Consultant-Curriculum Development - Taking Your Business Online-Remote

Mercy Corps Northwest Anywhere, United States


About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.  In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.


As the U.S. field office of Mercy Corps, Mercy Corps Northwest (MCNW) works to build more just, productive and resilient communities in the Pacific NW. Our programs support up to 2,100 small business owners each year; reduce prison re-entry rates for participants by 50%; improve services at more than 30 local nonprofits; and support under resourced communities with disaster preparedness knowledge.

Purpose / Project Description:

Mercy Corps Northwest’s Education Department serves entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to launch or expand their business through education and training. The Education Department is seeking to expand its educational offerings and repurpose existing content/develop new curriculum into self-paced e-learnings. 

The Taking Your Business Online curriculum will include, but not be limited to, the following topics:

  • Risks and mitigation of cyber threats in remote customer service
  • Customer Service Basics - how to interact/engage with customers over live video, telephone, and email (etiquette and best practices) since these are the main modes of communication due to COVID-19
  • Understanding and adopting software as a service
  • Utilizing CRM software
  • Setting expectations - communicating clearly hours of operation, constraints, timeframes for responses and feedback
  • Building relationships remotely - networking with other businesses; how to pitch over email/telephone; how to build community while working from home; ideas on reaching more customers
  • Building the right website for you
  • Navigating SEO
  • Adjusting your brand language to online platforms
  • Selecting the right marketing funnels for your business
  • Update or create business website to showcase services or merchandise
  • Sell services or goods via the business' website or work with an existing online marketplace

Consultant Activities:

The consultant will be responsible for the complete development for a course in Taking Your Business Online. This will include researching the topic for industry norms and best practices, drafting a course outline, developing the course curriculum and accompanying instructional and training materials, testing the course for effectiveness, and modifying based on feedback.

Consultant Deliverables:

The Consultant will:

  • Prepare course outline
  • Develop course curriculum and accompanying materials
  • Run pilot of course, soliciting feedback 
  • Modify and finalize curriculum after assessment of learner objectives have been met

Timeframe / Schedule:  

All deliverables are expected to be complete by June 15, 2021.

The Consultant will report to: 

MCNW Women Business Center Manager 

The Consultant will work closely with:

WBC Team, Training Coordinator and Curriculum Committee. 

Required Experience & Skills:

  • Demonstrated teaching and/or facilitation of the adult learner, knowledge and or experience of small business startup issues
  • BA/S or equivalent in business, finance, banking, community development, economics and/or other relevant field or entrepreneurial experience. (Professional work at or near the level of this position can substitute year for year for the educational requirement.)
  • 3 years experience in delivering educational programming, including curriculum development and evaluation, training and recruiting other teaching professionals
  • Knowledge and experience in working with or operating small businesses will be a critical advantage
  • Superior written skills and proven experience utilizing these skills professionally
  • Strong problem solver with ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills as well as computer skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines, work independently and cooperatively with team members is required

Mercy Corps Diversity Statement 

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. 

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact. 

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.