Master Trainer – USAID Opportunity 2.0

  • Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Full-time

Company Description

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC) is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms. Established in 1958, EDC designs, delivers and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity. Our services include research, training, educational materials, and strategy, with activities ranging from seed projects to large-scale national and international initiatives.


Job Description

Project Description
Opportunity 2.0, funded by USAID, will strengthen second-chance education programs for vulnerable out-of-school youth in the Philippines. Opportunity 2.0 (02) will collaborate and work with national and local systems supporting youth in order to provide 180,000 youth with the skills and opportunities to improve their education, employment, and livelihood outcomes.  

Achieving this vision will require a multi-faceted, systems-strengthening approach that aligns the formal education system, markets, and youth “sub-systems” at the regional levels. This will be achieved by providing experienced project personnel embedded in government departments; further aligning the input of technical assistance; and maximizing opportunities to bring together the respective stakeholders to identify and refine synergies and transition pathways for youth, particularly between Department of Education (DepEd)’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) program and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Position Description
The Master Trainer will support curriculum and training development and delivery of Opportunity 2.0 Training of Trainers, provide coaching to Opportunity 2.0 local partner trainers or facilitators, and TESDA and ALS administrators. The Master Trainer will organize and lead or co-facilitate meetings and workshops as needed.

Essential Functions
The Master Trainer’s specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
- Support planning and conducting activities to strengthen systems service delivery, such as engaging local universities in ALS teacher professional development, continuing education and career guidance for ALS youth, as well as developing a pre-service ALS teacher training curriculum and program for leading teacher education institutions.
- Support planning and implementation of a blended professional development training program for ALS implementers in close coordination with the Youth Development Coordinator and DepEd.
- Organize and co-facilitate Training of Trainers workshops (TOT) on the Opportunity 2.0 curriculum with partner universities, youth service providers and trainers.
- Assist the Deputy Chief of Party and Lead Master Trainer in coordinating the design and development of the Interactive Audio Instruction (IAI).
- Support the creation of Interactive Audio Instruction (Design and Development of Episodes, and Coordination of the IAI Teams)
- Support and monitor delivery of Opportunities 2.0 training activities.
- Provide ongoing technical support and monitoring to trainers from DepEd ALS, TESDA and local partners implementing the Opportunity 2.0 curriculum.
- Analyze the evaluation results and contribute to the continuous improvement of training curriculum and design.
- Develop and coordinate advanced trainings in specific technical areas as needed.
- Support the implementation of a pilot program that combines the Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) curriculum with savings groups (SILC) and entrepreneurship accompaniment, in close coordination with the Youth Development Coordinator and Youth Technical Director.
- Support local trainer providers to help integrate Work-Based Learning (WBL), entrepreneurship training and coaching, and technical training into their existing programs and services for DepEd ALS and TESDA youth, in close coordination with the Youth Development Coordinator and Youth Technical Director.
- Assist the Youth Development Coordinator in ensuring the quality and delivery of Opportunity 2.0 training activities by youth service providers.
- Support coordination with city/municipal level partner agencies and local youth service providers on project supervision visits of US Embassy/USAID, EDC, DepEd ALS Task Force, TESDA national and regional offices and other officials to his/her area of responsibility.
- Provide technical and other support for implementing workshops, forums and other learning events at the local level to disseminate results of project-wide assessments, communicate innovative approaches and good practices, and share research findings as appropriate, for the purpose of knowledge-sharing and for building or sustaining partnerships.
- Actively contribute to the project communications plan by regularly providing documentation of significant events, success stories, and other similar materials to feature in USAID weekly highlights, EDC newsletter, and for press releases.

Organizational Relationships and Employment Status
- Reports to Lead Master Trainer
- Based in Metro Manila with travel to project sites
- Regular Full-time Employee


B.A. in education, social development, communication, or related field. Specialized training in non-formal education or related/similar fields would be an advantage.

Skills and Experience
- At least 5 years of work experience in curriculum and training development, instructional design, and training design, delivery and facilitation preferably in an NGO, international organization or business.
- Experience in curriculum, creative writing design and materials development including Interactive Audio Instruction/Radio-based Instruction strongly preferred.
- Experience in producing learning materials for education or training delivered through online platforms, radio or television would be an advantage.
- Extensive experience and involvement with developing curricula and training materials for ALS, workforce development programs, and TVETs.
- Must have teaching or facilitating experience using the andragogy approach, including experience in using active teaching and learning methodologies for adults and youth.
- Experience and/or training in career guidance and counseling or human resources management desired.
- Experience in working in Opportunity 2.0 regions, or similar socio-economic-cultural context would be a distinct advantage.
- Demonstrated capacity for coordination and task management.
- Excellent people skills at all levels, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to work in both a multicultural work environment as well as independently.
- Working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel and preparing effective power point presentations.
- Demonstrated willingness to travel to provinces and districts for project needs.

Fluency in English, Filipino, and working knowledge of local language and dialect(s). 

Additional Information

Due to the volume of applications submitted, only finalists will be notified. No phone calls, please. Open to Filipino Nationals only. 

EDC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring a highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits.