Mar 062018

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Viet Nam
Closing date: 11 Mar 2018

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.


The UPSHIFT program was piloted in Ho Chi Minh City first time in August 2015 with Viet Youth Entrepreneurs (VYE) as an innovative way for UNICEF to engage with youth. The UPSHIFT program prepares young people from vulnerable communities to identify, analyze, and take entrepreneurial action against community challenges they care about – helping participants realize their role as agents of social change, and building their professional readiness and resilience along the way.

From the experiences of the pilot, and the launch of both the Child Friendly City Initiative and the Ho Chi Minh City innovation strategy, the UPSHIFT program has expanded in 2017 with a goal to reach up to 22,000 youth. As part of the scale up, the UPSHIFT program has continually looked to evolve and provide new opportunities for the participating young people to learn new skills with a particular focus on 21st Century skills and future technologies. Communication is one of the key skills that the young people learn throughout the UPSHIFT Journey, including interpersonal communication, public speaking, and digital communications. For digital communication, Virtual Reality or 360 degree videos are one emerging method of immersive storying telling that the youth can learn which will provide them with an advantageous ability for future employers and/or for improved communications with stakeholders of their projects.


Virtual Reality as an immersive communication technique is an increasingly powerful tool for any social innovator, and especially so for the UPSHIFT Participants. UPSHIFT as a programme is continually looking to evolve and provide better opportunities and unique skills to participants. Part of this continuous improvement is to identify emerging technologies and applications of core 21st century skills for the young people to learn which will provide better opportunities for them in their future as agents of social change. By bringing this learning opportunity to the participants and piloting a new tactic of co-production, this project will not only build capacity but will also produce high-quality videos for advocacy and resource mobilization purposes.

The technical skills of planning, shooting, and editing Virtual Reality videos require specific expertise and experience. This consultancy will help UNICEF Vietnam identify an appropriate expert to support capacity development and produce a number of publicly released videos. The requirements of this consultancy are likely to be high level and require an international expert.

An important part of the task in this consultancy is also to ensure that the project captures good practice and produces further guidance and examples of how to ensure inclusive training methods and processes for youth focused and led virtual reality production.

The produced videos, including those directly produced by the UPSHIFT participants, will be available for usage for advocacy messaging in Viet Nam, with national committees, and at a global level. Participants will have co-production credits on the videos and their inputs will ensure that authentic youth voices and issues are represented in the videos. For the UNICEF videos, including the behind the scenes production, the videos will help support the CFCI advocacy platform and the story will be shaped to support a broader youth engagement and participation agenda for UNICEF. Finally, the videos will support additional resource mobilization at the national and global levels.

Overall Purpose

The overall purpose of the consultancy is to provide capacity development to UPSHIFT participants in the creative and technical aspects of producing Virtual Reality short videos and to leverage those skills for the production of 3-5 videos for public distribution.

Specific Deliverables and tasks

The consultant will carry out the following main tasks:

  • Preparation and Pre-Training:

  • Preparation of a clear training process to support participants in developing their abilities.
  • Provision of online pre-training to the participants with the support of a local partner.
  • On-site participatory and practical training:

  • Implementation of training on the core elements of the training program (storyboarding, shooting, editing);
  • Support to the participants on the practical application of the relevant skills in the production of an actual video that is applied to their project and/or relevant advocacy message.
  • Shooting and Content Capture:

  • Technical instruction and provision of “apprenticeship” to the youth in shooting at various locations in HCMC for the capture of 360 degree video.
  • Extra shooting and content capture that document how the training and co-production occurs
  • Additional video capture for UNICEF published video (if needed).
  • Post Production and Publication:

  • Perform post-production at their own facility following in-country obligations. Relevant feedback and collaboration with the participant teams to be included. Up to 3 participant videos are to be produced.
  • Work with UNICEF Vietnam to produce 2 videos.

  • The first is to be an UPSHIFT advocacy video focused on participation of youth in the Child Friendly City Initiative. Content and scripting to be influenced by the youth participants.
  • The second is to be a “behind the scenes” video that documents the process and results of the capacity development program.
  • Final videos will be 5.2K in either ProRes or Cineform with additional copies for social media in 4K in H.264 format. All equirectangular monoscopic format and must be quality assured and capable of being openly published online under the sole discretion of UNICEF.

    Detailed Tasks and Deliverables as per the attached TOR ToR – Virtual Reality Consultant UPSHIFT final.pdf

    Qualifications/Specialised Knowledge and Experience:

  • Master’s degree from a qualified University or equivalent practical and technical work experience in related field
  • At least 10 Years’ experience in video production, editing and/or creation;
  • Demonstrated solid experience in Virtual Reality (360 Degree) video production
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and practical experience in teaching video production, especially Virtual Reality/360degree videos, to youth or young people preferred.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Existing records of past publications expected.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • To view our competency framework, please click here.

    Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply online and submit the following documents:

    1) A letter of interest and confirmation of availability

    2) A brief technical proposal/draft work plan which clearly explains how to deliver the required tasks (maximum 5 pages including budget);

    3) A lump sum financial quote that includes all expected costs for the entire consultancy period (including consultancy fee, international and domestic travel costs, fees for local capacity support including camera support, storytelling, translation/interpretation and other needed services etc.)

    3) The candidate must complete and submit a P-11 form ( UN Personal History Form )

    4) Three references.

    Closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 11 March 2018 at 23:55 hours Viet Nam Time.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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