Deaf Education Specialist

Before You Apply

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

Project Description

2 Peace Corps Response Volunteers are needed to serve as Deaf Education Specialists as part of the re-opening of the Peace Corps program in Kenya. Kenya Vision 2030 envisions an educational system that is responsive to national and global imperatives, and the National Education Sector Plan (NESP) Volume One 2013-2018 continues to support this Vision by focusing on urgent needs and goals including increased literacy, increased access, progression and transition in all levels of basic education and increased quality and relevance of education with an emphasis on Science, Technology and Innovation. In western Kenya, secondary school enrolment and completion remains low, and special schools lack necessary student to teacher ratios. Recent translation of the primary education syllabus into Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) and the declaration of KSL as an examinable subject requires a specific teacher to student ratio to be achieved, and compels schools to enhance teacher skills to teach and prepare the deaf child for the national examinations.

The Deaf Education Specialists, with Bachelor’s degrees in deaf education or a related field and at least two years of experience in primary or secondary school teaching will work with several Primary and Secondary Schools within a cluster to increase teacher skills and improve the needed progression and transition of students to secondary schools and beyond. PCRVs will also act as a vital partner in the USG DREAMS initiative to keep girls in schools by creating linkages to youth friendly services, stronger social protection systems and better family and community support. As part of the initial cohort participating in Peace Corps’ re-entry, the PCRVs can expect to help further develop relationships with the partner organizations, refine the needs assessment, and prepare the way for the 2-year Peace Corps Volunteers to follow.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Kenya together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

A regional Center of Excellence (specific partner schools will be assigned later)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf Education or related field
• At least two years’ experience in Primary or Secondary school teaching
• Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) or a minimum of two years working overseas in an international development context
• Working knowledge of a sign language
• Openness and willingness to learn Kenyan Sign Language
• Flexibility and patience to adapt to changing circumstances and work without constant or close supervision
• Intercultural communication and relationship-building skills

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 Kenya

All Volunteers receive necessary and appropriate health care during service. In every post where Volunteers serve abroad, the Peace Corps maintains a health unit staffed by one or more health-care providers, called Peace Corps Medical Officers. After a 6-year hiatus, the first groups of Volunteers to return to Kenya will be subject to strict medical clearance requirements in order for staff to fully assess local healthcare resources and infrastructure. After arrival in Kenya, Peace Corps provides, and Volunteers are required to have, an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Please visit Peace Corps’ Medical Care During Service page for more information.

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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