Central Asia: Online Tools for CSOs Workshop Instructor

Details

  • Job Type: Consultant
  • Location: Central Asia (Online)
  • Application Deadline: 28 May 2021

Summary

Eurasia Foundation (EF) is seeking up to three instructors or teams of instructors to design and deliver a series of Online Tools for CSOs workshops for CSO staff members in Central Asia.

Eurasia Foundation, a US non-profit organization promoting civil society development and good governance, is accepting applications for instructors to provide a range of professional services aimed at strengthening institutional, technical and financial capacities of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Institutional Development Program (IDP) in Central Asia. IDP is a part of the Civil Society Support Program in Central Asia (CSSP), implemented with the financial support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The purpose of the program is to cultivate a vibrant and responsive citizen-oriented civil society in the region.  

The Institutional Development Program consists of closely interconnected activities involving rapid assessments of CSO’s organizational capacities, tailored trainings, mentoring and other technical assistance. Staff from organizations participating in IDP will be eligible to enroll in the CSO Development School, a series of online and in-person learning events focused on the most pressing needs of civil society in Central Asia today. Organizations who demonstrate commitment to the program and potential for strategic growth will be eligible for Institutional Development Grants.

Duties

The instructor(s) will design and deliver an online series of three, two-day workshops of no more than four hours per day for approximately 80 participants from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan as a part of CSSP’s CSO Development School; applicants may apply for this position for either one, two or all three of the sessions. Participants will speak Russian and/or Uzbek, and the instructor must deliver the workshops content in Russian using Google Classroom. EF will provide simultaneous interpretation into Uzbek, as needed. The instructor(s) may also leverage EF Zoom, Facebook and Telegram channels to supplement Google Classroom activities, foster discussion on workshop content and build strong networks among peers.

The workshops will individually address each of the following themes:

  • Creating engaging virtual events, meetings or conferences
  • Preparing newsletters and presentations
  • Creating online coursework

The instructor will develop the workshops within the framework of the following phases:

Content Development

The instructor will be responsible for identifying gaps between knowledge and practice, trends emerging from data and the characteristics of the target audience(s). The instructor may conduct pre-assessments, surveys, focus groups or other assessments to finalize a list of the skills and thought processes that workshop participants  acquire and practice.

After surveying participants, the instructor will outline the course content (i.e., what will be taught) and methods (i.e., how it will be taught). The course must utilize supporting pedagogical theories, methods and tools to promote the application of taught competencies through practical situations facing CSO members in their respective communities. The instructor is expected to create immersive, engaging and interactive workshop content and exercises that are optimized to teach hard skills through online delivery, including written materials, reading materials, homework assignments and quizzes, as well as provide a list of supplementary resources (e.g., articles, videos and case studies). The instructor must localize all content for a Central Asian audience by using relevant case studies, references and/or other examples from this context and explain the workshops’ length, timing and other characteristics their proposal (see the “Apply” section below).

Learning Outcomes:

Proposals should indicate expected learning outcomes and their connections to instructors’ proposed workshop content.

Workshop on Creating Engaging Virtual Events, Meetings or Conferences

This workshop will enhance the ability of IDP participants to create interactive digital events.

Upon completion, participants should demonstrate proficiency in several core competencies:

  • Features of video conference platforms like Zoom (e.g., digital masks, session breakdowns, translation options, surveys and interactive tips)
  • Kahoot! and other gamified web platforms and tools
  • Creation, construction and management of more complex and blended events
  • Zoom and Facebook live sessions 

Workshop on Creating Newsletters and Presentations

This workshop will expand IDP participants’ competences in creating newsletters and presentations to better promote their activities and maintain effective communications with their beneficiaries, partners  and the government.  

Upon completion, participants should demonstrate proficiency in several core competencies:

  • Email features
  • Newsletters as a promotion tool
  • Email metrics analysis (i.e., how many people open the emails, how many people click on their links, how many people have unsubscribed)
  • Presentation delivery across several platforms (e.g., Microsoft PowerPoint, Canva, Prezi)

Workshop on Creating Online Coursework

This workshop will develop the competencies of IDP participants in creating coursework using different platforms for training and learning purposes.

Upon completion, participants should demonstrate proficiency in several core competencies:

  • Building an e-learning course step-by-step (i.e., content development and delivery, promotion)
  • Identifying and creating a suitable online course for NGO activities
  • Uploading content, creating quizzes and homework and preparing completion certificates
  • Promoting and marketing their online courses and maintaining course content

Implementation

The instructor will be responsible for virtually facilitating up to three, two-day workshops using the developed content and resources. Throughout the workshops, participants must complete independent study and homework tasks, while the instructor must respond to any participant questions via Google Classroom, Facebook and Telegram, review and grade student work and provide additional resources based on student input. The CSSP team anticipates that the instructor will spend approximately 16 hours implementing each workshop, including assignment review and scoring.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

The instructor(s) will develop pre- and post-course evaluations for each workshop to ensure the accurate measurement of participant progress during the course. The instructor(s) will administer a pre-course assessment prior to the first day of each workshop and, following the final session, will administer a post-course assessment. Where relevant, the instructor will identify reasons for dropouts or other obstacles to desired learning outcomes and collaborate with CSSP staff to determine pass or fail grades for all students.

One week after the final session, the instructor must provide a final evaluation report that outlines participant final projects, knowledge gains, course progression and overall engagement. The report will include suggestions for CSSP on how to adapt future workshops for improved delivery based on lessons learned.

EF has budgeted for a total of approximately 112 hours per workshop (336 for all three):

Phase

Maximum Time

Deadline

Creating Engaging Virtual Events, Meetings or Conferences

Content Development

80 hours

27 August to 9 September

Implementation

16 hours

10 to 11 September

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

16 hours

13 to 14 September

Creating Newsletters and Presentations

 

Content Development

80 hours

3 to 16 September

Implementation

16 hours

17 to 18 September

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

16 hours

20 to 21 September

Creating Online Coursework

 

Content Development

80 hours

10 to 23 September

Implementation

16 hours

24 to 25 September

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

16 hours

27 to 28 September

Important Note: The instructor(s) is responsible for producing or translating all pre-recorded videos, assessments, presentations, handouts and other key course materials for participants in Russian and Uzbek; the CSSP team will provide simultaneous translation into Uzbek for live events. Participants will be asked to submit assignments for consultant review in Russian or Uzbek.

Workshop Requirements

Below is a summary of the resources and details for each workshop:

Level

Beginner

Length

Two days

Number of Trainings

One training per day (up to four hours each)

Number of Homework Assignments

At least one per training

Language

Russian for training and consultations; PowerPoint presentations, handouts and homework must be translated into Uzbek by the consultant.

EF will organize simultaneous interpretation into Uzbek for live events.

Main Technical Tools

Google Drive (for course materials and schedule);

Google Classroom (for the lectures, homework, quizzes and reading materials);

Zoom (Q&A sessions).  

Communication Tools

Telegram group and private Facebook group created by the CSSP team for the workshop

Social Media Tools

CSSP Facebook Page, CSSP Instagram page

Qualifications

The instructor should meet the following qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience working as a trainer, mentor or instructor in developing relevant skills with online and offline audiences (experience with cohorts in the 25-to-50 age bracket strongly preferred)
  • Experience in utilizing an interactive approach in delivering trainings and seminars
  • Ability to coordinate large groups of participants (~100) and provide timely communication and instruction
  • Extensive knowledge on the use of online learning tools, including Google Classroom, Zoom and Google Drive
  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in business training, finance, CSO development, education, non-profit management, financial degree or other relevant area strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of CSO environment and issues of Central Asia strongly preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in Russian required
  • Knowledge of English and Uzbek is a plus

The instructor should demonstrate technical skills in training design and delivery, preferably in an online format; instructional design and educational technology; the preparation of instruction, training handouts, homework assignments and pre- and post-training evaluations; the use of tools for teaching online courses; and information evaluation.

Apply

This proposal applies to three unique workshops that will be developed and implemented under the CSO Development School. Interested applicant(s) may submit proposals for any number of trainings (minimum one, and maximum three) identified in this proposal. However, the applicant(s) must submit a separate proposal for each workshop that they intend to develop and deliver. The budget proposals should not exceed $2,000 per workshop and should represent the real cost of developing and implementing the module. Interested applicant(s) applying for multiple modules will be considered for each proposal independently of other bids received.

Proposals must include the following:  

  • Cover letter
  • Resume(s) of instructors
  • Technical proposal with proposed online workshops (title and one to two-sentence description each) and innovative proposed methodology
  • Sample video(s) from online course(s) developed or delivered by applicant
  • Budget in USD (up to $2,000 for each workshop)

All proposal documents must adhere to the following guidelines. Applications that do not follow these requirements may be considered technically ineligible:

  • Proposal narrative, resumes and budget narrative must be submitted in .docx file format
  • Budget must be submitted in .xlsx format
  • All materials must be submitted in Russian or English
  • Proposal narrative and budget narratives must be written in Times New Roman, size 12 font, single-spaced with 2.5 cm margins

Each proposal will be reviewed and selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Clarity, suitability and innovation of the technical approach, including the proposed methodology
  • Relevance of technical expertise in hard skills
  • Experience of the applicant(s) in designing and conducting online training
  • Cost competitiveness

Interested individuals or organizations may submit questions to CSSPconsultants@eurasia.org.

If additional information or clarification on proposals is needed, the applicant(s) will be notified in writing and will be asked to submit additional information and/or documentation.

Interested individuals or organizations are invited to send proposals to CSSPconsultants@eurasia.org with the relevant code (see below) in the subject line no later than 12:00 Almaty time (GMT+6) on 28 May 2021.

Code

Workshop

CEVE

Creating Engaging Virtual Events, Meetings or Conferences

CNP

Creating Newsletters and Presentations

COE

Creating Online Coursework

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