Terms of Reference (TOR)

Background of the Organization  

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 https://www.cardeth.org/about/]

Background of the Project

Through the support of Agence Française de Développement – AFD, CARD is implementing a project alongside partner organizations under the title “Promoting Inclusiveness in Society through Rights-Based Research, Dialogue, and Advocacy”. The overarching objective of the project is to create robust, inclusive, and diverse civic and media space as well as to enhance the partnerships between civic organizations through research, capacity building of formal and informal civic associations and grassroots movements, and to protect the civic space by creating human rights-based dialogue platforms, conflict mitigation, and peacebuilding. This project is being implemented by the joint effort of seven newly established civil society organizations under the Consortium for Human Rights, Dialogue, and Democracy (CHRDD) with CARD being the lead.

CALL ONE (1)

Baseline study of the media space as well as the state of professional associations of the media. – (Consultant/Consultancy Team)

CARD is implementing a component from the 3-year project with the objective of creating inclusive media houses and supporting independent associations of media practitioners. One activity is conducting a baseline study of the media space and the state of professional associations of the media. 

To this end, CARD wants to hire a research consultant or team of consultants to conduct a baseline study of the media space and the state of professional associations of the media and invite all qualified candidates according to the below-specified requirements. 

The objective of the Study 

The activity’s objective is to understand what the current Ethiopian media space looks like in terms of its vibrancy and the state of media professionals’ associations. Its purpose is to provide a benchmark from which to plan intervention mechanisms with respect to the sensitivity of their reports and coverage of human rights aspects. It is also imperative that the study examine the inclusion of usually marginalized and vulnerable groups such as PWD and women in the newsrooms and media management in Ethiopia. The study should also demonstrate the overall state of media professionals associations in Ethiopia in advancing credible and independent reporting, protecting the safety and security of journalists that might be endangered solely for their works as media professionals in the context of heightened political tensions, increased political polarization, and violent conflicts. 

Scope of the Baseline Study 

The baseline is intended to understand the current status of the media space and the state of professional associations in media.

This study must consider the following as the scope:

  1. How the surge in violent conflicts such as communal violence and armed conflicts and the concurrent propaganda narratives have affected the media freedom and safety of journalists.
  2. The state of media associations with respect to their role as collective agencies to promote inclusive and free media practices, help in ensuring the protection of safety and security of journalists. 
  3. The state of institutional and programmatic capacities of media associations (facilities, personnel, administrative, membership situation, and programmes)

Outcomes and Activities of the Baseline Study 

The outcomes and activities are listed as follows: 

Outcome 1: A baseline study

The awarded consultant shall develop a comprehensive baseline study on the status of the media space and the state of professional associations of the media. 

Accordingly, the following activities should be implemented: 

  1. Development of inception report for the study
  2. Conduct a baseline assessment study on the status of the Ethiopian media and the current practices 
  3. Identify different administrative, institutional, programmatic and operational gaps that exist around associations of media professionals.
  4. Submit the first draft of the study for review
  5. Develop the final report of the study based on the possible comments from the CARD team
  6. Submit draft and final reports timely

Outcome 2: Lead and facilitate a validation workshop

The awarded consultant shall conduct, lead and facilitate a half-day validation workshop for key stakeholders from private and governmental media actors, CSOs, journalist associations, and concerned stakeholders regarding the findings of the research.

Accordingly, the following activities should be implemented: 

  1. Conduct a half-day validation workshop for key stakeholders from private and governmental media, CSOs, journalist associations, and concerned stakeholders (25 participants including facilitators). The Validation workshop should include:
    1. Reporting all findings of the baseline study on the media space and the state of professional associations of the media.  
    2. Disclosing actionable policy recommendations to participants based on the result of the baseline.
    3. Facilitate a question and answer session regarding the findings and the topic of discussion. 
    4. Validate the study and incorporate different suggestions and comments into the final report.  

Outcome 3: Lead and facilitate a launching workshop 

The awarded consultant shall conduct, lead and facilitate a half-day launching workshop for key stakeholders from the private and governmental media, CSOs, journalist associations, and concerned stakeholders.  

Accordingly, the following activities should be implemented: 

  1. Conduct a half-day workshop for key stakeholders from the private and governmental media, CSOs, journalist associations, and concerned stakeholders (35 participants including facilitators). The launching workshop should include:
    1. Reporting all findings of the baseline study on the media space and the state of professional associations of the media.  
    2. Disclosing actionable policy recommendations to participants based on the result of the baseline.
    3. Facilitate a question and answer session regarding the findings and the topic of discussion.

Methodology

The baseline survey can use both qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques to source appropriate information from the respondents. The consultancy team must utilize appropriate means and tools of data collection to collect information. In their technical proposal, bidders should indicate their sampling plan, aspects of sampling, sample size, tools, design, and administration. The successful consultancy team will be expected to provide a detailed methodology with tools as part of their inception report.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Consultant will be responsible for the following:

The deliverables expected from the consultancy firm include the following:

  1. An inception report will be prepared by the consultancy team and shared with CARD. The report should include a detailed methodology, including sample size, sampling plan, data collection tools, plan for fieldwork (if any), and data analysis.
  2. A draft report will be submitted to CARD on the specified date
  3. A presentation will be prepared by the consultant to comprehensively present the draft report.
  4. A validation workshop will be facilitated and conducted by the consultant on the results achieved thus far and feedback will be gathered from participants.
  5. Once feedback is provided by the participants at the validation workshop, the consultancy team will prepare the final report. The report will follow the same presentation logic and include, at a minimum: an executive summary, a list of acronyms, an introduction, baseline context and purpose, a baseline framework and methodology, findings, case studies, conclusions, and recommendations. Annexes should include the TOR, inception report, program baseline indicators with baseline values from the baseline survey, list of documents reviewed, list of persons interviewed or consulted, and data collection instruments.
  6. The consultancy team will also prepare a Powerpoint presentation and a two-page baseline brief to facilitate sharing of the key findings, conclusions, and recommendations. The Brief will include project information; baseline background (baseline purpose, baseline team, baseline timeframe, methodology); and baseline results: key findings and/or conclusions, and key recommendations
  7. Then a lunching workshop will be conducted by the consultant to inaugurate the study publicly.

Timeframe 

  1. The awarded consultant(s) 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 baseline will be on December 13, 2022, and the ending date on February 13, 2023.
  3. The Validation workshop will be tentatively held on February 3, 2023. The awarded consultant(s) is expected to work within the above-specified schedule. 

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 are 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 experience designing and undertaking similar research works such as program strategy development, design, and evaluations and must have demonstrated experience with research and participatory methods.

• Strong capacity and experience in planning and organizing survey logistics

• Good network of experienced enumerators, supervisors, and data entry clerks.

• Strong capacity in data management and statistics.

• Strong knowledge of the following software: STATA, CS-Pro, SPSS, and STATA

• Strong interpersonal skills and a team-oriented spirit.

• Strong writing and analytical (a sample of a recent analytical report is requested).

How to Apply 

Interested and qualified applicants should send the following documents to email: apply@cardeth.org no later than Dec 7, 2022, with the subject line Application for a baseline study.

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

CALL TWO (2)

CARD is implementing a component from the 3-year project with the objective of creating inclusive media houses and supporting independent associations of media practitioners. One activity is training journalists and editors on the topic of human rights sensitive reporting. 

To this end, CARD wants to hire a consultant to develop a training manual on human rights-sensitive reporting for journalists and editors and invites all qualified consultants according to the below-specified requirements. 

Scope of work and expected outputs/deliverables:  

The training manual will be important in supporting the efforts of capacitating journalists and editors in the efforts of providing human rights sensitive reporting to society. The scope of the assignment includes

  1. Undertake desk research and analyze all the necessary documents/training modules, training materials to fully understand the ground situation, and existing training material available for training journalists and editors on human rights sensitive reporting.
  2. Carry out a stakeholder analysis to bring out the roles and responsibilities of key players and institutions.
  3. Develop a comprehensive training module (in English) for  journalists and editors and facilitators guide. The training module should at least include 2 days’ worth of training materials.
  4. Share the draft module with key experts for their review; incorporate comments and finalize the module.
  5. Conduct 6 training sessions for 120 journalists and editors on human rights sensitive reporting (20 people per session).
  6. Develop a pre/post-training evaluation tool for the training manual

Final Deliverables:

  1. Comprehensive training module, with a two days training curriculum for journalists and editors alongside a facilitator’s guide.
  2. Six (6) training completed and reports submitted, including the post-training evaluation and impact assessment.

Timeframe and Deadlines

ActivityEstimated DurationDeadline
Notification of Successful consultantDecember 9, 2022
Inception meeting with the consultant 1Dec 12,  2022
Collecting, Sorting, analyzing, and collating information 20December 13, 2022 – Jan 9, 2023 (20 working days)
Producing the first draft training manual and facilitators guide
Revising based on commentsJan 11, 2023
Final submission of training manual report and facilitators guide2January 13, 2023
Conducting  6 training based on the manualTBD
  1. The awarded consultant is expected to work and complete the assignment within the timeframe according to the agreement between CARD and the awarded consultant.  
  2. The exact starting date will be on the date the agreement is signed between CARD and consultant
  3. The duration of the manual preparation assignment will be from Dec 13, 2022 to Jan 9, 2023.
  4. The schedule for the 6 training will be decided and communicated shortly after the submission of the final training manual

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 are as follows:

  • A post-graduate or equivalent qualification/ degree in Law, Criminology, Human rights, Political Science, Development Study, Humanities, or any other relevant discipline
  • At least 3-5 years of prior work experience in the field of training, human rights, human rights-based approach, human rights sensitive reporting, etc. especially in a regional and international context.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in conducting need assessments and developing training modules/curriculum, training materials, etc.
  • Demonstrated experiences and skills in facilitating stakeholder/working group consultations and training. 
  • Relevant regional and international experience will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English.

How to Apply 

Interested and qualified applicants should send the following document to email: apply@cardeth.org no later than Dec 7, 2022, with the subject line Application for human rights sensitive reporting training manual.

  • A cover letter
  • A financial proposal for the service
  • A technical proposal for the service
  • Registration, tax clearance, and other relevant documents
  • CV and other relevant documents

CALL THREE (3)

CARD will be conducting 5 consecutive workshops for media leaders, association leaders, editors, and journalists on marginalized and vulnerable groups’ involvement in media leadership, and newsroom representations, and addressing them in their reporting. To this end, CARD wants to hire a facilitator to facilitate all workshops and invites all qualified individuals to apply according to the below-specified requirements.

Purpose of the Workshops 

The general objective of CARD’s component of the project is to create inclusive media houses and support independent associations of media practitioners. CARD firmly believes that the voices of professionals can be heard better if voiced together. One major tool for facilitating this is creating platforms to bring media professionals and associations together aiding the process of associating. As such, CARD has prepared this series of workshops with the aim of advocating for the increased inclusion of marginalized and vulnerable groups of society in media leadership, newsroom representation, and reporting.

Dates of the Workshops (Tentative)

The dates for the half-day workshops for media leaders, association leaders, editors, and journalists on marginalized and vulnerable groups’ involvement in media leadership, and newsroom representations, and addressing them in their reporting will be decided in close consultation with the facilitator.

Workshops City and Venue

The 5 consecutive workshops will be held in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. The venue for the workshops will be decided soon.  

Workshops Participants

The workshops will consist of 30 participants each including facilitators ( 25 participants, 5 facilitators). Participants will be comprised of media leaders, association leaders, editors, and journalists from different private and governmental media houses. CARD will take all the necessary steps to guarantee acceptable gender and disability parity. 

The Workshop Design (recommendation)

The workshop should be designed in a participatory model where the workshop is focused less on presentations and lectures but on discussing the good practices, lessons attained, and experiences from different organizations and countries regarding the inclusion of marginalized and vulnerable groups in media.

Additionally, the facilitator should discuss real and tangible recommendations and action plans for participants on how to include marginalized and vulnerable groups in the mentioned areas moving forward.

Workshops Deliverables:

From the participants: 

At the end of the Workshop, participants should undertake a joint exercise of coming up with concrete recommendations with respect to each stakeholder. The facilitators can add other deliverables as they deem necessary. 

From the Facilitators: 

CARD expects the facilitator to come up with very interactive and participation-based sessions. Besides successfully facilitating all 5 workshops, CARD expects the facilitator to submit a comprehensive report for each half-day session with a detailed explanation of each activity and session. 

Required Expertise: 

The Expert facilitator is expected to have

  • Advanced university degree (MA, LLM) in Law, Human Rights, Gender Studies, Journalism and Communications, Media Studies, Political Science or related fields
  • Have proven experience in conducting training/facilitating on the subject the following but not limited to media development, human rights and inclusion, and social movements. 
  • Females and people with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply

How to Apply 

Interested and qualified applicants should send the following document to email: apply@cardeth.org no later than December 7, 2022, with the subject line Application for workshop facilitator.

  • Updated CV 
  • Motivation/cover letter outlining your relevant experience and set of skills that make you suitable for the position.

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