School Support Officer – Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to work as a School Support Officer – Parent Teacher Association (PTA) with the Ministry of Education (MoE), Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) Unit in Guyana. The Ministry of Education has been working over the past several years to operationalize the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) policies in Guyana. Currently, PTAs in the country exist only at the school-level, and they do not align with global and regional best practices. MoE has identified a need to review the existing policies and identify best practices across the Caribbean in order to guide the process at the national level and within different regions in Guyana. The volunteer will be working with the PTA Coordinator to expand the current policies, establish a National and Regional PTA body, and create an implementing toolkit.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer with a master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Education or other related field and at least 5 years of experience in a field relevant to Parent Teacher Association engagement is needed to serve as a School Support Officer – Parent Teacher Association. The Volunteer will conduct a desk review of the current PTA Policies and Toolkit, compare regional and global best practices, and consult parents and other stakeholders to assist with the formation of National and Regional PTA bodies and the relevant PTA policies. Additionally, the Volunteer will support the creation of a PTA Good Practice Toolkit. The overall goal of this project is to help MoE’s Health and Family Life Education Unit to expand PTA policies at the national and regional level that align with international best practices.

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

Ministry of Education (MoE), Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) Unit

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
• Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Education or other related field.
• At least 5 years of experience in a field relevant to Parent Teacher Association engagement
• 2-3 experience working with and/or forming Parent Teacher Associations
• Demonstrated capacity for problem-solving and decision-making
• Demonstrated technical writing experience
• Demonstrated project management experience
• 1 year experience working in an international setting
• 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.

Serving in Guyana

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Medical Considerations

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