Amnesty International: Human Rights Educational Resource Consultant

CALL FOR CONSULTANT Amnesty International: the International Secretariat is looking for an Educational Resource Consultant, closing date is Friday 1 October 2010. – Received by e-mail, From: Melody Ross, Date: 16/09/2010

  • Bids should be dent by e-mail to Melody Ross by Friday 1 October.
  • Interviews will be held by phone or in person on 14 – 15 October.
  • The Consultant will need to be available to begin work immediately on 18 October with the AI HRE Team to prepare for the First Project Workshop to be held on 5-7 November 2011 in London.

The Consultant will guarantee the development and editing of innovative educational resources and tools for teachers, youth workers and multipliers who work with young people from the age of 11 to 25yrs. Materials will be developed in a participatory manner ensuring that potential users can actively contribute throughout the complete design phase.

The content of the learning and teaching material will be based on the Amnesty International Demand Dignity Campaign, which places poverty within a human rights framework. The material should be informative, easy to use, accessible (both on and off-line) and include creative ways to use them. Moreover, it should be adaptable to formal and informal settings, different contexts and include participatory techniques (methodology).

We are looking for someone with the experience in coordinating and facilitating participatory processes, demonstrated knowledge and experience in human rights education and specifically in developing human rights educational material, experience in participatory methodology and experience in working in the global south is preferred.

The development of the educational materials and resources will begin in October 2010 and must be completed by July 2011.

To apply for this Consultancy please email your CV and supporting materials to Melody Ross (melody.ross@amnesty.org).

Closing date is Friday 1 October 2010.

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CALL FOR TENDER – Amnesty International, International Secretariat, Educational Resource Consultant for Education for Human Dignity Project:

Terms of Reference: For an Educational Resource Consultant for the Education for Human Dignity Project of Amnesty International

1. Description of the project:

  • The Education for Human Dignity Project is a 3 year project funded by the European Commission (EC) with the participation of Amnesty International (AI) sections in Italy, Slovenia and Poland working together with AI sections and partners in the global South.
  • This project aims to raise awareness, inform debate and stimulate action to tackle the human rights abuses that drive and deepen poverty. It will use human rights education and participatory approaches, to enable young people and those that work with them (including teachers, youth workers and multipliers) to have an increased understanding of the relationship between poverty and human rights. Moreover, it will equip and empower young people to take action and call for human rights solutions to poverty.
  • The project aims to prepare and equip schools to deliver Education for Human Dignity via (i) the production of project support resources and tools (including multimedia resources), drawing on the experience, expertise and case studies from the global South, and (ii) the training of teachers, youth workers and other multipliers to use project resources and tools and to support young people in their actions to reduce poverty from a human rights perspective.
  • The first year is dedicated mainly to the development of the educational material and multimedia resources with the specific objective to promote the active participation of the potential users throughout the development phrase from the design, piloting and final production.
  • The project support resources and tools will be piloted in Italy, Poland and Slovenia (in the relevant languages) and will guide the Education for Human Dignity programmes delivered in each country. The support resources and tools will be further replicated in four to five other languages for use by other Amnesty International entities across Europe and in the global South and East.All materials, tools and resources will be developed, designed and created in such a way that they will be informative, easy to use, easily accessible (both online and offline) and include creative ways to use them.
  • The materials will be developed in a participatory manner ensuring that potential users of the products have the opportunity to contribute to the design and piloting phase: this will involve engaging with teachers, young people and staff in Italy, Poland, Slovenia and also project exchange partners in the global South and other European countries.
  • The materials will be based on and cover the issues within the Amnesty International’s Demand Dignity campaign. This campaign is all about all rights. It is the combined abuse of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights that drives and deepens poverty.
  • Amnesty International’s Demand Dignity focuses on key areas and patterns of human rights abuse which show particularly sharply the interplay of deprivation, insecurity and exclusion such as maternal mortality, human rights abuses in slums, the need for access to justice for those whose rights have been denied, the The material is expected to be used by some 3,000 teachers and multipliers form Italy, Poland and Slovenia who will reach more than 30,000 students and young people.

2. The Scope of the Consultant’s work:

  • The Consultant to the Amnesty International Education for Human Dignity Project will guarantee the development and editing of innovative educational resources and tools for teachers, youth workers and multipliers who work with young people from the age of 11 to 25yrs. Materials will be developed in a participatory manner ensuring that potential users can actively contribute throughout the complete design phase. The content of the learning and teaching material will be based on the AI Demand Dignity Campaign, which places poverty within a human rights framework, and include case studies from the global south. The material should be informative, easy to use, accessible (both on and off-line) and include creative ways to use them. Moreover, it should be adaptable to formal and informal settings, different contexts and include participatory techniques (methodology).
  • As part of the participatory process in developing the educational materials a Working Group (WG) will be set up. It will include members of the AI International Secretariat (IS) Human Rights Education (HRE) Team, project partners1, project collaborators2 , AI sections from the global South, selected expects as well as the greater AI HRE Network. It will be the responsibility of the Consultant to coordinate the WG during the period of the consultancy with the aim to guarantee the active participation of its members as well as involving members from the greater HRE Network and other experts that the consultant may identify as pertinent.
  • Finally, the Consultant will be responsible to produce the final materials. She/he will work together with the consultant /agency that will be developing the multimedia resources in order to guarantee that the diverse tools and resources can be used together as well as separately. She/he will work in close relation and report directly to the Education for Human Dignity Project Coordinator.

3. Tasks of the Consultant:

3.1. Preparation of First Project Workshop specifically for the development of educational materials (18 October – 29 October)

  • Review existing material to give examples of possible types of materials that can be used.
  • Prepare discussion regarding what types of materials we should develop for this project.
  • Develop a proposal for a participatory process in developing the educational material.
  • Develop a proposal for the functioning of the working group in order to guarantee its continual input throughout the process and the active participation of its members in the development of the educational materials.
  • Work together with Project Coordinator and HRE Team in the preparation and facilitation of the 3 day workshop.

3.2. Participate in the First Project Workshop (5-7 November in London)

  • Co-facilitate with the HRE Team the 3 days of the Project Workshop.
  • Present and discuss proposal for participatory process in developing materials and functioning of the Working Group.
  • Lead discussion regarding the type of materials to be developed for this project.
  • Draft final document with results of the Workshop as input for the draft proposal of educational materials.

3.3. Coordinate Working Group (WG) formed for the development of educational material (November – July 2011)

  • Establish the functioning, activities, work plan and members of the WG during the First Project workshop.
  • Promote active participation on-line of the members of the WG in the development of the educational materials.
  • Report systematically to the Project Coordinate with respect to the activities of the WG.

3.4. Promote a broader consultation of Educational materials (November – March)

  • Promote a consultation process among the members of the AI International Human Rights Education Network.
  • Engage other experts or Networks in the consultation process.

3.5. Participate in Second Project Workshop for the Development of Education materials (3 days in February)

  • Prepare and co-facilitate with the HRE Team and WG the 3 days of the Second Project Workshop.
  • Present and discuss proposal for Educational materials.
  • Draft document with results of the workshop which should include proposal for educational materials to be piloted.

3.6. Produce Educational Materials- Toolkit (Pilot materials for March and final materials by July 2011)

  • Draft a proposal for the educational materials to be piloted in Italy, Poland and Slovenia taking into account input from various sources (First Project Workshop, WG, General Consultation, Project
  • Partner experiences, Second Project Workshop). Material to be piloted by March.
  • Edit the final material and resources taking into considerations the inputs from the pilot experiences in Italy, Poland and Slovenia.

3.7. Report to the Project Coordinator (October – July 2011)

  • Communicate and report systematically to the Project Coordinator regarding the development of the activities to ensure that the work is carried out in accord with the aims and purposes of the project.

3.8. Other tasks that can be identified during the process of the consultancy that are needed to guarantee the effective development of the educational resources within the aims and purpose of the project.

4. Duration:

  • The development of the educational materials and resources will begin in October and should be completed by July 2011. This will give time for translation of the materials so they can be launched with the school year September 2011 during the second year of the project.

5. Skills and Competencies:

  • Amnesty International is looking for a consultant with experience in developing educational material for youth specifically regarding Human Rights Education. The consultants should have the following skills and competencies
  • Proven experience in coordinating and facilitating participatory processes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of human rights education.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing human rights educational material.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing educational material for teachers in formal and/or informal settings.
  • Experience in producing materials for youth between 11 – 25 yrs.
  • Experience in participatory methodology.
  • Experience in working in the global south preferred.
  • Experience in facilitating and working in multicultural teams.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English.

6. Tenders/Bids:

  • Amnesty International invites bids from individuals or organisations with the experience and skills described above. Tenders should include:
  • Cover letter introducing the consultant/organisation and how the skills and competencies described above are met, with concrete examples.
  • CV
  • An example of human rights educational materials developed
  • A one page proposal on how you would develop the materials in a participatory manner.
  • Prepare a Bid regarding the activities proposed that should not exceed 20,000 Euro.

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