Job vacancy: Freelance Dutch language teacher for vulnerable learners

The Antwerp-based anti-trafficking NGO Payoke www.payoke.be is seeking to recruit a Dutch language teacher for an exciting new EU-funded project. The assignment will start in February 2022, until January 2024, for a total number of 25 workdays.

The project is aimed at enhancing the social and labor integration of vulnerable third-country nationals, specifically addressing women. The designed intervention is centered around a language course with integrated psychological support.

As the language teacher, you will work as part of a core team of three, together with a psychologist and a social worker.

The language course will be designed to suit the needs of women with low educational levels and help them better understand the host society and culture.  The course will facilitate orientation and integration in the learners’ host societies. It will offer a protected setting often unavailable in existing language courses for migrants. This safe space will be the basis for therapeutic interventions that will use an ethno-psychological approach to help women overcome their traumatic experiences.

The language course will be based on existing methodologies (including but not limited to storytelling and narrative approach) and on a theoretic framework to be developed by the project managers. As the language teacher, you will be trained on these methodologies, contribute to the design of the language course and tailor it to the needs of your students.

The language teacher must be competent to work with people who need extra support to reach their full educational potential. You may work with individuals with learning difficulties, social, emotional, and mental health needs, or have a combination of these.

You will identify individual needs and create a safe, stimulating, and supportive learning environment.

Responsibilities

As the language teacher, you’ll need to:

  • Collaborate with the psychologist, social worker and project managers to contribute to an integrated plan for developing the capacities of your students
  • Set learning goals for each student, assess their progress and record their evaluations
  • teach a small group of around 15 students
  • prepare lessons and resources
  • mark and assess work
  • attend training provided by the project team to learn about the methodologies and apply those methodologies to your classes
  • develop and adapt conventional teaching methods to meet the individual needs of students
  • assess students who have long or short-term learning difficulties and work with colleagues to identify individual special needs
  • liaise with the project team to report on your activities and outcomes
  • carry out administrative tasks, including updating and maintaining records of students’ progress
  • attend project and team meetings, online and in-person.

Requirements

  • Proven experience as a Dutch language teacher or relevant role
  • Dutch mother tongue
  • Excellent spoken and written English language skills
  • Experience with vulnerable or marginalized groups a plus
  • A patient, resourceful, and resilient personality
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Clear diction
  • Patience, open-mind, lateral thinking
  • Curiosity and interest in learning new skills
  • Ability to work comfortably as part of a team
  • Enthusiasm and motivation
  • A drive/commitment for social justice

Commitment

The project is expected to start in February 2022 and will last 24 months.

The first year will be devoted to the development of the methodology and the design of the intervention, including the language course with integrated psychological support.

The language course will start on month 12, for a total of 48 hours of class time, 4 hours a week for 3 months. It will take place in Antwerp. Other than class time, the teacher will be remunerated for their participation in the preparation of the language course and follow-up. This commitment has been estimated in approximately 25 workdays spread throughout the 24-month project lifecycle. Apart from classes, most of the work can be completed remotely.

Application

To apply for this position please send a letter of motivation, CV and hourly fee to project@payoke.be indicating “Dutch Language Teacher” in the subject line.

Applications must be received no later than December 12, 2021, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.