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US Peace Corps Nepal Pre-Service Training Vacancies

Short-term contract positions are currently available for Nepali citizens who would like to support the US Peace Corps Volunteer Pre-Service Training.  Applicants must be willing to live in a village outside of the Kathmandu valley from approximately the third week of August 2012 through November 2012 (this occurs during the period of the national holidays and selected candidates will work at the training site during Dashain and Tihar).

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Training Coordinator (1)

Program Coordinator (1)

Training Administrative Assistant (1)

Site Secretary (1)

Language and Culture Facilitators (5)

People living outside of Kathmandu, women, and representatives of disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:  Submit applications by the close-of-business (5pm) on the deadline indicated for the position that you are applying to.  Applications should consist of a cover letter that details the reasons for your interest in the position, and a resume/CV that details your qualifications as related to the corresponding position’s requirements. 

Electronic submission of applications is required. Please send application materials to the following email address:  pcnepal@peacecorps.govPlease indicate the position that you are applying for in the subject line of your email. 

Due to time constraints, only applicants that are selected for interviews will be contacted.  If applicants are currently working and intend to stay with their current jobs, candidates for interviews must produce leave approvals or release letters from their employers. 

 

Training Coordinator (one vacancy- this position has potential to become permanent:  application deadline:  June 01, 2012): 

The Training Coordinator (TC) is a member of the core staff responsible for designing, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the Peace Corps Pre-Service Training.  The focus of the Training Coordinator’s work is to support Trainees’ Nepali language learning and acquisition of cross cultural skills.  The TC ensures integration of language and cross culture topics in all training components of PST and serves as a cross-culture informant and language coach for Trainees and staff, and is responsible for overseeing the work of the Language and Culture Facilitators who work directly with Peace Corps Trainees. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Bachelors Degree
  2. Strong background in cross-culture and Nepali language training
  3. Must demonstrate a thorough and practical understanding of Peace Corps training program and approach.
  4. Background in training logistics management and /or event planning
  5. Proficiency in the use MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, etc), and internet.
  6. Must have good command of written and spoken English and must be able to communicate effectively with Peace Corps Trainees (PCTs), LCFs, other training staff and Peace Corps staff.
  7. Must be able to live and work outside of Kathmandu for 13 to 15 weeks

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Experience with previous Peace Corps Nepal trainings is preferred.
  2. Available to start immediately

Program Coordinator (one vacancy- this position has potential to become permanent:  application deadline:  June 01, 2012): 

The Program Coordinator (PC) is responsible for assisting the Program Manager in both the programming and administration of the Peace Corps project.  During the Pre-Service Training, the PC collaborates with the core training staff to plan technical training sessions, implement the training program, and monitor the performance of the Peace Corps Trainees.  The PC may also conduct volunteer site identification, homestay family identification and housing checks, deliver training sessions, provide support to Trainees, and collaborate with core staff to match Trainees to their future work sites. The PC also manages the establishment and administration of volunteer records in the Peace Corps volunteer database, and provides other administrative support to the Program and Training Unit’s operations.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Bachelors Degree.
  2. At least three years experience, specifically in support of program activities.
  3. Proficiency in the use MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc), Outlook and internet, Proficiency in database management is desired.
  4. Knowledge of online resources and experience in conducting research, data collection, monitoring, and evaluation. 
  5. Fluency in English and Nepali, both spoken and written.
  6. Ability to plan and deliver technical training sessions.
  7. Ability to communicate and establish working relationships with key contacts across levels.
  8. General knowledge of project management including budgeting, event organizing, and building partnerships with stakeholders. Understanding of volunteerism and its role in development, development issues and policies, and general knowledge of the organizations involved in development in Nepal.
  9. Ability to travel within Nepal, by themselves, for long durations and under difficult conditions.

10.  Must be able to live and work outside of Kathmandu for 13 to 15 weeks

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Experience working in a multi-cultural environment is strongly preferred.  
  2. Background in the sectors/areas that PC/Nepal is involved in (Nutrition and Agriculture) is also strongly preferred.
  3. Available to start immediately

Training Administrative Assistant (one vacancy- application deadline:  June 15, 2012): 

The Training Administrative Assistant (TAA) is a member of the core staff responsible for the administration, logistical support, coordination, and financial management of the Pre-service Training provided to incoming Peace Corps/Nepal Trainees.  Responsibilities include:  logistics management, budgeting, managing cash flow, negotiating for services, coordinating purchases, inventory, and overseeing cash disbursement for the training program.  The TAA is also responsible for coordinating the work of the Training Site Secretary and the PST Driver. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Bachelors Degree
  2. Must demonstrate knowledge / skill in bookkeeping, budget management, and excel.
  3. Background in logistics management and /or event planning
  4. Able to communicate in English with Peace Corps Trainees and staff.
  5. Must have at least one year of experience in budgeting, administration and logistical management in any GO, NGO, or INGO.
  6. Must be able to live and work outside of Kathmandu for 13 to 15 weeks

Language and Culture Facilitators (five vacancies- application deadline:  June 15, 2012)

Language and Culture Facilitators (LCF) conducts Nepali language training classes and helps Peace Corps Trainees (PCTs) learn about Nepali culture and gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for living and working successfully in Nepal.  LCFs work with small groups of PCTS (3 -5 per group) and live immersed in Nepali communities for more than 12 weeks.  LCFs follow a prescribed curriculum and use a variety of language training techniques and methodologies.  They serve as a primary cultural bridge between the PCTs and their host families and communities in which they are living, and also provide emotional support to PCTs as they transition to life in Nepal. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Bachelors Degree
  2. Must be fluent in both written and spoken Nepali, and able to train others in speaking Nepali.
  3. Must be able to communicate effectively in written and oral English with PC Trainees and staff.
  4. Must have good support and counseling skills.
  5. Ability to speak directly and knowledgeably with foreigners about cultural topics
  6. Must be willing to live with a Nepali family at the Training site (outside of Kathmandu) for 13 to 15 weeks

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Previous experience in teaching Nepali to foreigners is strongly preferred

 

Training Site Secretary (one vacancy- application deadline:  June 15, 2012): 

The Site Secretary assists the Training Administrative Assistant in secretarial and logistical support, knowledge management, property management and inventory, to ensure an effective and efficient Pre-Service Training.  The Site Secretary also collaborates closely with the Peace Corps Training Coordinator and serves as a back-up Language and Culture Facilitator (LCF), working directly with American Peace Corps Trainees in helping them learn about the Nepali language and culture.  This is done in a back-up role, to support LCFs for whom this is their primary duty.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. High-School or College diploma
  2. Able to communicate in oral and written English with Peace Corps Trainees and staff.
  3. Must be fluent in both written and spoken Nepali, and able to train others in speaking Nepali.
  4. Must have at least one year of experience as a secretary with an international corporation or INGO
  5. Must have excellent computer skills, must be proficient in Microsoft Office (word, outlook, excel, powerpoint, etc.)
  6. Must be highly organized and able to multi-task.
  7. Must be able to live and work outside of Kathmandu for 13 to 15 weeks

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Knowledge / skill in bookkeeping/accounting is preferred