Arabic Content Specialist

Learning Equality | Flexible, Other

Background

Learning Equality is committed to enabling every person in the world to realize their right to a quality education, by supporting the creation, adaptation and distribution of open educational resources, and creating supportive tools for innovative pedagogy. We build and support open-source educational software designed to increase learning opportunities for communities with limited or no access to the Internet, starting with our product KA Lite and now with the recent release of Kolibri. We do this work because we believe deeply in the transformative power that learning can have on people's lives, and are passionate about social justice and breaking down the barriers that prevent many people from reaching their full potential and living empowered lives.

We started out as a group of volunteer students and have grown to have 20 full-time employees, as well as a number of contractors and interns, alongside a community of volunteers and open-source contributors. We are based on the UC San Diego campus, and collaborate closely with researchers and students across the campus. Our core team is growing, and we’re looking to hire people aligned with our core values who will help us move our projects forward and play a strong collaborative and leadership role in their areas of focus. We have a lot we want to accomplish, and want to continue building a positive, dynamic, and diverse team to help ensure our vision flourishes.

Job Summary

Learning Equality is looking for an Arabic Content Specialist consultant to work on the ecosystem of Arabic educational content for Kolibri, Learning Equality’s open-source educational platform that is specially designed to provide offline access to a curated and openly licensed educational content library with tools for pedagogical support for use in low-resource and low-connectivity contexts. See the Kolibri demo site (available in Arabic) for more info.

Our web-based tool Kolibri Studio gives users full control over the organization of their educational materials. Using this content curation system, anyone can explore pre-organized libraries of open educational resources as arranged by their creators, and bundle, tag, differentiate, and re-order their content to create custom channels for distribution. Available in dozens of languages, the Kolibri collections are designed to support a well-rounded curriculum, including both formal educational materials, some of which are aligned with government curricula--such as lessons and assessments--and exploratory materials, such as books, games, and simulations for use in a diverse set of learning environments.

We’re building out the library on Kolibri Studio to include additional quality Arabic resources, and that is where you come in. We are looking for a consultant who identifies strongly with Learning Equality's mission to bring basic education to under-resourced communities around the world. You will be working closely with Learning Equality’s curriculum team to help expand the Kolibri offline educational library to ensure that offline learners have access to a variety of relevant, vetted educational content in Arabic.

Responsibilities

Activities will include:

  • Manage the process of developing an inventory of existing digital or digitalizable learning content for native Arabic-speaking K-12 learners, and a timeline of what additional content may be planned for production, building on work that has already taken place.
  • Identify gaps in the digital Arabic content ecosystem.
  • Facilitate the content curation process in Arabic for pilot of Kolibri in Arabic-speaking contexts.
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders to ensure content alignment with national systems in collaboration with counterpart at UNHCR.
  • Work with Learning Equality content tooling development team to support the content pipeline process for the import of Arabic content into Kolibri Studio.
  • Manage relationships with digital Arabic content creators to support content digitization and content purchasing/creation as needed, and other stakeholders including relevant Ministries of Education.
  • Engagement and facilitation of coalition building with the relevant communities focused on open educational resource production or use in Arabic.

Qualifications

About You

  • You believe in the power of learning, strive to promote equality, are motivated to work on something new and innovative, and resonate with our statement of core values.
  • You love to build things, and like to think carefully about how best to serve the needs of a diverse set of users.
  • You have at least a few years of experience working on large projects in team environments, while also exceling at working independently.
  • You’re proactive, capable, and excited to help us push this vital work forward.

Required Qualifications

  • Professional or academic experience with curriculum design, curriculum standards, and country-level education policy. Applicants with any educational background (including graduate students) may apply.
  • Research and writing skills including literature reviews, scoping, benchmarking, comparative analysis, and report writing.
  • Experience with education ecosystems and demonstrated ability to collaborate and coordinate across different education stakeholders; experience in content acquisition is a plus.
  • Fluent in spoken and written Arabic & English, and some familiarity with differences between Arabic dialects.

Optional Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and/or training in public policy, international education and/or library science.
  • Experience working in a K-12 classroom, especially at the lower secondary grade level
  • Regional education expertise in Arabic-speaking countries (specifically Jordan).
  • Exposure to education technology platforms, tools, and libraries.
  • Knowledge of open educational resources (OER) and nuances of content licensing (e.g., Creative Commons).
  • Familiarity with programming (e.g. Python, SQL, R, Django, etc) for data gathering and analysis.
  • Experience working with curriculum developers, Ministries of Education, UN agencies, and international and grassroots INGOs, especially those in the Arab world.

Compensation

Projects to be completed by Q4 of 2018, with contractor working on a part-time basis with potential for additional work following completion. Contractor may be based remotely and preference will be given to those living and working in Arabic-speaking countries. Please include your standard daily rate in your application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

How to Apply

Please submit an application here: https://learningequality.org/about/jobs/?gh_jid=989834 

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