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Request for Proposals: Content Developer/Science Writer

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Request for Proposals: Content Developer/Science Writer

1.0 Introduction

The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) is a non-aligned, non-political, not-for-profit pan-African organisation that represents all fields of science. The vision of The AAS is transformed lives in Africa through science.  

Our tripartite mandate is to recognise excellence through highly prestigious fellowship and award schemes, provide advisory and think tank functions for shaping Africa’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) strategies and policies and implement key STI programmes to advance the development of Africa.

The AAS is seeking a consultant content developer/science writer to assist in the process of documentation and knowledge management of The AAS’ major activities.

2.0 Scope of work

The writer will work closely with the communications department at The AAS and with our key internal audiences/stakeholders with the oversight of the Head of Communications and PR.

The writer will be responsible for researching, documenting and showcasing The AAS, its Fellows, Affiliates and grantees. The incumbent must be an excellent writer who is able to deliver clear, compelling, quality and accurate copy about research and related activities. They must also have the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously often on tight deadlines.

3.0 Key tasks/deliverables:

  • Develop a content production plan

  • Conceptualise, research and write clear and compelling content about The AAS its history, community of scientists and the research, publications, and scholarly activities they produce for diverse audiences (including policymakers and the public); for multiple platforms including on and offline and in multiple formats (including profiles, brochures, policy briefs, features, OpEds, audio and video scripts, etc).

  • Work closely with the Head of Communications & PR, the communications department, programme staff and grantees to amplify the content and demonstrate the impact and relevance of science in Africa

  • Work with the Online Content Editor and/ or suppliers to conceptualise graphics, videos, and/or other visual elements that will accompany content

  • Work with respective programme staff or researchers to produce the content, negotiating edits and changes and finalising approved content

  • Work with the communications team to analyse performance of the content and develop strategies to improve content engagement.

4.0 Duration of the engagement:

The consultant will be engaged for an initial period of six months which may be extended depending on performance. The consultant must be ready to start work immediately upon engagement.

5.0 Ethics

The Consultant is required to observe The AAS procurement ethical code of conduct which includes but is not limited to observing the highest standard of ethics in regard to corruption, collusion, conflict of interest and fraud as stipulated within The AAS Procurement Policy. Failure to adhere to ethical practices and to observe confidentiality will lead to the consultant being disqualified from any further work with The AAS.

6.0 Evaluation

Stage 1

Evaluation/ selection criteria

Weighty points

Minimum threshold

Experience and qualification in science*, science journalism and

science communication



Content development and writing experience



Experience in similar projects



Budget/ costs






Stage 2

Consultant content developers/science writers who qualify for the first stage will be invited to submit a content plan based on The AAS and its work, which will be evaluated to select the supplier


7.0 Qualifications and approachConsultant content developers/science writers who qualify for the first stage will be invited to submit a content plan based on The AAS and its work, which will be evaluated to select the supplier


  • A minimum of a master’s degree in journalism, communications, science or related work experience of more than ten years. The applicant must be able to demonstrate an ability to translate complex scientific issues to a wide range of audiences

  • A writing portfolio indicative of the applicant’s interest in storytelling, writing and/ or science communication and the ability to contextualize research to ensure relevance and encourage interest

  • Strong organizational skills, willingness to learn and an ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and handle multiple projects

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills and attention to detail and accuracy

  • A strong understanding of multiple platforms, including on and offline

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and analytically

  • Ability to work with numerous stakeholders and partners

  • Commitment to understanding the interests and needs of The AAS and varying audiences


  • Detailed content development plan with work plan containing timelines  

  • Ability to follow detailed work plans and to meet timelines

  • Demonstrated approach to working with numerous stakeholders and partners


Budget breakdown detailing professional fees:

  • Daily / hourly / project rate

  • Materials and supplies (data, mobile, etc)

  • Travel

8.0 Submission of proposals

Any question regarding this RFP should be sent to

Consultants are encouraged to include any additional information they believe demonstrates added value for The AAS within the scope of this project

Proposals must be submitted to The AAS procurement office electronically (only) by 5:00 pm on 15 March 2019 to

Please encrypt your proposal with a password and share your password to procurement the day after the closing date by 1200hrs.

N/B. Any proposal that is not password encrypted will not be considered

9.0 Primary RFP Contact

Procurement Office
The African Academy of Sciences
Headquarters, 8 Miotoni Lane, Karen
Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 208 060 674 / 725 290 145 / 2405150