Literacy 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

Two Peace Corps Response Volunteers are needed to serve as Literacy Specialists in Liberia for the WE-CARE Reading Liberia and Library Programs. These programs work to train local teachers in public elementary schools, as well as librarians, writers, and illustrators, in strategies for effective learning, specifically in the fields of reading, writing, and critical thinking. WE-CARE’s mission is to strengthen Liberia’s educational sector by fostering a love of books and reading among Liberia’s youth, in the hopes that they will become informed citizens, ready to encourage growth and progress. The WE-CARE Reading Liberia and Library Programs regularly train, monitor, assess, and certify teachers who in turn educate Liberian students in the hopes of achieving the WE-CARE mission. Peace Corps Liberia is committed to helping WE-CARE achieve their mission, by providing them with an experienced volunteer who can work as a mentor, coach, and trainer in the local Reading Liberia projects.

The Literacy Specialists would support the WE-CARE Reading Liberia and Library Programs by applying their knowledge and experience to literacy programs for adults and children, as well as conducting evaluations and assessments for WE-CARE’s projects. These Response Volunteers would also be involved in the training of WE-CARE staff and teachers in relevant literary skills, such as child development and literacy, library development and effective use, and textbook development. By the end of their assignment, the Response Volunteers are expected to have met certain goals in their work with several WE-CARE programs. This would include conducting 4 teacher coach training workshops, as well as having assisted in the initial assessment of the Reading and Library Projects.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Liberia at the same time. 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.

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Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education
• Administrative skills and experience in supervising others
• Skills in literacy education (a reading specialist)
• Experience as a teacher trainer
• Experience with adult education
• Strong writing skills
• Experience conducting evaluation in both formative and summative elements
• Experience and knowledge in writing evaluation reports
• 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 also 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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