Seasonal Model School Principal
Peace Corps Cameroon
Personal Service Contract Statement of Work
Position: Seasonal Model School Principal
Supervisor: Program Manager for Education & Training Manager
Under the supervision of the Education Program Manager the Principal will design, facilitate, monitor and evaluate model school for newer Peace Corps Trainees in Cameroon living in homestays undergoing Pre-Service Training (PST). Peace Corps utilizes a community based approach in a rural setting to train Trainees. The position is seasonal covering the Peace Corps PST timeframe which typically is 2 to 5 months (non-consecutive/mostly during long holidays) and based where Peace Corps training takes place. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to work and live in a rural setting with very limited resources. Teaching and cross-cultural skills are required.
The Model School Principal will have the following roles and responsibilities:
- Model School 80%
- Trainee Support 20%
- Lead Roles Set up, organize, and run a six-week Model School which serves as practicum for Trainees training to be teaching in Cameroonian schools. Do marketing of the Model School to recruit students and teachers Prepare invitations for the opening and the closing of Model School. Prepare students lists. Set up attendance sheets for students and teachers. Organize and supervise prizes for the best Model School students. Write a final administrative and financial report of Model School
- Support Roles (Supporting Model School Vice Principals) Collect registration fees and work with Training logistician and administrator to manage the money for model school Prepare pedagogic documents such as Report cards, mark sheets, master sheets, roll call lists, log books, scheme of work forms Participate in technical sessions to share teaching experience Facilitate technical sessions directly related to Model School
- Conduct Pre-training Research to prepare task analyses, identify resources, and clarify training goals with Peace Corps staff Collaborate with Language Trainers and other training staff to integrate all training components in technical lessons
- Formally evaluate technical progress of Trainees including weekly individual feedback to Trainees
- Maintain files of written lesson plans and handouts for all techincal programs
- Participate in the design and implementation of the competency-based language curriculum
- Assist the Training Manager and the Program Manager/Program & Training Assistant in developing, assessing and redesigning competencies and training sessions as required
- Participate, as needed, in design and delivery of follow up Volunteer in-service trainings (ISTs )
- Participate as a team member with other Trainers in the integrated design and implementation of the Community Based Training program (including participating in pre-training research)
- Ensure that safety and security competencies are incorporated and actively integrated in PST and effectively delivered to PCTs so that their achievement is properly evaluated and documented
- Support the safety and security systems that are in place for PST, including reinforcing to PCTs their roles and responsibilities related to their personal safety and security
- Evaluate Trainee progress according to the Trainee Assessment Portfolio and provide feedback to Trainees using the Coach Approach methodology Provide guidance to Trainees and other training staff
- Participate in non-technical sessions (i.e. technical/medical/safety sessions) to reinforce and provide support
- Perform any other duty assigned by PM or TM
Education: University degree
Prior Work Experience: At least 6 years of experience teaching secondary education AND at least 2 years of experience in school administration as Principal or Vice Principal in Cameroon.
Language Proficiency: Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes:
- Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision
- Work as a team member under high pressure;
- Efficiently design and deliver sessions using Adult Learning Principles and the Experiential Learning Cycle.
- Skill as a trainer, facilitator, and mentor in a cross-cultural setting
- Knowledgeable on differences between teacher centered and student-centered teaching approaches;
- Proficiency in use of the internet and with Microsoft programs: Outlook (email), Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.
- Experience working in cross-cultural settings, sensitivity and familiarity with diversity of American and Cameroonian cultures;
- Ability to work successfully within a multi-cultural office.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills, conflict management skills, diplomacy and tact with staff, Trainees, Trainees, community members and members of government.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and a strong sense of integrity.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A strong knowledge of Peace Corps, its mission, and its approach to development. Highly organized, analytical, logistics oriented, and professional with an ability to successfully network on behalf of the Program.
HOW TO APPY:
To be considered as a candidate for this position, it is required that you submit a cover letter, a resume, salary history, and at least three references to email@example.com or to the Peace Corps office in Bamenda, C/o HR with Seasonal Education Model School Principal in the subject line, by midnight local time March 16th 2017.
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