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Save the Children is a leading international organization helping children in need around the world. First established in the UK in 1919, separate national organizations have been set up in more than twenty-eight countries, sharing the aim of improving the lives of children through education, health care and economic opportunities, as well as emergency aid in cases of natural disasters, war and conflict.
In Nigeria, Save the Children has been working since 2001. The early focus was on getting children actively involved in shaping the decisions that affect their lives. Today, Save the Children is working in seven federal states - Zamfara, Yobe, Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi and Kaduna - focusing on providing basic healthcare and protecting children.
Save the Children (SC) and its partners – the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), American International Health Alliance (AIHA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and Mercy Corps have been implementing the Systems Transformed for Empowered Action and Enabling Responses for Vulnerable Children and Families (STEER) project funded by USAID, to improve the well-being of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in five Northern Nigerian States since May 2013. STEER is creating greater country ownership and leadership through strengthened governments, civil society and families to enable them access and utilize comprehensive and coordinated services to realize their full rights.
STEER would like to document achievements realized in implementing its implementationin a structured manner, focusing on identifying the specific factors of success, summarizing the actual actions being undertaken on the ground and describing the impact of interventions on the lives of those for whom it is being implemented. The documentation will also attempt to propose some promising practices that can be maintained and replicated or scaled up in the future. The documentation will combine human stories and voices of beneficiaries with results based on official reports and accounts of technical staff and community leaders. These stories will be shared with Government authorities, development partners and the general public.
Objectives of the Consultancy
The specific Objectives of the assignment are as follows:
- Document success stories and lessons learned from the implementation of the project, in terms of strengthening capacity, improving house hold economic status, improving nutritional status, access to education and healthcare as a result of project interventions and access to HIV/AIDS services.
- Create varied information pack from compiled material for distribution to STEER stakeholders
- Tasks and Responsibilities in order to achieve the envisaged objectives, the consultant under the overall supervision of STEER will;
- Work in collaboration with STEER to determine the exact scope of the stories; identify and develop topics and agree on the final scope of work.
- Prepare tools and formats that will be used for documenting the stories.
- Conduct field work in the selected communities with STEER program and partner staff.
- This will include focus group discussions, interviews, observations and visits to beneficiaries to elicit their views.
- Prepare success stories by analyzing and presenting relevant information about project implementation.
- Produce the text, photographs and info graphics for varied info-pack (8-12pages) highlighting success stories and including voices of beneficiaries and other stakeholders in various thematic areas.
- The consultant will deliver to STEER;
- An inception report demonstrating understanding of the tasks in the ToR and how they propose to accomplish the required tasks.
- Documentaries, short video clips and photography (saved on appropriate devices - DVDs, Flash Disk etc. 3 copies each).
- High quality information pack (in various forms i.e. a one pager brief and some 8-12 pages) of success stories in various thematic areas (these will only be in “ready for print” format, printing/production is not included)
The firm or proposed team should between them possess the following qualifications:
- University degree in Journalism, Communications or related field;
- Master’s degree in Public Health;
- At least five years of professional experience in investigative and human impact story writing, preferably on Orphans and Vulnerable Children, HIV/AIDS and Child rights issues;
- Proven experience in working with international organizations
- Photography skills and experience;
- Ability to analyze and synthesize relevant information and develop highly analytical reports;
- Excellent editing skills and ability to integrate human interest with statistics and technical reports to present credible content;
- High sense of journalistic ethics and in-depth understanding of child right issues: Fluent in English (spoken and written) and Hausa (spoken)
- Ability to deliver products on time against tight deadlines;
- Demonstrate initiative, creativity and flexibility.
Method of Application
To apply, visit Save The Children Career Page