SIHA Network Film Producer (A Video Documentary ) Jobs in Uganda

SIHA Network Film Producer (A Video Documentary ) Jobs in Uganda

Overview of the Organisation

  • The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a civil society coalition bringing together grassroots women’s rights organizations from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland, Kenya , Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Uganda. It was established in 1995 by a group of women’s rights activists, with the view of strengthening the capacity of women’s rights organizations to combat all forms of violence against women and girls.**

  • SIHA aims to contribute to unlocking the massive potential of women’s rights movements in the horn of Africa, by improving the capacity of local organizations, and to build a strong network of grassroots civil society members that are able to interact and support one another in advocating for effective change. SIHA operates as a regional platform for the mobilization of activists, vulnerable and marginalized groups of women, men, and girls to harness resources that include, but are not limited to knowledge and information, capacity building and financial support aimed at challenging the root causes of problems and challenges faced by women and girls in the Horn of Africa Region.**


  • The Horn of African countries are increasingly overcrowded with many women living on the periphery of society, struggling to survive through livelihoods that are not recognized or fairly regulated, by police or laws. These professions include street vendors’ petty traders, domestic workers, basketry, and local alcohol brewing. Although these women are seen across African Urban centers, they are invisible to the national and regional economy policy makers and their contributions in sustaining their communities’ livelihoods are not considered legitimate and receive little to no formal support.

  • Currently, millions of women across the region do not have the means to implement the regular hand-washing and social-distancing advisories enacted across the globe. The HoA already suffers from chronic water shortages, drought and climate change issues. Many of women have to walk for miles to reach a water pump or a well, causing protection concerns. Over 90% of work for gathering water and fuel for cooking is done by women and girl in the HoA. Without regular and clean water supplies, communities are at higher risk of spreading the virus, particularly in densely populated settlements.

  • As with 61% of the world’s population or two billion people, most women in the HoA rely on informal labour as their main source of income, as market vendors, street vendors, domestic workers, and service providers. 86% of employment in sub-Saharan Africa is informal women do not share the same protections as persons working in the formal sector. 89% of women working in Sub-Saharan Africa work in the informal sector. Their employment and means of income provide them no social security benefits or protections under established labor laws. Due to discriminatory practices, beliefs, and laws, these women and girls do not have the opportunity to accumulate resources, lands, savings, or property. Rather, they are pushed into the unprotected and underpaid field of informal labor where they struggle to bring home sufficient income for daily survival. These circumstances preclude the ability to stockpile food and essential goods, to increase expenditures on water and soap, to maintain distance from others, and to weather any interruption in income due to lockdowns.

  • Many of the beneficiaries SIHA works with across the region are among the most exposed to risk and least able to access protection, including urban slum residents, migrants, internally displaced persons (IDPs), residents of persons of concern (POC) camps, or incarcerated women. With the closure of multiple country borders throughout the region, countries, such as Uganda, have closed their borders to refugees seeking asylum.

  • Women’s physical safety is compromised often, especially in disasters. There are already records of increased domestic violence, intimate partner violence (IPV) and gender-based violence (GBV) as women and girls are quarantined or self-isolating with their abusers.

  • In Uganda the project seeks to amplify the voices of the vulnerable women and their lived realities during the lockdown, from the stories documented from women in the informal sector, women have continuously been denied access to health care facilities, increased physical violence among spouses and authorities in the police, shortage of water, denied access to trade because of the nature of their business which affected their livelihood despite the fact that majority of the women in the informal sector (street vendors) are household heads. Thus,
    SIHA seeks to amplify the voices of these women through collecting stories, videos of grass root women, representatives from women’s rights organization and women from the informal economy

    Justification for this Documentation

  • As the COVID 19- pandemic increased around the world, women and girls became more vulnerable than ever, it’s a double pandemic for them as domestic violence was on increase and affected the women more than COVID 19 during the lock down. According to ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, over 3,280 Gender based violence cases were reported as of March 30th and April 28th 2020, this is a glimpse of cases reported however, women in the informal sector who were locked up with their abusive spouses had to bear the burden of these acts of violence, unfortunately, reporting of intimate partner violence related cases has remained low among poor urban women.

  • It is upon this back ground that SIHA recognizes the fact that documenting the lived experiences of women who have undergone violence will help to create more awareness about the vice and will be used as an advocacy tool to call upon policy makers and decision makers to focus efforts on fighting violence against women in Uganda.

    Purpose of the Assignment:

    The objective of this assignment is to develop a video - production that showcases the impact of COVID 19 on women in the informal sector with a special focus on Sexual and Gender based Violence, the assignment will seek to:

  • Identify, collate, analyze and synthesis the SGBV experiences, during and after lockdown

  • Showcase the lived experiences of women in the informal sector during COVID 19 situation through a video**

    Expected Key output

  • A video documentary (around 10 - 15 minutes and not more) highlighting risks, experience and challenges faced by women in the informal sector.

  • Photographs: high quality photographs from interviewees, (including women, men, and border.

    Target Respondents:

  • The consultant is expected to conduct 1 Focus group discussion with women street vendors, 6 Individual interviews with the targeted participants to be documented.

    Methods and Expected Tasks for the Consultant (Key Deliverables)

  • Review project documents, progress reports, and other related documents to better understand the programme

  • Prepare tools and formats that will be used for the documentation

  • Document the stories

  • Present the draft productions in soft copy to SIHA for review and input.

  • Finalize the draft production, having incorporated feedback from SIHA and eventually submit the finalized document in electronic format

    Tasks of SIHA

  • Make logistical arrangements for the successful exercise.

  • Secure access to all key ingredients of the process identified project beneficiaries

  • Provide feedback to the consultant as part of process improvement leading to an acceptable quality product.

    Qualification and Experience **

  • Education: Relevant degree in a field of Mass Communication, social Sciences, and or Development Studies.

    Profile of the Consultant:

  • Have sound knowledge of Sexual, Gender based violence issues within the Horn of Africa and the great lake region as they relate to Uganda’s local context

  • Have excellent communication skills.

  • Be knowledgeable in the rights-based approach that involves participants and generate constructive and results-oriented discussions.

  • Excellent knowledgeable and experience of videography and film production.

  • At least 5 years’ experience of project documentation of best practices and societal development practices.

  • Proven experience of similar work with copies.

  • Contextual knowledge and experience of women in the informal sector in West Nile region.

  • Fluent in English and /or Luganda and Luo.

    Payments and Benefits

    Payment to the Consultant shall be made in two installments. The schedule shall be agreed upon by SIHA and the contractor before contract signing.

  • This is a time-bound assignment, which is expected to be executed within 10 working days from signing of the contract.**

    How to Apply

  • Interested persons who meet key criteria are requested to send their expression of interest with cover letter, and proposed cost estimates to SIHA through

  •, Or hand deliver the same to SIHA reception by 2nd September 2020.

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