Background and Overview
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions, the planned non-maize seed inspector training in Zambia supported by S34D needs to be restructured. To seize the opportunity created by the current situation, digital training is being considered. However, this makes it necessary to customize the curriculum and develop supporting training materials such as Power Point slides, visual aids and videos. S34D partner Agri-Experience discussed the development of a virtual platform with the Southern Africa Seed Trade Project (STP; Itai Makanda, Chief of Party) and with the Zambia Seed Control and Certification Institute (Nathan Phiri, SCCI) to get their views on the development of the platform.
The Ministry of Agriculture’s Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI) strongly supports this broader view of the digital training, and supports the development of a platform that is all-crop inclusive for field inspection principles, as all principles (which are based on OECD) are the same. The divergence occurs in defining characteristics or traits, which is crop specific. This approach will have an added advantage for the students, as they can choose the crop(s) that interest them, and specialize as inspectors of those crops. Digital training also solves the challenges of finding a time that suits all participants, and saves travel, accommodation and living expense costs. In addition, the inclusion of maize on a digital training platform will potentially draw interest from more companies.
Scope of Work
The objective of this work is to develop a virtual training and testing program for seed inspectors on a sustainable digital platform. A sustainable platform in this context means that SCCI will manage the platform, adding or changing content and users will pay a fee to access the training modules. This platform will be owned and managed by SCCI, but potentially hosted as a service on a cloud platform outside SCCI. SCCI will discuss with vendor if the platform can be hosted as a service on the data center within Zambia. The expected output of this scope of work is a fully developed virtual training and testing program on a sustainable platform that can be accessed by SCCI. The training program must incorporate appropriate andragogy – effective approaches to adult learning in Africa, specifically related to technical and scientific matter – such as experiential and transformational learning, utilizing tools such as short video clips, animation, learning checks and reflective observation. Although most of the content has already been developed over the years, some content may need to be adjusted to be better suitable for the digital platform.
The initial concept for the course is that it should be designed and built so that enrollees can access the various modules both online and offline, and progress at their own pace. The course may also be augmented by elements that are based on the simultaneous online presence of students, e.g. for Q&A sessions with instructors.
To meet this objective the developer (winning vendor/bidder) will execute the following activities outlined under this chapter.
- Course Content
- Authoring Tool
- Course Design
- Expandability of platform
- Technical digital fit
- Ability of tools
- Affordable cost
- Track record and “time in market”
- Refresher course
- Testing and Tracking
- Media and Materials
- Technical Requirements
- Browser functionality
- Internet speed and bandwidth
- Types of computers and devices used by students
- Minimum sizes of computer and device screens
- Computer operating systems
- Storage capacity for offline work
- Ability to back up course work completed to date
Note: See attached Request for Proposals for complete information.
The bidder should have the following minimal experiences:
- 5-10 years experience in transforming hard copy training materials and video, PowerPoint and photo training materials into digital training courses (modules) for students/adult learners with a gender and culturally sensitive context.
- Experience working with and developing learning management systems for governmental or quasi governmental institutions
- Development of a platform that allows for scale up/ expansion of the functionality from English to Portuguese and French (optional) testing functionality linked to each module, Q&A functionality between student and trainer, final test score confirmation to student and certification institute and printing of certificate.
- Working with international partners in the development of an online digital training and testing platform.
- Developing culture and gender sensitive training materials.
Quotes shall only be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Electronic submissions must be received by the stated closing date and time indicated above. Quotes received after the deadline will not be considered. Incomplete information submitted in response to this request for quotation will result in disqualification from competition. Hard copies are not accepted.
RFP Closing Date & Time: January 18, 2021