This program improves children’s foundational English and Mathematic skills across all government schools in one district and is part of the ‘Building Learning Foundations’ program.
Building learning Foundation focuses on establishing solid foundations at the lower primary level in all of Rwanda’s state-funded primary schools. Improvements in learner outcomes in the lower primary grades are intended to improve children’s learning achievement
in higher grades and so increase equitable access to primary and secondary education for girls and boys across the country.
As a VSO volunteer, you will immerse yourself in a new culture, face fresh challenges and develop your educational expertise while doing something truly fulfilling. You can click here
to see some volunteer stories from Rwanda on Youtube.
The overall job purpose is to support the development of school leadership for the provision of quality, inclusive education. Responsibilities:
- Provide coaching to selected higher-performing head teachers to lead effective professional learning community meetings for all other head teachers in their districts
- Collaborate with district officials with selection of new higher-performing head teachers to take on the role of supporting lesser-performing head teachers
- Provide training to new higher-performing head teachers
- Support head teachers with compiling evidence of learning and action in portfolio form to submit for assessment as part of certificate and diploma courses on school leadership to improve learning
- Support evaluation of portfolios of evidence and learning of head teachers
- Train sub-district education officials on supporting school governing bodies to both support head teachers but also hold them and their school to account for provision of quality, inclusive education
- Engage in field level link-ups with VSO international and national volunteers who provide training and mentoring support for teachers for sharing of information and learning
- Contribute to project review and learning events
- Produce accurate and reflective reports
Note that this position involves working across several districts of the country. To travel to districts you would usually travel on local buses. Travel within districts will usually be as a passenger on motorbike taxis
Skills, qualifications, and experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Education or post-graduate degree of Education
- Min. 4 years’ experience of school leadership focused on improving learning of all children
- Fluent English speaker with good written skills and the ability to explain complex concepts to audiences of different levels of experience and knowledge.
- Able to produce accurate, reflective reports with reference to qualitative and quantitative data.
- Knowledge of school leadership for improving teaching of language and mathematics and inclusion
- Experience with training, coaching or mentoring of school leaders
- Evidence of having improved school leadership which has again resulted in school improvement in provision of quality, inclusive education
Besides these skills, you need to be openminded, respectful, resilient and adaptive to new situations. It is important that you can facilitate positive change, build sustainable working relationships and are willing to seek and share knowledge. For further
information about this job, download here the detailed job description.
Terms & conditions
The experience of a placement is a one-of-a-life-time experience and will benefit you in multiple ways. You will have the chance to learn to work with people from different cultural backgrounds. There is often the opportunity to develop your teamwork-, leadership-
and management skills. This can be helpful for career opportunities after your placement.
VSO will cover and support you in all preparations: training, visa, work permit, registration in-country, flights, vaccinations, anti-malarial treatment, PEP treatment, medical and security clearance. In-country VSO will provide induction and support in placement,
arrange secure accommodation (often shared with another VSO professional), full medical insurance (including repatriation cover), medical indemnity insurance, work-related travel costs, and a living allowance which will enable you to live a basic but healthy
lifestyle, but which is not sufficient to cover ongoing commitments at home.
What we do at VSO
Our programs focus on the areas of health, education, and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender, and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships
are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organizations, from local and national governments to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within
the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programs. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same;
to build a world without poverty.
The world currently faces challenges on a scale not seen in a century. As a global organization, efforts to control COVID-19 will certainly result in changes to VSO’s activities and operations in the coming months. At this moment we are not sending international
professional volunteers abroad. We have dedicated teams monitoring the situation, working across locations, programmes and projects to ensure we respond appropriately and responsibly – and that no one is left behind.
We’ll continue to recruit professional volunteers and maintain a talent pool, to be prepared to work with them in the face of this uncertainty to plan for the future and build a fair world for everyone. If you have any questions about our current programs and
where we currently operate, don’t hesitate to contact Kelly.