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PE Teacher Trainer - Special Needs Programme


Description of Assignment

Viatores Christi (VC) works in the area of development cooperation in the faith based development sector. We specialise in the recruitment, training and placement of skilled volunteers on projects identified by a mission partner which meets the needs of the beneficiaries. We also specialise in the monitoring and implementation of projects as well as in the provision of experts in developing countries for targeted consultancy.  Since 1960 we have recruited, trained and placed over 2000 volunteers in 48 different countries. Today we have volunteers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

Assignment Title:  Physical Education Teacher Trainer - Special Needs Programme

Type of Assignment: International Development Worker

Project Title: NPFS Developing Services for People with Disabilities

Duration: 12 Months (may be extended to 36 months*)

Location, Country: Port au Prince, Haiti

Expected Starting Date: Q4 2019

Brief Project Description: NPFS Haiti's Special Needs Programme comes under the umbrella of the larger NPFS Haiti organisation which in turn forms part of the NPH International network.

The Special Needs Programme provides residential, educational and therapeutic services to children and adults with physical and neurological disabilities and their families. It does so with the stated aim of achieving participation, equality and full human rights for individuals with disability in Haiti, where poverty, prejudice and a lack of state services can often lead to the neglect and abandonment of this vulnerable population. In addition to its core activities, the NPFS Special Needs Programme uses training, advocacy and partnership arrangements with like-minded organisations to work towards this aim.

Current programme locations and activities include the following:


St. Luke Hospital and International Training Centre. 



- Kay Christine. 24-hour residential home within the Ste. Helen complex which includes an orphanage, kindergarten, elementary school and other support services. 30 children and adults approx.

- Kay Retreat. Volunteer accommodation.


- Kay Ste. Germaine. Special needs school. 80 students approx.

- Kay Gabriel. Rehabilitation centre for child and adult patients. 160 therapy sessions per week approx.


- Kay Eliane. Life skills workshop and vocational centre. 10 young adults approx.

This Misean Cara funded Developing Services for Persons with Special Needs – Haiti 2020-2022 project will, through the placement of a volunteer PE Teacher for a total engagement of 3 years aim to strengthen and expand the existing professional skills locally and in so doing, increase the independence of children with special needs by optimizing their education plan.

The following people will be trained and mentored:

  • NPFS - Teachers, classroom assistants, childcare staff, therapists, parents;

The overall aim of this volunteer placement is to increase and improve the capacity of NPFS and St. Luke Hospital, and promote the inclusion of people living with disabilities and neurological conditions in all aspects of Haitian society.

The focus of this program is to build on the proven training interventions for organisational capacity building and development that have being going on over the last number of years. NPFS Haiti has systematically improved its capacities through the transfer of knowledge and skills and the upgrading of systems that contribute to the achievement of programme goals. Training interventions are an integral part of the programme.

Each individual project-supported initiative has had a positive effect on NPFS immediate capacity to deliver services to a standard that is exceptional in Haiti and well-recognised internationally. Future sustainability has also been enhanced by collective impact. An expert PE Teacher Trainer will upskill a wide range of local stakeholders through training and mentoring.

Organisational Context: The VC PE Teacher Trainer will report to the Director of the Special Needs Programme.

Type of Assignment Place: assignment without family

Description of tasks: Tasks will include the following and others, as assigned. The operating environment in Haiti is fast-moving so a high degree of flexibility is required by all parties to respond effectively to existing and emerging needs. NPFS stakeholders include NPFS staff, beneficiaries, families, community agents and partner organisations. NPFS programme locations are as previously listed.

Carry out the following key activities as outlined in the Misean Cara funding proposal:

The VC Volunteer Physical Education Teacher Trainer will provide on the job training and coaching to Haitian counterparts, design and develop curricula, integrate Physical Education within the Special Needs Programme to include the following:

Developing Services for Persons with Special Needs - Haiti 2020-2022:

  • Agree and document detailed workplans to provide a clear schedule for staff and volunteers for the next 3 years

  • Ensure that fortnightly team meetings take place to monitor progress against the planned results in this funding proposal and ensure mitigation plans are in place for any off-track items and Viatores Christi is informed of any issues likely to impact the success of the funded project.

  • Provide an understanding of inclusive PE and illustrate best practice for the classroom teacher addressing varying needs of pupils

  • Identify and apply inclusive strategies

  • Identify and demonstrate to local staff the centrality of fundamental movement skills for the physical development of SEN pupils

  • Devise programmes for the inclusion of all abilities through practical activities and to help identify and address the varying needs of pupils with a focus on increasing engagement with PE activities

  • Provide "on the job" training and mentoring to local staff (teachers, caregivers, classroom assistants)

  • Train and educate stakeholders at all programme locations on relevant theories, techniques, equipment and approaches.

  • Plan and organise Health Information Days for families of internal and external patients

  • Co-operate with multi-disciplinary team and internal management structures.

  • Fulfil reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements at project and organisational level including monitoring of progress towards the planned results and provide formal reports to VC - reports to include updates on progress against targets, financial update, and stories of change where possible including photographs to demonstrate the impact of funding support

  • Other duties, as assigned


  • Degree/Masters in Physical Education, ideally with SEN qualification.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Past experience of working in special needs programs
  • Good administration skills
  • Fluency in French an advantage
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people in a respectful and collaborative manner
  • Experience in mentoring / supervising
  • Good understanding of development issues and knowledge of Haiti an advantage

Living Conditions: Modest with all facilities.

Conditions of Service: 

Volunteer allowances (monthly allowances, flight/vaccinations contributions, full insurance cover)

Volunteer accommodation at Kenscoff and/or Petion-Ville at no charge.  All bills paid and some basic food items provided. Transport between work and accommodation also provided. Volunteer must familiarise with and adhere to the security policies in force by NPH for Haiti.

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Viatores Christi

Viatores Christ (VC) is an Irish-based development organisation supporting and working within the faith-based international development sector.... Read more

Posted on: 26 August 2019
Closing date: 30 September 2019
Job ref: NPH2019PE
Tags: Intl Development,Social Care/Development

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