Consultancy for a short documentary film producer- Gaza Strip

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Consultancy for a short documentary film producer (3 months)

February 2013

Background information:

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker Organization which works with people from various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. AFSC’s work in Palestine dates back to the year 1949 when the AFSC offered support and help for Palestinians seeking refuge in Gaza after the 1948 war. Since 1950 AFSC has also conducted work in Israel. Today AFSC’s work for a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis is based on the principle of equal rights, including self-determination; ending the Israeli military occupation of the 1967 Palestinian territories; and the recognition of the right of return of refugees. AFSC advocates for these principles in the US. In order to maintain its independence AFSC does not accept any US government funding for its work in the Middle East.

The Palestine Youth Civic Engagement Program (YCEP) was founded in 1995 by AFSC, and since 2003 AFSC has implemented the youth civic engagement program in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to serve as a model for engaging young people in public and civic life. Young people become involved voluntarily in effective “citizen work” which contributes to the creation and sustenance of everyday civil society. The program  works with young people to lay genuine, valuable, feasible and effective foundations for empowering young people to challenge the impacts of forces and structures (political, social or economic) by following non-violent means.

The Documentation of the Palestine Youth Program

The YCEP has been operational for the last nine years (2004-2012) and AFSC has identified the need to capture lessons from the PYP in order to celebrate the achievements of the youth involved and to ensure that their stories are documented as an inspiring example to others. The program has been implemented through yearly cycles. A total of ten cycles during a 9-year period were implemented and more than six thousand teenagers engaged in local social change projects and hundreds of young adult leaders benefited from coaching skills. The short documentary film will capture some of the highlights of this program and document an episode of work in the long history of AFSC’s work in the region.

Overall timeframe and duration of the assignment:

The production of the film documentary is to be completed over the period included between 15 March and 15 May 2013. The final production needs to be compete by 1 June 2013 to ensure presentation of the documentary in June 2013 during “PA celebration day”.

Objectives of the film:

Awareness-raising on the overall idea of civic engagement as vital to effective national

Highlight the work of PYP and its contributions to the development of agents of peace;

Increase YCEP publicity and to be used as tool to reach more youth groups in different communities

Specifications:

The producer should produce a 10’ minute-long documentary to promote the PYP achievements and to portray the success stories and initiatives of the AFSC’s program in cooperation with the local strategic partners in the West Bank and Gaza. A shorter 2’ minute version should also be produced for the website. The documentary shall be in Arabic with English sub-titles.

Qualifications:

  1. Degree in journalism or mass communications.
  2. Considerable experience (2 years or more) in producing public information video films or TV programs, relating to social and political matters.
  3. Excellent technical capacities to ensure smooth and high-quality production.
  4. Experience in working with NGOs, and local CBOs.
  5. Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  6. Excellent ability to meet deadlines.

If you are interested in this consultancy and feel that it fulfills your professional aspirations, please send your C.V with some material and writings or link to your publications at the following email: gaza@afsc.org no later than Sunday 03/3/2013, only short listed candidates will be contacted. For more information about AFSC please visit our websites:

Local: www.afsc.ps international: www.afsc.org

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The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Our work is based on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends, the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

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