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Education Specialist Teacher Education

Commonwealth of Learning
British Columbia, Canada
December 01, 2016

Commonwealth of Learning (COL) helps governments and institutions to expand the scale, efficiency and quality of learning by using new approaches, appropriate technologies and open and distance learning (ODL) methodologies. Headquartered in British Columbia, COL promotes innovation and works with international partners to facilitate learning in support of sustainable development goals. It is financed by voluntary contributions from Commonwealth governments.

The Position: COL is seeking an eminent and senior professional to join as an Education Specialist – Teacher Education to manage and direct a programme initiative focussed on in-service and pre-service training models that advocate the use of ODL and technology-enhanced education and training in teacher education. The job holder will be responsible for developing innovative solutions for strengthening teacher education vis-à-vis the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG4, which leads to effective learning outcomes among teachers as well as school students. It includes developing the capacity of teachers and teacher educators to address the issues of teacher deficit, untrained teachers and poor quality of teaching. The job holder is required to provide expert-level guidance and direction to international partners on the design and development of teacher education systems in support of sustainable development. Extensive hands-on experience in the use of ODL solutions for teacher education is required.

The applicant must be committed to development and be able to respond innovatively to the application of learning technologies. A minimum of ten years of professional experience in the use of ODL for development is required. The position requires proficiency with information and web-based technologies and a readiness to travel internationally.

This three-year initial appointment is renewable for a further term(s) by mutual agreement.

The person must: be a Commonwealth citizen with the ability to network with a wide range of stakeholders and to work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds; have the ability to exercise professional judgment, diplomacy and be a team player, while representing COL’s interests internally and externally.

To Apply: A full job description is displayed on the COL website at Interested applicants must provide a resume and cover letter highlighting their professional background. Applications must be submitted by email to with the subject: Education Specialist – Teacher Education position, at the latest by December 16, 2016. While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, those who have not been contacted by January 31, 2017, should consider that there will be no follow-up to their application.

Applications from women candidates are particularly encouraged.