Terms of Reference: Video Production for Start Network’s Guatemala Hub

Start Network


Start Network is a global membership of more than 50 organisations, working across 6 continents, to tackle what it sees as the biggest systemic problems in the humanitarian system.

The current global system is not accountable to people affected by crises.

Problems we’re addressing:

  • Decision-making is centralised, and priorities are disconnected from the end-user.
  • It is reactive, fragmented, and inefficient.
  • The humanitarian system’s incentives and ways of working are outdated, inflexible, and resistant to change.

Start Network’s vision is for a locally led humanitarian system that is accountable to people affected by and at risk of crises. We aim to achieve this vision by making systemic-level shifts in the way humanitarian assistance is approached and delivered by:

  • Shifting power and decentralising decision making to locally led networks and organisations.
  • Creating a global financing system that reduces risk, anticipates, and acts ahead of predictable crises.
  • Incentivising and informing innovative, contextual, and sustainable solutions for people affected by crises.


The Guatemala Hub is part of Start Network’s evolution into a decentralised network of networks, which is made up of Hubs operating in specific countries or regions. These Hubs provide platforms for organisations to share learning and innovation that propels context-responsive humanitarian action within the given country or region.

The Guatemala Hub works to support cohesive communities with mutual solidarity, and a space to actively advocate for their rights to humanitarian preparation and response. The Guatemala Hub has 10 members, all community-based, local or national organisations.

Start Network would like to produce 1 video that showcases Guatemala Hub’s innovation work. It will feature the Community-Led Innovation Programme (CLIP) and its outcomes thus far. The target audience for this video is people who do not have prior knowledge of Start Network, so it should provide an explanation of the Hubs and then delve deeper into the impact that innovation programmes within Start Network Hubs have made in communities at-risk and affected by crisis.

More detailed information on this project will be provided to the selected videographers. We will facilitate plans between the selected videographer/s and our colleagues in Guatemala for support.


We are looking for an in-country based video production agency or freelancer to develop 1 high resolution video that spotlights Start Network’s Guatemala Hub. Below are the outputs we are seeking:

  • One 4-minute video feature on Start Network’s Guatemala Hub.
  • 30 Relevant photographs of video participants, community members and scenery/environment (Respectful; always keeping in mind the agency, dignity and collective power of communities)
  • Signed consent forms (for both video and photography)
  • High quality sound recording (using lapel mics and boom mics where appropriate)
  • Backing soundtrack with copyright permissions for commercial use
  • All raw footage for our archives

Additional Details:

  1. Whether applications are made by freelancers or agencies, the applicant/s should be able to provide interviewing, sound recording, translation and interpretation, editing and sound mixing, photography, subtitling as well as project management to ensure informed consent is provided and consent forms are signed in accordance with Start Network’s consent and safeguarding policies.
  2. Minority groups and community-based individuals/collectives are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Submit your application to [email protected] by 22 May 2022 19:00h BST. Your application should include your CVs/Resumes of applicants, a portfolio with example(s) of previous videos you have developed and your availability from 23 May 2022 to 12 June 2022, which is the deadline to have finalised the videos.

Production Timeline:

Content Gathering: 25 May 2022 to 7 June 2022

Editing and Feedback: 8 June 2022 to 12 June 2022

Delivery of Final Videos and Other Outputs: 13 June 2022