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Language and Cross Culture Facilitator

Job Announcement

U.S. PEACE CORPS RWANDA

Short-Term Contract Vacancy Announcement:
Language and Cross Culture Facilitator (2positions)

BACKGROUND
The Peace Corps is an independent U.S. Government agency that sends American volunteers around the world to aid countries to fulfill their development needs.
Peace Corps originally opened its program in Rwanda in 1974, working for 20 years before closing its offices in 1994. It reopened its program in 2008 and Peace Corps Volunteers are currently working in two sectors (Education and Health). We are seeking an enthusiastic individual who is a team player and self-starter with moral integrity to fill this vacancy.
Period of Performance: September 4, – December 9, 2012

BASIC FUNCTION
The Language and Cross Culture Facilitator (LCF) instructs Peace Corps Trainees and Volunteers in Kinyarwanda language under the direction of the Language and Cross Cultural Coordinator. Advises and teaches trainees on cross-cultural items and issues. Conducts classes in Kinyarwanda using the techniques, methods and training materials provided by Peace Corps Rwanda. Assigns lessons, corrects faulty pronunciation, improper tone pattern, and faulty structure by using intensive drills of various kinds. Works closely with the Language and Cross Cultural Coordinator (LCC) to periodically schedule students for tests and advises LCC on a regular basis of progress of students and suggests transfer of students to other classes when necessary. Collaborates with Host Families members in order to help Trainees to practice the Kinyarwanda in the family and in the host community.

Language Training:
Actively participates in a Team Building Training of Trainers workshop. Assists the Language and Cross Cultural Coordinator with preparation of lesson plans (writing new lesson plans as needed and improving on previous ones). Prepares all relevant learning materials, charts, supplies, etc. Submits an oral or written report after each teaching session. Assists Trainees at all times during the training and acts as a cultural information resource. Attends technical sessions to best incorporate relevant terms into lesson plans. Assists colleagues with lesson preparation before classes. Provides objective feedback on Trainee progress to LCC and Training Manager (TM).
Integrates technical, cross culture and other content-related vocabulary into daily Kinyarwanda teaching.

Host Family Monitoring
Under the coordination of the Host Family Coordinator and Training Manager and with the collaboration of other language trainers, LCF participates in the establishment of a system of regular visitation and evaluation of Trainee’s stay with a local “host family”
Discusses with the Host Family any of the Trainee’s cultural, health or safety issues and reports directly to the training hierarchy. Communicates all logistical and program concerns, questions, problems and/or recommendations to the Training Manager.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge:
Knowledge and experience in language training methods and systems. Excellent knowledge of grammar, idiom, syntax, and pronunciation in Kinyarwanda.

Education:
Completion of Secondary School plus minimum of 2 years post-secondary school training in Language.

Prior Work Experience:
One to three years experience in positions requiring the application of language and cross-cultural instructional skills and techniques and effective communication with trainees to gain and hold their interest. Experience in adult and experiential learning a plus.

Language Proficiency:
Fluent English and Kinyarwanda (written and spoken)

Abilities and Skills
Ability to communicate effectively in order to retain trainee’s interest and motivation, and to assist them in developing their language ability rapidly. Presents her/himself in a professional manner displaying confidence and knowledge of areas of responsibility. Good interpersonal skills and awareness of cross-cultural issues are important to the position. The candidate will demonstrate commitment to the program and ability to work well on a team. Possessing a current PC background security clearance is desirable. Please indicate it in the application letter.

Applications: Please submit via email a letter of motivation, a full C.V., and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate's professional qualifications and work experience to: recruitment@rw.peacecorps.gov by August 5, 2012.The reference name of the position should be clearly marked in the subject line of the email message. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. The Peace Corps is an equal opportunity agency.