Job: Language Training

Job Posting: Language Training Specialist at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC.

We are seeking a teacher trainer with significant experience in international development contexts.  The Language Training Specialist supports and advises language program managers at Peace Corps countries around the world.  The position is based in D.C. but involves limited international travel.  Those interested should refer to the position listing linked below as I am unable to respond to individual enquiries..

This position is located in the Training Unit within the Office for Overseas Programming and Training Support (OPATS). The purpose of the Training Unit is to develop and coordinate guidance, training, and learning for overseas staff and Volunteers. Training is designed and delivered to improve post staff performance and competence. OPATS partners with and directly supports the Peace Corps’ three regional offices (Regions): Africa, Europe, Mediterranean and Asia, and Inter-America and the Pacific and supports overseas posts with their programming and training needs. In partnership with the Regions, the Office of Global Health and HIV, and other parts of the Agency, OPATS shares responsibility for the effectiveness and success of Volunteers and staff in the field.

The Language Training Specialist (LTS) serves as technical advisor on language program design and management, language program staff development and language materials development. The LTS researches and analyzes language training data and reports findings to agency stakeholders and coordinates with members of OPATS and other HQ staff in order to determine strategy and processes to further agency goals. The LTS designs and advises on the development of training for local language instructors and may travel to Peace Corps posts to facilitate workshops.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will also have:

  • MA in Teaching English or other languages as a Second/Foreign language, or MA in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, or similar with a focus on teaching languages.
  • Documented training or experience as Trainer of Trainers or Trainer of Language Teachers.
  • At least five years’ experience teaching English or a foreign language to speakers of other languages in a variety of contexts, at a variety of levels, at least two years of which are overseas.
  • Experience evaluating language learning programs and making data-informed program recommendations.
  • Experience designing, editing or reviewing language teaching materials.
  • Experience and comfort working and communicating interculturally in low-resource international development contexts.
  • Experience managing language teaching or language teacher development projects or programs.
  • Experience designing and facilitating online professional development for language instructors.
  • Experience developing curriculum for language teaching and language teacher training programs.
  • Experience managing online social networks.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, especially for document design and collaborative editing, data collection and analysis, and presentations.
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