CRS: Facilitator for Script Writing Workshop for a Children’s Puppet Show

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States and has been present in Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza (JWBG) since 1961. The CRS JWBG country  program  currently  supports  development/relief programs  and  activities  in  the  sectors  of agricultural livelihoods, humanitarian assistance, youth & women empowerment, micro-finance, child protection and peace & justice. For further information about CRS, please visit: www.crs.org.

CRS is seeking a highly qualified consultant as per the following scope of work:

Background
Through the generous donation of the Schmidt Family Foundation, CRS and local partner Basma Society for Culture and Arts (Basma) are working together to engage conflict-affected children in cultural and artistic activities. These activities help to facilitate positive coping, self-expression, and ultimately, healing from trauma. The project uses a creative art methodology (CAM) involving the performance of live puppet shows throughout the  Gaza strip. The CAM methodology is  based on an  innovative puppet-based approach to dealing with emotions, strengthening interpersonal relationships, and promoting emotional and social resilience.

CRS and Basma will roll out puppet shows to 2,000 children between the ages of 6-12 attending CRS- supported child-friendly community centers located in Gaza and Middle Governorates.  Following each performance, puppeteers will hold interactive discussions with children to deepen the children’s engagement with the play’s messages.

Consultancy Objectives
CRS seeks a professional script writer consultant to facilitate a weeklong workshop. During the workshop, the consultant will bring together the team at Basma Society for Culture and Arts, an amateur writer and a  professional in  psycho-social support. The objective of  the  workshop is  to  build the  capacity of participants in script writing and to develop an engaging script for a puppet show designed for children ages 6 – 12. The script will be based on an existing draft script developed by the amateur script writer. The  final  script  developed during  the  workshop  must  strike  a  balance  between learning and  fun, highlighting key social messages (learning) with an engaging and entertaining story (fun). Themes for the key messages include: 
    Positive relationships with peers.
    Peaceful conflict resolution.
    Promoting self-confidence.

Deliverables for the Consultancy
    Facilitate a weeklong script writing workshop with Basma’s creative arts team and a professional
in psycho-social support to develop a script for this year’s puppet show
    Final script for a puppet show designed for children ages 6 – 12 approved by CRS and Basma
    List of recommendations for artists, actors and the director about how their respective roles can contribute to the objectives of the script: learning and fun.
o Learning as it pertains to the key messages
o Fun as it pertains to the children’s entertainment

Timeline and Working Conditions
Tentative dates for the script writing workshop are March 5 – 14, 2017. Working hours are set from 8:00 am – 4: 00 pm.   All work with staff, partners and community members will take place from Sunday- Thursday.

How to apply:
Interested applicants with relevant experience are encouraged to submit an application as follows:

    Application form and complete Terms of Reference is available at http://jobs.crsjwbg.org
    Submit the following:
o Resume
o Professional References.
o 1 original writing sample demonstrating your ability to produce a script for children’s education and entertainment (should be appropriate for children ages 6 – 12 years old) (Arabic or English).
o 1-2 paragraph writing sample explaining how your past experiences will allow you to successfully complete the deliverables (Arabic or English)
o A proposed agenda for a weeklong script writing workshop (Arabic or English)
o Submit a financial proposal. Prices should be in US Dollars ($) and must be valid up till 90 days after the submission date. The financial proposal has to identify the daily rate and the total cost. Please also clarify the estimation cost of submitting English version of all training materials.
    Please submit your complete application online at:  http://jobs.crsjwbg.org/ no later than 28 February 2017.
    CRS reserves the right to reject all bids, and to decide not to pursue this procurement.
CRS is not obliged to procure the lowest priced offer, when the lowest price does not offer the best overall value, all other factors considered.

For any questions, kindly contact CRS at  jwbg-accounts@crs.org.