RFP Research – analysis of media portrayal of civil society

RFP Research – analysis of media portrayal of civil society

Request for Proposal (RFP)

Research – analysis of media portrayal of civil society



The Innovation for Change Middle East and North Africa Hub, is a regional network of people and organizations who connect, partner and learn together to find positive approaches to overcome barriers to closing civic space and restrictions to our basic freedoms of assembly, association and speech, GCHR joined the MENA hub in 2018 as one of the partners of the I4C program in the MENA region. Working closely with an expanded group of supporters and experts including social entrepreneurs and movements, the MENA Hub has developed its vision to create a free and secured civic space, and a mission to build a collaborative, innovative network of activists and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to facilitate the exchange and development of expertise and resources to face the shrinking of civic space. For more information about the network, visit the website: www.innovationforchange.net


The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organisation that provides support and protection to human rights defenders in the Gulf region and neighbouring countries in order to promote human rights, including but not limited to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. GCHR is based in Lebanon and documents the environment for HRDs in the Gulf region and neighbouring countries, specifically Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. GCHR was founded in 2011.  For more info see: www.gc4hr.org.

GCHR is managing a project in cooperation with the I4C MENA Hub to promote positive stories of civil society in the Middle East and North Africa in order to provide protection to civil society activists. We will be carrying out online campaigns with positive stories of the work of CSOs and activists based on a mapping survey, public opinion surveys and media analysis of the portrayal of CSOs and activists. For this project, focus countries are Morocco, Iraq and Bahrain in addition to MENA regional campaigns.


About the project:

Civil society has played a central role in addressing some of the greatest injustices and in building societies in the MENA region, it has also played a prominent role in critiquing, establishing and strengthening discourses. We cannot speak of mobilization successes in the region without highlighting the role played by CSOs and activists.

Through the research, we seek to; 1) Research the perception of the MENA public on civil society, 2) Map and analyze the media portrayal of civil society in the MENA region, 3) Refocus regional attention on the ways in which civil society has improved societies in the MENA region through documenting its success stories and achievements. The project will shed the light on contributions where civil society has excelled in advocating for rights and freedoms while highlighting both the value of civil society as a means for people to express their views and demands.

The outputs of the project will be used to showcase civil society’s achievements and its potential contribution to supporting participation and empowerment. Our project seeks to highlight the achievements of civil society to counter negative narratives that attempt to demonize the sector. This will articulate the contributions of civil society to their societies, including the collection of a range of stories about organisations and activists that will be used during the project’s campaign.


About the mission:

GCHR and I4C MENA are seeking to hire a research consultant to carry out media analysis of the portrayal of civil society, including the role of human rights defenders, civil society organisations (CSOs), journalists and activists in working for change in society. We are particularly interested in the balance of negative vs positive portrayals of CSOs and civil society activists, and looking for stories to contribute to our campaign in support of civil society.

The scope of the project should be a media analysis of 2019 and the first half of 2020, including an analysis of the impact of Covid-19 on stories about civil society in the time of the pandemic, as well as coverage of popular protests in the region which began in 2019. The project should cover the entire MENA region, with individual case studies of Bahrain, Iraq and Morocco.


GCHR is requesting a proposal from interested consultants and CSOs for the following outcomes:

  1. Research summaries (in Arabic or English) for the region, Bahrain, Iraq and Morocco including a list of media surveyed in English, Arabic and French (where applicable.)
  2. A final written report (preferably in English, but Arabic will be accepted) of 10-20 pages including a 1-2 page executive summary of the analysis which can be published, and photos from some media to illustrate the research findings.


Time frame:

  • Interested consultants or CSOs should submit their proposals by 20 July 2020.
  • The Successful applicant will be notified by 1 August 2020 if they have been selected for the contract.
  • The work is expected to begin on 15 August 2020, with research summaries due by 15 September and a draft report by 15 October, to be completed by 15 November.



  • The budget for this mission is USD$5,000 and it can not be exceeded. GCHR will provide translation of the final report to Arabic if it is in English.




  • At least 3 years of demonstrated experience in media analysis at a national and regional level within the MENA region,
  • Proven experience in report writing,
  • Demonstrated work experience with CSOs in the MENA region.
  • Must have an expanded global view and an inclusive, innovative vision.
  • A passionate advocate for civil society, human rights, innovation and technology and for finding solutions to civic space issues across the Middle East and North Africa



  • Fluency in English and Arabic.


If interested please submit the below documents with Media Analysis Consultancy in the subject of your email to : info@gc4hr.org


  • A technical proposal indicating the methodology, work plan, budget detail and timeline of the consultancy (in English)
  • An updated resume with a sample of previous media analysis (in English and/or Arabic)




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