The facilitator category structure has been developed to provide a supportive framework in which facilitators can practise, improve and broaden their BRIDGE skills. The categories also aim to ensure the quality and consistency of the BRIDGE product, and also to assist those implementing BRIDGE to select facilitators with the right skill sets. All categories of facilitators are important to BRIDGE. In order to move from one facilitator category to another, certain criteria need to be met by the facilitator and this needs to be formally acknowledged by a partner organisation. There is no expectation that a facilitator has to progress from one category to another. This will be based on the personal choice of individual facilitators and their ability to meet the criteria for progression.
Some things to keep in mind regarding facilitator categories:
A quick summary of facilitator categories is in Table 3 below.
Table 3: Facilitator Categories
|Semi-accredited facilitator||Workshop facilitator||Accrediting facilitator||Expert facilitator|
|Key focus||Commitment to capacity development in elections||Facilitation of BRIDGE module workshops||An accrediting and educative role||A broad leadership role in the development of BRIDGE policy, facilitators and materials|
|Experience||Module workshop participant
Successful completion of TtF
|A minimum of 30 hours of supervised module workshop facilitation
Supervised preparation and customisation
|A minimum of 150 hours of module workshop facilitation
Assessed by an accrediting or expert facilitator as possessing the following skills:
|A minimum of 300 hours of module workshop facilitation
Assessed by an expert facilitator as possessing the following skills:
|Responsibilities||Supervised module workshop facilitation||Customise, translate, prepare and facilitate module workshops||Customise, translate, prepare and facilitate module workshops
Mentor other facilitators
Accredit workshop and accrediting facilitators
Prepare and facilitate TtF and Implementation Workshops
|Customise, translate, prepare and facilitate module workshops
Mentor other facilitators
Accredit all categories or facilitators
Prepare and facilitate TtF and Implementation workshops
Needs assessments and scoping missions
Contributing to BRIDGE policy and curriculum
There is also an additional category of Semi-accredited – Inactive facilitators. This is to recognise that in the decade BRIDGE has been around, there are many facilitators who have completed their TtF but are unlikely to complete their accreditation and who may no longer be involved in BRIDGE.
Semi-accredited – Inactive facilitators are those who completed their TtF more than three years prior, but who have not gained their full accreditation.
This will make it easier for the BRIDGE Office and BRIDGE implementers to identify active facilitators and also recognise that it may be difficult for people who completed their TtF more than three years ago to recall their facilitator training.
Semi-accredited – Inactive facilitators who become involved in BRIDGE after being made inactive can contact the BRIDGE Office to be made active.
For more information on progression in facilitator categories, see 5.4 Focus On: Progression in Facilitator Accreditation and Categories.