Call for Application: Engagement of Scriptwriters on the “Supporting the Efforts of the Nigerian Government on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and promoting Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration, and Reconciliation (DDRR)” Project

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  • Added Date: Sunday, 11 September 2022
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About Search for Common Ground Search is an international conflict transformation NGO that aims to transform the way individuals, groups, governments, and companies deal with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative solutions. Headquartered in Washington DC, USA, and Brussels, Belgium, with 52 field offices in 29 countries, Search designs and implements multifaceted, culturally appropriate, and conflict-sensitive programs using a diverse range of tools, including media and training, to promote dialogue, increase knowledge and determine a positive shift in behaviors.Context Analysis The increased presence of Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs) such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), coupled with violence and civil unrest, has generated social, political, and humanitarian crises in northeast Nigeria. Military operations to defeat NSAGs have resulted in the arrest and detention of thousands of suspected fighters, affiliates, and in some cases, civilians and victims, who are often detained together in overcrowded detention facilities, thus amplifying the risk of further recruitment into NSAGs. Establishing an effective Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration, and Reconciliation (DDRR) process for former associates of NSAGs within a broader Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) framework to create the necessary conditions for peace and recovery is therefore urgent and paramount.In 2016, the GoN took a notable step with the creation of Operation Safe Corridor (OPSC), an initiative promoting military and civilian agencies’ collaboration in the rehabilitation and reintegration of low-risk NSAGs associates. The government’s initiative includes a 6-month rehabilitation program at the OPSC transition and rehabilitation center in Gombe State for former low-risk men associated with NSAGs. Following that, two additional transition and rehabilitation centers were established in Maiduguri in Borno State: one is for women and children and located in Bulumkutu area and the other is for men in Shokari area. Both centers are currently run by the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (MoWASD). Although the initiatives primarily aim to assist in rehabilitation and preparation for the reintegration of NSAGs defectors, they are also expected to address the mistrust amongst the communities towards defectors and promote reconciliation in the communities of return. IOM considers it necessary to continue enhancing government capacities on conflict sensitivity in connection with DDRR and PVE programming, building upon the research on strategic communications and dissemination activities currently under development with the support of the US Department of State (Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations - CSO), and to be implemented until February 2021. This has become especially relevant under the new circumstances of the mass defections in Borno State and the need to strengthen reconciliation messages in the communities. Project Objectives Search for Common Ground’s contribution to this project falls under pillar 1 - Assessment, context analysis, and national planning and pillar 2 - Technical “upstream” government support and aims to strengthen institutional capacities and government coordination between the federal and state levels, and to improve communication amongst civil society and government agencies on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and DDRR programming in Nigeria. The expected result for Search’s component of the project is 3) Communication and awareness of PVE and DDRR programming are enhanced. The project aims to achieve the overall objective: to strengthen the capacity of the GoN to develop and implement PVE and DDRR programming through attaining three Expected Results: 1) Institutional capacities on PVE and DDRR programming of government officials at the federal and state levels are strengthened; 2) Coordination of DDRR programming between the federal and state government levels is improved, and 3) Communication and awareness on PVE and DDRR programming are enhanced. Under Expected Result 3, Search for Common Ground (Search) will support institutional communication messaging and empower local platforms. This will enhance the coordination among the federal and state governments and promote a common understanding among government agencies and community members of DDRR and PVE strategies. Search will support the development of a communications strategy on PVE and DDRR through radio programming, audio-visual materials, and promoting the engagement of community platforms with a focus on youth for the promotion and improved trust of the DDRR and PVE policies. Purpose of Engaging Scriptwriters for Interactive Radio Programme and Voices of Peace Search for Common Ground (Search) is seeking the services of a consultant script writer/producer that is experienced working with donor organizations to conceptualize, develop synopsis and topics for 156 episodes of interactive radio programs related to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration, and Reconciliation (DDRR) using the conflict-sensitive approach. The successful candidate or company will also be supporting the recording and editing of “Voices of Peace”. The Consultant is expected to have a proven record of developing highly engaging and conflict sensitive scripts in the development sector and demonstrate an understanding of PVE and DDRR context including knowledge of working with Non-State Armed Groups in the BAY states of Nigeria. In order to ensure that communication and awareness of PVE and DDRR programming are enhanced through the development and dissemination of conflict-sensitive outputs across multimedia platforms, the Consultant script writer/producer alongside Search’s project team will work with relevant stakeholders at federal and state levels (relevant government officers, influencers, actors, well-known social leaders, etc.) who will serve as guests in a radio talk show and the “Voices of Peace” messaging. The stakeholders’ platform and the coordination with relevant DDRR partners in target locations - Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, and the Federal Capital territory will support the identification of influential persons whose voices will be featured and disseminated widely through the planned Voices for Peace messaging (accounting for the Do No Harm approach and ensuring conflict sensitivity). The Consultant should ensure that the script content reinforces the idea that effective DDRR is an essential component for developing sustainable peace. The focus needs to be on positive messaging (offering perspectives and building the future) rather than negative ones (escaping your current situation).

Methodology

    • Search will share an approved demo of the radio program and the voices of peace with the consultant which will be tailored to suit the content for subsequent production. Each production will be shared with the International Office for Migration (IOM), Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and National Orientation Agency (NOA for review and approval before broadcast
    • Search will share the monthly snapshots with the consultant who will utilize the recommendations from these snapshots to inform the development of topics, the appropriate stakeholders to be engaged and the guest speakers to feature in the radio programs.
    • Development of synopsis, topics, and promo scripts (radio jingle) for 156 episodes of interactive radio programs related to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration, and Reconciliation (DDRR) using the conflict-sensitive approach. Note: This will be developed and split in sync with the production of snapshots during the project life cycle
    • Write a master script in English, translate, voice and produce in 26 episodes of Pidgin 91 episodes in Hausa, 26 episodes in Kanuri, and 13 episodes in Fulfulde - 156 Episodes in total.
    • Search will also identify affected citizens to engage in the radio programs towards striking a balance and making the conversations inclusive and participatory for vulnerable and marginalized groups.
    • The script must reflect unifying, but yet, multiple perspectives and viewpoints from different cultures, traditions, and religion
    • The Consultant is expected to hold early and intensive meetings with the Search project team, International Office for Migration (IOM), Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and National Orientation Agency (NOA)
    • Capture on tape “Voices of Peace” from youth, traditional leaders, religious leaders, women, and other relevant stakeholders that will focus on positive messaging of peace and collaboration for transformative change
    • Guests/Resource persons will be called via the telephone line and recorded for every topic. A phone line will be deployed for this purpose and also to receive feedback through text and Whatsapp messages which will be read out on air

      Deliverables: Search expects the following deliverables

        • The Consultant will hold early and intensive meetings with the Search project team, International Office for Migration (IOM), Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and National Orientation Agency (NOA)
        • Development of synopsis, topics, and promo scripts (radio jingle) for 156 episodes of interactive radio programs related to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration, and Reconciliation (DDRR) using the conflict-sensitive approach. Note: This will be developed and split in sync with the production of snapshots during the project life cycle.
        • Write a master script in English, translate, voice and produce in 26 episodes in Pidgin, 91 episodes in Hausa, 26 episodes in Kanuri, and 13 episodes in Fulfulde totaling 156 episodes.
        • Deliver scripts and demos for each language within a week of contractual agreement.
        • Each production will be shared with IOM/ONSA for review and approval before broadcast.
        • Create a brief narrative intro and outro for every episode and an intro that will launch the interactive segment.
        • Each episode should end with a captivating piece which will generate an audience feedback through the phone-line and other available platform
        • Readily available to revise and rewrite scripts as necessary, based on emerging trends on the PVE & DDRR issues and updates from partners
        • Utilizing the recommendations from the DDRR snapshots to develop topics and identify the appropriate stakeholders to be engaged and the guest speakers to feature in the recorded radio programs
        • The script must reflect unifying, but yet, multiple perspectives and viewpoints from different cultures, traditions, and religion

          The following skills and competencies are expected by Search for this engagement:

            • Specialization in script writing and producing content for media development related to one of/or Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration, and Reconciliation (DDRR)
            • Familiarity and experience with the BAY, Gombe, and FCT regions in Nigeria
            • The ability to craft out messages from the recommendations of the snapshots
            • Ability to communicate in English and the local language verbally and in written forms
            • The ability to work effectively with others in order to achieve a shared goal
            • The ability to absorb new information readily and to put it into practice effectively
            • The ability to remain fully functional by adapting to changing circumstances (environment, procedures, and people)

              Timeline

                • The period of performance for this contract is from September 2022 – to February 2023

                  Proposal/Offer Submission - Each applicant must submit the following:

                    • A technical proposal, no more than four pages, describing how the scripting process will be delivered within the stated timetable
                    • Personal/company profile and/or technical qualifications of the team members (For Companies) including CVs, for all proposed personnel along with select internet links or digital copies of relevant works developed by team members as well as Creative portfolios, including internet links or digital copies developed by the company
                    • Budget/financial proposal including a description of costs for personnel, per diems, travel, logistics, and any local production company support. Include an overall cost for the contract.
                    • Note: Only two documents can be submitted, so the technical and financial proposals must be combined, along with the short cover letter.Interested candidates are invited to send their letter of application and proposals through our Career Portal, no later than September 26, 2022Submitted offers will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work. All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity - Tenacity - Empathy - Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest, and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth, and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. View our code of conduct here and our privacy policy here.Les descriptifs de pouvant ne pouvant être exhaustifs, le titulaire du poste pourra être amené à entreprendre d'autres tâches qui correspondent globalement aux responsabilités clés ci-dessus.Seuls les candidats invités à un entretien seront contactés. Pas d'appels téléphoniques s'il vous plaît. Veuillez consulter notre site Web www.sfcg.org pour tous les détails de notre mission.Tous les employés de Search doivent adhérer aux valeurs de Search : Collaboration- Audace - Ténacité - Empathie - Résultats. Conformément à ces valeurs, Search fait respecter le code de conduite et les politiques connexes sur la lutte contre le harcèlement au travail, la protection contre l'exploitation et les abus, la protection des enfants, les conflits d'intérêts et la lutte contre la fraude. Search s'engage à préserver les intérêts, les droits et le bien-être des enfants, des jeunes et des adultes vulnérables avec lesquels elle est en contact et à mener ses programmes et ses opérations d'une manière qui soit sûre pour les enfants, les jeunes et les adultes vulnérables.Search for Common Ground ne fait pas et ne doit pas faire de discrimination fondée sur la race, la couleur, la religion (croyance), le sexe, l'expression de genre, l'âge, l'origine nationale (ascendance), le handicap, l'état matrimonial, l'orientation sexuelle ou le statut militaire, dans aucune de ses activités ou opérations.Consultez notre code de conduite ici et notre politique de confidentialité ici.

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