and willing to follow the storyline in the production of the documentaries. 

Outcomes 

The outcomes are listed as follows: 

Outcome 1: A 20-minute documentary 

The awarded production company shall develop a comprehensive 20-minute-long documentary on the issue selected by following the storyline and the literature review developed

Outcome 2: A 10-minute reaction compilation film 

CARD will facilitate a screening event for the 20-minutes long documentary and the awarded production company shall film the reflections of the youth to the documentary which articulated the questions, the dilemma, and democratic alternatives to the solution at the watching events. This will be a 10-minute long compilation of reactions that will be then added to the 20-minute documentary

Outcome 3: A 30-minute documentary

The awarded production company shall then combine the 20-minute documentary and the 10-minute reaction film into one comprehensive 30-minute documentary. 

Tasks and Responsibilities

The production company(ies) will be responsible for the following:

  1. A draft 20-minute documentary shall be completed within 20 days
  2. Once feedback is provided by CARD, the production company shall submit the final 20-minute documentary within seven days.
  3. The Production Company shall be present at the screening event and film reflections from participants.
  4. A draft 10-minute reaction documentary will be submitted to CARD on the specified date.
  5. Once feedback is provided by CARD, the production team will prepare the final 10-minute documentary.
  6. A draft for the overall 30-minute documentary will be submitted to CARD on the specified date.
  7. Once feedback is provided by CARD, the production team will prepare the final 30-minute documentary.

Timeframe 

  1. The awarded company(ies) is expected to work and complete each assignment within the timeframe of the agreement between CARD and the awarded consultant(s) and the stated deadline.
  2. The starting date for the production will be on January 01, 2023, and the ending date on January 23, 2023.
  3. A detailed timeline will be provided once an agreement is reached

Required Skills/Experience 

The consultant/consultancy team is expected to have a mix of skills relevant to the

assignment. The required background and experience for the consultant/consultancy team is as follows:

  • Legal status recognized by the Government of Ethiopia, enabling the organization to perform the above-mentioned tasks under the laws of the country.
  • Minimum 5 years of demonstrated experience designing and undertaking similar documentary production works
  • Knowledge of media production and communication
  • Ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the English language
  • Ability to be thorough and pay attention to detail.
  • Flexible and open to change with the ability to use their own initiative.

How to Apply 

Interested and qualified applicants should send the following documents to email: apply@cardeth.org no later than Dec 20, 2022, with the subject line Application for documentary production.

  • A financial proposal for the service
  • A technical proposal for the service (including production plan)
  • Registration, tax clearance, and other documents
  • CV and relevant documents
  • A sample of similar assignments done before

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