English Language Teaching (NAHE-RELO)

Updates: Interviews with shortlisted applicants were scheduled from 31 Aug till 02 Sep, and decisions of the selection committee after the interview were released via email on 03-Sep-2021. 

Professional Development Opportunity for Pakistani English Language Teaching (ELT) Experts

Introduction to the program
RELO Pakistan.pngThe National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE), Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, in collaboration with the Regional English Language Office (RELO) at the United States Embassy Islamabad, offers an exciting opportunity for professional development of Pakistani ELT experts working at HEIs/universities/public sector affiliated colleges. The present is an eight-month (Aug 21 – Mar 22) multilayered hybrid certificate course (with both synchronous/asynchronous modules) to prepare experts to take on their subsequent mentoring roles for training English language teachers on newly developed HEC sponsored English courses. It is a demanding program with plans to hold the final stage of training at University of Oregon, United States, if conditions permit. 

If you are a highly motivated ELT professional with a full-time job at a public sector Pakistani HEI/affiliated college and can spare approximately 7-10 hours a week, we encourage you to self-nominate yourself for this opportunity by filling the online expression of interest. Upon your selection, you will be required to provide a No Objection Certificate from your parent institution.   

Important dates

Call for applications:                          Aug 1-10, 2021                       
Shortlisting of eligible candidates:     Aug 10-15, 2021
Online interviews:                              Aug 20, 2021  

Eligibility criteria

  • Pakistani nationals with a valid Pakistani Passport
  • Resident in Pakistan throughout the nomination and selection process
  • Proficient in written and spoken English (average proficiency level C1 or C2)
  • Minimum of 16 years of formal education, with an MA/BS in the ELT/TESOL/English
  • Full time faculty member of private/public sector HEIs/affiliated colleges
  • Minimum of 05 years regular/full time teaching experience at public/private sector HEIs/affiliated colleges
  • Sound subject knowledge in the field of ELT
  • Commitment to serving public education/English language teaching in Pakistan, as demonstrated through teaching history and future plans (to be mentioned in the Statement of Purpose)


  • Candidates with PhD degree in ELT/TESOL/English
  • Ongoing commitment to the field as demonstrated through attendance in professional development opportunities, contributions to professional development events, or involvement in professional associations.
  • NAHE/RELO/British Council certified master trainers (for ELT) will be given preference

General selection parameters:

  • Geographic diversity/provincial quota
  • Gender representation

Selection procedures:

  1. Candidates may self-nominate here along with updated CV and a 'Statement of Purpose' (maximum 300 words).
  2. Shortlisted candidates are called to a panel interview comprising American/Pakistani experts.
  3. Successful candidates produce a nomination letter from their parent HEIs/colleges clearly showing their availability for at least one cycle of training per semester. NAHE/HEC may also ask for a written bond on Rs. 100/- stamp paper showing their willingness to continue paid training activities in future.  

Possible essay/interview questions (through 'statement of purpose' and 'panel interview'):

  • Experience with own professional development
  • Experience facilitating professional development of peers
  • Vision for future of language instruction in Pakistan
  • Vision for meeting professional development needs of higher education English instructors in Pakistan
  • Knowledge of modern ELT practices including (but not limited to) assessment & evaluation, syllabus designing, student centered approaches, flip classroom, technology blended classroom  

Applicants in the final stages of MPhil and PhD

Contact Us: 

Tahir Mehmood (Superintendent, NAHE): thmehmood@hec.gov.pk