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WIEGO Worker Educator (4 days per week)

Remote position – Home-Based Location.

Application Deadline: 31 January 2024

About WIEGO

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) is a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. We believe all workers should have equal economic opportunities and rights. WIEGO creates change by building capacity among organizations of workers in informal employment, expanding the knowledge base about the informal economy, and influencing local, national and international policies.

WIEGO School programme

The purpose of the role is to support the coordination and rollout of the WIEGO School. The School was piloted by WIEGO in three regions (Africa, Brazil and Asia) in 2022 and is now fully integrated into all programmes to build workers’ power. The School is aimed at the global and national leaders of WIEGO’s institutional members (membership-based organizations of street vendors, waste pickers, domestic workers and home-based workers), as well as other membership-based organizations of workers in the informal economy that WIEGO works with.

The objectives of the WIEGO School programme are: –

Objective 1: Prepare informal worker leaders, especially women, to work within their organizations to cultivate democratic values, procedures and outcomes; expand the depth and reach of their organisations through recruitment and organizing; develop mechanisms of transparency and accountability; and expand worker education.

Objective 2: Increase the ability of informal worker leaders to engage in collective bargaining with diverse counterparts—including local governments, supply chain actors, corporations and multilateral organizations—through specialized training in negotiation, including negotiation specifically with formalization programmes.

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Objective 3: Deepen the capacity of MBO leaders to understand, analyze and advocate in the fast-changing policy contexts that directly affect their livelihoods through learning on all other aspects of WIEGO work—social protection, statistics, law and urban policies—alongside the development of popular education materials.

Objective 4: Train informal worker leaders in skills related to management, fundraising, communications, and organizational sustainability to inspire a long-term vision of their organizations within the changing world of work.

Embedded objectives of the School are to empower participants with participative worker education skills which can be taken back and applied in their own organizations and to build lasting solidarity between participants. Where activities are cross-sectoral, an embedded objective is to promote cross-sector learning and solidarity.

The Position

WIEGO is currently seeking a Worker Educator consultant to support the coordination and rollout of the WIEGO School. The consultant will be responsible for supporting the WIEGO School coordinator in conceptualising, planning and implementing the WIEGO School programme.

The programme will be rolled out through a combination of virtual and face-to-face activities facilitated by WIEGO team members and key consultants as well as by partner organizations.

Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities will include:

a) Administrative oversight of the design, development and delivery of the WIEGO School programme with input from a working group of WIEGO team members from the Organization and Representation Programme (ORP), other WIEGO Programmes where necessary, and external consultants where appropriate.

b) Liaising with participants and their organizations before, during and after participation, including the provision of learning support where needed.

c) Liaising with WIEGO Communications on interpretation and translation requirements, material layout and design and other communications needs

d) Administering systematic monitoring, learning and evaluation tools to track the implementation and impact of WIEGO School programmes.

e) Ensuring that the ORP worker education repository of materials and resources is kept up to date.

f) Supporting the WIEGO School coordinator in the ongoing consultation with WIEGO’s member organizations and other membership-based organizations that WIEGO works with to determine worker education needs and WIEGO School’s contribution to meeting those needs.

g) Supporting the WIEGO School coordinator in building collaborative relationships with partner organizations.

h) Establishing a directory of worker educators and worker education institutions to support designing and delivering a pioneering WIEGO School programme.

i) Administrative support for the convening of the WIEGO School Advisory Committee meetings.

About You

To be successful in this position you will need the following:

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A minimum of 3 years of demonstrable experience of designing and facilitating workers’ education programmes.
  • Experience in designing accessible worker education materials for deployment on digital platforms.
  • Experience in participatory worker education using a range of platforms to facilitate learning.
  • A thorough knowledge of the informal economy and membership-based organizations (MBOs) of workers in informal employment.
  • Knowledge of the labour and/or cooperative movements and their existing structures at the national, regional, and international levels

Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills and, in particular, the ability to work collaboratively, inclusively and respectfully with membership-based organisations of workers in informal employment.
  • Proficiency in virtual communication tools and platforms to facilitate remote learning activities.
  • The ability to work virtually and deploy open communication and active listening skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently and work within tight deadlines.
  • Experience in working in a diverse, multilingual, multicultural team.
  • Competence in spoken and written English, with a working knowledge of at least one or more Asian languages being an added advantage.

What we offer

The self-employed consultancy contract is offered on an initial 3-month trial basis (4 days per week, flexible hours) extendable by 9 months to a total one-year contract subject to satisfactory performance and thereafter renewal on a two-year basis by mutual agreement.

Pay is in US Dollars and is dependent on experience, location and the role profile. This will be discussed with the successful candidate.

The post-holder will work from home and therefore you will need access to your own computer equipment and a strong Internet connection.

Next Steps

To apply for this position, please submit a resume, a sample of workshop material that you have developed and a cover letter explaining your motivation and how you fulfil the above requirements to [email protected] by the closing date of Wednesday 31st January, 11:59 pm (UTC) 2024. Please note: applications which do not include a sample of workshop material that you have developed will not be considered.

WIEGO is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. All applicants are welcome.

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