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Festival multi-pays DRIF21 : Appel à propositions de session !

By | Digital Rights, Press Release

Le Forum sur les droits numériques et l’inclusion (DRIF) est une plateforme importante où sont formulés les débats sur les politiques publiques en matière du numérique en Afrique ainsi que les orientations politiques et partenariats pour leur mise en œuvre. Il est également l’espace d’expression de diverses compétences et capacités pour renforcer les droits numériques et l’inclusion sur le continent africain et au-delà.

En tant que plateforme phare de Paradigm Initiative pour les communautés numériques, DRIF continue de donner le ton en tant qu’espace d’échanges sur les défis mondiaux concernant les droits numériques, la confidentialité, l’accès, les outils numériques, les violations, l’autonomisation numérique pour les communautés mal desservies et des thèmes similaires — en particulier en Afrique — et de consolidation des points de vue de la société civile, des entreprises technologiques, des gouvernements, des universités et d’autres parties prenantes.

DRIF21 sera un festival multi-pays auquel les communautés peuvent se joindre à la fois en présentiel et en ligne. Cette édition débutera par une journée portes ouvertes virtuelle le 12 avril 2021, suivie de réunions dans plusieurs pays à travers l’Afrique.

À ce titre, nous sommes heureux d’inviter des propositions de session pour la 8e édition. Nous sommes disposés à recevoir des propositions de session pour la journée portes ouvertes virtuelle du DRIF21 et des sessions organisées en présentiel à travers plusieurs pays.

Les sessions peuvent être organisées par divers groupes de personnes, notamment des organisations de la société civile, des décideurs, des experts juridiques, politiques, des entreprises technologiques, des universités, des défenseurs, des chercheurs et des institutions nationales des droits de l’homme.

Les sessions du DRIF21 seront bilingues afin de pouvoir accueillir un large éventail de participants. Les objectifs de DRIF21 sont de créer des plateformes pour discuter des questions clés, d’élaborer des plans d’action pour promouvoir les droits numériques et l’inclusion en Afrique et de créer des réseaux pour de futures collaborations.

Compte tenu de l’impact de la pandémie COVID-19, nous organiserons nos activités DRIF21 dans des pays ouverts à des rassemblements d’au moins 20 participants. Pour impliquer notre communauté au-delà des frontières nationales, nous veillerons à ce que toutes les réunions nationales soient retransmises en direct sur les principales plateformes de médias sociaux pour un engagement et une portée accrus dans l’espace virtuel.

Directives pour les propositions de session

  • Les propositions de sessions qui seront organisées en présentiel peuvent inclure une composante virtuelle grâce à des collaborations avec d’autres parties prenantes en dehors du pays hôte.
  • Les organisateurs de sessions devant accueillir des personnes doivent être en mesure de se conformer aux réglementations nationales COVID-19.
  • Dans les pays, les sessions peuvent prendre la forme de tables rondes, de formation, d’expositions, de contenus préenregistrés et de lancements de travaux de recherches.
  • Les propositions de session pour la journée portes ouvertes doivent être pleinement soutenues par l’organisateur de la session, car un financement limité sera disponible pour soutenir les réunions en présentiel.
  • Un financement limité pour soutenir la coordination, les aspects techniques et logistiques des propositions de session retenues et le soutien logistique des participants sera disponible.

La date limite pour les propositions de session est le 7 octobre 2020 et les propositions de session retenues seront notifiées le 28 octobre 2020. Nous annoncerons notre appel à participants le 15 décembre 2020.

Veuillez soumettre votre session en cliquant ici

DRIF21 Multi-Country Festival: Call for Session Proposals !

By | Digital Rights, Press Release

The Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) is an important platform where conversations on digital policy in Africa are shaped, policy directions debated and partnerships forged for action. It hosts diverse skills and capacities for enhancing digital rights and inclusion on the African continent and beyond.  It is a Paradigm Initiative (PIN) flagship platform for communities of practice around privacy, affordable Internet, increasing women’s access to digital tools, Internet shutdowns, digital empowerment for underserved communities and similar themes. DRIF has in the past attracted diverse members of civil society, the technical community, academia, government and private sector for shared engagements. DRIF has set its tone as the arena for tough topical global issues around Internet rights, especially in Africa and consolidating views from civil society, technology companies, government, academia and other stakeholders. 

The 8th edition of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) will be held between April 12 to 30th, 2021, under a model that will celebrate the multi-country community that contributes to promoting digital rights and inclusion in Africa.  The upcoming DRIF21 will be a distributed multi-country festival of in person convenings that communities can join virtually. The DRIF multi-country festival will be opened by a virtual open day on the 12th of April 2021 which will be followed by in-country day convenings across Africa.    

As such, we are pleased to invite session proposals for the 8th edition of the flagship program on digital rights and inclusion in Africa. We also welcome session proposals for the virtual DRIF21 opening day.  Sessions can be hosted by diverse groups of people including civil society organizations, policy makers, legal/policy experts, technology companies, academia, advocates, researchers and national human rights institutions. Sessions will cover DRIF21 and will be bilingual catering for a diverse range of participants. The objectives for DRIF21 are to create platforms for discussing key issues, to develop action plans for enhancing digital rights and inclusion in Africa and to build networks for future collaborations.

In view of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be hosting our DRIF21 activities in countries that are open to gatherings of at least 20 participants. To engage our community beyond country borders, we will ensure that all country convenings are live streamed on key social media platforms for greater engagements and reach in the virtual space. 

Guidelines for session proposals

  • In-country convening session proposals can include a virtual component through collaborations with other stakeholders outside of the host country. 
  • In person session hosts must be able to comply with COVID-19 in-country regulations.
  • In-country sessions can be in the form of panel discussions, ignite talks, exhibitions, pre-recorded content and research launches.
  • Session proposals for the open day must be fully supported by the session host as limited funding will be available to support in person convenings.
  • Limited funding to support coordination, technical and logistical aspects of successful session proposals and participant logistical support will be available.

The due date for session proposals is 7 October 2020 and successful session proposals will be notified on 28 October 2020.  We will announce our call for participants on 15 December, 2020. 

Submit your session proposals here 

Request for proposals (RFP) for design and development of a digital rights toolkit website

By | DigitalJobs

Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a social enterprise advocating for digital rights in Africa, requires a technical proposal and cost quotation from qualified individuals or agencies to develop an interactive website for its Ayeta project. The selected individual and or agency should have a great eye for innovative design and be proficient in latest web development technologies.

Projected Timeline

Issue Date: August 24, 2020
Submit Questions by: September 4, 2020
Response Deadline: September 11, 2020
Expected Award: September 18, 2020
Expected delivery: November 13, 2020

Requirements

  • Proven experience in designing and developing human-centred interactive web applications
  • Expertise in creating a web experience that integrates various components (in this case, downloadable materials, gaming experience, and more)
  • Demonstrated focus on graphic design applied to web applications
  • Demonstrated expertise and competence in user-experience design, interactive design and visual design
  • Attention to details, the quality of its work and the ability to meet deadlines.

Financial proposal

The financial proposal should cover the full contracting period and propose a standard fee (as it shall be agreed by PIN).

Submission Requirements

PIN requests interested individuals or agencies to provide the following:

  1. Capability Statement: Not to exceed a three-page narrative on the individual’s or agency’s  capabilities to perform the scope of work indicating past experience in web design and development.
  2. Timeline: PIN anticipates contracting the awardee by September 18, 2020, and anticipates that the contract will last until November 13, 2020. The timeline will be finalised when the firm is selected.
  3. References: A minimum of three (3) client references worked with in the past two years on an activity that is similar to this Scope of Work. Include the contact information (names, company or organisation, phone number and email).
  4. Staffing: Where applicable Names and CVs including their experience on this type of work.
  5. Cost Proposal: The cost proposal will be based on the scope of work indicated above. All expenses should be aggregated into fixed price amounts.

Selection Criteria 

PIN is issuing this RFP requesting that each vendor provide us with a brief proposal. PIN intends to issue one or more fixed price agreements to the vendor whose proposal contains the combination of those criteria offering the best overall value. Evaluation factors are a total of 100 points, apportioned as noted in the following:

  • Technical qualifications: 50 points
  • Past performance : 20 points
  • Cost : 30 points

Contract mechanism

PIN will issue fixed payment(s) based on submission and PIN’s acceptance of deliverables or measurable performance milestones. Once a purchase order is issued, it will include a fixed price payment schedule with deliverables/milestones specified in the Scope of Work. 

PIN may reject any or all offers, accept offers other than the lowest-price offer, and/or make multiple awards.

Terms and Conditions

Vendors are responsible for review of the terms and conditions described.

RFP Submission Procedure

Please submit proposals and portfolio information to  rfp@ayeta.africa by midnight on September 10, 2020. Any questions regarding this RFP should be directed to the above eMail address.

For more information about PIN, visit https://wwww.paradigmhq.org.

Request for proposals (RFP) for Gamification of a digital rights toolkit

By | Digital Rights, DigitalJobs

Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a social enterprise advocating for digital rights in Africa, requires a technical proposal and cost quotation from qualified individuals or agencies to create novel games for incorporation in its digital security toolkit. The primary objective of these games (puzzles, augmented reality games, quizzes, etc) is to promote game-based learning approaches revolving around digital safety. The games shall be web-based owing to the online version of the toolkit, with integration for the offline publication, that will have a description with links pointing to the safe online repository where toolkit users can play the toolkit games. Work to be performed includes the conceptualisation and development of games, puzzles, quizzes and other gaming experiences around identified digital security themes.

Projected Timeline

  • Issue Date: August 24, 2020
  • Submit Questions by: September 4, 2020
  • Response Deadline: September 11, 2020
  • Expected Award: September 18, 2020
  • Expected delivery: October 30, 2020

Requirements

  • Experienced software developer (preferably with a bias for gamification)
  • Specialised knowledge of digital rights and Internet governance is a strong asset
  • Sensitivity to context and the target audience
  • Adaptability and flexibility required to work under pressure and to meet short deadlines

Financial proposal

The financial proposal should cover the full contracting period and propose a standard fee per deliverable (as it shall be agreed by PIN).

Submission Requirements

PIN requests interested individuals or agencies to provide the following:

  1. Capability Statement: Not to exceed a three-page narrative on the individual’s or agency’s  capabilities to perform the scope of work indicating past experience in gamification and web based game development.
  2. Timeline: PIN anticipates contracting the awardee by September 18, 2020, and anticipates that the contract will last until October 30, 2020. The timeline will be finalized when the firm is selected.
  3. References: A minimum of three (3) client references worked with in the past two years on an activity that is similar to this Scope of Work. Include the contact information (names, company or organization, phone number and email).
  4. Staffing: (Where applicable) Names and CVs including their experience on this type of work.
  5. Cost Proposal: The cost proposal will be based on the scope of work indicated above. All expenses should be aggregated into fixed price amounts per deliverable.

Selection Criteria 

PIN is issuing this RFP requesting that each vendor provide us with a brief proposal. PIN intends to issue one or more fixed price agreements to the vendor whose proposal contains the combination of those criteria offering the best overall value. Evaluation factors are a total of 100 points, apportioned as noted in the following:

  • Technical qualifications 50 points
  • Past performance 20 point
  • Cost 30 points

Contract mechanism

PIN will issue fixed payment(s) based on submission and PIN’s acceptance of deliverables or measurable performance milestones. Once a purchase order is issued, it will include a fixed price payment schedule with deliverables/milestones specified in the Scope of Work. 

PIN may reject any or all offers, accept offers other than the lowest-price offer, and/or make multiple awards.

Terms and Conditions

Vendors are responsible for review of the terms and conditions described.

RFP Submission Procedure

Please submit proposals and portfolio information to  rfp@ayeta.africa by midnight on September 10, 2020. Any questions regarding this RFP should be directed to the above eMail address.

For more information about PIN, visit https://wwww.paradigmhq.org.

Request for proposals (RFP) for Illustration of a digital rights toolkit

By | DigitalJobs

Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a social enterprise advocating for digital rights in Africa, requires a technical proposal and cost quotation from qualified individuals or agencies to work on visualization of selected themes in its digital rights toolkit in the quest to improve the toolkit’s appeal and usability to its audience. We need illustrations of the following critical areas in the toolkit:


a. Digital hygiene practices
b. Staying safe online / staying safe on social networks
c. Internet shutdown measurements
d. Spotting spam, phishing, malware and viruses
e. Using VPNs

Projected Timeline

  • Issue Date: August 24, 2020
  • Submit Questions by: August 31, 2020
  • Response Deadline: September 11, 2020
  • Expected Award: September 18, 2020
  • Expected delivery: October 19, 2020

    Requirements
  • Strong creative and digital drawing skills
  • Experience creating designs and visualization to better user experience
  • Commitment to working with Project Team to produce high quality, high-impact and appealing illustrations

A contract will be signed between PIN and the successful illustrator that will outline services required, fees charged and payment schedule.

RFP Submission Procedure

Please submit proposals and portfolio information to  rfp@ayeta.africa by midnight on September 10, 2020. Any questions regarding this RFP should be directed to the above eMail address.

For more information about PIN, visit https://wwww.paradigmhq.org.

Request for proposals (RFP) for translation services, English to French & Swahili

By | DigitalJobs

Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a social enterprise advocating for digital rights in Africa, requires a technical proposal and cost quotation from qualified individuals or agencies to translate and lay out the document design of its digital security toolkit.

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to select a suitable vendor(s) for the provision of translation services from English to French and English to Swahili. Work to be performed is the translation, revision and proof-reading of PIN’s digital security toolkit.

Projected Timeline

Issue Date: August 24, 2020
Submit Questions by: August 31, 2020
Response Deadline: September 11, 2020
Expected Award: September 18, 2020
Expected delivery: October 19, 2020

Requirements

  • Perfect mastery of the language(s) in question (French, Swahili) and excellent knowledge of English
  • Specialized knowledge of digital rights and Internet governance is a strong asset
  • Experience in performing translations on digital rights is an asset
  • Excellent drafting skills and high-quality written style
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills
  • Sensitivity to context and the target audience
  • Adaptability and flexibility required to work under pressure and to meet short deadlines

Financial proposal

The financial proposal should cover the full contracting period and propose a standard fee per 1,000 words.

Submission Requirements

PIN requests interested individuals or agencies to provide the following:

  • Capability Statement: Not to exceed a three-page narrative on the individual’s or agency’s  capabilities to perform the scope of work indicating past experience in translation and document design.
  • Timeline: PIN anticipates contracting the awardee by September 18, 2020, and anticipates that the contract will last until October 19, 2020. The timeline will be finalized when the firm is selected.
  • References: A minimum of three (3) client references worked with in the past two years, on an activity that is similar to this Scope of Work. Include the contact information (names, company or organization, phone number and email).
  • Staffing: Where applicable, names and CVs including their experience on this type of work.
  • Cost Proposal: The cost proposal will be based on the scope of work indicated above. All expenses should be aggregated into fixed price amounts per deliverable (1000 words).

Selection Criteria 

PIN is issuing this RFP requesting that each vendor provide us with a brief proposal. PIN intends to issue one or more fixed price agreements to the vendor whose proposal contains the combination of those criteria offering the best overall value. Evaluation factors are a total of 100 points, apportioned as noted in the following:

  • Technical qualifications 50 points
  • Past performance  20 points
  • Cost  30 points

Contract mechanism

PIN will issue fixed payment(s) based on submission and our acceptance of deliverables or measurable performance milestones.  Once a purchase order is issued, it will include a fixed price payment schedule with deliverables/milestones specified in the Scope of Work. 

PIN may reject any or all offers, accept offers other than the lowest-price offer, and/or make multiple awards.

Terms and Conditions

Vendors are responsible for review of the terms and conditions described.

RFP Submission Procedure

Please submit proposals and portfolio information to  rfp@ayeta.africa by midnight on September 10, 2020. Any questions regarding this RFP should be directed to the above eMail address.

For more information about PIN, visit https://wwww.paradigmhq.org.

Request for Proposal (RFP) for Dubbing & Post-Production of Training Day Short Movie

By | DigitalJobs, Press Release

  Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a social enterprise advocating for digital rights and inclusion in Africa, seeks to obtain the services of professional movie producers, for the post-production (French dubbing) of our short movie, Training Day. The film is based on Paradigm Initiative’s 2019 Digital Rights in Africa report, featuring the story of a young man whose quest for work took an unexpected turn. The movie (available for free download on PIN’s website and available on YouTube) showcases the 2019 Africa Digital Rights report in a different way to resonate with a wider audience. The movie is in English, with French and English subtitles.

 THE OPPORTUNITY 

To ensure the distribution of the movie for Francophone audiences and stakeholders, Paradigm Initiative is looking for a movie production company to French dub the film. The movie production company should have modern production equipment and qualified personnel capable of dubbing the movie with guidance from our internal communications team.

The movie production company will need to:

  • Meet with the Paradigm Initiative team and the original producer to understand the narrative and get accurate data for the dubbing.
  • Deliver original French video files.

TASKS

The movie production company will: 

  1. Review the original script and narration for overall dubbing in French, explaining step-by-step actions.
  2. Align the adaptation closely with the style and tone of the original, while keeping it perfectly synchronised to the actors’ lips, expressions and body language.
  3. Record and use standard French narration and prepare background music for the movie.
  4. Finalise the dubbing according to the feedback provided by Paradigm Initiative.
  5. Finalise any type of data (scripts, images, clips, etc.) after the consultation and approval.
  6. Use the latest high-quality dubbing software.

QUALIFICATIONS, BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE

Movie dubbing requires high level technical/professional expertise and creativity; therefore, the successful applicant is required to:

  • Submit three examples of past French video dubbing productions they have directly produced.
  • Demonstrate competency in developing and dubbing movies/films in French.

Supported French accents include France, Swiss or African (Togo, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Congo, Benin, Tchad, Cameroon, Gabon, RCA, Niger, Mali, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria).

The proposal should provide the following information:

  1. Technical proposal: Outline and methodology for undertaking the video dubbing, as well as, the detailed work plan showing the assignment’s important activities and milestones.
  2. Financial proposal: Including a detailed quotation for the production showing all necessary costs.
  3. Contact details of three references.
  4. Updated production portfolio including relevant creative development work and qualifications.

RFP SUBMISSION PROCEDURE 

Please submit proposals and portfolio information to rfp@paradigmhq.org by midnight on September 10, 2020. Any questions regarding this RFP should be directed to the above eMail address.

For more information about PIN, visit https://wwww.paradigmhq.org.

Appel à propositions pour le doublage du film « Training Day » de Paradigm Initiative

By | DigitalJobs, Press Release

Paradigm Initiative (PIN), une entreprise sociale prônant les droits numériques et l’inclusion en Afrique, cherche à obtenir les services de producteurs de films professionnels, pour la postproduction (doublage français) de son court métrage, Training Day. Le film est inspiré du rapport 2019 sur les droits numériques en Afrique de Paradigm Initiative, mettant en vedette l’histoire d’un jeune homme dont la quête de travail a pris une tournure inattendue. Le film (disponible en téléchargement libre sur le site Web de PIN et disponible sur YouTube) présente le rapport sur les droits numériques en Afrique 2019 d’une manière différente pour toucher un public plus large. Le film est en anglais, sous-titré en français et en anglais.

L’OPPORTUNITÉ

Pour assurer la diffusion du film auprès du public et des parties prenantes francophones, Paradigm Initiative recherche une société de production cinématographique pour doubler le film en français. La société de production de films doit disposer d’un équipement de production moderne et d’un personnel qualifié capable de doubler le film avec les conseils de notre équipe de communication interne. La société de production de films devra :

  • Rencontrer l’équipe de Paradigm Initiative et le producteur original pour comprendre le récit et obtenir des données précises pour le doublage.
  • Fournir des fichiers vidéo originaux en français.

TÂCHES

La société de production de films :

  • Passer en revue le script original et la narration pour le doublage global en français, en expliquant les actions étape par étape.
  • Aligner étroitement l’adaptation avec le style et le ton de l’original, tout en le maintenant parfaitement synchronisé avec les lèvres, les expressions et le langage corporel des acteurs.
  • Enregistrer et utiliser la narration française standard et préparer la musique de fond pour le film.
  • Finaliser le doublage en fonction des commentaires fournis par Paradigm Initiative.
  • Finaliser tout type de données (scripts, images, clips, etc.) après consultation et approbation.
  • Utiliser le dernier logiciel de copie de haute qualité.

QUALIFICATIONS, CONTEXTE ET EXPÉRIENCE :

 Le doublage de films nécessite une expertise technique et professionnelle de haut niveau et de la créativité ; par conséquent, le candidat retenu doit :

  • Soumettre trois exemples de productions de doublage vidéo françaises antérieurs qu’ils ont directement produits.
  • Démontrer une compétence dans le développement et le doublage de films/films en français.
  • Les accents français pris en charge incluent la France, la Suisse ou l’Afrique (Togo, Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, Sénégal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Congo, Bénin, Tchad, Cameroun, Gabon, RCA, Niger, Mali, Maroc, Tunisie, Algérie).

La proposition doit fournir les informations suivantes :

  • Proposition technique : aperçu et méthodologie pour entreprendre le doublage vidéo, ainsi que le plan de travail détaillé montrant les activités et étapes importantes de la mission.
  • Proposition financière : y compris un devis détaillé pour la production montrant tous les coûts nécessaires.
  • Coordonnées de trois références.
  • Portfolio de production mis à jour, y compris les travaux de développement créatif et les qualifications pertinentes

Si vous êtes le producteur que nous recherchons, veuillez soumettre votre proposition avant le 30 août 2020.

CHRONOLOGIE

Le travail à effectuer commencera le 1er septembre 2020 et devrait être pratiquement terminé le 10 septembre 2020.

CONDITIONS DE SOUMISSION

Veuillez soumettre les propositions et les informations  à rfp@paradigmhq.org avant minuit le 10 septembre 2020. Toutes les questions concernant cet appel d’offre doivent être adressées à l’adresse e-mail ci-dessus.

Request for Proposal (RFP): Marketing and Distribution of Paradigm Initiative’s Training Day Movie

By | Digital Rights, DigitalJobs, Press Release

Training Day is a short film based on Paradigm Initiative’s 2019 Digital Rights in Africa report, featuring the story of a young man whose quest for work took an unexpected turn. The movie (free for download on YouTube) showcases the 2019 Africa Digital Rights report in a different way to resonate with a wider audience. To ensure that the movie is widely distributed and promoted on local and international platforms and channels (both online and offline), Paradigm Initiative is looking for a movie marketing company to plan and execute the marketing and distribution of the movie.

EXPECTATIONS

Paradigm Initiative is hiring the marketing and distribution company to do the following:

  • Develop a 3- month comprehensive marketing plan (mid September to mid December 2020) including audience, media, channels, expectations and cost.
  • Develop and share a comprehensive social media strategy for the marketing and distribution of the movie.
  • Develop and share a comprehensive PR plan for the marketing and distribution of the movie.
  • Ensure the movie is appropriately listed on VOD platforms and traditional media programs both in Africa and abroad.
  • Ensure the movie is listed on all international movie databases, festivals and encyclopaedias.
  • Advertising of spots, posters and teasers on traditional media including newspapers, radio and TV
  • Write and produce quality content and reviews, taking into account conventions and limitations of social media platforms.
  • Produce high-quality content for Paradigm Initiative’s social media platforms which includes Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.
  • Create and edit videos that can be posted across the platforms to promote the movie and the Digital Rights in Africa report.
  •  Regularly share the content with the project partners (Paradigm Initiative and others) for publication on their platforms.
  • Manage and respond to negative feedback in the media and social media.

 INVOICING & PAYMENT

The marketing and distribution company will invoice Paradigm Initiative for work done at the end of every month. Paradigm initiative agrees to pay the amount owed within five (5) days of receiving the invoice. Payment will be made monthly at the end of the month’s deliverable.

EXPENSES

Paradigm Initiative will reimburse the Marketing and Distribution Company’s expenses. Expenses must be pre­-approved by Paradigm Initiative. The Marketing and Distribution Company will be reimbursed to reasonable, pre­-approved expenses, including but not limited to, media distribution and advertising costs, communications costs, and research costs.

TIMELINE

The work to be performed shall commence on or before 16th September 2020, and shall be substantially completed on 15th December 2020. 

RFP SUBMISSION PROCEDURE 

Please submit proposals and portfolio information to rfp@paradigmhq.org by midnight on September 10, 2020. Any questions regarding this RFP should be directed to the above eMail address.

For more information about PIN, visit https://wwww.paradigmhq.org.

Request for Proposal (RFP) Design and Website Development

By | DigitalJobs, Press Release

Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a social enterprise advocating for digital rights in Africa, launched a new website in 2015 to ensure accessibility to all materials related to the work of the organization. The new platform has been , providing key information to the digital rights and inclusion community, partners and stakeholders across the world. Today, Paradigm Initiative is seeking a company to redesign and rebrand its website on a secure open source platform; ensure the migration of the site to a new server with an assured service level as set out in an SLA, as well as web site maintenance and search engine optimization. The primary users of the site will be members of Paradigm Initiative, civil society, partners, donors and the general public.

 OBJECTIVE 

Paradigm Initiative is inviting proposals from reputable and qualified companies with a track record of success in designing and producing digital solutions to develop new templates for the current website and subdomains. The templates will provide a new look-and-feel to the web and will unlock the potential functionalities of the current software while displaying the content in a more organized, attractive and user-friendly manner.

 DELIVERABLES

  • The Paradigm initiative website presents a new visual look and its functionalities are enhanced to provide a better experience to users.
  • Develop a user manual and deliver a webinar for the support staff and system administrators to perform content upload, system maintenance and administration.
  • Support and maintenance: Administrative and technical support, quality control for a period of 6 months.
  • Source code handover: Full source code including all developed libraries shall be handed over to Paradigm Initiative.

Deliverables clause

 Once a company is selected, the contract may be amended with time and materials to capture new specific developments on the site upon request of the Paradigm Initiative communication and technical team.

WORK SETTING

 The work setting for the assignment will include different aspects:

Timing and duration of the assignment

 The duration of the contract will be 3 months and the expected starting date will be sometime end of September 2020. The development of the website will be ready in two-months’ time starting from the date of signing the contract. The user manual, webinar and the maintenance of the new webpages will be done from the third month of the contract.

 Briefing/debriefing arrangements

A first meeting/conference call will be scheduled for the Paradigm Initiative team to brief the firm on the background information to develop each of the requested deliverables.

 Reporting relationships and identification of responsibility for assessment of the services/outputs

The company will work in close consultation and under the supervision of the communications and technical team leads. They will follow up the design process answering questions related to the documents. The communications and technical team leads in close consultation with the leadership team will assess the services and outputs of the firm.

 Support provided

 Paradigm initiative will grant access to the current website code and content including WordPress administration console, all documents and pages, plugins, themes and additional files.

WORK PLAN

 Deliverables

 All new developments listed in this section will be built in the current Paradigm initiative site operated in WordPress.

 New look and feel
  • Following Paradigm Initiative branding guidelines, design a new look-and-feel for the Paradigm Initiative site capturing the different functionalities outlined in this TOR. The company will develop a graphic concept and the visual language of the new templates.
  • Ensure a consistent visual language on the new site by introducing fixed styles in templates ensuring consistency in fonts, formatting, icons, images, layout techniques.
  • The new look and feel should be adapted to homepage, sections, subsections, and the following components of the site: Press release template, Blogspots webpage template, publications webpage template, registration webpage template, Webinar webpage template, project pages
  • Standard page elements including header, footer, tabs, persistent navigation, contact us, email and page print options should be included in the new templates.
  • The new templates should guarantee that most recent content on the site is captured automatically in the homepage in an organized way following specific categories, tags or other custom taxonomies.
  • All section and subsection web pages should incorporate functionalities to guarantee the latest information on that section and subsection is displayed.
  • The current sections and subsections of the site should be adapted using the new templates. These sections include around 54 pages and 350 publications.
  • Adapt the database of the Paradigm initiative site to include new categories to display the information in an organic way.

 New subsections

  • Based on the agreed templates, develop an ebook session that allows reading of reports with animation (example of page here ), but not limited to the structure, functionalities and features defined in these terms of reference.
  • Based on the agreed templates, develop a modern event subsite for #DRIF, but not limited to the structure, functionalities and features defined in these terms of reference.
  • Based on the agreed templates,  develop a modern  interactive website for a digital Rights Toolkit
  • The new subsections web pages should incorporate functionalities to guarantee the latest information on that subsection is displayed.

Functionalities to include in the new templates

 The following features will be guaranteed through the new templates outlined in sections 1 &2:

  • Add feed links;
  • Responsive design; 
  • Social sharing features – including twitter share by text selection and twitter feed by handle and hashtag.
  • Multiple page styles and custom post types;
  • Language options (French & English) feature in resources and guidance templates;
  • Search function by news, type of publication, author, type of resource, events, etc.
  • Search resources by free text;
  • Interactive map;
  • Signup for latest news;
Knowledge transfer

Develop a user manual and deliver a webinar for the support staff and system administrators to perform content upload, system maintenance and administration.

Support and maintenance

Support and maintenance: Administrative and technical support, quality control for a period of 6 months;

Source code handover

Full source code including all developed libraries shall be handed over to Paradigm Initiative.

Tasks

 The successful company will participate in a debriefing session with the Communications and technical team to understand the overall project and expectations. Based on the debriefing session and this ToR, the company will develop a design concept for the site. The vendor will share a maximum of three proposals with the Paradigm Initiative team.

  • The company will adjust concepts based on feedback and comments from the Paradigm Initiative team. 
  • The vendor will develop the visual concept and language for the site adapting it to the different components outlined in the section “deliverables” and adjusting it based on feedback and comments from the Paradigm Initiative team.
  • To create responsive CSS and graphic design elements and to integrate or adapt existing CSS and graphic design and make it responsive.
  • Development of web sections and content upload.
  • Integration and final approval by Paradigm Initiative.
  • Test site before going live.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

 Vendor should demonstrate and provide examples of previous experience in the performance of similar services as follows: 

  • Be a reputable firm with at least 7 years of prior experience designing visually appealing and navigation friendly web sites;
  • Familiarity and relevant experience in using different Content Management Systems (CMS), particularly WordPress;
  • Have a broad knowledge of current web development technologies and design tools in the field, and new software and other web programming languages and programs including use of HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, XSLT, Java; php, etc.
  • Have excellent knowledge of recent trends in graphic design, web sites, including online video publishing, and social media networking;
  • Demonstrate the ability to create innovative and visually appealing design; 
  • Key professional staff qualifications and competence needed for the assignment:
Lead developer:

The lead developer is responsible for the overall development process and assures that all code contributed is in line with coding standards. The lead developer has extensive experience (at least 5 years) in programming and CMS development, including versioning of which at least two years are specific to WordPress CMS. The lead developer is an expert in the below scripting and coding languages and standards: PHP, AJAX, Java Script, HTML5, CSS. The lead developer is an expert in the use and configuration of the below applications: WordPress CMS, MySQL Database, Apache  web server, Experience with other related applications is an advantage.The lead developer is an expert in the use and configuration of the below products and techniques: Search engine optimization, Google Webmaster tools, Google developer tools, Mobile device adaptation.

 Junior developer:

The junior developer supports the lead developer with the overall development process. The junior developer has at least 3 years of work experience in programming and CMS development, of which at least one year is specific to WordPress CMS.

 Graphic designer:

The vendor will have a team of graphic designers with prior experience on designing websites with a solid portfolio of at least 5 years of experience.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE AND TIMELINE

Deliverables 

Deadline

The Paradigm Initiative website presents a new visual look and its functionalities are enhanced to provide a better experience to users* 1 Nov 2020
New sections are developed and integrated in the Paradigm Initiative site* 1 Nov 2020
Develop a user manual and deliver a webinar for the support staff and system administrators to perform content upload, system maintenance and administration. 15  Nov 2020
  • Support and maintenance: Administrative and technical support, quality control for a period of 6 months;
  • Source code handover. 
  • Full source code including all developed libraries shall be handed over to Paradigm Initiative.
15 Dec 2020 
* All templates should have the functionalities outlined in deliverables section (3).

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PROPOSAL

 If you have the required qualifications and are interested in this contract, please submit: 

  • A proposal describing the previous work done in this area;
  • A portfolio of previous work of websites with similar functionalities developed in WordPress;
  • CVs of the lead developer, junior developer, graphical integrator, graphic designer in charge of this project to be included in the proposal;
  • A financial proposal to address the work.
  • The lump-sum fee which you propose for the consultancy should indicate the breakdown of all costs. This fee should be inclusive of ALL considerations.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

Submissions will be evaluated in consideration of the following evaluation criteria:

Evaluation Criteria – Total 100 points 

  • The work presented throughout the firm portfolio will be evaluated to assess the quality of the company’s work [30 points];
  • Experience and qualifications of the team proposed to deliver the work by the company. This part of the evaluation will be based in the CVs of the individuals comprising the team that need to be share by the firm in their proposal [20 points];
  • Experience in developing sites in WordPress CMS [30 points];
  • Timeline to deliver the objectives of the assignment based on the deadlines provided in this document [10];
  • Experience working in the development sector producing high quality outputs [10 points];
  • In order to qualify for further consideration, the company must accomplish a minimum score of 70 percent in the technical offer. The financial offer will account for a maximum of 30 points.

RFP SUBMISSION PROCEDURE 

Please submit proposals and portfolio information to rfp@paradigmhq.org by midnight on September 10, 2020. Any questions regarding this RFP should be directed to the above eMail address.

For more information about PIN, visit https://wwww.paradigmhq.org.

Appendix

Websites in the same industry 

Main Websites for organisations 
Event Websites 
Ebook/Research websites 

 

 

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