Consultancy CONSULTANCY- WRITER For ActionAid Nigeria’s Flood Intervention Story in Delta, Kogi, Kebbi and Niger State.
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ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) is an affiliate of ActionAid International, a global alliance of organisations working towards achieving a world without poverty and injustice in which every person enjoys the right to a life with dignity. As a large and visible development organisation, ActionAid works in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and America. At AAN we work within poor and excluded communities to promote respect for the human rights of all. Our work extends beyond the people in these communities to relevant authorities with a view to empowering the people to take necessary action to end poverty. Since 1999, AAN has focused on social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication using the Human Rights Based Approach. AAN functions on the premise that protecting and fulfilling the human rights of people living in poverty will contribute to the eradication of poverty and injustice in Nigeria.
Earlier in 2018, the National Emergency Agency-NEMA earmarked 12 states and 50 Local Government Areas as frontline States that would experience flooding. Following this statement and a close monitoring of the rise of the water level by Nigerian Metrological Agency, a National Disaster was announced on 17th September 2018, with the declaration of emergency in Kogi, Anambra, Delta and Niger state, being the worst hit state by the flood. According to NEMA, there were over 327,052 people affected in the flooded States.
In response to the declaration by NEMA, ActionAid Nigerian emergency humanitarian intervention responded providing food, non-food and cash to 3.042 women-led household in Delta, Kogi, Kebbi and Niger State.
Intervention Overview: Goal(s) and Outcome(s)
In response to the declaration by NEMA, ActionAid Nigeria emergency humanitarian response team responded by first sending out a team to carry out assessments on the extent of damages caused by the flood.
First, was In Kogi State where over 100 communities were submerged as a result of the flood, over 1000 households displaced with children ill due to poor living conditions, pregnant women delivering in dirty environments amongst others. The assessment also revealed that some of the flood affected Local Government Areas, such as Ibaji had not received any relief material due to their “hard to reach” location. Based on statistics from Kogi SEMA, Ibaji which had nine affected communities with about 702 lactating mothers, 492 pregnant women, 30 Persons Living with Disability and 15,439 children was supported with relief items.
In Delta State, assessment was conducted in the 3 worst hit LGAs of Ndokwa East, Ndowa West and Ughelli South where about 2500 displaced persons were in IDP camps and another 4000 was estimated to remain in their communities
Based on the assessments, ActionAid responded to the needs of the affected population from her Local Rights Fund. The response was in form of food and non-food items reaching 260 women led households – an average of 6 members per household (1,560 individuals) in Delta and 300 women led households (1,800 individuals) in Kogi states, distribution of materials prioritizing lactating mothers, pregnant women, children and persons living with disabilities who usually bear the burnt in emergency and conflict situations and are central to ActionAid’s work.
The declaration of emergency by NEMA led to the application for the activation of a Start Fund alert towards emergency interventions in the affected state. Upon the activation of the alert at the second attempt, ActionAid Nigeria with support from ActionAid UK applied for the implementation of the intervention in Kogi and Niger State. However, Niger State only was awarded to ActionAid for a budget of 102,000 pounds.
ActionAid is looking to develop a story of impact for its flood intervention work in Nigeria.
The consultant will review all AAN documents and speak to relevant people to gather content for the development of the story. Specifically, the document will include the context of flood in Nigeria, particularly that of 2018. The document will look at AAN flood interventions, the impact of these on individuals, the communities and the government, numbers reached, the innovations introduced, the lessons learned, and the challenges both internally and externally.
Also following all of these, is a policy brief detailing policy implications and recommendations (this will be a separate document).
The target audience for the intervention story and policy brief are donor(s), the general public in Nigeria, government, CSOs and the Nigerian media. The story should help the audience;
See how AAN flood intervention contributed in ameliorating the suffering of the affected beneficiaries.
Believe that ActionAid is a humanitarian organisation with unique intervention techniques and methodology in humanitarian intervention.
Do compel the audience to tell the story of ActionAid humanitarian intervention on social media and other platforms. The content should also help inspire the audience to take action by sharing the content as a best practice and inspire donors to want to support ActionAid further.
Case Studies Guide
ActionAid’s general guide for case studies collection for intervention stories of change:
- Interview a range of people involved in the project to create a well-rounded selection of stories.
- Interview the groups which ActionAid works on behalf of: women, children, the elderly, ethnic minorities and so on.
- Please ensure that the case studies you take link to the tangible elements of the service areas of the project. Case studies for a high value audience are strongest when they are about services delivered, or training received, rather than lobbying and advocacy activities.
When you interview people remember to take note of the following information:
- Name and age of interviewee
- Family situation (married, single, number of children and their ages, name of husband/wife)
- Employment/community role
- What ActionAid project are they linked to and how?
- What was their life like before the project started?
- What part of the project have they been involved in? How have they benefitted in terms of services they can now access, training they have received, information they have?
- How ActionAid or the project is personally helping them? What difference is it making to their or their families lives?
- When you are interviewing people, it is useful to think of the ‘what’, ‘where’, ‘who’, ‘how’, ‘when’ and ‘why’ of the story.
It is also useful to think of it in terms of a story with three parts:
- Issue – what were the challenges before the project?
- Action – what did the project do to tackle it? What action was taken?
- Impact – what was the impact of the project?
The Writer is to ensure that all case studies are accompanied by good quality action pictures. A professional photographer will be assigned to work with you, the writer is expected to work with the photographer to caption the photographs appropriately.
Guidance on Consent
Morally, we have a duty to explain to the case study participants what we are doing, why we are doing it, how it will be used and the risks to the person if they take part. We must also make it clear that at any time they can stop the process or demand that certain restrictions can be placed on the way we use the images and text we have gathered.
Legally in order to store and use the case studies, photographs and videos we use, ActionAid must be able to prove that it obtained consent at the time these were gathered. It is the responsibility of everybody who gathers case studies, films and or photographs with ActionAid to keep records of their case studies and provide proof that this consent was obtained, e.g. through a signed affirmation from the accompanying project worker.
The best evidence of consent is a signed consent form (ActionAid will provide printed copies). This state, when, where and why we were videoing, interviewing, or photographing, where and how the material will be used, along with the full name of the subject and a signature and date.
If for any reason it is not possible to get written consent, verbal consent is acceptable as long as the established routine for gathering consent is followed and that evidence that consent was given is submitted with the collected material. For people who cannot understand, read or fill in the consent form, a representative of their choice could provide the consent on their behalf.
While they may think they are being interviewed by ActionAid for their country, please be very clear with them that any work might appear on the internet on ActionAid websites (and therefore publicly viewable around the world); that it could be picked up by national and international media. ActionAid will provide enough consent forms for the case study collection.
The consultant will submit professionally written story of flood intervention. The story will highlight AAN intervention methodology, target groups, among others.
The consultant will:
- Submit a professionally written and edited intervention story, with beneficiaries’ testimonies. This will be accompanied by relevant photos from AANs archives.
- Develop and submit a policy brief on flooding in Nigeria, this will be informed by AANs work and will highlight policy implication and recommendations.
All outputs from this consultancy belong to ActionAid Nigeria and may not be used for any personal or commercial purposes.
Assignment Location and Timeline
The assignment will require the consultant to visit AAN Office and interview the project team, collect reports and make a narrative. The assignment is expected to cover a six (6) days period. Hence only daily rate will be paid for this task. The task will be completed between March 1-8, 2019
Child Protection Policy
The following guidelines are in line with our Child Protection policy:
- When filming a child, the child’s best interests should always be the primary consideration.
- Filming a child should always be a positive experience for them, providing a potential for learning and enjoyment.
- Never photograph a child with the intent to shame, humiliate or degrade them, or perpetrate any form of emotional abuse.
- Children should never be depicted in erotic, seductive, provocative poses or context (even if illustrating trafficking of girls, for instance).
- Ensure that all children represented in images are suitably dressed. We should never use images of nude children, children that appear to be wearing no clothes or children in transparent clothes. We should also never blur nude areas or use props to cover areas that are not clothed.
- The caption of an image of a child should never include the child’s full name (Exception: Child Sponsorship material targeted directly to child sponsors.) We should also never disclose personal details, email, postal address and telephone numbers other than if these details have been knowingly and openly provided by the child (See section on Consent Form) and the child is aware that these will be provided with the images.
- Try to show children in their context, showing the reality of their lives, the environments in which they live and the circumstances that make them vulnerable.
- Where possible, show children as active and resourceful. Where relevant, include families, parents or carers.
- Where possible, show how ActionAid works with children, rather than showing them as alone and vulnerable.
Reporting Lines and Methodology
The consultant will work, be accountable directly to ActionAid Nigeria’s Communications Coordinator and Humanitarian & Resilience Team.
The consultant will interview relevant AAN staff and partners and triangulate responses with existing reports and response from beneficiaries. Field work/ travels is not required for this task.
Terms of Payment
He/She shall be responsible for his/her tax and other statutory obligations. ActionAid shall however deduct the statutory 5% With Holding Tax (WHT) and remit to relevant authority. The Consultant should provide AAN his/her Tax Identification Number (TIN) for the purposes of remittance.
Ownership of outputs
Outputs of the work done as stipulated in this call for expression of interest belongs to ActionAid.
The Consultant will support AAN as agreed in this contract and as subsequently agreed between S(he) and Head of Programmes or any other person authorised to negotiate with him/her on behalf of the organisation. S(he) is therefore to indicate availability within specified timeframe stated in this ToR.
Submission of expression of interest
The selected Writer will sign a contract with AAN and is responsible for acquiring other relevant tools needed for the task. Interested Writers are invited to apply by sending a CV detailing competency, links to sample of past works, the execution plan, and any other relevant information, demonstrating skill and experience in this area. Applicants should include invoice detailing daily rate. Applications should be submitted electronically to:firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line AAN Flood Intervention Writer Not later than 17th February 2019. Only awarded contractor will be contacted.