Sunday, June 1, 2014

Save the Children Production of Documentary Film on Maternal, New-born, and Child Health in Turkana County

Terms of Reference

Role: Production of Documentary Film on Maternal, New-born, and Child Health in Turkana County

12 days (16th – 27th June, 2014)

Venue: Turkana central and Loima sub counties of Turkana County

1. General Background
a) Organizational Background
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children, fighting to improve the lives of Children in 120 countries around the World. Together with children we are helping to build a better world for present and future generations by making a reality of children’s rights.

Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH.  
In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of Save the Children UK, Save the Children Canada and Save the Children Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. 

In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. 

Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp,  Garissa,  Mandera, Turkana  and  Wajir  and  we  work  through  partners  in  many  other  parts of  the  country.  

We  employ  more  than  300  staff  and  have  an  operating  annual  budget  in  2014  of approximately US$25 Million. 

b) Area Background

Turkana’s health infrastructure is very poor. There are 137 gazetted health facilities in Turkana, of which 87% (119) are operational (MOH Health facility Master list). Of the operational health facilities, 47% are owned by Ministry of Health and 31% by Faith Based Organizations. 

The Catholic Church supports 20% of all the operational health facilities, focusing on primary health care facilities. 

The Lodwar, Kakuma, Lopiding, Lokitaung, Kapedo and Katilu District Hospitals serve as referral facilities. 

The average distance from communities to any one of these health facilities is 50 km; only 9% of roads are tarmacked.  

Serious gaps in human resources further complicate service availability: the population per nurse is just under 15,000, compared to the national average of 2,000.
As a result of Turkana’s under-developed health infrastructure, the coverage of key maternal, newborn and child health interventions is poor. 

Only one half of children (53%) are fully immunized by age 1, according to DHIS 2012 statistics, compared with the national average of 78%. 

Only 19% of pregnant women deliver in a health facility under qualified assisted delivery care, with substantial sub-population disparities. 

Maternal mortality rates are estimated to be above 1000 per 100,000 live births (administrative statistics), or more than double the national average of 488 (KDHS 2008). 

Lack of access to health is stretched further by periodic drought emergencies and prevailing insecurity. 

Upsurges of malnutrition, malaria and diarrhoeal diseases as well as reported cases of measles and wild polio virus afflicted the populations in the County during the drought emergency.

c) Project Background
Save the Children, with funding from UNICEF and in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Turkana County, is implementing a 9-month project in Turkana County - “Strengthening coordination, creating community demand for uptake and increasing access to key maternal, new-born and child health interventions in Loima and Turkana Central districts of Turkana County”. 

The project is scheduled to end on June 30th, 2014. 
Goal of the Project: To contribute to reduction of maternal, neonatal, child and morbidity and mortality in Turkana Central and Loima districts of Turkana County of Kenya. 
The specific objectives
  • To build the capacity of the Ministry of Health in Turkana Central and Loima districts to ensure that 100% of  health facilities are implementing quality reproductive and child health services  and establishment of sound policies, proper coordination and evidence based  planning and implementation
  • To support scale up of integrated community case management (iCCM) approaches in Turkana County to ensure prevention and prompt treatment of common childhood illnesses.
  • To strengthen health systems  at county, health facility and community levels to increase  access to essential maternal, new-born and child health services Turkana County
  • As part of enhancing evidence for planning and monitoring, Save the Children plans to capture one documentary film on MNCH strategies and activities in Turkana Central and Loima sub-counties.
2. Objectives of the Consultancy

a) To tell success stories from MNCH interventions (BeMNOC, ICCM,CBHIS and CMNH)  under the project.
b) To highlight the challenges encountered during the project implementation.
c) To serve as a live monitoring document to complement existing M&E system, which is based on words and numbers
d) To promote the approaches applied by Save the Children in the project.

3. Target Audience

a) Beneficiaries 
b) Development partners including donors, NGOs and organizations working in the field of MNCH in general
c) Other partners/stakeholders such as business communities and government agencies including public service delivery and public administration agencies
d) Save the Children staff.
4. Scope of work 

a) Tell success stories: 
Selected success stories will be identified and captured, in which the following should be mentioned/answered but not limited to: 

i. A brief background of Turkana’s expanse landscape depicting the harsh environment and the distances involved while seeking for healthcare.

ii. A beneficiary account of how they have benefited from one or more of the project activities. This will involve filming in the community/household level and can be integrated to capture work of community health workers.
iii. An account from a health worker on the benefits of the project - Filming at the health facility level and health worker’s views on the social cultural and economic factors which hinder utilisation of reproductive health services.
iv. County Health Management Team’s views on the benefits of the project and visits to project sites to showcase support rendered by the project towards improving Maternal and Neonatal Health Care.

b) Monitoring document: 
The documentary should serve as a lively monitoring documentary that:

i. Captures the different/difficult steps to achieve success 
ii. Shows the audience how the project brings positive change along the continuum of care 

c) Promote approaches of Save the Children:
The documentary should be able to engage the audience through interesting stories and at the same time highlight the approaches applied by  Save the Children on this project (e.g. joint supportive supervisions), making it convincing enough to be an advocacy tool to other stakeholders, either for replication or policy improvement purposes. 

5. Principles 

a) Working in close collaboration with Save the Children, UNICEF, and MOH from the planning stage to ensure that messages for and from the documentary are well understood, taken and implemented properly and on the right track. 
b) Liaise with Save the Children staff and designated individuals of UNICEF and MOH on all contents in order to ensure accuracy and endorsement. 
c) The documentary has to be based on interviews with major stakeholders on the project implementation: beneficiaries, co-operating partners, and Save the Children. 
d) The documentary will be produced in line with Save the Children’s organizational standards and other Save the Children operational documents 
6. Deliverables 

a) Detailed production and post-production schedule for filming process 
b) Draft scripts, including proposed interview questions for the documentary films for comments by Save the Children.  
c) First cut of the documentary on DVD for comments by Save the Children and its implementing partners. 
d) Finalized draft documentary for Save the Children clearance, at most 5 working days from receipt of initial Save the Children comments. 
e) The documentary available in English and Turkana version (with sub-titles for Turkana version) in broadcast quality DVD and in other appropriate formats that enables the documentary to be uploaded to Save the Children and implementing partners’ websites, YouTube, flickers, etc in five (5) working days from receipt of final Save the Children comments and clearance 
f) Master of all interviews and other footage shot for the documentary on high quality DVD
g) National broadcast of the short documentary on one of the country’s national TV channels. 
h) Be available for the film’s official presentation with participation of Save the Children implementing partners. 
i) Provide 50-100 copies of the documentary on professional labelled and packed DVD. The label design must be approved by Save the Children. 
j) Submit all raw materials collected during the filming for any possible future production initiated by Save the Children

7. Qualifications and competencies required 

The Consultant (individual(s), organization, or a TV production company) should have: 
a) Extensive experience in producing public information video films or TV programs, relating to the social and economic matters. 
b) Experience working with international organizations and/or international donors as well as in working with state institutions, NGOs and local authorities in Kenya 
c) Awareness of the international development programs in Kenya with a focus on MNCH. 
d) Excellent technical capacities to ensure smooth and high quality production (video production staff, owner of its own video production studio or a documentary proof of an access to a rented video studio, etc.) 
e) Excellent planning and organizational skills 
f) Excellent ability to meet deadlines

8. Tentative schedule and duty station 

The MNCH project started on 1st October, 2013 and will end by 30 June 2014.

Therefore, the production of the film will take place from 16th – 27th June, 2014. 

Exact number of field trip for filming should be proposed by the Consultant. 

The project is implemented in Turkana central and Loima sub-counties in Turkana County. 

These will form the location sites for filming and the consultant should be prepared to stay in remote and harsh environment during the filming of the documentary.

9. Ownership 
The edited documentary films as well as all footage filmed for this assignment is the sole property of Save the Children. 

The selected Consultant’s name and logo shall only be acknowledged in the closing credit. 

10. Guidelines for submission of proposals

Interested Consultants should submit proposals that include: 
a) A short concept on how you go about to achieve the given multi-objectives in the context of the MNCH project 
b) Time for filming and 
c) Financial proposals

How to Apply

The application process is now open. 

To apply  please fill the attached EoI and send to  indicating the Assignment title on the subject line.  

Send your Expression of Interest Following the EOI Format Only (Click Here To Download the EOI Format Form)

Deadline: 13th June 2014