Consultancy: Promising practices video documentary for EU funded Programme: “Hope for youths” in Malawi
SCIAF and CADECOM secured funding from the European Union for a three-year project to support women and vulnerable groups through vocational education and entrepreneurship skills in Malawi (specifically in Lilongwe, Balaka, Thyolo and Zomba districts). The programme started on 1st January, 2017, and was due to be completed by the end of December 2019. However due to internal factors the programme was temporarily suspended for 5 months from 15th February 2018 until 18th July 2018. In addition, due to COVID-19, activities were suspended from 25th March until 1st June 2020. Therefore, two extensions were approved by the donor and the programme finalized on 31st July 2020.
The present document sets out our basic expectations for the production of Promising Practices video documentary. It provides a guide for the recruitment and management of a consultant expected to carry out a video documentary of programme achievements and successes.
1.1 Organisational Background
Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM), co-applicant, was established in 1984 with a mission to create awareness and empower disadvantaged men, women and youths to undertake integral, gender, environmentally sensitive and sustainable development which promotes justice, human dignity and self-reliance with active participation of people to support them to reach their own destiny. It has nine established offices and experienced staff and structures throughout Malawi and undertakes various educational, development and humanitarian projects, funded by a number of institutional funders such as DFID, USAID, AUSAID, European Union, etc. CADECOM currently manages, across Malawi, over 2,000 primary schools and 150 secondary schools, 1 teacher training college, 10 vocational education colleges and a special needs education college. The Catholic Church in Malawi has been involved in the education sector since 1901 and promotes equitable and inclusive quality education for all.
The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF), coordinator of the grant, was established in 1965 as the official aid and international development agency of the Catholic Church in Scotland. SCIAF is a member of Caritas Internationalis and works in over 15 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, through 70 local partners. SCIAF challenges injustice by strengthening poor and oppressed people and by stimulating the Scottish public to share in our common struggle for human dignity
2. Description of the Programme
The programme has the following objectives and stakeholders:
2.1 Overall objective
To support the Malawi vocational education and training sector to enhance equal access to relevant quality education and skills training, and strengthen opportunities for employment and self-employment.
2.2 Specific Objectives (SO)
SO 1: Improve access for females and vulnerable groups to relevant quality vocational education and skills training (TEVET).
SO 2: Strengthened capacity and linkage of five training institutions to deliver relevant and quality TEVET training and supportive skills to meet labour market demands.
SO 3: Enhanced opportunities for females and vulnerable groups in the target areas to secure employment or self-employment.
2.3 Expected outputs
O1.1: Community network system established to support students/youths to access information and enrolment in TEVET training.
O1.2: The five targeted vocational education colleges run open and distance learning courses and centres.
O1.3: Parish level basic literacy classes formed to bridge skill gap for school dropouts.
O1.4: Parent-teacher-student associations formed to facilitate equal participation and good governance in the five colleges.
O2.1: Infrastructure of the targeted colleges upgraded and introducing new training programmes in plumbing, welding and fabrication.
O2.2: Reviewed and improved curriculum approved by the certification authority and introduced in the targeted five colleges.
O2.3: Teachers’ skills upgraded in the five colleges.
O2.4: Networking with other EU initiatives and like-minded organisations of other vocational colleges to share learning and advocate for a National Qualifications Framework.
O3.1: Gender sensitive learning, careers and employability (LCE) service formed to help students achieve their full potential in their training and employment.
O3.2: District entrepreneur networks in place.
O3.3: Youth-friendly savings and loan facilities set up linked to financial institutions.
2.4 Key Stakeholders
Students; 5 Colleges and 11 mobile units; teachers; Parent-teacher-student committees; stakeholder committees; TEVET authorities; construction companies; other NGOs/EU initiatives focused on provision of vocational of vocational training.
Objective of the consultancy
To elaborate a video-documentary of good practices, highlighting the impact of the programme in the improvement of livelihoods of the targeted population and institution as well as the programme’s contribution to the objectives and targets reached.
Identify the successes and changes generated towards the targeted population and community through the implementation of programme activities.
Give visibility to the active participation of men and women and their roles and successes
Highlight the youth and families empowerment in terms of increase of education/knowledge and skills; access to technical colleges; participation in savings and loans clubs; relationship with their families and their communities; creation of employment opportunities through self-employment participation in their communities and other employment opportunities
General aspects of the promising practices video
The selected consultant will elaborate a 15 minutes documentary (approx.. duration) that highlights good practices and successes as a result of the implementation of the project has impacted the livelihoods and wellbeing of the targeted population and their families.
The promising practices documentary will give visibility to the achievements and expected changes the project made towards its targeted youth and their families as well as the technical institutions supported and technical mobile centres through the activities developed during the intervention as well as the effects in its communities and the key stakeholders.
The documentary will be recorded in the targeted institutions, mobile centres, project stakeholders and its surrounding communities in the districts of Lilongwe, Balaka, Zomba and Thyolo. The documentary will take into consideration the context of the targeted population in terms of gender and inclusion within the targeted community.
The recordings for the video will be framed within the activities developed in each technical institution. There will be a team in the field formed by project staff that will accompany the consultants in the production of the video.
A video documentary of 15 minutes of duration approximately. The first part of the documentary will introduce the viewer to the project that will show operational context, objectives and expected results. The second part of the video will show the achievements of the project (developed activities implemented through the support of the programme) and the generated changes in the project participants, the selected technical colleges and mobile centres and the larger community as a result of the project. This will help visualizing the good experiences that the project has had and the key learnings from it. This will help the promotion of this type of programmes and the benefits they have in terms of inclusitivity and improvement of the livelihoods of the most vulnerable members of the targeted areas.
Characteristics of the video documentary
The selected consultant will deliver a video in Chichewa with English subtitles.
Consultants with qualification on communication sciences; advertising; journalism; or related fields will be considered
When applying, the consultant will provide SCIAF:
CV of team members/company; presentation letter;
technical proposal to provide methodology and chronology of activities ( step outline design; video pre-production, production and post-production; editing; translation Chichewa to English…)
Share a sample of audio-visual work done previously (in order to have a reference of the consultant’s previous work)
The consultant/consultant firm will abide by EU visibility and communications manual. During the field visit the consultant/consultant firm will follow SCIAF safeguarding policy and ECM safeguarding and security policy. SCIAF and CADECOM will review all proposals based on established criteria. Selected candidates will attend an interview with SCIAF and CADECOM.
Recordings will take place in the following areas:
Lilongwe district; Balaka district; Zomba district and Thyolo district:
Consultancy timeline: A month and 2 weeks from the signature of contract.
Budget: Total Budget for the final evaluation is €8,400
The consultant will present a financial proposal with all the expenses including the field work.
All records and documentation produced as a result of the video documentary (data collected; scripts; interviews; recordings and related documents; will be exclusive property of SCIAF and CADECOM. The mentioned items will not be given to a third party without previous authorization of SCIAF and CADECOM In writing. The anonymity of the interviewed and confidentiality of the information will be respected and preserved by the consultant/consultancy firm.
How to apply
Please send us your CV, sample of previous relevant work, financial proposal, work plan and technical proposal to: