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Distance Education Coordinator

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Job Description

Job Description

This role is responsible for providing technical support and coordination of production of online courses for Afghan learners. This role includes ensuring online courses meet international standards for design, coordinating production of several courses concurrently, and coordinating a team to move courses through each stage of production (including content development, review, testing, translation, editing), to launch and student enrollment and completion. Courses are hosted on DD Courses, a Moodle-based multilingual courseware platform developed for use in Afghanistan. We are seeking someone experienced in virtual learning design and coordination, who is comfortable interacting in a cross cultural context, working with a variety of stakeholders including instructors, course writers, school leaders, developers, and others. We are looking for a highly motivated person who thrives in a fast paced work environment, who enjoys working closely with a small international team accountable to each other, and also works with minimal supervision.

Job Duties and Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure courses meet high quality educational standards for distance education aligned with international standards;
  • Lead and manage quality instructional design and universal design for learning, based on international standards, on all courses. Includes integrating assessment tools to ensure participants reach competency;
  • Support coordination of course developers, translators, software developers, reviewers and others involved in the process of developing and publishing courses to move courses through each successive stage of development, to publication and launch;
  • Establish work plans and tools to push new courses through the development process, and maintain a dashboard to track status of courses;
  • Work with the Licensing Specialist, to coordinate partnerships with third party content providers, such as seeking permission from license holders to localize and/or translate third party courses;
  • Collect learner enrollment, progress, learner analytics, assessment and completion of courses; 
  • Create explanatory and training materials for instructors, colleagues and partners to understand and adhere to policies, processes and workflows used in DD Academi;
  • Develop and/or support the development of explainer videos and other tools to support DD Courses students and users;
  • Serve as a the Distance Education Specialist for the GAC-funded DD Classroom project 
  • Occasionally liaise with partner organizations and attend meetings representing DD Academi, the umbrella program of DD Courses; 
  • Attend team meetings, monthly staff meetings, annual staff retreat, AGM, and other meetings virtually and in-person as required, within Canada;
  • Occasionally support the Fund Development Team by contributing technical expertise to proposal development for projects related to DD Academi and/or the Tech for Ed Program;
  • Other related tasks, as required.

At a Glance: 

50% Coordinating internally different team members involved in course production

20% Reviewing courses for quality, standard compliance and completeness

15% Development content directly such as course modules, multimedia content, other

5% External relations and partnership initiation and management

5% Data analysis for performance measurement and monitoring

5% Contributing to and participating in organization-wide routine activities and providing information to other programs/departments


  • Proven experience in a comparable role, preferably in an online environment
  • Minimum Bachelor degree in educational technology, distance education, or related field; graduate level education preferred
  • Strong expertise in virtual learning environments, online teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and educational technology
  • Results-oriented, and can work independently
  • Able to solve problems and troubleshoot solutions and with a can-do attitude, juggling competing demands
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Passion for making the right to learn a reality for all and for the power of education to transform futures


  • Experience working with a multinational team both in person and remotely
  • Facility with a number of technology options in low-bandwidth environments
  • Facility with H5P and other online learning tools
  • Facility with graphic design programs such as Canva
  • Familiarity with video editing software such as Powtoon
  • Experience working on shared drives such as GoogleDrive

 Travel to Afghanistan is not required for this role. Candidates in Afghanistan are welcome to apply.

Application Process

Application Process

Applications should include:

●  A cover letter describing the applicant’s relevant experience and interest in the position. The cover letter should be in the body of the email, and not an attached document.

●  Recommended: please include attachments or links to writing samples such as policies, project reports, or work plans developed by the applicant.

●  Applicant’s resume including two professional references.

Please apply soon, as applications are considered as they are received, via email to: Please insert the following text in the subject line of your email: “Vacancy: Online Courses Specialist” No phone calls please. Compensation package inquiries by email welcome. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

 About CW4WAfghan:

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) exists to make the right to learn a reality.

We have supported human rights and education opportunities for girls and women in Afghanistan since 1998 by providing access to quality, gender equitable education. We have trained 10,000 teachers, established 300 libraries and science labs, and established a digital library with tens of thousands of downloads each month.

As of August 2021, Afghanistan became the only country in the world to ban women and girls from receiving an education. Working in partnership with Afghan women, CW4WAfghan has adapted programs to offer free virtual courses to connect thousands of Afghan women and girls with quality education. Our programs transform lives, promote gender equality, and uphold the right to learn.

Learn more about our work at cw4wafghan.c