US Peace Corps Careers – Lead Education Specialist

Organisation: United States
Government Peace Corps
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Program
Manager, Education
About Peace Corps:
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 Lead Education Specialist will support the
US Government Peace Corps Uganda’s Primary Literacy Project, implemented by the
Education Sector, and works as part of a team with all members of the
Programming and Training and Administrative Units. The primary responsibility
of this job role is to serve as the lead literacy-based technical trainer. The
incumbent will also provide literacy and content-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 ideal candidate must be able to provide input into
programmatic decisions and support collaboration between various partners which
includes MOES, SHRP and other stakeholders. The Lead Education Specialist also
provides one-on-one support to PCVs.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Support the Education Team with Project Development and Management
(approximately 15% of the time)
Offer timely 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.
The incumbent will 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
Participate in planning, implementing and monitoring
funded activities in conformance with relevant Peace Corps Washington policies
and rules.
Assist with Pre-Service and In-Service Training (approximately 50% of the time)
Participate as team member to prepare
Trainees/Volunteers to be a valuable member of their Ugandan communities.
The incumbent will serve as the lead designer and
trainer for Trainees/Volunteers on teaching Literacy and related educational
content to include:
o   Making literacy
instructional materials
o   Teaching
o   Effective
o   Lesson Planning
o   How to
implement workshops
Offer technical direction to Volunteers through
needs assessments and Just in Time trainings to improve Volunteer performance
Serve as a lead for implementation of Student
Friendly Schools and assist in evaluating pre-service and in-service training
 Assist with Project Monitoring and
Evaluation (approximately 10% of the time)
Capture best practices and trends to inform training
and reporting about best literacy practices and educational methodologies
Mentor, 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 Primary
Literacy Project.
Send periodic reports on large scale literacy
Support in preparing annual monitoring documents.
Assist in preparing site visit reports and literacy
project evaluation reports.
Assist with Volunteer Support (approximately 20% of the time)
Support site development, management and partner
engagement and accountability Serve as primary point of contact and support
[“Champion”] for Volunteers (15-20 Volunteers).
The incumbent will support 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.
Other Duties and Activities (approximately 5% of the time):
Perform other
duties as assigned
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicants for the United States Peace Corps Lead
Education Specialist should hold a Bachelor of Arts/Science in Education or
related degree.
At least three years’ teaching experience.
One year or more of teacher training experience.
At least a year’s experience working with relevant
government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, or private businesses.
Ability to work independently with limited
supervision; good organization and time management skills;
Willingness to take the initiative;
Excellent teamwork skills,
Strong service attitude;
High degree of personal integrity;
Strong cross-cultural skills;
Excellent interpersonal skills,
Keen interest in Uganda’s development; and ability
to travel extensively.
Ability and willingness to travel throughout Uganda
as needed.
National level certification as a teacher (Uganda,
USA or other) is preferred
Prior experience as an Educator in an African
Excellent command of spoken and written English
The applicant must be legally able to work in Uganda
How to Apply:
ALL submissions
must be electronic. (Please do not attach academic credentials to the email)
Please submit a
Microsoft Word formatted letter of interest, resume, names and contacts information
for three references to Please clearly indicate
the position applied for on the subject line of your cover email in this format
“Surname FirstName_Position Title” e.g. Katungu Bonita_ Lead
Education Specialist. Submitted documents become the property of Peace Corps
and will not be returned. If called for an interview, you will be expected to
bring copies of your academic credentials. Finalists from the first interview
will be expected to bring a reference letter from their Local Council (LC1) as
part of the final review process.
Deadline: 24th August, 2015
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