Call for Proposals: Antifungal Susceptibility Training (AFST) Toolkit

Project Overview

TEPHINET is seeking a contractor to collaborate with the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a training toolkit for laboratorians that would like to learn antifungal susceptibility testing by the methodology of gradient diffusion. This toolkit will be piloted in Kenya and Pakistan.

The toolkit will be created in phases, with mixed media types. The first phase will consist of adapting existing materials into online modules and downloadable PDF resources including: an SOP, worksheets, job aids, etc. All components of the toolkit will be hosted or linked to a central page on the CDC ‘s Mycotic Diseases Branch (MDB) website. In order to be hosted on the MBD website, all final product(s) must meet 508 Compliance and CDC Clearance.

Expected Content (examples provided):

  • Welcome, Overview, and Learning Objectives   
  • Intro to gradient diffusion AFST
    • Module 1.1: What is Candida
    • Module 1.2: Why perform AFST
    • Module 1.3: What methods of AFST are available
    • Module 1.4 Module Wrap-up
      • End of Module Quiz
      • Resource List
      • Key Takeaways
  • Implementation
    • Module 2.1: How does gradient diffusion AFST work?
    • Module 2.2: Performing gradient diffusion AFST
    • Module 2.3: Interpreting gradient diffusion AFST results
    • Module 2.4: Module Wrap-up
      • End of Module Quiz
      • Resource List
      • Key Takeaways

Intended Audience: Laboratorians in resource limited settings who wish to bring on antifungal susceptibility testing for yeasts and do not have access to or resources for commercial broth microdilution plates or a VITEK2™

Language: English. The priority will be to create all training materials in English and then later translate into Spanish.


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

  • Modules must be authored using Articulate or Evolve.
  • 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.
  • Content should include key concept presentations using text, infographics, illustrations, prerecorded videos and potentially animations.
  • Contractors should be able to work with subject matter experts (SMEs) to develop checkpoint questions and consolidation activities such as quizzes and knowledge checks.
  • Contractors should assist the Subject matter experts (SMEs) in developing audio narration to elaborate on the concepts being presented and create teacher presence.
  • All content developed must meet 508 Accessibility Compliance Checklist:

Candidates with some or all of the following experience/skills are welcome to apply:

  • Virtual learning content development: Experience developing online curriculum
  • Specialization in adult learning: Experience with utilizing content to design and develop educational and training curricula while incorporating adult learning principles
  • 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
  • Graphic Design: Experience designing visuals for educational and training purposes to facilitate learning

Application Process

Who can apply: Independent consultants or organizational contractors

When to apply: Applications will be accepted until February 16, 2021.

 Required documents for submission:

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

How to apply:

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