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Individual Consultant -Financial and technical support to the Zimbabwe Media Commission to deliver Human Rights Based programming for Community Radios and rural Print Press
|Location :||Harare, ZIMBABWE|
|Application Deadline :||25-Nov-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 days|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The Chapter 12 Commissions are designed as drivers of change for Zimbabwe’s implementation of democratic values and constitutionalism as per the Zimbabwe Constitution. Collectively, the Chapter 12 Institutions serve the common purpose of contributing towards a democratic Zimbabwean society by steering the country towards constitutionalism as a shared value. Through their respective mandates, the Chapter 12 Commissions are critical to improving the quality of governance, encouraging transparency and accountability, fostering inclusion, advancing gender equality, promoting the rights of marginalized groups, strengthening justice and rule of law, and ultimately leading to national unity, peace and reconciliation.
It is against this backdrop and as part of the broader support to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDCF) priorities to the entrenchment of human rights and democracy as outlined in section 233 of the Constitution, that United Nations participating agencies (PUNOs), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), under the coordination of the United Nations Resident Coordinators Office (UNRCO), have co-developed the Support to Chapter 12 Commissions Project with Chapter 12 Commissions.
The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) is one of the Chapter 12 Independent Constitutional Commissions whose collective objective is to promote and nurture a culture of accountability and transparency thereby promoting democratic values. The Commission is the regulator of the media industry in Zimbabwe whose functions include the duty to uphold, promote and develop freedom of the media, to promote and enforce good practices and ethics in the media and to promote fair competition and diversity in the media. The respective mandates are critical to promote and nurture a culture of accountability and transparency and strengthen the quality of governance, justice and rule of law, foster inclusion, advance human rights and gender equality, ultimately leading to national unity, peace and democratic values.
In line with the ideals of the National Development Strategy One (NDS1), the work of the media cuts across various sectors and key result areas. The ZMC presides over all media in Zimbabwe and is required to ensure that the people of Zimbabwe have fair and wider access to information and to monitor broadcasting in the public interest and, in particular, to ensure fairness and diversity of views broadly representing Zimbabwean society. ZMC registers community media while the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) registers broadcasters including community radios.
Zimbabwe, through BAZ, has recently registered community broadcasters that are expected to play a critical role is propagating various views at community level. Community media is expected to unpack various national issues in the interest of communities they serve. Community media can be advocacy partners on various issues as they speak to the issues and aspirations of the people at community level. Their role is to empower those communities through the provision of information on various developmental issues including human rights.
Empowering rural broadcasters with the necessary skills and capacity becomes one aspect in ensuring that broadcasters, particularly community broadcasters, can meet their constitutional obligations in ensuring diversity and representation of diverse views. The Community Radios have a potential to work with rural publishing entities in disseminating vital development information through terrestrial broadcasting as well as print media.
It is against this background that the Commission is proposing to put in place a deliberate training programme aimed at empowering community media and broadcasters with the necessary skills in propagating some of the constitutional provisions that are part of the Bill of Rights pertaining to aspect of human rights in close consultation and meaningful engagement with Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe, and the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS).
Overall objective of the project
The Zimbabwe Media Commission seeks to equip community broadcasters and publishers with knowledge skills on reporting various aspects of human rights as provided for in the Bill of Rights. The training programme will assist and empower community broadcasters and publishers in understanding how to unpack and report on various issues that include, reporting on peace, conflict management and resolution at community level, gender issues, youths interests and various aspects of human rights.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The support will involve conducting a needs assessment of training needs, developing the training curricula and thereafter using the developed training curricula to train a minimum of 25 community radios from registered and operational stations, broadcasters and selected rural Press practitioners.
In particular, the project will assist and empower community broadcasters and rural print Press practitioners in understanding how to unpack and report on various issues that include access to information, knowledge of the constitution of the Republic of Zimbabwe, which will strengthen their capacity in reporting on peace, embark on deliberate conflict sensitive reporting and resolution at community level.
The training will also strengthen their capacity in promoting gender equality issues, engaging youth to participate in dialogue on addressing their challenges.
Activity 1 Conduct needs assessment
Activity 2 Design a training manual on Right based Approach to Community
Activity 3 Deliver training manual on “Right based Approach to Community radio Programming’.
It is anticipated that the selected consultant will deliver: -
Timeline and duration
It is anticipated that the project will be undertaken from 01 December 2022 to 24 February 2023 First draft report to be submitted to UNESCO and UNDP by 31 January 2023.
The final report together with all the associated raw data and relevant files, including photographs etc., should be delivered to UNDP by 24 February 2023 at the latest.
Zimbabwe Media Commission will coordinate the reporting and submit draft reports for review to UNESCO as a technical agent with mandate in Media Development and to UNDP as the Coordinating Agency for Chapter 12 commission project.
General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics
The consultant is expected to work from their own premises.
All costs pertaining to presentation of the study methodology and other elements of the Technical Proposal to the Technical Evaluation Panel, travel or field visits related to preparation of the Proposal, travel related to Negotiations/Technical discussion and other pre-award activities are to be borne by the Contractor and should not be included in the Financial Proposal submitted.
For the entire period of this contract all travel (international and within Zimbabwe) related to any contract emerging from this RFP, including all travel for consultations and discussions, meetings for planning and execution of potential works, travel to target towns etc. will have to be borne by the Institution and must be included in the Financial Proposal submitted. The Institution is responsible to make all relevant travel arrangements, including Visa, hotel, transportation and other relevant costs.
Policy both parties should be aware of:
Required Skills and Experience
Education and Training
Experience and Knowledge
Where a candidate intends to collaborate with other individuals to accomplish the task, the CVs of the proposed collaborators should be included together with the role the collaborators will play. It however remains the lead consultant's role to contract with the collaborators and to ensure that the task is completed to satisfaction.
How to apply
Latest CV highlighting the relevant experience. Prospective candidates could apply either as a team or as individuals. When applying as a team, the CVs of all experts in the team should be provided, along with the application;
Interested candidates are expected to submit both the Technical and Financial Proposals. Complete applications will be evaluated based on Cumulative Analysis as per the following scenario:
The technical proposal should include:
The award of the contract shall be made to the Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the Terms of Reference.