Consultant: E-Mentorship Content Development

Uganda

Position Title: Consultant: E-Mentorship Content Development

Reports to: AGENCI Uganda Deputy Program Manager

Contract term: September to October 2021

Duration of Contract: 15 days

Application Deadline: September 17, 2021

Expected start date: ASAP 

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Overview

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a Canadian non-profit organization with a mission to foster human development and global understanding through education and training.  The Adolescent Girls’ Education in Crisis Initiative (AGENCI) project is being implemented in consortium by WUSC, Aga-Khan Foundation (AKF) and Windle International Uganda (WIU) with funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The AGENCI project targets adolescent girls between the age of 14-18 years in Moyo and Obongi, Uganda. The AGENCI project focuses on the empowerment of adolescent girls through two key interventions: i) reducing social, cultural and economic barriers to accessing safe, secure, gender equitable and quality education by adolescent girls and ii) improving equitable learning outcomes for adolescent girls. 

Scope of Work 

Given the project context, and the extent of girl’s challenges and other barriers, AGENCI is providing marginalized girls with access to E-Mentorship opportunities with volunteers in Canada. E-Mentors will virtually meet with girls living in Moyo and Obongi, Uganda for 40 minutes a day/1-2 days a week, for a total of 7 weeks. In addition to providing mentorship and support, the E-Mentors will also share content on a variety of topics relevant to girls’ mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and more. The purpose of this assignment is to develop a combined resource booklet and one-day training program for E-Mentors, to help ensure that they are able to deliver high-quality, gender-sensitive, and positive mentorship experiences to girls in Moyo and Obongi.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research best practices and innovative approaches to e-mentorship and virtual life skills programming;
  • Based on this research and drawing from already existing open source content, develop a short manual which can serve as a Resource Toolkit for E-Mentors (no more than 25 pages). This should be undertaken in close coordination with AGENCI project team members. The Resource Toolkit should cover the following topics:
    • A brief introduction to mentorship in the context of the AGENCI program;
    • Ethics and principles of responsible mentorship;
    • How to refer mentees to relevant services in their local context for additional support (the AGENCI team will provide support on this topic to ensure that it is grounded in the AGENCI safeguarding referral system);
    • How to plan and organize mentorship sessions;
    • Detailed examples of structured activities that E-Mentors can use to virtually engage girls (i.e. a “menu of options”) on core topics identified by the AGENCI team, including goal setting and growth mindsets; dealing with stress and trauma; making informed decisions and forming healthy relationships; sexual and reproductive health; menstrual hygiene management; and peacebuilding and empathy.
  • Work with the AGENCI Monitoring and Evaluation Officer to develop short assessments (i.e. pre and post tests) to assess the effectiveness of the e-mentorship activity; and
  • Using the Resource Toolkit for E-Mentors, deliver a one-day virtual training to E-Mentors to review the content and provide guidance and advice on successful mentorship. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as educational curriculum development or educational humanitarian programming;
  • Expertise in the fields of education, curriculum development or life skills programming is required; Experience in designing and delivering training to mentors, facilitators, or teachers is required, and specific experience with girls’ mentorship programs is preferred;
  • Solid understanding of the concepts and principles of child-friendly, child-centred and gender-responsive pedagogy is required; 
  • Experience in Uganda is strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of assessment approaches in relation to mentorship programs preferred; and
  • Experience with international development and/or humanitarian assistance, and with issues that impact refugees and host communities preferred.

Applications

Interested parties are encouraged to submit an application package to [email protected]. The application package should include:

  • A 2- 2.5 page technical proposal outlining the consultant’s relevant experience and approach to the proposed task
  • A 1 page financial proposal outlining the proposal budget and workplan for the proposed assignment. 
  • CVs of the consultant or consultants can also be included and will not count toward the specified page limit. 

Questions regarding this consultancy can be directed to Charity Namara, AGENCI Uganda Deputy Program Manager at [email protected] 

Only electronic proposals will be accepted. The deadline for the submission of applications is Friday, September 17, 2021 at the close of business- 5:00 pm EST.

About WUSC

WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, consultants, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion and sexual exploitation and abuse of any form.

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract with WUSC will not be considered “staff members” and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements, medical insurance coverage and or advance payments). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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