Request for Proposal – Production & Broad-casting of Radio Programmes – Pakistan

Date: 09 October 2020

Subject: Request for Proposal – Production & Broad-casting of Radio Programmes

Please find here the full request for proposal. 

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organization registered in Berlin, Germany, which promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide. DRI’s Berlin, Germany contact details are: Prinzessinnenstraße 30, 10969 Berlin, Germany, phone +49 (030) 27877300. DRI Country Office Islamabad is located at 1st Floor, Ufone Tower, Jinnah Avenue, Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan. Tel: +92-51-2310575.

DRI is seeking the services of a professional media firm for production and broad-casting of radio programmes. Interested firms may submit their proposal on official letter head with the name, signature and stamp of the concerned official with other complete documentations listed in Annex-II.

 

The deadline for submission of proposal is Friday, 16 October 2020 by COB 1500 Hrs. To address the COVID-19 safety precautionary measures, bidders can submit signed and scanned proposals via email to [email protected] and originals via courier or drop in person, in a sealed envelope, marked to:

 

“(RFP # DRI-PK-2020-09)”

“Production & Broad-casting of Radio Programmes”

Logistics & Procurement Associate

Democracy Reporting International, Country Office, Pakistan

1st Floor, Ufone Tower, Jinnah Avenue,

Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel: +92-51-2310575-2310576

Email:  [email protected]

 

For any further information, clarification, please contact undersigned via email.

 

Thank you and best regards.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Touseef Ahmad Jan

Logistics and Procurement Associate

Democracy Reporting International, Country Office, Pakistan

1st Floor, Ufone Tower, Jinnah Avenue,

Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel: +92-51-2310575-2310576

Email: [email protected] 

 

 

 

(RFP # DRI-PK-20120-09)

Request for Proposal (RFP)

 

“Production & Broad-casting of Radio Programmes”

 

1. About Democracy Reporting International

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organization registered in Berlin, Germany, which promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide. DRI’s Berlin, Germany contact details are: Prinzessinnenstraße 30, 10969 Berlin, Germany, phone +49 (030) 27877300. DRI Country Office Islamabad is located at 1st Floor, Ufone Tower, Jinnah Avenue, Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan. Tel: +92-51-2310575.

2. Assignment Background

With support from the German Federal Foreign Office, DRI Pakistan is currently implementing a project entitled “Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan”. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen local constituencies, both on the governmental and non-governmental side, to consolidate the democratic transition process in Pakistan, specifically with a view to human rights protection and effective, decentralized governance. DRI’s work in reference to local government focuses on the following objectives:

  • Improve the understanding of the sub national legal framework through local government act assessments;
  • Facilitate policy exchanges of sub national parliament and government actors on decentralization and multi-tier systems.

DRI’s call for proposals aims to allow organisations to submit their ideas, contributing to the delivery of the objective of “Increase civic awareness of local government structures for efficient protection of citizens’ rights. Each radio programme will feature guests from Civil Society Working Groups (CSWG) and experts from across Pakistan”. The radio programmes will be aired on FM radio stations as an avenue to reach as large a segment of the population as possible.

Contract Duration & Total Contract Value:

DRI will sign a deliverable based service contract with the selected bidder. The deliverable based service contract will start from the date of award of contract in October 2020 till 15 December 2020. Production and Airing of the radio programme show must be completed within above time frame.

 

Submission Timeline:

The deadline for submission of proposal is Friday, 16 October 2020 by COB 1500 Hrs. To address the COVID-19 safety precautionary measures, bidders can submit signed and scanned proposals via email to [email protected] and originals via courier or drop in person, in a sealed envelope, marked to:

 

“(RFP # DRI-PK-2020-09)”

“Production & Broad-casting of Radio Programmes”

Logistics & Procurement Associate

Democracy Reporting International

Country Office, Pakistan

1st Floor, Ufone Tower, Jinnah Avenue,

Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel: +92-51-2310575-2310576

Email:  [email protected]

 

 

Contents of this Proposal Document:

The document consists of the annexes indicated below, and should be read in conjunction with any Addendum that may be issued by the DRI.

 

Annex I:            Terms of Reference

Annex II:           Proposer Information Form

Annex III:          Sequence of Technical & Financial Proposal Submission

Annex IV:          Technical and Financial Evaluation Form

 

Disclaimer:

The submission for this proposal document does not entail any commitment on the part of DRI, either financial or otherwise. DRI may cancel the proposal process, any time, without assigning any reason.

 

Copyright:

The selected frim will pass the exclusive ownership of the radio programmes to DRI including all their use and distribution rights connected to them.

 

Other Terms and Conditions:

 

  1. Submitted Offers/ Price Proposal shall be in English language;
  2. All amounts shall be in shown in PKR and inclusive of applicable taxes as per Pakistan Law. DRI Pakistan will deduct with-holding tax at source according to Pakistan Law.
  3. The contract will be awarded on best value for money basis.
  4. The entire evaluation procedure is confidential.
  5. The successful bidder will be informed in writing that its proposal has been accepted.

 

 

Annex – I

Terms of Reference

 

The Assignment:

The Balochistan assembly passed its local government Act in 2010 while the assemblies of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh passed their local government acts in 2013. In 2019 the ruling party PTI made amendments to the KP local government act 2019 which is now known as the LG Amendment Act 2019 and in Punjab introduced a new law entitled “The Punjab Local Government Act 2019”. Currently there are no local governments in all the provinces except Sindh and elections are expected to take place in KP and Punjab in 2021.

 

DRI’s aim is to initiate the process of awareness raising of the different local government acts to inform the citizens and how the law is likely to impact local governance at the different tiers and the rights of the citizens while especially integrating human rights information.  This will be done through an information campaign at the district, village and provincial level through radio shows.

 

Tasks and deliverables:

  • Prepare scripts for a series of at least four radio programmes, each lasting approximately 20 minutes, covering topics assigned by DRI; scripts and programmes will be in provincial languages, but translation will be required for internal review.
  • Incorporate additional information to strengthen the content of the programmes, where necessary;
  • Produce the radio programmes, including all post-production work (editing, mixing etc.), which should last approximately 20 minutes;
  • Arrange broadcast of the programmes on suitable FM radio station(s) that can provide maximum outreach across the country.
  • Develop a suitable and convenient mechanism for collecting listeners feedback on the programmes. Collate such feedback and provide them to DRI.
  • Coordinate with concerned DRI staff members for timely completion and correspondence on all tasks.   

Experience and profile:

  • Possess a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in media production and preparation and production of radio programmes; Linkages and experience of working with suitable FM radio stations for broadcast of the programmes is required.
  • Demonstrate an extensive knowledge of communications/media (relevant qualifications preferred) and abilities in production and post-production;
  • Experience producing similar awareness raising programmes for NGOs and related organisations will be considered an asset;
  • Capacity to produce deliverables in local languages such as Sindhi, Pushto, Balochi and Punjabi will be considered an asset

 

Note: DRI reserves the right to reduce or increase the number radio programmes as it deems necessary and will aggregate costs and rates accordingly.

 

 

 

 

Annex II

Proposer Information Form

 (Note: Please complete this section in full)

 

About the Company/Firm/Details Group of Experts:

 

Company/ Firm’s Registered Name/ List of Experts:
Trading Name (If applicable):
National Tax Number (NTN)

(attach certificate):

Sales Tax Registration Number (STN) (attach certificate):
Company Address with telephone / email:
Proposer’s Authorized Representative:

(Name/Designation/ Address/ Tel/Cell, Fax/ Email)

Branch Offices/address (if any):

 

 

Total years of experience in Media / Programmes Producing / making field:

 

Official Banking Details:

 

 

 

 

 

Annex III

Sequence of Technical & Financial Proposal

& Documents Submission

S# Documentations
Technical Proposal:
1. Organizational Profile, total years of relevant experience in media field since inception of business operations

 

2. A one-page narrative on methodology for production
3. Submission of Firm/ Expert(s) Profile (Brief) of each of the following:

·       CEO / Senior Management;

·       Producer/Director;

·       Script writer;

·       Translator;

 

4. Letter of appreciations from other clients with complete references with contacts (authorized representative of the Company/ firm, telephone, fax, email) (DRI may contact for reference check)

 

Financial Proposal:
5. Financial Proposal (as per Terms of Reference):

 

a)     Cost of Script Writing:

b)     Cost of Radio-programme productions:

c)     Cost of Radio-programme broad-casting:

d)     Cost of Other Related expenses (if any):

 

6. National Tax Number (NTN) (please attach certificate)

 

7. Sales Tax Registration Number (STN) (please attach certificate)

 

   

 

 

Annex – IV

Technical & Financial Evaluation Form

S# Description of Technical/ Financial Evaluation Max Marks Obtained
TECHNICAL EVALUATION PART (40 Marks):
1. Organizational Profile, total years of relevant experience in media field since inception of business operations

(2 mark per year, max 10 marks for 5 years plus experience)

 

10
2. A one-page narrative on methodology for production 10
3. Submission of Company’s Expert Profile (Brief):

CEO / Senior Management;

Producer/Director;

Script Writer;

Translator;

 

10
4. Provide letter of appreciations from other Clients with complete references with contacts (authorized representative of the Company/ firm, telephone, fax, email) (DRI may contact for reference check) (1 mark for each letter, maximum 10 marks) 10

 

  FINANCIAL EVALUATION PART (35 Marks):    
5. Marks Obtained on Price Quoted in Section:

Marks Allocation Formula:

Lowest Financial Proposal/ Proposal Under Review x 100 =

The lowest will get full 30 marks and the rest will get proportionate marks as per their financial offer in relation to the lowest bid submitted;

30  
6. National Tax Number as active tax payer 2.5  
7. Sales Tax Registration Number 2.5  
  Total Marks: 75  

 

Human Rights Policy Expert (Pakistan)  

Starting Date: October 2020 onwards

Duration: 10 days (approximately)

Location: Home-based/remote; should be available for visits to Islamabad and Lahore.

 

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organization registered in Berlin, Germany, which promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

With support from the German Federal Foreign Office (GMFA), DRI Pakistan is currently implementing a project entitled “Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan”. The objective of the project is to strengthen local constituencies, both on the governmental and non-governmental side, to consolidate the democratic transition process in Pakistan, specifically with a view to human rights protection and effective, decentralised governance.

DRI is seeking the services of a Human Rights Policy Expert/Consultant to facilitate the Punjab Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Department in review of Punjab Human Rights Policy 2018. The review is broadly aimed to identify key challenges and to pose recommendations to bring improvements in provincial human rights policy design, delivery and oversight.

 

Duties and responsibilities

The expert will work under the supervision of DRI’s Country Representative and in close coordination with DRI’s Senior Human Rights and Advocacy Expert as per the following tasks:

 

  • Carry out review of Punjab Human Rights Policy 2018 with a view to identify technical issues pertained to contents and processes involved in policy formulation, flaws in arrangements for policy delivery and oversight;
  • Ensure that policy review is carried out keeping in view Pakistan’s domestic and international human rights obligations and in conformity with international standards and best practices;
  • Facilitate the Punjab Human Rights and Minority Affairs department in assessment of legislative and administrative arrangements to ensure effective implementation on Punjab Human Rights Policy 2018;
  • Carry out any other relevant tasks.

Deliverable

  • Develop and share policy review document, based on research and assessment, providing a comprehensive roadmap to improve policy formulation, effective implementation and systematic monitoring.

Qualification

  • University degree in human rights/law/international law/social science or equivalent;
  • Proven experience of working with national/provincial human rights bodies particularly in the areas of policymaking;
  • Sound understanding of international as well as Pakistan’s domestic human rights systems and frameworks;
  • Excellent understanding of international standards and best practices of human rights policy design and delivery at national and sub-national levels;
  • Excellent research and writing skills, proficient in English and Urdu languages.

 

Location 

The Human Rights Policy Expert/Consultant will primarily work at its own however should be available for periodic visits/meetings with the office bearers of Punjab’s Ministry and Department of Human Rights and Minority Affairs.

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “Human Rights Policy Expert/Consultant” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is 15 October 2020.

 

National Parliamentary Engagement Expert (Pakistan)

Form of Employment: Part-time

Starting Date: September 2020

Duration: Up to 40 working days over a period of 6 months

Location: Islamabad 

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI is currently recruiting a part-time National Parliamentary Engagement Expert for its country office in Pakistan. In collaboration with, and under supervision of the Project Manager/Democratic Governance Expert you will engage with and provide technical support to the Parliamentarians at the National level and the country’s political leadership to highlight the socio-economic and health effects of covid-19 in the country. The engagement with these stakeholders will be through briefings, consultations and one-one meetings.

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Identification of key parliamentarians, members of relevant parliamentary committees and politicians who have an interest and will have an influence on addressing the various issues arising due to the covid-19 pandemic.
  • Design and deliver briefings for various stakeholders including parliamentarians and politicians in the Federal Capital to increase their awareness of various health and socio-economic concerns from covid-19.
  • Provide technical advice to the Parliamentary bodies for sustained efforts to move the discussion forward.
  • Show progressive development towards graduating the debate leading to public action (statement, resolution, public resolution or a successful meeting etc.) through individual and public engagement making sure the engagements are well knit, coherent and goal oriented.
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

 

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in Development Studies/Human Rights /Law/ Political Science or equivalent.
  • In depth knowledge of the political context of the country and demonstrated experience in engaging/working with public institutions and senior politicians ideally in a campaign setting. Should bring to the table a vast contact based and engagement history with key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how laws and policy works and what can be the role of various institutions, procedures, mechanisms to advance a policy agenda.
  • Excellent understanding of the issues being in the country in light of covid-19
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills and ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Urdu
  • Report writing skills.

 

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Women are encouraged to apply!

 

Moreover, DRI offers you flexible working hours, training opportunities and working as part of an international and multicultural team.

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “National Parliamentary Engagement Expert” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. This position is subject to funding. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 6 September 2020. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. If you are one of those shortlisted, we will contact you within one week after expiration of the deadline at the latest.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy .

 

 

 

 

National Expert: Provincial Policy Oversight (Punjab and Sindh)

Form of Employment: Part-time

Starting Date: September 2020

Duration: Up to 6 months consulting agreements (up to 30 days for each consultant)

Locations: Lahore and Karachi        

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI is currently recruiting two part-time Provincial Policy Oversight Experts for its country office in Pakistan. In collaboration with, and under supervision of the Project Manager/Democratic Governance Expert you will engage with and provide technical support to the Parliamentarians and political leadership at the Provincial level on policy initiatives needed in the wake of covid-19.

Core function of the job:

We would expect high quality research and writing capacity (50%) as well as policy engagement experience and skills (50%) to work with the relevant government authorities.

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Researching laws/policies around covid-19 pandemic at the national/regional and international level
  • Analysing and advising on policies, laws, and regulations to minimize the health and socio-economic effects of covid-19 in the province.
  • Identification and engagement with key parliamentarians, members of relevant parliamentary committees and politicians who have an interest and will have an influence on addressing the various issues arising due to the covid-19 pandemic in the provinces.
  • Provide technical advice to the Parliamentary bodies for sustained efforts to move the discussion forward.
  • A progressive “ can do” attitude with ability to easily move in various ministries and ability to work with them according to their needs.
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

 

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in Human Rights /Law/ Political Science or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how laws and policy works and what can be the role of various institutions, procedures, mechanisms to advance a policy agenda.
  • Experience assessing policies or legislation and presenting analysis and recommendations to policy makers in particular on gender and social inclusion.
  • Excellent understanding of the issues in the country in light of covid-19
  • In depth knowledge of the political context of the country and demonstrated experience in engaging/working with public institutions and senior politicians ideally in a campaign setting.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Urdu, knowledge of Punjabi and Sindhi is an asset

 

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Women are encouraged to apply!

 

Moreover, DRI offers you flexible working hours, training opportunities and working as part of an international and multicultural team.

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “National Expert: Provincial Policy Oversight (Punjab/Sindh)” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. This position is subject to funding. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 6 September 2020. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. If you are one of those shortlisted, we will contact you within one week after expiration of the deadline at the latest.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy .

 

Senior Election Advisors (2) – Myanmar

STEP2 Democracy – Support to Electoral Processes and Democracy in Myanmar Phase II

 Form of Employment:  Short-Term consultancy

Position Location: Online

Reporting lines: Country Representative Myanmar

Contract Period: June-November initial contract for maximum of 25 fee-days each consultant, with the possibility of extension

 

Background

 Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

As part of the EU funded programme “STEP Democracy Phase II”, DRI will design and implement a series of trainings on the legal framework for elections in Myanmar, mostly targeting civil society organisations working on election reforms, inclusiveness and election observation as well as members of political parties. DRI is also discussing technical and financial assistance to a coalition of Myanmar CSO to implement a domestic election observation mission for the upcoming general elections.

 

Objective and Role


The two election advisors will work with DRI team and a team of Myanmar experts to deliver project activities in support of domestic election observers.

 

Expected outputs 

  • Coordinate a team two Myanmar election experts and work with these experts and DRI team to develop a curriculum of 7 online modules on the framework for Myanmar elections, adapting DRIs internal resources on international standards for elections and supporting local experts in the development of Myanmar-specific training materials
  • Work with one civil society partner in developing and implementing their own election observation mission, including:
    • Provide advice on project strategy and description
    • Support the development of election observation methodology
    • Design LTO and STO trainings
    • Support in the development of LTO and STO Manual
    • Support the development of observation mission report, including data and legal analysis

  

Location

 Home-based, online work

Qualifications

  • 10 years of experience in electoral assistance or election observation;
  • Professional experience in work with civil society organisations, ideally domestic election observer support;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international standards for elections;
  • Experience in designing and implementing trainings, in particular interactive adult training facilitation;
  • experience in online trainings will be considered an asset;
  • Expertise with Myanmar elections and election laws, including constitutional law and administrative regulation will be considered an asset;

Timeline

The two Senior Advisors will be contracted for June-December 2020, for an initial duration of 25 days each, with the possibility of extension at project partner request. Specific task order will be developed for each assignment, with timelines to be agreed with each consultant, in line with project needs and consultant availability.

DRI values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Women are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications is 17th June.

Candidates should submit a CV to [email protected] with ‘Senior Election Advisors (Myanmar)’ in the subject line.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH
Prinzessinnenstraße 30
10969 Berlin, Germany
Tel +49 30 27877300
Fax +49 30 27877300-10

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy .

Consultancy on Digital Work and Advocacy Facilitation – Myanmar

Consultancy on Digital Work and Advocacy Facilitation

Form of Employment: Short term consultancy

Position Location: Yangon or remote (Online consultancy)

Reporting lines: Country Representative Myanmar

Contract Period: ASAP – max 3 working days (2 preparation days and handout drafting, 1-day webinar)

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

As part of the EU funded project “STEP II”, DRI will be delivering a series of webinars to domestic election observers, covering different topics such as reporting skills, social media and elections, response to Covid 19 and elections etc. DRI is recruiting a Digital Consultant to deliver a webinar for a network of CSOs based in Myanmar, on digital working and online advocacy tools.

Tasks

The trainings will focus on CSOs learning the basic skills to work remotely as well as to organise webinars and online dialogues. The consultant will prepare and deliver a one-day training session, and a short-written resource overview on tools and tips for online-work, covering:

  • Introduction to the different platforms/softwares on online learning and working within a team
  • Tools for webinars, online dialogues and digital advocacy;
  • Do’s and don’ts for hosting successful webinars.

The consultant will also deliver a short handout with key do’s and don’ts as well as a list of available resources.

Qualifications

  • Proven and accomplished practical experiences relating with online learning or online communication platforms/tools/software;
  • A minimum of one-year relevant experience in delivering online trainings, preferably experience delivering webinars and using online working tools with CSOs;
  • Knowledge of the Myanmar context, preferably elections;
  • Knowledge of specific challenges in Myanmar such as slow internet, frequent electricity blackouts, etc.;
  • Knowledge of Myanmar language will be considered an asset.

DRI values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Women are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications is 3rd May.

Candidates should submit a CV to [email protected] with ‘Digital Work and Advocacy Facilitation (Myanmar)’ in the subject line.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

 

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH
Prinzessinnenstraße 30
10969 Berlin, Germany
Tel +49 30 27877300
Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy .

 

Graphic Designer/ Expert Illustrator (Pakistan)

Position Title: Graphic Designer/ Expert Illustrator (Pakistan)

 Starting Date: April 2020 onwards

 Duration: Deliverable based for the entire year of 2020

 Location: Home-based/remote; possibly working one day/week at the DRI Islamabad office

  

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organization registered in Berlin, Germany, which promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

With support from the German Federal Foreign Office (GMFA), DRI Pakistan is currently implementing a project entitled “Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan”. The objective of the project is to strengthen local constituencies, both on the governmental and non-governmental side, to consolidate the democratic transition process in Pakistan, specifically with a view to human rights protection and effective, decentralised governance.

DRI is seeking the services of Graphic Designer/ Expert Illustrator to facilitate us with our social media campaign on local governance and human rights.

Duties and responsibilities:

The Graphic Designer/ Expert Illustrator will work under the supervision of DRI’s Country Representative and in close coordination with DRI’s Communications Associate as per the following tasks:

  • Making infographic posters from the Briefing Papers and other publications being produced by DRI – these posters will also include creative data visualization;
  • Designing the informational material for the organization including newsletters, one or two-pagers for events, brochures etc.;
  • Assisting with the visualization and drafting of the human centric news stories produced by the organization;
  • Provide technical input to improve the social media strategy and implementation of the campaign;
  • Suggesting creative designing for the PR merchandises such as calendars, notebooks etc. to reach out to a wider audience;
  • Provide any additional support, if necessary.

 

Qualifications:

  • University degree in communications/graphic designing/illustration/data visualization;
  • At least 5 years of experience of producing communications products and delivering social media campaigns for the development sector ideally on topics related to local governance and human rights; s
  • Excellent graphic designing, illustration, and data visualization skills;
  • Should be willing to share a sample of the products s/he has developed ideally with reputable NGOs/INGOs/donors/UN system or the government.
  • Proficiency and fluency in both English and Urdu languages (the materials will be in both languages). The selected firm/team of individuals may be requested to produce materials in other major regional languages as well.

 

Duration and Location:  

The Graphic Designer/ Expert Illustrator will primarily work remotely however, it is possible that they are asked to work one day a week with the DRI team in Islamabad for review and approval of the content.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter, CV, portfolio, and financial proposal) to [email protected]. Please include “Graphic Designer/ Expert Illustrator (Pakistan)” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is 08 April 2020.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Request for Financial Proposal (RFP): Local Government Awareness Raising Sessions

Read full request for proposal (RFP) document

 

Date: 28 February 2020

Subject: Request for Financial Proposal (RFP)

                 Local Government Awareness Raising Sessions

                 Provincial & Local Levels

 

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organization registered in Berlin, Germany, which promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

DRI is pleased to invite a Request for Financial Proposal (RFP) from Individual Experts or Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for carrying out local government awareness raising sessions in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. The sessions will focus on how the decentralised, multi-tiers system structures of local governance impact civil society actors and local citizens especially focusing on human rights issues.

Interested candidates / Civil Society Organizations may submit their CV / Organizational Profile and financial proposal as per attach Terms of Reference (Annex-I). Please submit your complete proposal with cover letter via courier or deliver in person at the given address.  The deadline for submission of financial proposal is Thursday, 12 March by 15:00 Hrs.

 

For any further information and clarification, please contact undersign.

 

Thank you and best regards.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Touseef Ahmad Jan

Logistic & Procurement Associate

Democracy Reporting International

1st Floor, Ufone Tower, Jinnah Avenue,

Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel: +92-51-2310575, 2310576

Email: [email protected]

 

 

Social Media Coders (Sri Lanka)

Position Title: Social Media Coders (f/m/d; multiple positions in Sri Lanka)

Form of Employment: Consultancy

Starting Date: 2nd April 2020

Duration: April 2020 – August 2020

Location: DRI Sri Lanka Country Office in Colombo

    

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies, and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

DRI is operating in Sri Lanka since 2016 and has implemented various democratic strengthening projects with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Union (EU), the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). DRI has worked on the thematic areas of human rights, constitutions, and democratic discourse with a focus on strengthening civil society in their work towards democratic reforms.

DRI is launching the project “Strengthening Reconciliation in Sri Lanka by Supporting Regulatory Framework Reforms on Disinformation and Hate Speech Online and Monitoring Social Media” funded by the GIZ. Part of the project focuses on the analysis and discussion of online discourse on diversity and reconciliation around the 21st of April 2019 Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka, including countering/strengthening narratives.

DRI is currently recruiting full-time Social Media Coders for its Country Office in Sri Lanka. In collaboration with, and under the supervision of the Social Media Analyst, you will be coding social media content scraped from Facebook and Twitter.

Your Tasks:

  • Take part in an introductory training on social media analysis and manual coding;
  • Assist DRI’s Social Media Analyst in manual coding of content of relevant Sri Lankan social media pages;
  • Manually code by interpreting the messages of individual social media posts and comments;
  • Provide narratives, i.e. significant short stories from the data that you code, to be used for illustration in the final report of the project.
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

 

Your Skills and Experience:

  • University degree in politics, media, law or other relevant fields;
  • Knowledge of ongoing political and social reform debates in Sri Lanka;
  • Strong analytical skills to identify content, abstract data and provide analysis thereof;
  • Profound understanding of the (social) media landscape in Sri Lanka;
  • Eye for details and meticulous working style;
  • Proficiency in key computer applications, such as Excel;
  • Fluency in writing and reading in Sinhala and English and/or Tamil and English;
  • Legal right to work in Sri Lanka;
  • Good communication and negotiation skills;
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team;

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “2020/03: Social Media Coders” in the subject line and refer to the source where you have found this opportunity. This position is subject to funding.

Closing date for applications: 20th March 2020, 23:59 Colombo Time. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.

 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

DRI is committed to diversity and does not discriminate in employment based upon gender (including pregnancy), race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy .

 

 

 

Human Rights Communications Expert (Pakistan)  

Position Title: Human Rights Communications Expert (Pakistan)

 Starting Date: March 2020 onwards

 Duration: 10 days (approximately)

 Location: Home-based/remote; should be available for visits to Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar

  

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organization registered in Berlin, Germany, which promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

 

With support from the German Federal Foreign Office (GMFA), DRI Pakistan is currently implementing a project entitled “Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan”. The objective of the project is to strengthen local constituencies, both on the governmental and non-governmental side, to consolidate the democratic transition process in Pakistan, specifically with a view to human rights protection and effective, decentralised governance.

 

DRI is seeking the services of a Human Rights Communications Expert/Consultant to facilitate the Punjab Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Department and KP Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights Department in development of short briefs on their work related to development and implementation of provincial human rights policies/action plans. Short briefs may also serve as communication tool for departments to showcase their successful interventions and/or technical issues on the ways to improve human rights protection at sub-national levels in KP and Punjab.

 

Duties and responsibilities:

The external expert will work under the supervision of DRI’s Country Representative and in close coordination with DRI’s Senior Human Rights and Advocacy Expert as per the following tasks:

  • Work with provincial human rights bodies of KP and Punjab, in collaboration with DRI team, for the development of short briefs on institutional interventions for human rights protection at grassroots levels;
  • Provide technical inputs to the officials of relevant government department officials in improving research and development of quality of written outputs;
  • Ensure that produced documents fulfill communication need as well as propose a way forward to strengthen sub-national human rights protection systems, in compliance with international standards and best practices;
  • Provide any additional support, if necessary.

 

Qualifications:

  • University degree in social sciences/law/human rights/international law or equivalent;
  • Proven experience of producing human rights knowledge/communication products. Should be willing to share a sample of the products s/he has developed ideally with government or with known communication/media companies or reputable donors, UN systems/INGOs.
  • Sound understanding of international as well as Pakistan’s domestic human rights systems and frameworks;
  • Ability to distinguish between mandates and functions of different actors of National Human Rights System (NHRS)
  • Excellent research and communication skills, proficient in English and Urdu languages.

 

Duration and Location:  

The Human Rights Communications Expert/Consultant will primarily work at its own however should be available for periodic visits/meetings with the officials of human rights bodies in KP and Punjab as well as with DRI team in Islamabad.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “Human Rights Institutionalisation Expert/Consultant” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2020.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Booklet: How Pakistan is increasing its exports abroad while improving human and labour rights at home

Booklet on the EU GSP+ status for policymakers to help Pakistan further benefit from the scheme.  

DRI published this booklet (in English and Urdu) to highlight the impact of the GSP+ facility in Pakistan and to provide a snapshot of the economic and trade benefits Pakistan has reaped since receiving the GSP+ status. The Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) of the European Union (EU) allows developing countries to pay less or no duties on their exports to the EU. GSP+, a component of GSP, offers additional trade incentives to developing countries in return for the implementation of 27 international conventions related to human and labour rights. The European Union is mandated to review Pakistan’s human rights progress every two years under GSP+.

DRI has been working on human rights in Pakistan since 2014 and in 2016, an earlier version of this booklet was published, which outlined the implications of Pakistan’s inclusion in the European Union’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+).

This booklet serves as a useful resource guide for all Pakistanis, especially policymakers and businessmen who are interested in learning more about GSP+ and how Pakistan can leverage the scheme for economic development while transforming compliance structures and increasing diversification of its exports. You can find out more about GSP+ here.

 

This project is funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Briefing Paper 101: Civil Society and Social Development in Pakistan

Executive Summary

Civil society and citizen’s participation in civic causes has a long tradition in South Asia. Pakistan’s freedom movement was advanced by hundreds of citizen groups organized in various professional forums (lawyers, students, women groups) and cultural and literary bodies who worked in their own domain alongside the political cadre of the Muslim League. The welfare and civic role of these non-political bodies is well documented in Pakistan’s freedom movement literature, the most prominent being Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s Muslim Educational Conference which established Ali Garh Muslim University in 1885 (then college) which played a key role in the formation of the Pakistan Muslim League in 1906 and then in the Pakistan movement itself.

Reflecting on this long tradition, civil society in Pakistan today is comprised of a wide range of organizations, associations, individuals, and movements. The role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the country has increased over the past three decades, and more recently, natural calamities have further expanded the funding and presence of CSOs. Already in 2002, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimated that there were some 45,000 active CSOs employing 250,000 people and this number is likely to be much higher today. These CSOs help poor Pakistanis to get food, provide medication and ambulance services to those in need, support citizens to enjoy their constitutional rights, provide education, clean water and sanitation facilities to the underprivileged, support orphans and provide shelter to the homeless and needy. All sectors of society support and work for CSOs, be they religious, conservative, liberal, from cities or from the countryside.

However, due to some recent incidents, NGO sector’s public perception has been tarnished and a large part of conservative sections of society and influential segments of Urdu press do not really understand the sector in its true sense[1]. Some of these concerns are valid too and are related to the lack of engagement of the NGOs with mainstream political parties, non-transparency in the way they raise and spend funds and lack of explanation on how they make decisions about their strategic choices to work in a particular geography or technical area. Then there are additional concerns on terrorism financing raised by international regulatory bodies like Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which have resulted in Pakistan’s government putting in place a rigorous framework to regulate the sector. This has somewhat restricted the work of many charity organizations, CSOs and NGOs. These are early days and the policies are still unclear for both members of the civil society as well as Government officials whose job is to implement rules uniformly.

In order to manage the trust deficit between the Government and the civil society and enable effective working of the sector, four points should be considered:

 (One)The idea of an organized civil society working for the betterment of the people is rooted in South Asian and Islamic traditions, and Pakistani history.

 (Two) Civil society organizations in Pakistan have worked with the state in many sectors to tackle development challenges in health, education, disaster relief, and governance. They engage with citizens as well as with the government, foreign donors and development agencies.

(Three) Most of the civil society recognizes the need for effective mechanisms for registration, regulation, oversight, and documentation. Parliament’s various committees should have an effective oversight over the working of national and international NGOs. That would need clear procedures and transparent and uniform mechanisms in place so that right and updated information is made available to authorities, parliament as well as concerned NGOs on a regular basis and without delays.  The current procedure is complicated and lacks a constant dialogue as well as redressal forums for NGOs. The procedures should be streamlined in consultation with CSOs to ensure that development work continues without obstacles, and with simpler regulation mechanisms.

(Four) One suitable approach for CSO registration and regulation can be through the inclusion of relevant CSOs such as the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy in the process of managing CSO operations in the country through procedures such as certifications. This can be done with the collaboration of a government department, which in turn should be a one-window operation that can simplify the requirements of registration and documentation. Such models are used in other countries.

Read the full briefing paper here in English or Urdu.

 

This publication has been developed by DRI with the support of Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP)