Terms of Reference
Short-term Consultancy: Professional Photographer
For the delivery of basic photography training & photo collection
Deadline for application: 27 March 2017
Oxfam is seeking a professional photographer with experience in visual storytelling to provide basic photography training for partner organizations implementing Wujood project, and submit a photo collection documenting project activities, as well as general photos of target communities as part of the project.
Wujood is an Arabic term that means existence and presence. The term is a depiction of the resilience of Jerusalem’s Palestinian inhabitants who are struggling to claim their right to live in their city and preserve their Palestinian identity.
According to international law, East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Yet, the Government of Israel implements policies which further fragment and isolate East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank as well as from the Gaza Strip. Its residents are subject to discriminatory measures on a daily basis which prevent them from accessing basic services and leading a dignified life. This creates a coercive environment which directly threatens the right of Palestinians to stay in Jerusalem and significantly erodes the viability of a future Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Through Wujood project Oxfam is dedicated to strengthening the resilience of vulnerable Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem, until a political solution is found to allow them to claim their rights.
Wujood- Strengthening the Rights of Vulnerable Communities in East Jerusalem¬¬ is phase II of this program funded by the EU and co-financed by Oxfam. This multi-sectoral project is implemented by 4 Palestinian organizations who are working with Palestinian women, youth, teachers, CBOs and other members of the community. The project aims to strengthen women’s rights, emergency response, economic empowerment for women, and the identity of youth.
Program activities are taking place in some of East Jerusalem’s most vulnerable communities including Silwan, the Old City, Sur Baher, Esawiyyeh, and Al- Tur. Implementing partners include: the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC), the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), and the Palestinian Counselling Centre (PCC), and the Palestinian Agriculture Development Association (PARC).
Interested parties should be submitted via email in a PDF format addressed to: Fadi Awad, financial officer at
Submission Deadline: Delivered by latest 04:00 PM on 27 March 2017.
Contact person: Fadi Awad, email@example.com
For further directions please contact Oxfam office at +972 2541 8700.
Basic Photography Training
Partner organizations implementing the project strengthen their skills to document project activities through photography, reflecting engagement of beneficiaries and the communities we work with.
By the end of the training organizations are able to use smart phones and smart tablets to take good quality photos for publication on social media, print publications, presentations, and reporting.
Through a 2-day training combining theory and practice, organizations gain basic skills that include:
-Composition, framing, lighting, colour
-The use of basic and free photo editing software, compatible with windows and android
-Engaging the subject & capturing interesting moments
-Writing photo captions
-Labeling photos for filing.
Duration & Timeframe: The training is expected to take place for 2 consecutive days in May or April 2017. The exact date will be coordinated and agreed on at least two weeks prior to the training.
The photo collection
The photo collection is to document the participation of beneficiaries in project activities such as workshops, trainings, field trips, and events. The collection is likewise to reflect the Palestinian identity of East Jerusalem, its culture, and neighbourhoods.
A strong stylistic approach is required to tell the stories and reflect the impact on beneficiaries, as well as reflect the context of the communities we work with. The quality of photos should not only be limited to resolution, the photos should be powerful in telling stories and evoking emotions. The collection is to include a variety of portraits, group photos, beauty shots, action shots and landscape, in order to provide comprehensive coverage of the project and communities we work with.
The photographer is requested to include English captions referencing location, date, name of activity and name of subject when possible. When applicable and relevant, the photographer is requested to collect first-hand quotes of subjects being photographed, in Arabic and/or English.
Quantity: Between 200 to 300 good quality photos.
The photographer is requested to maintain a friendly and professional attitude in all communications with Oxfam, partner organizations, beneficiaries and all subjects being photographed.
Duration & timeframe:
A total of 8 days of field photography including editing (a full day constitutes 8 hours per day) throughout the period of 4 to 5 months. Dates for field visits will be booked in coordination with Oxfam and the photographer on a monthly basis, starting from April 2017 until July/August 2017.
Oxfam retains copyright of the photographs and may use them for example, in local and international media, Oxfam websites, publications and promotional materials, events and exhibitions. The photographer may publish the photos upon written approval from, with reference to Oxfam as appropriate.
Interested applicants are requested to submit the following documents:
-Portfolio and samples of work/photography
-At least 3 contactable references
-A cover letter describing why you are the right fit for this consultancy, describing your photography style, skills in visual storytelling, equipment and software needed for Deliverable 2- The Photo Collection.
-A draft plan for the photography training outlining how you plan to implement Deliverable 1-Basic Photography Training. The plan is to include a draft training agenda, exercises, and a summary of the material to be disseminated such as manuals and hand-outs, as well as proposal of the basic, free photo-editing software to train partners on.
A detailed budget is required covering a total of 10 days of work: 2 days training, and 8 days photography & editing.
The maximum budgeted amount for this consultancy is € 2,200 EURO. This includes all expenses such as transportation, use of equipment etc. The amount includes any taxes which may apply. Oxfam will not issue any additional expenses or reimbursements. Expenses for the training such as refreshments and venue booking will be covered by Oxfam.
Individual consultants and private companies are eligible to apply, subject to the availability of official documents of registration in the country/state where located, as follows:
A. Companies/ individuals registered under the Palestinian Authority (PA) are required to submit a zero VAT invoice.
B. Companies/ individuals registered under the Israeli authorities are required to submit an official tax invoice.
Applicants will be considered after review of submitted applications as specified above. The consultancy contract will be awarded to the strongest application. Other areas to be considered include:
- Years of experience
- Availability of needed equipment and software
- Depth of knowledge of the East Jerusalem context
- English and Arabic language skills
- Flexibility to work on weekends as well as weekdays
- Ability to enter and work in East Jerusalem
A payment plan will be developed upon consultation and agreement with the selected photographer prior to signing the service contract. Payment instalments will be issued upon receipt of deliverables as agreed between Oxfam and the selected candidate and after submitting an official invoice (VAT or zero VAT invoice).