The information and communication technologies have become foundational elements of modern society. New learning technologies have meant that many organizations shifted away from traditional, trainer-led, classroom style learning and began to realize the efficiencies and value of such options as internet-based courses and tutorials. Technology-supported learning can be an enabler of high-quality policing. E-learning is becoming an important staff development strategy, particularly in its potential for cost effectiveness, its ability to blend easily with other forms of learning and training, and its reduced reliance on classroom delivery. The need to modernise and embrace technology-based teaching and learning has been accentuated and reinforced amid the COVID-19 related outbreak. The outbreak was first identified December 2019, and was recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020. Because of COVID-19, organisations, institutions, individuals alike find themselves forced to increasingly use technology for day to day functioning, including as they teach and learn. Consequently, events that promote learning and development have largely moved to virtual settings. In line with the mandate of the OSCE Presence in Albania (the Presence) to provide police assistance, the Project will respond to the newly emergent need of the ASP to ensure continuous learning and capacity building for law enforcement, prompted by the extraordinary situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic . In this respect, the Presence will assess the needs and support the identification of the appropriate e-learning management system that would better serve law-enforcement development requirements in the country. It will map the areas that need support so that the capacity for online learning and the provision of such offer to women and men police officers is ensured on a continuous basis via the Albanian Security Academy (SA), and through the regional directorates, including Border and Management Police.
The Presence will engage a locally hired expert to conduct a needs assessment to assess the Albanian State Police and Security Academy IT infrastructure and its capability to support an the online training platform. The assessment should include a review of existing platforms and proposal for utilising publicly available or customized learning management system of e-learning for ASP based on their needs and conducted analysis. The expert engaged by the Project will be required to develop the concept and roadmap for further enhancement of e-learning, providing guidance on ASP educational strategy so to embed online training as one of the teaching techniques in police education.
Tasks and responsibilities:
In co-ordination with the Project Manager, the expert will perform the following tasks and responsibilities:
1. To assess current IT systems of ASP and Security Academy in respect of their compatibility with modern Learning Management Systems (LMS).
The assessment report should be focused on these three primary components: - the IT infrastructure, hardware and software needed to host LMS as part of integrated ASP Information system; - the hardware needs of the regional police directorates to build a local node of LMS to facilitate online learning; - the training needs of developers and administrators needed to uphold and maintain LMS. 2. To prepare report based on the analysis of existing resources of ASP and SA and their needs in developing LMS, proposing suitable commercially available or custom made LMS. The report should also list all consecutive steps and process mappings needed for setting up and running LMS that meets ASP and SA needs. 3. To prepare and present detailed Action Plan for setting up LMS. The plan should include a set of equipment, software, and trainings for personnel needed to establish LMS for ASP and SA.
1- Initial report on the current IT infrastructure and hardware in use by ASP and SA. The report should be submitted one week after the SSA signing.
2- Needs Assessment of the capability of ASP and SA Information system to host LMS and Action Plan for its set up. - Should be provided by the third week of the SSA signing.
• Master degree in computer science or related field. • At least 5 years professional experience in the area of computer science, classroom technology environment or information technology environment, preferably in academia or government agencies. • Previous experience in LMS related topics as principles in adult learning theory instructional design and technology. • Knowledge on existing national legal framework on information technology. • Fluency in spoken and written English is required. • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills • Experience with webinar tools (e.g. Microsoft Teams, WebEx, Zoom) • Ability to work under tight deadlines.
The payment for this consultancy will be in line with OSCE applicable rates.
How to apply
All applications are due by 22 November 2020. For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Presence in Albania, please see: http:// www.osce.org/presence-in-albania
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under https://jobs.osce.org/.
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