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International Consultant for TV Civic Education Programme for National Parliament of Timor-Leste
|Location :||Timor-Leste, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||15-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||HIV, Health and Development|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Portuguese|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||90 Working Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||90 Working 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.
Timor-Leste, as a small island developing state (SIDS) and least developed country (LDC), is highly vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19. So far, there have been only up to twenty-four confirmed cases of COVID-19, which have all recovered (as of May 31st). However, since testing capabilities are limited, the extent of infection transmission among the general population is not known. On 27 March, 2020, by Government Decree, a state of emergency was declared, which imposed broad restrictions in the movement of people and goods, stricter procedures of quarantine/isolation for people returning from abroad or suspected cases, cancellation of commercial flights essentially sealing off the borders, and improved preparedness/response measures. The state of emergency has been renewed for the second time on May 27th and for a third month, until June 26th. The government put together a special stimulus package to scale up the provision of COVID-related health equipment and isolation and treatment facilities, as well as socio-economic measures directed towards protecting vulnerable citizens, concessions and support to the private sector and laborers, etc.
The National Parliament of Timor-Leste, in accordance with its legislative, oversight and representative competencies attributed by the Constitution, has a critical role to play to safeguard the rights and interests of Timorese people at all stages of the crisis. Regarding the last competency, since the beginning of the emergency, the institution has increased its efforts in developing and disseminating efficient and transparent communication to inform citizens, especially the most vulnerable groups, on COVID-19 developments. It notably produced and disseminated short videos on the crisis, featuring Members of Parliaments.
Building on these recent efforts, the newly appointed President of Parliament, Aniceto Guterres Lopes, has requested support from UNDP Justice Sector Reform project to develop “Canal do Parlamento”, a weekly 30-minute programme on Parliamentary activities and on civic education to be broadcasted on national television. This initiative would ensure the institution gets closer to the citizens it represents, thus fulfilling its mandate as attributed by the Constitution. In doing so, the project would contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, more specifically SDG 16 on Peaceful and Inclusive Societies.
The Justice Sector Reform project is best positioned to support the National Parliament of Timor-Leste in implementing the abovementioned initiative since the project is the privileged interlocutor of this institution. Indeed, the project has been supporting the Parliament with the Justice Sector Reform, and more recently with its response to the COVID-19 crisis. To this effect, the project is notably currently developing, in collaboration with this national institution, a 20-episode outreach campaign on civic education. Both initiatives are complementary and will be best implemented if performed by the same implementing entity.
The National Parliament of Timor-Leste, in accordance with its legislative, oversight and representative competencies attributed by the Constitution, has a critical role to play to safeguard the rights and interests of Timorese people at all stages of the crisis. This institution passed, on April 6th, 2020, a resolution on measures to prevent and fight against COVID-19 as well as to recover from the socio-economic impacts of the crisis and to monitor the government’s execution of the state of emergency. The Parliament identified several key areas of intervention in which to develop policies, approve legislation and monitor government law-making and actions.
 For example, one video explained what the state of emergency entailed for citizens.
Duties and Responsibilities
The assignment will produce the entirety of the TV civic education programme and will be delivered in 3 phases:
Phase One of the assignment involves the development of a general concept note for the TV Programme. This note will provide the framework to produce the civic education outreach campaign, ensuring its objectives, expected outcomes and timeline are clear and achievable. It will also serve as a common thread to produce all twenty episodes.
Phase Two of the assignment is about the production of the episodes. For each episode, the selected consultant will need to follow the four steps as identified in section E. These will ensure all episodes fit into the bigger framework of the TV Programme (as spelled out in the general concept note) and contribute to the achievement of its identified objectives and expected outcomes. The consultant will be responsible for the successful production of the episodes, from the initial stages, such as contacting participants and preparing the logistics for the shooting, to the final stages, such as the editing of the episodes, ensuring the delivered products are ready for broadcasting.
Each episode is expected to follow a short format (2 to 3 minutes long) and to feature Members of Parliament as main protagonists. The identified Parliamentarians will present in the official languages (with subtitles in Tetum and Portuguese) the topic of the episode, following a script written by the consultant.
Below is the full list of the topics to be addressed in the TV Programme:
Phase Three of the assignment is about assisting the National Parliament in planning the establishment of a National Parliament TV channel, especially by drafting a concept note on how to set up a TV channel and how to produce television content regularly. This phase will also include training sessions for Parliament staff on filming and editing. The sessions will be on the job when filming and producing the episodes on phase two and also through formal training sessions.
The expected outputs and deliverables are outlined in the below table:
Required Skills and Experience