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Terms of Reference: Video Production for Start Fund South Sudan Crisis Response



Start Network is a global membership of over 50 organisations, working on 6 continents, to tackle what it sees as the biggest systemic issues in the humanitarian system.

The current global system is not accountable to people affected by crises.

Issues we handle:

  • Decision making is centralized and priorities are disconnected from the end user.
  • It is reactive, fragmented and inefficient.
  • The incentives and ways of working in the humanitarian system are outdated, rigid and resistant to change.

Start Network’s vision is of a locally-led humanitarian system that is accountable to people affected by crisis and at risk. We aim to achieve this vision by making systemic changes in the way humanitarian aid is approached and delivered by:

  • Shift power and decentralize decision-making to locally-led networks and organizations.
  • Create a global financing system that reduces risks, anticipates and acts upstream of foreseeable crises.
  • Encourage and inform innovative, contextual and sustainable solutions for people affected by crises.


The Start Fund is one of the funding mechanisms of the Start Network, which focuses on unrecognized small to medium scale humanitarian crises. The Start Fund is collectively owned and managed by the member organizations of the Start Network. Projects are selected by local commissions, made up of employees of Start Network members and their partners, within 72 hours of the alert. This makes the Start Fund the fastest early intervention mechanism in the world.

Start Fund has responded to more than 15 crises in South Sudan since its inception in 2014. Most recently, an alert was raised to respond to displacement resulting from conflict in Leer County, Unity State of South Sudan. South.

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been forced to resettle in Fangak County and others. On March 28, 2022, tensions erupted between the various warring parties in Leer, Koch and Mayendit counties of Unity State. The tension translated into heavy fighting from the second week of April. The influx of displaced people into Fangak County following a spate of fighting in Leer this month has resulted in widespread devastation, with many people killed, injured, women abducted and assaulted; houses burned and properties looted. Thousands of cattle were reportedly looted, and markets, homes, humanitarian facilities and warehouses were looted and burned.

Start Network would like produce 2 videos focusing on the above crisis and Start Fund’s unique niche.


We are looking for a video production agency based in the country or a freelancer to develop 2 high resolution videos and 50 high resolution photographs that highlight Start Fund initiatives in South Sudan. Here are the outputs we are looking for:

  • A 5-minute video on the ongoing crisis response (incorporating community-focused talking-head interviews, B-Roll footage, English subtitles, on-brand lower thirds, and motion graphics)
  • A 3-minute video summary of the Start Fund slot (incorporating community-focused talking-head interviews, B-Roll footage, English subtitles, on-brand lower thirds, and motion graphics)
  • 50 relevant photographs of video participants, community members and the landscape/environment (respectful; always keeping in mind the agency, dignity and collective power of communities)
  • Signed consent forms (for video and photography)
  • High quality sound recording (using lapel mics and boom mics where applicable)
  • Saving soundtrack with copyright permissions for commercial use
  • All raw images for our archives

Additional details:

  1. The 5 minute video should focus on the crisis itself and the specific ways we are responding to this crisis. The target audience for this video will be donors who already have an understanding of Start Network and Start Fund. Therefore, the video should focus more on the program interventions in particular and the impact these enable us to have with communities affected by crisis.
  2. The 3-minute video is to use the crisis response above as a case study to articulate the Start Fund slot. The target audience for this video will be people who have no prior knowledge of the Start Fund. It should therefore explain the niche of the Start Fund and how this niche allows us to fill a gap in the current humanitarian system.
  3. Whether applications come from freelancers or agencies, the candidate(s) must be able to provide interviews, sound recordings, translations and interpretations, sound editing and mixing, photography, captioning as well as project management to ensure informed consent is provided and consent forms are signed in accordance with Start Network’s consent and protection policies.
  4. Minority groups and community-based individuals/collectives are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to register

Submit your application to [email protected] by May 22, 2022 7:00 p.m. BST. Your application should include your resume/resumes of the candidate(s), a portfolio with examples of previous videos you have developed, and your availability from May 23, 2022 to June 12, 2022which is the deadline for having finalized the videos.

Manufacturing timeline:

Content collection: May 25, 2022 to June 7, 2022

Editing and comments: June 8, 2022 to June 12, 2022

Delivery of final videos and other outputs: June 13, 2022