Call for Contractor Proposals: Course Conversion - Fungal Opportunistic Infections

Project Overview

TEPHINET is seeking a contractor to collaborate with the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to adapt existing course content for fully online, self-paced delivery. This content is aimed to educate towards laboratory/epidemiology staff, HIV program planners, and clinicians in areas where Cryptococcus and Histoplasma capsulatum may be prevalent. The content broadly covers public health burden, diagnosis, symptomology, treatment and management.

The contractor should be able to provide the overall vision, design of the course and development. The contractor should also be able to develop and incorporate pre-recorded materials, learning checks, and link to supplemental material.

The material consists of six PowerPoint presentations (modules). An example (Module 1) is provided in the attachments at the end of this page. The six modules are as follows:

  • Module 1: CrAg Screening Background and Country Status – 64 slides
  • Module 2: Cryptococcal Meningitis Treatment and Management – 53 slides
  • Module 3: Histoplasmosis Overview of a Neglected Disease – 88 slides
  • Module 4: Detection of Histoplasma Antigen– 52 slides
  • Module 5: Histoplasmosis HIV Guidelines – 17 slides
  • Module 6: Ten Steps for an Outbreak Investigation – 69 slides

TEPHINET will accept proposals from contractors that meet the following criteria:

  1. Modules must be authored using Articulate or Evolve.
  2. Content should be organized into a series of short, interactive online lessons using focus questions with a feedback mechanism to orient students to the topic and learning outcomes.
  3. Content should include key concept presentations using text, infographics, illustrations, and animations. At least one animation per module.
  4. Contractor should be able to work with subject matter experts (SMEs) to develop checkpoint questions and consolidation activities such as quizzes and knowledge checks.
  5. Contractors should assist the Subject matter experts (SMEs) in developing audio narration to elaborate on the concepts being presented and create teacher presence.
  6. All content developed must meet 508 Accessibility Compliance Checklist: https://www.hhs.gov/web/section-508/index.html

Application Process

Who can apply: Independent consultants or organizational contractors

When to apply: Applications will be accepted until March 5, 2021.

Proposals from candidates that address some or all of the following roles are welcomed to apply:

  1. Virtual learning content development: Experience developing online curriculum
  2. Specialization in adult learning: Experience with utilizing content to design and develop educational and training curricula while incorporating adult learning principles
  3. Work with SMEs and other technical stakeholders: Experience working and collaborating with a broad network of international subject matter experts (SMEs), and global institutions to ensure accuracy and effectiveness of training materials
  4. Graphic Design: Experience designing visuals for educational and training purposes to facilitate learning

Required documents for submission:

  • Background/qualifications (CV, organizational profile)
  • Relevant portfolio samples
  • Proposal (including estimated timeline, detailed budget and work products)

How to apply:

Email required documentation to dbozarth [at] taskforce [dot] org and copy soliveira [at] taskforce [dot] org with the subject line, “Fungal Opportunistic Infections - Course Conversion Proposal.”