Posted on :
2 Dec, 2019
2 Dec, 2019
South Africa’s unemployment rate in the third quarter of 2019 is 29.1%. With no signs of slowing down, it is clear we are facing a national crisis with unimaginable repercussions.
According to Stats SA, black youth between 25 and 34 years of age bear the brunt of this and are now less skilled than their parents and white contemporaries. This is a sobering thought. The reasons for this are numerous, but the results are far more concerning and paint a picture of a growing number of disgruntled, unengaged young South Africans dependent upon the state for survival. Unemployment and inequality are stubbornly and unsustainably high.
One of the key strategic goals for Common Good’s ‘The Zanokhanyo Network’ in 2020 is to strengthen our Work Readiness Curriculum for replication and allow for the improved employability of our graduates. Common Good intends to contract a consultant to lead and deliver on this project in collaboration with TZN staff and potentially other project team resources that may be required to fulfil project outcomes and deliverables.
Parties requesting the proposal
Job Title: Curriculum Development Project Lead
Location: South Africa
Common Good was founded by Common Ground Church in 2005 as an independent and registered faith based non-profit. What began as a staff of two people, has grown into multiple teams of development practitioners and specialists. On any given day, we impact thousands of lives in Cape Town and beyond through our Early Life, Education and Employment initiatives. We believe that investing in these three areas, while mobilising the church to live and act justly, has the greatest potential for positive change in our society. Common Good has well-established programmes, a good track record and a solid management and governance structure in place. For more information on Common Good please refer to our organisational overview.
The Zanokhanyo Network (TZN)
The Zanokhanyo Network, Common Good’s employment initiative celebrated 11 years of implementation in July and has positively impacted thousands of under and unemployed people since 2008. The Zanokhanyo Network offers transformative work-readiness training and connections to employment opportunities. The holistic, 13-day course restores dignity and hope by empowering the unemployed with the confidence, skills, and resources they need to obtain meaningful work.
Graduates have access to assisted job-searching and our placement team works to connect them to meaningful opportunities, including employment, internships, and ongoing studies. This year we’ll train over six hundred unemployed people, thanks to an agile training model which enables us to take job readiness beyond our central hub and community-based access points, to additional communities further afield.
Since inception our vision has always been that TZN would be replicable – with one mechanism of scale being FBO/local church communities implementing the programme with Common Good offering support and mentorship in the process.
Goals of the curriculum development project
The purpose of this project is to revise the curriculum in such way that it will achieve the following:
Secondly to produce a Train-the-facilitator manual. In the preferred future the TZN base will focus far more on training the trainer than on direct delivery of training to clients. Consequently a “train the facilitator” curriculum needs to be developed.
The scope of the project:
Scope of curriculum revisions.
To achieve these goals the following revisions are required.
The curriculum needs to change in the following ways:
Core elements of the training that must not change
There is a lot that is working well in the current curriculum and these elements must be considered when making the revisions. Elements that are working and must be retained include:
The development of a clear, implementable train the facilitators model document and manual and all supporting materials
The project will commence in the beginning of January 2020 and must be completed by the end of June 2020.
Defining the project
The selected project manager will be responsible for developing a project plan which will be signed off by TZN’s Leader and the CEO of Common Good.
The role of the project manager will be required to oversee the development and improvements to the Work Readiness Curriculum and the Train the Facilitator programme. This person will be responsible for driving the whole process through the initial meeting and exploratory phases, making use of the current materials and knowledge within the TZN Training Team, testing it within a classroom setting and ensuring the production of high-quality final products for future use.
He/ She will project manage the development of a revised Work-Readiness course including the design of the course content, the presentation methodology, develop assessment tools and all supporting materials required to successfully facilitate the course and oversee any video production. This must include testing the various changes in a class setting and adjust the final product as needed. The project manager will be responsible for making sure the project is completed on time, within budget and to agreed artistic and technical standards. This includes ensuring that copyright issues are dealt with.
Minimum requirements and selection process:
All interested individuals must fulfil the following requirements:
Ideally the candidate has the following skills, knowledge and attributes:
Individuals interested in applying to lead this “TZN Curriculum Development Project” need to prepare and submit the following to [email protected].
Application Deadline: Thursday 5th December 2019