Primary teachers

Primary teachers

Primary teachers are needed to play a critical role improving the quality and access of primary education in countries such as Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nepal and South Sudan.

Placements involve developing the skills and confidence of teachers who have had very little formal training. You will be encouraging teachers to make the most of their resources, developing child-centred learning materials and enabling them to transform classrooms into vibrant learning environments.


A Bachelor’s degree in Education from a recognized university with at least two teaching subjects in the Kenyan primary education curriculum or Diploma level qualification with over 5 years work experience.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Classroom teaching
  • Develop and organize relevant teaching, learning materials/aids and methodology
  • Prepare and maintain schemes of work, lesson plans, lesson notes
  • Assess and evaluate students’ performance and provision of remedial action
  • Maintain student assessment reports and records of work
  • Initiate and organize curricula and co-curricula activities
  • Improve and maintain student discipline

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Example placement

Placement for: Methodology and resources trainer

Country: Rwanda

You'll be working to improve the quality of pre and in-service teacher education within Rwanda's education system.

What does the role involve?:

  • Ensuring that the 11 Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) nationwide have functioning resource centres, which are stocked with resources to aid child-centred learning and which pre and in-service teachers can access
  • Providing training for TTC methodology tutors and TTC students (future primary school teachers) in active methods; making and using resources made from locally available materials and management of a resource centre
  • Providing support for UNICEFs ‘Child Friendly Schools’ in teacher training and resource use in districts where they fulfil a function as model schools for other schools in the vicinity.

Skills, qualifications and experience required

You’ll have a degree level qualification and a Primary Teaching qualification with a minimum of 18 months teaching experience in a primary or junior school OR a TEFL qualification with 2 years experience educating children. An ability to train teachers, conduct needs analyses and evaluate programmes is also needed. You’ll also have a working knowledge of French, and be an excellent communicator with first class presentation skills. Confidence and initiative will be key traits, and you’ll need to be prepared to problem solve, often in a poorly resourced environment.

And the rest...

You’ll be working in Gisenyi which is 2km from the Rwanda/Democratic Republic of Congo border, not far from the picturesque shores of Lake Kivu and within easy access of the capital Kigali. You’ll have to be prepared to ride a motorbike to visit schools, normally 3-4 times a week so a level of physical fitness is required to cope with occasional rough roads.

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