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UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women Eastern & Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) maintains a large presence in the Eastern and Southern Africa region, covering 13 countries with program presence in Somalia and Zambia. In accordance with the UN Women Strategic Note, which is premised on the Africa Strategy, UN Women works to advance social, economic and political rights and the protection of women and girls from violence including harmful practices. The program also focuses on from the marginalized, excluded and under-represented groups, including rural women, women with disabilities, women living with or affected by HIV, women survivors of violence, women migrants, elderly women and others.

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic and a human rights violation. More than 1 in 3 women (36.6%) in Africa report having experienced physical, and/or sexual partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner. Across Africa, 125 million girls and women alive today were married before their 18th birthday. An estimated 200 million girls and women alive today are believed to have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). Using the evidence generated from the study, “Prospects for Ending Child Marriage in Africa: Implications on Legislation, Policy, Culture & Interventions, UN Women mobilized approximately 400 traditional and religious leaders to agree on areas where these leaders can be agents of transformation in addressing these harmful practices, through a series of sub-regional consultations that took place in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Egypt. Thereafter, on February 11 2019, with the support of UN Women and in partnership with the African Union, the Council of Traditional Leaders of Africa (COTLA) was launched under the leadership of the President of Zambia H.E. Edgar Lungu who is the AU Champion against Child Marriage. COTLA’s mission is to stop cultural and traditional norms and practices that discriminate against women and girls, especially child marriages and FGM.

The prevention and reduction of child marriage requires strong national commitments, legal instruments, institutional, enforcement mechanisms joined by awareness at the community level. The national commitment to eliminate child marriages can be realized when all members of the society take leadership and accept responsibility to work together to create a society that does not condone violence against children and works collectively and directly to prevent child marriages through effective oversight, reporting and accountability. In this context, the government officials, traditional, cultural, faith based, and community leaders play an important role in supporting the implementation of legislation and in ending child marriage. Therefore, it is envisaged that to enhance the understanding of relevant actors on the legislation and jointly with the participants there is need to devise strategies for effective prevention of child marriage and the promotion of the second chance education for child marriage survivors.

The IBSA Project entitled “Reducing Child Marriage in Malawi and Zambia” is funded by the India, Brazil and South Africa Facility for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation through the UN South-South Cooperation (UNSSC). The project in Zambia, is implemented in close partnership with the relevant government departments, CSOs and UN Agencies through the UN Women ESARO coordination and supervision. The program establishes linkages with the Global Program to accelerate action to end child marriage in Zambia which collaborates with other similar initiatives in Zambia and the region. The IBSA program in Zambia also has linkages with the Child Marriage program in Malawi while working closely with the related departments of the African Union through the UN Women Ethiopia African Union Liaison team.

The materials including videos to be developed by this consultancy will be the property of UN Women and will be shared in the region with the African Union relevant directorates, Government, United Nations, CSOs, education institutions and the Traditional Leaders for possible replication.

Reporting to the Program Specialist-UNW Zambia who will work in consultation with the UNW Regional Program Manager-EVAW and the focal points at the Ministry of Gender, the Consultant will develop a consolidated video that will give a programmatic overview as well as support in raising awareness on ending Child Marriage in Zambia.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of work:

The main objective of this assignment is to develop a consolidated video and audio that will give a programmatic overview as well as support in raising awareness on ending Child Marriage in Zambia. The videographer will be responsible for filming interviews, recording stories and personal experiences related to Second Chance Education project for girls in Zambia. S/he will work together with UN Women and partners as stated above. S/he will be responsible for the lighting, downloading footage as well as the audit of captured images by the video in high quality audio and video format.

While producing the video and audio, the consultant will adopt a story-telling approach putting the spotlight on personal experiences of participants related to Child marriage and second chance education. The narrative of the video should sit under the framework of UN Women’s flagship on Ending Violence Against Women and girls.

The consultant will also develop an action plan and a road map for rolling out the awareness raising and map out institutions that will take part in advocacy towards ending Child Marriage in Zambia. The consultant will work with communication staff members from the UN Women Regional Office, Ministry of Gender staff and other relevant staff (UN & International NGOs) in reviewing and providing support to the finalization of the actual video.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Based on the above-described objective of the assignment, and under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, Zambia and in close consultations with the Communications and Knowledge Management Specialists, EVAW Program Manager, the Local Consultant Videographer will undertake the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Identify beneficiaries and stakeholders to be interviewed in close consultation with the UN Women IBSA Program Specialist and Communications Specialist;
  • Link with district teams for more information, results, background etc. and select the most interesting/impactful stories for the interviews;
  • Develop a work schedule for the interviews and contact the women/girls – beneficiaries, traditional and community leaders, Government representatives and family members and undertake interviews;
  • Set up video equipment for in-house and external location shoots;
  • Set up lighting as required/if any, to provide a professional set for video production;
  • Operate video cameras, video/audio equipment to produce high quality products;
  • Perform video post-processing to, edit, and generate video and audio effects to produce professional products;
  • Liaise with UN Women Communications and Knowledge Management Specialists and IBSA Program Specialist, Regional Program Manager for review and finalization of videos;
  • The consultant will provide the We transfer or drop box folder with the video and audio files;
  • Develop an action plan and a road map for rolling out the awareness raising and map out institutions that will take part in awareness raising and advocacy towards ending Child Marriage in Zambia. This will include contacting media houses that shall be engaged in awareness raising;
  • Prepare an individual report on the assignment.

The consultant is expected to:

  • Follow UN Women Editorial Guidelines (to be shared with the consultant);
  • Follow UN Women Branding Guidelines and Identity Standards (section: Use of Photography) -;
  • The following equipment list outlines basic recommendations for a one-person crew capturing video in the field. Additional gear listed below can be used if a second person is available to assist.

Required equipment:

  • The consultant should own a high-quality video camera, other videography and audio equipment;
  • Digital video camera with minimum 1080p output. Camera should have ability to capture a high-quality image in low light, good battery life and long duration shooting. Examples of preferred camera models include: Canon C100, Sony FS7, Blackmagic Ursa Mini, etc.
  • A range of zoom and/or primes lenses to allow for flexibility while filming. Canon’s 24-105mm F/4L lens with Image Stabilizer is a standard multi-purpose lens for video;
  • At least 2 SanDisk 64GB Ultra SDXC Cards (total 128GB);
  • Compact Flash card reader and exFAT-formatted hard drive;
  • Camera batteries and battery charger;
  • Tripod with fluid video head;
  • Headphones – please be sure to capture and monitor audio throughout filming;
  • Shotgun microphone;
  • Lavalier microphones - wireless lavs offer more flexibility and range of motion but can often have issues due to frequency interference. Wired lavalier microphones are preferred for sit-down interviews,
  • On-camera LED light panel.

Additional gear:

  • Shoulder rig stabilizer or Steadicam;
  • LED or tungsten light kit;
  • Boom pole for shotgun microphone (if sound person available).

Key deliverables, activities and timeframe:



Working days

Payment schedule

Develop a work schedule for the interviews and contact the women/girls – beneficiaries, traditional and community leaders, Government representatives and family members and undertake interviews.

Confirmed interviews schedule. (in English)



Upon submission of the 1st and second deliverable

Capture high quality videos portraying beneficiaries, traditional and community leaders, family members.

Perform video post-processing to, edit, and generate video and/or audio effects to produce professional products;

We transfer or drop box folder with the high-quality video and audio files

Digital video camera with minimum 1080p output.


Develop an action plan and a road map for rolling out the awareness raising and map out institutions that will take part in advocacy towards ending Child Marriage in Zambia. This will include contacting media houses that shall be engaged in awareness raising.

Action Plan and Road map for rolling out awareness raising towards awareness raising ending child marriage in Zambia.


50 % upon satisfactory completion of all tasks in the assignment, submission, and approval of final report by UN Women

Prepare an individual report on the assignment

Individual report on the assignment (in English)



20 days



  • All deliverables of an acceptable standard and quality should be submitted to the UN Women and in English language;
  • UN Women will have exclusive rights to all the raw images and final products;
  • UN Women will provide releases and the producers will be responsible for coordinating all releases from interviewees and anyone appearing in new footage;
  • UN Women has the right to use the images in perpetuity in web and on multimedia platforms and upload any still images to the UN Women photo database;
  • UN Women can provide the images to other UN organizations or the media at no cost, as is the practice.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Sharing knowledge and experience;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UN Women;
  • Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills. Communicates sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies;
  • Demonstrates very good understanding of and experience in communications and outreach/advocacy;
  • Ability to review a variety of data, identify and adjust discrepancies, identify and resolve operational problems;
  • Uses Information Technology effectively as a tool and resource;
  • Focuses on results for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Proven networking skills and ability to generate interest in UN Women’s mandate;
  • Identifies opportunities and builds strong partnerships with clients and partners.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, Journalism, Media studies or similar field. Master’s degree would be an asset;


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Videographer in development organization at national or international level with a record of providing high quality, creative, videos; preferably in the field of Gender and development;
  • Extensive communication and media experience with demonstratable skills;
  • Experience in editing and producing videos with international organizations, Government or CSOs.
  • Experience working with coordinating and liaising with government agencies, UN Agencies, Government or CSOs will be an advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English;
  • Knowledge of at least two Zambian local languages is an asset.

Application Guidelines:

All applications must include (as an attachment) a completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from and must include sample links of professional videos p****roduced within the last two years. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

UNWOMEN is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence

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