Lifeskills Curriculum Development Specialist

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Project Description

The Ministry of Education (MoE) in Guyana seeks a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to work as a Lifeskills Curriculum Development Specialist with the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) Department of English. The onset of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting psychological and social issues have greatly impacted the teachers’ ability to provide education in schools. Apart from the teaching of Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) in schools, all teachers need to have an understanding of HFLE principles and how these can be inculcated in their classrooms to improve the instructional practice. CPCE has identified a need to design a new HFLE programme, which will then be offered to teachers who have already completed their training, and the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) has been requested to assist this project.

A PCRV with a bachelor’s degree in social work, public health, psychology or other related field and 3-5 years of experience working with life-skills programs has been requested to serve as a Lifeskills Curriculum Development Specialist. The PCRV will be working under the Cyril Potter College of Education Vice Principal of Curriculum and Instruction and in collaboration with the HFLE Coordinator at the Ministry of Education to co-evaluate and assist in redesign of HFLE curriculum and help to submit revisions to the relevant authorities for a new HFLE programme for trained teachers to be delivered by CPCE. The PCRV will also provide training and mentorship to identified lecturers to develop facilitation skills that could further serve the college. The overall goal of this project is to co-develop a draft curriculum on HFLE delivery or implementation plan for re-design of the HFLE curriculum and supporting mechanisms for teachers at CPCE.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Guyana together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Cyril Potter College of Education

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor’s degree in social sciences e.g. Social Work, Public Health, Psychology or other related field.
• 3-5 years of experience working with life-skills programs
• Demonstrated capacity for problem-solving and decision-making.
• Demonstrated technical writing experience
• Ability to work in multi-cultural environments.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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