Videographer to Produce Documentary on Lake Tanganyika Regional Integrated Management and Development Programme


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Videographer for producing documentary on Lake Tanganyika Regional Integrated Management and Development Programme
ICA Regional/International
Project title
UNDP/GEF Project on Partnership Interventions for the Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for Lake Tanganyika
Duty Station
Home based, with travel in the region
Eight weeks: 4 weeks during the rainy season (end March‐April), and 4 weeks during the dry season (August‐beginning September)
Closing Date
07 March 2011


Lake Tanganyika is a globally significant hotspot of freshwater biodiversity and a natural resource of tremendous importance to the people in its riparian countries. The lake contains almost 17% of the world’s surface freshwater, and serves as an irreplaceable source of clean water, transportation and economic opportunities for an estimated 10 million people.

The United Nations Development Programme/Global Environment Facility (UNDP/GEF) Project on Partnership Interventions for the Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for Lake Tanganyika is a regional initiative that is conducted in close collaboration with the Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA), the Governments of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia, as well as a range of national and international partners. The project is implemented under the umbrella of the Lake Tanganyika Regional Integrated Management and Development Programme (LTRIMDP).

The projects that are implemented as part of the LTRIMDP aim to address major environmental challenges in the Lake Tanganyika basin including pollution, sedimentation, habitat destruction, unsustainable fisheries, overexploitation of natural resources, biological invasions and the effects of global climate change. In addition, the LTRIMDP includes activities that are aimed at sustainably developing and improving the livelihoods of the people that inhabit the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Efficient communication of the contents, progress, and results of the LTRIMDP is of key importance to its overall success. The programme has a wide variety of stakeholders, international developing and research partners, government officials and environmental managers, as well as local communities.

The UNDP/GEF Project is currently looking for a videographer to produce a documentary, in order to visualise some of the main threats to biodiversity in the Lake Tanganyika basin, as well as the solutions offered by the LTRIMDP.


The main objective of this consultancy is to produce a documentary that can be used to inform stakeholders (local, international, and potential donors) on the status of environmental threats in the Lake Tanganyika basin, as well as activities of the LTRIMDP to address these threats.


The videographer will work under the supervision of the UNDP/GEF Regional Project Coordinator, in close collaboration with the Technical Advisor Environment and the Communication & Outreach Officer. The videographer will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Familiarise with the relevant topics by use of reference materials[1] as well as interviews with UNDP/GEF Project staff, LTA Directors, and other key stakeholders.
  • Develop the overall concept and scenario of the documentary, ensuring that the following topics are reflected: i) the splendour and uniqueness of Lake Tanganyika in terms of its scenery and biodiversity; ii) the importance of the lake to the people that live in its catchment basin; iii) the main environmental challenges to biodiversity in the Lake Tanganyika basin; iv) solutions offered by the LTRIMDP.
  • Compose the documentary’s script and textual materials, and share these for review by the UNDP/GEF Project Coordination Unit and LTA Secretariat.
  • Perform filming in the Lake Tanganyika region, as appropriate in order to adequately reflect all relevant thematic areas in the footage.
  • Ensure that the message of the documentary is conveyed in a way that is both strongly convincing and correct, as well as highly creative and aesthetically appealing.
  • Produce a 30 minutes documentary in DVD format, as well as a 15 minute YouTube clip.
  • Ensure that the DVD documentary is available in both English and French.
  • Ensure that logos of the UNDP/GEF Project and LTA are clearly visible (following the appropriate logo policies and graphic standards) on the cover of the DVD as well as on the title page of the documentary.
  • Prepare reports on the results of the production.

Timeframe and Deliverables

The total period of time to produce the documentary will span four weeks during the period of March to September 2011. Filming should be undertaken in two stages: i) towards the end of the rainy season, to capture the extent of erosion and sedimentation as well as to capture the best views of the coastline when the air is clear of dust particles, and ii) towards the middle of the dry season, in order to capture bush fires. The final outputs will have to be ready by 30 September 2011.

The following deliverables will be expected from the videographer:

  • Workplan and proposed travel itinerary, submitted to the UNDP/GEF Project Coordination Unit in the first week of the assignment.
  • Report on the results of the production, including lists of people interviewed, dates, and places visited (preferably with GPS localities).
  • Video documentary submitted as 2 Master DVDs in English and 2 in French as well as 4 copies (also in DVD format), in high definition and broadcast quality, as well as short clip in compatible format to be uploaded on YouTube.

In order to achieve the above, it is expected that the videographer would perform all tasks involved to produce the expected outputs in a timely manner, including: research, filming, interviewing, editing, translations, sourcing of background music, and editing.



  • Relevant combination of academic and professional qualifications.


  • Minimum of five years experience in public information film making, preferably in a developing and/or environmental management context.
  • Excellent technical capacity to ensure smooth and high‐quality production (including availability of professional video production equipment and software).
  • Ability to work in a highly creative manner, conveying complex messages by use of striking images.
  • Excellent social skills and demonstrated ability to work successfully with a wide range of different stakeholders (e.g. fishermen, farmers, researchers, managers, diplomats).
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to changes to text as part of the review and feedback process
  • Experience working in developing countries (particularly with filmmaking/editing/producing) is preferred.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, including demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under time pressure.
  • Experience in working with the UN would be an advantage.

Language Skills:

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Fluency in French and Kiswahili would be an advantage.

Submission of Applications

Qualified candidates may submit a letter of application, up to date Curriculum Vitae with a list of three professional referees and United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) before 07 March 2011, 17:00 Burundi time. Applications should be addressed to Prof. Laurent Ntahuga, Regional Project Coordinator, UNDP/GEF Project on Lake Tanganyika,, with Cc to

Applications received after the closing deadline will not be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


  1. Reference materials (background documents, the Lake Tanganyika Convention, corporate branding guidelines, example documentaries, etc.) will be made available by the UNDP/GEF Project Coordination Unit.

See also

Partnership Interventions for the Implementation of Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika

External Resources



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