The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Microsoft / Tech for Social Impact (TSI) have entered into a partnership, collaborating on creating sustainable social impact programming for refugees and displaced populations around the world, as well as increasing the efficiency and efficacy of the IRC staff who serve them.
One such initiative under this partnership is Digital Skills for New Americans. The goal of Digital Skills for New Americans is twofold.
First, it is to develop, pilot, and evaluate a modular, responsive set of digital literacy learning resources that support refugee and immigrant populations to acquire the digital competencies needed for workplace success.
Second, through Digital Skills for New Americans, IRC will be able to scale a tested set of digital learning resources across the USP network, including launching a second phase of implementation in four cities.
As a part of this effort, IRC will develop modular learning resources including a curriculum, facilitators guide, and supporting hands-
on activities and independence learning activities that support skills acquisition and overall comfort with the digital environment.
Additionally, the project has a goal of sharing these digital literacy resources across IRC’s network of 25 locations and specifically, seeks to provide the training to an additional 240 individuals accessing IRC workforce development programming.
Finally, select learning resource materials will also be shared with the broader community of refugee-serving organizations in the U.
S.IRC’s strategy in developing the learning resources for Digital Skills for New Americans will intentionally utilize existing resources and materials including Microsoft digital literacy curricular resources.
This will ensure that what IRC develops is leveraging proven tools and will allow IRC to focus on key aspects of digital literacy skill development that are unique to the needs of refugees and immigrants working towards employment and career growth.
Activities Desk research related to :
Existing digital literacy curriculums
Critical digital literacy skills needed to thrive in US workplace
Digital skills needed by all IRC constituents at different phases of resettlement and acclimation process
Mediums and mechanisms used to assess current digital skill levels and improvement Deliverables Deliverable 1. Production of Digital Literacy Curriculum
Total of 9-12 learning modules to be developed based off of identified fundamental digital literacy skills for New Americans
Curriculum modules should be contextualized to what skills are needed in the US workplace
Developed curriculum should be modular and allow implementing staff across the US to tailor the learning to the specific needs of the individuals they are serving as well as to deploy the learning in a diverse array of workforce development programs that may be delivered through a mix of individual and group classes and in an intensive (e.
g. three day) or longer-term (e.g. six months) format.
Curriculum to be competence-basedDeliverable 2. Production of Facilitator’s Guide
Creation of facilitator’s guide to be used for curriculum implementation across the nation, enabling a variety of individuals and / or teams to lead digital literacy training in different locations and to those with diverse skill levels.
Sample facilitators include IRC staff, volunteers, interns, etc. Deliverable 3. Production of Digital Literacy Skills Assessment
Development of a Digital Literacy skills assessment to gauge participant level and understanding of key digital literacy competencies prior to and post modular training, with an emphasis on knowledge required within workforce development
Assessment metrics will be analyzed at several points to quantitatively measure growth in skill areas, in addition to qualitative collection of anecdotes and experiences throughout the program.
Advanced degree (MA or PhD) in Education, Program Design, Curriculum Design, or other relevant fields
Has a distinguished record of accomplishments in the field of general education and / or digital literacy and experience working with adult English Language Learners
At least 1-2 years of experience integrating technology into instruction
Ability to adapt curriculum to meet the needs of varying English skill and literacy levels
Demonstrates knowledge and use of a rich array of instructional strategies and resources
Capable of designing instruction with opportunities to develop 21st century skills, including but not limited to critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, creativity and digital literacy
Able to provide leadership in developing, implementing, evaluating, and restructuring the program.
Experience coaching and developing staff; Excellent management and organizational skills
Experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse target populations
Skilled in communicating clearly and effectively in both oral and written language; Possesses effective presentation skills
English fluency required
Priority will be given to those living in Seattle and the Puget Sound areaPlease submit a document in no more than 2 pages with the following information :
Statement of qualifications
Examples of 2-3 similar projects
A brief work plan
2-3 referencesApplications deadline is April 26, 2019