English Language Teaching Opportunity


Organisation overview

The Pharo Foundation (“the Foundation”) is a privately funded entrepreneurial organisation that runs philanthropic programmes as well as for-profit social enterprises. The Vision of the Foundation is an economically vibrant and inclusive Africa. The Mission is to achieve the Vision by investing in the human and physical capital of Africa, with a strong focus on job creation.

The Pharo Foundation took over operations of the Sheikh Secondary School plus two other schools from SOS Children’s Villages International (formally known as SOS Hermann Gmeiner Sheikh Secondary School.) The Pharo Foundation believes the children of Somaliland deserve an in-depth and sound education to prepare them for challenges of tomorrow and is delighted to have the responsibility of
running these schools.

The Pharo Secondary School Sheikh is a boarding school located in the Sahil Region of Somaliland. The school is situated in the town of Sheikh between the port city of Berbera and Burcoa in the interior of Somaliland. It has a pleasant cool climate all year round due to its high altitude. The school is renowned for its academic excellence and secure and caring environment in which children of all abilities can experience success and achieve their full potential within a broad and balanced curriculum. The aim is to prepare students to become respectful contributing members of the communities in which they live.

The school counts many prominent politicians and other key officials among its graduates. The school has students from Form 1 to Form 4 with school facilities that consist of 10 classrooms, science laboratories, library, assembly and lecture halls, boys’ dormitories and girls’ hostel, dining hall and a clinic. The school is currently following the Edexcel International curriculum; London University based IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), and the Somaliland National

With a modern campus, the school’s well-resourced facility and dedicated team of educators seek to rapidly accelerate student learning and English Language development, while building confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills. The school’s goal is to see each student pursue post-secondary education and become leaders and role models in their respective communities.

Position Summary

We are seeking passionate teachers, who thoroughly enjoy teaching the English Language, excel in their ability to reach and support students and take endless pride and countless hours to design inspiring and engaging English Language lesson plans and teaching units. We seek compassionate, hardworking, resilient, and capable individuals who work well with others and would enjoy living at the Pharo Secondary School Sheikh campus, in clean and modern living accommodations.

As a boarding school, teaching life extends well beyond time spent with students in a classroom. Tutorials, clubs, field trips and ongoing engaging school wide activities also form part of a teacher’s responsibilities.

Working at Pharo Secondary School Sheikh requires a genuine commitment to serve as a role model and be an active part of the community. The school is currently following the Edexcel International curriculum; London University based IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), and the
Somaliland National Curriculum.

Reporting to the Headmaster, we are seeking to fill the following vacancy:

  • English Language Teacher(Two positions)
Department: Education
Project Location(s): Pharo- Sheikh Secondary School
Education: The ideal person should possess at minimum a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and preferably specialised in English Language or Literature. A Master’s Degree will be an added advantage. Possession of a nationally or internationally recognized TEFL certificate is a requisite for this role.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Working in close collaboration with the Headmaster, the English Language teachers will be responsible for designing and providing English lessons and learning opportunities that are engaging, show a depth of teacher subject competence and allow students to develop and demonstrate English speaking and writing skills.
  • Regularly incorporating computer technology into the students’ English learning experience as appropriate.
  • Regularly monitoring and tracking each student’s English proficiency and provide the necessary support to ensure overall development.
  • Helping students improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills via individual and group sessions.
  • Regularly monitoring in class discipline and providing counselling and support by working together with school leadership and other teachers.Actively participating and deliver tutorials, co-curricular activities and other activities conducted in a boarding school environment and as stipulated by Ministry of Education.
  • Supporting the recruitment process of new students for the Secondary School as appropriate.

Qualification Requirements

  • The ideal person should possess at minimum a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and preferably specialised in English Language or Literature. A Master’s Degree will be an added advantage.
  • Possession of a nationally or internationally recognised TEFL certificate is a requisite for this role.
  • Have a minimum of Five (5) years English Language teaching experience at the Secondary School level.
  • Experience working in an internationally based organisation or international school setting.
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Email usage, Google Suite, internet searching and willing to learn new computer skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills in in English.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Self-assured, internally motivated, and passionate individual with outstanding communication skills, driven to succeed and make a difference.
  • Must possess high levels of integrity, resilience, accountability, commitment and determination, and willing to serve as an outstanding role model in the community.
  • Has an excellent command of the English Language along with clear and articulate pronunciation.
  • Able to demonstrate English learner-centred teaching methodologies and eagerness to continue to learn.
  • Experienced in working with schools that are mission driven for academic excellence and student engagement.
  • Dedicated team player with demonstrable experience in problem solving.
  • Committed to and passionate about teaching English Language at Secondary School level and highly motivated towards student-development and growth.
  • Willingness to teach and support students in their English language development. Must be of good moral character, honest, trustworthy, and dependable
  • Possesses and continually develops a working knowledge of national curriculum programmes and frameworks.
  • Ability to assess and record student development, while identifying areas which need attention and improvement.
  • Ability to provide a safe, positive learning environment for students.

Salary and Benefits

  • The salary and benefits package is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Medical insurance is provided in accordance with The Sheikh Secondary School’s Health policy.

Application Procedure

This position is open to both female and male applicants, with female applicants being strongly
encouraged to apply

Please send the information listed below, as a single PDF file, to the following email address:
Recruiting.SL@pharofoundation.org Please type SOMALILAND DIASPORA AGENCY- ENGLISH TEACHER
in the email subject line.

  1. A detailed CV and Cover Letter in PDF;
  2. A PDF file of a recent English lesson plan or unit plan that you have created and represents your best teaching work. The English lesson/unit plan should highlight your strengths as a teacher and be accompanied with a short explanation (maximum 300 words) of why this lesson/unit plan was selected
    and submitted.
  3. A one-page list of five (5) references with current addresses, phone numbers and email contacts.

The application deadline is 2nd July, 2020.

Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received, and only complete PDF (CV, cover letter, English lesson/unit plan, list of references) applications will be reviewed. In the event that an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, we reserve the right to appoint before the deadline. For this reason, we encourage interested candidates to apply at the earliest possible time. Due to the high volume of applications, we regret that we will only be able to contact short-listed candidates.

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