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Request for Proposals: Podcast Production

Date limite:

Lieu: Remote

Organisation: AWID

Association Profile:

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) is a non-profit, international membership organization founded in 1982 with an average annual budget of approximately $4 million USD. The Association is exempt from federal and state income taxes in the United States of America under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a non-profit organization under the Income Tax Act of Canada.

AWID is committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development, and women's human rights. AWID’s mission is to support feminist, women’s rights and gender justice movements to thrive, to be a driving force in challenging systems of oppression, and to co-create feminist realities.

AWID’s work is structured through multi-year programs that respond to the need to strengthen the work of women’s rights advocates, organizations and movements. AWID’s programs are implemented through a combination of strategies ranging from knowledge building and information dissemination, advocacy and engagement with influential actors and institutions, alliance building, convening strategic dialogues, capacity building, and resource mobilization to support women’s rights organizing. 


In September 2021, AWID will facilitate ‘Crear, Resister, Transform: A festival for Feminist Movements’. This festival aims to do the following:

  • Create space for the global feminist movement to gather virtually in celebration of our resistance
  • Convene movements to learn and share Feminist Realites, i.e. the alternatives, solutions and proposals that feminists are building and putting forward.
  • Provide opportunities to share skills and learn new tactics and strategies towards creating a more just world.


Crear, Resister, Transform: A festival for Feminist Movements will be organised along the following themes:

  • Feminist movements, organizing and action
  • Economic, climate, labor and health rights and justice
  • Body, gender and sexuality

Feminists have long asserted that the personal is political. Crear, Resister, Transform will create space for feminists to discuss issues around body, gender and sexualities, and explore the interconnections of how these issues are both deeply embodied experiences, and simultaneously a terrain where rights are constantly disputed and at risk in society. 

The power of feminist movements lie in how we organise and take coordinated action, not only amongst our own communities and movements, but with allied social justice causes and groups. This theme will provide opportunities for movements to share and strengthen organising and tactical strategies with each other. 

The COVID-19 global health pandemic has made the failures of neo-liberal capitalism even more apparent than ever before, exposed the cracks in our systems, and highlighted the need and opportunities to build new realities. A feminist economic and social recovery requires all of us to make it together. This theme will explore feminist solutions, proposals and realities for transforming our current world.

We will intentionally create spaces for healing and wellness, including sexual health and wellbeing. The latter will be led by African feminist sex positive collectives, including Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women (Adventures) and Hub of Loving Action in Africa (HOLAA!)

Content for Podcast:

Our intention is to partner with a podcast company to create a special series of audio narratives inspired and informed by the festival. AWID and the selected podcast studio will collectively decide what the focus of the podcast will be once the programme for the festival is finalised. The podcast will be co-hosted by AWIDers Felogene Anumo and Margarita Salas with script writing and all aspects of production handled by the studio. The idea is that select discussions will inspire the production of particular episodes, and so the recordings from that session will form the SOT with additional narrative written by a script writer. Any additional interviews required for the podcast will be done via Zoom, and the podcast hosts will have the option to either record in a studio in their home country (if COVID protocols allow), or via recording devices provided to them by AWID. This podcast will then be launched by AWID with at least one edition planned, as a crossover with a more established podcast partner. 

Festival Logistics:

Where the festival will take place:

In recognition of online fatigue, and access for those with lower broadband or less comfort with new technologies, we want to make people's interaction with technology light and easy. This means using tech that people are already familiar with. With the exception of specialised technologies for specific sessions (ironically zoom), we will not be introducing a new platform for the festival. Instead we shall host conversations where people already are present virtually - via Zoom, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Selected events will also take place physically in locations around the world where it is safer for people to gather according to local COVID-19 protocols. 

This month long festival will take place in September on the following days and times:

  • Week 1: 1st, 2nd and 3rd September from 3pm-6pm UTC
  • Week 2: 10th, 11th and 12th September from 2pm-5pm EST
  • Week 3: 15th, 16th and 17th September from 9am-12:00pm NST
  • Week 4: 23rd, 24th and 25th September from 2pm-5pm UTC
  • Closing event: 30th September from 4pm-5pm UTC

Submission of proposal:

Responses are to be submitted no later than July 25, 2021 to tenders@awid.org 

The proposal is to include:

  1. Expertise and experience producing podcasts, including recent samples of work.
  2. Your strategy to create a 10-12 podcast episode series, plus a trailer
  3. A detailed Project Plan that includes infrastructure, artwork, music, pre-production, production, post-production, copywriting, distribution, marketing support/insights, and analytics reports
  4. A Project Budget
  5. Any additional estimates: describe your billing rates and procedures for technical questions that may come up during the year, or whether these occasional services are covered in the proposed fee structure.

Selection Criteria:

The award pursuant to this RFP will be based upon the proposal and interview with appropriate consideration given to operational, technical, cost, and management requirements. 
The following elements will be the key considerations in evaluating submitted proposals and selecting a Logistics Company:

  • Evidence of the company’s qualifications to provide the above services and ability to deliver the indicated service in accordance with the specifications set out in this RFP
  • Submit a detailed, well-aligned proposal that reflected our request
  • Proposal including clarity on what the work would look like and what we can expect from the services 
  • Background and experience in producing podcast media;
  • Recent samples of production

Should you require further clarification, please contact us on kabrahamian@awid.org