Teacher English Language Specialist

Tarawa, Kiribati
Consultant (Short term)

 Kiribati Education Improvement Program (KEIP) Phase III

 Teacher English Language Specialist

  • Teacher English Language Specialist role is with the Kiribati Education Improvement Program (KEIP) Phase III
  • Tarawa, Kiribati
  • Short term, periodic inputs to July 2020 (80 days)
  • Start date January 2020

 The Program

On behalf of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Coffey is managing the delivery of a package of support and technical assistance to the Kiribati Ministry of Education (MoE) as part of the Kiribati Education Improvement program (KEIP). We work with donors to support the MoE in implementing a comprehensive reform program focused on ensuring all children in Kiribati have access to quality schooling.

KEIP Phase III (2016-2020) commenced in April 2016 and focuses on the consolidation of the reforms already undertaken in 2010-15. Phase III has extended the curriculum, assessment and teaching and learning reforms from primary years into the junior secondary system and helped to reform the Kiribati Teachers’ College (KTC). KEIP also supports the MoE with rehabilitation of schools, inclusive education, improving school leadership and technical assistance of administrative functions.

The Position

The Teacher English Language Specialist will support the Ministry of Education (MoE), through KTC, to implement its bilingual language-in-education policy and enhance teachers’ capabilities to provide effective instruction in English (Years 4 – 9). This will mainly be achieved through:

  • Pre-service teacher training;
    • ESL, TESOL & CLIL development provided to KTC lecturers and students via structured classes for staff, mentoring and team-teaching,
    • Revision of pre-service English curriculum, as required.
  • In-service teacher training;
    • Support and mentor KTC lecturers to deliver effective ESL, TESOL & CLIL face-to-face workshops in schools and provide on-going school-based advice to teachers,
    • Develop digital independent learning resources for teachers to improve English skills as well as their instruction using English.
  • Curriculum Support;
    • Assist with review and improvement of Year 7-9 teacher guides and teaching-learning resources,
  • English Language Proficiency Assessment of teachers;
    • Continue to further develop the assessment tool (informed by CEFR) by writing valid items, recruiting and training examiners, establishing processes and procedures for national assessment of teachers.
  • Research and Evaluation;
    • Assist with case studies examining teaching practices and other factors among teachers of classes with good national test results in English from a range of settings across Kiribati.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have a higher tertiary qualification from a recognised institution in Education or relevant field. A relevant post-graduate qualification relating to English language teaching is essential.

The candidate must have demonstrated relevant experience as a language educator, preferably in the basic education sector Demonstrated relevant experience in the design and evaluation of teacher language education programs is also essential. You should have demonstrated experience working in teams and mentoring and coaching professional colleagues from different social and cultural backgrounds. You should have experience in the writing of reports for clients and key stakeholders and work experience in the Pacific or another developing country.

To be successful in this role, you will have knowledge of relevant bilingual teaching and learning strategies, including teacher education methodologies. You will have knowledge of the range of materials and modalities used to teach and develop proficiency in English language, including ICT based materials. Demonstrated knowledge of the use of TESOL and CLIL strategies to enhance language understanding and maintenance is essential. You will understand aid effectiveness principles, including DFAT delivery of development assistance and understanding of DFAT and GoK policies in relation to cross cutting issues including inclusive education, gender equality, disability, child protection and environment. Having an understanding of the Kiribati context and the environment is desirable.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills to relate, communicate and negotiate effectively with a diverse range of people and cultures, representing client organizations, governments, agencies, etc. The ability to undertake activities in a participative and consultative manner, ensuring counterparts and stakeholders actively participate and develop understanding and ownership is required. You should have a willingness to undertake travel within Kiribati as needed.

This position is classified Category B3 under the DFAT Adviser Remuneration Framework. Please visit https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/adviser-remuneration-framework-2016.pdf  for further details.

How to apply

For a detailed position description and to apply for this position, please visit www.coffey.com/careers and search for the job reference number 498120.

Applications close 5pm (Kiribati time) on 22 November 2019.

This program is managed by Coffey on behalf of the Australian Government.

Coffey is an equal opportunity employer of choice and is committed to child protection. 

Closing date: 
22nd November 2019