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Website Developer / Designer

MADRE seeks a Website Developer / Designer to build a bilingual (Spanish-English) independent website that will serve as a hub for two Community Hearings aimed to build a historical account of and bring awareness to gender-based violence committed against Afro-descendant people in Colombia conflict context.

I. Project Overview and Objectives: 

Background on the Community Hearings

MADRE and its partner organization Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN) are organizing Community Hearings on GBV committed against Afro-descendants as part of a larger initiative aiming to enhance security and peace for Afro-descendant communities in Colombia through inclusive civil society-led transitional justice. Victims, survivors, and thematic experts will provide testimony to a panel of independent experts. Testimony may be oral, written, in-person, or video-taped and may come in the form of narrative or artistic expression. The independent experts or “judges” will produce findings and recommendations on the basis of each hearing, which advocates will utilize to call for inclusive transitional justice processes.

The Community Hearings are designed to help audiences at local, national and international levels understand the breadth, causes, and impacts of GBV committed against Afro-descendant communities during Colombia’s conflict; and the importance of prioritizing it in transitional justice processes. The idea is also to help communities heal and to change harmful narratives about GBV by reducing stigma and helping to transform victims to survivors.

The Community Hearings are part of a larger initiative aiming to enhance security, stability and peace for Afro-descendant communities in Colombia. The first is scheduled to occur in April 2021. The second community hearing will happen later in 2021. 

The Website

The Community Hearings website will be independent of MADRE or PCN’s websites, and will provide information about the purpose of the Community Hearings, testimony clips, experts’ findings, reports on the hearings, and the full edited video documentary. Media specialists will work to raise visibility and awareness of the website. The website will be available in both English and Spanish to maximize viewers. 

II. Who is MADRE?

MADRE is a non-profit international feminist human rights and humanitarian organization based in New York that supports grassroots women's organizations around the world in war, disaster and their aftermath. It helps women meet urgent needs, build safer and healthier communities, and advocate for lasting change.

III. Job Requirements

  • Fluency in one of the following languages and mid-level fluency in the other: English; Spanish. The backend tools will need to be in Spanish.
  • Experience with agile development tools, such as Pivotal Tracker, which allow a designated couple of PCN and MADRE staff to monitor and participate in the development of the web site.  
  • Ability to recommend hosting services that will ensure easy access to website and quick downloading of content, as well as easy-to-use data analytics tools.
  • Ability to use open source software / operating systems.
  • Ability to present the rough draft of the website and plans for the final draft to MADRE and PCN during March and April 2021 via Skype or Zoom. 
  • Ability to launch basic website in the first week of April 2021.
  • Ability to add video and other links to the website following the Community Hearings

IV. Intended Website Audience

The Community Hearings website has an educational purpose aimed at several Spanish- and English-speaking audiences. These include transitional justice actors, Colombian lawmakers, journalists in Colombia and internationally, human rights advocates in Colombia and internationally, U.N. and regional human rights monitoring bodies, academics and students, and anyone interested in understanding the issues it covers.

V. Objectives of Community Hearings Website

The website should further the aims of the Community Hearings project, utilizing an attractive format that educates its intended audiences about the purpose of the Community Hearings, the personal and expert testimonies that comprised them, and the findings of the independent experts.

VI. Functionality Requirements of Community Hearings Website 

The website will have administrator(s) who must be able to conduct the following tasks quickly and with relative ease:

  1. Access backend tools to add and update reports and other written information, videos, graphics, images, and photographs
  2. Access backend tools to create login protections for users authorized to upload information. 
  3. Edit website content for privacy concerns. 
    • * Note that the privacy of survivors is of utmost priority for this project. PCN and MADRE will develop a system to ensure information in all reports, videos, photographs and other materials is vetted for maintenance of confidentiality prior to upload. 
  4. Access analytical tools to be able to understand who is visiting the website, while protecting the privacy of administrators and users. 

People visiting the website should be able to easily access the following pages on the website:

  • Home Page 
    • This page should include links to reports and articles, ‘About Us’ information; Community Hearing logistics- date and time, RSVP information for the online hearing; Community Hearing videos; and an explanation of where and how to submit testimony. Text on this page will provide a brief historical overview of the intersectional elements of race and gender in Colombia in general and in the conflict. It will also provide information about what GBV is. Photos on the home page might include images (with the consent of those photographed) of Afro-descendant people taking action to address GBV. 
  • About Us
    • This page explains the Community Hearings’ mission and how they will function, and explains how people can submit testimony
    • Links to other pertinent sites
  • Services
    • Link to sites for organizations that provide services to Afro-Colombian victims of gender-based violence
  • Findings and Reports 
    • This page provides links to the findings reports that the community hearing participants will produce
  • Testimonials
    • Quotes from anonymous testimony by GBV survivors who consent to share parts of their stories this way
  • Videos
    • This page will host the documentaries on the Community Hearings
  • Access to Justice and Reparations
    • What is persecution? 
    • Colombia’s Transitional Justice Processes and links to websites

VII. RFP & Project Timeline Details – 

Deadline for Submission of Proposal…………,,,,,,,,……………... March 1

Anticipated Deadlines for Deliverables: 

First Draft Submission for Review of Website………,,,,,,……….March 25

Second Draft Submission for Review of Website …,,,,,,,,,…………April 1

Basic Website Launch………………………………………………...April 5

Community Hearing will occur on April 19, after which materials such as experts’ findings, video and other testimony will need to be uploaded to the website. 

VII. Budget Details 

In your proposal, please explain your hourly rate or fixed rate estimate for design and implementation, as well as ongoing technical support rates. 

Submit your proposal to: no later than March 1, 2021.*

* Note that proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.