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Pharo Primary School Librarian – Hargeisa, Somaliland

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  • Post date:15 Feb 2021
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Organisation Overview

The Pharo Foundation (hereafter “the Foundation”) is a privately funded entrepreneurial organisation that runs philanthropic programmes as well as for-profit social enterprises. The Vision of The Foundation is an economically vibrant and inclusive Africa. The Mission is to achieve our vision by investing in Africa’s human and physical capital with a strong focus on job creation.

In 2019, in line with its growth strategy, The Pharo Foundation took over this prestigious school, along with the Kindergarten and the Secondary School in Sheikh. The school was built to address the educational gap evident in primary schools. The school is built on an acre of land located in Shacab Area – Koodbuur District.

The Pharo Primary School implements a formal education programme for the primary level (grade 1 to grade 8). The school has 16 classrooms and teaches more than 540 students between the ages of 6 – 13. The Pharo Primary School delivers an integrated curriculum which covers different development areas that are designed for the 21st century learner. The education programme includes studies in Somali, Arabic, English, Mathematics, Humanities, Science & Technology and Creative Arts. The school is equipped with supporting facilities which include a computer lab, a science lab, an arts lab, an outdoor playground, and a library

Headquartered in London, the Foundation also has an operational HQ in Nairobi and offices in Addis Ababa, Assosa and Hargeisa.

Position: Librarian

Location: Hargeisa

Reporting to: The Principal

This is an exciting opportunity to play a meaningful role in the growth of The Pharo Primary school and the pursuit of its goals.

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic School Librarian to work full-time at our prestigious Primary school. The Librarian will ensure that the library is strategically managed and continuously developed as well as open and available to students. He/she will supervise and manage the school library/media centre and provide services and resources that allow students to develop skills in locating, evaluating and using information to solve problems.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Work closely with teaching staff to plan and deliver the information skills curriculum

Promote the effective and efficient use of the library and library resources

Work with teaching staff to take a strategic approach to cultivating a love of reading in children

Manage the school library and library resources throughout the school:

Organize school library using a coherent and easy to understand system

Select, acquire, maintain and withdraw library stock, ensuring a balance between subject and ability levels.

Organise, catalogue and classify library resources, both electronic and print-based

Make full use of the Schools Library Service and other sources of information and support

Make the library attractive and accessible to all children and staff, including displays, guiding and publicity materials

Keep the school administration and parents informed about the needs and development of the library and information service in the school.

Manage acquisitions, processing, organizing, distribution, maintenance, and inventory of resources

Share information with staff concerning student progress, problems and achievements as observed in the media center.

Provide staff in service training necessary for the effective use of media resources, technology, equipment and media center.

Use tests and/or other evaluative information in planning instructional units and after instruction to determine if goals have been met.

Consult teachers on appropriate use of materials and help them schedule materials for classroom instruction and units of study.

Challenge students to think and express their thoughts through library related activities.

Help students set achievement expectations and evaluate their own progress.

Required Qualities and Skills:

Bachelor’s degree in library science or a related subject.

Knowledge of use of technology as retrieval and instructional tool

Awareness of child development and the role of reading in the educational development of the child

Substantial library experience, with experience of working with schools or with children

Experience of developing and delivering training sessions

Ability to think strategically and creatively, as well as having an eye for detail

Ability to assume responsibility for your own work, devise your own work schedule and set appropriate targets and achieve them

Ability to use library management systems and other ICT softwareAbility and courage to innovate

Be a self-starter or self-motivated.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Salary and Benefits

The salary and benefits package is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Medical insurance is provided in accordance with The Pharo Primary School’s Health policy.

Application Procedure

This position is open to both female and male applicants, with female applicants being strongly encouraged to apply. Please send the information listed below, as a single PDF file, to the following email address: Recruiting.SL@pharofoundation.org

A detailed CV and Cover Letter,

A one-page list of three (3) references with current addresses, phone numbers and email contacts.

The application deadline is Friday February 26, 2021

Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received, and only complete (CV, cover letter, list of references) applications will be reviewed. In the event that an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, we reserve the right to appoint before the deadline. For this reason, we encourage interested candidates to apply at the earliest possible time. Due to the high volume of applications, we regret that we will only be able to contact short-listed candidates.

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