CONSULTANCY TO REDESIGN AND UPDATE THE DGD PROJECT WEBSITE
Location : Abuja, NIGERIA
Application Deadline : 06-Jul-12
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required :English
Starting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 15-Jul-2012
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 Month
Expected Duration of Assignment : 12 Months
The Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) Project II is a joint donor-funded project with the overall aim of: strengthening the democratic character of Nigerian political processes; and promoting outcomes that consolidate and advance democratic governance and accountability to achieve the country’s stated development priorities and goals specified in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP).
The European Commission, the UK Department for International Development, Canadian International Development Agency and and UNDP contribute to this fund. The 2011 general elections, which were widely acclaimed as the most credible, transparent and peaceful elections since the country returned to civil rule in 1999, present a new opportunity for continued donor support to Nigeria’s democratic consolidation and efforts to strengthen key institutions such as the Electoral Management Bodies, National Assembly, Political Parties, Civil Society, and the Media. Among the key priorities for such support are strengthening continued reform and capacity building for key democratic institutions, especially during the pre-election period, to equip them for the 2015 elections.
DGD II consists of 4 components:
Promoting Credible, Transparent and Sustainable Electoral Processes;
Improving the Democratic Quality of Political Engagement;
Enhancing Participation by Women, Youth and other Marginalized groups;
Strengthening Channels of Civic Engagement.
In line with the new directions for the project, the project intends to redesign its existing website to encompass interactivity, speed, quality design, logic, innovation, relevance, and accessibility.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
To redesign DGD website to make it more user-friendly, interractive and innovative;
Train DGD technical and non-technical staff on updating the website;
To introduce innovative services such as RSS, podcasting, user comment, etc.
To streamline content creation and boost author productivity;
To create an effective search engine;
Review and adapt website features (on a quarterly basis or when required) to ensure current applications and softwares are in place for easier navigation.
Improved communication and information sharing with DGD stakeholders;
Utilize the opportunities created by social media to better improve the capability of the website as an e-repository of DGD publications and results.
Scope of Work:
The Website will include:
Information about the DGD project;
Publications and newsletters produced by the project;
Events Calendar/Upcoming events;
Updates on DGD activities;
Links with DGD International partners and relevant institutions including INEC;
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ);
Required Skills and Competencies
Extensive web development, hosting and maintenance expertise and experience;
Extensive electronic communications expertise and experience;
Extensive content management expertise and experience;
Ability to facilitate and manage required processes;
Ability to provide required software and technological solutions;
Excellent writing and communication skills;
Good interpersonal skills;
Experience working on development communication related projects.
Strong skills in written communications in English;
Excellent spoken English is also required.
Required Skills and Experience
A degree in Computer or Information Science or a Communication or Social Science related subject with at least 5 years practical knowledge and cognate experience in Website design.