Research Specialist for Sign Language Dictionary
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The Research Specialists, with at least an undergraduate degree in sign language or deaf education studies and 5 years’ experience in linguistic projects, are needed to assist in the preparation of the final submission draft of the Eswatini Sign Language Dictionary. The PCRVs will work with staff in the preparation of the final submission draft of the dictionary, and make recommendations about organization, presentation and content of the dictionary. The Volunteers will also collaborate with the principal researcher and counterparts in planning and conducting stakeholder lemmatization meetings, prepare sign samples for stakeholder lemmatization meetings, and evaluate significance of variation in signing among the four regions of Eswatini. The goal of this assignment is to build local capacity to complete a full Eswatini Sign Language Dictionary.
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 eSwatini together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Sign Language Studies or Deaf Education Studies
• At least 5 years’ professional experience in linguistics
• Strong facilitation and training background
• Knowledge of Deaf culture and Sign Language
• Openness and willingness to learn Swazi Sign Language
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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