Education Development Center, Inc. Trainer--Safe Learning Environments in Waltham, Massachusetts

Trainer--Safe Learning Environments(SLE061917)

Job Type

Temporary Part-time


International Development


HQ: Waltham, MA

Job Details


EDC is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms. EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.

EDC is committed to diversity in the workplace.

The USAID Education in Conflict and Crisis Network (IDD) has an opening for a part-time Casual Safer Learning Environments Trainer reporting Cornelia Janke, USAID ECCN Support Team Project Director in Waltham, MA. Intermittent casual employment is sporadic in nature and employment is expected to vary with concentrated periods of work between July and November 2017. This position is a telecommuting position. EDC casual employees generally work as needed. A casual position receives statutory benefits of Social Security contributions, Medicare contributions, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation insurance and sick leave. A casual position ends when work is complete.


EDC seeks a part-time Trainer to be an intregal part of USAID-funded Education in Conflict and Crisis Network’s (USAID ECCN) work in the are of Safer Learning Environments (SLE) training. This position is funded by USAID under the Building Evidence and Capacity to Increase Equitable Access to Education in Crisis and Conflict-Affected Environments contract. USAID ECCN is a community of practice composed of USAID education staff, implementing partners and others working to improve policy, design, implementation and evaluation of education programs that increase equitable access to, and improve the quality of, learning opportunities in crisis and conflict affected environments. This five year initiative was established to promote knowledge generation and sharing among practitioners, policy makers and researchers related to Goal 3 of the USAID Education Strategy: improved equitable access to education in crisis and conflict affected environments.

USAID ECCN is offering a 3-day workshop on safer learning environments for USAID staff and partners, exact dates and location TBD, but this training is expected to take place in November or December 2017. The Trainer will join USAID ECCN to assist in identifying appropriate content and experts related to safe learning environments in crisis and conflict, working with the USAID ECCN Training Specialist and subject matter experts to organize and present the content in a coherent and engaging way, and help deliver and facilitate the workshop.


The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with USAID staff, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and other funding partners; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures. The Trainer will:

• Conduct research related to the most effective professional development approaches for USAID staff and partners working in or with contexts in conflict or crisis, especially as it relates to identified domains of study related to safer learning environments, which include both physical and emotional risks to safety including: environmental (natural disasters and health emergencies), internal risks (school-related gender based violence --including bullying and corporal punishment, gang violence in and around learning environments), external risks (ideological attacks on learning environments, learning environments caught in the crossfire of ongoing conflict), and risks to wellbeing related to living in a threatening environment.

• After consulting with relevant specialists, USAID and other ECCN members, plan ECCN’s approach to the safer learning environments training.

• Write, edit, & plan complex and/or high visibility professional development material

• Identify experts from the field of safer learning environments to contribute, and work with those experts to draw out relevant and engaging content

Other tasks or skill sets required by this position include:

• Familiarity with the state of the art for professional development

• Demonstrated ability to synthesize concepts and recommendations

• Demonstrated ability to develop original bodies of work

• Guide feedback exchanges; provides expertise to others

• Oversee administrative and logistical coordination of training activities

• Troubleshoot complex problems and develop solutions

• Integrate input from various experts into a coherent and seamless training experience


This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:

• Minimum of 10 years’ experience working in development, preferably in education or another social sector

• Minimum of 5 years’ experience creating, leading, or otherwise extensively involved in developing training programs

• Familiarity with safer learning environments in development settings.

• Master’s degree in related field required; Ph.D preferred


EDC, 43 Foundry Ave, Waltham, MA 02453

No phone calls, please

Posted: 06/19/2017