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Homestay Coordinator  

08-01-2015

PeaceCorps

Yaoundé

1209

CDI

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: Part-Time Homestay Coordinator (HC)

OPENING DATE: January 12, 2015

CLOSING DATE: January 23, 2015

Under the supervision of the Language and Cross-culture Coordinator (LCC), the position serves as liaison and support to Peace Corps trainees living in homestay in a Community-Based Training (CBT) and undergoing Pre-Service Training in a rural or semi-urban setting in designated regions of Cameroon.

The position is part-time and based wherever PC training takes place. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to work and live in rural or semi-urban setting with very limited resources. Solid Cross-cultural and negotiation skills required.

Required Qualifications:

Applicant must be a Cameroon citizen or nay citizen authorized to work in Cameroon, must not have been employed in intelligence-related activities, and must be able to submit application that clearly documents how s/he meets each of the following qualifications:

  • Education : University Master Degree in Language, Literature, Social Sciences or related to any of the 4 programs of PC Cameroon (Education, Community Health, Agriculture and Youth Development)
  • Prior Work Experience: At least 3 years of homestay or logistic orientation experience in rural and semi-urban communities of Cameroon.
  • Language Proficiency: Excellent verbal and written communication skills in French and English.
  • Skills and abilities : Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision; work as a team member under high pressure with occasional long and anti-social hours; efficiently design and deliver language and cross-culture sessions using Adult Learning Principles and the Experiential Learning Cycle.

HC Duties and Responsibilities

  • Setup and review homestay program goals and objectives, and the host family selection criteria in consultation with Language and Cross-culture Coordinator (LCC), PCMO, and Training Manager (TM).
  • Develop a host family selection strategy for PST.
  • Orient and train language staff regarding the homestay program.
  • Assist the language and culture coordinator (LCC) in the final selection of host families.
  • Organize and conduct homestay orientation and evaluation (initial, mid-PST, and final) for host family in coordination with the PST staff.
  • Organize and conduct homestay program orientation for Trainees in coordination with PST staff.
  • Provide necessary guidance and support to the PST staff for implementing the homestay program.
  • Serve as the key liaison between PC staff and PST staff in regard to the homestay program and update regularly the TM and the LCC on the homestay program.
  • Serve as the liaison for host families and maintain regular communication with them.
  • Have a regular conversation with Trainees regarding their homestay experience
  • Make regular visits to the family to check-up how things are going. These visits should occur at least twice a month.
  • During the regular visits, discretely check the hygiene of the house and rooms. Do not take notes while with the family.
  • Note any minor problems and discuss ways that the Trainee can improve the situation tactfully within the family unit.
  • Problems that may endanger the health of the Trainee should be referred to the PCMO.
  • Spend an even amount of time with families.
  • Monitor the homestay program by providing the necessary information, guidance, and feedback to both the Trainees and the host families.
  • Design and use case studies to improve the homestay program.
  • Maintain the regular communication about the homestay program with the LCC and the TM.
  • Summit at least two comprehensive reports to the TM during PST.
  • May serve as back up in language and cross-culture training.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by LCC or TM.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants must submit the following:

  1. A cover letter addressing your qualifications (reflecting the required qualifications cited above);
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae;
  3. Three references capable of attesting to your work performance (at least one reference must be a supervisor).

Applications may be submitted electronically to info@cm.peacecorps.gov

Indicate “Homestay Coordinator” in the subject line.

Hard copy applications may be mailed to:

Director of Programming and Training, Peace Corps B.P 215 Yaoundé

No telephone calls or personal visits. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by telephone. All documents, including your telephone number must be received by January 23, 2015.





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