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Fri, 23/02/2018 - 17:00

PROGRAMMING AND TRAINING ASSISTANT (STEM)

Science Technology Engineering and Math

SCOPE OF WORK

 

Type of position:

Personal Service Contractor (PSC)

Grade:

Grade8

Hours:

Full Time (40 hours per week)

Supervisor:

ProgramManager Education

 

 Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree in math, science, engineering, technology or related field
  • At least 5 years’ experience in teaching or adult education
  • At least 3 years’ experience in community development programs
  • At least 1 years’ experience working within a multicultural organization
  • Proficient in software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Excellent verbal and written English and Krio, additional local languages preferred.
  • Job experiencein a position that requires working independently with limited supervision
  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to design, implement, and evaluate program activities
  • Ability to engage in both intellectual and manual endeavors

 

Background

The mission of Peace Corps worldwide is to promote peace and friendship. Peace Corps was invited to Sierra Leone in 1961. Hundreds of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) have worked as teachers and health workers in Sierra Leone since then. The work of a Peace Corps Contractor does not limit itself to the role: active support of the Peace Corps mission is paramount to the job because contractors are representatives of Peace Corps in Sierra Leone.

Objective

The Programming and Training Assistant (PTA) serves as the principal technical associate for the Secondary Education Development program. The incumbent will support the Program Manager (PM) and other staff to ensure programming, training and community support is meeting the needs of Volunteers and program objectives. The PTA will actively contribute to the design, implementation, and evaluation of program activities and correlated training, especially for math and science education.

The Programming and Training Assistant position is located in the Peace Corps/Sierra Leone office on Freetown and reports directly to the Program Manager for Education. S/he coordinates in his/her routine responsibilities with the Program Manager and Training Manager.

Tasks& Deliverables

Trainings

  • Coordinate with the other staff on the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Pre-Service and In-Service Training events. This includes identifying relevant competencies, identifying human and material resources, assessing PCT/V needs, and drafting a training continuum for PCVs.
  • Design, deliver, and evaluate the technical training for math and science education at junior and senior school levels. All training must be aligned with project goals and objectives including collaboration with all facilitators, solicitation of guest speakers, and communication with the TM on any training costs.
  • Participate, as agreed upon with the PM, and TM, in all training events. This would include preparatory Training of Trainers (TOT), ongoing evaluation meetings, and debrief meetings.
  • Monitor and evaluate qualifications of each Peace Corps Trainee (PCT) during and at the end of PST, particularly as related to the technical component of training.
  • Collaborate with the PM, and training staff to assess PCT competence for service.
    • Assist the PM to complete timely initial and site placement interviews with PCTs.
    • Assist the PM to conduct PCV meetings

Volunteer Support 

  • Travel regularly throughout the country to establish and maintain effective working relationships with sponsoring organizations and community officials.
  • Visit Volunteers periodically at their sites to offer advice and assistance tothem and their counterparts/supervisors in order to enhance working relationships and performance.
  • Document activities and results in regular site visit reports.
  • Assist Volunteers in improving their job performance and their social and cultural adaptation through the provision of technical support, cultural insights, and direction to relevant and available resources.
  • Support Volunteers with personal and cultural counseling and guidance on various policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate with the safety and security staff as well as with the medical unit to advise Volunteers on safety and security issues.
  • Support the Volunteers’ Science Academy Committee in developing model activities, securing partnerships and resources, and implementing monitoring and evaluation.

Program Development and Management 

  • Assist the PM to develop potential assignments for PCVs through community visits and meetings with local representatives of the Ministry of Education, potential host schools, and community members. Explain Peace Corps Sierra Leone's development philosophy and the role of the PCV to these stakeholders.
  • Negotiate and evaluate job viability, available housing, the work environment, the level of host school’s interest, and the engagement of the local community.
  • Assist the PM to initiate and maintain close and effective contacts with national and local representatives of the Ministry of Education, other appropriate government agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) engaged in Secondary Education, and other organizations and groups, public and private, utilizing or likely to utilize PCVs at both the national and local levels.
  • Represent Peace Corps in negotiations with these stakeholders on the qualifications, numbers, and placement of PCVs.
  • Assist the PM to design and implement project monitoring and evaluation tools and activities with the participation of appropriate officials, local counterparts, other education agencies, and PCVs. Assure that PCV activities advance Project goals as intended.
  • Work with the PM to utilize the Volunteer Reporting Tool (VRT) for the entire PCV reporting process: create, send, receive, edit, and acknowledge PCV reports; provide written feedback to PCV; input data from the Volunteer Report Form (VRF) to the Volunteer Report Database. While the Secondary Education PA will assist with this duty, final responsibility rests with the PM.
  • Provide site visit reports in a timely manner to PCVs. As requested, provide site visit reports to other Peace Corps Sierra Leone staff and make recommendations regarding Volunteer performance and problems.

Other Duties 

  • Undertake responsibilities as staff liaison for Volunteer committees and projects, as assigned, such as monitoring small grants.
  • Provide backup coverage for other positions as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Every individual with any involvement in the operations of Peace Corps Sierra Leone, whether U.S. Direct Hire, U.S. Personal Services Contractor, Foreign Service National, Foreign Service Personal Services Contractor or Volunteer / Trainee has duties and responsibilities directly and/or indirectly associated with Safety and Security.  These duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Awareness and understanding of all directives of Peace Corps regarding Safety and Security.
    • Awareness and understanding of emergency procedures at both home and office.
    • Awareness and understanding of duties associated with the Peace Corps Sierra Leone Emergency Action Plan.
    • Availability, at both home and office, of staff and Volunteer contact phone numbers and / or email addresses in case the stated individual is directed to establish emergency contact and provide emergency information.
    • May be required to courier cash and/or purchase orders to various vendors who furnish supplies and/or services
    • Maintains current knowledge of the PC Office evacuation Plan, the PC Emergency Action Plan and how to use fire extinguisher in order to ensure adequate level of safety and support for Peace Corps/Sierra Leone Volunteers.
    • Ensure complete confidentiality regarding all information related to Peace Corps staff, volunteers and Peace Corps/Sierra Leone operations.
    • The Contractor is subject to worldwide availability and may be requested by the Peace Corps to be reassigned or transferred permanently to another Peace Corps Post/Headquarters or perform temporary duties (TDY) as required and to travel to other assignments within Peace Corps’ as assigned. Any such reassignment or transfer shall be subject to agreement of the Contractor. The Statement of Work as defined will remain the same; however the duties may be subject to change as determined by the Contracting Officer.
    • This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. But, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. “Duties may be subject to change as determined by the Contracting Officer.’’

Logistics& Level of Effort

  • The position is currently located at the Peace Corps/Sierra Leone office in Freetown
  • Work environment can be in the Freetown office or upcountry
  • The incumbent must be available for after-hours assignments and responding to emergencies.
  • The incumbent performs duties during a 40 hour work week. The incumbent may be required to work in the evenings, weekends, and holidays.

How to apply:

Online applications only sent to jdreyfuss@peacecorps.gov