NPI - Training Consultant (Executive)

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Position Title: NPI - Training Consultant


Minimum Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree and 20 years of relevant experience
Substitutions and Equivalents: Master’s degree and 16 years of relevant experience, JD/ABD and 14 years of relevant experience, or Ph.D. and 10 years of relevant experience.
Anticipated Start Date: October 23, 2023, or October 30, 2023
Project: Partnerships Incubator
Location: Virtual
Level of Effort/Hours: Part-time Consultancy (Total number of hours will depend on the periods of performance and scopes of work assigned)
Project Director: Donna Vincent Roa, Ph.D., ABC, CDPM

**Note: This position may be listed in multiple labor categories. If you are unsure of which labor category applies to you, we recommend that you apply to more than one to guarantee full consideration of your candidacy.

About Kaizen

Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company, is an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. Our proven solutions catalyze locally driven, organizational, and institutional performance improvements and shift the development model into one that is bottom-up and ongoing. We leverage existing knowledge, new technologies, and innovative business models.

Kaizen is hiring a motivated professional looking to create social impact in a dynamic and rewarding work environment. We seek applications for the Training Consultant position for the USAID-funded Partnerships Incubator. This five-year project began in October 2019 and ends on September 30, 2024.

About the Partnerships Incubator

USAID aims to diversify its partner base by removing barriers to engagement and creating avenues for new and nontraditional partners to work with the Agency. The Partnerships Incubator was set up as a global service hub to address this need by amplifying USAID’s external communications efforts to strengthen and diversify the Agency’s partner base, expanding Agency capacity for partnerships, and supporting partner organizations working with USAID.

The Partnerships Incubator works with USAID headquarters and Missions to identify and engage new and local partners, provide training and capacity-strengthening assistance, and develop tools, resources, and models to advance USAID’s partnership goals. The project also designed, developed, and launched WorkwithUSAID.org, a free, USAID-funded resource hub designed to connect partners to peers and experts, improve their organizational readiness, and prepare them to receive USAID funding.

Position Overview

The Local, Faith, and Transformative Partnerships (LFT) Hub within USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) strengthens the Agency’s ability to partner with new, local, and nontraditional partners by lowering barriers to partnership and strengthening capacity to work with the Agency. In support of their efforts, the LFT Hub would like to establish a standardized, post-award training program that can be delivered to partners by USAID staff at the initiation of new awards. The program would provide partners with a foundational understanding of what is required to successfully manage and implement a USAID assistance award. 

The Training Consultant will play a key role as part of a team to advise on and support the implementation of the most appropriate and viable methodologies and pedagogical approaches to designing and developing a comprehensive training program for recently awarded USAID partners, typically receiving their first award. The program will provide tools and training that transfer the knowledge and skills required to successfully implement a USAID project. The team will leverage existing materials developed by USAID and the Incubator. New training materials will be developed as appropriate, based on previous projects and current services, which can be customized to meet the specific context of the LFT Hub and participating organizations’ needs. 

Program content may include discussions and supporting materials about addressing NUPAS gaps; clearing special award conditions; aligning expectations, policies, and systems between USAID and the partner; completing standard forms and other routine reporting requirements; drafting annual work plans; drafting an MEL plan; onboarding, payroll, and procurement; financial budgeting and planning for audits; team-building and project management; relationships and relationship building; communications; marking and branding; and closeout requirements, among others.

The Partnerships Incubator is establishing a pool of consultants who may be assigned to scopes of work (SOWs) immediately or at any time up to September 30, 2024. Consultants may be assigned to any SOW based on Incubator needs and in alignment with a consultant’s skillset, as identified in their resume, cover letter, pre-engagement questionnaire, and during Incubator evaluation. While the Training Consultant position is virtual, the Incubator operates globally and consultants may be assigned SOWs in any country or region based on need and skillset. Consultants may also be assigned to individual or team SOWs based on Incubator need.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Advise on the selection of the most appropriate pedagogy to achieve Agency goals for the program.
  • Design and develop program-specific training programs.
  • Conceptualize and create engaging and interactive training materials.
  • Design and deliver training sessions to USAID Mission staff.
  • Collaborate with project teams and subject matter experts to ensure alignment with project objectives.
  • Assess training effectiveness and adjust content as necessary.
  • Monitor participant feedback and learning outcomes to inform training modifications.
  • Lead the adaptation of training to meet evolving project needs and challenges.
  • Support overall training program objectives.
  • Other related duties, as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 20 years of relevant experience, OR Master’s degree and 16 years of relevant experience, OR JD/ABD and 14 years of relevant experience, OR Ph.D. and 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in education, humanities, international development, communications, or a related field. Master’s degree is a plus.
  • Minimum 10 years experience in the education/higher education sector.
  • Minimum five years of experience in developing and delivering online and/or virtual training programs within one or more of the topics listed in the Position Overview above.
  • Knowledge of instructional design pedagogies appropriate for in-person and virtual training.
  • Effective training facilitation and communication skills, including familiarity and experience with scripting TED Talk-style messaging and presentations..
  • Adaptability to diverse training needs.
  • Commitment to training program effectiveness.
  • Dedication to capacity strengthening goals.
  • Values teamwork and collaboration and brings a results-oriented approach to training delivery.
  • Ability to work in multiple cultures, highly motivated, self-starting, intellectually curious, flexible, a passion for learning, and deeply committed to social impact.
  • Knows the importance and relevance of taking initiative and being a problem solver.
  • Strong interest and ability to deliver innovative solutions.
  • Strong interest and experience in international development; experience with USAID programs is a plus.
  • Spanish, French, or Arabic language skills are a plus.

Qualified applicants should send a resume/CV with a well-written cover letter (let your writing skills shine – please delight us).

Applicants must submit all requirements to be considered for the position, including a resume, cover letter, and a pre-engagement questionnaire which will only be emailed to shortlisted candidates. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. on October 19, 2023. We intend to hold interviews on a rolling basis. 

No phone calls, please. Only finalists will be contacted.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Please note: All current employees are contracted through September 2024. The stated term of employment is aligned with the fifth year of our contract.

For candidates applying for positions based in Kaizen's office in Washington, DC, we utilize career.place to mitigate bias in the recruitment process. Upon submitting an application, candidates will receive an email from career.place, prompting them to go through the anonymous screening. In order to be considered for a role, candidates must respond to career.place and proceed with the application. We do not currently use career.place for project positions outside of the United States.

At Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. Kaizen is an equal opportunity employer.

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