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RFQ: Cultural Heritage Preservation Consultant at World Learning

Wednesday, March 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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World Learning seeks a Cultural Heritage Preservation Consultant to assist with the U.S. Department of State’s Communities Connecting HeritageSM grant from April 2, 2018 through August 31, 2018 on an as-needed basis. Total Estimated Level of Effort (LoE): 60 hours over approximately 4 months.

Communities Connecting Heritage (CCH) is a U.S. Department of State-funded program administrated by World Learning. CCH is an international people-to-people exchange program that engages communities and empowers people through the exploration of cultural heritage issues. The program brings together U.S. and international communities, especially youth, women, ethnic minorities and other underserved groups, through collaborative exchange projects that advance cultural heritage preservation through community outreach and public education. Youth ages 15–25 will be the primary demographic both in terms of participants and outreach. The program includes three phases: first, the creation of partnerships that result in the co-creation of a joint project proposal; second, selection of participating organizations; third, the virtual engagement of beneficiaries and participants during project implementation; and finally, the in-person exchanges and public exhibitions between the two partners.

The goals of the CCH Program are to:

  • Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of countries in Europe and Eurasia, the Near East, and South and Central Asia;
  • Showcase the role of cultural organizations as vibrant, engaged and influential institutions in contemporary society and convey the importance of tangible and intangible cultural heritage to community and national identity;
  • Increase awareness and understanding of American art, culture, values and society for international participants and audiences;
  • Foster opportunities for education outreach and community engagement with diverse and underserved communities, especially youth (ages 12-25), women, ethnic minorities, and refugees;
  • Provide unique opportunities for artistic collaboration, engagement and/or public exhibition between American and international participants; and
  • Create opportunities for sustaining relationships and collaboration between U.S. and international participants and institutions that endure beyond the exchanges.

 The program aims to achieve these goals through the following objectives:

  • Identify and solidify six collaborative and sustainable partnerships between cultural organizations in the United States and foreign countries that lead to the conceptualization of innovative, cultural preservation projects;
  • Support the implementation of six cultural heritage preservation projects through dynamic virtual and in-person exchanges that engage youth, ethnic minorities, women, and other underserved populations; and
  • Provide cultural heritage organizations with the tools and opportunities to expand their impact and sustain partnerships.

In order to achieve these objectives, World Learning’s CCH team seeks a consultant with expertise in cultural heritage preservation/anthropology/the arts to work with World Learning on the following activities:

  • (Activity 1):  Match U.S. and International Organizations as Partners in the Semi-Finalist Phase
    The consultant will join World Learning staff in matching U.S. and international organizations that have been selected as semi-finalists. Organizations will be matched based on a number of factors including organizational preference, compatibility in scope and project ideas, and regional preference.
  • (Activity 2): Co-Creation of Project Design
    The consultant will participate in supporting and reviewing the project design co-creation process between the matched partner organizations, ensuring that final projects address best practices in cultural heritage preservation and align with international standards. S/he will provide advice and mentorship to partner organizations as they identify their key beneficiaries, create community outreach plans and develop their project ideas and proposals.
  • (Activity 3): Selecting Program Finalists
    The consultant will sit as a member of the selection committee in the review of project proposals jointly submitted by matched organizations. S/he will ensure that selected organizations demonstrate the requisite experience and understanding of key cultural heritage preservation concepts and programming. The U.S. Department of State must approve all finalists.
  • (Activity 4): Ongoing Monitoring and Evaluation
    On an as-needed basis, World Learning staff will work with the consultant as projects are being implemented and evaluated. S/he will work with the project team to address any implementation issues and recalibrate activities as needed.
  • (Activity 5): Grow Our Database of Cultural Heritage Organizations
    World Learning is growing its database of cultural heritage organizations that could be ideal candidates for future cycles of this program. The consultant will assist in this task by suggesting networks or organizations to be included so that they receive the announcement once funding becomes available.



Required consultant qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working on cultural heritage preservation projects
  • Strong network in the cultural preservation field, preferably with an international scope
  • Experience working with cultural organizations, both in the U.S. and abroad (especially Near East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and/or Europe and Eurasia)
  • Experience planning, promoting, and implementing a variety of public exhibitions
  • Excellent communication skills, including clarity in writing and speaking, timely responsiveness, ability to juggle multiple inquiries and needs for input
  • Strong sense of creativity: ability to ideate, brainstorm, and contribute a vision for the growing program and consultant role
  • Cross-cultural communication skills
  • Ability to work ad hoc and at a variety of daytime/evening time hours due to multiple international time zones of partners
  • Fluency in English

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity and comfort with virtual engagement, particularly on Slack and social media
  • Knowledgeable of latest technology used in cultural preservation


Required Application Components:

  • Resume (no more than 2 pages): Relevant Qualifications and Current Base of Operations/Current and Expected Physical Address during the timeframe of work.
  • Cover Letter (up to 2 pages): Explain your interest, your qualifications, technical expertise, past experience designing cultural preservation projects, working with youth, working with the international community, and working virtually.
  • Examples: three to five examples of recent cultural preservation projects that you have designed, led, and/or implemented within the last 10 years. Samples should not be more than one-page executive summaries.
  • Rate Quote: Please provide a quote of your expected hourly rate in your cover letter. Prices should be quoted in USD.

Offerors will not be reimbursed for any costs incurred in connection with the preparation and submission of their offers. World Learning reserves the right to: conduct negotiations with and/or request clarifications from any Offeror prior to selection; or cancel any of the items/services described or the entire bidding process.


Submission Instructions

Submission of quotes and proposal materials should be sent by email to by March 14, 2018 at 11:59 PM. By submitting a quote in response to this RFQ, the Offeror certifies that it and its principal officers are not debarred, suspended, or otherwise considered ineligible for an award by the U.S. Government. World Learning will not award a contract to any entity or individual that is debarred, suspended, or considered to be ineligible by the U.S. Government.


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