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  • Consultant - Production of a Video Documentary on Resourcing Families for Better Nutrition - Spotlight on CDGP at Save The Children

  • Posted on: 15 May, 2019 Deadline: 29 May, 2019
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    Consultant - Production of a Video Documentary on Resourcing Families for Better Nutrition - Spotlight on CDGP

     


    Job ID: 19000185
    Location: Abuja
    Employee Status: Fixed Term

    Introduction
    In Northern Nigeria, infant mortality is 40% higher than the rest of the country. In programme areas, 66% of children under the age of five were classified as stunted. According to the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI), in Zamfara and Jigawa 91.9% and 88.4% of the populations are defined as poor compared to a national average of 53.3%. In addition, at baseline in programme areas, 10% of households overall reported to not have enough food to eat during the lean season with affordability of food a key driver. Dietary diversity is also poor; in programme areas 16% of children 6-23 months received the recommended number of food groups. There is evidence of inadequate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices and misconceptions about breastfeeding; just 40% of children in programme areas were appropriately breastfed.

    Resourcing Families for Better Nutrition (RFBN) in the First 1,000 Days (activities of the approach are also known as Cash Plus) provides a comprehensive approach to reducing maternal and child undernutrition, in particular stunting and wasting, in development and humanitarian contexts. The approach combines regular cash transfers that are designed and implemented to maximize impacts on nutrition, with a contextually informed package of social behavior change communication (SBCC), linkages to basic maternal and child health and nutrition services, and additional context-appropriate, nutrition-specific interventions.

    The Cash Plus for Nutrition approach provides guidance to governments, national stakeholders and development partners on how to design and implement a cash transfer combined with appropriate interventions to prevent maternal and child undernutrition. The main focus of the approach is to reduce the prevalence of stunting; however, the paper also provides options for improving access to treatment of acute malnutrition (wasting) and addressing micronutrient deficiencies. The approach is based on wide ranging evidence that combining cash with other complementary features to address context specific drivers of undernutrition can be a powerful approach for reducing undernutrition.

    Cash Plus for Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days has two core components:

    • The Cash Transfer component, designed and implemented in a nutrition-sensitive way; and
    • The ‘Plus’ (nutrition-specific interventions as a complement to the cash transfer), including measures specific to the programme itself and linkages to other sector services to improve Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices, health, sanitation and hygiene during the first 1,000 days.

    The Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP) operates in five Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Zamfara and Jigawa. CDGP is the first Cash Plus programme in Nigeria and the first with a food security and nutrition focus.  The programme aims to improve the nutritional status of children under five in Jigawa and Zamfara. The expected outcome is a scalable programme showing how cash transfers can bring costeffective immediate and long-term food security and nutrition benefits to eligible households with young children in poor communities in northern Nigeria. The programme began in 2013 and will run until 2019.

    CDGP provides monthly cash transfers of 4,000 Naira as of 2017 (reviewed annually) through an electronic payment mechanism to approximately 70,000 women, from as early as possible during pregnancy until their child is two years old. Social and behavioural change communication (SBCC) around nutritional education and advice accompanies the cash transfer to support the feeding practices of pregnant women, infants and young children. The SBCC activities include nutritional support groups, mass media communication (radio and posters), food demonstrations, messaging through Friday prayers and one-to-one counselling sessions.

    Project Description
    CDGP is a five-year pilot programme supported by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). It is aimed at tackling poverty and hunger and reduce malnutrition in children in Jigawa and Zamfara states in Northern Nigeria. Save the Children is leading the INGO consortium delivering the programme, in partnership with Action Against Hunger (ACF). The CDGP will run to July 31st 2019

    The CDGP provides a Cash Transfer grant of 4,000 NGN per month for up to 93,000 pregnant women and women with children under the age of 2 in Jigawa and Zamfara states. The cash transfer is accompanied by nutritional education, advice and counselling. The predictable monthly cash transfer is expected to contribute to increased food security, improve intake of more nutritious food, leading to improvement in child nutrition within 90,000 households.

    More broadly, the programme aimed to generate evidence of a scalable programme that shows how a well-designed cash transfer programme, targeted at the critical First 1,000 Days of a child’s life, can bring cost-effective immediate and long-term food security and nutrition benefits to eligible households with young children. The broad outcome of CDGP is a scalable programme showing how cash transfers can bring cost-effective immediate and long-term food security and nutrition benefits to eligible households with young children in poor communities in northern Nigeria.

    Overall objective of the Documentary

    • The overall objective of the assignment is to produce a documentary film narrated primarily in beneficiaries and stakeholder voices using a POV
    • The Cash plus framework provided below in figure 2 will provide the basis for the documentary as well as review of similar products from countries piloting the approach. The documentary will focus on providing proof of concept from the CDGP programme for the cash plus approach being impactful in areas where the predominant driver of undernutrition is monetary poverty.

    Producer Tasks

    • Under the direct supervision of the CDGP technical lead and the Country Progarmme Knowledge Management Specialist and support from the CDGP KM-Adviser;
    • Develop the documentary film’s overall concept and scenario.
    • Interview selected interviewees for the film who will include actual beneficiaries, local, state & federal government officials particularly office of the vice president, Donor (DFID), Implementing Partner (ACF), national social protection programme and key programme staff of CDGP.
    • Visit the project sites and interact with the local communities who’ve been impacted by the CDGP supported implementation to get context.
    • Develop the documentary script and storyboard to be used in the film.
    • Perform appropriate video filming and shoot interviews with the Projects’ major beneficiaries and stakeholders.
    • Present a draft documentary to CDGP for comments about contents.
    • Produce two FINAL documentaries one (60 minutes and 25 minutes) long documentary films in DVD as well as a summary promotional DVD version of 10 minutes long.

    Output /Deliverables:

    • Planning meeting in Abuja with CDGP technical team
    • Interviews and filming of project stakeholders in Abuja and in the field (Jigawa and Zamfara) to collect and record information;
    • Submit a storyboard and script for the documentary to CDGP and KMS for approval before filming;
    • Present draft documentary to stakeholders in Abuja at the end of the field mission and incorporation of comments;
    • Produce an edited Video Recording of the scenarios captured, and the footage of the recorded stories.
    • Present a complete 60, 25 and 10-minute documentary film version, and hand over 2 master copies of each version to WINNN and two extra copies with the extra footage for future usage.

    Required Qualifications and Experience of the Consultancy Firm
    The consultancy firm will be required to have:

    • 5 and above years of experience working in similar field.
    • Extensive experience in producing development work related documentaries for international organisations with the aim of reaching both local and international audiences.
    • Experience in working with UN agencies and other international organizations.
    • Local Knowledge of CDGP implementing states.
    • Excellent technical capacities (state of art filming equipment preferably High Definition) to ensure smooth and high quality production.
    • Additional experience in development communication will be an added advantage.

    Duration of the Assignment:

    • The assignment is expected to take 25 working days from the date of signing the contract.

    Intellectual Property

    • All information pertaining to this project (documentary, audio, digital, cyber, project documents, etc) belonging to the client, which the consultant may come into contact with in the performance of his/her, duties under this consultancy shall remain the property of WINNN who shall have exclusive rights over their use. Except for purposes of this assignment, the information shall not be disclosed to the public nor used in whatever without written permission of SCI in line with the national and International Copyright Laws applicable.

    Remuneration

    • The consultant’s payment shall be based on the financial proposal developed for this consultancy.
    • Payment shall be made in three installments of;
    • 20% down payment upon submission of the script and storyboard
    • 40% upon submission of an acceptable draft documentary; and
    • 40% final payment upon submission of the final outputs, incorporating suggestions and recommendations from the CDGP/SCI-PDQ team.

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

    Note

    • Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications (CV, and technical proposal detailing survey methodology, work plan and budget). Copies of relevant previous evaluation reports (to be kept confidential)
    • Due to the volume of applications received, Save the Children may not provide feedback to all applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
    • Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as received. Save the Children reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary.

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