Job Posting 93941

Subject Matter Expert: Outreach And Community Connections
Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA)
Work From Home - Calgary area, Edmonton area
closing today (Tue, 30 May)
rfp (request for proposal)  •  $8,000

request for proposals

subject matter expert (sme): outreach and community connections

in brief

The Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) is seeking a subject matter expert(s) (SME) to create and deliver professional development training. The training will focus on outreach and community connections, its importance in supporting the settlement and integration of newcomers’ communities, particularly, in rural areas. 

about aaisa

The Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) is a non-profit umbrella organization that has represented, supported, and advocated for Alberta’s settlement and integration sector since 1980. Collectively, AAISA member agencies offer services to newcomers in over 22 municipalities across the province. AAISA’s mandate is to build sector capacity to serve newcomers by providing access to relevant and meaningful professional development opportunities, engaging the sector on issue-based initiatives, and by undertaking research to build understanding of context and emerging needs.

More info about AAISA: 


With an influx of newcomers choosing to live in smaller and rural centres in Alberta upon their arrival in the province, the need for community outreach and building collaborative communities is imperative. In a recent survey conducted by AAISA in partnership with Rural Support Network, the results indicated that building relationships and outreach is one of the major gaps and aspirations found in rural communities which play an integral role in the social and economic success of newcomers who reside within them. Through increased networking, partnerships and collaborative efforts, individuals and organizations supporting newcomers could potentially improve settlement outcomes in various communities.

It is evident that outreach, building community connections and development are important parts of the process of engaging and creating a welcoming community. Through engaging the community, it allows for the advocacy of those on the periphery of society, thus creating a community that welcomes and integrates newcomers and those alike. 

Funded by Government of Alberta (GOA), AAISA aims to provide practical insights to the concepts and strategies used in planning programs for newcomers in Alberta’s rural regions, to increase the outreach and utilize the capacity of building collaborative communities within the municipalities in which newcomers choose to settle. This course would offer settlement workers and individuals supporting newcomers and refugees the needed knowledge and skills to reach newcomers at various stages of the settlement process, particularly within rural communities in Alberta.

The objectives of this course must include, but is not limited to, the following:  

  • Assess the current state of the rural outreach and community connection in supporting newcomers on a holistic level.
  • Explain key concepts such as needs assessment and strategies, principles, values, and processes in community development.
  • Highlight how to determine program goals, objectives, activities and outcomes, and the use of a logic model to reflect the relationships between these elements.
  • Drive a critical awareness of the social, political and economic contexts and dynamics in advocacy and outreach.
  • Support in gaining knowledge and apply acquired skills and knowledge to address community issues.
  • Analyze and apply models and approaches to collaboration and the challenges of establishing and maintaining collaborative partnerships.
  • Application of various community development models, taking into consideration social, political and economic contexts and dynamics.

This course will be open to anyone but must be designed for settlement workers and service providers who are working in or with the immigrant and refugee-serving especially rural sector across Alberta.

scope of work

The scope of work of the project is as follows:

  • Design, Development and Facilitation of professional development sessions
  • Creation of an Evaluation of Learning Effectiveness for the workshop sessions and self-paced online course modules.  
  • A development report that provides a summary of workshop and course description, learning objectives and outcomes, learningactivities, and course structure.  
  • A final report that will assist AAISA in shaping the future direction of its professional development work with settlement practitioners in Alberta’s settlement and integration sector, including reflection by the facilitator(s) on the proceedings of the workshops and activities and possible areas of improvement, and other relevant information.

course structure

Courses are developed according to AAISA’s settlement practitioner competency framework, representing best practices and describing a continuum of functions and activities within the settlement sector.

AAISA courses comprise 5-7 modules which include guiding materials for up to 15 hours of training time, delivered as an online or in-person facilitated course and as a self-paced course over an agreed period of time. Each course is designed to be highly interactive, incorporate participant experience, and provide a balance of theoretical knowledge and skill development. Other AAISA courses can be provided to the selected SME(s) as a guiding resource.


  • A brief description of the course and intended outcomes
  • Demonstration of how learner outcomes align with AAISA’s Settlement Practitioner Competency Framework
  • Key tasks and activities, including the course assessment (course quizzes, case studies and assignments), main content and additional resources, discussion questions and announcements for the LMS 
  • Facilitator guide including notes to facilitators with instructions for delivery and materials required  
  • Digital learning resources (electronic documents, Microsoft PowerPoint presentation slides, audio, video and other multimedia resources)
  • List of resources and references 


The development of the course should start in July 2023. It is expected that the course deliverables will be submitted by the SME in October 2023 with the delivery of the facilitated synchronous sessions completed no later than November 2023 . The facilitated synchronous session may be online via zoom or any other video conferencing platform or in-person over 1 to 3 weeks, as to be agreed. The self-paced version of the course will be developed and completed in consultation with AAISA’s Online Learning Coordinator no later than FEB 2024. Please note that the self-paced delivery of the course may involve some live sessions and active participation of the SME. 


Proprietary right to all data, materials, documentation and products originated by and prepared pursuant to the contract shall belong exclusively to AAISA. The contractor will acknowledge and agree that any Product and/or Deliverable created shall be considered a “work made for hire” and all rights to said Product and/or Deliverable shall belong exclusively to AAISA. The contractor will be prohibited from disseminating products and information developed.


The SME (also known as the “consultant”) will be responsible for:

  • Providing a plan with a timeline for each project component and deliverable
  • Conducting a literature review and exploring current best practices to identify key areas of focus for the modules course
  • Ensuring all online self-paced course components are developed in alignment with AAISA’s settlement practitioner competency framework and current contextual needs
  • Providing the content for the self-paced course including drafts, revisions, and finals
  • Meeting with AAISA’s Programs & Services department to plan for the development of the online self-paced course
  • Collaborating with AAISA’s Learning & Technology Coordinator to develop content in relation to AAISA’s structure of the online self-paced course
  • Committing to generation of digital learning resources for the online self-paced course (this would include electronic versions of pre- and post- assessments of competencies, discussion board tasks, full course content, descriptions and course outlines, assignments and quizzes, readings and references, and Microsoft PowerPoint slides)
  • Assisting in the creation of the audio and video recording of content for the online self-paced course. The SME will require a commitment of an estimate 25 hours (approximately 5 hrs per module) to complete audio and video recording. The SME will coordinate with AAISA’s Learning & Technology Coordinator to arrange suitable dates to undertake recordings.
  • Attend a virtual technology orientation session with AAISA’s Learning & Technology Coordinator on managing online and self-paced sessions including breakout rooms, group discussions.
  • Create an Evaluation of Effectiveness of Learning for the online self-paced course modules to AAISA’s Learning and Professional Development Lead

AAISA will be responsible for:

  • Securing the online platform, advertising, and promoting course on social media, and handling registration, enrolment, and distribution of course materials
  • Schedule and host a virtual technology orientation session with the SME on managing online and self-paced sessions including breakout rooms, group discussions, online engagement on AAISA’s LMS, etc
  • Providing the working space and technology to video and audio record for all presentation slides of the content modules for the online self-paced course. These recordings could be done at the AAISA office in downtown Calgary or virtually
  • Providing the working space and technology to video record a short introductory orientation for the online self-paced course. These recordings will be done at the AAISA office in downtown Calgary or virtually
  • Providing the SME with the AAISA Competency Framework and other course preparation templates.


We require a detailed proposal with a cost estimate and projected timelines for the project that includes the above deliverables. PLEASE NOTE that the proposal is for a total of $8,000 for all SMEs (subject to negotiation).

The proposal should include:

  • Project design: proposed activities, cost estimates, and timeline for the various components (approach to learning/facilitation, learning goals, proposed modules, etc.) of the project
  • Resume of the Project Leader responsible for the development and coordination of the project
  • List of courses/workshops developed/delivered previously
  • Two references of people whom you have developed/delivered course or workshops previously and their contact information


The following are the criteria we will use in the selection process:

  • Detailed plan and timeline (including projected costs for each component).
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing outreach and collaborative community building programs particularly in rural Alberta
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the immigration, settlement and integration sector is considered an asset
  • Demonstrable experience in facilitating learning and development workshops, trainings, courses with adult learners
  • Familiarity with online learning platforms preferred (e.g., Moodle, Blackboard, D2L etc.)
  • Familiarity with online webinar platforms preferred (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.)
  • Compliance with deadline(s)
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Fluency in French would be an asset
  • In your proposal, please identify the following information:
    • Learning goals and outcomes
    • Key focus questions
    • Main areas of awareness and attitude

The proposal will be reviewed in detail according to the above criteria. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide portfolios of their work or examples of previously designed and developed courses and/or workshops, as well as to participate in an interview. All applicants will be promptly notified when a selection has been made.

Both individual and collaborative proposals will be considered.


Please send an electronic submission including the following: letter of intent, resume, plan, examples of past work, and proposed fees to . Please ensure that your name or your organization’s name appears in the file name.

Your electronic submission should be sent by Monday, May 29, 2023 @ 5PM MDT to with the email title: “RFP Submission: Outreach and Community Connections”

Qualified applicants will be added to AAISA’s network for notification of future opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact .

AAISA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we work to sustain anti-discrimination and anti- racism practices in our workplace. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, age, physical or mental health, religion or beliefs, or any other status protected by law. Harassment or discrimination is not tolerated at AAISA. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business need

PLEASE NOTE: AAISA is not obligated to accept the lowest cost proposal. In addition, AAISA need not accept any of the proposals. All decisions of AAISA shall be final and binding.

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