Are you passionate about knowledge management and adult learning? Are you interested in new technologies and approaches that enhance virtual learning?
We are seeking a Training Specialist to join a dynamic team of knowledge management and learning experts working in the international development sector. Our portfolio of work is growing and we need an experienced adult learning specialist to effectively develop, adapt, and integrate adult blended learning approaches for our clients within the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
The Training Specialist is a full-time position dedicated to USAID’s Feed the Future Knowledge, Data, Learning, and Training (KDLT) KDLT activity. KDLT serves USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) as the primary mechanism to help the Bureau capture, analyze, share, and adapt good practices around agriculture-led economic growth, nutrition, and resilience. Through a suite of ongoing support services, KDLT works to expand RFS’ and Feed the Future’s capacity in the core areas of knowledge management, data management and analysis, organizational learning, and training.
KDLT is implemented by a consortium of partners, including Bixal as the prime contractor and The QED Group, LLC (QED) and Training Resources Group (TRG) as subcontractors. This position will be hired by QED. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, all KDLT-supported client activities have transitioned entirely to a virtual environment, supported by USAID-CIO approved applications. This position is full-time remote until such time when KDLT can return to its office based in Washington, D.C. As such, the person in this position will need to be based in the Washington area.
The Training Specialist performs the following major duties:
- Provides technical assistance related to designing and implementing in-person, e-learning, and blended learning sessions, activities, resources, and curricula. This may include transitioning existing in-person courses to virtual training using platforms such as Google Meet and/or Cisco Webex.
- Prepares and reviews training designs, materials, curriculum plans, and contextual factors in response to client requests for assistance, within predetermined scope and level of effort parameters.
- Plan, develop, and provide training programs, using adult learning theory and expertise, and knowledge of the effectiveness of methods such as face-to-face training, distance learning modules, and workshops.
- Utilizes project management skills to plan and manage curricula/resources development end-to-end, ensuring participation of all relevant stakeholders in the determination and organization of content, and a consistent process of review and testing of all new virtual and/or e-learning courses prior to launch.
- Analyzes and synthesizes data from a variety of assessment and evaluation mechanisms to make continuous improvements in content and methodologies, in collaboration with subject matter experts (SMEs).
- Work effectively with others to leverage relevant technical approaches and expertise such as human/user-centered design, agile methodologies, USAID Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA), and USAID Practical Innovative On-the-job Training (PIVOT) methodologies.
- Coordinates closely with the KDLT team on training initiatives for support in technical areas, such as communications and promotion, organizational development and facilitation, events management and hosting, virtual event production, and training assessment and evaluation.
- Supports KDLT Management Team as requested to plan and implement retreats, team-building programs and strategic planning initiatives
- Embraces KDLT core values of collaboration, quality, mutual respect, and results in all work and engagements.
- Masters degree and a minimum of eight years of work experience in a related field (i.e., international education and training, organizational development, adult education), or a Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of relevant experience
- A minimum of eight years full-time work experience as an internal or independent workplace trainer and/or organizational development practitioner.
Skills and Experience:
- Genuine and demonstrated curiosity about effective approaches to individual, team and organizational development and learning and how they can contribute to our clients’ success.
- Substantive technical knowledge and experience related to adult learning programs; designing and facilitating in-person and virtual training; managing the process of planning and creating e-learning/blended courses and resources with multiple stakeholders;
- Skilled in appropriately adapting instructional design, OD and knowledge management models and frameworks, particularly within a variety of cultural and cross-cultural contexts.
- Ability to listen, absorb, and synthesize, orally and in writing, the key themes gathered in interviews, background documents, and group discussions to craft customized approaches.
- Interest in and ability to quickly learn the technical language, key issues, and culture of our client organizations in order to identify and select already-produced training courses to recommend to the Feed the Future community.
- Ability to travel internationally to deliver and/or participate in training or other learning events on a periodic basis (when KDLT is able to return to its office).
- Experience with Kirkpatrick levels of evaluation
- Experience working with Learning Management Systems (LMS)
- Experience with USAID programs