Consultant to prepare an informative promotional video for the GEF/UNEP MedProgramme

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

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Result of Service

The objective of this consultancy is to develop and produce an informative short video to introduce the rationale, objectives and partnership of the GEF/UNEP MedProgramme led by UNEP/MAP.

Work Location



Expected duration

The contract will be for 2 months over 6 months starting from the date of the last signature.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UN Environment Programme’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The assignment is for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), Athens, Greece.


This consultancy assignment is in the framework of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme): Enhancing Environmental Security (GEF ID 9607), and Child Project 4.1 “Mediterranean Sea LME Environment and Climate Regional Support Project” (GEF ID 9686) executed by UNEP/MAP. |

The GEF/UNEP MedProgramme represents the first GEF programmatic multi-focal area initiative in the Mediterranean Sea aiming to operationalize priority actions to reduce major transboundary environmental stresses in its coastal areas while strengthening climate resilience and water security and improving the health and livelihoods of coastal populations. The MedProgramme is implemented in ten beneficiary countries sharing the Mediterranean basin: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. It involves a wide spectrum of developmental and societal sectors, ranging from banking institutions, the private sector, governmental and non-governmental bodies, industry, research, media, and various other organizations. It builds on the work of UNEP/MAP and previous GEF investments in the region which have enriched the knowledge on the Mediterranean environment and unraveled the implications of climate change and variability; strengthened countries’ mutual trust, cooperation and common purpose; consolidated partnerships among countries, UN bodies, civil society organizations, bilateral donors and the European Union (EU); and tested on the ground the feasibility and effectiveness of technical and policy instruments aimed at addressing major present and future threats to environmental sustainability and climate related impacts. The MedProgramme is expected to deliver a set of complementary results embracing three categories of priorities identified by the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) for the Mediterranean Sea which translate into three components of the Programme: i) Reduction of Land-Based Pollution in Priority Coastal Hotspots and measuring progress to impacts; ii) Enhancing Sustainability and Climate Resilience in the Coastal Zone; and iii) Protecting Marine Biodiversity. In line with the GEF Council approval of the MedProgramme and the GEF CEO endorsement of its related Child Projects, the MedProgramme will execute a specific Knowledge Management Strategy (KM Strategy) aimed at: i) Leveraging and systematically sharing knowledge assets generated by the Child Projects with the intended beneficiaries and audiences; ii) Strengthening the science-policy interface (SPI) and influencing decision-making through data and information sharing, capacity building, and regional stakeholder engagement; iii) Supporting the objectives of the Barcelona, Stockholm and Minamata Conventions and the work of UNEP/MAP through effective stocktaking and scaling up, and broader adoption of MedProgramme’s approaches and results; and iv) Fostering incremental innovation within GEF programmatic approaches and enriching the knowledge base of GEF Implementing and Executing Agencies. An effective KM strategy is a core leveraging mechanism of the MedProgramme to scale up approaches, policies and technologies promoted by the Programme. The KM strategy will complement and support the activities under the Child Projects of the Programme, maximize the effectiveness of the overall MedProgramme and provide opportunities for learning (including south-south learning exchanges), foster intergovernmental cooperation, use monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools and geospatial services, apply best practices and develop portfolio-wide training and communication strategies.


The consultancy aims to produce a short institutional, informative video (a maximum duration of 2 minutes) about the rationale, objectives and partnership of the GEF/UNEP MedProgramme. Due to an increased volume of virtual interconnections and the uncertain effects of the pandemic on future face-to-face gatherings, video-communications have become a main resource to share knowledge. A concise and compelling short video can be easily shared during webinars, online conferences and meetings, on social media, on websites, video-channels, and others. It represents an effective and appealing way to learn about the scope of this new investment in the region under the auspices of the MAP-Barcelona Convention system. The possibility to add captions in English, French and Arabic will ensure a more capillary dissemination of the messages in the video and will strengthen ownership and awareness raising among the Partners.The video is one of the deliverables foreseen under Output 1.2 of Child Project 4.1.


The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

• Gain advanced understanding of the GEF/UNEP MedProgramme (through the briefing provided by the Med PCU as well as facilitated ad hoc discussions with the Partners), and prepare a work plan for the assignment;
• Develop a draft script for the short video including proposed techniques (motion graphics, illustration, documentary, live action, voice over, soundtrack, sfx, etc) and duration (a maximum of 2 minutes);
• Upon approval of the draft script, develop a storyboard or moodboard;
• Upon approval of the draft storyboard/moodboard, produce a draft short video ensuring compliance of potential copyrights and intellectual property agreements for third-party assets (music, pictures, footage, graphics, sound effects, etc.);
• Collect and incorporate feedback in an iterative process with the Med PCU and Partners;
• Finalise post-production of short video including sound effects, sound mixing, color correction, grading.;
• Caption the short video in English, French and Arabic;
• Deliver copyrights and intellectual property agreements documents;
• Deliver the final short video in 1920×1080 resolution and according to the technical specs described in the briefing by the PCU, including a final package with all production assets comprising video clips, audio files, soundtrack, graphics, titles, animations, .srt files for captions (EN, FR, AR– tbc), copyright agreements and .xml file.

Expected outputs:

• Work plan for the assignment including timeline and consultations (Task 1);
• Draft script (Task 2)
• Draft storyboard or moodboard (Task 3)
• Draft video (Task 4)
• Pre-final short video (Tasks 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9)
• Final short video (Tasks 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9)

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Ability to understand and apply project/corporate brand guidelines is required; demonstrable high proficiency in video editing and post-production software (ex. portfolio/reel) is required.
Academic Qualifications: University degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in media, cinema, design, digital arts, video-journalism or related disciplines is required.
Experience: Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible work and experience in script-writing, video production, editing and/or post-production roles developing engaging, creative and informative contents; experience in producing audio visual content for advocacy and promotion is an asset;
working experience with complex environmental projects and knowledge of the UN system is an asset.
Language: Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required.