Vacancies for skilled educators in Cambodia ..!!

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VSO is recruiting now for volunteers to provide advice and support to Provincial Education Offices in 10 of Cambodia’s Provinces.  This is part of a wider UNICEF funded programme to strengthen the capacity of Cambodia’s Ministry or Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) to support schools and teachers and thus to develop Cambodia’s education system. It’s a great volunteering opportunity – this can be a life-changing experience, with some wonderful opportunities to learn more  than you knew was possible, to live in a fascinating part of the world, to form some relationships that will last a lifetime and to make a contribution to developing a country whose hardworking people want a better future.  You would be working in the Provincial Office and also out in schools.  Here are some of the details from the job spec:

VSO Cambodia is seeking ten volunteers to work in ten provinces in Cambodia for a project which is has matched funding from EU, SIDA and UNICEF. This project is part of the Capacity Development Partnership Fund (CDPF), managed by UNICEF, to support implementation of MoEYS’ Capacity Development Plan.. Education management advisers in each province will work as a team at national level with other education volunteers in their province to build the management and leadership capacity of the target Provincial Education Offices.

Essential qualifications:

  • Qualified teacher with recognised third level degree in education
  • Professional qualifications or experience in education management, leadership or administration

 Essential work experience/skills:

  • At least 4 years of experience in the field of education management, leadership and planning, including working with Ministries and local authorities Experience with analysing data and building budgets
  • Excellent interpersonal, mentoring, facilitation and communication skills
  • Able to present information in a clear and concise manner
  • Verbal and written fluency in English
  • Computer literacy
  • Resilience, flexibility, adaptability, culturally sensitive and as sense of humour when faced with problems, obstacles and frustrating circumstances

 Desirable:

  • Experience of working in central or local government in a education context
  • Pervious volunteer experience and commitment to capacity development
  • Proficiency in IT – use of Word and Excel and Power Point
  • Good report writing skills and an ability to collate and use data in reports

 Strong in all selection dimensions, especially:

  • Positive and realistic commitment
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Sensitivity to the needs of others
  • Working with others

Essential personal qualities

The ability to build good working relations with staff at the provincial and district offices of education is essential to be able to work effectively in Cambodia (just as important as having the right qualifications and experience). The volunteer professional must be patient and remain calm and friendly in the face of the numerous frustrations he/she will experience. Sensitivity to the needs of others is therefore paramount. The volunteer must be capable of understanding and working within Cambodian societal and working culture.

The volunteer professional must be a good communicator in order to build others’ capacity. The volunteer professional must be pro-active, friendly and open with colleagues in order to build good relationships.

The volunteer professional must be prepared to work in a team with other volunteer professionals and the full-time volunteer assistant (who act as translators as well as providing logistical support).  The programme is delivered through small teams or individuals in each province in order to implement activities effectively and to achieve maximum impact. Volunteer professionals and volunteer assistants are expected to develop a strong professional relationship with each other in order to maximize and complement each other’s strengths.

Working in a volunteer team is different to working in a normal professional team – there is more overlap between professional and social life than many volunteers have experienced before.  The volunteers themselves form a multi-cultural community with widely varying backgrounds, each with their own expectations and understanding of their work within the programme. It is essential that the professional can cope in this context.  The volunteer will need to be able to overcome personality clashes, if they occur, for the benefit of the programme and project.

The volunteer must be willing to be based in the main provincial town. He/she will need to have a sense of adventure, however, as sometimes their work will involve travelling, sometimes to remote locations, with their Khmer colleagues; this might involve overnight stays in district town. Travel would usually be by a moped motorcycle (100/125cc motorbike) with automatic clutch.

The Initiative to take ideas forward and sometimes to work independently will also be needed, while bearing in mind that local staff should be involved in the work as much as possible.

Adaptability is a key to living and working in Cambodia. At the personal level, the volunteer will have to make major adjustments simply to live and work in a different culture and environment.

Volunteers need to demonstrate and practice cultural sensitivity. This involves being non-judgmental and accepting of various religious and cultural traditions.

Language requirements:

 Excellent spoken and written English

Commitment to learn Khmer language. The volunteer will have a full-time assistant to help with translation for work purposes. However, it is essential that the volunteer learns Khmer in order to build relationships, be able to live comfortably and to use it for some working purposes whether with or without part-time assistant. VSO will provide basic Khmer language training in country for 2-3 weeks. VSO will also provide funding for continued language training during the placement

The volunteer will need to commit to studying the pre-departure language resources available on Volzone prior to arriving in Cambodia which will equip him/her with basic vocabulary ready for intensive language training in country.

 

Please see a link to the Khmer learning resources below:

http://volzone.vsoint.org/course/view.php?id=204

The ability to build good working relations with staff at the provincial and district offices of education is essential to be able to work effectively in Cambodia (just as important as having the right qualifications and experience). The volunteer professional must be patient and remain calm and friendly in the face of the numerous frustrations he/she will experience. Sensitivity to the needs of others is therefore paramount. The volunteer must be capable of understanding and working within Cambodian societal and working culture.

The volunteer professional must be a good communicator in order to build others’ capacity. The volunteer professional must be pro-active, friendly and open with colleagues in order to build good relationships.

The volunteer professional must be prepared to work in a team with other volunteer professionals and the full-time volunteer assistant (who act as translators as well as providing logistical support).  The programme is delivered through small teams or individuals in each province in order to implement activities effectively and to achieve maximum impact. Volunteer professionals and volunteer assistants are expected to develop a strong professional relationship with each other in order to maximize and complement each other’s strengths.

Working in a volunteer team is different to working in a normal professional team – there is more overlap between professional and social life than many volunteers have experienced before.  The volunteers themselves form a multi-cultural community with widely varying backgrounds, each with their own expectations and understanding of their work within the programme. It is essential that the professional can cope in this context.  The volunteer will need to be able to overcome personality clashes, if they occur, for the benefit of the programme and project.

The volunteer must be willing to be based in the main provincial town. He/she will need to have a sense of adventure, however, as sometimes their work will involve travelling, sometimes to remote locations, with their Khmer colleagues; this might involve overnight stays in district town. Travel would usually be by a moped motorcycle (100/125cc motorbike) with automatic clutch.

The Initiative to take ideas forward and sometimes to work independently will also be needed, while bearing in mind that local staff should be involved in the work as much as possible.

Adaptability is a key to living and working in Cambodia. At the personal level, the volunteer will have to make major adjustments simply to live and work in a different culture and environment.

Volunteers need to demonstrate and practice cultural sensitivity. This involves being non-judgmental and accepting of various religious and cultural traditions.

Language requirements:

 Excellent spoken and written English

Commitment to learn Khmer language. The volunteer will have a full-time assistant to help with translation for work purposes. However, it is essential that the volunteer learns Khmer in order to build relationships, be able to live comfortably and to use it for some working purposes whether with or without part-time assistant. VSO will provide basic Khmer language training in country for 2-3 weeks. VSO will also provide funding for continued language training during the placement

  • The volunteer will need to commit to studying the pre-departure language resources available on Volzone prior to arriving in Cambodia which will equip him/her with basic vocabulary ready for intensive language training in country.

Please see a link to the Khmer learning resources below:

http://volzone.vsoint.org/course/view.php?id=204

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