Science Lab Instructor/Trainer

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Project Description

Two Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) are needed to serve as Science Lab Instructors/Trainers for Nimba County Community College (NCCC) and Cuttington University in Liberia. Liberia continues to have gaps in the number of teachers in math and science across the country at all levels. The country’s universities are far from producing a sufficient number of qualified high school teachers for subjects such as math, chemistry, physics, and biology. As private sector companies re-enter Liberia and look to build trained workforces with engineering and industrial agricultural skills, the education system is hard-pressed to produce high school graduates to successfully fill these roles. The support of Peace Corps Liberia Volunteers will assist higher education institutions like NCCC and the Cuttington University College of Natural Sciences to create a pipeline of math and science professionals.

The Science Lab Instructors/Trainers, with a master’s degree in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or another relevant field and experience with science lab training/teaching in a low resource environment are needed to work with the faculty of NCCC and Cuttington University’s College of Natural Sciences to teach science courses and train science instructors in conducting labs for courses they teach. The overall goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of Liberia’s education sector by training science teachers and providing for the development of science laboratories.

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 Liberia together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Nimba County Community College (NCCC) and Cuttington University, College of Science

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 Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or another relevant field
• Classroom teaching experience and experience preparing course syllabi
• Experience with science lab training/teaching in low resource environment
• Experience in a culturally diverse environment

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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