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Offer: Call For Applications: Home-Based Consultant to Develop a Higher Education Curriculum Package on Access to Information in the Mena Region - Deadline: June 13, 2013

Background
The ACTION project (Addressing Corruption Through Information and Organized Networking) is funded by USAID and implemented by Transparency International in Morocco, Egypt, Palestine and Yemen from 28 September 2010 until 27 September 2013.
The project’s overall goal is to promote access to information and enhance civic society capacity as the basis for good governance and public accountability in the MENA region.

The objectives of the project are:

1. Enhance regional knowledge of the legal and the regulatory environment for access to information as a tool in the fight against corruption, in addition to the actual mechanisms for providing and accessing information in the MENA region.
2. Build the capacity of civil society, youth activists and selected media practitioners to strategically use the right of access to public information in their demand for accountability, and anti-corruption advocacy.
3. Explore social media to strengthen networks that link civil society and youth activists on a regional level to increase their potential for activism and citizen engagement both nationally and regionally.

The ACTION project includes a documentary on access to information, which will be launched in September 2013 under the title ‘It belongs to you: Public information in the Middle East and North Africa. The overarching theme of the video documentary is showing that access to information is essential for strengthening transparency and accountability. Transparency and accountability are the cornerstones of integrity, and thus of corruption prevention. While corruption destroys lives, people have the power to change or at least challenge that state of affairs through access to information. The documentary is comprised of a regional overview report, four national reports and a number of film clips showing people who have been addressing and challenging limitations in access to information. The reports, film clips and a number of further information resources are uploaded to a special page of Transparency International’s website featuring the documentary.

Transparency International is now developing a facilitator package for this documentary. The purpose of the facilitator package is to provide teachers. lecturers, leaders of youth groups and the like with materials explaining how best to utilise the ACTION documentary to raise awareness about negative consequences of corruption, how to engage people to stand up against corruption and show people what means and tools they can utilise to stand up for more public information and against corruption. It will be a ready-to-use tool and provides sample classes and lectures on access to information in the four ACTION countries. The ACTION facilitator package includes as well low-cost and hands-on activities that are easy to replicate and implement independently by students, (student) clubs, and NGOs. It can be utilised in the four countries but also in other MENA countries and beyond. The facilitator package will be available in English and Arabic.

Overview of Role
We are looking for a motivated and passionate consultant with a strong background in education and curriculum development as well as in developing tools for youth citizen engagement (16-30 years old) to develop a higher education facilitator package on access to information. In close cooperation with Transparency International, the consultant will play the leading role in presenting the information in such a way as to create an attractive teaching and youth citizen engagement package for high school and university teachers.

Starting date: 24 June 2013
End date: 22 July 2013
Duration: 28 days
Department: Middle East and North Africa Programme, TI Secretariat, Berlin
Location: Home based

Key tasks
Specific duties of the consultant are as follows:
• Gather, structure and deliver the content for the facilitator package: The consultant will be responsible for gathering, structuring, and delivering the content for the facilitator package in English. The facilitator package will be aimed at teachers and students of late secondary school (age 16-18) and university lecturers and students. This role includes:
o Putting together a historic and legal overview of access to information in Morocco, Egypt, Palestine and Yemen from Transparency International ACTION project research and further research as needed;
o Collecting and utilizing access to information tools from the ACTION project and other initiatives (online and offline) in the region;
o Developing and creating a variety of useful attractive end products to make the topic of access to information appealing to pupils in high school and students in university, such as tools, interactive games, role plays, case studies, and other ideas for teacher and student engagement;
o Integrating the video documentary as well as national regional research reports on access to information material into the package;
o Creating at least two sample lessons for high school teachers and at least two lectures for university lecturers and lesson plans for both;
o Developing creative ideas for youth focussed advocacy activities and tools for the facilitator package and other ACTION products;
o Organising at least one feedback session/ focus group review with a selection of people from the target groups mentioned; each before finalising the end products;

• Coordinate with TI staff and graphic designer: She/ he will be responsible liaising with TI staff on the content. Transparency International will also contract a graphic designer for the package. The facilitator package consultant and the graphic designer are required to liaise very closely in order to finalise the product in a successful and timely fashion.
• Other: Assist in coordinating and administering other related work for the facilitator package within the given timeframe.
Knowledge, experience, interests and skills
• Ability to work virtually with a diverse group of people;
• Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision;
• In-depth experience in education sector, especially in training, curriculum development and development of teaching material;
• Creative ideas and out-of-the-box thinking to create a product attractive to students;
• Knowledge of and experience in secondary or tertiary education in the Middle East and North Africa region is desirable;
• Experience in creating educational products;
• Excellent communication, writing and editing skills in English, good communication skills in Arabic and French are desirable

Application Closing Date - 13 Jun 2013
Job Start Date - 24 Jun 2013
Duration - 28 days
Location - Home based

How to apply - To apply for this position please send:
• Your CV
• A cover letter
• A proposal on how you would undertake planning and set up of the facilitator package, what are some of the challenges that you anticipate and how you would tackle them.
• A list (example) of educational products you have developed.
• A total fee for your services
• A completed VAT form

Please send your application documents to: menafacilitatorconsultant@transparency.org

The closing date for applications is 13 June 2013.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this consultancy.
Please note only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
To learn more about Transparency International visit our website at www.transparency.org.

Job Email id: menafacilitatorconsultant(at)transparency.org

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