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Consultant to facilitate a Digital Storytelling project at community-level, with beneficiaries, in order to show change arising from the Growing Together project.

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Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation: Digital Storytelling project

 

Growing Together Project -  TERMS OF REFERENCE

 

 

Organisation

Handicap International (HI)

Position Title

Consultant to facilitate a Digital Storytelling project at community-level, with beneficiaries, in order to show change arising from the Growing Together project.

Mission Location

The consultant(s) will work with one community in each of the three countries where the project is implemented:

·         Thailand: 5 refugee camps in Mae Hong Son and Tak Provinces

·         Bangladesh: Kutupalong official and makeshift camps in Teknaf and Ukhiya sub-districts (Cox’s Bazaar district)

Pakistan: Jalozai IDPs camps/host communities in Peshawar

Start Date

17 January 2018

Application deadline

20 November 2017

ORGANISATION BACKGROUND

HI is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster.

 

Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

 

HI is currently implementing projects in more than 50 countries worldwide, including Thailand, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

 

“Growing Together” is a 4-year regional project implemented by Handicap International and partners in Thailand, Bangladesh and Pakistan in order to support communities to raising socially and emotionally healthy children in refugee/IDP camps and in host communities.

 

 

Project Goal:
Enable children with disabilities and other vulnerable children (age 0-12) to develop their full potential on an equal basis with other children and acquire fundamental educational and social skills through inclusive play, arts, games, sport, culture, and early years’ education in displacement settings in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Thailand.

 

 

 

The project will engage its different beneficiaries:

-       Parents of children under five years old to participate in parenting clubs to strengthen their knowledge and self-confidence on early child development, child protection and child participation but also to improve their well-being through peer support mechanisms.

-       Children of primary school age to participate in clubs, where they will learn and socialize through inclusive play, games, arts, and sports, and where they will champion children’s rights (child protection, child participation) and needs of vulnerable children in their communities.

-       Local child-development service providers to be more responsive to the needs of boys and girls with disabilities and other vulnerable children, and to implement measures to facilitate their inclusion.

 

ASSIGNATION SUMMARY

HI is seeking qualified and professional consultant(s) to facilitate the production of digital stories with one adult-led monitoring committee (around ten people) in each implementing country (Thailand, Pakistan, Bangladesh). 

 

The short-term consultancy will start from 17 January 2018. During the field phase, the consultant(s) will travel consecutively to Thailand, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and will be accompanied during field missions by the Growing Together Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. 

 

The consultancy will include the following tasks:

➢   Desk review work on the project outcomes and indicators;

➢   Inception report writing: Finalisation of the methodology and tools of the three in-country Digital Storytelling projects;

➢   Preparation of the field facilitation, and design of digital story telling workshop content, exercises and tools;

➢   Field missions: facilitation of Digital Storytelling project with beneficiaries, including production and editing of Digital stories;

➢   Final report writing with the support of the Growing Together Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer.

 

HI encourages consultancy firms, groups or individual that can assign consultant(s) expert in participatory monitoring and evaluation and digital communication with vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities.

DIGITAL STORYTELLING OBJECTIVES

The Growing Together project has designed a monitoring approach where beneficiaries are not only informants. Rather, through child-led and adult-led monitoring committees, children and caregivers will take an active role in determining and sharing progress and positive change as a result of the project, all through artistic, participatory methods which cover a variety of visual and audio methods. This will position them as partners with HI to collect qualitative data, analyse data, which will in turn help to highlight what activities are working well and are creating meaningful change for them, as defined by them.

 

Digital Storytelling is therefore part of this participatory monitoring and evaluation framework. This tool will be specifically used to collect qualitative data for three project indicators:

·         Percentage of parents/caregivers participating in parenting groups and showing confidence in encouraging their child through early learning;

·         Percentage of participating parents/caregivers expressing increased awareness on disaster risks;

·         Percentage of parents/caregivers who have improved knowledge about child safety, child protection.

 

Digital stories will therefore focus on capturing the level of awareness, knowledge and confidence of participating parents and caregivers on early learning, child protection and disaster risk reductions.

 

Digital storytelling will be used two times in the project: on Year 2 (the current vacancy) and later on Year 4. In January 2018, this will be the first time Digital Storytelling will be used with the project beneficiaries. At that period, parenting clubs should be functional for approximately 3-4 months. Parents should therefore start to become familiar with the concepts of early learning, child protection, child safety and disaster risk reduction. Hence, at this stage of the project, digital stories will more inform the pre-project situation rather than significant change.

DIGITAL STORYTELLING EXPECTED RESULTS

The Digital Storytelling project will have 3 main expected results:

 

1.  Collect qualitative data: Digital Storytelling should offer a medium for expression of feelings/experiences where it can be challenging for beneficiaries to verbally articulate the meaning behind the experience.

 

2.  Provide a transparent way of monitoring and evaluating the project: Through Digital Storytelling, beneficiaries themselves will select and record their stories. This avoids a scenario where others - usually the project staff - are speaking on behalf of participants.

 

3.  Empower participants by building their skills through:

✓    Sharing their experiences and opinions;

✓    Using artistic medium (photo/video/storyboard/drawing).

CONSULTANCY TIMELINE AND METHODOLOGY

DESK PHASE:

 

·         Step 1: The consultant(s) will review existing project documents (project proposal, M&E framework, internal Digital Storytelling guidelines, etc.). On this basis, the consultant(s) will refine the methodology, tools and field work plan. These elements will be incorporated in an inception report written by the consultant(s).

 

·         Step 2: The Growing Together regional team will provide feedback and validate the inception report.

 

·         Step 3: The consultant(s) will potentially attend a Skype meeting with each national country team to prepare the field mission.

 

FIELD PHASE:

 

Step 1: The consultant(s) will meet with national teams and selected beneficiaries (around ten adults of the adult-led monitoring committee).

 

Step 2: The consultant(s) will introduce and train beneficiaries on the process of digital storytelling production, especially on the use of specific software or media equipment (photo camera for example).

 

Step 3: The consultant(s) will help beneficiaries to select stories of most significant changes.

 

Step 4: The consultant(s) will help beneficiaries to script the selected stories;

 

Step 5: The consultant(s) will coach and help beneficiaries to produce their digital stories (participants will record audio, capture and select images to illustrate their story, scan/process images, and use IT software to produce their story).

 

Step 6: The consultant(s) will edit digital stories directly on site, being directed by storytellers.

 

Step 7: If time allows, the consultant(s) will support beneficiaries and project officers in the facilitation of a community event for screening digital stories.

 

This field process will be repeated in the three countries of mission (Thailand, Pakistan and Bangladesh). The different steps can slightly be modified according to the working methods of the selected consultant(s).

DELIVERABLES

The consultant(s) should produce at minimum the following deliverables:

 

·         Inception report in English, including all proposed methodology and tools for digital story telling workshop facilitation and production of digital stories. The inception report will have to be validated prior to the field phase.

 

·         Edited digital stories Digital stories should be ready to be disseminated to the donor and partners for communication purposes.

 

·         Final report in English submitted within 2 weeks after completing field missions. The final report should include relevant observations and comments from sessions held with participants, especially related to their experience on early learning, child protection and disaster risk reductions.

 

The final report should include the following elements:

-      Selected methodology, including constraints and challenges encountered, and strategies used to overcome them;

-      Detailed key findings and conclusions;

-      Recommendations;

-      Outline of any follow-up that might be needed.

LOGISTIC ARRANGEMENTS

 

The consultant(s) will:

·         Organize and pay for their initial flight to Mae Sot (beginning and end of mission).

·         Organize and pay for transfer flights to Peshawar (Pakistan) and Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh).

·         Organize and pay for adequate medical insurance coverage including repatriation.

·         Provide proof of adequate professional, third party liability insurance or a discharge of responsibility by which they respond personally to any damages caused to third parties by their act.

·         Provide a proof of their freelance worker’s official status or the documents evidencing the legality of their activities in their country of domicile.

 

Handicap International will:

·         Organize and pay for their stay in Mae Sot, Peshawar and Teknaf. This includes local transport, meals and accommodation.

·         Provide logistical support and cover the costs for meetings, workshops and training with HI beneficiaries and staff.

·         Provide an external interpreter to English when necessary.

·         Make available relevant documents to the consultant(s).

·         Provide working space, access to the internet, telephone usage and office services.

 

Note that NO per diem will be paid to the consultant(s). Also, international travel days will not be considered as working days and will not be paid. Local travel days (between project’s sites) will be paid 40% of the consultancy fee.

BUDGET

The consultant(s) should present a financial proposal with a breakdown of all the costs incurred as follow:

  • Professional daily fees;
  • International plane tickets.

 

The payment schedule will be agreed during the contracting process.International travel costs will be reimbursed based on the real invoices and boarding passes submitted by the consultant(s) at the end of the consultancy, within the limit of the amounts quoted.

PROFILE OF THE CONSULTANT(S)

a)    Proven skills in digital stories or film production required;

 

b)    Experience in coaching others in a creative method/tool, and ability to help others learn about the art of storytelling;

 

c)    Strong experience in participatory methods of facilitation for groups of adults

 

d)    Ability to use inclusive methods, including disability inclusive methods.

 

e)    Skills in photography is a plus

 

f)     Previous experience with minorities and people with disabilities desirable;

 

g)    Previous experience in the topics of early child development, child protection or disaster risk reduction is a plus;

 

h)   Excellent analytical, research, writing and communication skills required;

 

Strong interpersonal, intercultural skills and the ability to communicate and work well with diverse people required.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply please send all the following application documents to Laura Dellorta, Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the Growing Together project (gtmeo@thailand-hi.org), with « Digital Storytelling consultant » as the subject of your email:

 

a)    CV;

 

 

b)    Cover Letter outlining relevant experience;

 

c)    Technical offer including: proposed process and methodology, and an action plan (activities and timetable);

 

d)    Financial Offer;

 

e)    If possible, example of digital work and/or photography (please insert a link in your application of your website or blog displaying your artistic or communications work);

 

Evaluation of applications will be made through a selection committee only if complete application is received. Criteria to select the best application will be based on quality of the methodology, realistic work plan, previous experiences, demonstrated expertise of the applicant, and competitive financial proposition.

 

The deadline for submission of applications is 20 November 2017 at midnight Bangkok time.

 

Selected applicants will be invited for a skype interview.

 

HI reserves the right to contact the consultant(s) for further information before the final selection of the evaluation team.

 

“Handicap International is committed to protect the rights of the children and opposes to all forms of child exploitation and child abuse. HI contractors must commit to protect children against exploitation and abuse”.

 

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