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Consultancy: E-learning materials design and CVA expert (team applications accepted)

Background

The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) is the global partnership for cash transfer programming in humanitarian aid. We are a catalyst for accelerating change in the scale and quality of cash transfer programming. We enable the collaboration necessary to develop practical solutions to collective problems in the sector. Since our founding in 2005, CaLP has been at the forefront of promoting and improving cash transfer programming across the humanitarian sector.

CaLP enables collaboration between organizations, while also supporting them to make their own progress. We do this by bringing organisations together to strengthen capacity, knowledge and commitment for cash transfer programming across the humanitarian sector. The potential of cash cannot be delivered by organisations working alone.

The CaLP secretariat comprises approximately 30 staff globally, which is made up of technical expertise, capacity building, communications and management staff. CaLP has offices in Jordan, Kenya, Senegal, Switzerland, the UK and US, in addition several staff are home based.  These offices support and facilitate knowledge sharing, learning and training in multiple countries, and ensure that all voices are heard through representation in key global and regional fora.  

CaLP’s members are at the heart of what we do. They will deliver the increase in scale and quality of cash transfer programming (CTP) in humanitarian response. They gain value from being part of our global partnership, both as individual organisations and collectively. Our membership comprises more than 80 organisations and individual experts. Members include NGOs, UN agencies, academia, the private sector and donors.

Capacity Building (CB) strategy

Within the CaLP’s organisational efforts to brings humanitarian actors together to address the many collective aspects of the global framework for action, our capacity build objective highlights our commitment to providing specialist capacity building services and advice by:

1. Developing a full set of training programmes that cover key competencies required for quality CTP and are integrated into sector-wide training infrastructure.

2. Making our training programmes easily accessible to people working on humanitarian assistance around the world.

3. Training 50,000 people working on humanitarian assistance around the world.

CaLP aims to maintain its distinction as a crucial resource for capacity building materials and course delivery to cash and voucher programming practitioners and humanitarian organisations. Our current portfolio of approximately 15 face-to-face and e-learning courses offers opportunities for humanitarians at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Our materials and content serve as a foundation for the training efforts of organisations around the world.

Context for the work

As the aforementioned materials have been made available and are in use, CaLP appreciates the opportunities that current technology provides for further increasing access to content. Moreover, we understand that practitioners seek opportunities to learn at their own pace, using e-learning platforms; indeed, the Cash Learning Hub continues to see an increase in subscribers and learners. In the MENA region, for example, practitioners in places like Yemen and OPT might rely on e-learning options for professional development.

For this reason, CaLP is commitment to building a blended learning course based on our flagship course, CVA Skills for Programme Staff, benefitting from the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Specific task(s) of the consultancy

This consultancy will manage the planning and tender process for creating a blended learning course based on CaLP CVA Skills for Programme Staff course. Course materials for face-to-face delivery exist and that content will serve as the basis for a blended learning course that can be delivered and accessed in a variety of ways. Note that a potential blended learning curriculum has been drafted, and this consultancy will lead efforts to establish a tendering process, culminating in a specific plan to award and contract the development of the blended learning course. An illustrative description of blended learning course, as CaLP anticipates it, is that learners/participants may undertake self-directed activities (such as reading, doing an online module, viewing a pre-recorded presentation and the like), participate in webinar sessions, and/or attend a certain number of days of face-to-face learning. It may include some form of participant assessment at the end of a course, or of particular components (or modules) of the course, and should be accessible in areas of low bandwidth. Note that one consideration is to divide the Core Programme course content into a number of stand-alone blended courses or micro-learning elements.

Key activities of the consultancy include (with estimated number of days in parentheses):

1) Explore non-CaLP blended methodologies, review Core Programme face-to-face course materials and the blended learning curriculum draft, consider user preferences to access content, and discuss options with capacity building team and other CaLP colleagues (4 days)

2) Outline a tender and selection process that (likely) includes initial review of concepts and follow up assessment of detailed proposals (3 days)

3) Ensure complementarity and compliance with CaLP/Oxfam GB and potential donors for the tendering and contract process (1 day)

4) Draft a public tender inviting submissions for the development (3 days)

5) Manage the review and communication process during the tender (2 days)

6) Manage (with the commissioning manager) the selection process (3 days)

7) Prepare detailed plan for subsequent steps, including contracting and project management (4 days)

Key Deliverables/Outputs

During the consultancy, the following outputs will be expected:

a) Notes and minutes from discussions relating to options explored and discussed within activity #1 above

b) Public tender, ready for dissemination in accordance with procurement requirements

c) Detailed plan following review of submissions and subsequent project management planning

Time Schedule & Project Duration

This work is expected to be completed no later than 31 January 2019, though an earlier completion date is preferred.

Management

This piece of work is commissioned by Oxfam GB on behalf of the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP). The Oxford-based CaLP Training Officer will manage the consultant. The CaLP Global Capacity Building Coordinator will provide overall oversight and guidance.

Milestones and Payment Schedule

A one-time payment will be made upon successful completion and submission of all project deliverables.

Note – for smaller pieces of work, we prefer to make one payment at the end of the contract. For larger pieces of work, payment milestones must be linked to key deliverables as outlined in the previous sections. Payment milestones can have 1, 2 or 3 payment points, but should have no more than 3 as a maximum.

Essential profile of the consultant

For this piece of work, CaLP is looking for the following expertise:

  • Demonstrated experience with capacity building course development using blended learning, e-learning and/or other interactive technologies.
  • Substantial knowledge and experience in capacity building: adult learning methodological approaches and tools and strong skills in facilitation; designing trainings; collecting and analysing secondary information; conducting surveys, consultations and key informant interviews; synthesising qualitative and quantitative information; and evaluating training impact.
  • Familiarity with CVA course content and delivery, especially with the CaLP CVA Skills for Programme Staff course, preferred.
  • Knowledge of general tendering processes, preferably related to e-learning course development.
  • Understanding of humanitarian sector and/or working in difficult contexts.
  • Ability to communicate technical subject matter (in oral and written form) to people with varying technical knowledge/skills and from different educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • Previous experience of delivering CaLP’s Core CVA Skills for Programme staff would be beneficial.

If you have technical questions about this consultancy, please contact Martin Pittman at globalcapacitybuilding@cashlearning.org or Greg Rodwell at GRodwell@cashlearning.org.

To apply, please send your CV and Expression of Interest (including brief Technical and Financial Proposals) to consult@cashlearning.org.

Team applications are welcome.

Attached document:

Type of contract
Consultancy
Duration
20 days
Location
Home-based
Deadline
15/12/2019