Kenya: Director Of Photography (DOP)

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Organization: FilmAid International
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 23 Mar 2018

About FilmAid:

FilmAid is an international development and humanitarian communications organization that harnesses the power and influence of media and the arts to respond to emergencies as well as promote social change through dialogue in order to protect the wellbeing of displaced and vulnerable populations by building stronger, healthier, and more informed communities around the world.

Over the past 16 years, FilmAid has served displaced populations and their host communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Macedonia, Afghanistan, US Gulf Coast, Haiti and the Thai/Myanmar border.

FilmAid designs and implements communications initiatives on critical health, protection and environmental issues. FilmAid’s Theory-Of-Change is based on the integration of access, creativity and participation, which drive individual and community change, contributing to positive social impact. Underpinning this approach is collaboration; working together is fundamental to achieving change. FilmAid partners with communities, creators, NGOs, Governments, and the private sector to ensure a collaborative approach to this end.

Specific Tasks:

  • The head of the technical department and in charge of the technical team.
  • In charge of the equipment and the equipment list and testing before production.
  • After reading the script, the DOP should meet with the director to discuss the visual style of the film.
  • Create the desired look using lighting, framing, camera movement and work closely with the director and crew.
  • Conduct and document recce; research, location scouting, casting and rehearsals.
  • Should be able to advise the director on a suitable composition and use of lighting, shadow and fill.


  • Bachelor's degree or a diploma in film, journalism or in any other relevant field.
  • Have knowledge of film-specific equipment and techniques such as cameras, lights, reflectors etc. This includes both set up and operation.
  • Should have excellent communication skills and listening ability
  • Should be able to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to collaborate with the film director and get a good grasp of the director’s artistic vision for the final product.
  • Should be flexible and possess problem-solving skills to handle the entire production.
  • Should have a keen eye for detail and be able to think fast so as to inform decisions.
  • Experience working in a hardship area will be an added advantage.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified persons with the required experience are invited to submit their applications with detailed Cover Letter describing how your experience, qualifications and competencies make you the right candidate for this position, CV and 3 references to Email address: on or before 23rd March, 2018

Links to previous work done should be included in the cover letter.

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