Call for Consultant – Technical Writer: Scholars Program Inclusion Handbook


Position Title: Technical Writer: Scholars Program Inclusion Handbook

Position Location: Remote

Reports to: WUSC DREEM Project Director

Contract term: April 19 – June 30,  2021

Number of days: Approximately 15 days

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) – is a leading Canadian non-profit organization in international development, committed to providing education, economic opportunities and empowerment opportunities that improve the lives of millions of disadvantaged youth around the world. 

Displaced and Refugee youth Enabling Environment Mechanism (DREEM) project

WUSC, through the DREEM project, will play a unique role as a technical assistance and strategic learning partner to the Mastercard Foundation and its partners. The DREEM project will contribute to the Foundation’s commitment to meaningfully include refugee and displaced youth in their Scholars Program and Young Africa Works program. 

One of the three pillars of the DREEM project is the provision of technical support to the Foundation’s Scholars Program partners, who represent a wide array of universities and educational partners with diverse mechanisms and incentives for engaging refugee populations. DREEM’s work with these partners will ensure that higher education is more accessible to refugee and displaced youth, opening up opportunities for work and leadership after graduation.  In addition, WUSC is collaborating with Light for the World, the disability inclusion partner of the Scholars Program, to ensure that young people with disabilities are equally engaged in these opportunities. 

As part of this collaboration, WUSC and LFTW will jointly develop an inclusion resource handbook for existing and new Scholars Program partners to more effectively integrate displaced and refugee youth and young people with disabilities throughout the phases of higher education as identified by the Foundation (Recruit, Prepare, Education and Transition). This guide will be an evergreen resource, consisting of relevant and up-to-date tools, best practices, and case studies, complementing other technical support that both WUSC and LFTW will provide to the Foundation and its partners.

Scope of the Assignment:

To this end, WUSC is seeking a technical writer with superior written and visual design skills to draft this inclusion handbook, consolidating the technical content provided by WUSC and LFTW into a single flowing narrative that is accessible and engaging to the guide’s intended audience of Scholars Program partners. The consultant will liaise with WUSC project staff who will then coordinate with LFTW and Foundation staff to ensure timely reviews of draft content. The expected deliverable will be the submission of draft and final versions of the inclusion handbook. 

The consultant will draft the full content of the  inclusion guidebook and produce a user-friendly guide that offers best practices, tools and other resources to Scholars Program partners to effectively address the challenges faced by refugees and displaced youth and youth with disabilities in accessing higher education opportunities.


The Consultant(s) is expected to have:

  • Demonstrated previous experience in developing resource guides, preferably in issues around diversity and inclusion
  • Excellent written English skills, particularly developing content that is concise and engaging
  • Experience in developing technical materials for academic institutions an asset
  • Development of creative and engaging training materials for adult audiences, in a variety of formats and media
  • Graphic design skills a significant asset

Interested candidates should apply here by April 19, 2021. Candidates should submit a CV, 2 samples of relevant previous work, and a cover letter which details: 1) why they are an ideal candidate (qualifications and experience); 2) how they would approach the assignment; and 3) their daily/hourly rate.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please. 

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