Organization: Peace Corps
Closing date: 28 Mar 2018
U.S. PEACE CORPS GHANA
Vacancy Number: PC 18-007
Position:**Language Cross-Cultural Facilitator (LCF) DAGAARE, WAALE, SISAALA**
Office: U.S. Peace Corps/Kukurantumi
Open to: All Interested Candidates
Work hours: 40+ hours/week
Closing Date**:** March 28, 2018 by 5:00pm
Starting Salary: 31,630GHC + Benefits
PERSONAL SERVICES CONTRACTOR (PSC)
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 1 Language and Cross-Cultural Facilitator (LCF) to teach, develop curriculum and test in Dagaare, Waale and Sisaala throughout the Peace Corps Volunteer 27-months cycle particularly during the initial Pre-Service Training (PST) at communities around Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region.
Language and Cross-Cultural Facilitators (Dagaare, Waale & Sisaala)
Number of Positions: 1 Permanent
Duty Station: Kukurantumi, Ghana
· Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in Education/related field
· Ability to fluently speak and write Dagaare, Waale & Sisaala
· Excellent speaking, writing and presentation skills
· Minimum of two years in Adult training/learning experience
· Minimum of two years’ experience in a cross-cultural setting
· Knowledge and understanding of U. S. values, history and culture
· Experience developing training materials and curricula
· Ability to hold and maintain a Security Clearance with complete background check
· Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics
· Knowledge and skills in Adult training and learning principles and application
· Strong skills in local language and cross-culture training curricula development
· Multi- lingual (English and Ghanaian languages)
· Ability to fluently speak and write other Ghanaian languages
· Very strong networking, negotiation and collaboration skills
· Peace Corps or similar international development organization experience
U.S. PEACE CORPS GHANA
STATEMENT OF WORK:
Language Cross-Cultural Facilitator (LCF)
The U. S. Peace Corps is an agency that promotes international peace, friendship, and sustainable development by sending trained men and women, Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), to serve in countries that have requested assistance. Pre-Service Training (PST) is a 10 – 12 week orientation program that provides PCVs with intensive language, culture, and technical training. The LCF coordinates with the Language and Culture Coordinator (LCC) and is responsible to the Training Manager and the Director of Programming and Training; assumes the responsibility for the design, implementation, and evaluation of Ghanaian language sessions. The LCF also serves as cultural information resources for Trainees, facilitates Trainees’ cross-cultural learning, and supports the host family stay. LCFs provide support and guidance as needed throughout the 27-month Volunteer cycle through recommending training resources and Language Proficiency Testing as select times. The LCF works directly with Peace Corps Staff, partners, and PCVs and supports the U. S. Peace Corps mission in Ghana in the following main areas:
Language Training 40%
Cross Culture training 40 %
Safety and Security 20%
Language Training: 40%
· Actively participates in the Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop held prior to the Pre-Service Training. Prepares all language sessions plans according to Peace Corps format, including necessary materials, visuals, activities and work sheets under the supervision of the LCC.
· Ensures that all Peace Corps Trainees (PCTs) complete all scheduled language activities.
· Submits all lesson plans and language materials to the LCC and teaches Ghanaian survival language according to the Peace Corps language competencies.
· Makes appropriate changes/adaptations when teaching the language competencies according to PCTs’ learning styles and feedback.
· Teaches within planned scheme of work, identifies with language staff areas of success and challenge, offers suggestions for additional assistance to those experiencing difficulty.
· Is accessible to Trainees outside of scheduled sessions to provide linguistic and/or cultural information/insight and encourages maximum use of Ghanaian language amongst the PCTs.
· Reports any Trainee absence, lateness or problems, which may arise in class and/or tutoring sessions to the LCC and Training Manager.
· Evaluates the success of the lesson, documents comments, ideas and suggestions to assist with future implementation.
· Assists the Program Manager and Technical Coordinators in designing and implementing integration of Language and Technical lessons and activities.
· Serves as a technical resource for Trainees outside of the classroom. Is an active participant in Trainees’ formal assessment/feedback interviews, provides feedback related to PST competencies/objectives.
· Documents Trainees’ behavior and informs the Training Manager.
· Documents progress of Trainees towards the meeting of the LPI minimal level of Intermediate Mid (INTM).
· Assists with implementing the LPI and if certified, conducts LPI tests at the end of the PST.
· Supports with reviewing and writing of new training/ learning materials for language.
· Continues to provide resources for PCVs throughout Volunteer cycle.
· Conducts Language Proficiency Testing at various times throughout the Volunteer cycle.
Cross-cultural Training: 40%
· Serves as an honest and objective cultural information resource for Trainees and Volunteers.
· Plans and facilitates cross-cultural sessions/activities with Trainees.
· Is available outside “classroom” hours to assist with cross-cultural learning.
· Plans cultural fair and traditional night with other LCFs and the LCC.
· Monitors the host family-Trainee relationship during PST through periodic visits to homestay families.
· Problem-solves situations with home stay families; if the issue is serious, solicits advice from the Homestay Coordinator and/or the Training Manager.
· Acts as a community contact person when necessary for communication, information-sharing, and liaison with the Training Manager, PST Coordinator and/other Coordinators.
· Actively participates in all committee activities that will foster team-building and support.
Safety and Security: 20%
· Documents and reports to the Training Manager, any safety and security concerns or incidents involving Trainee, host family or community member behavior with regards to alcohol use or culturally inappropriate behavior that places Trainees at risk.
· Provides safety and security support to PC Trainees and staff and assists in MS270 regulations compliance.
· Monitors safety and security environment with host families and host communities.
· Co-facilitates safety and security sessions with the Safety and Security Manager (SSM) as needed.
· Reports all medical emergencies to community contact person, LCC, Training Manager, PST Coordinator.
· Acts as warden to support safety and security. These duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Awareness and understanding of Peace Corps Safety and Security policies.
· Awareness and understanding of the Peace Corps Ghana PST Emergency Action Plan.
· Awareness and understanding of the warden’s roles and responsibilities.
Performs other duties that may be assigned to him/her by the Training Manager, DPT or her designate.
This position may act as an Occasional Money Handler, as assigned, to perform work within the scope of duties. The PSC may be required to courier cash and/or purchase orders to various vendors who furnish supplies and/or services to PST/IST training sites, or other locations as directed by the Contracting Officer. The PSC may also be required to courier cash to PC trainees or volunteers. The PSC will not be functioning as a procurement or disbursing official but will only be acting as an intermediary between the Contracting or Disbursing Officer and the recipient. In the case of dealing with vendors, the PSC will not exercise any procurement discretion concerning the supplies or services to be purchased or the cost limits of these purchases; these will be determined by the Contracting Officer; of the Peace Corps Act.
Safety and Security Duties for all Peace Corps positions:
- Addresses safety and security proactively by ensuring appropriate assignments for Volunteers and adhering to Peace Corps site development policies and procedures.
- Identifies and immediately communicates Volunteer safety and security concerns or issues to the Safety and Security Manager (SSM) and the CD.
- Ensures prospective sites meet established programmatic and safety/security criteria (e.g., safe housing, a clearly defined assignment with an organization that shows real interest in working with a Volunteer, etc.).
- Reviews and references site history files when evaluating potential sites. Incorporates appropriate site-specific safety and security-related information into site history files.
- Ensures designated host country counterparts participate in counterpart orientation/training and are prepared to work with and support Volunteers, including their role in Volunteer safety and security.
- Maintains communication with each Volunteer and solicits periodic feedback, including information about Volunteer safety and security.
- Maintains a calendar of Volunteer site visits, and completes appropriate number of site visits to assess Volunteer progress, safety and security, and to provide technical guidance and moral support.
- Monitors Volunteer compliance with Peace Corps policies, especially related to safety and security, and initiates corrective action as necessary.
- Participates in the design and implementation of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP).
- Acts as duty officer, as needed.
- Knowledgeable and supportive of Peace Corps safety and security policies and procedures, including the timely reporting of suspicious incidents, persons or articles.
Temporary Duties (TDY):
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.
Level of Effort:
Performs duties during a 40 hour work week. Regular work hours for Peace Corps Ghana are 0730 – 1700 Monday through Thursday, and 0730 – 1230 Fridays. Staff may be required to work longer hours, weekends, or holidays according to the needs of the program. Work is normally performed in an office setting. Occasional travel outside of the office may be required.
How to apply:
- Competitive salary.
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:
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