Videographer/Photographer Consultancy, Rwanda

We are looking for a consultant videographer and a photographer with experience in humanitarian settings to help us capture the depth and nuance of life in Rwandan refugee camps and the way in which our work on access to renewable energy has brought about positive changes. For this assignment, we want the consultant to gather videos and photographs to showcase the impact of our Renewable Energy for Refugees (RE4R) project, which Practical Action can then use to illustrate the impact of our work in a short film and other published content. The film will be used across Practical Action’s platforms and shown at public events.


About us

Practical Action is an innovative international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world. We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.


Project background

The Renewable Energy for Refugees (RE4R) project is funded by the IKEA Foundation and delivered by Practical Action and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as lead partners. The project is helping refugees and their host communities access finance, training, technology and expertise to access renewable energy to power homes and businesses. Our work is enabling refugees to flourish and move from reliance on aid to economic independence. Read more on our project page.


Objective of the film

The overall objective of the film is to illustrate the impact of RE4R, build awareness of Practical Action’s approaches and showcase the transformative effect that renewable energy can bring to refugees. We want to engage audiences and inspire them to invest in renewable energy and adopt sustainable, market based-approaches so that refugees can build economic independence, improve the quality of life in their homes and communities, and secure livelihoods. It is expected that the final edit of the film will be five minutes in duration.


About the role

The consultant will have strong understanding of, and experience in visual storytelling through film and photography. They will gather case studies and stories to help us build a picture of the context of refugee camps in Rwanda and the impact of our project, putting the viewers in the action and immerse themselves in the environment of the camps.

The consultant will be responsible for collecting and cataloguing all of the content/assets required by Practical Action’s Design Team to produce the final film.

A full creative brief will be shared with the successful applicant.


Assignment activities


  • Participate in an induction session with the Project and Design teams
  • Coordinate regularly with the Project and Design Teams throughout the assignment



  • In collaboration with the Project and Design Teams, develop storylines and shot-lists ahead of production, based on the requirements of the creative brief
  • Coordinate with Practical Action’s Field Coordinators and Country Manager in Rwanda for camp access permits, logistics and detailed planning for in-camp activities and content collection


Content Collection

  • Collection of all of the content from the camps agreed in the shot-list (in the Preparation phase) escorted by Practical Action Field Coordinators.
  • Cataloguing of all content/assets and deliverable handover to Practical Action Design Team for approval.


Assignment deliverables and target dates

The consultant is expected to complete the following deliverables:

  • Target date: 7th July – 16th July 2021

Sufficient video footage (as defined in the creative brief and shot-list) for the final edit of a five minute film covering the project’s implementation, including interviews with members of the community, setting the scene.

  • Target date: 17th July – 24th July 2021

60 professionally edited photos ready for use in external publications, with index

Catalogue of final assets

Consent details for all content (photos and videos) participants


Essential Requirements

  • Experienced with shooting outside of a studio environment
  • Own audio and video equipment capable of shooting Full HD video (preferably 4k)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, happy to build a connection with the people and capture their spirits
  • Must adhere to Practical Actions policies and procedures
  • Currently based in Rwanda
  • Have a strong portfolio that will demonstrate your skillset
  • Must be available in June for shooting


Desirable requirements

  • Experience of working in humanitarian settings and content creation for the non-profit sector.
  • Access to GoPro equipment


Contractual and fee arrangements

The Consultant will be contracted on a consultancy basis by Practical Action and operationally supported by Practical Action’s Rwanda office. Interested applicants should submit a budget as part of their application including:

  • daily rates
  • expenses
  • tax allowances
  • all other costs associated with the delivery of the assignment


Additional information

Interactions with Practical Action will be in English and all deliverables will be in English. However, the preference is for interactions and interviews with beneficiaries and stakeholders in Rwanda to be conducted in Kinyarwanda.

Practical Action will facilitate all necessary consultation with relevant project stakeholders and beneficiaries. Practical Action will coordinate transport for the consultant to all field locations and will provide office space in Kigali for non-field work, if required.


How to apply

If you have the experience, skills and the ability we are looking for, please submit your CV, budget and a link to your portfolio by email to with the title ‘RE4R Videographer, Rwanda’ not later than 17th June 2021. A video interview will be held for shortlisted applicants and work is expected to commence in July 2020.

We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.