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The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that carries out high quality, policy-relevant research on population, health and education issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. Our goal is to generate evidence for meaningful action to improve the lives of all Africans.
APHRC engages in various research capacity strengthening initiatives, including those of its flagship program, the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA). CARTA is an Africa-based, Africa-led initiative that seeks to rebuild and strengthen the capacity of African universities to produce well-trained and skilled researchers and scholars in Africa by Africans. The program addresses an important challenge facing the African academy – the scarcity of a robust research and training capability to offer vibrant and sustained doctoral training necessary to attract, train and retain the continent’s brightest minds.
CARTA seeks to assess how its training component can be adapted to a mix of virtual spaces and face-to-face interactions. The virtual learning space will complement existing or modified face-to-face learning and enable fellows and facilitators to interact beyond the physical space. The mix of virtual and face-to-face interactions should allow for delivery of the CARTA training curriculum in the most efficient and cost effective manner without sacrificing quality – providing protected time for the participants to be engaged in their own learning and facilitating networking and the formation of the cohort identity.
APHRC seeks to engage an expert to guide the adaption of virtual learning environments in the delivery of CARTA’s training component, with the view of extending the same to other capacity strengthening/training initiatives within the organization. The strategy and adaption of the virtual learning space should be completed within 6 months (3 months for Phase 1 and 3 months for Phase 2).
To facilitate the transition of APHRC trainings to the virtual space by:
If satisfied with this phase, the consultant may be engaged in a second phase to coordinate the design and creation of online courses and learning materials that facilitate the delivery of the APHRC capacity strengthening initiatives, including those of the CARTA Program and other training courses. In this respect the consultant will also be required to build the capacity of APHRC staff members to develop training modules and implement online training sessions (including providing prior orientation/digital literacy to participants to the learning platform), through using one existing training program as a pilot/demonstration.
How to Apply
All submissions are to be sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by August 12, 2020. Please use ‘CARTA CONSULTANCY – ADAPTING TRAINING TO VIRTUAL SPACE’ as the subject title for your email.