Production company for a short documentary – Lebanon – Application deadline extended

Looking for: A production company

Assignment: Production of one short documentary film on Decentralisation in Lebanon

Contract Type: Short-term Contract

Starting Date: As soon as possible

End Date: 31 December 2018 (with possible extension)

Location: Beirut, Lebanon / desk-work         



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.

In the framework of the project “Setting an Agenda for Decentralisation in Lebanon – Phase II”, funded by the German Foreign Office, DRI is working with Lebanese civil society organisations and public officials to promote decentralisation and a public debate on local governance in line with good governance principles.

To do so, DRI is assessing the role of central and local government authorities in public service delivery to understand their needs and challenges and develop concrete policy recommendations in the following three sectors: solid waste management; security (municipal police, public safety); government transparency and citizen participation. In this process, DRI has issued evidence-based research on the subject, namely:

Concurrently, DRI is leading an advocacy and awareness-raising campaign as part of “Al-Idara bi-Mahalla”, a Consortium of Lebanese organisations.

In this context, DRI is seeking a production company to produce one short documentary film to inform young activists (CSOs, students) and public officials (municipal officials and political decision-makers) on: (1) the difference between federalism, decentralisation and deconcentration; (2) how administrative decentralisation can concretely improve service delivery; and (3) the highlights of the current Decentralisation Bill discussed in Parliament. The video will be screened as part of the social media campaign and other advocacy-related activities.


The documentary will be focused on breaking down decentralisation as a concept in a way that makes it relatable and understandable to young activists (CSOs working on similar topics, student networks, political activists) and public officials (municipal officials, MPs and central government policy-makers). The overall goal is to bring to life the meaning, significance, and added value of decentralisation in the day-to-day lives of Lebanese citizens as a framework for better public service provision.


Throughout the different phases of production, the Company will work under the supervision of DRI’s Country Representative with close coordination with the Project Manager and the Communications and Research Officer. Produced content shall be submitted to DRI’s Executive Director for review and validation. The company must be available for regular meetings to discuss content and relevance of deliverables.

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Review relevant publications (i.e. BP No. 87 and the “Decentralisation Charter”) for a better understanding of the assignment;
  • In coordination with DRI, take appointments with and interview relevant experts and officials who are knowledgeable about the topic;
  • Develop, edit and produce one high-quality short documentary film in Arabic including all post-production work, including voice over, English subtitles, convenient background music and effects (accepted formats HDAVI, and MP4);
  • Include a Gender and Diversity component in the production of the video;
  • Where needed, research and incorporate additional materials to strengthen the information in the video;
  • If applicable, integrate infographics already developed by DRI Lebanon’s Data Visualisation freelancer;
  • In addition to the soft version, DRI Lebanon requires a high-quality hard-copy (DVD) of the finalised and approved version of the videos. This should include any other appropriate format that would make videos eligible for upload to DRI’s official website and social media platforms;
  • DRI Lebanon expects the delivery of the video by 30 November 2018.


* For a better understanding of the style of videos we require and the tone we use, check out our YouTube channel as well as the Facebook pages of DRI Lebanon and “Idara bi-Mahalla”.


Qualifications we require:

  • Lebanese production company with proven film-making, production and post-production abilities;
  • Familiarity with the NGO sector work and familiarity with the political context. Knowledge of local governance, democratisation and decentralisation is a strong asset;
  • Advanced knowledge of video production as well as social media content tailored for social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube;
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines;
  • Fluency in both English and Arabic language;
  • Led by individuals who either have an advanced degree in Media and Communications/Film-Making or have 5–10years experience as an alternative.


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

If you are interested in this position, please send your application in one PDF document including the Proposer Information Form (Annex I) and the Sequence of Technical & Financial Proposal Submission (Annex II) to [email protected] cc’ing [email protected]. Please include “Documentary Film Applicant/Name of the company Lebanon” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity.


Please not that the original deadline for applications of 26 October 2018 has been extended until 31 October 2018.  The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

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

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



The videos will pass to the exclusive ownership of Democracy Reporting International (DRI) including all use and distribution rights connected to them.

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