Computer Teacher Assistant


Organization Overview

The Pharo Foundation (hereafter “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 our vision by investing in Africa’s human and physical capital with a strong focus on job creation.

The Pharo Foundation took over this prestigious school, along with the Kindergarten and the Secondary School in Sheikh. The school was built to address the educational gap evident in primary schools. The school is built on an acre of land located in Shacab Area – Koodbuur District.

The Pharo Primary School implements a formal education programme for the primary level (grade 1 to grade 8). The school has 16 classrooms and teaches more than 540 students between the ages of 6 – 13. The Pharo Primary School delivers an integrated curriculum which covers different development areas that are designed for the 21st century learner. The education programme includes studies in Somali, Arabic, English, Mathematics, Humanities, Science & Technology and Creative Arts. The school is equipped with supporting facilities which include a computer lab, a science lab, an arts lab, an outdoor playground, and a library.

Headquartered in London, the Foundation also has an operational HQ in Nairobi and offices in Addis Ababa, Assosa and Hargeisa.

Position Summary

Position: Computer teacher assistant
Location: Hargeisa
Reporting to: The Head Teacher

This is an exciting opportunity to play a meaningful role in the growth of The Pharo Primary school and the pursuit of its goals.

The computer teacher assistant assists in maintaining the operation of a computer lab; and instructing students and staff in the use of computer lab technology and software applications; and monitoring students’ activities in the computer lab. This position requires an individual that will promote computer literacy among our students and helps students to develop confidence in their computer skills.

Department: Education
Project Location(s): Hargeisa - Somaliland
Education: Diploma in IT related fields
Compensation: Negotiable

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Assists in all activities within the assigned class

  • Provides instruction and assistance to students in the use and application of computer aided learning and instructional software.
  • Provides assistance to students in accessing and utilization of computer resources, e.g., learning modules, Internet research.
  • Facilities computer testing activities; Maintains records and distributes to teachers and parents accordingly.
  • Assists in the preparation of lesson plans and teacher’s preplanning sessions.
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation of instructional materials.
  • Maintains accurate and complete records of student activities and behaviour which may require the use of a computer terminal to enter student information and data; Completes applicable forms, schedules, and instructional reports, as directed.

2. Assists in creating a stimulating learning environment

  • Monitors student activities while in the computer lab for the purpose of maintaining a safe environment that is conducive to learning.
  • Maintains the learning space in a neat and tidy condition in order to create an environment conducive to activities.
  • Assists the Head teacher in performing duties such as -, designing, and setting up bulletin boards, classroom decorations, displays of student activities, etc., within the learning environment.
  • Reinforces rules of the school and learning environment; acknowledges and encourages appropriate behaviour and distinguishes inappropriate behaviour for the students’ understanding.

3. Assists in maintaining the computer lab

  • Performs routine and preventive maintenance of computer lab and classroom equipment (e.g. dusting, cleaning, virus scanning, creating/clearing Internet bookmarks, defragmenting, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of equipment in safe operating condition.
  • Maintains computer hardware and software applications inventory for the purpose of ensuring availability of equipment and/or instructional material in computer lab.
  • Maintains computer lab (e.g. instructional materials, appropriate software, sets up materials for daily activities, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring availability of equipment and programs to enhance the instructional program.
  • Troubleshoots malfunctions of hardware and/or software applications for the purpose of determining appropriate actions to maintain computer lab operations.

4. Acts as a Participating Member of Pharo foundation

  • Actively participates in all school meetings and school or school activities such as sports days, cultural activities and plays.
  • Maintains close contact with parents discussing the child’s progress and general development.
  • Prepares documentation (e.g. reports, instructions, memos, etc.) for the purpose of providing written support and/or conveying information.

5. General

  • Organises and supervises extra-mural activities such as organised contests, clubs, sports etc.
  • Performs administrative or other extra duties as required by the Principal, such as store keeping, producing the school magazine or organising school events.
  • Troubleshoots minor IT related issues in the school.
  • Handles and maintains the school management information system MIS.

Behavioural Attributes

  • Behaves in an exemplary manner and at all times acting as a role model within and outside the Pharo School.
  • Strong communication and demonstration skills.
  • Enthusiasm for technology to inspire students to be actively interested in modern technology.
  • Have a caring and nurturing attitude towards young learners.
  • Passionate individual driven to succeed and make a difference in a highly impactful organisation.

Technical Competencies

  • The ideal candidate should possess a Diploma in IT related fields.
  • S/He must possess a minimum of at least one (1) year professional experience in Primary Education.
  • Be fluent in English with the ability to read aloud to young learners and demonstrate activities, as well as encourage class participation.

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 Primary 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: [Please type SOMALILAND DIASPORA AGENCY- Computer TEACHER ASSISTANT in the email subject line.]

  1. A detailed CV and Cover Letter,
  2. A PDF file of a recent lesson plan or unit plan that you have created and represents your best teaching work. The 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 30th June, 2020.

Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received, and only complete (CV, cover letter, 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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