Request for Application from Consultants on Documentary Production

Request for Application from Consultants on Documentary Production

Terms of Reference (ToR)

Short documentary video on the impact of oil exploration activities on the environment and the people’s health and livelihood in the Niger Delta


Rising temperatures in Africa have already led to the loss of endemic flora and fauna in fragile ecosystems throughout Nigeria, with attendant impacts on communities. Now Nigeria is likely to be a key place where debates on the future of oil and gas play out. Oil exploration and drilling by oil companies continue to unleash negative social and environmental impacts in the Niger Delta. Spills from oil pipelines in many communities where SHELL, Chevron, Agip, Eni and and affiliated companies operate, damage the environment, the livelihoods, and the health of the residents.

Climate justice activists around the World are fighting hard and engaging governments, multinational oil companies and their investors to halt fossil fuel expansion and take responsibility for their actions especially in locations like the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and other regions. As a result, the People’s AGM platform was established by ANEEJ to among other things, bring to the fore issues affecting frontline communities. First, the people AGM have invited investors to visit the Niger Delta, to see firsthand, the damage that has been done to the environment.

ANEEJ has now designed the Citizen Led Action to Advance Paris Agreement and Energy Transition in Nigeria (CLAP-Nigeria) project, to support evidence gathering, to put pressure on oil companies and their investors to align strategy with Paris Agreement, so as the avert climate catastrophe. In line with this objective, ANEEJ wants to produce a documentary that will capture the true impact of oil and gas exploration in the Niger Delta of the environment and the people’s livelihood.

Scope of work

Under the supervision of ANEEJ, the service provider will create a minimum of 20-minute high-quality documentary highlighting the impact of oil exploration activities on the environment and the livelihood of frontline communities in the Niger Delta. It will also speak to the implication of pollution on the health status of residents of such polluted areas.

The video will serve as a tool to show case and amplify the problem of Niger Delta to the rest of the world including investors and shareholders of multinational oil companies. The video will feature several personal stories of victims, interviews of ANEEJ staff and at least 3 environmentalists working on the issues.

The scope will require travel to 2-3 States (Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers) in the Niger Delta and ANEEJ Staff may travel with the service provider to conduct interviews and take photograph. The overall message of the video will highlight,

  • The impact of oil exploration activities in the Niger Delta
  • Implication of oil exploration activities on the livelihood of the people of Niger Delta
  • The associated health challenges associated with environmental pollution.
  • Any other matter relevant to the issue

Functionality/Qualifications of the Contractor

The appointed service provider must ensure the delivery of professional, comprehensible, and informational video showcasing the impact of oil exploration activities on the environment, livelihood, and the health of the people.

  • Develop the documentary film’s overall concept and scenario.
  • Develop a production work plan for the assignment including traveling days.
  • Interview selected community representatives for the video.
  • Visit the selected states and interact with the local communities/beneficiaries who have been impacted by the oil exploration activities.
  • Develop the documentary script and storyboard to be used in the documentary.
  • Perform appropriate video filming and shoot interviews with the community representatives, ANEEJ staff and at least 3 environmentalists, and produce high quality project still photographs.
  • Present a draft documentary to ANEEJ to comments on content.
  • Produce one final documentary film of at least 20-minute long integrating comments. Final product should have English subtitles.
  • Incorporate relevant audio-visual material such as background music and scenic videos sourced from public domains or licensed under Creative Commons.

Output /Deliverables

  • Submit a storyboard and script for the documentary to ANEEJ for approval before filming.
  • Present draft documentary to ANEEJ at the end of the field mission and incorporate comments.
  • Produce an edited Video Recording of the scenarios captured, and the footage of the recorded stories.
  • Present a complete 20-minute (minimum) documentary film version, and hand over master copies of each version to ANEEJ.
  • Submit the final documentary to ANEEJ.

Required Qualifications and Experience of the Service Provider

The service provider will be required to have the following:

  • More than 5years experience working in similar field (15%).
  • Extensive experience in producing development work related documents and/or documentaries for organisations with the aim of reaching both local and international audiences (25%)
  • Local knowledge of the Niger Delta and languages in the region (20%).
  • Excellent photograph and video editing skills and experience (20%).
  • Experience in development communication (20%).

Duration of the Assignment

The assignment is expected to take 13 working days from the date of signing the contract.

Timeline and delivery terms

DeliverablesContract Amount (% from Total)Deliver Date
Storyboard of the video including Workplan for video production10%2 days from the date the contract was signed
Raw version of the filmed video and recorded sound and visual35%10 days from the date contract was signed
Draft of edited and assembled video35%12 days from the date contract was signed
Produced final video with ANEEJ feedback incorporated20%13 days from the day contract was signed

Submission of Application
Applicants are to submit their CVs and application to procurement@aneej.org (copy info@aneej.org) latest by 31th May, 2023. ANEEJ will contact only the consultant selected for the assignment.