Instructional Design Specialist

Posted Date 3 months ago(12/20/2017 2:41 PM)
Washington, D.C.


IBTCI is a developing a proposal for an anticipated five-year task order that will develop a new cadre of USAID Global Health Technical Professionals (GHTPs) while also providing non-direct hire global health technical professionals (TPs) to Global Health (GH) and other Agency offices in Washington and overseas. The Program will serve as a primary entry point for junior and mid-level technical professionals who are new to USAID. The Program focuses on three key components, 1) identify, recruit, place and support a pool of TPs; 2) oversee and support the professional career development of the TPs, and 3) conduct diversity outreach events and exchanges to serve all GH hiring mechanisms. The Instructional Design Specialist will lead the development of instructional and learning tools across the life of the project. This is a full-time position, based in the Washington, DC area.  Position is contingent upon contract award.


Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with and support members of the project team to ensure the development and integration of high quality professional learning computer-based tools (including self-paced, virtual meeting technologies and social networking platforms) into existing and new training courses and organizational development activities.
  • Review existing courseware to recommend those most suitable to computer-based tools, and update and revise them to integrate different learning technologies that would enhance the learning experience of participants.
  • Work closely with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to share a vision of how learning technologies could be used to enhance existing and new training courses by using storyboards, course outlines and short online mock-up demonstrations. Gather content from SMEs to create asynchronous eLearning modules as well as live virtual trainings. Work closely with SMEs to design appropriate Kirkpatrick Level two assessments for eLearning courses and live virtual trainings.
  • Create content for various outputs, including but not limited to course outlines, storyboards, scripted notes and slides in PowerPoint, job-aids, hand-out sheets and reference materials, participant and facilitator guides, video tutorial scripts, onscreen text, and so forth.
  • Design and develop stand-alone eLearning modules for inclusion in a Learning Management System, as well shorter modules for pre-course work.
  • Design and develop interactive virtual trainings. Deliver virtual trainings in the role of producer or technical facilitator.
  • Explicitly apply adult learning principles in the design of professional learning experiences, and ensure content maps to outcomes.
  • Implement internal feedback and review processes to ensure materials are high quality, relevant and written to established guidelines.
  • Provide training of trainers and facilitate buy-in to the use of new technologies in their courses.
  • Develop quality assurance guidelines and standard operating procedures for blended learning curricula. Stay updated in the field and advise staff on new technology developments and their value added to training courses.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to use the ADDIE model/framework to plan and organize work; and to use Kirkpatrick’s Levels of Evaluation to measure training outcomes.
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment and to solicit and implement feedback from team members; ability to work well with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with Federal government-funded projects, ensuring product compliance with Section 508.
  • Excellent client service skills. Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects; meeting deadlines and problem-solving to keep projects on track.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Five or more years’ experience working in an Instructional Design role including the use of computer-based training and authoring tools and/or virtual instructor-led training tools (e.g., Adobe Connect, Adobe Captivate, Articulate Story Line, and so forth); comfortable navigating different learning software.
  • Experience with adult learning principles and developing software and training tools to meet the needs of adult learners. Experience working in the field of international development.
  • Graphic design expertise and experience using graphic design software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create media rich backgrounds, fonts and images for web-based courses.
  • Diverse experience working with donors (specifically USAID) and highly organized with exquisite attention to detail.

Education: Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in related field.


Working Environment:  Typically completed in an office environment.


Physical Requirements:  This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.


Supervisory Responsibility:  This position does have supervisory responsibilities.


Work Authorization:  Must be authorized to work in the USA. 


No phone calls, please.  All candidates will be acknowledged; only final candidates will be contacted. 


IBTCI is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other classification protected by applicable anti-discrimination laws.  We prohibit and do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.


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