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PIN Hosts Webinar on Draft Bill on Data Protection, Launches Report on Digital Rights in Nigeria

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Pan-African Digital Rights and Inclusion organisation, Paradigm Initiative hosted a civil society webinar on Nigeria’s draft data protection bill and launched a new report on Digital Rights and Privacy in Nigeria.

The report which explores the state of digital rights and privacy in Nigeria details the political and policy environment, practices, and stakeholders around digital rights and privacy in Nigeria. Building on previous annual reports on Nigeria and Africa by Paradigm Initiative, the report recommends a review of certain regulations by Nigeria’s Communications Commission to include judicial and public accountability in order to address the potential for abuse and abuses occasioned by the politics of regime preservation. Other recommendations in the report include a call for the passage of the digital rights and freedom bill and the data protection bill, the repeal and re-enactment of the cybercrimes act 2015, and a public education campaign to raise the awareness of citizens on data protection.

While speaking on the report and the webinar, Adeboye Adegoke, Senior Program Manager at Paradigm Initiative said “Given the work that we do, part of our advocacy objectives is to ensure that the development of digital policy receives quality inputs from us. Our focus is clear in this regard; rights, inclusion, and innovation”. “We will advocate against draft legislation/policy that seeks to limit rights, stifle innovation or widen access gaps and we will support those who seek to promote access, rights, and innovation.”

The Chief Operating Officer at Paradigm Initiative, Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu in her remarks recognised that PIN represents a lot of other voices within the civil society space and this explains why the webinar and the report launch were held together, to present the organisation’s research output and to capture the views of other civil society organisations in its submission to the Federal government on the draft data protection bill. 

For more information about this statement, please contact media@paradigmhq.org

Link to the report: https://paradigmhq.org/download/digital-rights-and-privacy-in-nigeria/

Paradigm Initiative organisera DRIF21 en tant que festival multi-pays en avril 2021

By | Digital Rights, Press Release

Lagos, Nigéria – [28 août 2020] – Paradigm Initiative (PIN) est ravie d’annoncer la tenue de la 8e édition du Forum sur les droits numériques et l’inclusion (DRIF) prévu du 12 au 30 avril 2021.

 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.

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.

Selon « Gbenga Sesan, Directeur Exécutif de PIN, « l’équipe de Paradigm Initiative est honorée une fois encore de rassembler la communauté des droits numériques grâce à un mélange d’interactions virtuelles et physiques, car comme nous l’avons vu dès les premiers jours de la pandémie mondiale, les violations des droits des citoyens se sont poursuivies – et dans certains cas, se sont intensifiées. »

 Pour Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu, Directrice des Opérations de Paradigm Initiative, « Il est important de discuter des leçons tirées de la manière dont les différents pays répondent aux défis de la gouvernance des données pendant les moments de crise, de la manière dont la liberté d’expression évolue face à une désinformation dangereuse et comment l’espace civique pourrait prospérer au milieu des verrouillages. Nous attendons avec impatience les débats multi-pays de la 8e édition de DRIF et nous avons hâte de travailler avec les partenaires et les participants sur les opportunités d’action identifiées ! »

Les éditions précédentes ont eu lieu en présentiel dans un seul pays et ont connu la participation de divers membres de la société civile, la communauté technique, le monde universitaire, des acteurs étatiques et le secteur privé pour des engagements communs.

« Accueillir DRIF21 dans un certain nombre de pays africains sera une excellente occasion de célébrer la diversité qui accompagne un réseau croissant de défenseurs des droits numériques et de l’inclusion. Le modèle DRIF21 offrira une série de conversations enrichies qui décortiqueront les problèmes et aideront à façonner les stratégies d’amélioration du paysage numérique en Afrique », a déclaré Thobekile Matimbe, Chargé des Communautés à PIN.

« Nous sommes ravis de présenter DRIF à nos communautés cette fois-ci, apportant littéralement le Forum à nos partenaires et participants alors que nous poursuivons les conversations importantes autour de la politique numérique sur le continent », a ajouté la directrice des opérations, Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu.

PIN a lancé un appel à propositions de sessions et exhorte les parties prenantes et les partenaires intéressés à soumettre des propositions qui contribueront à améliorer l’écosystème numérique.

 

 

 

Paradigm Initiative to Host DRIF21 as a Multi-Country Festival in April 2021

By | Digital Rights, Press Release

Lagos, Nigeria – [August 28, 2020] – Today, Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is thrilled to announce the upcoming 8th edition of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) taking place between the 12th and the 30th of April 2021. DRIF21 will be a distributed multi-country festival of in-person convenings that communities can join virtually. This edition will kick off with a virtual open day on the 12th of April 2021 followed by in-country day convenings across Africa.    

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. As PIN’s flagship platform for communities of practice around digital policy, DRIF continues to set the tone as the arena for tough topical global issues around digital rights, privacy, access, digital tools, violations, digital empowerment for underserved communities and similar themes — especially in Africa — and consolidating views from civil society, technology companies, government, academia and other stakeholders. 

According to ’Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director at PIN, “the Paradigm Initiative team is excited about the opportunity to bring the digital rights community together through a blend of virtual and physical interactions, because as we saw from the early days of the global pandemic, violations of citizen rights have continued—and in some cases, heightened.”

Commenting on the development, Paradigm Initiative’s Chief Operating Officer, Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu said: “It is important to discuss lessons from how various countries respond to data governance challenges during moments of panic, how freedom of expression fares in the face of dangerous disinformation and how the civic space could thrive in the midst of lockdowns. We look forward to the multi-country conversations at the 8th edition of DRIF and can’t wait to work with partners and participants on identified action opportunities!” 

Past editions have been held at a single location attracting diverse members of civil society, the technical community, academia, government and private sector for shared engagements. 

“Hosting DRIF21 in a number of African countries will present a great opportunity for celebrating the diversity that comes with a growing network of digital rights and inclusion advocates. The DRIF21 model will offer a series of enriched conversations that will unpack issues and help shape the strategies on improving the digital landscape in Africa,’” PIN’s Community Manager, Thobekile Matimbe, said.

“We are excited to take DRIF to our communities this time around, literally bringing the Forum to our partners and participants as we continue the important conversations around digital policy on the continent,” added the Chief Operating Officer, Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu. 

PIN has put out a call for session proposals and urges interested stakeholders and partners to submit proposals that will help enhance the digital ecosystem. 

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 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

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Main Websites for organisations 
Event Websites 
Ebook/Research websites 

 

 

BudgIT, EiE and Paradigm Initiative Host 4th New Media, Citizens, and Governance Conference

By | Internet Freedom, Press Release

BudgIT, Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE Nigeria) and Paradigm Initiative (PIN) will hold the fourth edition of the bi-annual pan-African New Media, Citizens, and Governance Conference (NMCG) virtually on October 20 and 21, 2020. The organizers made this known in a press statement issued on Wednesday, August 20th, two months to the conference.

Africa’s civic space is evolving with the application of new technologies and methods to strengthen advocacy and foster active citizenship. The emergence of new media has also impacted on new organisations that are reaching out to citizens to demand accountability from the government with results and these three organizations have effectively used new media to drive social impact, creating societal change across different contexts.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, leveraging technology has become the norm and it’s appropriate that a conference focused on new media will be virtual this year. The two-day virtual conference will hold from Tuesday, October 20 – Wednesday, October 21 with the theme New Media & Voice: Hashtags, Action & People. The conference will have 3 breakout sessions focused on freedom of speech, the digital economy, virtual public hearings, #StateOfEmergencyGBV and others.

According to BudgIT’s Director, Oluseun Onigbinde, “Our reality is changing, and the pandemic has led to the emergence of a new culture of engagement in all spheres of life including civic and political matters. There are other salient issues that are spin-offs from the pandemic.

One of these includes the recent gag on freedom of speech and expression by governments across the world, the rising cases of sexual and gender-based violence across Africa have also become a ‘shadow’ pandemic. The conference will provide a platform for analysts, policymakers, and citizens to discuss these issues from various perspectives with the purpose of proffering solutions and strategizing pathways to mitigate some of the challenges posed by the new normal.” he added.

Speaking on the development, Gbenga Sesan, the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative (PIN) said, “Although the pandemic has forced a new way of life for everyone, we must not lose sight of critical issues that affect how we engage in the digital age. Clampdowns and violations of citizen’s digital rights heightened during the lockdowns. The only way to preserve the rights and ability of citizens to use digital platforms for either activism or economic survival is to continue to assert the importance of these rights as a precondition to the desired gains of a digital economy for most Africa nations.”

The reports from the 2012 Conference {Tools and Trends}; #NMCG2016 Conference {Rights and Responsibilities} and 2018 Conference {Government, New Media and Civic Space} can be viewed on the website, www.newmediagov.ng. More information on the 2020 Conference will be available there as well.

BudgIT is a civic organization that applies technology to intersect citizen engagement with institutional improvement, to facilitate societal change. A pioneer in the field of social advocacy melded with technology, BudgIT uses an array of tech tools to simplify the budget and matters of public spending for citizens, with the primary aim of raising standards of transparency and accountability in government.

Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE) is a movement of knowledgeable citizens that ensure our leaders serve us. EiE launched the concept of the #OfficeOfTheCitizen as part of its 5th anniversary activities in 2015 to educate Nigerians on their rights and responsibilities. EiE’s #RSVP – Register/Select/Vote/Protect is a key voter education campaign. EiE was an integral part of the #OccupyNigeria movement in 2012 and is very active in the #OpenNASS campaign. 2020 is EiE’s 10th anniversary and it’s driving the #OnePerson campaign to reinforce its belief that one person can make a difference in building a better society.

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is a social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support systems and advocates for digital rights in order to improve the livelihoods of under-served young Africans. The organisation’s digital inclusion programs include a digital readiness school for young people living in under-served communities (LIFE) and a software engineering school targeting high potential young Nigerians (Dufuna). Both programs have a deliberate focus to ensure equal participation for women and girls.

For more information about this statement, please contact: media@paradigmhq.org

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