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Curriculum Design Consultants

Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) Regional

General Information

TechnoServe (TNS) is a nonprofit international development organization founded in 1968. Its mission is to help entrepreneurial men and women break the cycle of poverty by building businesses that create jobs, income, and economic opportunities for their families, their communities, and their countries.

Our work focuses on identifying promising business opportunities with a positive economic role for and impact on the rural poor. Our approach is based on hiring high-performing people who share our vision of private sector solutions to generate sustainable solutions to poverty. We believe in hard work, creativity, and leveraging the dynamism of talented people.

We are committed to innovation, learning, and results, with a global team drawn from world-class industry and management consulting firms. We are currently working in more than 20 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Purpose

Develop training modules for the Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) program, a regional youth enterprise development program designed to enable 15,000 rural youth aged 18 to 30 to have a more successful transition into economically independent adulthood, increasing their opportunity, ability and motivation to engage in income-generating activities.

The training modules created will be part of a 3 month training program delivered to rural youth by rural youth trainers across East Africa.

TechnoServe is seeking applications from interested and qualified consultants to design individual modules, which will be 12-16 hours in total and delivered as 3-4 hour sessions. All finalized modules need to include facilitator’s guides, participant workbooks and appropriate learning materials including interactive activities and games.

The purpose of the 3 month’s training is to help youth develop skills and abilities that improve their income-generation potential over the long term, increase their ability to adapt and respond to ever-changing economic conditions with confidence, and ultimately help them to become active contributors and financially independent members of society.

The specific knowledge, behaviors and skills that each module will have are currently being identified in a needs assessment process which will be completed by November 30th 2011.

We are targeting to develop training for the following modules:
  • Personal Finance/Financial Education
  • Career Skills
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Farming as a Business
Curriculum Designers who are contracted for the work will participate in an initial 3 day design workshop, which will be facilitated by an Accelerated Learning Master Practitioner.

They will have the opportunity to enhance their curriculum design skills and to receive coaching from the lead STRYDE curriculum designers on the accelerated learning methodology, which leverages current research about the brain and learning, and will be used to develop the STRYDE training program.

During the workshop, as the accelerated learning design cycle and fundamental concepts are explored, designers will have the opportunity to apply this learning directly to the STRYDE modules they are developing. A rough outline of at least one module will be completed by the end of the workshop.

Activities and Deliverable Timeline
  • December 6-9, 2011- active participation in 3 day TechnoServe facilitated training design workshop in Nairobi
  • January 15th - submission of rough draft of first training module
  • 8 hours of distance coaching and feedback by lead designers
  • February 10th -submission of all final materials for first training module. This includes facilitator’s guides, participant workbooks and appropriate learning materials including interactive activities and games.
Note: Depending on the STRYDE program timeline the precise due dates of the draft and final module may shift. The final deadlines will be agreed with the consultant upon signing of the contract.

Requirements
  • Degree qualifications in business or agricultural-related studies required
  • At least 5 years of experience in education, adult learning, or working on capacity building projects;
  • Experience in designing training curricula for young adults aged 18-30;
  • International development experience, entrepreneurship skills, and experience working with youth training and/or mentorship programs preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills a must;
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills required;
  • Ability to conduct effective training sessions;
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili required;
  • Proven ability and experience working with teams will be an added advantage.
  • Willingness to travel internationally and ability to travel to remote rural locations in East Africa.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their applications to ekamau@tns.org indicating the posting title in the subject line.

Applications should be sent as ONE ATTACHMENT or as a zip file and need to include:

1) CV and company profile(if applicable)

2) Cover letter specifying which module/s you are interested in designing, experience in these area/s and stating desired compensation rate

3) A sample of a training module/curricula that you have developed

4) Three professional references

Deadline for application is Tuesday 22nd of November 2011

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted


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