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Instructional Designer and Trainer

Job Description

Creative Action Institute is experiencing considerable growth and seeks to engage a full-time Instructional Designer and Trainer – a new position - to play a central role in developing unique curriculum and toolkits for clients and new content for our own programs centered in popular education and learner-centered approaches that leverage creative, participatory and experiential activities; building the training capacity of our team, and designing and co-facilitating trainings.


About Creative Action Institute

At Creative Action Institute, we catalyze community-driven solutions because we believe those closest to the problems are best positioned to address them. Using our groundbreaking creative approaches, we build transformative leadership, create fertile spaces for networks and movements to form and grow, and support creative advocacy to advance gender equality and build a sustainable planet.


Creative Action Institute’s unique methodology is rooted in popular education and learner-centered approaches and is infused with experiential, participatory, and creative activities. We have trained hundreds of teachers, community leaders, and youth to leverage the skills and knowledge to advance leadership development, gender equality, education, health, climate justice and bio-cultural diversity in East Africa, West Africa, and Central America. These approaches have been readily replicated and adapted in a variety of contexts including under-resourced and remote locales.


Creative Action Institute operates its own annual programs and is also a consultant to other like-minded organizations and provides services in curriculum development, toolkit development, and capacity building.



Creative Action Institute seeks a full-time Instructional Designer and Trainer to support its recent substantial growth who will play a central role in developing unique curriculum and toolkits for clients, create new content for our own programs, provide facilitation support and coaching to other team members, and co-facilitate trainings as needed. The role will include (but not be limited to) the following areas of focus:


  • Informing and supporting the development of course curricula

  • Facilitating and co-facilitating trainings for Creative Action Institute and clients

  • Developing, editing, and providing feedback on content, defining/prioritizing learning goals, and sketching preliminary plans for curriculum

  • Creating and providing guidance on standards to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of curriculum development

  • Choosing media for training to accommodate the audiences' needs, meet project requirements, and achieve stated learning objectives

  • Coaching staff on facilitation skills

  • Coaching staff on instructional design and related skills to enhance and further develop their training design and development skills and capabilities

  • Identifying and designing appropriate tools for measuring the effectiveness of training

  • Analyzing results, developing conclusions and reports, and making recommendations based on implemented instructional design


Education, Requirements, and Competencies


Education and Requirements

  • Holds a Bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant field

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in instructional design, facilitation, and training

  • English fluency is required (additional fluency in Spanish and/or French is preferred)

  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and G Suite

  • Must be able to travel internationally for occasional trainings



  • Understands and utilizes in curriculum design and training:

    • creative methodologies,

    • participatory and popular education

    • learner-centered approaches

    • gender-responsive approaches to education

  • Strong knowledge or applied experience in:

    • international development,

    • gender equality,

    • education, and

    • climate justice

  • Experience in educating global audiences on gender equality and climate change

  • Experience coaching others in facilitation and training

  • Brings in new and innovative approaches to curriculum development and is committed to staying up to date on current trends in training and curriculum development

  • Experience in crafting original activities

  • Effective verbal and written communicator

  • Excellent writer

  • Strong researcher

  • Strategic thinker who is both skilled at big-picture thinking and managing details

  • Pays close attention to detail and shows demonstrated capacity for follow-through

  • Highly collaborative and creative


Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience - between $55k-$65k


Creative Action Institute offers a competitive benefits package that includes generous PTO, option for health and dental or a stipend, 401(k).


How to Apply

We invite those with appropriate qualifications to send the following to

  • thoughtful, well-crafted cover letter and resume

  • summary of related curriculum development, toolkit development, training and facilitation projects/assignments (please include dates, client/audience, brief description, and links to final products if available)

  • original activity sample you developed


Shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly by the team using the email address provided in their resume.