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Announcing New Community Roles For Our Upcoming Early Childhood Development Challenge

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OVERVIEW

The Amplify Team is getting ready for our second challenge launching in September. In this challenge we’ll be tackling Early Childhood Development and asking our community to collaboratively design inspiring new ways to help parents and primary caregivers, especially those living in low-income areas, give children the best possible start in life. 

One of our main goals with the Amplify program is to engage local communities, some of which don’t have access to the internet,  in identifying needs and finding solutions.  In order to achieve this goal, we are currently developing several prototypes: one to start local Amplify hubs and a second one to extend the OpenIDEO platform to communities with limited or no access to the Internet.
 



FELLOWSHIPS

Amplify In-Country Managers
We are developing an in-country fellowship for individuals in Nepal, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. These local ambassadors will significantly contribute towards engaging local individuals and organizations  and increase their participation in Amplify challenges.

This role is for someone who excels at building new relationships and is excited to do so on behalf of the Amplify program. You will be responsible for interviewing a diverse group of community members – individuals living in low-income areas, social entrepreneurs, local experts amongst others – and service providers whose perspective on early childhood development challenges and opportunities offer valuable insights to the Research & Ideas phases of our challenge.  Apply and learn more about specific roles and  information.



VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

During the Amplify Women's Safety Challenge we launched our first Interactive Voice Response (IVR) prototype in Delhi. We worked with two radio stations and designed an automated call system to allow people in India to listen to ideas from the early childhood development challenge without the need for internet. You can learn more about our work and learnings on this first prototype.

For our next prototype, we will seek to encourage  a conversation during the Research phase of our next challenge on  early childhood development. We are encouraging people in Jharkhand, India and Morogoro, Tanzania to share their stories on parenting with the OpenIDEO community and in return asking the OpenIDEO community to provide comments on their contributions.  

Are you excited about instigating change around early childhood development? Apply for  the role that fits your interests!

COMMUNITY CONNECTORS

We are looking for two Community Connectors to bring content back and forth from the Interactive Voice Response platform – a website where content from calls is posted– and OpenIDEO, in order to support a more participatory and open conversation. 


Community Connector: India
10 hours per week

During the four weeks of the Research phase, you will be part of a pioneer project to create a truly global discussion. Your role will be to bridge the conversation between people in Jharkhand, India with limited or no access to internet and the OpenIDEO community. You can be anywhere in the world but we prefer if you have traveled to or have lived in India. 

A  great Community Connector:

  • Has  excellent writing skills
  • Has passion for working in early childhood development
  • Is mindful of tone and language relevant to the OpenIDEO community and contributors in Jharkhand  when curating and rallying content back and forth
  • Demonstrates passion and experience establishing conversations between diverse stakeholders.
  • Has lived/worked in India  or has  experience working in international development 
  • Speaks Hindi – preferred but not required


You will:

  • Receive training on Human Centred Design with a focus on instigating online collaboration.
  • Chat weekly with the Amplify Team to share insights and updates and get an insiders scoop into the behind the scenes
  • Share cultural insights and manage the OpenIDEO profile for the Jharkand, India contributor group.
  • Read stories submitted by people in Jharkhand, India via the Interactive Voice Response System, curate them and post them on  OpenIDEO.  Stories will be in English.
  • Invite challenge participants to comment on these posts and frame a conversation highlighting insights from these stories.
  • Work with translators to make sure content is framed in appropriate tone and voice 

Click here to apply


Community Connector Tanzania
8  hours per week

During the four weeks of the Research phase, you will be part of a pioneer project to create a truly global discussion. Your role will be to bridge the conversation between people in Morogoro, Tanzania  with limited or no access to internet and the OpenIDEO community. You can be anywhere in the world but we prefer if you have traveled to or have lived in Tanzania. 

A  great Community Connector:

  • Has  excellent writing skills
  • Has passion for working in early childhood development
  • Is mindful of tone and language relevant to the OpenIDEO community and contributors  in Morogoro when curating and rallying content back and forth
  • Demonstrates passion and experience establishing conversations between diverse stakeholders.
  • Has lived/worked in Tanzania  or has  experience working in international development 
  • Speaks Swahili – preferred but not required


You will:

  • Receive training on Human Centred design with a focus on instigating online collaboration.
  • Chat weekly with the Amplify Team to share insights and updates and get an insiders scoop into the behind the scenes
  • Share cultural insights and manage the OpenIDEO profile for the Morogoro, Tanzania contributor group.
  • Read stories submitted by people in Morogoro, Tanzania  via the Interactive Voice Response System, curate them and post them on  OpenIDEO.  Stories would  be translated from Swahili to English.
  • Invite challenge participants to comment on these posts and frame a conversation highlighting insights from these stories.
  • Work with translators to make sure content is framed in appropriate tone and voice 


Click here to apply

 

TRANSLATORS FOR CHANGE

Since callers will add stories in hindi or swahili, and comments on openIDEO are in English, we are also looking for two Hindi/English and two Swahili/English community translators. They will support community connectors by translating and recontextualizing content in an appropriate tone and language. 

Translate for Change Volunteer: English/Hindi
8 hours per week

Your role will be to empathize with contributors in Jharkhand, India –  a majority of participants will be from low-income backgrounds and may have varying degrees of literacy –  by gauging a tone that is likely to resonate with them the most.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Demonstrates passion and experience facilitating conversations amongst different stakeholders. (eg. rural and urban individuals, experts and informal workers, mothers in India  and international development workers)
  • Demonstrates passion for early childhood development
  • Demonstrates understanding of language nuances relevant to  different contexts.
  • Listens to and checks stories uploaded via the SMS/IVR platform
  • Participates in the OpenIDEO online challenge
  • Can translate comments from the OpenIDEO platform from English to Hindi and record them.
  • Has access to a microphone and a computer with internet


Click here to apply
 

Translate for Change Volunteer: Swahili English 
8 hours per week

Your role will be to empathize with contributors in Morogoro, Tanzania –  a majority of participants will be from low-income backgrounds and may have varying degrees of literacy –  by gauging a tone that is likely to resonate with them the most.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Demonstrates passion and experience facilitating conversations amongst different stakeholders. (eg. rural and urban individuals, experts and informal workers, mothers in Tanzania and international development workers)
  • Demonstrates passion for early childhood development
  • Demonstrates understanding of language nuance relevant to different contexts.
  • Listens to and check stories uploaded via the SMS/IVR platform
  • Participates in the OpenIDEO online challenge
  • Can translate comments from the OpenIDEO platform from English to Swahili and record them.
  • Has access to a microphone and a computer with internet

 Click here to apply

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I love it. http://gtamoneyonline.com/

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This is great initiative and we at www.247VirtualAssistant.com would like to offer our support and services to this venture. Childhood Development is currently 100% privately driven and changing that to a social environment can increase the quality of education these children receive 10 fold.

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I am a follower of this blog from Nigeria and I am an educationist. I wonder why you did not consider Nigeria at all. Every fourth African is a Nigerian and we have a huge problem with education in Nigeria. UNICEF, DFID and other multilateral organisations are in the country, working on education but quality remains very poor. A major area of concern is early childhood education which is virtually 100% private sector driven. The quality of most of the low cost schools is very poor and little children are hardly learning but are really just going somewhere safe so their parents can earn a living. I hope you will think about including Nigeria in the Amplify programme. I am aware of the image issues in Nigeria but I assure you that there are many committed individuals and organisations that you can partner with successfully.

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Your projection and presentation ought have response from Amplify team. Nigeria in this perspective has been neglected. As you stated many Nigerians of the wealthy class have sought for their children early child hood education outside the country and those within the country are out of the rich of the middle and low income class as the public schools are poorly funded.

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Dear Folasade,

Thank you so much for your comment – it's great to have the voices of educators on OpenIDEO and your perspective will be an important one in Amplify's upcoming challenge that focus on early childhood development. The reason that we have sought volunteers from specific countries in advance of the challenge is because they are where our design team conducted some research in preparation for the upcoming challenge. However, Amplify challenges focus on DFID's 28 priority countries, which includes Nigeria - so we really want contributions and ideas from Nigerians! Because we could only do research in a few places in advance of this challenge, we are counting on members of our community like you and the committed organizations you mentioned to share information about the context of early childhood development in your countries when the Research phase begins in a few weeks. Here's a link to a little more information about Amplify https://openideo.com/content/new-challenges – I hope to see you in the upcoming challenge and please feel free to ask me any other questions you may have!

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In April, after retiring from UNDP based in the Caribbean, I was selected and given a wonderful opportunity to work and support Caribbean children with an appointment as Director on the Board of the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) which supports Early Childhood Development initiatives in Caribbean communities (http://www.fdcchildren.org/index.php). I am interested in starting local Amplify hubs in the communities that are currently participating in the FDCC Roving Caregivers' Programme. In Belize where I am currently based and where FDCC is plans to revitalize its work, this programme was started in Belizian communities. The proposed collaboration with AMPLIFY would innovative to initiate an OpenIDEO platform in communities in Belize which have limited internet access. Please advise how best to link with this initiative.

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Paula, we'd be delighted to have your support and expertise during our upcoming Early Childhood Development Challenge, and I'd love to chat further with you to discuss the potential for offline OpenIDEO hubs in the communities where you work. This sounds a lot like what some of our OpenIDEO Meetups are already doing! I'll reach out to you directly to discuss.

Photo of wekesa zab

Hey Eliza- Zab From Kenya, I have been in a conversation with my peers earlier today on an offline "openideo" hub, my peers are from the design school at university of Nairobi. Was telling then bout my experience with open ideo over lunch. The were excited and even accussed me of not sharing with them about this platform earlier (and I do share with them alot- but thru social media...) " .. So I let them have the campus toolkit, still a lot of Questions on how to operationalize this concept..
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