Start date: to be confirmed

Duration: 12-24 Months

Thousands of teachers around the world do not get the necessary training and support, and as a consequence pupils do not reach their full potential. VSO is working to change this.

As a VSO volunteer, you will immerse yourself in a new culture, face fresh challenges and develop your expertise, and often also management skills while doing something truly fulfilling. The local office or partner’s need will decide your exact job description.

Role overview

The education specialist trains and supports teachers, education management and community members to respond to these challenges in order to unlock the talent of every child. The ideal candidate has excellent teacher trainer skills, experience with education management, the ability to support teachers and learners in the use of technology and is passionate about improving children’s learning through digital education technology (DET).

Responsibilities:

  • Train and support teachers in the use of tablets and software for literacy and numeracy;
  • Assist teachers in troubleshooting technical issues with hardware and software;
  • Focus on the progress of learners and help teachers to identify common areas of difficulty, as well as individual learner needs;
  • Assist teachers to find solutions to challenges to learning;
  • Contribute to the development of strategies for integration of DET in schools and districts;
  • Participate in the development of a training module for use by TTC lecturers in training pre-service teachers;
  • Assist communities to take ownership of their learning center.

Skills, qualifications, and experience

The ideal applicant will have:

Essential

  •  Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education;
  • Strong experience in training and coaching primary school teachers(secondary also acceptable);
  • Knowledge and experience in teaching early grade literacy and numeracy;
  • Experience in providing educational leadership and integrating innovative approaches to improve learning outcomes;
  • Competent in the use of technology, including tablets and smartphones;
  • Self-starter able to build relationships and determine own work plan;
  • You will be required to bring your own laptop and smartphone as VSO is unable to provide these for this project

Desirable 

  • Experience and interest in the use of digital education technology;
  • Experience in a capacity-building role in a government institution Experience in developing training modules;
  • Experience in the training of trainers(teacher trainers and primary education advisors/inspectors);
  • 5 years’ experience in a similar role Experience working in developing countries.

Besides these skills, you need to be open-minded, respectful, resilient and adaptive to new situations. It is important that you can facilitate positive change, build sustainable working relationships and are willing to seek and share knowledge. For further information about this job, download here the detailed job description.

Terms & conditions

The experience of a placement is a one-of-a-life-time experience and will benefit you in multiple ways. You will have the chance to learn to work with people from different cultural backgrounds. There is often the opportunity to develop your teamwork-, leadership- and management skills. This can be helpful for career opportunities after your placement.

VSO will cover and support you in all preparations: training, visa, work permit, registration in-country, flights, vaccinations, anti-malarial treatment, PEP treatment, medical and security clearance. In-country VSO will provide induction and support in placement, arrange secure accommodation (often shared with another VSO professional), full medical insurance (including repatriation cover), medical indemnity insurance, work-related travel costs, and a living allowance which will enable you to live a basic but healthy lifestyle, but which is not sufficient to cover ongoing commitments at home.

What we do at VSO

Our programs focus on the areas of health, education, and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender, and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organizations, from local and national governments to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programs. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

Coronavirus/COVID19

The world currently faces challenges on a scale not seen in a century. As a global organization, efforts to control COVID-19 will certainly result in changes to VSO’s activities and operations in the coming months. At this moment we are not sending international professional volunteers abroad. We have dedicated teams monitoring the situation, working across locations, programmes and projects to ensure we respond appropriately and responsibly – and that no one is left behind. We’ll continue to recruit professional volunteers and maintain a talent pool, to be prepared to work with them in the face of this uncertainty to plan for the future and build a fair world for everyone. If you have any questions about our current programs and where we currently operate, don’t hesitate to contact our recruiter Kelly.

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