Call for tenders- "Digital Technologies and Peace Work"
The Academy for Conflict Transformation, part of forumZFD, is looking for a trainer to develop and deliver a seven-week thematic online training on “Digital Technologies and Peace Work”, scheduled for September/October 2023.
Application Deadline: 12.03.2023
1. Background information
forumZFD supports people involved in violent conflicts on the path to peace and strives to help overcome war and violence.
Our Academy for Conflict Transformation, the qualification department inside forumZFD, offers a learning space for professional, international peace work and is training experts in the field of civil conflict transformation. Our educational work is an expression of our conviction that non-violent, constructive ways of dealing with conflicts can be both taught and learned. The main goal is to provide specialists who already work or intent to work on international peace projects and conflict-sensitive development cooperation with practical tools that allow them to contribute to building lasting peace. In our courses and trainings, we create learning spaces where theory meets practice. Within this, our educational concept focuses on personal development, self-determination, responsibility and the ability to act in conflicts. One of our central concerns is fostering a personal attitude oriented towards peace-related values among all those who participate. The international intercultural exchange and participatory learning are particular strengths of all our trainings.
The Academy’s portfolio consists of longer, comprehensive training courses in peace and conflict work as well as shorter trainings focused on specific topics – both as in-person and online. Furthermore, we offer specific exchange platforms for alumni and orientation trainings for people interested in the Civil Peace Service (CPS). The Academy also offers tailor-made trainings in the field of peace and conflict transformation.
With the thematic online trainings, the Academy aims to reach peacebuilders who want to expand and deepen their existing knowledge through specialized topics in the field of peace and conflict work. These trainings are designed to allow participation alongside a regular job and from a variety of locations around the world. The majority of the participants are active in peacebuilding and already have knowledge on basic theories around peace and conflict.
In 2023 the Academy aims to offer a thematic online training on the topic of digital technologies and peace work. This upstreaming topic has for the first time already been offered in 2022. Since digital peacebuilding is already today very relevant but sometimes lacks of capacities and imagination in usual projects, the support and guidance of peace workers to use and integrate these tools to their work is the main aim of this course. After the training, participants should at least have accomplished the following learning objectives.
- …know what kind of digital technologies exist that have an added value for peace work and social change (also at low cost).
- …can identify the appropriate digital tool for the projects objectives and link it with existing methods in peace work.
- …have an idea on how these tools could be efficiently included in the conflict analysis and embedded in the project planning and implementation.
- …have an awareness of risks and ethical concerns related to the use of digital technologies in this field.
- …are inspired by best practice examples.
The planned schedule is seven weeks of training with weekly two-hour live sessions. Adjustments are possible, if they are suitable for the topic. Between the live sessions, the participants will work independently and together with others on provided material (literature, podcasts, videos or similar). The training aims to be as hands-on-oriented as possible and to be embedded in the context of the participants. Larger project-related tasks can create that link over those seven weeks. However, the weekly workload for the participants in addition to the live sessions should be about 4-6 hours.
The Academy for Conflict Transformation promotes an interactive, varied and playful learning environment and exchange-oriented communication of content in the digital space. In addition to input from the trainer, the exchange of ideas among the participants, for example in group work and discussions, is also crucial and a valuable resource. We emphasize a warm, encouraging, trusting and appreciating atmosphere in this online setting. The facilitator’s expertise and the personal exchange between participants will constitute key components of these trainings. To ensure a productive exchange on both a professional and personal level, the target number of participants is 16 people. If there are any changes in this regard, the trainer will be notified in a timely manner.
Our online thematic trainings are conducted on the learning platform ILIAS. For the live sessions we use BigBlueButton. This virtual learning space is only open to participants and the facilitator.
The trainer shall perform an online thematic training (preparing, holding and follow-up) and is responsible for designing and accompanying both the synchronous and asynchronous parts of the learning process, supported by and in agreement with the Academy’s team. This includes the following tasks:
Conceptualization and preparation of the training
- Providing information on the training for the acquisition of participants
- Depending on the needs at least one consultation with the Academy’s educational consultant on the tools used during the training. After a detailed briefing we expect the facilitator to be able to use these platforms independently.
- Providing the content for the different modules on the learning platform and designing the tasks and deliverables for participants to invest 4-6 hours weekly in the training in regular consultation with the educational consultant
- The detailed and updated training outline shall be sent to the educational consultant four weeks before the start
Implementation of the training
- Independent facilitation of the live sessions and preparation thereof
- Feedback to participants’ deliverables and contributions
- Creating a safe space in the online environment
- Adapting the training to participants’ needs and the learning process
- Friendly and responsive communication with the participants
Evaluation of the training
- One last evaluative meeting with the educational consultant or a written report
The Academy for Conflict Transformation supports the methodical and content-related organization and is responsible for the advertising of the training, done in cooperation with the facilitator. It also provides the technical infrastructure for the training (e.g. access to the learning platform ILIAS and the video conferencing tool BigBlueButton). Additional software and platforms, such as interactive whiteboards or brainstorming tools, can be used and offered by the Academy if agreed to in advance. Furthermore, we provide the trainer with information on participants’ experience and expectations before the start of the training. The educational consultant is always available for consultation.
4. Requirements to apply and assessment procedure
The following seven criteria have to be fulfilled:
- Substantial knowledge of the theory of the training subject
- Relevant hands-on experience in areas related to the training subject
- Substantial experience as a trainer and/or in adult education in transcultural contexts
- Strong communication skills, ability to recognize and respond to participants’ needs, willingness to implement constructive feedback
- Previous experience with online learning processes, dynamic and interactive online tools and the creation of safe spaces in the virtual environment.
- Excellent skills of the training language (English)
- Being aware of various power relations and one’s own role as well as taking an anti-racist stance
Rating criteria: Qualification and Experience
Rating Criteria: Quality of the Concept
The Academy offers a daily rate of 650 € (excl. VAT). This training implies seven daily rates (preparation, implementation, evaluation). Remark: The Academy receives public funding and is therefore bound to an economic allocation of resources.
6. Submission of proposals
The proposals should include:
- A CV
- A cover letter explaining your motivation and working approaches, including information on availability
- A training concept and outline (see annex 1)
Please submit all documents in English.
In case of questions, do not hesitate to contact Hannah Würbel, advisor for online trainings (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please send your proposal to Vi Pundt (tender@forumZFD.de). Please make sure to clearly state in the email subject [Surname, Name, Online Training “Digital Peacebuilding”].
We look forward to receiving your expression of interest by 12.03.23.