Participatory Trainer and Curriculum Designer Job Description
OneVillage Partners (OVP) is an entrepreneurial, start-up nonprofit organization that improves quality of life for rural villagers living in extreme poverty in Sierra Leone, West Africa. With a small support staff in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the organization is currently building its team in Sierra Leone to aid in expansion to additional villages. OVP is developing a niche for itself as a catalyst for village and villager empowerment and transformation. For information on OVP’s past programs, see the website at www.onevillagepartners.org
OVP is seeking a full-time Participatory Trainer and Curriculum Developer, a new staff role in Sierra Leone, who will have the opportunity to build the position, design key programming, and work on the ground with local communities to infuse authentic participation and village-led processes into all programs and the organization itself. This person will play a central role in defining the organization’s approach. S/he will also oversee and manage local trainers and lead the implementation of the Reflect curriculum for self-help groups. Due to the position’s focus on women’s empowerment, female candidates are strongly preferred for this position.
REFLECT Program Management (40%)
- Manage the design, roll-out, and ongoing implementation and monitoring of REFLECT, which is an innovative approach to adult learning and social change that fuses the theories of Paulo Freire with participatory methodologies developed for Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA).
- Recruit, train, mentor and evaluate local facilitators.
- Design an ongoing M&E system to track progress towards goals, including pre- and post-trainings.
- Report on progress towards goals through rigorous and timely M&E, reports, and success stories.
Curriculum Development (40%)
- Develop, contextualize and/or adapt existing project-specific curriculum and participatory tools and methodologies to produce easy-to-follow, relevant and highly engaging curricula that inspire local villagers who are illiterate. These curricula may span various content areas. This will require:
i. working closely in conjunction with local community groups
ii. identifying and consulting with subject experts and reviewing information gathered through reports, articles and other references
iii. identifying, recruiting and managing consultants
Facilitate Trainings (10%)
- Conduct and/or manage trainings on a variety of topics that span a variety of content and topic areas
- Create teams from trained participants for further imparting training to community members
Organizational Capacity Building (10%)
- Work with the Sierra Leonean team to build the team and develop and implement a strategic plan, operations protocols, work plans, and budgets.
- Assist senior program staff with program design across the program areas of Water and Sanitation, Health, Education, Income Generation and Agriculture and Community Engagement
- Work with local villagers to build capacity and provide support as they lead community development projects
- Provide direct technical support and advice to other program staff, particularly on program design, monitoring and evaluation
- Identify gaps and opportunities for the team’s professional development
Skills and Qualifications
- Willingness to commit to two years living and working in rural Sierra Leone
- Minimum of six months’ experience living or working in a developing country, West Africa a plus
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree highly preferred
- Excellent written and spoken English language ability
- Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office and the Web an absolute must
- Submission of a letter from your doctor confirming that you’re fit for extended international travel in a remote area
- Strong training, capacity building, coaching and mentoring skills
- Deep understanding of and practical experience with community participatory approaches, especially through on-the-ground implementation of Reflect, PRA, and Human-Centered Design Thinking in cross-cultural contexts
- Demonstrated experience preparing and delivering transformative trainings
- Experience developing curricula
- Experience designing programs
- Highly engaging, extroverted and excited about community-led development
- High integrity, honesty and trustworthiness
- Strong ability to work independently; energy, enthusiasm, and innovation in problem solving
- High level of patience and flexibility
- How to apply: Email CV, writing sample, letter of intent, and three references to email@example.com
- Start Date: September, 2013
- Salary: Depends on qualifications. Will include living stipend, plus housing, settling-in stipend, phone, medical insurance, and round-trip international flight with one trip to home of origin at the halfway mark of the contract.
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