Costa Rica


English Education Project and Training Specialist (ED PTS)


As a qualified professional functioning under general supervision of the Program Manager (PM), the Programming and Training Specialist (PTS) has responsibility for supporting the PM and Training Manager in the planning, developing, implementing and administering of Peace Corps Costa Rica’s programming and training system.

The PTS serves as a member of the project team and provides programming, training, administrative, and general support to 30-60 project Volunteers in the field.

Under English Ed PM guidance, works with the Training Manager (TM) and Training Team to design and execute an effective 27-month technical learning continuum for Volunteers consistent with Peace Corps’ philosophy and development priorities in Costa Rica. The PTS will continue to provide programming with general Volunteer support during active periods of training; however during the PST cycle, the PTS will not be required to conduct regular site visits or conduct full site Identification/development responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA in English language and/or a teaching or TEFL/TESOL certification from a (US) teacher education program or a teacher’s college (abroad) or related field.
  • Three years of direct teaching experience in TEFL.
  • Knowledge of bilingualism and English education in Costa Rica, including government organizations and non-government organizations (NGOs) supporting the sector, current trends and approaches to
    development of the sector.
  • Two years of direct experience designing training content and conducting dynamic sessions incorporating train-the-trainer approaches, adult learning principles, non-formal education and experiential
    learning methodologies.
  • Experience managing and/or engaging with virtual learning management systems (LMS).
  • Two years of experience providing project management support to implement English Education programs.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Internet Websites such as Google apps, survey tools, etc.
  • Knowledge in the Costa Rican public education system and MEP structure/protocol.
  • Advanced language skills in English and Spanish both written and oral. (Language proficiency to be assessed).
  • A B1 valid driver’s license, experience driving 4X4 manual shift vehicle in rural areas and availability to travel throughout Costa Rica, up to 50-60% of the time, including overnight.
  • A Costa Rican citizen or has current, valid authorization to work in Costa Rica.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Organizational management experience prioritizing tasks during periods of excessive workloads.
  • Experience working collaboratively in a diverse team.
  • Experience working in multicultural environments.

Country Program Information

Peace Corps Costa Rica has a medium size yet complex operation of approximately 120 Volunteers split across three sectors. The number of Volunteers and sectors are both subject to change over time.

Peace Corps Costa Rica Mission:

To promote sustainable development and empowerment of Costa Rican communities by means of inclusion, commitment and integrity.

Core Expectations for All Staff

  • Represent and promote the Peace Corps’ mission and three goals.
  • Create a framework for a safe, meaningful and effective experience for Peace Corps Volunteers/Trainees and staff.
  • Engage with all Peace Corps partners in a spirit of cooperation, learning, and respect.
  • Strengthen a culture of performance improvement by collecting, analyzing, and sharing information for effective decision making.
  • Perform with diligence, strive for excellence, and maintain a healthy balance between professional and personal life.
  • Adapt in a timely manner to meet changing needs and conditions.
  • Respect the diversity of beliefs, cultures and lifestyles of the Volunteers/Trainees, staff, counterparts and communities we serve.
  • Collaborate with fellow staff and Volunteers/Trainees to create an atmosphere of inclusion, mutual learning, open communication, accountability, respect, and trust.
  • Ensure that Peace Corps’ management of its human, material and financial resources is efficient, cost-effective, and socially and environmentally sustainable.
  • Consistently follow and implement Peace Corps policies in both letter and spirit.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): No person will be denied equal opportunity under applicable laws for employment because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or participation in EEO process.


Send résumé in English and letter of interest in English, explaining skills, knowledge and attitudes by July 19, 2020 to [email protected]

Applicants must demonstrate at least all listed minimum qualifications in their résumé and letter to be considered a candidate and continue in the selection process. Indicate which position you are applying for.

This advertisement and recruitment process is valid for the selection of one or more PTS positions with the same Description of Work. Candidates who meet the evaluation criteria will constitute a list of potential contractors to be selected by the selection committee and the overseas contracting officer for current and future PTS positions.