Consultancy title: IT Consultant to develop e-learning and resource sharing platform (Wordpress and LearnDash)
Location: Home-based, preferably in Thailand
Contract period: Intermittent service from April 2023 – September 2023
with a possibility of renewal
Start: As soon as possible after the candidate’s selection
The spillover of infectious agents from animals to humans in recent decades has had a significant impact on the health of humans, animals, and our environment. To minimize the impact of future pandemic threats, the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) was established in 2011 with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop a resilient and competent One Health workforce to effectively prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats by leveraging education, research, and training excellence provided by member universities.
Since its establishment, SEAOHUN has expanded network membership from 10 universities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam to over 99 universities in eight countries, including the four founding countries plus Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and the Philippines. The expansion was made possible with the support of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), U.S. Department of State (DOS) through its Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), and USAID. Our university members come from multiple disciplines connected to the health of humans, animals, and their ecosystem.
Our regional programs promote and facilitate collaborative activities among the countries with an emphasis on improving One Health education and research. Examples of our educational initiatives include the development of One Health core and technical competencies, competency-based education, research capacity to provide an evidence-base for One Health advocacy, One Health student clubs, and other experimental learning activities.
The SEAOHUN Secretariat based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is the coordinating body for all the country networks. The Secretariat manages subawards with the country networks, facilitates SEAOHUN Executive Board meetings and regional activities, strengthens One Health University Networks in Southeast Asia through capacity building activities, and partners with national, international and non-governmental organizations to build the next generation of One Health leaders. The Secretariat represents interests of its country networks at global and regional meetings/conferences/forums such as Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), and ASEAN+3 Field Epidemiology Training Network (FETN). SEAOHUN has partnered with Zoetis and Pfizer to address the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and with Chevron to strengthen One Health education in Southeast Asia.
For more information, you may visit https://www.seaohun.org/ and http://facebook.com/seaohun.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
SEAOHUN received the USAID support for a program titled “SEAOHUN Transition Award” from October 2023 to September 2024 to develop and strengthen a local One Health workforce with the capacity to prepare, prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks and complex health challenges in the Southeast Asia region.
A key priority in the Transition Award is to manage regional knowledge for One Health curricula and create training content to address workforce gaps for in-service professionals. The four components of managing regional knowledge are:
The closure of universities because of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted teaching and forced faculty members and students alike to quickly transform their teaching and learning to online or hybrid (virtual and face-to-face). The transformation is even more challenging in low-resource settings. However, SEAOHUN member Universities turned these challenges into opportunities, including leveraging technology to maintain the quality of education and collaboration across different disciplines.
SEAOHUN and its country networks would like to capitalize on the opportunity to facilitate South-South exchanges and promote lifelong learning through online teaching and learning platform named the One Health Workforce Academies (OHWA) developed by the OHW-NG consortium led by University of California, Davis. The OHWA platform’s mission is to promote the development, delivery, institutionalization, accreditation, and employer-recognition of training and educational activities that are in alignment with One Health core competencies and technical skills. It is envisaged that the OHWA platform will host international high-quality courses and resources leading to achieving One Health certification by International Board of One Health Examiners. The platform is powered by WordPress, a content management system, with LearnDash, a WordPress plugin for learning management system.
In order to make the OHWA platform more accessible for users from Southeast Asia, consultation with the OHW-NG team, SEAOHUN country networks, and past and current users of the OHWA will be conducted by SEAOHUN and its IT Consultant to gather their recommendations and experiences before cloning the OHWA for Southeast Asia (SEA-OWHA). The SEA-OHWA will host regional- and country-level courses and contents. Interested people, students, and University faculty members can freely access the SEA-OHWA platform.
SEAOHUN will commission a short-term consultancy with an IT firm or consultant to provide intermittent service from April 2023 to September 2023 to develop the SEA-OHWA platform to
After the SEA-OHWA development is complete, the IT firm/consultant will provide training to staff of SEAOHUN Secretariat on managing all functions of the platform, including uploading, retrieving, storing, and cataloguing One Health educational contents from faculty members of SEAOHUN member Universities.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
HOW TO APPLY
Interested firms or individuals are invited to send the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy to email@example.com using the subject line “Apply for IT Consultant”
Applicants will be evaluated against their experience (20%), technical approaches (50%), and total cost (30%). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled with the first round of reviews on 29 March 2023. The candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Should there be any inquiries about the TOR, please contact to Mr. Thura Kyaw, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEAOHUN is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, language, religion, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity. SEAOHUN prohibits the use of forced labor and trafficking in persons, and does not charge any fees from applicants. While we respect all applications, only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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