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Postgraduate Tutor of English (ESL) - position based in Kigali, Rwanda

Published on 12.05.2021


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Position : Postgraduate Tutor of English (ESL) - position based in Kigali, Rwanda

Job Purpose:

Carnegie Mellon University is seeking an experienced Tutor of English as a second language (ESL) to join an expanding team of experienced ESL instructors at its location in Rwanda, Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa). The ESL tutor will collaborate with instructors within the ESL program, assisting them to support our students throughout their learning journey and prepare them for career success.

About Carnegie Mellon University

Established out of a partnership between Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Government of Rwanda, CMU-Africa is addressing the critical shortage of high-quality engineering talent required to accelerate the economic development and digital transformation of Africa—home to the fastest growing workforce in the world. CMU-Africa was established in 2011 and is the only U.S. research university offering its master’s degrees with full-time faculty, staff and operations in Africa. CMU’s presence in Rwanda provides a platform to engage in Africa’s most significant opportunities and challenges across the continent through world-class education and contextually relevant research. Our vision is to educate and empower the next generation of African leaders and innovators by delivering a world-class educational experience. CMU-Africa’s mission is to produce creative and technically strong engineers, who have been trained in the African context, and prepared to make transformative impact in their communities and the world. We are a fast-growing campus with about 150 enrolled students, aiming to grow to 400 in the next couple of years. Our size and exponential growth create a sense of camaraderie and excitement, with strong community ties and a compound sense of accomplishment in our team members, contributing towards mutually beneficial relationships between staff and students.

About the CMU-Africa ESL Program

The ESL program supports students to develop their English communication, professional and academic skills in a holistic way through the delivery of a portfolio of interventions across their academic journey. These include semesterly courses, intensive workshops, writing support and one-to-one tutoring. A key aim is to increase learner motivation and autonomy in their professional & academic skills development by supporting relevant student, staff and faculty initiatives and activities. For example, the program assists first year students in preparing for their internship fair through résumé and interview skills development interventions. Recent collaborations with students include a multimedia student blog and a public speaking club.


Rwanda, affectionately known as “The Land of a Thousand Hills”, is located in the highlands of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa. Its highly elevated geography is dominated by scenic mountains in the west, with numerous lakes scattered throughout the country. There are four national parks comprising extinct volcanoes, savannah, wetlands, and one of the oldest rainforests in Africa. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year. The temperature is stable with an average high temperature of between 26°C and 30°C all year round.

The capital city, Kigali, is well known for cleanliness and security. It is fast becoming a metropolitan city with residents from across the world making it their home in recent years. Public infrastructure is well-maintained, with a good traffic network, fast and reliable internet services, and a sound health system. There is a good selection of shops, restaurants and cafes catering to international and varied customer needs.

The role

The ESL Tutor will collaborate with instructors within the ESL program, assisting them to support our students throughout their learning journey and prepare them for career success. The ESL program is mainly focused on students at upper-intermediate (B2) level as well as a few at intermediate (B1) level. It is available to advanced (C1) and proficiency (C2) level students at their request. Professional skills development is targeted at all levels

Key duties & responsibilities

  • Support the Analytical Writing and Linguistic Foundations courses by grading and providing feedback on students’ writing, presenting about general areas of feedback in class, taking attendance and holding office hours.
  • Provide ESL writing support on technical courses such as grading and providing feedback on written assignments.
  • Provide feedback on a variety of student projects including professional profiles, project posters and student club reports.
  • Research, develop and produce pedagogical materials for use in ESL and technical courses as well as for student self-access.
  • Manage the ESL team mailbox and respond to student and faculty requests for writing support.
  • Participate in team planning and general faculty meetings.
Required profile for job ad : Postgraduate Tutor of English (ESL) - position based in Kigali, Rwanda


  • Qualification in education or English language instruction for non-native speakers.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience teaching ESL to adults using interactive, learner-centered methodology.
  • Highly proficient user of English (either native speaker or minimum overall score of 110 in TOEFL or 8 in IELTS).
  • Extensive experience in assessing, grading and offering feedback on written academic assignments.
  • Critical approach to teaching founded on understanding, respect and empowerment.
  • Flexible, adaptable and self-motivated, with a collaborative approach to teamwork.
  • Pro-active attitude and passion for education, with a commitment to ongoing professional development.


  • Experience of American (or equivalent) post-graduate education system.
  • Post-graduate degree-holder.
  • Experience of teaching in the sub-Saharan African context, particularly Rwanda.
  • Skilled in use of a variety of educational technologies.
  • Knowledge of computer engineering and/or experience teaching computer engineering students.
  • Able to manage diverse and competing work demands.
Job criteria for job ad : Postgraduate Tutor of English (ESL) - position based in Kigali, Rwanda
Job category :
HR, training
Industries :
Education, training
Research and development
Employment type :
Permanent contract
Region :
City : Kigali, Rwanda
Experience level :
2 to 5 years
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Number of Position(s) : 1

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