[kictanet] DOT recruiting: Learning Coordinator, Regional Support Office, East Africa

Alice Munyua alice at apc.org
Wed Dec 22 21:35:57 EAT 2010

Learning Coordinator, Regional Support Office, East Africa

*Closing Date: 14 January 2011*

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) is a leading international 
non-governmental organization that focuses on creating educational, 
economic and entrepreneurial opportunities through the effective use of 
ICT for communities and people in countries that are developing, are in 
transition, or are under stress. With the ultimate aim of stimulating 
economic growth, community development and private sector development, 
DOT and its partners share a vision of a connected world in the 21st 
Founded in Canada in 2002, DOT has engaged over 2,000 young people as 
ICT leaders who have reached over 200,000 community participants who 
have been empowered to use ICT for local development. Participation in 
DOT programs has given individuals the skills, knowledge and confidence 
to pursue opportunities that result in enhanced career mobility, 
increased income and increased economic growth of communities.
Institutionally, DOT has established locally driven organizations in 
Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, USA, China and 
Mexico through which DOT has strengthened the capacity of dozens of 
partner organizations to offer business development and ICT services to 
community members. DOT is also on track to support 2,000 schools in the 
USA, China and Mexico that are realizing improved educational outcomes 
through innovative use of IT in the classroom.
DOT is a young, agile and rapidly growing organization that is 
developing an enviable international profile by operating with the 
highest values and integrity. Building on DOT's proven track record and 
global community of partners, the next few years will be a period of 
both dynamic growth and institutional and program innovation.
To support the rapid growth of the programs in Africa, DOT is now 
seeking to engage an experienced learning coordinator to play a key role 
in capacity building and helping to inform and shape DOT learning 
projects in Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and globally.

*The Position*

Reporting to the Global Learning Director, the learning coordinator will 
be a key member of DOT's global learning and African regional teams. The 
successful candidate will bring extensive instructional and curriculum 
design, University degree in Instructional Design, (Adult) Education, 
Educational Technology, or related discipline preferred; facilitation, 
and professional development experience, both face-to-face and online. 
The successful candidate will also be comfortable presenting DOT 
learning strategies at conference events. All candidates will share a 
commitment to innovation within DOT's vision. It is preferable that the 
position be located in Nairobi where DOT Kenya is headquartered and the 
Regional Support Office is located, however candidates currently based 
in Rwanda and Ethiopia are also invited to apply.


Major growth in Africa requires capacity in the region to support 
evolving DOT programming in Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia and to support 
continued growth opportunities in the region. As the regional learning 
coordinator, you will work with the DOT Global learning team and local 
Country operations to:
.    Participate in global and in-country curriculum development 
projects; .    Serve as a learning resource to help with in-country 
.    Assess, leverage and develop DOT global-local staff learning and 
teaching competencies (instructional and curriculum design, facilitation 
-- both face-to-face and online; integration of educational strategies);
.    Mediate the curriculum development and deployment process ensuring 
collaboration between global and local resources;
.    Facilitate sharing, re-use and showcasing learning resources created;
.    Be a "mobile" expert trainer in region: facilitating learning 
events (face-to-face and online) and providing professional development 
and coaching to "apprentice" facilitators.

*The Person: Qualifications and Experience*

This is a complex job requiring diverse skills and experience. The ideal 
candidate will have the following qualifications relevant in Africa and 
possibly internationally:

.    Proven track record (minimum of five years) of designing high 
quality participatory learner-centred learning experiences that achieve 
the desired outcomes and demonstrate:
o Innovative learning approaches with leadership, entrepreneurship, and 
business skills curriculum focus;
o Design of culturally sensitive materials with an awareness of the 
issues and challenges of working in a development context;
o Application of educational theory to instructional design; o 
Competence using learning-related technologies and tools (e.g.,Moodle);
.    Excellent face-to-face and/or online facilitation skills, both 
contexts is highly desirable;
.    Proven project management skills; .    Excellent writing and 
communication skills in English; Spanish, French,and Portuguese an asset;
.    In-depth knowledge of regional and local development priorities;
.    Experience working in a global organization, such as an 
international NGO or corporation with international donors;
.    Competent IT skills and a familiarity with online collaboration 
technologies (discussion forums, wikis, conferencing software, social 
media, etc.);
.    Experience coaching and mentoring people in cross-cultural 
.    Willing to travel frequently with no difficulty in securing entry 
visas to countries in the East Africa region and North America.

*Personal Characteristics*
.    Passionate about helping others develop and discover advanced 
instructional design and facilitation skills.
.    A strong spirit for community service and share DOT's passion to 
contribute to a better world;
.    Thrives in an entrepreneurial and agile work environment. Flexible, 
comfortable with ambiguity and receptive to new ideas;
.    Very attentive to detail and highly organized;
.    Results driven. Motivated by a high sense of personal performance 
expectations and have a sense of urgency. Be a role model whose personal 
performance inspires others;
.    Excellent interpersonal and communications skills. A comfortable 
leader and consensus builder, a team player;
.    A knowledgeable promoter of the role of technology in modern 
economic development and formal and informal education;
.    Enjoy working with youth and young adults and contributing to their 
.    Holds the highest personal ethics. A person who demonstrates 
integrity and is a model of ethical values and behavior at all times.


DOT is a non-profit organization that recognizes that change is driven 
by involving the best people. Salary will be commensurate with 
experience for this Kenya-based position.

*For More Information*
Closing date: 14 January 2011. Applications and enquiries should be 
submitted to Ms Heather Marshall, DOT
Executive Office, Ottawa, Canada by email: hmarshall at dotrust.org.

Applications should include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae and 
the names and contact details of three references. References will not 
be contacted without prior consent. A portfolio summary of program 
curriculum design work you have led would also be helpful.

DOT will contact only those candidates who are invited for interview.
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