The Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) seeks expressions of interest from suitable candidates to undertake media documentation and data collection for the creation of a legacy site, for our Masakhane [Autonomy] Project, from 1st October 2021 to 5th December 2021.
The Coalition of African Lesbians is a feminist, activist and pan Africanist network of 14 organisations in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa; committed to advancing freedom, justice and bodily autonomy for all women on the African continent and beyond. The Coalition is committed to raising consciousness among lesbian women, as well as strengthening activism and leadership on issues of gender and sexuality and their intersection with multiple forms of oppression in a wide range of women’s lived realities. We understand the place of Africa in the world and work in ways that affirm African agency and power to contribute to transformative change on the continent and in the world.
CAL operates with and from an understanding that African women face enormous constraints to their freedom and autonomy in their bodies, decision making of any kind and in their lives. It is for this reason that CAL has been running an Autonomy Campaign which focuses on specific injustices related to and arising from women’s lack of autonomy. The Masakhane [Autonomy] project is a six country project in Southern Africa (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and focusses on strengthening capabilities of CAL members and partners to campaign in-country. The Masakhane project uses learning in action as the basis of the strengthening capabilities goal. In other words, the learning emerges from activists, in countries, engaging directly in conceptualising, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a campaign that meets real needs and is relevant and appropriate for the political, social and economic contexts of that country.
The main actors within Masakhane are activists from groups, formations and formal organisations and national organisations to form Collectives. The goal has been to work with activists so that they are able to lead the advocacy work in-country and to make the connections between local, regional and international realities; as well as to become more effective in creating change at the personal, institutional, systemic and ideological levels.
Purpose of the Consultancy
As we phase out this project, CAL seeks to document the experiences of Collectives and showcase their work by developing an online Legacy Site to encapsulate the journey and learnings across the region. The purpose of the Consultancy is to conduct an ethical data gathering process with CAL and the Collectives, development of monitoring and evaluation tools/guidelines to support the data gathering process and provide technical assistance in collating data/ visuals/audio resources for online dissemination.
1. Documentation and data gathering outline proposal, including collection tools.
2. A digital compilation of media from the documentation and data gathering process.
3. A Final report on the process, principles and learnings from this process.
The duration of this consultancy is from 1st October 2021 to 5th December 2021, with a minimum of 10-13hrs a week.
1. Demonstrated knowledge of feminist media practice and principles.
2. Demonstrated experience in use of various media for documentation.
3. Demonstrated experience in working independently.
4. Be open to co-creating processes with the CAL team.
5. Technical visual and audio editing skills are desirable.
Interested applicants should send their updated CVs and a proposal with a maximum of two pages on how they would approach this brief project. Applications should be sent by 26th September 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, copying firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Please indicate in the subject line the reference, “Media & Documentation Consultancy”.