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

Organisation: United States Government Peace Corps
Duty Station:  Kampala,
Vacancy Announcement No.: 2016-011
About Peace Corps:
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
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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:
submissions must be electronic. (Please do not attach academic credentials to
the email)
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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