CFI Project advisor (Service contract)

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About CFI and its projects in Sudan:

A subsidiary of the France Médias Monde group, CFI, the French media cooperation agency, supported by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is in charge of the coordination and implementation of public aid policy to promote and enhance media in developing countries. CFI is currently involved in around thirty projects that fall within three major programs: media and governance, media and development, and media and enterprise.

Two of these projects, “Kalimat Sudania” and “Aswatna”, are in Sudan.

“Kalimat Sudania” will run for two years from February 2021 until January 2023 and “Aswatna” will be implemented during the year 2021.

The overall objective of “Kalimat sudania” is to contribute to Sudan’s democratic transition by bridging the gap between citizens and the media. The first specific objective is to promote the inclusion of youth in the society and public debate. To reach this objective, the projectwillimplementa sub-grantingprogrammefor media initiatives led by youths and/or relevant to youth and a flanking capacity building programme for the grantees. The second specific objective is to strengthen local journalism as well as the collaboration between journalists and civil society. To reach this objective, the project will provide capacity building support for local journalists and CSO representatives and facilitate exchanges and networking between both target groups.

As for “Aswatna”, its general objective is to contribute to national reconciliation and the democratic transition of Sudan through radio stations, and its specific objective is to strengthen the role of radio in national reconciliation and democratic transition by improving the quality of the information transmitted and by encouraging the production of programs dealing with these subjects through several activities.

Consultancy terms:

General description: CFI is seeking project advising services for its projects in Sudan

Contract type: Service contract (consultancy)

Service provider: Project advisor (consultant) - self-employed individual

Country of duty: Sudan

Location: Khartoum, CFI local office

Duration: An average of 10-15 days per month between April 2021 and January 2023

Contract terms: The Service provider will be responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the projects and will be based in Sudan or neighbouring countries with frequent visits to Khartoum (every 4 to 6 weeks). The Service provider will execute the services described below in accordance with the instructions and guidance of the Project director based in CFI’s Paris office (HQ) and will work closely with the Project coordinator in Sudan.

Service description:

1 Project supervision

  • Provide specific senior expertise regarding the projects’ transversal activities, especially those related to civil society, gender and youth support;
  • Contribute to the projects’ monitoring & evaluation and reporting strategy;
  • Assist in drafting activity reports;
  • Liaise with beneficiaries, partners and stakeholders when needed;
  • Ensure the quality of the project’s outputs and external communication with stakeholders;
  • Ensure the quality and the compliance of project activities with the communication and visibility plans;
  • Help identify communication gaps and priority messages.

2 Implementation of activities

  • Advise on the coordination mechanisms and activities for the implementation of the components of the projects;
  • Assist in monitoring the implementation of project activities;
  • Coordinate actions with experts and partners;
  • Assist in the organization of trainings and workshops.

3 Administration

  • Assist in monitoring the project team;
  • Assist in monitoring service providers;
  • Assess potential risks jeopardizing the team members’ security and CFI activities in the country when needed.

4 Representation

  • Attend meetings and represent CFI when needed;
  • Support the Project coordinator in liaising with local stakeholders and partners.

Service provider language skills:

Full professional proficiency of English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is considered a strong asset. Knowledge of French is considered an asset.

Service provider experience and competencies:

  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the area of development, cooperation and/or governance;

  • Proven expertise in media, civil society, gender and youth support;

  • Previous experience(s) in the MENA region;

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Sudanese political context;

  • Knowledge of the Project Cycle;

  • Experience with management of EU-funded projects is considered an asset;

  • Ability to perform effectively under high pressure and hardship conditions;

  • Ability to work with results-orientation and efficiency in a multi-tasking environment;

  • Analytical and practical problem-solving skills;

  • Adaptability, sense of integrity and responsibility;

  • Strong writing and reporting skills.

Service provider education:

Advanced degree in administration, political sciences, law, international relations, journalism, media studies or another relevant field.

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How to apply

Response to the call for tender are to be sent mandatorily and only through the French government procurement platform, following this link:

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