Search for Common Ground (Search) is a non-governmental organization working to transform the way societies deal with conflicts. We have over 30 years of experience in peacebuilding and are based in 53 local offices worldwide. We strive to build sustainable peace for generations to come by working with all sides of a conflict, providing the tools needed to work together, and finding constructive solutions. While conflict is inevitable, violence is not. Our mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. Instead of tearing down an existing world, we focus on constructing a new one. We shift the everyday interactions between hostile groups of people so they can work together to build up their community, choosing joint problem-solving over violent means. We rely on local staff as well as local partner organizations in order to ensure our work is culturally sensitive, sustainable and well-grounded in the context.


Rights Advance: Improving Fundamental Freedoms and Human Rights in Iraq – is a project that will be implemented by the two co-applicants: Search for Common Ground (Search), and Iraqi al-Amal Association (IAA). The action is developed jointly and built on many years of experience within this field of expertise. This action addresses the needed space for Human Rights Defender (HRD) and duty bearers, and competing interests have been identified for progressive and inclusive human rights reforms and established political and governance interests and concerns.

The project’s overall objective is to contribute to the protection and promotion of Fundamental Freedoms, particularly Freedom of Association and Peaceful Assembly, in view of strengthening the human rights enabling environment.

Search will support HRDs in the production of five short films focusing on Human Rights issues and opportunities to address them. This will allow participants to build upon the knowledge and practical skills they acquired by exploring the status of, challenges to, and opportunities for the right to association and peaceful assembly in Iraq. In content creation, production, and post-production sessions, they will apply these skills to create innovative and attractive films that are social media friendly in terms of video size, length, and language. These films aim to reach diverse audiences, including community members, civil society, and potential stakeholders.


  • Adapt the Common Ground Approach (CGA) for the Iraq context, inclusive of advocacy materials and focus on challenges faced by HRDs, analyze existing training materials and Search tools relevant to empowering HRDs, and enhance their advocacy skills.
  • Engage a proficient Digital Filmmaking Consultant specializing in short film making, video editing, and video creation to support Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in creating five films on Human Rights issues in Iraq.
  • To Conduct workshops and training sessions that empower HRDs with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively create, edit, and share short films advocating for human rights.
  • Provide special skills knowledge in short film making, video editing, video creation, and post-production films that are informative and innovative to address human rights issues in Iraq.
  • Collaborate with HRDs to explore the current challenges and opportunities for the right to association and peaceful assembly in Iraq, and cooperate with the HRDs to develop innovative and informative short films addressing Human Rights issues.
  • Ensure the produced films are social media friendly considering video size, length, and language to engage diverse audiences efficiently.
  • Teach HRDs throughout the entire filmmaking process, from initial concept to final editing, ensuring alignment with project objectives.
  • Integrate positive and comprehensive messages into the films to effectively raise awareness about human rights issues, ensuring that the films speaks to local audiences and effectively communicate essential human rights messages.
  • Modify the films to Instagram reels and other social media platforms to expand the audience engagement.


  • Teach HRDs in Production of five short films addressing specific Human Rights issues in Iraq.
  • The versions of the films are supposed to be social media friendly suitable for platforms like Instagram reels.
  • Detailed documentation providing the film production process, including detailed descriptions of each film, challenges faced during production, and lessons learned.


  • Consultant to develop training agenda, and the training plan including (Presentation slides, training materials, technical requirements) in close coordination with Search. The training agenda and the presentation has to be done in Arabic, with basic summary in English. Consultant needs to send a draft of the training materials for review and approval by the Search team. 16 June – Jun 2024 (to be fully approved by Search)
  • Conduct pre and post-test activity prior to beginning of each of the training sessions. 23 June -25 June 2024
  • Deliver a 3-day training to a group of 18 participants. 23 June – 25 June 2024 – 3 days total [In-person – Erbil, Iraq]


Successful candidates will be expected to design and present Search with a training agenda and a detailed timetable of training sessions, clearly outlining the topics which will be covered and showing the numbers and types of exercises based on Search’s training manuals. Trainers must employ participatory training techniques and interactive facilitation in alignment with Search’s manuals in order to ensure active engagement and effective learning outcomes.

Additionally, trainers will be expected to have the following qualifications:

  • Have experience in training for short film making, video editing, and video creation.
  • Skilled in creating and engaging content for social media platforms.
  • knowledge of Human Rights issues and the Iraqi context.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills to engage effectively with HRDs and stakeholders.
  • Fluent in Arabic, knowledge of English and Kurdish languages are preferred


  • Proof of Company Registration
  • Portfolio (evidence of experience with both documentaries and short clips strongly preferred)
  • 2-3 References (with names, emails, phone numbers, and relationships)
  • Budget Details, covering:
    • Financial proposal for full service in Iraqi dinar
    • Travel and Lodging Expenses
    • Promotion Costs (such as online advertising, posters, banners, etc.)
    • Any Additional Expenses (please provide specifics)

How to apply


Interested candidates should submit their resume/CV along with a cover letter detailing their relevant experience, qualifications, Financial proposal in Iraqi dinar, including relevant previous work examples. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further interviews or assessments.

To apply, please send the required documents to [email protected] with the subject line “Rights Advance: Digital Film consultant by the deadline of 08 June, 2024.