National Consultant - Production of a Documentary Film

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Application Deadline :10-Oct-13 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One Month (21 Working days)
Expected Duration of Assignment :One Month (21 Working days)


UN Women (UNW), grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women plays an innovative and catalytic role in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since its inception in 1997. UN Women oPt focuses its activities on one overarching goal, namely to support the implementation at the national level of existing international commitments to advance gender equality in line with the national priorities. In support of this goal, and thoroughly taking into consideration the specificities of the oPt context, UN Women concentrates its efforts and interventions toward the realization of following strategic goals: Engendering governance, peace and security; Supporting women's economic security and rights; and Promoting women’s rights and protection against violence.
UN Women actively participates in the implementation of the UN Trust Fund for Human Security funded joint project “Livelihood Protection and Sustainable Empowerment of Vulnerable, Rural and Refugee Communities in the Jordan Valley”, together with UNESCO, FAO and UNRWA and in coordination with UNSCO. One of the successes of the project is an effective partnership between UNWOMEN and UNESCO to construct women’s centers using traditional mud-brick technology. This component has promoted the resurrection of traditional architecture and construction skills, while fabricating affordable canters as the raw material is locally available in abundance. Through these centers, women have been empowered by participating in the construction process and now have centers for income generation and other activities which have great potential for future activities. It is also improving economic security by training semi-skilled laborers, while empowering women and ensuring local ownership of the centers by engaging them in the construction process.

Simultaneously, the project will facilitate the access of women’s centers products and services to the local and tourist markets. Establishment of kiosks on one of the main highways in the West Bank will enhance the marketing skills as well as generate income of the members of women’s centers who will sell homemade food produce as well as handicrafts. In addition, a traditional homemade food restaurant will be constructed in a touristic area and will improve women’s capacities in service provision to both local and foreign customers as well as generate income for both the employees and the women’s centers.
Within this framework, and in order to reflect the achievements of UN Women’s component of the joint project, UN Women will seek to contract a Consultant for the production and editing of a high quality video documentary and still photographs to be exhibited during the closing event of the project.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of UN Women Special Representative and in close cooperation with Project Coordinator of Economic Security and Rights programmes, the Consultant will undertake the following tasks, duties and responsibilities:
  • Identifying, in coordination with UN Women, women’s stories and project activities to be documented through the video;
  • Develop the documentary script in coordination with UN Women (documentary duration of 10 to 15 minutes); including the narrator text;
  • Production: documenting through filmmaking the success stories as well as challenges of achieving the goals of UN Women’s component of the joint project;
  • Post-production: arranging, compiling and editing the identified stories into a documentary of up to 15 minutes;
  • Present the draft version of the documentary to UN Women for discussions with UN Women and revised the draft version of the documentary as discussed with UN Women
  • Recording narrator’s voice in Arabic;
  • Submit the 2nd draft documentary to UN Women for review and ensure all corrections are integrated Translate the documentary to English and include subtitles;
  • Submit to UN Women for approval;
  • Providing UN WOMEN with still photographs of the filming process for visibility, as well as still photographs to illustrate the project and its impact that can be presented in a photographic exhibition;
  • Providing UN WOMEN with an original DVD of the final version of the documentary without the subtitles and an original DVD of the documentary with the subtitles included.

The copyright will be with UN WOMEN, Copyright © United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women. All rights reserved. UN Women also owns the copyright of all film footage, irrespective of whether it has been used in the final film.

Time frame:
  • It is expected that the assignment will start on the 18 of October and will be finalized by 18 of November 2013.
Key deliverables:
  • Final draft documentary script and work plan for the production and editing of the documentary (1 week after signature of the contract);
  •  Submission of the edited version of a 10-15 minutes documentary on DVD format (after first round of revision), before integration of the voice over narration, subtitles, soundtrack and logos (4 weeks from the signature of the contract);
  • Provision of one original DVD of the final documentary and one original DVD of the documentary with subtitles;
  • The final documentary is the version that received approval from UN Women, including music, subtitles, credits and logos.


Core values / Guiding Principles:


  • Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:
  • Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff; Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity. 
Core Competencies:
  • Ethics and Values: Demonstrating / Safeguarding Ethics and Integrity;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring: Initiative-taking; coaching and mentoring ability;
  • Working in Teams: Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Communicating Information and Ideas: Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Self-management and Emotional intelligence: Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements: Managing conflict;
  • Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning: Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of other.
Functional Competencies:
  • Strong communication skills in both English and Arabic (oral and written);
  • Able to work in an international environment;
  • Able to work under pressure and to deliver on time;
  • Results oriented, flexible and problem solving skills.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Diploma in Video production
  • At least 4 years of proven successful experience in filmmaking;
  • At least 2 years of experience in directing documentaries;
  • Completion of assignments of similar nature;
  • Understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues is an advantage;
  • Understanding of the context of the occupied Palestinian territory is an added value.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency (both oral and written) in Arabic.
Only long-listed candidates will be contacted to provide samples of documentary films previously produced by them.

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