National Consultant- Photographer
Application deadline 10 months ago: Monday 17 Aug 2020
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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.
For every child,
Photography plays a crucial role in UNICEF’s work; its role in creating visibility cannot be understated. UNICEF Ghana uses powerful images to support as well as complement its visibility efforts, these photos are used in publications, annual reports, and donor reports, and on social media platforms. The photos are also shared with other UNICEF offices around the world.
Having a group of dedicated consultants will ensure that the lengthy bidding process is avoided and there is uniformity over the final output. It is expected that the request for proposals will help the office contract the services of high performing local photographers, to undertake specific tasks suited to their level of expertise.
How can you make a difference?
The objective of the consultancy is to provide photographic evidence of UNICEF events, field and other related activities across the 16 regions of Ghana. Consultant will be required to document the impact of UNICEF’s programmatic work in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene; health and nutrition, education, child protection, social protection, public finance and adolescent and youth participation. It may include high-level events and documentation during emergency situations such as the current COVID -19 pandemic. Consultant would work according to a brief outlined by specific programme or communication manager / officer. Tasks and activities may require accuracy, patience, ability to travel and work alongside others in difficult terrain and unpredictable circumstances.
Methodology (where applicable depending on the nature of assignment)
The consultant will travel to designated places across the country if required to take high quality photos according to a brief. The photos will be guided by international photography norms that protect children’s identity in both the making and the use of images of children.
The consultant will seek community entry as well as engage families, guardians and caregivers in order to be given the consent to photograph minors where it is required.
The Consultant will follow the UNICEF digital format, captioning and transmission terms (if applicable)
The documentary photographer will be deployed to cover the following:
Local events; such as programme launches, meetings, photo opportunities, activities in the field. UNICEF may assign the consultant to cover other events as per a brief.
- Scope of work for local consultants (mid-level) includes launch events, meetings, field visits, a stratum of high-level visits, etc
- Scope of work for local consultant (senior level – 5 years or more) include high-profile visits, high-level events, some field visits, Emergency situations etc.
- High quality documentary photography per UNICEF standard rules as outlined in the Branding Toolkit and photographic guidance. The coverage will be in Ghana on a range of different assignment/subjects in digital and original format per a brief.
- Descriptive captions for all broad edit photos from central characters/subjects in the photo coverage serving to tell a first-person story; quotes from a more personal nature from photo coverage character/subjects directly addressing the camera.
- Submit to UNICEF broad edit of photographs with specifications including photo format, transmission if required, captioning etc, following terms as described in UNICEF Digital Format for transmission terms.
- Submit with the pictures release forms signed by subjects.
Deliverables and Time Frame for Submission
- Two copies (DVD)/USB flash drive of selected original photo images in print /slide or appropriate digital format
- Upload images to central point virtually with access to designated UNICEF staff Captions, image format and transmission (if applicable) for each photo according to UNICEF requirements.
Please note that the process of review towards finalization shall not attract any cost as well as the format in which it is requested. E.g. DVD, flash drive or CD.
Supervision and Reporting Arrangement
The consultant will have at least two meetings with the focal person of the project and the Communication Manager and / or the relevant Communication Officer. Delivery of the product will be to the Communication Manager and the focal person of the project.
Method of contracting
Consultant will be given a contract covering duration of 11.5 months. However, assignments will be carried out on case by case basis as consultant will be called upon to carry out specific tasks for short durations as the need arises for which payment will be made on the basis of daily professional fee stipulated in the contract.
Payment and Payment Schedule
The consultant will be paid on a basis of negotiated daily professional fee that will be stated on the contract. Each task will specify number of days to be assigned and paid for from time to time and upon submission of satisfactory and certified deliverables and approval by the supervisor. Any other related cost must be negotiated and stated in the contract.
Travel related costs
In view of the current COVID-19 context, all UN protocol procedure and clearances must be confirmed prior to commencing travel.
The normal travel support UNICEF gives may resume after current emergency situation normalizes.
If UNICEF vehicle is not available, the consultant may be reimbursed the cost for such field visits based on pre-agreed lumpsum. A travel plan and all travel related costs must be pre-agreed with supervisor and in consultation with the Admin section.
Copyright, Patents and other Proprietary Rights (if applicable)
UNICEF has first selection rights to all originals taken on this assignment with non-exclusive concomitant world rights in all media in perpetuity. [***For some UNICEF VIP coverage, image release or copyright may be subject to restrictions for embargo or VIP image approval reasons – to be specified in contract. ***]
At UNICEF’s request, the Contractor shall take all necessary steps, execute all necessary documents and generally assist in securing such proprietary rights and transferring them to UNICEF in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Local consultants (mid-level): University Diploma Five – Seven years’ experience in professional documentary photography, with appropriate demonstrated experience manifested through ability to take high quality photos, evidence of international exposure would be an advantage
- Local consultants (senior level): University Diploma. Eight years’ experience or more in professional documentary should show evidence of images in international publications and participation in photography exhibitions
- Ability to be spontaneous will be an advantage (candid photography)
- Ability to deliver images according to the specified quality and technical requirements
- Experience working in rural Ghana preferable but not mandatory
- Ability to communicate with children, rural people and local authorities an advantage
- Proven ability to work with lighting indoors and cover functions will be required.
- Previous experience working with UNICEF will be an advantage
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
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.
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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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. Candidates are please requested upload updated CVs and certificates. Please indicate their daily professional fees in Ghana Cedi.
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.