Literacy Support Officer

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 Literacy Support Officer at the Curriculum Unit with the Ministry of Education in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Over the years, concerns have been raised about the low literacy levels throughout schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Ministry of Education has responded in several ways - provision of higher education and on-going professional development training for classroom practitioners in literacy education, appointment of literacy coordinators, implementation of the literacy block was the main strategy for lesson delivery, providing appropriate graded level material. Recently, an inception meeting was held with the relevant stakeholders to implement the OECS/USAID Early Learners Programme which will focus on raising the levels of literacy in Grades K-3 for the next four years. Despite the attention given to literacy, students’ achievement is still below the targeted standards. Broadly, this project aims to improve teaching of literacy in schools. Ultimately, it is expected that participating primary and lower secondary school students would perform at the appropriate grade level and struggling students would improve by at least two grade levels. Several activities are earmarked to meet this objective. The project would provide training for teachers in delivering the literacy programme. Another key outcome would be to support teachers in identifying as well as creating appropriate teaching/ learning resources, both online and otherwise, to enhance student achievement. Finally teachers would improve their skills / efficiency in record keeping and data management.

A Literacy Support Officer, with an advanced degree in related field and at least 5 years’ experience as a primary school teacher or administrator, is needed to work in collaboration with Education Officers to support schools earmarked for the project. The PCRV will develop appropriate training plans, implement the trainings, and identify or create appropriate teaching and learning resources that would enhance lesson planning and lesson delivery. The PCRV will also conduct site visits to participating schools, evaluate students’ levels and learning needs related to literacy, create and direct instructional intervention plans for students in Grades 3-6 and monitor and evaluate the progress of both teachers and students at the schools. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of the teachers to identify and address their students’ literacy learning needs.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and may change due to programmatic needs.

Partner Information

Ministry of Education, Reconciliation & Ecclesiastical Affairs, Curriculum Development Unit

Required Skills

• Master’s Degree in Reading, English, or a similar education-related field
• 5+ years’ experience as a successful primary/secondary school teacher
• A valid teaching license/certification
• Experience in ICT integration in Education
• Experience developing and/or conducting education related training sessions

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 Eastern Caribbean

  • Eastern Caribbean may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: 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: none identified.
  • After arrival in Eastern Caribbean, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and 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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