Lower Primary Teacher – Pharo Schools

Organisation 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.

In 2019, in line with its growth strategy, 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: Lower Primary Teacher
Location: Hargeisa
Reporting to: The Lower Primary Head Teacher

The lower primary teacher greatly contributes to the intellectual, spiritual, moral and physical development of the young children assigned to her/his class. She/he thereby plays a critical part in preparing them for future life and independence. In this task, creative teaching methods must be employed to stimulate the child’s natural desire to learn and grow. Special attention must be provided to scholarship children, who often lack strong educational support in their home environment. Your role is to develop and foster the appropriate skills and social abilities to enable the optimum development of children, according to age, ability and aptitude.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Leads all activities within the assigned class

  • Prepares lesson plans and outlines in accordance with the curriculum guidelines or requirements of the school or government.
  • Teaches lessons and facilitates or supervises a variety of non-academic activities which may include art, crafts, storytelling, sports, nature walks etc. Ensures all necessary preparations are made prior to each lesson.
  • Arranges cultural activities to educate children in local culture and custom.
  • Involves children in the operations and maintenance of the school, including cleaning classrooms, tending flowerbeds etc.

2. Create a stimulating learning environment

  • Maintains a positive degree of discipline inside and outside the classroom in order to create a safe, secure and appropriate environment for learning.
  • Promotes a warm, supportive, non-threatening ethos in which the child finds learning enjoyable and stimulating, and in which respect and cooperation are emphasised.
  • Uses creative teaching methods to nurture the children’s interest in learning, e.g. uses drama, story-telling, reading out loud, singing or art to enhance the learning experience.
  • Creates a lively, stimulating atmosphere in the classroom, e.g. by decorating the walls with children’s arts and crafts or by establishing a ‘nature corner’.
  • Maintains the classroom in a neat and tidy condition in order to create an environment conducive to learning.

3. Ensures the educational development of each child

  • Provides individual attention to each child, monitoring their educational progress and taking appropriate corrective action as necessary.
  • Conducts academic support programmes such as holiday classes, remedial classes and individual tutoring to meet the educational needs of each child.
  • Develops and implements homework programmes which may include project work, extra reading or other assignments.
  • Teaches all classes in English (except for Arabic and Somali classes)
  • Prepares online lessons (if required)
  • Prepares progress reports for each child as required by the Principal, detailing the child’s academic progress as well as overall development.

4. Acts as a participating member of The Pharo Primary School

  • 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 academic progress and general development.
  • Participates in all Parent-Teacher meetings.

5. General

  • Supervises extra-mural activities such as organised sports, clubs, etc.
  • Performs administrative or other extra duties as required by the Principal, such as store keeping, producing the school magazine or organising school events.
  • Maintains all furniture and equipment within the classroom in good order.
  • Keeps attendance registers, grade records and any other records required by the school.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field.
  • A minimum of two years teaching experience in Primary school level education.
  • In-depth knowledge of teaching methods and legal educational procedures
  • A thorough understanding of best practices in teaching.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Flexibility and high adaptation skills to work successfully in an unpredictable school setting.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills for interaction with students, staff and parents.
  • Must be able to speak fluent Arabic, Somali and English

Behavioural and Technical Attributes

  • Behaves in an exemplary manner and at all times acting as a role model within and outside the Pharo School.
  • Have a caring and nurturing attitude towards young learners.
  • Passionate and driven to succeed
  • Must be able to work with school computer software

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. Also, qualified diaspora members are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send the information listed below, as a single PDF file, to the following email address:
Recruiting.SL@pharofoundation.org and type Somaliland Diaspora in the subject line if you are a member of the diaspora.

  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 September 13th, 2020.

Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received, and only complete (CV, cover letter, list of references and lesson plan) 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.