Organization: Peace Corps
Closing date: 02 Mar 2018
The Peace Corps is a United States federal agency that promotes international peace, friendship and sustainable development by providing trained men and women to serve in local communities. In Ghana, these trained men and women (Peace Corps Volunteers) work in the areas of Health, Education, and Agriculture. The agency in Ghana is seeking to hire a highly skilled professional to provide leadership in developing and maintaining a training program that contributes to the Post’s goal of nurturing and supporting resilient, culturally sensitive, responsible and able Volunteers. The TM reports to the Director of Programming and Training and is responsible for all training related needs for both Volunteers and staff, as well as logistical preparation for all training-related events. This position requires extensive and frequent travel throughout Ghana.
Academic Requirements and Training Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred
- Flexibility and willingness to travel within Ghana
- Experience as a trainer of adults and background in experiential learning and instruction in large group settings
- Demonstrated ability and skill in mentoring others to assume greater responsibilities
- Oral and written fluency in English
Experience working with foreigners, especially Americans
Ability to work within cross-cultural teams, including Trainees, Volunteers and staff
Knowledge of diverse customs and culture of Ghana
Ability to interact appropriately with Ghanaians at all levels of society
Demonstrated ability and skill in counseling with emphasis on group dynamics and interpersonal skills
Ability to supervise trainers and trainees
Experience in conducting a Training of the Trainers (TOT) or other Trainers Workshop
Demonstrated increasing levels of responsibility in previous employment
Previous experience as a trainer with Peace Corps training programs or similar international training program
Experience with Community Based Training (CBT) designs
Ability to adapt easily to new changes from Headquarters
3 years of experience in program administration, evaluation, and supervision
3 years of experience in managing and supervising staff
3 years of experience managing budgets and accounts
Experience with current adult learning methodologies
Demonstrated training skills to design, implement and evaluate assets/community-based development programs
Demonstrated ability to interact with Ghanaian vendors and navigate cultural nuances to get the best prices for the best services.
Position Purpose: Provides leadership in developing and maintaining a training program that contributes to the Post’s goal of nurturing and supporting resilient, culturally sensitive, responsible and able Volunteers. Often shares duties with and works through others who directly implement training activities (e.g. at Pre-Service Training (PST), works through PST Training Director and Coordinators for technical, language and cultural training and logistics and homestay arrangements; at In-Service Trainings or Mid service training (ISTs/MSTs); works with Program Managers and Program Assistants (PAS)**)**. Fundamentally plays a leadership role to assure quality in all training events and program activities.
Element 1: 3-Phase Training Program Design, Materials Development, and Home-Stay Preparation Collaboratively plans a training program in which technical, language, health, safety, and cross-cultural components are properly sequenced and integrated, ensures that sessions are designed to be delivered in a participatory and experiential manner, confirms that community members and staff are prepared to receive and host PCTs/PCVs.
Curriculum and Materials Development
- Produces, in collaboration with other staff, a calendar of training events that encompasses the Volunteer’s two years of service.
- Works with Program Managers, PAs, PCVTs and PCVs to develop workshop curriculum, training manuals and training events to address core competency topics such as food security, appropriate technology, and HIV AIDS.
- Determines how training sessions and their sequencing might be improved to better prepare and support PCTs and PCVs. This includes holding regular TDE sessions with program staff, reviewing and advising on improvements to learning objectives and their sequencing, and visiting Volunteers and counterparts in the field to evaluate training outcomes at Kirkpatrick level three and four.
- Ensures training sessions are designed in a sufficiently participatory and experientially-based manner.
- Ensures that cross-cultural, technical, language and health and safety training are integrated whenever possible.
- Assists programming staff in the design of practicum learning assignments that immediately follow PST (i.e. Phase 2 implementation)
- Develops and maintains a library of training materials.
Training Site Preparation
- Holds planning meetings with PC staff to determine community and training center selection criteria and then sees to it that an appropriate training site(s) and community(s) are selected and prepared for PST and other training events.
- Guarantees for center-based sessions at PST, IST, and other training events that there is a sufficient amount of quality training materials and supplies, that equipment is functioning, that the room layout and furniture is appropriate, and that PCT/PCV accommodation meets Peace Corps standards.
- Ensures that training venues and locations meet the required safety and security standards of PC
Element 2: Training Staff Development
Prepares trainers, training coordinators and other support staff for their roles and responsibilities; maintains communication with all parties involved in training; consults with senior staff, especially Program Managers, to make sure the training program will/is adequately preparing PCTs/PCVs for their life and work in their communities.
Training of Trainers (TOT)
- Works with the PST Coordinator to design the General training of trainers.
- Works with the Language and Culture Coordinator (LCC) to design the language training of trainers.
- Assures that language trainers have acquired specific techniques (e.g. TPR (total personal response, drill, dialogue, game, fill-in-blank, sentence completion, recitation, translation) and are able to provide both audio learning (i.e. speaking and listening) and visual learning (i.e. reading and writing) opportunities.
- Conducts sessions to build a well-functioning training team that includes PCVs, Program Managers, PAs, administrative and medical staff, language and cultural facilitators, and other support staff.
- Convenes trainer meetings as necessary during training programs to promote continuous session design and facilitation skill improvement and convenes all-training staff meetings to strengthen program coordination.
- Provides guidance to Program Managers, PAs and PCVTs in designing, conducting and evaluating workshops for which they are primarily responsible.
Element 3: Training Management, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
Puts in place effective and efficient financial, logistical and general management systems, conducts periodic assessments through interviews and written surveys to assess PCT/PCV progress and satisfaction with training, conducts periodic direct observation and feedback concerning training staff performance, and ensures that the PST Training Director submits timely periodic and final reports that document progress/achievements and areas requiring improvement.
Training Management Systems
- Devises and/or confirms that contractual, financial, logistical and general management systems are in order and that protocol requirements have been met.
- Plans, implements and evaluates major training events such as IST, MST and COS with the consultation of the DPT and program managers to meet volunteer needs and program goals.
- Participates in the selection of new staff, as needed, to implement training and training management systems.
- Provides crucial on-going communications to keep people informed of what is happening during trainings, to remind people of their roles and responsibilities and follow-up on assigned tasks, and to acknowledge, congratulate, and thank people for their achievements.
- Request for and archive all session plans for sessions delivered at training events.
- Participates in yearly “Integrated Planning and Budget System” for all training events.
- Advises on and reviews Operating Plan budgets for training events.
- Works with program managers to develop budgets for special training requests to OPATS, SPA, PEPFAR the region and other funding sources.
- Works with Director of Management and Operations, Director of Programming and Training and Program Managers on the creation of the annual training budgets for all general training events.
- Develops and manages specific budgets for training events including PST, MST and COS.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
- Monitors the implementation of training and intervenes when/where needed to correct problems that arise in the sequencing and integration of sessions and to correct facilitation that is not being delivered in a sufficiently participatory and experientially-based manner.
- Manages the implementation of a PCT/PCV assessment system in order to document competency attainment throughout the PCV’s service.
- Participates in the determination as to whether a PCT should or should not be sworn-in as Volunteer.
- Conducts an annual review of training operations, makes recommendations to the DPT, and coordinates the execution of training improvement plans.
- Oversees yearly submission of the PC/G Training Status Report.
- Supervises Language and Cross Cultural Coordinator
- Supervises the Pre-service Training Coordinator
- Supervisors various other members of the pre-service training team
Perform other duties that may be assigned to him/her by the DPT or his designate.
How to apply:
*Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application will not be considered:1) A detailed résumé or C.V. that includes: · Professional positions held identifying duties, responsibilities, dates of employment and reasons for leaving · Education and training, schools attended, dates of attendance, qualifications obtained · An accounting for periods of unemployment longer than three months · 3 Professional references. 2) A cover letter 3) Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above: *Write the job number and position title as email subject and send application packet to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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