[Call for Proposals] Trainer for Digital Capacity Building

Call for Proposals: Trainer for Digital Capacity Building (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


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 provide digital capacity building support to selected community-based organizations (CBOs) or community leaders. The aim is to use low-cost, easy to use technology and digital platforms to implement the majority of its activities. At the same time, the project consortium is fully cognisant of the fact that target community leaders and influencers, especially women and religious leaders, may face challenges to accessing and using technology. Moreover, there are risks associated with online activism, especially given increasingly limited civic space in South Asia.

Therefore, they will strengthen the digital capacity of selected small grantees through specialised digital campaigning, and PeaceTech trainings. That will include the ability to safely operate in the digital space as a civil society actor. From the 50 grantees, 20 will be selected to receive specific digital capacity support over 12 different training sessions. This will include support to set up and train on the use of online meeting platforms such as Zoom, Go-to Meeting, Teams, Slack, and others for them to network and have wider communication possibilities.

The criteria for the selection of these 20 grantees will be those whose planned initiatives have a significant online component, those grantees expressing specific digital capacity support, and those initiatives with the innovation and potential to “go viral”. They will also be trained on the use of social media platforms to increase outreach and amplify positive messages. Specialists on digital campaigning and PeaceTech will be invited to share their expertise with the target community leaders and influencers on online dialogue facilitation skills, and how to prevent and address hate speech online. Based on a survey among the 20 selected candidates the need will be evaluated along the subjects of:

  • Information, Data, Media Literacy – [critical use of data and information – e.g. finding, evaluating, managing, curating, organize and sharing of information]
  • Digital Creation, Problem Solving and Innovation – [creative production – e.g. capacity to design new digital materials such as texts, images, videos, audio, apps and interfaces]
  • Digital Learning and Development [capacity to participate in (and benefit from) digital learning opportunities; identify/use digital learning resources; participate in learning dialogues; use learning apps and services; use digital tools to organize, plan and reflect on learning; record learning events/data and use them for self-analysis]
  • Digital Communication, Collaboration and Participation [capacity to communicate effectively in digital media and spaces – design digital communications for different purposes and audiences]

Primary objectives

The primary objective is to build digital capacities for CBOs and community leaders across South Asia that are implementing localized peacebuilding projects, with a focus on:

  • Increasing their abilities to gather, process, organize and share relevant information online
  • Increasing their capacities to create digital content such as audio-visual material or applications
  • Increasing their potential to identify and use digital learning resources as well as create digital learning resources themselves
  • Increasing their capacities to communicate effectively in digital media

Principal duties and deliverables

  • Develop a detailed training plan based on the feedback from the needs’ assessment with an overall of 12 training sessions with the ability to adapt to changing needs during the implementation of the modules.
  • Identify relevant low-cost and easy to use technology and platforms that can be utilized in the trainings and subsequently be used by the trainees.
  • Organize and conduct the 12 training modules within the envisaged timeline taking into consideration the time-lines of the participants’ projects.
  • Provide practical support and guidance during the training modules using the actual ongoing projects by the selected candidates.
  • Tracking, monitoring and reporting the results of the training modules based on two assessments halfway through and at the end the capacity building activities.

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 developing and conducting online or offline digital capacity building trainings for civil society organizations
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging with civil society and community-based organizations, including remote communities as well as 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.
  • 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 capacity building, such as common communication platforms, easy to access and cheap content creation software, or learning websites.
  • 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: