Opening Date: February 26, 2016
Closure Date: Open until filled (first review March 7, 2016)
Position Title: Homestay Coordinator
Salary: Developmental level starting at $8,470.55 annually with benefits
Full performance level starting at $10,935.32 annually with benefits
The United States Peace Corps program in Timor-Leste seeks a qualified and motivated candidate for the following full-time position: Homestay Coordinator (HSC).
The United Peace Corps is a non-political, non-religious organization, which will bring American Volunteers to Timor-Leste to be assigned to Districts to work with communities on development projects. The Peace Corps is an agency of the United States Government and was founded by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. General information about Peace Corps can be found on www.peacecorps.gov.
The Homestay Coordinator is responsible for identifying, interviewing and recommending for selection of Timorese host families where the Peace Corps Trainees/Volunteers will reside for the duration of the Pre-Service Training (PST) and throughout their service. This will include visits to the communities, holding community meetings, visiting the homes and interviewing with family members, preparing and delivering orientation sessions with the families and making recommendations to PST & PC staff for selection of the families and alternates. S/he will provide ongoing support and feedback to both host families and Volunteers. S/he will provide administrative and logistical support to host family and site-related work for the Program and Training Unit. The Homestay Coordinator works closely and collaboratively with the Training Manager, PST Site Coordinator, the Program Manager and the DPT to ensure that community sensitivities are respected and issues resolved in a manner that retains good relationships between the Peace Corps and the community. The HSC must be willing to travel extensively, including overnight travel, and stay for period of time at the PST site (outside of Dili).
Major responsibilities include:
- In coordination with Peace Corps staff develops a written strategy and specific guidelines for the homestay section at permanent sites and during Pre-Service Training.
- Act as a resource, informant, and liaison for all community-related activities, matters, and issues.
- Develop a written host family selection strategy, considering Peace Corps standards in other countries, as well as the cultural and environmental context of Timor-Leste.
- In coordination with Peace Corps staff develops a Homestay Handbook and makes revisions as needed.
- Maintains regular contact with Volunteers and host families, including visits and providing support and assistance throughout the program to both host families and Volunteers as needed.
- Liaises between host families and Volunteers and coordinates solutions regarding issues and or financial contributions to host families.
- Maintains accurate and complete files on host families (contact information, interview forms, questionnaires, list of host families to use and not use again, etc.), regularly updates host family information in Peace Corps systems, and coordinates with all relevant staff in collecting and maintaining files.
- Makes suggestions for improvements to the homestay. Records in written form and provides a debriefing to relevant staff.
- Provides potential host families with overview material on Peace Corps as an organization, and the Peace Corps program in Timor-Leste, the homestay selection process, timeline and their roles and responsibilities as host families.
- Develop, delivers and continually refines the Host Family Orientation.
- Plan and organize regional host family training in coordination with PC staff and Volunteer training on navigating cross-cultural and other host family issues.
Education: University Bachelor’s degree desired. Degree in relevant area such as Education, Language and Culture or Psychology is preferred. Some college or university level education required.
Prior Work Experience:
- At least 2 years’ experience working in related fields is desired; applicants with 5 years’ experience will be given maximum consideration
- Work experience in training and training design or education settings preferred.
- Prior experience working with Americans and/or experience living abroad preferred.
- Prior experience in curriculum development preferred.
- Fluency in both English and Tetun (written and spoken) is required, as is an ability to quickly and accurately go between Tetun to English, and vice versa.
- Ability to speak Bahasa Indonesian and Portuguese is desirable.
Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes:
- Training design and facilitation, counseling or providing feedback to others;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Knowledge of diverse customs and practices in various regions/districts of Timor-Leste;
- Flexible, open, creative and diplomatic;
- Strategic planning in design longer term training continuum;
- Demonstrated abilities to maintain professional networks of contacts with organizations and/or government officials through personal contact and correspondence;
- High quality written composition and translations skills;
- Ability to work in a cross-cultural setting as a part of an intercultural team;
- Ability to work under time restraints and manage many projects;
- Ability to contribute to the process improvements by assessing, analyzing and recommending solutions;
- Ability to coordinate effectively with other units and external parties in achieving specific objectives.
Important! Applicants must clearly describe or demonstrate how they meet each of the above qualifications in a Cover Letter written in English to be considered. Resumes/CVs should not exceed 4 pages. Qualified and interested candidates should send their Cover Letter and Resume/CV by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cover Letter and Resume/CV should be sent as attachments with the applicant’s name in the file names. Applicants should use the following subject line for the email: Application for HSC. Applicants must be Timor-Leste residents; posting is for local hire only.
The Peace Corps is an equal opportunity employer. Closing date: position remains open until filled—applicants should apply before March 7 for priority consideration. No phone calls or personal visits related to this vacancy will be accepted. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.