Country:  Burma
City: Nay Pyi Taw

Myanmar (Burma) is a country with many challenges: communications and power infrastructure are not reliable, and until recently, connectivity with the global financial system was severely limited. While conditions are changing quickly, the Fellow should be prepared to thrive in a unique and, at times, logistically difficult operating environment. Flexibility has been crucial to the success of current Fellows. The capital Nay Pyi Taw (the location of all government ministries) is over 200 miles from the Embassy in Yangon (Rangoon), and the Fellow will be expected to spend the majority of his/her time in the capital.

Nay Pyi Taw (NPT) has been the capital of Burma since 2005. The Parliament (Hluttaw) and all government ministries are located in NPT. The Parliament, the Assembly of the Union (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in Burmese), is the national-level legislature of Myanmar. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw is made up of two houses, the Amyotha Hluttaw (House of Nationalities ), a 224-seat upper house as well as the Pyithu Hluttaw, a 440-seat lower house (House of Representatives ). Notable landmarks are the golden stupa of Uppatasanti Pagoda and the National Museum. White elephants, once prized by Burmese royalty, can be found in a nearby enclosure.

Host Institution: Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training

The Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (DTVET) was previously under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) that hosted two English Language Fellows in 2014-15. After the new government led by Aung Sun Su Kyi came to power, it was moved to the Ministry of Education. DTVET needs a TESOL expert to provide training to teachers teaching government officials from different ministries in its English Language Proficiency School, and to give trainings on English for Specific Purposes to engineers in its Technical Promotion Training Center. DTVET is the focal department for the technical/vocational sector. DTVET is striving to modernize vocational education in the country and to produce the skilled workers essential for socio-economic development of the country. More information on the department can be found here

Primary Duties

  • The Fellow will teach government officials from the Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (DTVET) under the Ministry of Education, and other government ministries and Parliaments (Hluttaw), throughout the fellowship.

Secondary Duties

The Fellow may be asked to:

  • Conduct teacher training for English Access Microscholarship Program teachers.
  • Conduct teacher training for English Access Microscholarship Program teachers.
  • Support the local TESOL-affiliated professional association.• Provide English support for members of parliament at the Parliament Resource Center.
  • Conduct other activities proposed by Post and approved by the RELO.

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