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EMPOWER Consultant - Zambia 

About the Organization Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.
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Category Consultant  



UNIT : Education and Empowerment (E&A)

REPORTS TO : Program Officer, Education and Empowerment (E&A)

Project Director, EMPOWER Zambia Project

Youth Training and Employment Specialist, EMPOWER Zambia Project

DURATION : 34 days between July -September 30 2017

LOCATION : Flexible (some travel to Zambia required)


Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

Winrock International, in partnership with Panos Institute of Southern Africa (PANOS) and Women and Resources in Eastern and Southern Africa (WARESA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security is implementing a project called EMPOWER Zambia: “Increasing Economic and Social Empowerment for Adolescent Girls and Vulnerable Women in Zambia”. EMPOWER Zambia is a four-year project funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL). EMPOWER Zambia will provide 2,500 adolescent girls with relevant skills and access to acceptable work, help 1,500 vulnerable women access livelihood opportunities, and increase understanding of acceptable work and gender equality by 1,000 men.


The consultant will lead the development a high-quality curriculum for the EMPOWER’s Rural Entrepreneurial and Leadership (REAL) course. The 6-month course curriculum will have three modules 1) Life skills: Three months of applied learning sessions centred on group discussions, scenario-based exercises and team building. This should also provide girls with individual psycho-social and interpersonal development and women with leadership skills; 2) Technical skills: two months of hands-on technical skills training with a lead farmer, agricultural extension agent, or TEVETA trainer. This component will also provide for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) training; 3) Practical application: one-month transition to practical application by joining a women-led business team or obtaining self-employment. The course targets rural – based adolescent girls 15-17 years old who are out of school, vulnerable women and men with possibly higher illiteracy rates. The curriculum will be tailor-made to suit the needs of the learners.

The REAL course will allow adolescent girls and women to receive life skills, technical skills and practical training, that would enable them to access better job opportunities in the targeted communities, resulting in the reduction of child labour. EMPOWER project will conduct a market needs assessment to identify skills gaps which will feed into the design of the technical skills module of the REAL Course curriculum,

Review of project documents and existing curriculums (approx. 7 Days)

  • Read and fully understand key EMPOWER Zambia documents, including the program description and other relevant documents provided by Winrock.
  • Review of existing curriculum from an array of empowerment, life skills/soft skills, child rights, financial education and vocational/technical training packages, from Winrock programs, Zambian programs (such as WECREATE Zambia), TEVETA institutions and ILO (Occupational Health and Safety (OSH)).

Curriculum and Training Material Development, adaptation and consolidation (approx. 20 Days)

  • Develop/adapt a three months applied skills module for adolescent girls and women (covering leadership, functional literacy, numeracy, acceptable work, business management, life skills, gender equality, microfinance, selling and training, peer mentoring and networking among others.
  • Develop/adapt a two months’ technical skills modules for adolescent girls/women (covering practical application e.g. agriculture, agro processing or TEVETA course)
  • Develop/adapt a one month module for girls/women focusing on forming and operationalising business teams
  • Develop/adapt a three months applied skills module for men (covering topics on acceptable work, life skills, gender equality and understanding the local market)
  • Develop/adapt mentorship sessions for peer learning and business support based sessions.
  • Adapt the different pieces of the REAL course (noted above) into one community based curriculum that will be delivered over a six-month training programme.
  • Develop Facilitator’s Guide to accompany REAL Curriculum to assist trainers in delivering the curriculum and a participant manual for trainees.

Travel to Zambia and conduct a Training of Trainers (ToT) with Project Staff (approx. 7 days)

  • Travel to Zambia and conduct a Training of Trainers (ToT) session to train the relevant project staff.


  • Curriculum Framework
  • Inception Report
  • Curriculum
  • Facilitator guide
  • Participant guide/hand-outs
  • Mentorships guides/sessions


Successful candidates will have strong and salient experience in curriculum development for programs working with rural, illiterate populations in sub-Saharan Africa. Experience working in Zambia or developing curriculums for Zambia is a plus.

Specific experience in at least three of the following is required:

  • Adolescent Girls programming and women empowerment,
  • Life skills,
  • child rights,
  • financial literacy, inclusion, microfinance,
  • gender or other women’s small business or economic/livelihoods models,
  • household approaches to education and/or economic growth,
  • Financial education,
  • Significant experience with curriculum development and training, and design and needs assessment.


  • Advanced degree (Master’s degree or higher) in international development, education, project management or other relevant advanced degree required.


  • 10 years of experience in curriculum development and training for women’s empowerment, or other relevant sector for rural, illiterate populations.
  • 5 years working with projects in the education, child labor, adolescent girls and women’s empowerment, or other relevant sector.
  • 5 years’ experience working in developing countries
  • Familiarity with/knowledge of social and economic empowerment for adolescent girls and vulnerable women
  • Understanding of applied learning methodologies, life skills/soft skills, gender issues, Occupational Safety and health, TEVET and agribusiness.


  • Fluent English language skills required.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, presentation skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability working with project staff both at HQ and field level is essential.
  • Ability to listen and incorporate feedback.
  • Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft).


Applicants should go to the Jobs link and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing: “EMPOWER Zambia REAL Course Curriculum” by July 19th, 2017.

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