Program Specialist – Education Career Opportunity – United States (US) Peace Corps

Organisation: United States
(US) Government Peace Corps
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Program Manager,
Education
Vacancy Announcement No:
2017- 002
About US:
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. It operates in
Uganda by the invitation of the Government of Uganda. Peace Corps Uganda has
memoranda of understanding with government ministries that outline broad areas
of agreement of cooperation regarding the work of Peace Corps Volunteers in
Uganda. Volunteers are assigned to government and non-government agencies and
organizations, community based organizations, universities, colleges and
schools who partner to enable Volunteers to provide capacity building in
Literacy Education, Health, Agriculture and Medical and Nursing Education; also
aims to build cultural understanding between Americans and Ugandans.
Job Summary: The Program
Specialist Education supports the 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
Literacy Project aims to assist Ugandan Pupils gain access to literacy through
teachers trained in literacy teaching techniques, access to culturally relevant
learning resources and safe schools. Responsibilities include: Coordination and
serving as a liaison between Peace Corps Uganda staff and Volunteers and Literacy
implementing partners, which includes collaboration with MOES and other
stakeholders. Also provides technical leadership, and monitoring Volunteer
projects for quality assurance and alignment to the project plan, data
collection, reporting and evaluation.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
Support the Education Program Manager with Project Development and
Management (approximately 30% of the time):
Assist in planning,
developing, maintaining, managing and implementing Peace Corps literacy projects
that reflect and serve the needs of Uganda as ascribed by the Ministry of
Education, National DEAR Day (Drop Everything and Read), Uganda Spelling Bee in
Local Language, and Teach to LEAD (Leadership in Education teacher workshop).
  • Support in developing assignments for
    Volunteers through site identification visits and other relevant
    activities, and in maintaining contacts with potential sponsoring agencies
    to assure that prospective sites meet the minimum criteria for safety and
    security, workable job assignment, and viable housing situations for
    Volunteers.
  • Render support in preparing documentation
    for the Peace Corps Primary Literacy Project that conforms to the mission,
    goals and standards of Peace Corps. Those include:
  • An annual work plan for PCU approval with
    activities and budget in line with promoting reading work for PCV
    trainers.
  • Semi-annual and annual activity reports to
    Peace Corps Washington and partners.
  • Other interim or special reports and data
    as determined for projects reflecting the collaboration between Peace
    Corps and MOES.
  • Assists with Project Status Reports (PSRs)
  • Weekly news Bulletins shared with partners
    and Volunteers
  • Submit reports on large scale literacy
    initiatives.
  • Assist in planning, implementing and
    monitoring funded activities in conformance with relevant Peace Corps
    Washington policies and rules.
Coordination of Partnership (approximately 15% of the time): Liaise
between PC-Uganda and key literacy partners in Uganda on literacy goals and
approaches.
  • Support the Program Manager on advising
    and coordinating overall strategic directions between PC-Uganda, PCVs, and
    literacy partners.
  • Actively facilitate the collaboration and
    continuous dialogue among Peace Corps, MOES, key literacy partners in
    Uganda; the Program Specialist Education will stay informed and assess
    potential for creative and appropriate ways to partner with literacy
    partners and communicate those to relevant parties for agreement.
  • Support Program Manger to launch, call and
    chair meetings of partnership stakeholders including MOES, Peace Corps,
    and other international and local NGO implementers.
Assist with Pre-Service and In-Service Training (approximately 20% of
the time):
Participate as team member to prepare Trainees/Volunteers to
be a valuable member of their Ugandan communities. S/he will:
  • Serve as a contributing designer and
    trainer for Trainees/Volunteers on teaching Literacy and making literacy
    instructional materials for pre-service and in-service trainings.
  • Provide on-going literacy technical
    support to Trainees/Volunteers.
  • Assist in evaluating pre-service and
    in-service training events.
Assist with Project Monitoring and Evaluation (approximately 10% of the
time):
Implementing effective project monitoring and evaluation
activities, specifically Early Grade Reading Assessment and Teacher Training
assessments for reporting towards standard indicators in the Project Framework.
  • Coordinate preparation of annual
    monitoring documents.
  • Prepare site monitoring visit reports, and
    review those of other team members as appropriate, and literacy project
    evaluation reports.
Assist with Volunteer Support (approximately 20% of the time): Assist
with and travel throughout the country to provide advice and 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.
  • Serve as primary point of contact
    [“Champion”] and support for minimum 20 Volunteers.
  • Keep the Safety & Security Manager
    informed of any safety and security concerns at a Volunteer’s site.
  • Review Volunteer Reports and render
    constructive feedback in a timely manner
Other Duties and Activities (approximately 5% of the time): Perform
other duties as assigned
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United States
    Peace Corps Program Specialist – Education job placement should preferably
    hold a Bachelor of Arts/Science in Education or related degree.
  • Previous experience as an Educator in
    Uganda with minimum three years teaching, or related, experience.
  • 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.
  • National level certification as a teacher
    (Uganda, USA or other) is preferred
  • One year or more of teacher training
    experience is desired
  • One year experience working with relevant
    government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, or private businesses
    is an added advantage
  • Excellent command of spoken and written
    English language.
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
applications@ug.peacecorps.gov. 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_PS Education.”
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: 13th March,
2017 by 4:45pm
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