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17-351: Instructional Design Specialist (IDS)
Country:Los Angeles, CA or Washington, DC
Department:Humanitarian Response
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility for rapid response to emergencies. International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


International Medical Corps is seeking an Instructional Design Specialist (IDS) for a global emergency response project focused on strengthening capacity and supporting rapid response to public health emergencies, infectious disease outbreaks, and humanitarian crises. The IDS will lead the development of curricula and e-learning modules, and develop both a Core Competency Framework and Capacity Assessment Tool for emergency response personnel of various types. In addition to a completed framework, the IDS will also identify and select courses and materials needed to establish an Operational Readiness Program for deployable, emergency first responders. Additional courses to be developed or adapted for emergency response personnel may include: infection prevention and control in outbreak contexts; clinical care for infectious and traumatic conditions; logistics and procurement for emergency project teams; monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in emergencies; gender and social inclusion; or accountability to affected populations.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.

Curriculum Development Coordinator

  • Draft timeline and work-plan for overall curriculum development strategy in line with program work-plan
  • Assist in the identification of all resources relevant to the development of course curriculum for various classes of emergency response personnel
  • Ensure that deadlines are met
  • Ensure that feedback collected from various sources and partners and is considered in the formulation of the curriculum
  • Serve as the compiler of the curriculum documents, ensuring that all parts are homogenous in quality and style
  • Evaluate software and web-based training options already available at International Medical Corps, in view of the content and volume of the material and the employee composition and locations;
  • With Principle Investigator (PI), Human Resources Coordinator (HRC) and other departments as applicable (Logistics, etc) finalize the development of a training framework adding to the training curriculums, strategy and long-term work plan and certification courses for Emergency Response Unit and emergency roster;
  • Work with the Principle Investigator (PI), Human Resources Coordinator (HRC) and other departments including IT department, to design and develop interactive and engaging e-learning courses based on the finalized training materials;
  • Providing on-going support to web-based programs as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed above are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

    Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed above are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

    Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.

  • Past experience writing curricula

  • At least one year hands on experience and familiarity with e-learning tools, preferably Articulate, and LMS
  • Minimum two years of experience developing, conducting and managing training programs directly, preferably in the international development/ emergency interventions arena
  • Minimum two years of experience with international aid and development programs, specifically in regard to donor (USAID highly preferred) regulations and compliance requirements.
  • Strong organization skills

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.