COUNTRY SPECIFIC GENDER AND YOUTH JOURNALIST TO COLLECT STORIES AMPLIFYING THE VOICES, FACES AND STORIES OF WOMEN AND YOUTH IN 9 COUNTRIES IN AFRICA
Description du poste
Established in 2005, Fairtrade Africa is the independent non-profit umbrella organization representing all Fairtrade certified producers in Africa. Fairtrade Africa is owned by its members, who are African producer organizations certified against international Fairtrade standards producing traditional export commodities such as coffee, cocoa, tea, cotton, bananas, mango, and non- traditional commodities including shea butter and rooibos tea. Currently, the organization represents over 1.18 million smallholder farmers and workers across 28 countries in Africa.
To mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fairtrade producers’ health, well-being and economic sustainability, Fairtrade Africa is currently implementing called RECOVER AFRICA PROJECT: A COVID-19 Fairtrade Emergency Initiative, funded by the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ) November to June 2022. The project aims to provide immediate relief to and support prevention of the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic on at-risk producers in nine countries in Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi and South Africa); as well as help producers recover from economic losses due to COVID-19, maintain and diversify their supply chain relations, and ensure business continuity, food security and income generation for their members, thereby building producers’ resilience to future shocks and stresses.
As part of these efforts, FTA proposes to produce a coffee table photobook. The photobook is aimed at amplifying the faces, voices and stories of women and young people within the producer organisations in the nine countries. This will involve documenting the real-life stories and moments through photos of women and youth, that highlights their development pathway. The stories will have the following focus:
i. Impact of COVID – Stories of how COVID-19 has affected women and youth’s health, social life and economic wellbeing.
ii. Resilience and coping strategies – Understand how women and youth have coped; what strategies they have used; what in their existing social, and economic structures, has proved beneficial in building their resilience; and what has made them more vulnerable.
iii. Recovery – Understand what is within their reach to enable them recover from the impact that they have experienced due to COVID-19; what does the recovery path look like; who have been useful partners and how have they helped?
iv. The contribution of FTA – How has FTA helped them (women and youth) especially during this COVID-19 pandemic period?
FTA is therefore seeking the services of a journalist to provide consultancy services for the collection, collation and documenting the real life stories of the women and men within the producer organisations in the 9 countries listed above.
SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT
This call for applications is intended to enable the affiliate offices of FTA to identify in country gender and youth journalist in the 9 countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Madagascar, South Africa, Ghana and Cote de Ivoire) to collect and collate stories of women and youth during this COVID-19 period as per the details below:
The scope of work is detailed below:
Document in a systematic way the stories of women and youth within Fairtrade Certificated Producer Organisations. Specifically, this will include:
i. Guided by FTA, sample POs who will be involved in the project;
ii. Guided by selected POs map out women and youth as individuals or groups in the respective POs who have stories that can adequately represent the 4 themes above;
iii. Travel to the field and interview the women and youth and identify human interest stories from their day to day experiences (the focus will be on social and economic activities, gender dynamics, how FTA has benefitted them in the past and now during COVID etc.)
iv. Work collaboratively with the photographer assigned to each country to ensure that there are good photographs that capture the most relevant images of the stories told;
v. Document the human interest stories of women and youth (short and long version) on each individual or group interviewed in English;
vi. Compile the stories and photographs into a country report, in English and in a format that will be provided.
Profil du poste
i. A short profile of each POs where the stories are collected;
ii. 10 human interest stories in LONG version in the country assigned. 5 of women and 5 of youth;
iii. A country storybook compiling the SHORT version stories and photographs in English.
DURATION & CONSULTANCY OUTPUTS
The Country Gender and Youth Journalist will be engaged for a period of 5 days between 1st of February – 20th February, 2021.
The Gender and Youth Journalist should have the following qualifications:
i. A Bachelor’s degree in journalism, gender studies, sociology or any other social science degree
ii. Experience as a journalist writing human interest stories;
iii. An understanding of the social and economic issues facing women and youth in the country, particularly farmers;
iv. Experience in carrying out social science research;
v. Excellent writing and communication skills;
vi. In French speaking countries, the ability to speak and write fluent English will be an added advantage.
The Country Gender and Youth Journalist should be a resident in the respective country, with travel to the field where the producer organisations are based.
Dossiers de candidature
i. Suitable applicants should apply for the position in the country of their natural residence.
ii. Each applicant will apply to provide the services in only one country.
Suitably qualified and interested persons should send their Portfolio, Curriculum Vitae and application letter detailing their qualifications, expected professional fees and methodology for undertaking the assignment.
Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The applications should be sent with Gender and Youth Journalist for.. (indicate country) as the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org