Maldives: local consultant to support the development of communication and awareness materials

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Maldives: local consultant to support the development of communication and awareness materials

February 10th, 2021

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is seeking a local consultant to support the development of communication and awareness materials for a programme focused on enhancing the rights of women and girls in Maldives. Please read the Terms of Reference (ToR) below for more information on the post and how to apply.

Terms of reference (ToR)

1. Context

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is a non-departmental public body supported by, but independent of, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Established in 1992, the remit of WFD is to provide expertise in developing parliaments, political party structures and civil society organisations – the key institutions that make up a functioning democracy.  The patron of WFD is the Speaker of the House of Commons.

The Commonwealth Equality Project (CEP) is a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) funded Commonwealth-wide programme focused on expanding the participation of women, girls and other marginalized groups in political and societal decision-making processes.

The Maldives programme will focus on working in partnership with civil society to build greater proficiency around intersectionality as a key component to advancing gender equality, and to continue to raise awareness in policy-making circles about the importance of intersectional analysis. WFD works with parliamentarians and officials, independent institutions, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.  Gender equality, human rights, inclusivity, and support for thematic areas wherever appropriate are integrated in the work we do.

Intersectionality has been highlighted as a priority area by UN human rights institutions and experts in relation to Maldives and is yet to mainstream by gender-related CSOs and decision makers. As part of CEP, WFD will support national human rights institutions, civil society and other stakeholders through engagement on policy and legislative issues related to the advancement of women and girls, with a focus on incorporating an intersectional lens.

2. Objective(s)

  • To develop awareness and communication materials on intersectionality as a key concept in advancing gender equality
  • To raise awareness and start advocating around intersectionality as central to advancing gender equality and into overall gender movement
  • To increase the extent to which national human rights institutions and CSOs work towards using intersectionality as a key concept in advancing gender equality

3. Scope

The scope of the mission is to develop advocacy and communication materials in both languages (Dhivehi and English), based on the gender trainer’s contemporary manual and other resources on intersectionality tailored to the Maldivian local context in relation to women and girls.  WFDs approach to intersectionality will be the baseline for the consultancy that is contextualized specifically for Maldives. This will include translation of the manual, designing and digitalizing the manual, developing multimedia content and a communication plan. The consultant is expected to work around international best practices on this subject and adapt them into Maldives context.

4. Deliverables

The consultant is expected to complete the following deliverables within the set timelines below:

No

Deliverable

Expected delivery

1

Initial consultations with stakeholders and WFD team followed by a concept / theme for the comms materials

Mid- February 2021

2

Translating the gender trainer’s manual from English to Dhivehi with the assistance of a gender expert / consultant and submission of a draft of the translated manual.

Early March 2021

2

Designing the layout (print ready and in other formats as required) of the gender trainers manual and digitalizing the manual into a user-friendly format and submission of drafts.

Late- February 2021

3

Development of 05 short, animated video spots (both in English and Dhivehi language) and 10 inforgraphics  (both in English and Dhivehi language) in an agreed format using the information from the gender manual and other resources

Mid- March 2021

3

Development of an advocacy and communication, dissemination plan on how the materials will be shared on various platforms and with an array of audiences

Early March 2021

4

Final drafts of all communication and advocacy materials along with the communication/ dissemination plan

Late March 2021

5. Timeline

The duration of the work is from February 2021 till end of March 2021.  

6. Reporting

The consultant will provide an oral/ written feedback to WFD Maldives Team after each deliverable as required.

7. Working arrangement

The consultant will work remotely and closely with the WFD – Maldives Country Representative Priyanga Hettiarachi. WFD’s Senior Gender Advisor, Local Consultant/ Expert on Gender along with other consultants and experts working with WFD.

WFD Maldives team is responsible for the coordination and communication between WFD team and the consultant, including setting up the necessary meetings with stakeholders, and providing other administrative support.

8. Payment

Consultant will be paid a total of £12,500 (equivalent to MVR or USD) payable upon successful completion of each deliverables as per the deliverable schedule below:

No

Deliverable

Amount

1

  • Initial consultations with stakeholders and WFD team followed by a concept / theme for the comms materials
  • Translating the gender trainers manual from English to Dhivehi with the assistance of a gender expert / consultant and submission of a draft of the translated manual.

40% of the total amount

2

  • Designing the layout (print ready and in other formats as required) of the gender trainers manual and digitalizing the manual into a user-friendly format and submission of drafts.
  • Development of 05 short, animated video spots (both in English and Dhivehi language) and 10 inforgraphics (both in English and Dhivehi language) in a agreed format using the information from the gender manual and other resources

50% of the total amount

3

  • Development of an advocacy and communication, dissemination plan on how the materials will be shared on various platforms and with an array of audiences
  • Final drafts of all communication and advocacy materials along with the communication/ dissemination plan

 

10% of the total amount

9. Qualifications and experience

  • Education: The consultant should possess a university degree in communications, advocacy, design, graphics or related field.
  • Experience in producing communication, advocacy materials and/ or plans.
  • Experience working with UK and overseas parliaments, national human rights instruments and civil society organization.
  • Proven experience and expertise working with multi-media based technology, skills such as graphics design, animation, production of video  experiences on using different tools and techniques in developing appropriate and quality audio-visual products.
  • Strong communication skills, and ability to liaise with various stakeholders, including government/parliament officials and civil society organisations.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English and in Dhivehi

10. Application and selection procedure

Interested parties are requested to submit the following documentation responding to the Terms of Reference (ToR):

  • A summary of relevant experience (a brief CV with two relevant references)
  • Portfolio/examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken, preferably in the Maldives or in the region
  • Technical Proposal (including financial plan with charges in MVR or in USD, Objectives and understanding of the assignment, Expected outputs and product and a Timeline of activities)

The email subject should read “Comms and Consultancy” by close of business i.e. 1700 on 14th February 2021, Sunday to adam.isham@wfd.org


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