Program Specialist (Education) Career Jobs - United States Government Peace Corps

Organisation: United States Government Peace Corps
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Vacancy Announcement No.: 2016-011

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 Program Specialist (Education) offer technical support to the Program Manager for Peace Corps Uganda’s Primary Literacy Project. The Program Specialist works as part of a team with the Programming and Training Officer and the Program Manager and collaborates closely with all members of the Programming and Training and Administrative Units. Additional responsibilities include training and curriculum development around HIV/AIDS teaching which includes materials development, community outreach, reporting and coordination with all post staff and Volunteers. The functions include assisting in the following: developing and maintaining project plans; identifying viable, effective and safe sites and housing for Peace Corps Volunteers; monitoring and evaluating the implementation of individual Volunteer projects to ensure their quality and consistency with the project plans; designing and managing appropriate technical training to enhance the initial placement of Volunteers and the quality of their projects; supporting Volunteers at their sites; supporting and monitoring the safety and security of Volunteers; and serving as a liaison between Peace Corps and ministries and agencies engaged in community development.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Assist with Project Development and Management (approximately 25% of the time)
  • Support in developing and maintaining Peace Corps projects that reflect and serve the needs of Uganda.
  • Assist in preparing documentation for the Peace Corps projects that conforms to the mission, goals and standards of Peace Corps.
  • Assist 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. Housing responsibilities include but are not limited to identification, minimum checks, problem solving, liaison with agencies, follow up and referrals to medical and safety and security administrators.
  • Assist in compiling and maintaining complete Site History files that include important safety and security-related information that is used to determine each site’s acceptability using PC Uganda’s guidelines.
Assist with Volunteer Support (approximately 25% of the time)
  • Assist with and travel throughout the country to provide advice and support to Volunteers, their counterparts and supervisors and their host families in order to enhance working relationships, community integration, and assure safety and security. Document activities and results in regular site visit reports.
  • Support in developing and maintaining systems (Volunteer reports, VIDA, Site Visit Reports, etc.) that maintain good communication with and provide channels for soliciting feedback from Volunteers, including information regarding their safety and security.
  • Maintain up-to-date information regarding relevant legislation; national policy changes; contact lists of relevant local organizations, institutions, and agencies; and other published resources including reference texts, professional journals and other similar information; and make the information readily available to Volunteers.
Assist with Pre-Service and In-Service Training (approximately 20% of the time)
  • Be part of the team that ensures that Trainees are given a good start and Volunteers are better prepared to be a valuable member of their Ugandan communities by:
  • Assisting in designing, implementing, and evaluating pre-service training.
  • In charge of participating in the evaluation of the qualifications of each potential new Volunteer during pre-service training.
  • Assisting in developing, conducting, and evaluating in-service training events.
  • Assisting in integrating safety and security concerns into all training events.
Assist with Project Monitoring and Evaluation (approximately 10% of the time)
  • Assist in designing and implementing effective project monitoring and evaluation activities that include safety and security.
  • Assist in preparing annual monitoring documents.
  • Assist in preparing site visit reports and project evaluation reports.
Safety and Security:
  • Keep the Safety & Security Coordinator informed of any safety and security concerns at a Volunteer’s site.
  • Per Manual Section 270, maintain familiarity with the Emergency Action Plan, with specific responsibilities required in the event of an emergency, and with the procedures for reporting and responding to safety and security incidents.
Other Duties and Activities (approximately 20% of the time)
  • Assist in planning, implementing and monitoring Center-funded activities in conformance with relevant Peace Corps Washington and Center regulations
  • Maintain project files and handle correspondence
  • Make arrangements for meetings and conferences
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate must hold a University degree in a field of study relevant for math and science for secondary education;
  • A minimum of three years’ teaching experience as a Registered Teacher of the Ugandan MOES in Literacy.
  • Preferred experience: more than one year of teacher training experience. One year with relevant government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, or private businesses.
  • Excellent computer skills including word processing and spreadsheet programs; excellent command of English, both spoken and written; native ability in spoken and written at least one Ugandan language;
  • Ability to work independently with little 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
  • Keen interest in Uganda’s development;
  • Ability to travel extensively.
  • Ability to work on a regular Monday through Friday schedule with occasional evening and weekend hours when necessary.
  • 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_ 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: 8th August, 2016 by 4:45 pm

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