Media Mapping of Reportage of Internal Displacement Issues in Nigeria: Causes, Trends, Scope and Citizens’ Perception Analysis
Request for Proposal
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), by this medium requests for proposals from a competent individual consultant to undertake a mapping of the level of reportage of cases of Internal Displacement In Nigeria. The focus is to enable stakeholders have a baseline analysis of media reportage of displacement issues as it relates to causes, trends and citizens’ perception across the media.
This call falls under the framework of the project “Engaging State and Non-State Actors towards the Passage, Assent and Implementation of a National Internally Displaced Persons Act in Nigeria” and is supported by the Swiss Government in Nigeria through the Human Security Division (HSD).
Background to the Project
The upsurge in the number of persons affected by internal displacement in Nigeria has resulted in a high number of individuals and families being made to abandon their original abode and ancestral homes. Fleeing violence and environmentally induced internal displacement, activities of insurgent groups like the Boko Haram, has also led to the displacement of over two (2) million Nigerians in the north eastern region of the country alone, while other regions such as the north central, south east and south-south continue to play host to displaced persons occasioned by a multiplicity of factors.
With a growing desire to improve welfare, provide assistance and durable solutions for the surging number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) requiring a broad range of stakeholder engagement and multiplicity of proven strategies in the country, there remains an ever present and incessant need for scaling up intervention in this area, especially as it relates to novel ideas and initiatives that will contribute durable solutions and broad approaches needed for addressing challenges of internal displacement in Nigeria.
CISLAC has since, prior to the insurgency in the country, been engaging in advocacy for the introduction of institutional frameworks as a proactive measure in nipping in the bud the menace of internal displacement. CISLAC is currently at the implementation stage of the project “Engaging State and Non-State Actors towards the Passage, Assent and Implementation of a National Internally Displaced Persons Act in Nigeria”. The project aims at supporting the introduction of institutional frameworks that include legislation and a national policy that will in the main be the overarching state driven mechanism guiding intervention of both State and Non State Actors (NSAs) wherever and whenever displacement issues occur.
Objective of the Consultancy
The objective of this call is to recruit one individual media consultant to undertake a mapping/baseline study of media reportage across the traditional media in the country as part of its project implementation. This is towards contributing to improved factual reports of cases of displacement across the country. The outcomes of the mapping will also contribute to cultivating the media and creating a conducive and favorable environment for improved and increased media coverage of displacement issues with a view towards establishing citizens’ perception in the context of displacement.
In light of the forgoing and in contributing to available information on the subject matter, CISLAC, under the framework of the aforementioned project, is seeking to recruit one (1) individual consultant to carry out a media mapping/baseline study on the level of available reportage in the media of the issue of internal displacement in the country.
The activity in this call entails the mapping of the current media reportage and production of baseline media reportage of internal displacement issues in the country. The need for this arises from the very critical role of the media in such human endeavour and hence it is important to show the media houses actively reporting on issues of internal displacement, type of reportage (whether factual or not) and challenges deterring the quality of reports produced on the issue. The outcome of this activity will serve as a baseline that will be used to measure reportage during and at the end of the implementation of this project through the Media/Civil Society forum.
Scope of work
The relevance of this project is aligned with the very crucial role the media plays especially in the formation of public opinion, dissemination of information, and sensitization of the general public.
While the current realities of the insurgency in the country coupled with other environmentally induced displacements have drastically escalated IDPs figures, there appears to be very little being done in mapping and tracking the level of reportage and the contribution of the media so far in contributing to understanding the phenomena.
The study aims at contributing to the above, focusing on a systemic approach in the manner in which the media reports internal displacement either across traditional or new media.
Based on an agreed Project Implementation Schedule (PIS), the consultant to be engaged for the study will be expected to develop and submit a concept note which details the methodology and timetable proposed for the study. This will be reviewed and approved by CISLAC prior to the commencement of the study.
The baseline study will entail the submission of an inception report to CISLAC to ascertain the level of reportage currently available across the media on the causes, trends, scope and citizens’ perception in relation to displacement in the country. With focus on the north east and north central regions of the country, the media analysis will also spotlight reportage of displacement in the south-eastern and south-south states that have been affected by both environmental and conflict induced displacement.
A Consultancy Report detailing the various media outfits mapped and the extent to their reportage on internal displacement in the country. The report should also show the level of reports at inception of consultancy, level of improvement and/or otherwise at close, the role and impact of the media in providing factual reports and contributing to remedying internal displacement whenever they occur.
The successful Media Consultants shall, amongst other things:
1. Track and monitor emerging issues around internal displacement in the Nigerian media space.
2. Ensure that a response mechanism is in place to evaluate and respond to relevant media reports and cultivate citizens’ perception for promoting IDPs/Host community relations in Nigeria.
3. Develop a media monitoring system of internal displacement stories in the newspapers and through electronic alert systems like Google alerts.
4. Contribute to CISLAC’s efforts in providing adequate publicity of issue of internal displacement within the media space with a view towards approaching remedies through institutional methods and frameworks such as policy and legislation.
The successful consultant shall, amongst other things, possess the under-listed credentials:
1. Have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communication, Public Health, the Humanities/Management Sciences or related fields of study. An advanced degree will be an added advantage.
2. Have a minimum of five (5) years experience of working in a development and/or media-related outfit.
3. Show evidence of completion of similar task conducted in the past.
The successful applicant must have knowledge of the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons and the national level frameworks for addressing internal displacement in Nigeria.
Method of Application
All applications should be sent to email@example.com on or before midnight of Thursday 30th March 2017, with the subject line: “MAPPING OF MEDIA REPORTAGE ON IDPs in NIGERIA”.
All applications received will be reviewed by a committee with a final selection being based on principles of objectivity, impartiality and neutrality. Female candidates are strongly advised to apply.
The project is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Nigeria.