JAMAICA ASSOCIATION FOR THE DEAF

PARTNERSHIP FOR LITERACY ENHANCEMENT FOR THE DEAF

INTRODUCTION

The Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD), through a corporative agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implementing a project for literacy enhancement for the Deaf. This Project, which is being undertaken over three years, is aimed at increasing the literacy level of Deaf children in schools operated by the four major service providers of Deaf education in Jamaica.  Strategies being employed to achieve this goal include: the enrichment of students’ learning experiences; teacher capacity building for improved bilingual instructional practice; cultivation of parental support for literacy formation; and establishment of Jamaican Sign Language (JSL) as a curriculum subject.

A bilingual approach to Deaf education undergirds this project and the critical role of Jamaican Sign Language, as conversational language, is recognised in supporting literacy formation for these Deaf students. The formal introduction of JSL linguistics is expected to positively impact students’ communicative competence and thereby provide a strong foundation for learning English as a second language to achieve literacy.


CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST - CONSULTANCY

The JAD seeks the services of an experienced Curriculum Specialist to:

  • design a JSL curriculum for delivery across Grades 1-9

  • develop the curriculum content and supporting resources

  • conduct training of trainers and

  • pilot the implementation of the curriculum at both the primary and secondary levels

The curriculum must be adaptable to meet the training needs of typical developing children across the primary and secondary grades of Schools for the Deaf, as well as children entering School for the Deaf as “late starters.”


SCOPE OF WORK

Under the supervision of the Curriculum Committee and Project Coordinator, and in close collaboration with project partners and staff, the Curriculum Development Specialist will undertake the following:

  1. A review of international and regional best practice models for sign language learning, towards designing the approach and scope and sequence of the curriculum.

  2. Develop a JSL curriculum for the primary and secondary levels to include:

    1. Outline of Units

    2. Core instructional content for Grades 1-9

    3. Instructional methodology (appropriate for age and cognitive levels)

    4. Milestones and competency assessment

  3. Develop supporting resources for implementation of the curriculum to include:

    1. Content manual for Teachers and Students

    2. Resource kits to support prescribed instructional methodology

    3. Parent Materials to support in school learning

  4. Develop and deliver training of trainers for instructors at the primary and secondary levels.

  5. Conduct pilot implementation of the curriculum at the primary and secondary levels towards finalizing the draft JSL curriculum.

TIMELINES AND DELIVERABLES

Components

Expected completion dates

Percentage of Contract Price Due

  1. Curriculum Design

Dec 2017

15%

  1. Development of Curriculum

June 2018

30%

  1. Development of supporting resources

Dec 2018

30%

  1. Conduct Training of trainers

Dec 2018

10%

  1. Curriculum Pilot

Dec 2019

15%

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced educational background in one of the areas of: Curriculum Development, Education, Linguistics, or other related field;

  • Thorough understanding of the linguistics of Jamaican Sign Language or any other Sign Language;

  • Demonstrated knowledge in the process for language acquisition;

  • Thorough understanding of the Jamaican Education system and national standard curriculum;

  • Proven track record of training curricula (and manual) development;

  • At least five years of experience in development, assessment and evaluation of curriculum, teaching and learning resources required;

  • Experience in Deaf education.


COMPETENCIES

  • Proven experience of steering curriculum design and development;

  • Ability to contribute to and comfortably work in a multidisciplinary, multicultural setting;

  • Ability to work independently to strict timelines;

  • Excellent planning and facilitation skills;

  • Ability to research, analyze and present complex information;

  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills;

  • Excellent writing skills.


Instructions for Applications/Proposals

The proposal must contain the following:

  • Cover Letter and Detailed Curriculum Vitae/Professional Profile detailing qualifications and experience to include relevant work history and previous experience as a Curriculum Development Specialist

  • Description of similar projects completed by the candidate over the past five (5) years

  • Contact information for at least three individuals and/or organizations to whom you have provided related services for the past three (3) years and can serve as references

  • A proposed technical and cost proposal including processes, rates and timeline. Applicants have the flexibility to state intended date for completion of phases before the stated time in this ToR.

  • Copy of Tax Compliance Certificate and valid registration with the National Contracts Commission for the consultant or organisation. Non- Jamaicans are required to submit their country equivalent documents.



Responses to this RFP should be submitted no later than August 30, 2017 via email to literacyenhancement@jamdeaf.org.jm  (Email Subject line should read Curriculum Development Specialist: Response to RFQ) or hand delivered to


Curriculum Development Specialist: Response to RFQ

JAD- PARTNERSHIP FOR LITERACY ENHANCEMENT FOR THE DEAF PROJECT, 91 Dumbarton Avenue, Kingston 10, Jamaica W.I.  

Failure to submit information as specified may result in your submission being disqualified. Please send requests for clarification to literacyenhancement@jamdeaf.org.jm  or call 968-6781.




Prepared by the Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project

Jamaica Association for the Deaf

August 2017