Technology and Education Specialist

  • Mid-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 30 June 2020
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Job Description

Category: Programs
Req ID: TECHN02126
Posted Date: 2020-06-29
Schedule: Full Time
Location: Nicaragua NIC



Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Project Summary:

The purpose of Nicaragua Youth and Communities Secure, Empowered and Resilient (NYCSER) is to empower youth and their communities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to become resilient and better equipped to advocate for their own best interests and security in the current national context of social and political instability and discrimination, including by actively participating in their communities' and nation's decision-making.

Position Summary:

The Technology and Education Specialist will provide innovative approaches to lead efforts in distance and blended learning design and delivery. S/he will work as an integral part of a collaborative design team to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate training courses and organizational development activities. S/he will apply best practices in instructional design and the use of educational technologies, including course platforms, e-learning courses, videos, virtual Instructor-Led training (vILT), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other learning products, with a focus on incorporating a variety of media and learning methods to create an effective learning environment.

Reporting and Supervision:

The Technology and Education Specialist reports to the Education and Learning Manager

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Designs distance and blended learning courses, using creative, innovative and evidence-based approaches;
  • Develops dynamic, experiential virtual learning session designs including macro designs, micro designs and training and producer scripts;
  • Works with subject matter experts to develop distance learning programs;
  • Works with clients to conduct learning assessments including research, document reviews, telephone interviews, and focus groups;
  • Facilitates virtual learning events;
  • Brings leading-edge thinking, methodologies, and approaches to integrate distance learning applications into trainings and convenings;
  • Responds to on-demand requests that focus on curriculum development and the use of technology; and
  • Collaborates with cross-objective managers to digitize content.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Education, Curriculum Design, Organizational Development, Communication, Instructional Design, International Development or other related fields;
  • At least three (3) years of experience designing and delivering distance learning activities and programs for international audiences;
  • At least five (5) years of general work experience;
  • Experience in the field of international development and, in particular in education for peace, civic education, and in working in cross-cultural environments;
  • Knowledge of the principles of learning including adult learning, experiential learning, participatory methods, instructional design, Appreciative Inquiry, and whole systems design;
  • Strong planning, organization, critical and strategic thinking and problem-solving skills; and
  • Exceptional communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills with a dynamic, engaging facilitation style.

Local and regional candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


About the Organization

Creative Associates International (Creative) is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm has field presence in 20 countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

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