English Language Assessment (Testing) Expert

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 (PCRV) is needed to serve as a English Language Teaching and Exam Specialist with the National Exam Centre (NEC), in Skopje, Macedonia. The NEC is an important stakeholder which contributes to improving the quality of education in primary and secondary schools in Macedonia. The NEC is responsible for the preparation, organization and administration of the State Matura exams. NEC) would like to introduce changes to the English Language Matura Exam to improve the quality of the English language exam. To accomplish this they need to develop better testing procedures and provide better training to item writers to utilize new ideas. A English Language Teaching and Exam Specialist with a relevant advanced degree and experience is needed to build the capacity of the National Examinations Centre staff in the following areas: item writing (multiple choice and short answer questions), developing new procedures for administering tests, sharing experiences administering tests, and working with staff to improve their English speaking skills. The goal of this assignment is to the build the capacity of the NEC staff so that they are well-trained item writers, better prepared test administrators, and have better English speaking skills.

Please note this is an approximate departure date and it may change.


National Examinations Centre - NEC

Required Skills

• Bachelors Degree in Teaching (or BA in Methodology, Assessment, or related degree);
• Experience and familiarity with the concepts of item writing, assessing and test-administration are desired;
• Minimum five years of experience in teaching;
• Flexibility and the ability to overcome obstacles;
• Flexible and patient with governmental procedures that might encumber the work.

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 Macedonia

  • Macedonia may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood;  mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten.
  • After arrival in Macedonia, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Important Medical Information for Applicants [PDF] to learn about other health conditions typically not supported in Peace Corps service.

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