Lead Literacy Specialist job vacancy at United States Peace Corps

Lead Literacy Specialist job vacancy at United States Peace Corps

Job Title:  Lead Literacy Specialist 

The Peace Corps is an agency of the United States Government, which sends American Volunteer development workers to assist in capacity building and technical assistance activities in over 70 countries worldwide. Peace Corps Uganda invites applicants for the position listed above which is based in Kampala, Uganda.

Job Summary: The US Peace Corps Lead Literacy Specialist will serve as the lead literacy-based technical trainer. S/he is also expected to provide literacy-based technical support to Volunteers in the field, develop and refine in-house literacy curriculum consistent with the Ugandan Primary and Primary Teacher Education Curriculum and oversee coordination of large scale literacy initiatives that are part of the annual work plan. The person in this position will provide input into programmatic decisions and support collaboration between various partners which includes MOES, SHRP and other stakeholders.

Key Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Support the Program Manager, Literacy Coordinator and Education Specialist with Project Development and Management (approximately 20% of the time)
  2. Assist with Pre-Service and In-Service Training (approximately 45% of the time)
  3. Assist with Project Monitoring and Evaluation (approximately 10% of the time):
  4. Assist with Volunteer Support (approximately 20% of the time)
  5. Other Duties and Activities (approximately 5% of the time)
  • Assist in developing and maintaining Peace Corps sites that reflect and serve the needs of Uganda as ascribed by the Ministry of Education.
  • Offer on-site technical support to Volunteers who are working on literacy and document activities and results in regular site visit reports that are submitted to the Program Manager.
  • Support in preparing documentation of activities that contribute to the various reports to literacy projects that conforms to the mission, goals and standards of Peace Corps including annual work plan, quarterly and annual reports, qualitative success stories.
  • Support in the planning, implementing and monitoring funded activities in conformance with relevant Peace Corps Washington policies and rules.
  • Participate as team member to prepare Trainees/Volunteers to be a valuable member of their Ugandan communities. S/he will:
  • Serve as the lead designer and trainer for Trainees/Volunteers on teaching Literacy and making literacy instructional materials for pre-service and in-service trainings.
  • Assist in evaluating pre-service and in-service training events.
  • Train and support Volunteers in collecting valid literacy data; specifically Early Grade Reading Assessment and Teacher Training assessment tools for reporting towards standard indicators in the Performance Monitoring Plan for “Mobilizing Schools and Communities for Reading” Project.
  • Send periodic reports on large scale literacy initiatives.
  • Assist in preparing annual monitoring documents.
  • Assist in preparing site visit reports and literacy project evaluation reports.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact and support [“Champion”] for minimum15 Volunteers.
  • Assist in integrating safety and security concerns into training events.
  • Keep the Safety & Security Manager informed of any safety and security   concerns at a Volunteer’s site.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the US Peace Corps position should hold a Bachelor of Arts/Science in Education or related degree.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English language.
  • Two or more years’ experience as an Educator in Uganda.
  • At least three years teaching, or related, experience is required
  • National level certification as a teacher (Uganda, USA or other) is an advantage
  • One year or more of teacher training experience is advantageous
  • One year experience working with relevant government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, or private businesses.
  • Possess the ability to work independently with limited supervision; good organization and time management skills;
  • Willingness to take the initiative; excellent teamwork skills, strong service attitude; personal integrity; strong cross-cultural skills; strong interpersonal skills, strong interest in Uganda’s development; and ability to travel extensively.

How to Apply for the job:

All interested candidates are required to apply by E-mail strictly. Please do not attach academic credentials to the email.

Please kindly indicate the position applied for on the subject line of the cover mail. For example “Volunteer Support Coordinator”

Please submit word formatted

  • Letter of interest / cover letter
  • Resume, including names and contact information for 3 references

Submitted documents become the property of the Peace Corps and will not be returned. You will be contacted ONLY if you are deemed qualified. If invited for an interview, you will be expected to bring a reference letter from your Local Council (LC1) and your academic credentials.

Submit Application To: applications@ug.peacecorps.gov

Deadline: October 10, 2014 by 5:00 pm

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