Call for Application – Drama Group/Professional Actors for Radio Drama Series (Sokoto) | Search For Common Ground | Job Location: Abuja
Call for Application – Drama Group/Professional Actors for Radio Drama Series (Sokoto version)
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world, sub-Saharan Africa and particularly Nigeria so too are related cases of propaganda, disinformation, and misinformation surrounding the virus. The constant competition for accurate fact-based, objective information on the pandemic creates additional confusion, fear, and panic, in what many refer to as an “infodemic”. Nigeria is rife with conspiracy theories on vaccine testing, fake stories, sensational news, misleading medical advice, statistical manipulation, and influence campaigns from nefarious actors to promote their own agendas. Disinformation often takes advantage of information vacuums, and it is paramount to fill information spaces with fact-based information on the pandemic for Nigerian audiences. The current global health pandemic underscores the serious threats posed by disinformation and propaganda campaigns pushed by adversaries, both globally and in sub-Saharan Africa including Nigeria.
About The Project
Search for Common Ground (Search) in partnership with the European Union will implement a rapid-response 15-month action “Working Together Against Corona” that will support an effective, conflict-sensitive response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that prevents further deterioration of social cohesion in fragile contexts in Africa, namely in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria. This action has a two-fold purpose: on the one hand, it aims to render the response to the pandemic in the targeted countries more effective by ensuring citizen acceptance of the response through access to reliable information on the other; it will mitigate the negative impact of the crisis on social cohesion and prevent it from exacerbating existing conflict dynamics.
Overall Objective: To support an effective, conflict-sensitive response to COVID-19, in a way that prevents further deterioration of social cohesion in fragile contexts.
Objective 1: Increase the effectiveness and conflict-sensitivity of the COVID-19 response.
Objective 2: Mitigate the harmful effects of the COVID-19 crisis on social cohesion, stability, and ongoing conflict prevention efforts
Objective 3: Build global capacities and tools to promote resilience to pandemics and mitigate similar threats across societies.
The Media products will Demystify myths around Covid19 disease; Inspiring hope to vulnerable communities in the covid19 context; Show best practices in coping with Covid19 fears and uncertainties and incorporate satire to share key information on Covid19 prevention.
Search will support the development and production of conflict sensitive content and initiatives specifically a radio drama series, for both the new and traditional media such that misinformation held about the Coronavirus pandemic will be demystified to reduce tensions, elevates messages of unity and cohesion then improve awareness towards collective responsibility and social cohesion to mitigating the conflict.
About The Radio Drama: Activity A2.1.2 “Working Together Against Corona” Radio Drama
An intended-outcome drama is defined as “the process of purposely designing and implementing a media message to both entertain and educate, in order to increase audience members’ knowledge about an educational issue, create favorable attitudes, shift social norms and change overt behavior. Radio Drama connects with people’s emotions, stimulates self-awareness, and provides a powerful tool for empowerment and positive behavioral and social change.
As part of the deliverables of this project, Search has made a commitment to implement 39 episode radio drama series. The drama and talk show will reinforce the other by providing an opportunity to dramatize some of the themes discussed in the talk show and in reverse, the talk show can provide a platform for citizens to dialogue about the messages and themes presented in the drama. In addition, the drama will allow Search to include particularly sensitive content in ways that will not exploit talk show hosts and guests and/or listeners. For instance, topics such as the stigmatization of survivors or the exploitation and abuse of women and children, exacerbated by COVID.
Theory of Change (TOC)
This action is supported by the theory of change (TOC) that if trusted communication channels can deliver credible information, counter rumor, and humanize others; if connections, networks, and relationships can be maintained and enhanced across dividing lines; and if governments and other responders are equipped to respond in a conflict sensitive manner, then the COVID-19 crisis will be addressed more effectively and its negative effects on social cohesion and ongoing conflict prevention efforts reduced, because all relevant stakeholders will be collaborating towards a common goal in a truly inclusive manner.
Purpose of Consultancy
Search is now looking to work with a drama group with professional actors to deliver 39 episode 25 minutes radio drama each in SOKOTACHI (Sokoto-Hausa) that will mitigate rumors and disinformation around COVID-19 while promoting peace and unity, countering stereotypes, highlighting inspiring stories, messages, and content, showcasing diverse voices, and addressing a wide range of issues that arise as a result of COVID (i.e. economic impact, coping strategies, etc.)
The contracted drama group will work with a production company in Sokoto that will provide technical expertise along with a selected professional to produce a high-quality radio drama. The characters will portray the lingo, mannerisms and slangs which members of a community can relate with while remaining sensitive to the inherent culture and values of the target audience so that the messages and themes are more relatable and accessible to the audience in the locality. The actors should understand the dynamics of the community and competency in interpreting their roles.
Search will air the radio drama on local radio stations to a range of audiences across the country in Sokoto.
- The drama group or professional actors will work with a production house in Sokoto to deliver a top notch radio drama production
- The drama group will provide the manpower in terms of Cast and Crew as well as work with a production house in Sokoto to carry out the production of the radio drama.
- The actors will record a 39 episode (three quarters) of a weekly radio drama in SOKOTANCHI with each episode not more than 25 minutes long over a period of 6 months
- The actors will record a 39 episode (three quarters) of a weekly radio drama script in SOKOTANCHI
- The actors will deliver the first 13 episodes within 2 weeks of engagement and spread the remaining within three months
- The drama interpretation and portrayal of characters should be generic for the community putting in mind culture and values, religion and real life situations through different and unexpected perspectives, the challenges faced, and also their conflict coping and managing strategies. It should be accepted by the community.
- The drama will be aired on various radio stations in Sokoto and should possess a variety of professional and artistic production approaches including multiple uses of sound to convey ideas to the audience, dialogue, sound effects, varied depths of field, and candid moments to build rapport with and inspire empathy from the audience.
- The radio drama should convey core messages for the project and tell an emotionally engaging story through a creative and captivating product
- The radio drama should include professional high quality transitions and appropriate supporting background music originally produced by the contractor. The production crew should be versatile and unobtrusive to facilitate the impression of a genuine and unscripted depiction of reality.
- The period of performance for this contract is for approximately 6 months upon signing the contract.
Search anticipates the following timetable:
- Pre-Recording Session: The consultant will work from SOKOTO closely with Search’s media producer consultant to learn about the “Working Together against Corona” project and understand project objectives/activities. With this background, the group will interphase with Search to have a firm understanding of the audience the content is targeting, and what it intends to achieve in society using the generated radio drama pitch ideas, in dialogue with Search. During this period, the contractor, in consultation with Search, will further share ideas, and artistic perspectives that will better enact the script which will evoke the necessary emotions as contained in the script and make same reflect via characterization. The pilot edition will be submitted and reviewed by the Search team. The work during this phase may be conducted remotely from the proposed start of the contract.
- Production Phase, 1st Quarter: The consultant will work closely with Search to ensure characterization is in accordance with the scripted storyline, and Search’s expectations of making an impactful content along project objectives. The consultant will in accordance to Search’s guidelines submit the produced first quarter of the drama series as agreed in his/her contract narrative and timeline. The work during this phase may be conducted remotely.
- Production Phase, 2nd Quarter: The consultant will in accordance to Search’s guidelines submit the produced second quarter of the drama series as agreed in his/her contract narrative and timeline
- Final Submission of Produced Content 3rd Quarter: The contractor will work closely with Search to review and agree on emerging narratives about the project context to adapt into characterization of cast, a make a great storytelling. The work during this phase may be conducted remotely too. Search will lookout for the flow from the first quarter into the second and third quarters to enable tweaking or change where necessary.
The research team will respect the following ethical principles:
- Comprehensive and systematic inquiry: Consultant should make the most of the existing information and full range of stakeholders available at the time of the review. Consultant should conduct systematic, data-based inquiries. He or she should communicate his or her methods and approaches accurately and in sufficient detail to allow others to understand, interpret and critique his or her work. He or she should make clear the limitations of the review and its results.
- Competence: Consultant should possess the abilities and skills and experience appropriate to undertake the tasks proposed and should practice within the limits of his or her professional training and competence.
- Honesty and integrity: Consultant should be transparent with the contractor/constituent about: any conflict of interest, any change made in the negotiated project plan and the reasons why those changes were made, any risk that certain procedures or activities produce misleading review information.
- Respect for people: Consultant respect the security, dignity and self-worth of respondents, program participants. Consultant has the responsibility to be sensitive to and respect differences amongst participants in culture, religion, gender, disability, age and ethnicity.
- In addition, the team will respect SFCG’s evaluations standards, to be found in SFCG’s evaluation guidelines: https://www.sfcg.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/SFCG-External-Evaluation-Guidelines-FINAL.pdf
- Companies/Individuals are required to meet the following criteria in order to qualify for bid submission.
- The drama group or professional actors will work with a production house to deliver a top notch radio drama production
- The drama group will provide the man power in terms of cast and crew as well as work with a production house to carry out the production of the radio drama.
- The actors will record a 39 episode (three quarters) of a weekly radio drama in a local language with each episode not more than 25 minutes long over a period of 6 months
- The actors will record a 39 episode (three quarters) of a weekly radio drama script in English and/or a local language
- The actors will deliver the first 13 episodes within 2 weeks of engagement and spread the remaining within six months
- The drama interpretation and portrayal of characters should be generic for the community putting in mind culture and values, religion and real life situations through different and unexpected perspectives, the challenges faced, and also their conflict coping and managing strategies. IT SHOULD BE ACCEPTED BY THE COMMUNITY.
- Interested candidates are invited to send an application tothe career portal, no later than 23rd December, 2020. The application should hold these attachments:
Previous experiences of performing similar kind of task (list and background of team and agencies)Technical qualifications of the team members including CVs, for all proposed personnel along with select internet links or digital copies of relevant input to works (scripts) developed by team membersBudget/financial proposal including a description of costs for personnel and all film production costs (development, pre-production, production, and post-production). Include an overall cost for the contract (The drama group will work with a production company that will provide all necessary production, and post-production equipment. No equipment or software (i.e. cameras, computers, editing software, etc.) will be purchased under this activity. All costs associated with the drama production will be the sole responsibility of the contractor and should be incorporated in the contract cost proposal )Creative portfolios, including internet links or digital copies of relevant short films developed by the organization
The proposals, both technical and financial, will be evaluated by a group of professionally qualified reviewers with media expertise based on the following criteria:
A) Price will be a factor in the evaluation of proposals.
B) Understanding of the proposed project narrated in the technical requirements per the SOW.
C) Review of the Producer’s portfolio and technical capabilities including creative storytelling, applying emotion to drama, and content that informs, inspires, and motivates audiences.
D) Experience and demonstrated ability to convey a “Nigeria-centric” message in the script.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.
All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Shared Humanity – Empathy – Impartiality – Inclusivity – Courage – Hope – Humility – Audacity. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud.
Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
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