Early Childhood Education Mentor

Closing Date: 09 December 2020

Location: Timor-Leste

Category: Education & Training

The Organisation
Unicef's mission is to create a better world by advocating for the protection of children's rights. To do this, they bring people together: governments, donors, humanitarian agencies, businesses and children themselves. With an unwavering commitment to the realisation of the rights  of the child, the organisation fights  for every child to survive and thrive into adulthood.  

In Timor-Leste, Unicef is  working alongside the Alola Foundation, an NGO founded in 2001 by Former First Lady, Ms Kirsty Sword Gusmao, to implement the Community Pre-schools Initiative. The initiative is supported through a partnership with the New Zealand Government, UNICEF New Zealand, the Morgan Foundation and H&M Foundation. 

The Assignment
Unicef and the Alola Foundation  are looking for an Early Childhood Education Mentor to support the  implementation of the Community Preschools Initiative. The initiative will enable community pre-school facilitators and parents to  
teach and support children in a child-friendly, play-based way that promotes holistic child development and critical thinking skills. Assignment outcomes include ensuring:
  • Alola Field Officers are able to provide effective training and ongoing mentoring for parents and community preschool facilitators, to foster understanding of early learning pedagogies and child-centred play-based approaches;
  • Community Pre-school Facilitators can use appropriate early learning pedagogies and play-based learning
    approaches; and
  • Alola project officers’ have the skills to monitor and document the implementation of the Community Preschools Initiative to communicate the benefits of the programme. 
The Volunteer
Unicef is looking for a Early Childhood Educator with significant experience in applying child-centred and play based approaches to learning. Strong facilitation skills, advanced education in early childhood education and familiarity with theoretical frameworks underpinning child-centred learning will be highly regarded. 

Why You'll Love it
Based in Dili, the bustling port city and capital of one of the youngest countries in the world, your day to day life will be free of mass consumerism and away from the stress and bustle of a large city. Timor Leste has been described as a quirky, unspoilt, relaxed island nation which boasts some of the most bio-diverse sea life in the world. A young nation with a tumultuous history, our volunteers are often amazed at the unflappable resilience of the East Timorese, and warmth and hospitality displayed to them on a daily basis. 

Apply Now 
If you are a resilient and adventurous individual who is keen to experience working in this South East Asian culture and believe you have the skills to be successful in this role, we'd love to hear from you. Apply now through our website or contact volunteer@vsa.org.nz for more information.  

VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.

VSA's response to COVID-19

Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.
The Volunteer Recruitment team is continuing to work through all our current applications and keep in touch with applicants.

Recruitment will continue although our usual processes will be amended where necessary to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained, such as a greater emphasis on carrying out interviews remotely.
Meanwhile, Programme Managers are working with partner organisations and on updating assignment descriptions. This work will help us determine which skills and experience our volunteers will need once we begin to redeploy people in the Pacific.

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.