Curriculum / UAE

Global Curriculum Lead, United Arab Emirates

You will be part of Generation – Generation is the world’s largest, fastest scaling global employment program, providing young and mid-career adults with the opportunity to launch successful careers and change their life trajectories. Our goal is to deliver for our learners and employers simultaneously: supporting the personal and financial well-being of our graduates, while helping businesses make entry-level hires who are higher productivity, higher quality, retain longer, and are faster to promotion than peers. Founded by McKinsey & Company, Generation is its own legal non-profit entity active in 6 countries to date – USA, Kenya, Spain, Mexico, India, and Hong Kong – and is actively launching additional sites.

Generation’s programmatic approach includes operating 3-12 week “bootcamp” trainings for young adults to prepare them for employment in a specific profession. The Generation curriculum team designs curricula for the “bootcamps” across our countries and professions. Trainings are based on the technical and behavioral skills and mindsets specific to a given profession determined by our team’s analysis. Technical and behavioral skills and mindsets are taught and practiced in an integrated way throughout the bootcamp training.

We are seeking a talented Global Curriculum Lead, interested in leading program design for a portfolio of Generation countries or programs, including programs in the United Arab Emirates. You will work as part of our Global Curriculum & Instruction team, in collaboration with country team members (e.g., local curriculum developers, program coordinators), instructors, and employers to create training programs for the chosen professions in one or more countries.

This role is part of a remote team but must be based in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Work authorization strongly preferred. Fluent English required, Arabic strongly preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by email to Please submit your application by May 18th, 2018.

To be successful you'll need:

  • Required experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably with a master’s degree in instructional design
    • 8-10 years professional experience, including a minimum of 5 years instructional design experience, at least one year experience training or coaching instructors, and 2+ years managing projects / teams
    • Instructional design experience including
      • Long-term planning curricular design experience (e.g., creating multi-week trainings, creating unit plans of multiple lessons based on a given set of standards, familiarity with Understanding by Design principles)
      • Experience developing active, practice-based learning experiences (e.g., simulations, role plays, etc.; not lectures and worksheets)
    • Strong project management skills, managing many stakeholders and workflows on a tight timeline
    • Success building and managing collaborative relationships
    • Fluency in English, Arabic fluency strongly preferred
  • Preferred experience:
    • Experience teaching and/or designing instructional content for adult learners from low-income, diverse communities / cultures
    • Experience designing blended learning experiences
    • Familiarity with adult learning principles and experience designing instructional materials for adult learners between the ages of 18 and 29 years old
  • Mindsets
    • Excited by the idea of working in a fast-moving global environment, balancing the opportunity to engage in a wide range of work with the necessary adaptability and flexibility to do so
    • Proactive collaborator, willing to propose solutions and ideas to challenges based on expertise, debate their merits, and make final recommendations for curriculum design
    • Self-reflective and open to receiving and giving frequent feedback
    • A self-starter with a strong work ethic who can thrive in a remote work environment
    • Willing to undertake significant travel in the region (~30%, potentially to include Europe, Middle East / North Africa, or Asia)

What you'll do:

  • Design a high-impact,  student-centered scope and sequence for a given profession’s bootcamp training based on the “activity mapping” conducted by Generation teams
    • Conceptualize the unique program architecture elements needed for each bootcamp training, depending on the types of practice required to master the skills of that profession
    • Create long-term learning modules (i.e., “unit” plans), including key understandings, performance goals, and assessments
    • Break modules into individual learning sessions with specific learning objectives
    • Sequence sessions into an overall training program that supports participants in practicing skills multiple times throughout the bootcamp
    • Ensure that behavioral skills and mindsets are continuously practiced and reinforced alongside technical skills
    • Develop and build learning content for pre-work and post-graduate skill support, as relevant or necessary
  • Lead teams of instructional design consultants in designing curriculum materials to support active learning experiences for each session
  • Throughout the process, work closely with the Generation global team, relevant country team (or teams), employer partners, and other education partners (e.g., technical experts, training delivery partners) by obtaining feedback and iterating sessions accordingly
  • Design or support the design of appropriate “train the trainer” experiences to ensure Generation instructors are well-prepared to deliver the Generation curriculum
  • Further develop and codify Generation learning approach and content
    • Execute revisions of existing Generation curricula
    • In collaboration with the Global Curriculum & Instruction Manager, refine Generation’s curriculum design principles and curricular approach
    • In collaboration with the Global Curriculum & Instruction Manager, continually update Generation’s approach based on learnings from each country with a goal of creating:
      • A global Generation curriculum design methodology
      • A “library” of Generation curricula that can be used across programs

About Generation

Worldwide, more than 75 million young people are unemployed. But many employers can’t find people with the skills they need for entry-level jobs. Generation was created in 2014 to help bridge this gap—at speed and scale.

We’re building a skills-training methodology that can serve hundreds of thousands, and eventually millions, of young people a year. And we’re building proof that this training creates real business outcomes for employers, and lasting career impact for trainees—so everyone has the incentive to invest in skills. Our goal is to help our students achieve personal and professional success—and fundamentally change their life trajectories. Generation programs prepare unemployed or underemployed young people, aged 18 to 29, for jobs in four sectors: healthcare, technology, retail/sales, and skilled trades.

Today, Generation is active in eight countries—more than 64 cities and 150+ sites—with diverse social, economic and labor-market contexts.

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