Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organization. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education, and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender, and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organizations, from local and national governments to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities, and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.
About Building Learning Foundations (BLF)
The Building Learning Foundations Programme (BLF) is funded by the British People through the UK government through the British High Commission Kigali as part of its Learning for All programme. The programme is focused on improving learning outcomes at P1 to P5 in English and Mathematics. By improving the foundations pf pupils learning in primary, the intention is that more pupils will stay in school and be better prepared to continue to learn in higher grades, thereby increasing equitable access to primary and secondary education in Rwanda. The Programme is implemented by a consortium of organizations; the Education Development Trust, the British Council, and VSO in all 30 Districts of Rwanda. BLF began in July 2017 and will be implemented until September 2023.
The overall job purpose is to facilitate the implementation of improved teaching in English literacy and numeracy skills in line with the Building Learning Foundation project.
- Undertake school visits to mentor primary teachers of English and Mathematics and support their own professional development activities (Teaching observation and one to ones and group meetings; a community of practices; etc.)
- Contribute effectively to weekly team Review and Capacity-Development meetings
- Implement training of English and Mathematics teachers and School Subject Leaders ensuring distribution of relevant materials
- Contribute to headteachers’ professional learning community meetings reporting on the progress of English and Mathematics teacher professional development
- Provide logistical support for trainings and other professional development activities of teachers and school leaders
- Undertake school and community visits to regularly collect accurate data on progress towards English and numeracy performance goals
- Monitor the use of BLF toolkits including It materials
- Attendance, contribution with foundation one inputs and logistic support to the HTs professional communities of practices
Skills, qualifications, and experience required
Skills, Knowledge, and Experience
- Essential criteria (must have to be able to carry out the role successfully)
- Bachelor’s degree in Education
- Fluent English speaker with good written skills
- Relevant internship and/or work experience
- Differentiated teaching and learning experience to meet the diverse needs of children
- Good IT skills
- VSO has zero tolerance for the abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we are protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy.
- Desirable Criteria: (skills that could be an advantage in the role)
- A flexible and the ability to adapt behavior to different situations
- Familiar with Rwanda’s Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) and English and mathematics in early primary grades
- Participatory teaching with good questioning techniques
- Mentoring and training
- Data collection experience
- The self-confidence to work in a variety of situations and diverse people
- Recognition that learning is a two-way and continuous process.
As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with communities on a full-time basis. VSO will cover your travel, medical insurance costs along with a cost of living allowance. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in Rwanda.
How to apply
Once you’re ready to apply, Follow the link below to complete the online form, not than 9th December 2020
We strongly encourage the female candidates to apply
Application closing date: VSO reserves the right to take down the applications once we have got the desired number of candidates.
Interview/Assessment date(s) TBA
Start date: 03/1/2021