Consultancy on impactful techniques and approaches to non-face-to-face, digital and hybrid forms of learning and training as well as on motivating young people regarding self-directed learning for local non-profits in East and Southeast Asia
EMpower - The Emerging Markets Foundation (Hong Kong)
Apply by: October 21, 2021
Call for Proposal: Consultancy Services “Non-face-to-face, digital and hybrid forms of learning and training”
1. Purpose of the Consultancy
EMpower Hong Kong seeks the support of a consultant to conceptualise and run a series of virtual capacity enhancement offerings on “Addressing the challenges with non-face-to-face, digital and hybrid forms of learning and training as well as with motivating young people regarding self-directed learning”.
The capacity strengthening offerings are with and for our grantee partners in East and Southeast Asia implementing programmes for marginalized young people 10-24 years old in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.
Its overall objective is for our partners in the region to have increased knowledge, skill and confidence in using a blended approach to learning, grounded in their specific needs, their local context and across their different programme areas (Economic Well-being, Safe and Healthy Lives, Inclusive Learning; for definitions, please check https://empowerweb.org/areas-of-focus).
2. About Us
EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation (EMpower), a global philanthropic organisation and grant-making foundation, is dedicated to improving the lives of marginalised young people aged 10-24 in 15 emerging market countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Russia and Turkey. Through grants and non-financial capacity strengthening support, EMpower partners with local organisations in emerging market countries, and other change-makers, to enable marginalised young people to transform their lives and communities. Our vision is to build a world where all young people at the margins, especially girls and young women, have the skills, opportunities and power to live their full potential.
EMpower has offices in Delhi, Hong Kong, London, New York and Singapore, as well as program staff in Cape Town, Istanbul and Mexico City. The EMpower Hong Kong office with which the consultant will collaborate is managing grants and capacity strengthening work for 20 grantee partners in East and Southeast Asia (China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam). To learn more, check out our website at www.empowerweb.org.
3. EMpower’s Commitment to Young People Safeguarding
EMpower is committed to safeguarding young people, to prevent abuse, violence or exploitation and promote the safety, protection, wellbeing and development of all children and young people involved in the programmes we support. We believe that all children and young people, no matter their life circumstances, deserve the opportunity to lead healthy, productive lives to fulfil their human rights.
4. Background of the Consultancy
Whilst everyone one of us feel the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic as it ravages the world, it has in no way been an equaliser. EMpower’s grantee partners and the communities they serve are some of those who have been impacted the most. Apart from having to deal with lockdowns and expanding the scope of their programmes to offer emergency relief, they have had to make significant shifts in organisational and programme priorities.
One of their biggest challenges was to adapt in-person programming to non-face-to-face learning and training. Many have experimented with smaller community outreaches, with offering their programmes in open areas, or with delivering handouts and/or online learning.
Online learning has also continued to be curtailed by infrastructure issues that cannot be immediately addressed, some of which will be prioritised in EMpower’s grant-making strategy. This includes limitation in devices, limitation in suitable devices for learning (as the majority of those who have access to a device, only have access to a smartphone), poor data connection, and lack of affordable data connection.
Furthermore, learning from home has not been conducive to many young people as many come from overcrowded and noisy home environments, and are not likely to talk about sensitive topics like their challenges and fears or discuss concerns with regards to Sexual and Reproductive Health or Mental Health.
But learning online and/or from home has yielded some unexpected rewards too, with some parents being more involved in the education of kids. With everyone being at home, it opened avenues to reach out to new audiences through online platforms and to promote more collaboration within the social sector with sharing of learning spaces and resources. It also resulted in some forced review of curriculum delivery, as lack of interactivity and creativity became more apparent in the non-face-to-face setting. Whilst EMpower’s grantee partners acknowledge it was a steep learning curve, they feel more confident that they can now adapt to more changes.
Earlier in the year, EMpower conducted a global survey with grantee partners and young people served by them. This was followed up by an East and South East Asia Regional sensemaking survey which prioritised the top four pressing needs. Challenges with non-face-to-face learning came on top. The topic was followed by a series of focus group discussions and we have a good sense of what our grantee partners in the region require.
5. Scope of the Consultancy
Equip participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to:
Capacity enhancement offerings
Underlying principle for the offerings: We acknowledge the need to strengthen practice of our grantee partners by encouraging peer-to-peer learning through valuing and supporting existing good practice. This shall be taken into account during “Planning and Content Development” as well as “Implementation”.
Planning and Content Development:
Learning and Evaluation:
6. Estimated timeframe of the consultancy
The timeframe for this consultancy is estimated to be approximately 15 days over the period of 22nd November 2021 to 20th May 2022.
7. Qualification Requirements
Qualities and Values:
We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, recognising that diversity enriches all staff and our work globally. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or faith, or physical ability.
8. Submission Instructions
Interested applicants shall submit their application by October 21, 2021, to Kundhavi Balachandran (firstname.lastname@example.org) and April Yip (email@example.com) comprised of the following documents:
Questions can be also directed to Ms. Balachandran (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will only be able to acknowledge and respond to candidates identified as most suitable who will be invited to a virtual interview.
9. DEI Statement
EMpower is a public foundation that makes grants globally to benefit at-risk youth, with a strong focus on adolescent girls. We are committed to attracting, developing, motivating, and retaining exceptional talent and to a work environment that recognizes contribution, fosters respect and teamwork, and facilitates strong performance. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, recognizing that diversity enriches all staff and our work globally. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or faith, or physical ability.
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