VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT No. 2022-001
Language & Cross-Cultural Facilitator/Satellite Coordinator (Short Term) About Peace Corps in Uganda
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.
Peace Corps Uganda seeks to hire 4 Short Term Language & Cross-Cultural Facilitators/Satellite Coordinators for Runyoro-Rutooro and Lango.
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 Volunteer so as to come out with strategies to address them in subsequent trainings.
Position Title: Language & Cross-Cultural Facilitators/Satellite Coordinators (Runyoro-Rutooro & Lango)
Announcement Date: Monday, April 4, 2022
Closing Date: Monday, April 18, 2022 4:45pm
Position Classification: Personal Services Contract / Short term. Local hire position June 6, 2022 – November 19, 2022
Period of Performance: Training Manager
Position reports to: Location: Training Satellites outside Kampala, within Uganda.
Area of Expertise
- Design lesson plans and deliver them to the Peace Corps Trainees, using appropriate techniques and methodology;
- Prepare at least 10 session designs during TOT, which are ready to be delivered in the initial weeks of PST;
- Conduct language classes in the Ugandan language of expertise;
- Make daily Trainee assessments and adjust lesson plans according to the learning needs of Trainees;
- 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.
Cross-Cultural 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;
- Using 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 Trainee;
- Act as a link between the trainee and homestay family in clarifying any training related issues that may arise;
- Perform daily check-ins for the Trainee to gauge their adjustment process;
- Equip the Trainees 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 Trainees’ lives.
- Participate in designing an integrated Pre-Service Training Program;
- Integrate technical training through close collaboration and guidance from Program Specialists.
Documentation and Reporting
- Maintain file of written lesson plans, handouts, and other language supplementary materials for PST and IST;
- Submit weekly reports to the Language & Cross-Cultural Coordinator detailing the progress of each Trainee, 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 Trainee, and on matters related to the Trainee’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.
Satellite Coordination (Approximately 1.5 hours daily or 10.5 hours a week, including Sundays)
- Coordinate training activities at Satellite
- Give updates to PCTs and TM daily
- Give logistical support to PCTs and staff at site
- Act as the first contact person between training and host families
- Organize and oversee functions at Satellite including Homestay preparation and Thank you
- Ensure activities are run as scheduled
- Enforce training policies at site by PCTs and staff
- Liaise with Peace Corps Volunteer Trainers (PCVT) Satellite Liaison for activities at site
- Collect reports and other training materials from the LCF co-trainer and submit them to the LCC
- Co-plan and facilitate Cross-Culture session with Supervisors during their workshop.
- Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Language & Cross-Cultural Coordinator and the Training Manager.
- Assists the Training Manager in developing, assessing and redesigning competencies and training sessions as required. Evaluates and reports Volunteer/Trainee acquisition of safety and security competencies. Immediately communicates Volunteer safety and security concerns and issues to the Safety and Security Manager (SSM) and Training Manager. Supports the safety and security systems that are in-place for pre-service training, including reinforcing Trainee roles and responsibilities related to personal safety and security. Knowledgeable and supportive of Peace Corps safety and security policies and procedures, including the timely reporting of suspicious incidents, persons or articles.
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
- Excellent communication skills in English and at least one Ugandan language
- Management and supervision experience and / or aptitude
- Money and resources management experience and /or aptitude
- Good interpersonal, counseling and cross-cultural skills
- Good judgment and problem solver
- 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.
How to apply:
Only Electronic Submissions will be accepted.
Please submit a Word formatted letter of interest, resume, names and contact information
for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Jackson_LCF/Lango” or Katungu Jackson_LCF/Runyoro-Rutooro for the Language & Cross-Cultural Facilitator 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.