The United States Peace Corps program in Timor-Leste seeks a qualified and motivated candidate for the following short-term position (approximately 104 working days; approximate start date on or about August 24):
Pre-Service Training (PST) Homestay Coordinator
The United Peace Corps is a non-political, non-religious organization. The Peace Corps is an agency of the United States Government and was founded by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. General information about Peace Corps can be found on www.peacecorps.gov.
The Homestay Coordinator (HC) is responsible for the design, promotion, and implementation of the homestay program that is an integral component of Pre-Service Training (PST). She/he will plan the program, direct the search and selection of host families, and offer ongoing support and guidance to families, trainees, and Language/Cross Culture Facilitators (LCFs) throughout PST. The HC is under the day-to-day management of the Training manager. In collaboration with the Language & Cross – Cultural Coordinator (LCC) she/he will draw on local people and resources to direct the trainees’ cultural adaptation during PST through formal sessions, assignment in the training cluster, and special events.
This is a contracted position and requires living and working fulltime at the central PST training site, with frequent travel to training cluster and/or Dili. The HC will be required to follow a six-day work week, with additional preparation time and activities in the evening, and on weekend and holidays.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Learns and understands Peace Corps’ goals, policies, training philosophy and design, performance objectives and evaluation methods;
Develop a written host family selection strategy as well as a homestay family handbook, considering Peace Corps standards in other countries, as well as the cultural and environmental context of Timor-Leste;
Collaborates with the LCC, TM and other PST staff in the final preparation of the training design and Calendar of Training Events (COTE). Schedule and plan both formal classroom sessions on homestay topics, as well as activities to be conducted in training clusters and on excursions;
Conduct interview visits to all potential host families. Select final host families (with several alternates). Composes and prepares host family agreements and other necessary documents;
Maintain a professional and positive public image with the training staff, Trainees and the local community.
ü Bachelor’s degree in communication, education, or other relevant field;
ü Demonstrated experience in multi-cultural environment is required; Preferred (for full consideration): Prior cross-cultural training experience with an international organization; strong facilitation skills; able to design and conduct dynamic cross-cultural sessions. Prior experience designing and implementing homestay programs.
ü Knowledge of diverse customs and practices in various regions of Timor Leste and the ability to communicate these to Americans;
ü Ability to work within a cross-cultural team which includes American and Timorese Staff;
ü Fluency in English and Tetun; strong written English skills;
ü Personal skills: flexible, adaptable, reliable, sense of humor, sensitivity to gender and diversity issues;
ü Ability to think independently with little supervision; willing to learn new approaches and tolerate flexible working hours;
ü Personal integrity, strong cross-cultural skills, good interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a busy and intense team environment;
ü Ability to stay in the training community during the Pre-Service Training period.
Preferred (for maximum consideration):
ü Prior experience working with Americans and/or experience living abroad preferred
ü Excellent facilitation and presentation skills; comfortable leading sessions for big groups
ü Strong computer, communication, and organizational skills
This position is a FSN grade equivalent of 6 and it has a salary range of approximately $2,500 – $2,700 for the total period of performance. Housing during the PST training period will be provided at the training site. No other benefits are provided.
Important! For consideration, all applicants must submit a Resume (CV) of NO MORE THAN 4 PAGES, together with a Cover Letter stating in detail how their education and experience fulfills the requirements of the position. Submitted material must address each listed requirement. Both Cover Letter and Resume (CV) must be type written in English, saved as a Word or PDF file with applicant’s name in the filename (example: JSmith_CV.pdf, JSmith_Cover_Letter.pdf) and emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Email subject line should state: Application for Homestay Coordinator.
Closing date: Applications must be received no later than midnight, Sunday June 21st for maximum consideration. No phone calls or personal visits related to this vacancy will be accepted. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
The Peace Corps is an equal opportunity employer.