Facilitator/Consultant for Humanitarian Essentials MOOC on “Risk, Security & Wellbeing”

Background and context

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy is a global learning initiative set up to facilitate partnerships and collaborative opportunities to enable people to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries. We aim to support the needs of individuals, organisations and communities by facilitating access to learning resources, platforms and tools. This will enable locally relevant capacity-sharing and mutual learning. Collaboration is the cornerstone of the Academy. We work with partners across the humanitarian sector and beyond; from technology companies to universities; local communities to multinational corporations, drawing on the knowledge, expertise and resources of a range of organisations to ensure the best solutions are found for those most in need.

In 2018 the Academy developed the Humanitarian Essentials Pathway in order to respond to an identified need to provide access to core learning for entry level humanitarian workers. The pathway is a self-directed and self-guided learning offer, composed of ten sections and has been structured around the Core Humanitarian Competencies Framework (CHCF); a set of competencies or behaviours considered fundamental to effective humanitarian response.

In October 2017, the Academy offered English speaking entry level humanitarian workers a MOOC on Humanitarian Essentials which was be delivered by one of the Academy’s partner organisations; ITCILO (International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation). The Humanitarian Essentials MOOC: “Understanding humanitarian context and applying humanitarian principles” was a learning opportunity that enhanced part of the Humanitarian Essentials Pathway, by bringing learners from Level 1 (self-guided, self-paced learning) to Level 2 (structured, supported learning). The MOOC makes learning more relevant by:

–          enhancing interaction among peers and experts;

–          offering a more supported way of learning;

–          providing the opportunity to ask questions and making sure learners do not feel isolated.

In April 2019, we aim to deliver together with the same partner organisation – ITCILO – a second part of this MOOC series. The Humanitarian Essentials MOOC: “Risks, Security and Well-being” will cover the following competencies from the Core Humanitarian Competency Framework:

Domain – Operating safely and securely at all times

1.    Minimising risk to crisis-affected people, partners and stakeholders

2.    Managing personal safety and security

Domain – Managing in a pressured and changing environment

3.    Adapting and coping

4.    Maintaining professionalism.

Learners will be incentivised to take this MOOC which is built around the content already available on Kaya. The MOOC will not only be a landing page for learners to retrieve all the courses that are part of the Humanitarian Essentials Pathway, but will offer a structured facilitation over a period of 4 weeks. Online facilitation will include:

–          opportunity to attend a webinar with an expert;

–          opportunity to participate in relevant discussion forum threads which address key challenges and questions for entry-level professionals;

–          opportunity for entry-level professional to submit an assignment which is relevant and context-related (exact form of assignment to be decided later on in cooperation with learning designers from ITCILO).

The Academy’s offer of this MOOC will also serve the purpose of bringing more attention to the different courses that are available on Kaya and are part of the Humanitarian Learning Pathway.

The MOOC is a learning product able to reach a large audience. The Academy aims at attracting around 3000 individuals to sign up for the course (with 10% of sign ups expected to complete).

The live/facilitated Humanitarian Essentials MOOC: “Risks, Security and Well-Being” will run from April 1, 2019 to April 28, 2019. The learner will have opportunity to complete all assignments till May 5, 2019. Hoverer, there will be no facilitation during the 5th week.

The Academy is now looking for a facilitator/consultant with Subject Matter Expertise in the above described four competency areas.

Objectives of contract

The objective of this contract is to co-facilitate the Humanitarian Essentials MOOC during the period outlines above, ensuring that learners have a positive experience, are continually engaged with the course content and are supported as necessary with queries related to content.

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How to apply

Please submit completed expressions of interest to Petra Pojerová p.pojerova@humanitarian.academy by January 31, 2019


Location: Remote

Contract duration: up to 12 days in total – starting February 15, 2019 and ending May 5, 2019 (11 weeks)

Budget: N/A

Closing date:

31 January 2019

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