VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT | No. 2019 – 007: Language and Cross Cultural Facilitator – Kupsabiny (2)
Peace Corps is an international autonomous agency of the US Government with operations in over 65 countries. It operates in Uganda by the invitation of the Government of Uganda. Peace Corps Uganda has memorandum of understanding with government ministries that outline broad areas of agreement of cooperation regarding the work of Peace Corps Volunteers in Uganda. Volunteers are assigned to government and non-government agencies and organizations, community based organizations, universities, colleges and schools who partner to enable Volunteers to provide capacity building in Education, Health and Community Agribusiness. Peace Corps also aims to build cultural understanding between Americans and Ugandans.
Announcement date: Wednesday July 31, 2019
Closing date: Wednesday August 14, 2019 at 4.45pm
Position title: Language & Cross Cultural Facilitator (LCF)
Reports to: Training Manager
Day to day supervision: Language & Cross Cultural Coordinator
Overall supervision: Country Director
Position type: Personal Services Contractor / Short Term
(Contract period April, 2020 – September 5, 2020)
Location: Training venues in or out of Kampala, within Uganda.
The Language and Cross-Cultural Facilitator (LCF) is responsible for planning, delivering and evaluating language and intercultural training at Pre-Service, In-Service and other required opportunities for Peace Corps/Uganda. Working hand in hand with the Language & Cross-Cultural Coordinator, the LCF is expected to offer ongoing language and intercultural support to new Volunteers by carrying out interest survey (needs assessment) of each Volunteers so as to come out with strategies to address them in subsequent trainings.
Area of Expertise
- Design lesson plans and deliver them to the Peace Corps Trainees/Volunteers, using appropriate techniques and methodology;
- Prepare session designs in advance, which are ready to be delivered during training period;
- Conduct language classes in the Ugandan language of expertise (Kupsabiny);
- Make daily Volunteer assessments and adjust lesson plans according to the learning needs of Volunteers;
- Participate in Pre-Service Training Research for collection of teaching materials relevant for language, technical and Cross-Cultural training;
- Tutor learners with special needs as, and when, such needs arise.
Intercultural Informant and Guide
- Using your knowledge as a Ugandan, act as a guide in teaching about Ugandan cultures, with specific emphasis on the uniqueness of your cultural grouping;
- Use your expertise in language teaching to impart cultural knowledge to Trainees during formal sessions;
- Work closely with homestay families in fulfilling the Trainer role for the Trainees;
- Act as a link between the Trainees and homestay families in clarifying any training related issues that may arise;
- Perform daily check-ins for the Trainees to gauge their adjustment process;
- Equip Trainees/Volunteers with skills to take care of their own safety and security by helping them learn the appropriate language, understand the local customs and cultural practices and dynamics of the political and social set up of the communities that may impact on Volunteers’ lives.
- Participate in designing an integrated Pre-Service Training Program;
- Integrate technical training through close collaboration and guidance from Program Managers and Specialists.
Documentation and Reporting
- Maintain file of written lesson plans, handouts, and other language supplementary materials used during training;
- Submit weekly reports to the Language & Cross-Cultural Coordinator detailing the progress of each Volunteer, what has been covered, what needs improvement, and the following week’s plans;
- Inform the Language & Cross-Cultural Coordinator periodically about the learning progress of each Volunteer, and on matters related to the Volunteer’s general suitability for service.
- Participate in team building activities designed to develop team spirit and responsibility;
- Attend meetings as scheduled;
- Share individual talents and expertise with colleagues.
- Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Language & Cross-Cultural Coordinator and the Training Manager.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience desired:
- Diploma in the area of specialization
- Experience in teaching a local Ugandan language to Peace Corps Trainees
- Experience in teaching and analyzing a Ugandan language
- Experience in adult education training and community development
- Good interpersonal, counseling and intercultural skills
- Excellent communication skills in English and at least one Ugandan language
- Good judgment and problem solver
- Management and supervision experience and / or aptitude
- Money and resources management experience and /or aptitude
- Willingness to live away from home in a training location for the duration of the training (in a rented house or Guest House)
- Willingness to be on call all days of training including Sundays and put in extra time past language training to serve as Coordinator of the local Training Satellite.
Applicants must be legally able to work in Uganda.
How to apply
Only Electronic Submissions will be accepted.
Please submit only MS Word formatted documents to include: a letter of interest (1 page), resume (3 pages maximum), names and contact information for three references to
Clearly indicate your name and the position applied for on the subject line of the cover email as well as on all the attachments: For example “Katungu Bonita_LCF Kupsabiny” for the Language and Cross Cultural Facilitator – Kupsabiny Position. Do not write any other words in the subject line of your mail. Submitted documents become the property of the Peace Corps and will not be returned.
You will be contacted ONLY if you are deemed qualified. If called for an interview, you will be expected to bring a reference letter from your area Local Council (LC1) as well as your academic credentials.