16 Sep 2014

Kiswahili Language Teacher Kenya Career

Industry: Nonprofit / International Development
Function: Administration and Operations
Employer: One Acre Fund
Job Location: Bungoma, Kenya

Two-year minimum Organization Description: One Acre Fund is a growing NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential.

One Acre invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a “market bundle” that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access.

Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure more than 100% average gain in farm income per acre.

We are growing quickly. In seven years, we have grown to serve 180,000 farm families
with more than 500 full-time field staff.Job Description: We are looking for an extremely organised, passionate and capable individual to take charge of providing Kiswahili language tuition to a number of members of our team – primarily people for whom English is a first language.

This includes developing lesson plans, providing classes directly to individual people or groups, tracking progress, and developing assessments.

All of this will need to be done for people who will start with many different levels of skill in Kiswahili and languages in general, but with an aim to bringing these people to being able to work fluently in Kiswahili within a short period of time.

The successful candidate may also be asked to provide some translation services to our organisation, depending on workload.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • At least 2 years’ experience teaching Kiswahili to English speaking adults.
  • Ability to develop plans and timelines for students’ learning needs.
  • Ability to motivate students to improve their skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Strong writing and email correspondence skills are a must.
  • Competent with computer software, including Microsoft Office (Word and Excel in particular).
  • A welcoming and humble demeanour, essential for making students feel comfortable and supported.
  • Strong ability to work within deadlines and stick to schedules
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise – You will be managing lesson plans for a number of people with very different needs.
  • Attention to detail – One Acre Fund has exceptionally high standards and it is the responsibility of everyone on the team to meet these standards.
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision – our aim is that the successful candidate will be in a position to manage this language service independently after a short time with us.
  • Must live or be willing to relocate to Bungoma, Western Kenya.

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Leadership experience – We need a pioneer to lead the development of this service.
  • Experience working in an NGO environment or in the ‘International Development’ sector.
  • Personal field or farming experience in rural Kenya
  • Ability to work long hours – All One Acre Fund employees are passionate about what they do.
  • We are a professional organisation and our employees often work outside regular hours in order to achieve fantastic results.

Career Growth and Development:

  • One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills.
  • We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through regular mentorship and career reviews.
  • We are a rapidly expanding organisation and there is significant capacity for career growth in this role.

Areas of Responsibility
Teaching of Students:

  • Hands-on development of language skills for many members of our team.
  • You should provide clear lesson plans, give students timelines as to how they should progress, regularly assess their development, and give constructive feedback to them based on these assessments.
  • It would be our aim that someone who commits to your classes would be able to work well through Kiswahili after 16 weeks.

Scheduling Your Work:
You would provide current and prospective students with tools which help them to book time with you and to have ownership over their schedules.

Student Motivation:
You will be responsible for finding creative ways to mobilise students to take your classes, and motivate students to continue to improve. Your manager will support you with these, but development of ideas for incentive systems or motivation techniques will need to come from you.

Translation Services:

  • Depending on your workload, you may be asked to support other parts of our team by providing translation services for field materials.
  • You will be responsible for developing tools which will allow other members of the One Acre Fund team to reserve time with you to provide these services.

Resumes should be submitted by September 24th 2014

25,000Ksh monthly with possibility of future increases based on performance.


NSSF and NHUF, airtime and transportation allowances

Career Development:

  • Twice Annual career reviews and constant feedback.
  • Your manager will invest significant time in your career development.

One Acre Fund is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply eMail cover letter and resume to (Subject line: Kiswahili Language Teacher + the place you heard of the position) and include salary expectations.

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