[Call for Proposals] Development of Online Training Modules

Call for Proposals: Development of Online Training Modules (Consultancy)

AHA! Awareness with Human Action

Organizations Involved: Consortium of Finn Church Aid (FCA), World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), the Center for Peace and Justice – Brac University (CPJ), Center for Communication and Development of Bangladesh (CCD), Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), Youth Development Foundation (YDF) and Sarvodaya

Purpose: Provide digital capacity building support to community based organizations for the implementation of community-level peacebuilding projects in the South Asia region.

Location: Home based

Duration: January-August 2021 with an overall of 50 working days

Supporting Documents:

Terms of Reference

Technical-Financial Proposal Template

Background

The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers (Network) is implementing the European Union-funded consortium project: “AHA! Awareness with Human Action.” The 18-month project began in July 2020 and is being implemented in consortium with Finn Church Aid (FCA), World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), the Center for Peace and Justice – Brac University (CPJ), Center for Communication and Development of Bangladesh (CCD), Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), Youth Development Foundation (YDF) and Sarvodaya.

The AHA project seeks to contribute to the response efforts of the COVID-19 pandemic by preventing conflict and building social cohesion in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and broader South Asia. The specific objective is to increase outreach for initiatives that promote awareness of COVID-19 and constructive narratives that reduce discrimination, hate speech, and stigmatization against specific communities, primarily targeting religious leaders, and women and youth leaders as community influencers.

As one of its key outputs, the project will develop interactive online learning modules based on the learning exchanges for peacebuilding and social cohesion practitioners. A total of four thematic modules will be documented through a systematised approach together with the selected expert trainers contributing to the learning exchanges. Together they will form a resource bank that can be utilised in organising other online trainings and dialogue sessions on peace. The modules will be stored on the website of the Network and disseminated to peace practitioners as a training resource bank. They will also be translated into local languages for widespread use.

Drawing from prior experience, two pilot modules will be developed to enable utilisation in country level learning exchanges and finalisation of the design. The pilot versions will be further refined and complemented by two additional modules by the end of the project. Further, the information on trainers and organizations behind the sessions will create a pool of experienced online trainers. The coherent documentation of the training modules will also support learning on best practices and areas for improvement in the future on online training and dialogue facilitation. Thematic areas for the modules can be:

  • The role of women in peacebuilding and the gendered aspects of peacebuilding during Covid-19
  • The role of youth as peacemakers during this pandemic
  • Religious leaders as positive change agents and the importance of interfaith dialogue
  • Preventing hate speech, discrimination and violent extremism in light of the Covid-19 crisis

Primary objectives

The primary objective is to develop online training modules that can be utilized by peacebuilding and social cohesion practitioners, with a focus on:

  • Designing and developing accessible and applicable online training modules based on thematic priorities identified through this projects’ baseline study as well as with interaction with civil society actors on all levels across South Asia.
  • Enhance civil society organizations’ and community leaders’ ability to deliver capacity building events and trainings in remote geographical areas across South Asia and beyond.

Principal duties and deliverables

  • Design and develop interactive online training modules based on four agreed upon thematic areas.
  • Share preliminary training module layouts and concepts with the senior advisor inclusive peace and the overall project coordinator.
  • Identify easy-to-use tools and low-cost technology to make the modules as accessible as possible for practitioners in remote location across South Asia and for people with disabilities.

Skills and qualifications required (Eligibility Criteria)

The trainer will be appointed by FCA/Network. The following expertise shall be required by the trainer for the successful conduct of the training modules:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, ICT or related field
  • At least two years’ experience in designing and developing online training modules, preferably for civil society or social welfare organizations
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging with civil society and community-based organizations, including in remote communities, youth and women empowerment organizations
  • Strong knowledge of the local to regional level context in South Asia, including in targeted countries Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
  • Ability to interact and communicate with people from different backgrounds and cultures, with a high degree of cultural sensitivity. Your CV should clearly indicate experience of cross-cultural engagement
  • Excellent knowledge of working in virtual space and designing online trainings
  • Demonstrated digital trainings skills and knowledge of relevant software for the abovementioned four key subjects of the training modules
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written), working knowledge of local languages in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is an asset

These are minimum requirements and evidence must be included in the proposal documentation, for example in CV. If no evidence of fulfilling the minimum requirements is found in the documentation, the bidder will be disqualified.

Submission process

Application deadline is 30 January, 2021.  Complete packages should be submitted via email to Network Project Coordinator, Simon Woell (simon.woell@kua.fi). The application package will include the following materials: