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  • Posted: Mar 29, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • The Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI), which is hosted at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Nairobi, prides itself as a postgraduate hub of research and innovation featuring a highly diverse faculty, and students are drawn from all over Africa.  PAUSTI incubation centre of Exc...
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    Partnership and Engagement Specialist, PAUSTI

    We are looking to recruit a detail-oriented and results-driven partnership and engagement specialist to lead partnership efforts at the PAUSTI Incubation centre of excellence who will be responsible for engaging with key stakeholders within and outside the innovation centre and will work together with the team to achieve goals and objectives as well as identifying strategic partnership opportunities and growth of the community.

    Job Description

    Strategy Development

    • Identify opportunities, deploy corporate engagement strategies and build capacity to enhance partnership engagement for PAU Innovation Centre.
    • Contribute to the strategic portfolio planning with inputs related to resource mobilisation. 

    Engagement & Relationship Management

    • Create a framework that guides engagement between the university and private sector organizations (corporates, chambers of commerce, trade associations and more).
    • Identify specific research projects by partner organizations that can be executed in partnership with the university
    • Organize design thinking workshops that helps understand areas of alignment and also expose university staff and students to other innovation clusters within the country and in other regions.
    • Manage the process of connecting students to private sector companies for the purpose of research and internships 

    Event Planning & Stakeholder Communication Management

    • Develop cutting-edge presentation and engagement materials, working closely with the communications team where necessary
    • Act as focal point for identification and pursuit of opportunities for outreach and collaboration, including on how to anticipate and respond to partners’ concerns and priorities and ensure the innovation centre is well-positioned and represented in relevant forums
    • Identify thematic priorities that align with partner interests and develop standardised concept notes for pitching to multiple partners
    • Curate relevant activities, stakeholders, events and workshops that will drive innovation in the selected thematic areas
    • Develop written content for tailored proposals and concept notes in collaboration with the programme team, ensuring that the content is engaging and well-aligned with partner interests.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelors Degree in education, social sciences, public administration, communication, or any related field
    • Having 1-3 years of relevant experience in building and maintaining positive community partnerships is a bonus.
    • Experience working effectively with and understanding the needs of culturally and ethnically diverse populations
    • Proven skills in project management
    • Creativity skills - in developing programs and methods for engaging an audience toward the success of a goal
    • Relationship-building skills - with business leaders, the community, and the target audience of employees, clients, or others
    • Organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously
    • Empathy - using skills that allow the Engagement Specialist to determine what is most important to their target audience, and then working to deliver on an organizational promise
    • Engaging - having a natural like of people, a knack for leading, and sales skills that help engage others in goals.
    • Strategic - Able to create strategies for improvement of partnership & stakeholder engagement.

    Additional Information

    What we offer

    • A highly collaborative team environment that will support your professional and personal growth
    • Work alongside great talent.
    • A culture of learning and innovation. 
    • Opportunities for career growth and training.
    • Interaction with industry leaders and forward-thinking people. 
    • A chance to make a social difference.

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    Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, PAUSTI

    We are looking to recruit a detail-oriented and results-driven partnership and engagement specialist to lead partnership efforts at the PAUSTI Incubation centre of excellence who will be responsible for engaging with key stakeholders within and outside the innovation centre and will work together with the team to achieve goals and objectives as well as identifying strategic partnership opportunities and growth of the community.

    Job Description

    Strategy development & Coordination of the M&E process.

    • Develop and implement a robust monitoring and evaluation system that will ensure tracking of project results at different stages (Outputs, outcomes and impact).
    • Develop/adopt an integrated database of the project and ensure accountability through regular updates, data integrity and working in collaboration with the rest of the team.
    • Work with the project manager to ensure the collection of relevant data needed for an effective M&E system that will be utilized in monitoring strengths, weaknesses, gaps and opportunities in existing programmes/projects and for reporting on partnership commitments.
    • Develop M&E plans for all projects and proposals and ensure the same is followed up during implementation.
    • Lead efforts to monitor and evaluate project interventions, document results and provide feedback to stakeholders to guide decision-making.

    Data Evaluation & Analysis

    • Ensure quality of data through data verification procedures, including routine data quality audits
    • Assess organizational readiness for change, culture & climate readiness for adoption of innovations and projects

    Communication

    • Produce reports on M&E findings and prepare presentations based on M&E data as required.
    • Provide the Project Manager with management information she/he may require.

    Qualifications

    • Minimum of 1-3 years of professional experience in an M&E position responsible for implementing M&E activities or a similar role.
    • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance monitoring plans.
    • Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies.
    • Experience in planning and managing surveys & developing and refining data collection tools.
    • Languages: Excellent written and spoken command of English

    Additional Information

    What we offer

    • A highly collaborative team environment that will support your professional and personal growth
    • Work alongside great talent.
    • A culture of learning and innovation. 
    • Opportunities for career growth and training.
    • Interaction with industry leaders and forward-thinking people. 
    • A chance to make a social difference.

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    Center Community Manager

    We are recruiting a Center Community Manager who will oversee the day-to-day operations of the centre, activate and engage the community and be responsible for communications related to the PAUSTI Incubation Center of Excellence’s programs and activities.

    Job Description

    Event Planning & Communication Management

    • Execute and organize events and workshops where PAUSTI students will receive hands-on support and capacity development.
    • Organize monthly meetups to incorporate an ownership culture within the community, facilitate sharing and engage all stakeholders.
    • Monitoring key online conversations and events to ensure PAUSTI Incubation Center of Excellence’s effective participation and representation.
    • Driving traffic to the centre’s website and blog in order to increase brand awareness.
    • Updating the website pages in order to ensure the most current information is displayed; and ensuring a good liaison between the website, blog, and social media platforms & Preparing detailed weekly and monthly reports on social media activity.

    Community engagement strategy Development

    • Work with the incubation manager to develop a community development strategy to include and guide the implementation of all community-related activities such as meetups, design challenges, hackathons, career fairs etc.
    • Develop concept notes and design materials for community engagement meetups
    • Communicate meetup details within and outside the university to achieve a high attendance rate of the target stakeholders.
    • Work with stakeholders within the University to create post-event articles where necessary.
    • Overseeing the publishing of relevant content, such as blog entries, on a regular basis and the relevant impact on the audience within the university.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor Degree in Education, Social Sciences, Public Administration, Communication, or any related field.
    • Having more than one (1) year of relevant experience in project management or a similar position is a bonus.
    • Experience working effectively with and understanding the needs of culturally and ethnically diverse populations.
    • Proven skills in project management
    • Knowledge of office software packages (MS Word, Excel).
    • Good communications and interpersonal skills with attention to details.
    • Excellent analytical skills; with the ability to retrieve, organise and analyse information from a variety of sources.
    • Excellent planning and organisational skills to ensure deadlines are met, with the ability to prioritise workload without close supervision.

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    Project Assistant, PAUSTI

    We are recruiting a detail-oriented Project Assistant to support efforts at PAUSTI Incubation Center of Excellence. The role holder will be responsible for the administrative tasks, supporting the Project and centre manager, and ensuring timelines are adhered to.

    Job Description

    Project Monitoring & reporting

    • Monitor the progress of the Center’s activities; develop and maintain records, filing and profiling systems and liaise with the centre manager to support their progress.
    • Develop drafts and contribute to final written material including reports, summaries and syntheses of information arising from research.
    • Apply quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies to the collection, analysis and interpretation of data.
    • Keep an archive for all project documents and provide it when needed.

    Stakeholder support

    • Provide direct assistance to the Project Manager on all aspects of the Center.
    • Support the day-to-day work of the Center to team members as needed (i.e. provide feedback on reports and or interviews, draft documents, help draw out key themes from data and be able to facilitate small-scale training sessions).
    • Liaise with centre partners including PAUSTI faculty and staff and community partners.
    • Organize, attend and contribute to the Center’s events.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelors Degree in education, social sciences, public administration, communication, or any related field.
    • Having more than 1 year of relevant experience in a project management or similar position is a bonus.
    • Experience working effectively with and understanding the needs of culturally and ethnically diverse populations.
    • Proven skills in project management
    • Knowledge of office software packages (MS Word, Excel).
    • Good communications and interpersonal skills with attention to details.
    • Excellent analytical skills; with the ability to retrieve, organise and analyse information from a variety of sources.
    • Excellent planning and organisational skills to ensure deadlines are met, with the ability to prioritise workload without close supervision.

    Additional Information

    What we offer

    • A highly collaborative team environment that will support your professional and personal growth
    • Work alongside great talent.
    • A culture of learning and innovation. 
    • Opportunities for career growth and training.
    • Interaction with industry leaders and forward-thinking people. 
    • A chance to make a social difference.

    Method of Application

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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