Saint Andrew’s Refugee Services, Cairo
Vacancy: Unaccompanied Youth Bridging Program (UYBP) English Teacher
Founded in 1979, St Andrew’s Refugee Services (StARS) is a refugee service provider in central Cairo that works to enhance the quality of life for refugees and vulnerable migrants through three main programs: education, legal, and psychosocial services. We provide high-quality services meeting the unaddressed needs of refugees, and we provide a safe and inclusive space for displaced people to come together as a community. We work for refugees, with refugees, to make rights recognition a reality.
StARS’ Mission is to enhance the quality of life of refugees in Egypt and make their rights a reality through client-centered programs.
StARS’ Vision is a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for refugees in which they can exercise their rights, pursue their aspirations, and live in dignity.
We serve people from many places, including Ethiopia, Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, and Syria. To learn more please visit www.stars-egypt.org .
Project Description: Unaccompanied Youth Bridging Program StARS’ Unaccompanied Youth Bridging Program (UYBP) provides a hybrid education and psychosocial program for unaccompanied children and youth (UCY) in Cairo. These are refugee and migrant children and teenagers in Egypt without their parents. Children and youth in the program take English, math, computer and Arabic classes; and participate in psychosocial group activities aimed at increasing their their life skills, their self-reliance and their self-protection capacity.
Under the supervision of the UYBP Coordinator, the English teacher will work to create and deliver creative, fun and engaging English lessons for UYBP students. There is a curriculum for these classes, but we are looking for someone motivated and capable of preparing lessons based on need and using many resources in addition to the book. The teacher will design lessons based on students’ needs and address specific topics relevant to being able to communicate important information in English (ex: going to the doctor, asking for help, talking to police). These lessons should be recorded in an organized way so that they can be used again in the future. The English teacher will need to be flexible because many students’ attendance is irregular. The classes are very important for the psychosocial well-being of the UCY students, and therefore we are looking for someone capable of managing an inconsistent classroom.
All duties are carried out under the supervision of the UYBP Coordinator. Teaching, exams and lesson planning
● Prepare lessons using various materials and resources in addition to the curriculum that address students’ English needs. Seek and use diverse resources when necessary to achieve learning objectives.
● Teach all the assigned lessons throughout the UYBP term, using interactive and motivating teaching strategies. Use content taught to prepare students for a final exam.
● Create and grade regular quizzes in order to engage students and ensure learning.
● Create a final exam and provide final grades for each student to the UYBP Coordinator at the end of the term.
● Prepare and submit lesson plans before each class to UYBP Coordinator. Record and organize all lesson materials, in order to allow for these lessons to be used again in the future.
● Promote a cooperative environment in the classroom, helping students feel welcomed and supported.
● Prepare emergency lesson plans and materials in case of unforeseen absence (i.e. illness) with no notice Student support.
● Identify students who are struggling and may need extra academic or psychosocial support, and highlight such cases to Program Coordinator.
● Communicate with UYBP Coordinator and team on relevant issues relating to student’s difficulties; accept feedback and actively participate in team discussion to find strategies to address these issues.
● Use strategies in the classroom to motivate students and provide support to those in need of extra help to integrate, participate and learn.
Programmatic and administrative duties:
● Keep track of attendance and daily classwork, homework grades for all students.
● Substitute teach when required
● Participate in UYBP staff meetings and training as required.
● Support UYBP Coordinator and staff in other duties as needed.
● Apply the instructional values of UYBP and follow any updates or changes to improve the program.
● Work cooperatively with the UYBP Coordinator and all UYBP and Psychosocial staff.
● Other duties in line with the role, as assigned by UYBP Coordinator.
All of the above should be carried out in StARS’ premises and other locations designated for UYBP classes with respect and non-discrimination, and in line with StARS general policies and StARS child protection and child safeguarding policies.
Qualifications and experience :
● High proficiency in English; written and spoken.
● Ability to also speak Arabic, Somali, Oromo, Amharic, Tigrinya, Bilen or Tigre desirable
● Two years previous English teaching experience preferred.
● Patience, creativity , flexibility and comfort teaching and managing a classroom.
● Highly motivated and hard-working in order to create lesson plans, lesson materials and fun, effective workshops.
● Experience working with refugee youth preferred.
● Academic degree or certification in education/ teaching OR extensive applicable experience teaching in official classroom settings.
● Work history demonstrating a commitment to professionalism, effective communication skills, and the ability to work with a multi-cultural team.
● Ability to assess and respond to emergency situations calmly and quickly.
● Ability to commit to at least 1 year.
● Start date: 18 December 2016
Hours: 35 hours per week, exact schedule to be determined. Planning hours may take place on or off StARS premises, according to agreements made with UYBP Coordinator.
Salary: Starting salary for this position is 2,200 EGP/month (plus 1200 EGP/year medical allowance; 50 EGP/month pension contribution).
Closing date for applications: 1 December 2016 at 5pm. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.