Open Development Library Consultant (short-term)
|Position||Open Development Library Consultant (short-term) (1 position)|
|Reports to||Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief and the ODC management team|
|Desired starting date||February 1st, 2021 to May 31st, 2021|
Background of the Open Development Library (ODL) Program
School libraries are essential for advancing knowledge in society and enhancing the human resources and development of countries. As internet use and mobile phones quickly expand to all corners of Cambodia, printed books might be viewed as tedious and old-fashioned. Despite the undeniable benefits of the digital world, the internet is also triggering the expansion of unverified information, online security risks and knowledge bubbles, which hinder critical thinking and a reading culture.
Libraries remain unique places for knowledge-sharing, research and providing access to learning to the most vulnerable communities. For children of school age in particular, libraries enhance their intellectual capacities and curiosity and improve their language and communication skills while they explore and discover new things in a safe environment. While there have been a few initiatives to promote reading in recent years such as mobile libraries, the capacity of school and public libraries in Cambodia remains limited.
Open Development Cambodia (ODC), in collaboration with its partners, is currently exploring a pilot project to set up new school libraries. The initial plan consists of two libraries in Preah Vihear province, one in an urban area and one in a rural area. To inform and operationalize the plan with supporting evidence, ODC is looking for a short-term consultant to conduct a preliminary study.
About Open Development Cambodia (ODC)
Open Development Cambodia (ODC) is the leading open data platform in Cambodia which makes up-to-date and reliable data and information on socioeconomic and environmental issues publicly available in a “one-stop shop”. ODC promotes the use of accurate data for evidence-based and transparent decision-making processes. On the one hand, we produce and publish datasets, interactive maps and data visualizations and, on the other hand, we compile news, legal documents and other relevant reports. We also conduct research projects in collaboration with diverse stakeholders and host workshops and training for university students, journalists, researchers, CSOs and government officials.
The ODC online platform contains a wide range of digitized content arranged under 17 main topics. In addition, ODC is listed in the digital collection of the U.S. Library of Congress, the largest library in the world and the main research arm of the U.S. Congress. Its e-library makes ODC content and resources accessible for the personal, academic and professional purposes of a great diversity of people around the world.
Purpose and objectives of the consultancy
The purpose of this consultancy is to generate evidence and understanding to accurately inform and guide the setting up of the Open Development Library (ODL) Program. The consultancy will result into the development of a concrete implementation plan. Under the guidance of ODC, the Consultant will conduct both primary and secondary research and collect insights from students, teachers and families to ensure that the project meets the needs and interests of the target groups. The Consultant will address the points detailed in the following section.
The Consultant is expected to submit the following two documents:
Needs Assessment Report, containing all the evidence and information gathered by the Consultant and identifying:
Mapping of existing libraries and relevant initiatives in Preah Vihear province
Most suitable locations to set up a new library, including both rural and urban spots in Preah Vihear province
Potential benefits and challenges that might affect the library
Current needs and gaps of the target population in terms of educational content and resources
Detailed and specific offline materials to be included in the library: i) typology and topics of books and printed educational material and ii) digital resources (technical equipment such as computers, WI-FI network and digital tools).
<Action Plan,including the following:
Road map for setting up the library and a 5-year workplan to ensure the sustainability and expansion of the project.
Methodology for library classification for bookkeeping and arranging resources systematically
Estimation of the financial resources required and a budget plan
List of initiatives and activities to enhance community involvement and use of the library
Evaluation plan to assess the use and performance of the program once implemented.
Bachelor’s Degree in a discipline relevant to the area of assignment. Additional specific training will be an asset.
Experience working in a library is essential.
Proven experience in project design and in conducting similar research.
Highly detailed-oriented, with self-initiative to suggest additional ideas and guidelines.
Strong communication skills that enable the Consultant to effectively communicate with the ODC team and present the results in an engaging format.
Flexible creative-thinker able to cope with change and effectively incorporate modifications and feedback along the process.
Interested applicants need to submit via email their updated CV, budget request and an outline of their work plan, by using the contact details below.
- Deadline for submitting applications is on January 20th, 2021 at 5:00pm.
- Email Subject of the application: Open Development Library Program Consultant
- Applications will be accepted by email ONLY: email@example.com
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Note: Maximum file size for attachments is only 5MB.