United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Professional Videographers)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The purpose of this Terms of Reference is to seek the services of experienced videographer(s)/cameramen who can provide good quality videography services according to UNICEF global standards to support visual documentation and reporting of issues, events and human-interest stories related to the Country program of Cooperation between the Government of Uzbekistan and UNICEF for 2021-2025.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

Background

The UNICEF Office in Uzbekistan produces various communication materials, including video films and spots, to document key UNICEF activities in the country; to inform stakeholders (e.g. local, international, and potential donors) about the efforts to address women’s and children’s issues in Uzbekistan.

In order to ensure production of high quality video materials such as documentaries and video spots Communication Section suggests hiring high quality professional videographer(s)/cameramen experienced in covering social issues, including children’s issues.

The purpose of this Terms of Reference is to seek the services of experienced videographer(s)/cameramen who can provide good quality videography services according to UNICEF global standards to support visual documentation and reporting of issues, events and human-interest stories related to the Country program of Cooperation between the Government of Uzbekistan and UNICEF for 2021-2025.

The contractor(s) will provide services to all programme sections, as and when required.

Objectives

Objective 1 – Video coverage of events or activities (This can include conferences, trainings, visits, meetings, seminars and other events) for archives or future use by UNICEF.

Objective 2 – Video documentaries ranging from human-interest documentaries, capturing UNICEF’s processes, field activities, engagement with communities or beneficiaries), for public dissemination by UNICEF.

Objective 3 – Specialized video spots for broadcasting on TV.

Timelines and deliverables

Timeline for objective 1 - First cut to be submitted within three working days from completion of the shoot, and subsequent deliverables to be agreed with the supervisor.

Timeline for objective 2 – First cut to be submitted within two weeks from completion of the shoot, as and subsequent deliverables to be agreed with the supervisor.

Timeline for objective 3 – First cut to be submitted within one week from completion of the shoot, and subsequent deliverables to be agreed with the supervisor.

At the end of each assignment, the contractor is expected to deliver: a) Broadcast quality video files, in formats according to UNICEF specifications for further use on the Internet, TV, etc.

b) Shot lists indicating duration, location, names of persons shown in the video, and date.

c) Accompanying information/story as agreed with UNICEF.

If there are deliverables other than above-mentioned, contractor and UNICEF Staff member will agree to the specifications thereof.

Methodology / activities

Depending on the assignment, the consultant will discuss the methodology according to the complexity of the assignment:
  • Discuss with UNICEF staff member the nature of the activity/story to be covered, and expectations from the assignment;
  • Undertake the videography activity as per discussions;
  • Write scripts, for approval from UNICEF;
  • Provide video footage (if no edit has been requested) particularly for events, conferences, field visits, projects; interviews;
  • Edit raw video footage as per UNICEF requirements and in consultation with UNICEF Supervisor.
  • Submit final approved files in high definition and broadcast quality in required formats along with a shot list. The list should contain such specific information as captions, locations, names of persons featured, and date;
  • In some cases, carry out final edits to produce a short film / product in required formats (which will also involve sourcing of background music, recording narration, dubbing, etc.);
  • Advise UNICEF staff on the best locations for interviews, news spots, broadcasts and other relevant footage when needed;
  • Video products should meet UNICEF global standards and requirements in Video Production, for format and style and ensure that final video products meet UNICEF corporate video guidelines.
Relevant programme staff will be responsible for providing a detailed briefing on the particular assignment (with technical inputs from the Communication Section, if necessary), and duly informing Communication Officer that the work has been undertaken as planned and the expected deliverables have been certified.

Management:

The Consultant will report directly to C4D Officer who, under the guidance of Chief of Communication, will provide the overall briefing and assign the tasks according to the requirements of the particular assignment, and based on the ‘fair distribution of workload’ principle.

The Consultant will work closely with the UNICEF programme staff who require her/his services. Relevant programme staff will be responsible for providing a detailed briefing on the particular assignment (with technical inputs from the Communication Section, if necessary), and duly informing C4D Officer that the work has been undertaken as planned and the expected deliverables have been certified.

The consultancy may involve travel to different locations within Uzbekistan. Travel expenses will be covered according to the UNICEF procedures.

Resource Requirement and payment

Rates for videography services will be established in accordance with UNICEF regulations, while taking into account the current practices of other UN agencies operating in the country.

The contractor(s) will be paid upon completion of each assignment and submission of receipt and service certificate. Contractor’s assignment will be considered completed and fee for his/her services rendered only after approval of the quality of products by the UNICEF Supervisor.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • At least 3 years of professional cameraman experience in filming of events of different type/scope, preferably in a development and social context.
  • Excellent technical capacity to ensure smooth and high-quality production.
  • Experience of working with UNICEF and/or other UN agencies is an asset.
  • Intermediate knowledge of English is an advantage.
Application of the candidate should include:
  1. Latest CV and UN personal history form;
  2. Sample of two short films made by the candidate and/or a link to the source where her/his work can be viewed.
The Consultant is expected to maintain at all times demeanour and behaviour consistent with the highest journalistic ethical standards aligned with UNICEF principles of working with children.

This consultancy is off-site. UNICEF will assign work to selected candidates on a need-basis. After discussions on expected deliverables and timelines, the consultant will send their drafts. UNICEF will not provide office space to consultants hired under this consultancy.

UNICEF Branding and style manuals; guidelines on writing for the UNICEF publications and website.  

Reservations and remarks

All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and cannot be submitted, distributed to or used by any other party. UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if deliverable(s) incomplete, not finalized or for failure to meet deadlines.

UNICEF will reserve copy right of all developed materials and own primary data collected through this assignment. The materials cannot be published or disseminated without prior written permission of UNICEF. UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future. The contractor must respect the confidentiality of the information handled during the assignment. Documents and information provided must be used only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.

Selected candidates can be put on the roster for other UN agencies, to be used for assignments of respective agencies.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the united nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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