Steps towards Afghan Girls’ Education Success (STAGES) is a UK DFID funded project implemented by Aga Khan Foundation, CARE, Save the Children, CRS, AKES and AEPO. The project undertakes a comprehensive combination of activities designed to address the multiple interrelating barriers which keep girls in Afghanistan from attending and thriving in school. Our holistic model includes establishment of community-based education (CBE) classes, Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) classes, community mobilization, teacher and shura training and mentoring, infrastructure and improvement projects for CBE and government classes, provision of textbooks and learning materials, small grants for TTC students and a teacher apprenticeship program.
School management shuras are a council of locally selected community members who take responsibility for the day to day management of a class. They are a critical component for success of community based education programming. In remote, rural areas shuras are responsible for the everyday management of CBE classes, and form a bridge between the implementer, the class and the rest of their community. Shuras’ responsibilities include classroom observation, following up on absenteeism, identifying and addressing issues with the class, generating community support and contributions for education, advocating with local education authorities on behalf of the community.
Objective of consultancy
Anecdotal evidence from STAGES II has demonstrated that peer learning is extremely useful for shuras. Previous research has also indicated that multimedia such as video would be a useful supplement to shura capacity building in addition to training and mentoring. This consultancy will aim to film ‘a day in the life’ of a strong shura. The shura members will model their day to day duties to support the class, including examples of the activities noted above. The resulting film will be cut, edited and disseminated to STAGES implementing partners to use during mentoring sessions to demonstrate model shura behavior and facilitate discussion. One version will be shot in Dari language and one version in Pashto language. A smaller film will also be cut for wider communications purposes and to showcase the work of shuras under STAGES for a broader audience.
Content of film
The film will show a ‘day in the life’ of a strong, successful shura. The film-maker will shadow the shura members as they conduct their duties including:
- Holding regular shura coordination meetings to discuss issues with the class
- Observing the class and providing feedback and guidance to the teacher
- Mobilizing community members to support the classes and provide in-kind contributions
- Meeting with students to discuss their issues
- Meeting with parents of students who are absent and following up on their reasons for absenteeism
- Advocating with local education authorities to support the classes
In addition to footage of shura activities, the film should also include interviews with shura members, teachers, parents and students about the shura’s role.
Planning will be conducted beforehand with the shura members in order to include the relevant footage. Unnecessary footage will later be cut during the editing stage. Separate films will be made in Dari and Pashto languages to meet the different linguistic backgrounds of communities targeted under the project. A separate shorter film should be produced for general communications purposes to showcase the work of shuras to a broader audience.
Duties and responsibilities
- Oversee the creative and technical aspects of the film, including the pre-production, production and post-production (shoot and edit).
- Work with STAGES PMU team on film content, discussing script and key messages of the film.
- Collaborate with STAGES PMU to set the production schedule, logistics, pre-production arrangements and orientation, security clearances.
- Work with partners’ field teams during field production to visit project sites, conduct interviews with shura members and other participants and collect the necessary footage
- Collaborate with translators on-site and during post-production to ensure that the film is able to be viewed in Dari and Pashto languages
- Obtain release forms from shura members, teachers and students that include name, location and permission to be filmed (as per STAGES PMU standard release form and according to AKF Child Safeguarding Policy)
- Based on footage and interviews collected during field production, develop script for editing the film. Building on shooting script, craft script for final edited program and consult with STAGES PMU for script approval; includes 3 drafts of editorial review.
- Provide all available footage logs.
- Download all footage on hard drive and deliver to STAGES PMU.
- Edit a program of the agreed length (post-production); all editorial decisions are approved with STAGES PMU team sequentially through 3 passes: rough cut, fine cut, and final program
- For field production, be equipped with all necessary video/audio equipment to conduct interviews and b-roll.
- Deliver all raw unedited footage taken during production on a hard drive upon completion of field shoot.
- Deliver the following interim work products in the following sequence: (a) script based on interviews and footage obtained in field production; (b) edited rough cut; and (c) edited fine cut.
- Deliver the final approved version of the films of the agreed length in high resolution format
- Filmmaking: Theoretical and professional background in filmmaking with at least two years’ experience, script-writing, editing and story-telling. Ability to plan, produce and direct films. Demonstrates up-to-date knowledge of new technologies and trends in filmmaking and production. Commitment to ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all aspects of the production.
- Planning and organizing: Ability to plan and develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts to priorities as required; allocates appropriate time to complete the work.
- Technology awareness: Technical training in film/video production. Fully proficient in film/video and computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g., Final Cut Pro or PremierePro video editing.
- Communication: Strong communication (spoken and written) skills and ability to articulate ideas in a concise style; display flexibility, openness and patience in situations requiring translation. Dari and Pashto language skills preferred.
- Teamwork: Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Good interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective working relations in a multicultural, multiethnic, environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
- Familiarity with the education sector and Afghan culture is strongly preferred.
- The consultant will report to STAGES Project Management Unit (PMU) Manager, on all aspects related to the assignment.
- Field production will take place in two locations to meet the two language requirements. Locations will be nominated by STAGES partners and will be safe to visit and conduct filming.
The duration of the consultancy services include the following:
- 2 days of pre-production, including coordination with Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan to organize contract, travel, logistics, and other arrangements; and discussion of production script
- 8 days for field production are estimated, including on-site location filming at two locations for interviews and b-roll coverage, and round-trip travel to and from field locations and Kabul.
- 8 days of post-production over approximately three-week-long period.
Field production will take place in September. Exact dates remain flexible within this time frame. Two days of filming is planned in each location, with a day of travel to and from Kabul planned for each trip. Exact travel time may vary. Scripting and editing the film will take place immediately after the filming. The time period of one month factors in the time needed for the seven partner organizations to review each editing round: script, rough cut, and fine cut, final.
Payment for videographer and video editor services shall be made in instalments pending delivery of the following milestones:
- 10% upon delivery of the work plan and video reel
- 50% upon completion of field production and receipt of raw footage
- 40% upon completion and delivery of final program
Expenses for travel, visa, daily accommodations and meals during field production will be provided and/or reimbursed by Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan. If the consultant contracted is international, insurance will be provided as per AKFA policy.
Individuals or production houses meeting the above requirements are requested to submit a technical and cost proposal to Jobs.firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Aug 21st, 2018 or submit hard copy to AKF, National Program Office, Kabul, Afghanistan.
The technical proposal shall be no longer than 10 pages in length. It shall contain the following sections:
- Introduction, background, statement of purpose, succinct summary of proposal.
- Detailed methodology. Description of the proposed methods to be employed in achieving the goals of the terms of reference (ToR).
- CV of the consultant highlighting the required education, skills and experience including list of completed studies.
- Detailed timeline
Please quote the Vacancy Number as the Subject of the e-mail when sending your application.
Supporting documents, e.g. diplomas, recommendation letters, identification card(s) etc., are not required at this stage, therefore not to be sent along with the application.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted for further assessment.
Aga Khan Foundation – Afghanistan is an equal opportunities employer. Women are encouraged to apply.
Aga Khan Foundation – Afghanistan recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safeguarding of children from abuse.
About the Organization
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-denominational international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Its mission is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development, primarily in Asia and East Africa. Created as a private, non-profit foundation under Swiss law, it has branches and independent affiliates in 19 countries.
The Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan (AKF (Afg)) is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of international, private, non-denominational development agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in some of the poorest parts of the developing world. The Network’s organizations have individual mandates that range from the fields of health and education to architecture, rural development and promotion of private-sector enterprise and institutions that seek to empower communities and individuals, usually in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities.