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U.S. Embassy Job – Language & Cultural Facilitator (LCF) Multiple Openings

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U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia looking for qualified applicants for the following open vacancies.
Peace Corps/Ethiopia is seeking Five Amharic, Four Tigrigna and Two Back up Afan Oromo Language and Culture Facilitators (LCFs) to train and employ for its Pre-Service Training of new Peace Corps Trainees. Please refer to the job announcement below.

POSITION TITLE:         Language & Cultural Facilitator (LCF) – TEMPORARY

OPENING DATE:          October 31, 2017

CLOSING DATE:           November 9, 2017

WORK HOURS: Temporary Contract:  during Pre Service Training (January 11 – April20, 2018)

SALARY:    Base rate ET Birr 19392.00/month. There is also a phone allowance of ETB 500/month

Basic Functions of Position:

Peace Corps/Ethiopia seeks Five Amharic Language and Culture Facilitators (LCFs), Four Tigrigna Language and Culture Facilitators (LCFs) and Two Back up Afan Oromo Language and Culture Facilitators (LCFs) to train and employ for its Pre-Service Training of new Peace Corps Trainees. The Training to be held in the nearby towns of Butajira from January 11 – April 20, 2018. Selected candidates willing to work 6 days per week in Bui, Kella, Witta, Tere and Tiya towns. Selected candidate must demonstrate proficiency & teaching competence in the local languages/he applies in.  LCFs work under the supervision of the Language and Cross-Culture Coordinator (LCC) and in collaboration with the Technical Trainers to ensure that Trainees meet the established language competency criteria prior to Swearing-In.

Summary of Responsibilities:  Each LCF is responsible for conducting successful implementation of the language and cross-cultural training, following the Competency Based Approach at the community level. S/he is the primary contact of Trainees and represents the LCC. The LCF acts as the cross-cultural guide to Trainees and technical information resource person during the training period.

  • Participates in the Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop prior to PST on training methodology, design and understanding of daily LCF schedule including minimizing the use of English in the language study setting.
  • Acts as a resource person for cross-cultural training, sensitizing Trainees throughout PST, including dealing with issues of homestay families and trainees.
  • Assists with technical and cross-cultural training and other activities outside the scope of the language programs as needed.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm, positive team spirit, supports all members of the training community in their work and helps to manage conflicts as they arise.
  • Shows initiative in organizing informal activities (sports, cultural events, discussions, field trips, meals, etc.), which contribute to the overall positive atmosphere of training.
  • Helps to develop/update Amharic/Tigrigna/Afan Oromo manuals to conform with Community Based Training
  • Attends all training activities and planning meetings (Staff training, staff development workshops etc) as needed.
  • Participates in all training activities, sharing experiences, contributing comments, and interacting with Trainees/Volunteers in a visible and active manner.
  • Appears and acts in a professional manner in and outside of class.
  • Demonstrates flexibility & creativity in adapting to the changing training needs and a willingness to take on new challenges as they arise.
  • Acts as a counselor and resource to all Trainees/Volunteers; interacts with all Trainees/Volunteers in and outside of class while maintaining a professional relationship.
  • Designs and delivers all language training to an assigned small group of Trainees to meet the needs of Community Based Training.
  • Submits weekly written evaluation of each trainee’s language learning progress.
  • At the end of PST the LCF will provide written recommendations and suggestions for future language study.
  • Demonstrates a willingness to supplement areas of knowledge and expertise that are weak or lacking (for example, asking others for help in specific topics, seeking advice on session plans, etc.).
  • Serves as a model in giving and receiving feedback.
  • Shows a willingness to act as a tutor for any trainee needing help.
  • When not actively involved in training sessions develops language and cross-culture training materials on on-going basis.
  • Assumes other duties as assigned by the Training Manager via the Language and Cross-Culture Coordinator.

Required Qualifications:  

  • BA Degree in Language
  • Fluency in spoken and written Tigrigna, Afan Oromo and/or Amharic.
  • Language teaching experience.
  • Level IV (fluent) in reading, writing and speaking English and Amharic, plus chosen language of instruction. The ability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English is essential, and a writing sample will be required of any candidates who may be offered an interview;
  • Effective communication skills demonstrated in an intercultural work environment. Outstanding interpersonal skills and experience working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to relocate for 3 months to the above mentioned towns and commit to work more than full time, 6 days a week during these months.
  • Flexibility and willingness to fit into the training program wherever needed and requested by training team.
  • Intermediate computer skills, Microsoft Office software skills (Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint) including database management.
  • Experience designing and facilitating training utilizing participatory and non-formal education techniques.
  • Experience working in multicultural setting with Americans.
  • Experience mentoring and coaching others with emphasis on the cross cultural adjustment process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience with international NGOs in Ethiopian language teaching experience.
  • Strong teamwork and conflict mitigation skills;
  • Mastery and ability to teach Afan Oromo in addition to Amharic and/or Tigrigna, is a plus;
  • Women are encouraged to apply.
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