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Instructional Designer and Trainer

Grant-funded position (pending funding)


Creative Action Institute invites qualified candidates to apply for a full-time Instructional Design and Trainer based in Nairobi, Kenya, (pending finalized grant awards) to collaborate on designing content and facilitation for time-bound grant-funded opportunities as well as our ongoing Sauti ya Dada Program, which operates in East Africa. We anticipate this position
starting January 2024.

Who we are
Our mission is to catalyze community driven solutions that advance gender equity and a sustainable planet. At Creative Action Institute, we catalyze community-driven solutions because we believe those closest to the problems are best positioned to address them. 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 a consultant to other like-minded organizations and provides services in curriculum development, toolkit development, and leadership training.


  • Instructional Design and Facilitation for Grant-Funded Project Implemented in Tanzania and Uganda (60%). The Instructional Designer and Trainer will play a key role in this project, including but not limited to being instrumental in the following:

    • Co-design a climate action toolkit for and with youth-focused CSOs. This will include desk research and stakeholder interviews; developing the toolkit in an iterative and 

    • inclusive way; and conducting validation workshops with youth leaders in Uganda and Tanzania.

    • Co-design and implement multi-day “community bootcamps” with CSOs. The bootcamps will introduce the toolkit to CSO leaders and be implemented multiple times in Uganda and Tanzania). All bootcamps will be co-facilitated, but the person in this role will lead the facilitation across all points of implemention.

    • Update and revise program curricular materials, including but not limited to the Sauti ya Dada Girls’ Workbook, East Africa Girls Leadership Summit (EAGLS) and Creative Advocacy Practicums (CAPs) materials, etc., as needed by,

    • Provide follow-up coaching to CSO leaders.

    • Provide input on evaluative criteria around climate justice competencies as they pertain to the toolkit.

  • Facilitation and Program Implementation Support (40%). In collaboration with the Regional Program Manager and Program Officer, co-plan and co-facilitate:

    • the annual in-person East African Girls’ Leadership Summit (EAGLS), and

    • mentor capacity building trainings and follow-up coaching sessions that are part of the Sauti ya Dada Program

    • updating and revising tools to collect data on learning outcomes as needed,

    • reviewing program evaluation data and making recommendations, and

    • leading an iterative processes that draw on and incorporates the teams’ input.

  • Provide feedback to peer Instructional Designer and Trainer and/or develop content as needed for our other programs and or consulting work as needed.

  • Co-facilitate trainings for our other programs or consulting work as needed.

  • Participate in cross-functional and team meetings as needed.

Education and Requirements, and Competencies

● Holds a Bachelors degree or higher in a relevant field
● Minimum of 5 years of experience in instructional design, facilitation, and training
● Must have previous experience developing content or facilitating content related to climate justice and girls education.
● Fluency in written and spoken English (additional fluency in Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda or French is a plus)
● Candidates must be based in Nairobi in order to coordinate with our existing team
● Must be able to travel for long stretches of time to facilitate workshops and trainings

Competencies - Instructional Design and Training:
● Understands and utilizes creative methodologies, participatory and popular education in curriculum design and training
● Understands and utilizes learner-centered and gender-responsive approaches to education

● Experience in educating global audiences, ideally on gender equality and climate change
● Experience and/or strong knowledge in trends in international development, gender equality, education, and climate justice
● Experience with participatory action research and participatory evaluation approaches a plus
● Experience in coaching facilitation and training
● Brings in new, creative and innovative approaches to curriculum development, and willing to stay current on best practices and newest approaches
● Deep facilitation experience both in-person and online
● Experience in crafting original activities
● Excellent writer who can develop polished facilitator guides, toolkits, and other training materials

Competencies - Communication and Project Management:
● Effective and professional verbal and written communicator
● Strategic thinker who is both skilled at big-picture thinking and managing details
● Pays close attention to details and shows demonstrated capacity for follow-through
● Highly collaborative and creative
● Highly skilled at planning ahead and managing others in order to meet deadlines
● Highly skilled in Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and G Suite
● Familiarity with Asana is a plus


Salary and Benefits
Creative Action institute offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
We invite those with appropriate qualifications to send the following to info(at)

  • 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)S

  • Samples of curriculum and/or training materials

Applications should be submitted by October 31, 2023 but will be accepted until the role is filled. Please make sure the subject line references Instructional Designer and Facilitator. We are a small team, so applications not meeting the criteria will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly by the team using the email address provided in their resume.

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