The Baeyul Dewaling Gross National Happiness Centre of Bhutan is hiring a program
development coordinator to spearhead the creation, piloting and evaluation of new
experiential education programs for Bhutanese citizens from all walks of life, as well as
international visitors to Bhutan, to be formally launched in 2013. The individual
selected will work closely with an experienced Bhutanese co-coordinator to develop
detailed, interactive curricular modules and courses based on the principles of Gross
National Happiness (GNH). GNH is Bhutan's holistic development approach that seeks
to integrate equitable and sustainable socio-economic development fully with
environmental conservation, cultural promotion, and good governance.
The position is a one-year contract, to begin as early as April 2012. Key responsibilities
and deliverables include:
• Conducting a literature review of existing materials developed for the "Educating
for GNH" initiative in Bhutan since 2009, and of other relevant curricula from
• conducting outreach, consultations, and focus groups with stakeholders,
agencies, possible partners and key participant demographics;
• creating detailed lesson plans;
• developing teacher training modules, recruiting new course instructors and
conducting training sessions for the GNH Centre's full-time residential faculty;
• using unifying frameworks already developed by GNH Centre advisors to develop
a diverse range of thematically focused narratives or case studies for use in 1-
day, 3-day, and 6-day courses for both Bhutanese and foreign visitors;
• planning and supervising two months of pilot programs, and incorporating
lessons learned from this "test run" into next iterations of course offerings;
• developing a framework for measuring participant outcomes and post-course
To be considered for the position, applicants must have extensive professional experience in curriculum development, teacher training and teaching. The successful candidate will have experience in curriculum development in areas such as ecoliteracy, systems thinking, sustainability, place-based and holistic education; will be conversant
in the practice of various contemplative traditions (e.g. meditation); will have a background in teaching outside the formal classroom setting, and working with both youth and adults experientially; will have substantive experience in cross-disciplinary problem-solving, cross-cultural communication, and working at the grassroots level on community-based initiatives; and will have worked in the developing country context or in a multi-cultural setting.
The program development coordinator will work closely with and report to the GNH
Centre Director, and will report on specific deliverables to the GNH Advisory Board.
The position will be based in the city of Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and will involve
periodic travel to other parts of the country to conduct research and outreach with
stakeholders and pilot sessions.
Salary will be negotiable, and a living allowance will be provided to cover lodging,
health care and other expenses.
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