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Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)


The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is one of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of the African Union. IGAD was initially established in 1986 as the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD) to coordinate the efforts of the Member States in combating drought and desertification and promoting efforts to mitigate the effects of drought. It was then revitalized in 1996 and expanded its mandate and renamed as IGAD. The IGAD region has been facing recurrent disasters emanating from natural and human-made hazards. Key among the hazards that evolve into disasters include droughts, floods, conflicts, epidemics and fire. Other threatening hazards include: industrial/transport accidents, environmental pollution, crop and livestock pests, earthquakes and land slide. These hazards have caused disasters of varying magnitudes in the past.

Disaster risks still remain a serious development challenge for the region destroying years of development efforts, squander vast resource investments, and perpetuate poverty, damage infrastructure and the natural environment, impoverish communities, and divert national priorities and development resources to emergency management operations. Over the years, the IGAD Secretariat with the participation and involvement of the member states, relevant regional and international organizations and agencies elaborated a disaster management strategy and compiled a comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Programme. The IGAD Council of Ministers endorsed the Disaster Risk Management Programme for the IGAD Region in 2004 and entrusted the Secretariat with its implementation.

The Member States with the support from the Secretariat and partners have made some progress towards the implementation of the DRM programme by putting in place appropriate policies, plans, institutional frameworks and capacities among other mechanisms. Despite such progress there still remain many gaps and challenges impeding the realization of effective DRM. Experiences have shown that past strategies and response mechanisms have never been adequate. In this regard, there is a need for a comprehensive policy on disaster risk management that is proactive, harmonizes policies and activities as well as opens initiatives for regional collaboration, aligns the DRM strategy to the international Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, 20152030 and with the African Union Plan of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The DRM programme has been implementing several projects in close collaboration and coordination with the focal institutions of the Member States. The DRM programme now invites for high caliber professional documentary film producer with proven record of experience for the development of script and production of a documentary film. The documentary is expected to give highlights about IGAD/ICPAC, DRM practices at a global and continental levels while presenting an in-depth analysis and coverage on the key issues in the region such as: disaster risks (hazard, exposure, vulnerability and coping capacity), key achievements, standing challenges in addressing the disasters and what needs to be done in the future.

With this background, the IGAD/ICPAC would like to engage a consultant to develop compelling stories and production of a professional documentary film for the disaster risk management programme of IGAD/ICPAC.

Rationale and Objectives of the assignment

The disaster risk management programme of IGAD has been coordinating and implementing disaster risk management projects in the IGAD region for over 15 years. The programme has been contributing to resilience building and sustainable development efforts in the region through various interventions and engagements. Taking a reference year of 2004, there has been several achievements, good practices and issues remaining as a standing challenge both at national and regional levels. There is, now a need for documenting all the key achievements and challenges in disaster risk management and disaster risk reduction in the region.

General Objective

The general objective of this assignment is to develop a script and produce a documentary film with compelling stories on disaster risks management in the IGAD region to inform, advocate/promote and influence policy and decision making in support of institutionalization and operations of disaster risk reduction, building community resilience and ensuring risk informed sustainable development.

Specific objectives for production of the documentary

  • Give visibility to IGAD/ICPAC and the DRM Programme, with special attention to disaster risk management/reduction efforts in the IGAD region through facts and figures for increased investments in DRM
  • Inform stakeholders (donors, partners and the public) on the state of the region on DRM, achievements and standing challenges towards a safer region.
  • Give visibility to good practices that the DRM programme has been working on for years, and the current project and key activities and impacts.

Requirements and Qualifications

A minimum academic qualification of first degree or above in the areas of film production, journalism and communication or very closely related field.

Professional experience

  • About 7 years of experience in production of films/documentaries and communication materials preferably in the areas of disaster risk management and/or climate risks

  • Wide range of experience in short documentary film production with specific focus on disasters, climate change and development preferably in Africa

  • Knowledge of the disasters emanating from the most common hazards in the IGAD region

  • Knowledge of the IGAD/ICPAC region

  • Ability to summarize a huge content and diverse geography in to a short and appealing script

  • Experience in the development and production of captivating documentary films and is able to provide three sample short films and productions as part of the evaluation

Language Requirements

Fluency in English language is required and working knowledge of French is an added advantage.

For more information on travel expenses, reporting requirements, and script outlines, please click here.

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  • Additional location info Nairobi (Work preparation can be home-based)
  • Closing Date 10 Dec 2019

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