Request for Proposals: Curriculum Developer for Supporting Wellbeing
The NWTRPA is soliciting proposals from qualified consultants on behalf of Supporting Wellbeing (an emerging training program for on the land programmers) to create a modular, adaptive, made-in-the-North, culturally appropriate, and trauma-informed curriculum to support land-based leaders to manage and respond to mental health challenges.
Curriculum Developer for Supporting Wellbeing
Closing Date: August 7, 2020 at 5pm MST
The external consultant will work under the direction of the Supporting Wellbeing Steering Committee.
This RFP is being issued to obtain proposals from professional, collaborative, and experienced consultants who:
- Deliver high quality services as outlined below with skill, integrity, confidentiality, accuracy, and expertise;
- Possess the knowledge and skills to incorporate both Indigenous and Western approaches to managing and responding to mental health challenges;
- Have experience working in and/or with Northern and Indigenous organizations and communities;
- Have experience with social work, mental health, psychology, or a related discipline that gives them the ability to create useful approaches and practices to managing and responding to mental health challenges on the land;
- Have the ability to generate learning outcomes commensurate with the goals of Supporting Wellbeing;
- Possess a comprehensive understanding of how to develop curriculum modules, including instructional materials, learning tasks, resources, and assessment tools that support learning outcomes;
- Identifies specific needs, topics, and approaches by listening to steering committee members’ knowledge and experiences;
- Have highly effective communication and collaboration skills;
- Have an established reputation for high-quality, efficient and culturally respectful consulting;
- Have the ability to work remotely via video call; and
- Offer services on a competitive fee basis.
Please note that preference shall be given to consultants who live in the North where quality, service, and price are equivalent.
Supporting Wellbeing is a training program that will enhance the capacity of people leading and supporting on the land programs to respond to and manage mental health challenges both on the land and in their communities, such people who are experiencing mental distress (suicidal ideation, traumatic stress symptoms, etc.), using unsafe behaviour, and/or experiencing withdrawal symptoms. The proposed training will be modular, adaptive, made-in-the-North, culturally informed, and trauma-informed. It will support and promote community wellness, while also increasing the effectiveness of land-based programming.
This two-year project is being administered by the NWT Recreation and Parks Association, but guided by a steering committee of on the land leaders from Dehcho First Nations, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Dene Nahjo, Délı̨nę Got’ı̨nę̨ Government / Hotıì ts’eeda, and Fireweed Counselling. The steering committee is responsible for the overall leadership of Supporting Wellbeing. They will provide guidance to the consultant as they design, develop, and implement the training program.
The purpose of this curriculum development is to:
- Develop learning materials and resources for on the land programmers in the NWT that build skills in responding to mental distress while on-the-land. The approach and corresponding training will be culturally relevant, trauma-informed, modular, and anti-colonial.
- Increase the ability of land-based programmers to prevent and manage mental health challenges during programs by providing contextual education and meaningful tools.
- Improve on the land leaders emotional literacy, crisis management, self-care, and after-care skills and knowledge.
- Build capacity by developing a network of Supporting Wellbeing trainers who can deliver this suite of modules in their own regions and communities, thus increasing the overall capacity of communities to manage and respond to mental health challenges.
- Collaborate with knowledge holders and Elders to create opportunities for land-based leaders and youth to learn traditional knowledge in regards to wellbeing.
The selected consultant will be responsible for providing expert advice throughout the contract and for the following deliverables:
- Project Coordination, including regular meetings and status reports to keep the project on schedule and keep identified stakeholders apprised of the process.
- Process and Meeting Facilitation — Assist with discussion and decision-making, ensuring that conversations are forward-looking, action-oriented, and move the participants toward creating a shared future.
Curriculum Development Timeline
- September 15, 2020 – Submit a 5-10 page brief outlining the training areas, approach, and learning outcomes, and one module;
- December 15, 2020 – Develop the other five curriculum modules, including instructional materials, resources, learning tasks, and assessment tools for on the land leaders
- February 1, 2020 – Update the draft with suggestions from Elders, Youth and steering committee members;
- Fall 2021 – Update the curriculum after feedback is received from the first pilot training;
- Fall 2021 – Develop a training manual for curriculum delivery staff to accompany the modules, including presentations and background reading;
- Winter 2021 – Update the draft training manual with suggestions from Elders, Youth and steering committee members after the pilot training;
- Winter 2021 – Exit report including recommendations for future curriculum development.
Please note: this time timeline may be slightly adjusted due to COVID-19.
The Steering Committee understands that there are a variety of models and approaches that can be used to develop curriculum. The selected consultant will need to be able to adapt or customize an approach that will best meet the needs of the anticipated training participants.
Please direct questions via email to Rachel Cluderay (email@example.com).
To be eligible for consideration, please provide a proposal by MS Word or PDF. It must include the following:
- Brief cover letter summarizing the applicant’s qualifications;
- Profile of the consultant or firm, including a summary of similar projects conducted for similar organizations;
- Description of proposed approach;
- Overview of workplan activities and schedule;
- Provisions for ensuring timelines for completion;
- Detailed budget;
- Summary of similar projects for similar organizations; and
- Proof of professional liability insurance.
To be eligible for consideration, the proposal must be received no later than August 7, 2020 at 5pm MT via email to Rachel Cluderay (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applicants will not be compensated or reimbursed for costs incurred in preparing proposals.
NWT Recreation and Parks Association reserves the right to:
- Accept or reject any or all proposals;
- Waive any anomalies in proposals;
- Negotiate with any or all applicants; and
- Modify or cancel the RFP.
All proposals, including attachments and any documents, submitted to and accepted by the NWT Recreation and Parks Association in response to this RFP become the property of the NWT Recreation and Parks Association.
Proponents shall disclose in their proposals any actual or potential conflict of interest and/or existing relationships it may have with the NWT Recreation and Parks Association; the Supporting Wellbeing Steering Committee members and organizations (Dehcho First Nations, Dene Najho, Fireweed Counselling, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Tłįchǫ Government, Délı̨nę Got’ı̨nę̨ Government, Hotıì ts’eeda); and their elected officials, appointed officials, employees, and contractors.