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Creative Media Company to Develop a Short Documentary Films about Community Change for Improved Mother and Child Nutrition

Background    Save the Children and government partners are currently implementing a Social and Behaviour Change Communication approach to improve mother, child health and nutrition, in 8 districts of Luang Prabang.  The target villages are mainly remote ethnic  Khmu and Hmong communities. The campaign is calledOur Promiseand includes a package of creative communication materials including 4 films, 4 radio chat shows, translated into 6 ethnic languages and a variety of posters, picture booklets, household wall charts and village banners.  During 2018 -  2019 the SBCC approach was rolled out to over 114 villages; involving over 600 community volunteers, district multisector teams of facilitators and supervisors; health centre staff and community leaders. Scale up to additional villages and districts will continue until 2021. The activities at community level include volunteers conducting a series of visits to households with pregnant women and children under two years old to provide support and motivation for adoption of improved practices for mother and child care and nutrition. In addition, volunteers conduct monthly community edutainment events and peer support groups have commenced in some communities. The majority of the home visit volunteers are young ethnic mothers who were selected by their peers to be home visitors. For the majority of the volunteers this is the first time they have had the opportunity to contribute to community health activities.  Many volunteers are reporting increased confidence and skills, and value the respect and support provided by their families and communities.

Save the Children and partners continues to conduct ongoing documentation of learning of the experience of roll out of the Our PromiseSBCC intervention, including collecting case studies from volunteers about the most significant changesince they became a community volunteer. As part of the ongoing documentation of learning, Save the Children would like to develop the first in a proposed series of short films to capture the voices of community volunteers, families with young children; and other key stakeholders at district and provincial level.  It is planned that the films will be used with during community mobilisation activities with communities targeted to implement the Our PromiseSBCC intervention during 2020; to share progress with communities in the process of implementing to acknowledge and celebrate their work; use as an advocacy tool at various forums in Laos to share learning from implementation of nutrition interventions in remote rural communities and share with various donors to show results of their support for mother and child health and nutrition in Laos.

The film will be developed in Khmu and Hmong villages in Ngoi and Viengkham districts, Luang Prabang. The film will be shot in Khmu and Hmong languages, with Lao and English subtitles.     


1. Purpose: To design and produce a high quality short ( 5 7 minutes)  and inspiring documentary that shares the experiences of Khmu and Hmong ethnic communities about their involvement in Our Promise SBCC implementation.

2. Activities:   

1.       Meet with Save the Children technical team to discuss the SOW and plan timeline for deliverables

2.       Review available documentation of SBCC implementation  

3.       Finalize the work plan and logistics

4.       Conduct scoping visits to selected villages in Ngoi and Viengkham to discuss with community leaders, volunteers and local health staff, and select participants for the film.

5.       Develop script and story boards

6.        Finalize preparation for filming in the selected villages

7.        Complete filming in selected communities

8.        Production of film with sub titles in Lao and English language

9.        Review of film with key stakeholders, editing as required and finalization :


3. Deliverables

o   Soft copies of film with subtitles in 2 languages

o   Brief end of consultancy report

4. Timeline

November December 31st  ( maximum time 6 weeks )


5. valuation Criteria


6. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Experience of company as per criteria below and including previous samples of similar work
  • Cost effectiveness / price
  • Immediate availability and adequate technical and human resources to complete the work with quality and on time.


7. The applicant should have the following qualifications: 

  • A minimum of 5 years professional experience with developing creating media with ethnic communities using ethic languages.
  • Ability and proven experience in multi-tasking, taking initiative and working independently and effectively under pressure
  • Ability to spend  considerable time in Luang Prabang in remote rural villages to complete the film according to the timeline provided



8. Duration and location:


The duration of the contract is scheduled to last a maximum of 6 weeks between November and December 2019

Management of contract             

The contract will be managed by SCI Health Director. The contractor will work in close consultation with the Save the Children technical team in Luang Prabang and government partners


All data collected during this exercise will become the property of Save the Children and will not be shared with third parties without the express permission of Save the Children.


Any external consultants involved in this consultancy will be required to have in place insurance arrangements appropriate to provision of the requirements in this Terms of Reference including travel insurance.


Save the Children is committed to ensuring a safe environment and culture for all children with whom we come in contact during the course of our work. All consultants will be required to comply with Save the Childrens Child Safeguarding Policy and sign the Code of Conduct.


Save the Children
Nov 8th 2019

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