Central Asia: Trainer of Mentors


  • Job Type: Consultant
  • Location: Central Asia (Online)
  • Anticipated Period of Performance: 24 February – 31 March 2021
  • Application Deadline: 15 February 2021
  • Announcement Modified: 28 January 2021


Eurasia Foundation (EF), a US non-profit organization promoting civil society development and good governance, is accepting applications for a Trainer of Mentors for the Civil Society Support Program in Central Asia (CSSP). The purpose of 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 dedicated to promoting positive development in their communities, the Civil Society Support Program in Central Asia administers the Central Asia Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) for young leaders aged 18-30 years old. CAYLA offers inspiration, training and mentorship so that youth learn foundational skills in advocacy and leadership, which they can apply in community development projects that are supported by small grants and targeted technical assistance.


EF is seeking an individual or team of consultants to design and deliver three weekly online training of mentor (ToM) sessions for approximately 15 mentors from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Mentors will have at least five years of experience working in non-profit organizations with youth constituencies or a youth-oriented mission. Following the training, trainees will be matched with and mentor CAYLA members based on common technical focuses, professional background and personal preferences. Mentors may assist in planning and designing activities, offering recommendations to a receptive audience with whom they can brainstorm ideas and may help their mentees to hold engaging events or just attend to offer their support. At the end of each mentorship, mentors and mentees will present a short presentation or summary about what they have achieved together.

The trainer must deliver these trainings in Russian using Google Classroom and may supplement activities using other Google tools (e.g., Meet, Sites, Forms) and other platforms (e.g., Zoom, Telegram).

The trainer will be also responsible for providing supplemental (print or digital) materials for use during training sessions, as well as providing self-guided follow-on tasks and identifying additional readings for participants to complete after each session. The trainer is expected to arrange pre- and post-training series surveys to measure knowledge increases as a result of the trainings. The trainer will be responsible for responding to participant questions via Google Classroom and other identified platforms on a daily basis, reviewing and grading weekly meetings and providing additional resources based upon student input. The trainer will also be responsible for support mentors’ preparation of brief profiles they will make available to mentees prior to the start of mentorships. The trainer must submit a final report outlining findings and recommendations for follow-on activities.

As a result of the course, CAYLA mentors will:

  • Use new mentorship models that have proven effective for the non-profit sector.
  • Recognize how to identify, participate in and support youth-led initiatives committed to positive development.

Trainings are budgeted for approximately six hours of training, with an average of two hours per session and they are to be delivered between 1 March and 19 March 2021. Trainings should address topics such as: What is mentoring? How does one become a mentor? What are key organizational processes in mentoring and useful tools and techniques? How can I better help my mentee? Why is mentoring useful for me?

The training must be delivered according to the following timeline: 

Stage  Max. Hours Period
 Content Development   8 hours  24 February – 1 March 
 Implementation   6 hours  1 March – 19 March 
 Mentor Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting   4 hours  Ongoing; Report due 31 March 





Level  Advanced
Length  Three (3) weeks
Number of Sessions  At least three (3)
Number of Homework Assignments  At least three (3)
Language  Russian
Technical Tools

 Google Classroom (host materials, agendas)

 Google Site (host mentor profiles)

 Google Meet, Zoom and/or Telegram (communication and other interactions)



The ideal candidate for this consultancy will possess the following qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience working as a trainer, mentor or instructor with a focus on non-profits and youth-led activities and projects
  • Extensive knowledge of effective methodologies and best practices in mentoring
  • Demonstrated experience in interactive delivering of trainings and seminars
  • Accredited degree in organizational development, youth development, human resources, public administration, or other relevant areas of study required
  • Knowledge of youth leadership and youth issues of Central Asia strongly preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in Russian required
  • Knowledge of Kazakh, Turkmen, Uzbek and/or English is a plus

The consultant should demonstrate technical skills in training design and delivery, preferably online; instructional design and educational technology; preparation of instructions, training handouts, homework assignments and pre- and post-training evaluations and use of tools for teaching online courses.


Proposals must include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume(s) of proposed trainer(s)
  • Technical proposal with a list of three proposed online sessions (title and one to two-sentence description each), proposed methodology and your unique approach in ToM area
  • Sample training video (EN or RU; no longer than five minutes) developed or delivered by applicant (if available)
  • Budget, in US dollars (up to $1,200 for all deliverables)

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

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

All applications will be reviewed and selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Clarity and suitability of the technical approach, including the proposed methodology
  • Relevance of the technical expertise and experience of the applicant(s)
  • Cost competitiveness

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

Interested individuals or organizations are invited to send proposals to CSSPconsultants@eurasia.org with “CAYLA ToM” in the subject line no later than 15 February 2021.

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