January 14, 2022 Whitney van Schyndel

Request for Quotation: Podcast Producer








Employment Type

Request for Quotation

Closing Date

January 31, 2022, 08:00 CET


Whitney van Schyndel


The Company is a global business which undertakes the management of international development projects throughout the world. It operates through different corporate entities in the various regions in which it conducts its business. The tender is in relation to the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) where the Company is contracted by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sustainable Economic Development Department (DDE) (the Client) to manage the fund. The aim of the Challenge Fund is to improve economic prospects – via decent work and income – for up to 200,000 young men and women in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel, and the Horn of Africa. The Client has entered into the contract with Palladium Europe BV which is registered in The Netherlands.

Objectives of the Assignment

With the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment, we aim to create a prosperous futures for youth. In order to achieve this, we want to engage potential partners, policy makers and other stakeholders to talk about what decent work actually means.

Therefore, the Challenge Fund is looking for a service provider to support the design and production of a 6-episode podcast series, which helps to position the Challenge Fund as a thought leader on meaningful work. Simultaneously, this podcast series allows the CFYE Team to engage listeners in more in-depth stories on this theme and showcase the impact of the Challenge Fund.

Scope of the Assignment

The successful Tenderer will support the CFYE with content development and technical support to realise this podcast. The assignment will include:

  • Advice on the setup of podcast episodes and guests
  • Branding of the podcast series including audio and visual components (jingles, posters, flyers). Branding of the podcast should be stand-alone, yet be clearly CFYE inspired.
  • Providing technical assistance, recording and editing of podcasts in the Netherlands. Including providing all necessary equipment matching the level of a professional audio recording studio.
  • Support in recording audio abroad, as some of our guests will not be based in the Netherlands, for example through Zencastr (or equivalent) and providing technical assistance to prep individual guest speakers.
  • Posting the episodes to the different podcast platforms (Spotify, Apple, etc).
  • Recruiting a podcast host/moderator. Please note this element may not be required, depending on the CFYE team’s preference, a suitable candidate may be contracted directly. Tenderers are required however to include this option in their budgets.

Target Groups

With this podcast (working title ‘Future economies start with youth’), we aim to reach:

  • High level stakeholders such as the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Staff of organizations concerned with the issues of decent work, youth employment and/or economic development in and outside the main development networks
  • Potential donors
  • Implementing Partners
  • Management teams within the implementing partners of the Challenge Fund
  • Employees of Palladium, Randstad and VSO

Overall we can say the target audience of this podcast consists of busy people who may not have the time to read long reports, but who like to listen to something informative and engaging while they are on the road.


We aim to make a series of 6 episodes, each episode (approximately 30 minutes) has a specific theme. The themes we are looking into:

  • Inclusive recruitment
  • How to increase retention
  • Decent work
  • Jobs of the future
  • Youth engagement
  • GESI & barriers to work

Duration and Phasing

The aim is to release one episode each month, starting in April 2022. For this we would like to produce 3 episodes before the launch of the first episodes, and use the period between April and August 2022 to produce the additional episodes. We therefore expect the duration of the agreement to be for an initial period of 10 months, starting March 2022 with possibility to extend.

Arrangements and Reporting

  • The CFYE Communications & Marketing Team will brief the contractor on the brand and style guide of the CFYE, that should inspire the branding for the podcast.
  • The CFYE Podcast Project Team will identify and deliver all guest speakers.
  • While the contractor should technically prep guest speakers, the CFYE Communication & Marketing Team will help guest speakers develop their personal stories, and prep and coach the speakers for recording day.
  • The CFYE Podcast Project Team will help develop the podcast episode scripts.
  • The CFYE Podcast Project Team will review and approve the final podcast edit before publishing.
  • The CFYE Communication & Marketing Team will promote the podcast and its episodes through the CFYE channels.


The Technical Submission must:

  • be in a type font of no less than 12 points;
  • be in a single column format;
  • be five pages or less in length

Please read the full RFQ for full details. 

Closing Date: January 31, 2022

About Palladium

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value.

We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits. For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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