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Peace Corps

Language Training Specialist, FP-1701-4/3

Announcement Number:
15-216-KC (1)
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Washington, Dist of Columbia
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US Citizens
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Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement:

  • Ten Reasons to Work for Peace Corps! -- (1) Voted in the top 3 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" for small agencies in 2014, (2) the Peace Corps has a unique global mission. (3) Benefits include higher salary caps than the Federal standard with (4) quicker step increases. (5) Peace Corps employees earn non-competitive eligibility after 3 years of service and (6) have the chance to be selected for an annual Leadership Development Academy. (7) The working environment is highly flexible with alternative schedules, credit hours, teleworking. (8) There's a Distinguished Speaker Series, and (9) work-life programs including Metro and bicycle subsidies. (10) Peace Corps has a vibrant "Community" atmosphere; established through President Kennedy's call to service; the Peace Corps asks applicants "what you can do for your country" . . . and the world.


  • PRIOR INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITY OR RELATED WORK: Individuals who have been engaged in certain intelligence activity or related work or who have been employed by or connected with an intelligence agency are ineligible for employment with Peace Corps. Acceptance of employment with Peace Corps precludes employment by certain intelligence organizations for a specific period of time, determined by the employing agency, after Peace Corps employment ceases. APPLICANTS WITH CIA CONNECTIONS. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO PROCEED.
  • This is an Excepted Service Appointment. Initial appointments to the Peace Corps normally are for 60 months (5 years). Employees are paid on the Foreign Service pay scale and receive the same benefits as other Federal employees. A background security investigation will be required for all hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

    Qualified internal applicants will receive first consideration.

    Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement.


  • This position is located in the Training Unit within the Office for Overseas Programming and Training Support (OPATS). The purpose of the Training Unit is to develop and coordinate guidance, training, and learning for overseas staff and Volunteers. Training is designed and delivered to improve post staff performance and competence. OPATS partners with and directly supports the Peace Corps' three regional offices (Regions): Africa, Europe, Mediterranean and Asia, and Inter-America and the Pacific and supports overseas posts with their programming and training needs. In partnership with the Regions, the Office of Global Health and HIV, and other parts of the Agency, OPATS shares responsibility for the effectiveness and success of Volunteers and staff in the field.
  • The Language Training Specialist (LTS) serves as technical advisor on language program design and management, language program staff development and language materials development. The LTS researches and analyzes language training data and reports findings to agency stakeholders and coordinates with members of OPATS and other HQ staff in order to determine strategy and processes to further agency goals. The LTS designs and advises on the development of training for local language instructors and may travel to Peace Corps posts to facilitate workshops.
  • In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will also have:
    -MA in Teaching English or other languages as a Second/Foreign language, or MA in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, or similar with a focus on teaching languages.
    -Documented training or experience as Trainer of Trainers or Trainer of Language Teachers.
    -At least five years experience teaching English or a foreign language to speakers of other languages in a variety of contexts, at a variety of levels, at least two years of which are overseas.
    -Experience evaluating language learning programs and making data-informed program recommendations.
    -Experience designing, editing or reviewing language teaching materials.
  • -Experience and comfort working and communicating interculturally in low-resource international development contexts.
    -Experience managing language teaching or language teacher development projects or programs.
    -Experience designing and facilitating online professional development for language instructors.
    -Experience developing curriculum for language teaching and language teacher training programs.
    -Experience managing online social networks.
    -Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, especially for document design and collaborative editing, data collection and analysis, and presentations.

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