Consultant - Radio Content Development on De-Radicalization, Reintegration and Rehabilitation (DRR) - Remote

Programming Anywhere, Remote


Description

Background:

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization that works in 40 countries around the world to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Since 2012, Mercy Corps has worked to tackle Nigeria’s complex and evolving needs through a range of dynamic, multi-sector programs. In Northeast Nigeria, Mercy Corps is addressing the immediate humanitarian needs of vulnerable communities; enabling conflict-affected populations to transform from relief to resilience using market-driven approaches; and supporting community-led peace building efforts.

Purpose / Project Description:

As the impact of on-going hostilities has diminished in many areas of the Northeast, there is a window of opportunity to communicate to would-be defectors of Non- State Armed Groups (NSAG) complicit in the conflict that there are avenues to safely and peacefully reintegrate into communities. Equally as important is disseminating messaging around de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration (DRR) programs to host communities to promote the acceptance of amnestied returning ex-combatants.

Radio is “king” in the Lake Chad Basin region, an area comprising roughly 1.5 million square kilometers (approximately one third the size of the United States). High illiteracy rates, lack of infrastructure, extreme levels of poverty and an absence of mass communication technology that can reach target audiences in their native language, makes the development and use of radio to disseminate accurate and consistent information critical.

Mercy Corps, through funding from the United States Department of State, is currently implementing the Using the Airwaves for Stability in the Lake Chad Basin (UAS – LCB) Program. The program seeks to produce and air news, current affairs and special content programming on radio station(s) operating in the Lake Chad Basin to increase understanding of, and support for, the de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-combatants. This program will result in reduced support for violence, and greater openness to reintegrating returning ex-combatants into communities.

Consultant Objectives:

Mercy Corps Nigeria is seeking a radio content developer to develop context-specific DRR content for radio broadcasts over a 5-month period from August 2018 through December 2018 (with the potential for a 1-year extension through 2019). Mercy Corps is currently collaborating with researchers from UCLA and Yale University to conduct a study on the most effective types of messaging used in DRR radio programming, and the results of this study will help inform the content to be developed. In order to have the greatest impact, radio content in both Hausa and Kanuri language will be required.

Consultant Activities:

The Consultant will develop radio content in Hausa and Kanuri to:

  • Inform listeners of the existence of DRR strategies through regular news, current affairs and special programing content, including interviews with Nigerian policymakers, government officials, religious and community leaders
  • Profile the experiences of ex-combatants from non-state armed groups who have successfully left the on-going conflict, will include in-depth interviews
  • Provide debate and discussion programs to allow community members to express their views and experiences with conflict and violence, as well as their thoughts on the DRR process
  • Encourage discussion on the drivers of conflict in the Lake Chad Basin, including poor governance, identity-based marginalization, and weak rule of law on radio news, current affairs and special content programs
  • Create an alternative narrative using Kanuri history and culture that delegitimizes non-state armed group messaging around alignment of values, will include Kanuri text readings and interviews with Kanuri community leaders

Consultant Deliverables:

The Consultant will:

  • Develop a radio broadcast strategy and calendar detailing the radio content to be broadcast over a 5-month period from August through December 2018 (with the potential for a 1-year extension)
  • Create storyboards and synopses for the to-be-developed radio content for Mercy Corps’ review and approval. Revise storyboards to incorporate Mercy Corps’ feedback.
  • Based on the storyboards and synopses:
    • Create radio content in Hausa and Kanuri to inform listeners of the existence of DRR strategies, including through 90 interviews with Nigerian policymakers, government officials, religious and community leaders
    • Create radio content in Hausa and Kanuri that profiles the experiences of ex-combatants who have successfully left the ongoing conflict, includes at least 12 in-depth interviews
    • Create radio content in Hausa and Kanuri to encourage discussion on the drivers of conflict in the Lake Chad Basin, including weak rule of law, poor governance, and identity-based marginalization, including through at least 96 in-depth interviews with academics and experts
    • Create radio content in Hausa and Kanuri to create an alternative narrative using Kanuri history and culture that delegitimizes non-state armed group messaging though alignment of values, includes through at least 8 Kanuri text readings and 6 interviews with Kanuri community leaders
  • The created radio content must be in a format that allows for radio station(s) around Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin to broadcast the content.

Timeframe / Schedule: 

  • Radio broadcast strategy and calendar detailing the radio content to be broadcast over a 5-month period from August through December (with the potential for a 1-year extension) – Due date: July 20, 2018
  • Storyboards and synopses for to-be-developed radio content for Mercy Corps’ review and approval. Revise storyboards to incorporate Mercy Corps’ feedback. – Due date: Initial storyboards and synopses must be provided prior to the first broadcasts, with subsequent storyboards and synopses provided on an ongoing basis through December 2018.
  • Create radio content in Hausa and Kanuri to inform listeners of the existence of DRR strategies, including through 90 interviews with Nigerian policymakers, government officials, religious and community leaders – Due date: First broadcast in August 2018 and continuing through December 2018
  • Create radio content in Hausa and Kanuri that profiles the experiences of ex-combatants who have successfully left the ongoing conflict, at least 12 in-depth interviews – Due date: First broadcast in August 2018 and continuing through December 2018
  • Create radio content in Hausa and Kanuri to encourage discussion on the drivers of conflict in the Lake Chad Basin, at least 96 in-depth interviews with academics and experts – Due date: First broadcast in August 2018 and continuing through December 2018
  • Create radio content in Hausa and Kanuri to create an alternative narrative using Kanuri history and culture that delegitimizes non-state armed group messaging around alignment of values, at least 8 Kanuri text readings and 6 interviews with Kanuri community leaders – Due date: First broadcast in August 2018 and continuing through December 2018

Consultant Profile:

  • Highly experienced with 5+ years of content and radio production experience.
  • Excellent writer, storyteller and communicator with extensive experience editing and mixing audio. Documentary or journalism experience is a plus.
  • Experience of living and working overseas is desirable, along with experience of producing editorial content for non-US audiences.
  • Knowledge / experience in community peace building and de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration. Experience working for international NGOs or in civil society is a plus.
  • Knowledge of the issues affecting the Lake Chad Basin.
  • Ability to meet deadlines while working under pressure with tight deadlines.
  • Ability to create or translate content into Hausa and Kanuri.
  • Bachelor's degree in broadcasting, communications, business or related field.

The Consultant will report to:

North East Conflict Programs Manager

The Consultant will work closely with:

TSU, Program Desk Officers, UAS-LCB Senior Program Officer