Chemistry Instructor

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to serve as a Chemistry Instructor for the Nimba County Community College in Liberia. Nimba County Community College (NCCC) remains committed to the creation of an enabling learning environment in fulfillment of its statutory obligation to provide quality education with emphasis on science, technology, and math where students are inspired and challenged to excel and attain the highest academic potentials. In this endeavor, the NCCC Administration continues to strive and explore avenues to empower participating students, faculty, and staff by building partnerships with local, national, and international organizations geared towards the college’s development and capacity enhancement. However, Liberia continues to have gaps in the number of teachers in math and science across the country at all levels. It is Peace Corps Liberia’s hope that Volunteers will continue to create a pipeline of math and science professionals in collaboration with its partners.

The Chemistry Instructor, with a Master’s degree in Chemistry and teaching experience, will teach Analytical Chemistry and improve science labs at NCCC. The Response Volunteer will effectively complete assigned coursework, conduct labs for all students, and assess students’ and instructors’ knowledge in science labs. In addition, the Chemistry Instructor will work closely with the Science Lab Coordinator to improve the running of the lab, increasing types of experiments, supporting the Coordinator in increasing their skills in working with experiments. The goal of this assignment is for the Response Volunteers to educate students in Chemistry and build the capacity of students and other instructors on running an effective lab.

Please note that candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Liberia together as a group, so the departure date is not flexible. It is unlikely that the departure date will change but applicants will be notified if the date does change. Please only apply if you are available on the date listed and if you can serve for the entire duration of the project.

Partner Information

Nimba County Community College (NCCC)

Required Skills

• Masters of Science in Chemistry/or its related field
• Experienced in a culturally diverse environment
• Experience preparing course syllabi
• Participatory, experiential classroom teaching experience
• Critical thinking skills and research oriented teaching experience
• Classroom management skills experience
• Sound judgment, critical thinking, flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness and excellent communication
• Ability to adapt to and work in a very low-resource environment, including very limited transportation, internet access, and other amenities

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 in Liberia

  • Liberia may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; cardiology; dermatology; gastroenterology; some types of gynecologic support; insulin-dependent diabetes; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ophthalmology; seizure disorder; urology; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Vyvanse. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified. 
  • After arrival in Liberia, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

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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