Terms of Reference: Web Design

Introduction

About the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition:

The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) is a coalition of over 50 organizations working on women’s rights in 27 countries in Africa.

SOAWR was formed in 2004, with the principal objective of advocating for the adoption, ratification, domestication and implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol). The SOAWR campaign over the next five years seeks to ensure that the Maputo Protocol remains a central policy instrument for the pursuit of women’s rights in Africa by accelerating ratification in countries where this has not been done, and pursuing domestication, implementation and accountability in countries where ratification has occurred.

Background

In 2019, the SOAWR Coalition embarked on a representative, consultative, member-driven process of developing its Strategic Plan 2020-2024 (the Strategic Plan). The Strategic Plan seeks to consolidate on the gains made over the past year, secure greater domestication and implementation of the Maputo Protocol in addition to ensuring a stronger coalition on women’s rights advocates in the continent.

To sustain calls aimed at urging African Union Member States to honor their commitments and obligations under the Maputo Protocol, while at the same time driving an active movement of SOAWR Coalition members, visible and effective communication and advocacy interventions need to be adopted. These will not only illustrate the need for the Coalition members to work together but will also demonstrate the importance of advancing women’s and girls’ rights across Africa as a whole.

It is for this reason that the SOAWR Coalition seeks to develop a website through which members will provide regular updates on activities geared towards supporting the domestication and implementation of the Maputo Protocol in their respective countries and to sustain public conversations on women’s and girls’ rights in Africa.

This website will serve as an online resource where updates on the Maputo Protocol and on the progress made in safeguarding women’s and girls’ rights in Africa will be shared on a regular basis, as part of the efforts geared towards enhancing SOAWR’s communication. The website will also provide a platform for the Coalition members to network and share their experiences.

Make Every Woman Count (MEWC), on behalf of the SOAWR Coalition therefore seeks to recruit a consultant or firm to develop a new website for the Coalition. We anticipate that the website will be modern, user-friendly, interactive and responsive to the needs of its members and other users.

Deliverables

  • Make a presentation of design ideas
  • Produce a sitemap that meets identified audience needs
  • Produce sample page layouts, known as ‘wireframing’
  • Receive feedback about draft sites and make any necessary adjustments
  • Design the physical imagery, graphics and animations of new website. Secure the existing site during the transition to the new platform; preservation of all current website content and functionality;
  • Migrate the web site to a new CMS (e.g. Wordpress, Drupal or Joomla) and implement new features that add value;
  • Optimize the site for low bandwidth users;
  • Implement a “blog” function with integrated social media such as Twitter and Facebook;
  • Browser compatibility. The site must be compatible with the current versions of the following browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Chrome);
  • Add a comprehensive search functionality to the website, allowing people to explore content by country, region, issue as defined in the draft site map ;
  • Implement SEO analysis;
  • create interactive graphs to the platform

Timeline

  • Initial designs and wireframes: mid December 2020
  • Website build/development: end of December 2020
  • Content upload/bug testing/final tweaks: January 2021
  • Website launch: February 2021

Required Skills and Experience

  • Proven work experience as a web design, preferably in the international development sector;
  • Demonstrate graphic design skills with a strong portfolio
  • Strong experience in developing in well-known and widely used open source platforms, such as Drupal, Joomla, WordPress;
  • Have a broad knowledge of current web development technologies and design tools in the field, and new software and other web programming languages and programs including use of HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, XSLT, Macromedia Flash, Java;
  • Have excellent knowledge of recent trends in graphic design, web sites, including online video publishing, and social media networking;
  • Demonstrate the ability to create innovative and visually appealing design;
  • Knowledge of Google analytics and Search Engine Optimization.

How to apply

The consultant should email a detailed proposal outlining their approach, with a budget and timeline, samples of relevant work and CV/credentials to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 29th November 2020. Please indicate the subject of your email as “Web Design Consultant

Are you a self-directed, cause-driven individual with strong communication skills? Are you looking for an opportunity to work with a women's rights organisation? Are you looking for a challenging work experience?  If you answered yes these questions, then apply to intern with MEWC!

Make Every Woman Count is seeking interns who are motivated and passionate to advocate for women's rights and ready to take initiative on new programs with strong knowledge and understanding of social media campaigning.

The internship provides an opportunity to be involved in advocacy work, policies, research, writing and analysis, monitoring, administrative work, website and social media management; and significant involvement in our advocacy projects such as our women's political participation and the African Women's Decade project.

MEWC is an African women organisation that serves as a (primarily online) platform to inform, conduct advocacy through research based-evidence ​and provide training to women’s organisations, young activists that work to empower women and girls to eventually strengthen women’s leadership capacities in order to influence policy- and decision-making.

Intern Duties

Specific internship duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Website Daily Updates
  • Engage professionally with social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Contribute to MEWC blog and to online outreach and promotion using social media
  • Research and develop ways to improve engagement and site traffic
  • Create a communication campaign and products
  • Assist with the preparation and publication of MEWC reports
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Monitor blogs, forums and social networks
  • Conduct research on MEWC projects
  • The intern will also be encouraged to take part in other projects being pursued and implemented within the organization. They will be a very important addition to all of the project teams.

Qualifications

  • Highly motivated and passionate undergraduate or recent graduate with a strong interest or background on women related issues or studies with the ability to keep tight deadlines and commitments;
  • Be good at writing, editing, proofreading and have strong research and analytical skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently
  • Superior attention to detail and ability to anticipate needs and provide solutions
  • Excellent ability work with all levels of staff including a wide range of diversity of staff
  • Excellent ability to read, analyse and write documents, articles, etc.
  • Good problem-solving and interpersonal skills; and the ability to learn, adapt and thrive in changing technical environment
  • Direct experience working with Social Media Channels (Blogging, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Computer proficiency in Windows environment (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Content Management System (CMS) experience will be a plus
  • Ability to commit at least two full days per week

Application Details

This internship is unpaid and home-based (which makes it quite flexible as you can work from anywhere around the world).

The internship requires a commitment of a minimum of 16 hours per week, or at least two full days a week for 3 - 6 months.

If you are interested in this position, please send us your CV and a Cover Letter. Please send a separate cover letter not email. In the cover letter, please detail why you want to intern with MEWC, your internship objectives and career goals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Starting Date: June 2020

Application Deadline: Rolling basis

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