Homestay and Community Liaison Coordinator – United States US Government Peace Corps

Organisation: United States US Government Peace Corps
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Training
Manager
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 Homestay and Community Liaison Coordinator
will play a lead role in the identification of home locations for PCTs to
reside while undergoing language training and also satellite venues to be used
as training centers during satellite training. The incumbent evaluates home
stay sites to ensure conformity to established standards for safety and
security of Trainees. The incumbent is in charge of identifying training venues
and trainer housing locations. He / she will also develop training materials
for PCTs and homestay families to foster inter-cultural understanding and
enhance the homestay integration process. The incumbent will also render timely
support to trainees and families during the homestay living period to enable
both groups to have a meaningful and valuable cross-cultural learning
experience to build relationships with communities on behalf of Peace Corps to
enhance community entry and Volunteer acceptance and support.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1.
Homestay Coordination (approximately 60% of the time)
·        
Identify and recruit host families in sufficient
number to house one Trainee for each household that meet the required Peace
Corps Uganda criteria.
·        
Work closely with the training Manager, determine
necessary allowances and material inputs necessary for homestay families.
·        
The incumbent will update and maintain all homestay
files and records.
·        
Ensure that homestay families understand their
responsibilities under the homestay program during well designed homestay
orientation sessions before Trainees arrive.
·        
Enter into agreements with responsible host family
members.
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Routinely visit all homestay families periodically
during PST to detect and respond to problems in a timely manner.
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Manages homestay thank you events; prepared CD
letters, thank you certificates and ensure adequate staff representation and
transportation arrangements are made.
·        
Routinely write homestay thank you messages to the
families; communicate evaluation results to both PCVs and homestay families.
·        
Encourage maintenance of communication with homestay
families to foster a continuous relationship between Peace Corps and
appropriate homestay families, local leaders and other partners.
2.
Short term Satellite training venue and trainer housing identification: (15%)
·        
Identify, with contracts and training staff input
and support, satellite training venues by going to the regions according to the
determined language groups for the respective PST. The major role in the
identification process is to make good judgments about the suitability of
potential satellite training venues based on the Peace Corps criteria as well
as the consultant’s personal judgment and discretion.
·        
Carry out regular visits to identify potential
satellite training venues for the Peace Corps Trainees in the specified
region(s) and conduct necessary follow ups. (PCU needs at least three potential
venues per region selected and written quotations for services with the
specific information as designated by the Contracts Officer and training
staff).
·        
Where possible, ensure that the venues will be
easily accessed from potential homestays (within 30 minutes’ walk). Make a
report of Lessons Learnt to guide Peace Corps Contracting Officers and
necessary staff.
·        
Work in liaison with the Admin Officer and Training
Logistician in the process of trainer housing identification, negotiation,
contracting and handover.
3.
Training (10%)
·        
Significantly contribute to the design, in
conjunction with the Training Manager, Language & Cross-Cultural
Coordinator, and the Training Advisory Committee (TAC), the development of
cross-cultural and general training objectives, assessments and learning
activities to be implemented in the PCT/PCV Trainings.
·        
The incumbent will also design and coordinate
homestay orientation sessions and any activities during Pre-Service Training
which directly address the homestay experience.
·        
Design, in conjunction with the TM, LCC and TAC,
training sessions to facilitate cross-cultural integration for PCTs and
homestay family members during Satellite Training.
·        
Design, along with TAC and the LCC, informational
materials about Peace Corps to increase understanding of Peace Corps on the
part of homestay families.
·        
Support in coordinating Gender Equity and Women’s
Empowerment (WID), Role of Volunteer in Development (RVID), Trainee personal
support, Personal safety and security sessions, Community visit and future site
visit logistics.
·        
Working with the Training Manager, Program Manager,
Program Specialist, LCC and TAC, develop an integrated cross-cultural program
utilizing the homestay and other community entry experiences,
on-the-job-training, and other resources, to prepare Volunteers for service.
·        
Carry out, along with the Community Entry TAC
members and the Language and Cross-Cultural Coordinator, research to increase
the integration of homestays into Training designs, and to achieve more
in-depth involvement of the immediate community.
·        
Actively participate in the Training Design and
Evaluation meetings to collaborate with Language and Cross-Cultural
Facilitators to discuss innovative changes to PST and other trainings.
·        
Identify local resources, including community organizations
for PCTs to visit, to include in Satellite training, and prepare a list of
organizations and contacts for LCFs.
·        
Participate and assist in planning and conducting
staff training activities within each component, ensuring the integration of
cross-cultural issues.
·        
Responsible for designing and delivering sessions,
along with TAC, Training Manager, Program Manager, Program Specialist and
Language and Cross-Cultural Coordinator, to LCFs during TOT to prepare them to
facilitate community entry activities with PCTs during Satellite Training.
4.
Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation: (10 %)
·        
Develop and implement monitoring systems, which
provide peer and trainer support to Trainees in homestays.
·        
Actively monitor and advise LCFs and Satellite
Liaisons with regards to the implementation of cross-cultural and community
integration activities.
·        
The incumbent will also prepare progress reports on
the Homestay component of Pre-Service Training to be submitted to the Training
Manager.
·        
Design, oversee and implementation of an Evaluation
of the Homestay component.
5.
Others:
Perform any other duties as assigned. (5%)
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate for the United States Peace
Corps Homestay and Community Liaison Coordinator should hold a Bachelor of Arts
or Science in Education or related degree.
·        
At least eight years’ work experience working with
government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, or private businesses.
·        
Prior experience with an international organization
that includes non-African staff and clients.
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Work experience in rural community development.
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Ability to work independently with limited
supervision; good organization and time management skills;
·        
The applicant must possess a willingness to take
initiative; excellent teamwork skills, strong service attitude; personal
integrity; strong cross-cultural skills; strong interpersonal skills, strong interest
in Uganda’s development;
·        
Ability and willingness to travel extensively
throughout Uganda as needed for implementation of the job using public
transportation.
·        
Excellent command of spoken and written English
language.
·        
Excellent command of spoken and written one local Ugandan
language
·        
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 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_ Homestay and Community Liaison Coordinator. 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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