Africa Disabilty Alliance: TV series documentary production

Africa Disabilty Alliance
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 13 September, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

(Former Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities)
P. O. Box 1201
Menlyn Centre, 0077
Block 5A, Sunwood Office Park
379 Queens Crescent
Menlo Park, Pretoria
South Africa

Terms of Reference
Production of an advocacy documentary film on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Africa
1. Background and context
As part of the ARADI project, Africa Disability Alliance is interested in production of a series of documentary films and broadcasting them on Television. The Africa Disability Alliance (ADA), formerly called Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (SADPD) is a disability-led technical agency whose mandate derives from the African continent's human rights movement and organizations of persons with disabilities. ADA works and uses a broad range of policy tools in the programming and implementation processes relating to disability issues.
Its strong presence on the African scene is enabling the organisation to consolidate the gains made in the implementation of policies and programmes related to the rights of persons with disabilities with the support of organizations of persons with disabilities on the continent which have been at the forefront of the fight against discrimination and exclusion. The project dubbed “Alliances for Rights - Africa towards Disability Inclusion” (ARADI) is a continuation of the partnership with organizations of persons with disabilities in Africa. It covers a period of 3 years (2017-2020). The project aims to support the participation of persons with disabilities in the formulation of policies and strategies in Africa.

ADA's role in this project includes support in terms of high-level advocacy for the ratification and implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (ADP) and adoption, ratification and implementation of the Model Disability Law (MDL). The ADP was adopted at the 19th Extraordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, held from 16 to 25 February 2016 in Banjul, Islamic Republic of The Gambia. On 29th January 2018, the Protocol was adopted by the General Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is now open for signature and ratification by at least 15 countries. The MDL is under consultation with Civil Society Organisations.
2. Objectives and Expected results
The objective of the service is to: Produce a series of television/online/other video production that present the ARADI project with emphasis on the Articles of the Protocol, MDL and related ADA strategies and networks. Develop weekly schedules of television programmes/series of about 52-weekly 15-20 minutes episodes.  
The expected results are a series of television/online/other video production that present the ARADI project with emphasis on the Articles of the Protocol, MDL and related ADA strategies and networks according to the specifications of ADA, finished and mastered, with ADA, CBM and EU logos. ADA will discuss the final specifications with the winning bidder (s).
3. Content description
This series will highlight the following key points:

  • Ratification by African States of the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the proposed model law;
  • Relying on Protocol articles such as Inclusive Education, Accessibility etc.
  • Collecting testimonies from African Parliamentarians in Midrand, South Africa, from officials of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa and those of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights in Banjul, as well as other stakeholders of the ARADI project.
  • Other topics related to the Africa Disability Protocol and the Model Disability Law as agreed with ADA.   
  • Additional remarks:
  • Languages: people will be interviewed in the language they master. There will be a voice-over translation in French (on the video in French) and in English (on the English version).
  • Copyright: all productions will be owned by ADA

4. Production procedures
Throughout the TV series production, the selected service provider will work in close collaboration with the ADA Director of Communications and Public Relations.
The service provider will ensure he/she obtains formal validation from ADA at each of the following stages:

  • Development of a synopsis

Based on work already carried out (studies, existing audio-visual material, reports, etc.) and discussions with ADA, the service provider will propose a synopsis for each production of the series.

  • Location scouting

On the basis of the validated synopsis, the service provider will scout the shooting locations chosen in collaboration with ADA. At the end of this scouting, he/she will deliver a shooting plan.

  • Shooting

The location of each series will be selected in consultation with ADA.

  •  Finalization

After collecting comments from ADA, the service provider will incorporate the necessary changes and finalize the video editing. The production company will send the video and final transcript for each series to Africa Disability Alliance prior to publication.

  •  Submission of final products

The series and the transcript in English versions should be sent to Africa Disability Alliance (ADA) who will arrange translation services. Such services must not be included in bid/quote by the service provider.
5. Deliverables
The service provider will submit the following items to ADA:

  • 52-part series of 15-20 minutes TV productions for TV network(s) and trailers for each production
  • A synopsis for each series;
  • A shooting plan;
  • A copy of each series and in beta format;
  • Transcripts of video dialogues are submitted to Africa Disability Alliance in electronic format for approval and commissioning

6. Profile of the service provider

  • Film/media/television production company or service provider(s)
  • Proven experience in communication/documentary production/TV productions
  • Knowledge of issues of persons with disabilities in Africa
  • Very good command of the English language.

7. Production schedule
Service provider (s) must provide a timeline for the series and a detailed implementation plan with milestones.

8. Other conditions

Interested service providers should submit detailed technical and financial proposal with a detailed budget detailing all costs related to this exercise. The set of proposals should include the following:

  • A Technical Proposal (1.5 line spacing in Arial font max 12-size) with an Executive Summary, appendices and CVs of personnel).
  • A Financial Proposal outlining all anticipated unit costs, activities and costs in South African Rand. The financial proposal should recommend a payment schedule based on milestones/ deliverables.
  • A detailed work plan outlining activities, deliverables, milestones and targeted completion dates.
  • A list of references for similar work done and samples of work done on disability. Full contact details (including email, telephones, addresses, contact persons, cell phone numbers, websites, if any). Samples of similar work done are not a requirement for this bid but could be considered when assessing the technical proposal).
  • The service providers(s) should agree to sign ADA’s agreement with agreed addendums and when necessary, variations of terms of the contract.

9. General provisions

  • ADA reserves the right not to appoint any service provider.
  • ADA reserves the right to undertake reference, credit and other checks and by responding to this bid, the service provider hereby gives ADA consent/authority to conduct for such checks.
  • ADA reserves the right to withdraw this bid and/or amend these terms of reference by notice in writing (email or posting on the website) to only shortlisted bidders who will have responded to this call prior to the closing date.
  • The award of the contract will be based on best value for money that being the best outcome for the ADA as a whole considering price, economic, environmental and social benefits (if applicable), in addition to other requirements for the ADA as specified from time to time.
  • ADA reserves the right not to make an award nor to accept the lowest bid
  • ADA will not discuss pricing or budget issues prior to adjudication and contracting processes
  • Selected bidder will be required to sign a work and performance contract with ADA that will include a full commitment to honour ADA’s policies, that include but are not limited to:
    • Procurement
    • Anti-corruption
    • Child Protection
    • Environment
    • Financial Management
    • Whistle blowing
  • Other terms and conditions will apply.

10. Application process

All submission should be made by email to

All questions must be addressed to and submitted by 4:30pm CAT on 9th of September 2019.

The deadline for submission of expression of interests is 13th of September 2019 not later than 4:30pm Central African time. Only applications submitted by the deadline will be considered.

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