Science Education Enhancement Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to work as a Science Education Enhancement Specialist with the Ministry of Education (MoE), National Center for Educational Resources Development (NCERD) in Guyana. The Science Laboratory, located at the National Center for Educational Resources Development in Georgetown, Guyana, was once a national training facility for in-service science educators and laboratory technicians and had previously worked with Peace Corps Volunteers. In the recent past, due to lack of retention of lab staff, insufficient supply of materials, and having the facility fall under disrepair, the laboratory is non-functional. Repairs to the facility are underway. The volunteer will work to develop capacity for teaching about Science and the Environment at the Secondary level through the following by enhancing secondary teachers and teacher trainers’ proficiency to deliver “Inquiry-Based” science lessons in natural settings and supporting the setting up and use of the Science Laboratory at NCERD for the purpose of training other educators, and becoming a space to administer exams and for students to conduct practical work.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer with a bachelor’s degree in science education or any relevant science discipline and 2 years of experience of teaching science to secondary students, utilizing inquiry-based approaches, is needed to serve as a Science Education Enhancement Specialist. The Volunteer will conduct capacity building training for Science Heads of Department for Secondary Schools and prepare the updated Science Laboratory Handbook for Teachers. Additionally, the volunteer will help set up the Science Laboratory at NCERD. The overall goal of this project is to build the capacity of NCERD to support science education and reestablish the national training facility for in-service science educators.

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), National Center for Educational Resources Development (NCERD)

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 science education or any relevant science discipline
• 2 years of experience of teaching science to secondary students, utilizing inquiry-based approaches
• Adult training facilitation experience
• Previous experience working in a science laboratory
• Previous experience in outdoor/ environmental education
• Demonstrated experience with technical writing
• Demonstrated capacity for problem-solving and decision-making
• Ability to work in multi-cultural environments
• Patience and understanding when working with people of varying levels of education and expertise

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.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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