Central Asia (Online): Youth Leadership Webinar Trainer

Details

  • Job Type: Youth Leadership Webinar Trainer
  • Location: Central Asia (Online)
  • Anticipated Period of Performance: February – March 2021
  • Application Deadline: 15 February 2021

Summary

The overarching goal of the Civil Society Support Program in Central Asia (CSSP) is to cultivate a vibrant and responsive civil society in Central Asia. The program is a five-year initiative funded by USAID and implemented by Eurasia Foundation. To support a cohort of young leaders and community activists between 18 and 30 years old dedicated to promoting positive development in their communities, CSSP has launched the Central Asia Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA). CAYLA offers them mentorship, inspiration and online training and targeted technical assistance on foundational skills in advocacy and leadership.

Since July 2020, more than 120 learners from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have taken online courses in Social Entrepreneurship, Critical and Creative Thinking, Public Speaking, Emotional Intelligence, Project Design and Management, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Effective Communications and Monitoring and Evaluation. These courses utilized a “master class” format, which blended facilitation and real-time instruction with pre-recorded videos and supplemental materials. Courses were accompanied by a guest lecture series, a debate competition and networking opportunities.

Duties

EF is seeking a trainer or team of trainers to design and deliver an online webinar to mark a transition from CAYLA’s online learning activities to more diverse follow-on activities, which included mentorships led by seasoned professionals in the civil society sector, scholarship programs to support degrees and certificates for future non-profit careers, practical internships with Central Asian civil society organizations and grant-funded community projects. While the webinar will serve as a reflection event that caps the series of online education activities, the design must also be forward looking, including interactive sessions with guest speakers and experts on youth development topics and recommendations. The goal of the training is to offer inspirational messaging and guidance to CAYLA members about how they can begin to put everything they have learned into practice.

The training will engage approximately 120 students from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and use existing CAYLA Zoom and social media channels. The webinar should be divided thematically into short sessions on topics such as practical guidance on how network members can continue to grow the network themselves, how CAYLA members can identify and take advantage of opportunities like mentorships, internships and academic programs, how CAYLA members can remain engaged citizens, and other topics, proposed by the trainer (See ‘Apply’ below).

The trainer will first conduct a co-creation process with EF staff to design a two- to three-hour webinar, as well as lead-up engagement activities to identify the characteristics, interests and plans of participants, build anticipation through continuous interactions with participants about the upcoming webinar content and allow the trainer to tailor final content of the webinar for the audience. The trainer should conduct the webinar in the evening or on a weekend (Almaty time) at a time convenient for participants, who are mostly students and working professionals. The trainer must monitor activities, identify lessons learned, evaluate training results and submit a report of these findings within one week after the webinar.

 

Deliverables

The following requirements apply to the webinar:

Length  

Two (2) to three (3) hours 

Number of sessions

At least four (4) sessions. Each should be approximately 30 minutes in length

Language 

Russian

Main Technical Tool 

Zoom 

Communication Tools  

Telegram group, private Facebook group

Social Media Tools  

CAYLA Facebook page, CAYLA Instagram page  

 

Timeline

EF has budgeted for up to 75 hours for a team of consults to develop, deliver and report on the webinar according to the following timeline:

Stage

Deadline

Co-Creation and Content Development 

22 February to 1 March

Implementation 

First week of March

Student Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting 

Ongoing; Report due one week after webinar

 

Qualifications

The trainer 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 18 to 30 age bracket strongly preferred)
  • Ability to design and deliver online learning experiences
  • Experience in utilizing an interactive approach in delivering trainings and seminars
  • Experience in creating educational content for adult audiences
  • Ability to coordinate a large group of students (~120) and provide timely communication and instruction
  • Strong expertise in current online communication technologies
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in Russian
  • Knowledge of youth leadership and youth issues of Central Asia strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of Kazakh, Turkmen, Uzbek and/or English is a plus

Apply

This announcement covers the scope of the to be developed and delivered as part of CAYLA. Proposal budgets may not exceed $2,500 and must represent the costs for the development and delivery of the webinar, as well as any guest lecturer fees. 

Each proposal must include the following: 

  • Cover letter
  • Resume(s) of proposed key staff
  • Technical proposal with list of three (3) proposed online guest sessions (title and one to two-sentence description each) and proposed methodology
  • Sample video(s) from online course(s) developed or deliver by applicant (if available)
  • Budget, in US dollars (up to $2,500 for all deliverables)

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 
  • Experience of the applicant(s)
  • 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. 

Proposals must be sent to CSSPconsultants@eurasia.org with “YLW Trainer” in the subject line no later than 11:59 Almaty time (GMT+6) on 15 February 2021.

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