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  • Posted: Oct 12, 2020
    Deadline: Oct 23, 2020
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  • United States International University - Africa is located in the Kasarani area, off Thika Road in the suburb of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. The university is an independent, not-for-profit institution serving 6512 students representing 69 nationalities. It offers 24 degree programs from undergraduate to doctoral level, all of which are accredi...
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    Program Officer - Scholar Support

    Department: Scholars Program

    Division: Academic and Student Affairs

    Job Purpose

    Reporting to Director, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa, the office holder will support the Program Director in all matters related to Scholar support and welfare.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Organize the Scholars’ pre-orientation workshop;
    • Develop an all rounded follow up program for the Scholars with existing student support services, entrepreneurship training and other opportunities such as Transformative Leadership Training;
    • Work with other Program staff to ensure overall success of the Scholars;
    • Building strong relationships with the Scholars to support their academic, psychosocial and professional development;
    • Assist the Program Director with program data collection for monitoring, evaluation and learning;
    • Update Scholar data and information in the Management Information System;
    • Contribute to a range of administrative and programmatic activities as needed;
    • Performance of any other duties as may be assigned.

    Key Personal Attributes and Competencies

    • A service orientation with an eye to use experience.
    • Team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
    • Ability to make quick and smart judgments in recommending alternative solutions for various scenarios as they occur;
    • Strong adherence to ethical practice and data privacy;
    • Strong intercultural and interpersonal skills;
    • Good understanding of needs of the Scholars from marginalized communities/backgrounds;
    • Goal oriented, with ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.

    Minimum Educational Qualifications

    • Undergraduate Degree in communications, business, social sciences or other related fields from an accredited university.
    • At least 3 years working with young people in various support/development areas.

    Skills and Competencies

    • Professional experience (or relevant experience gained during undergraduate studies) working with people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds;
    • Passion for creating opportunities and supporting development of high-potential African youth;
    • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills;
    • Experience in database management/CRM platforms.

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    Principal Officer - Office of the Differently Abled Persons

    Job purpose

    Reporting to the Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor- Student Affairs, the holder of this position will be responsible for providing administrative and technical leadership in the establishment and operations of a Differently Abled Persons & Special Needs resource center. The center will ensure accessibility and inclusivity of Differently Abled persons and other Special Needs in all the university’s processes, programs, services, facilities and equipment.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Establish the Differently Abled Persons & Special Needs resource center;
    • Ensure the full adherence and compliance of the access of Differently Abled Persons and other Special Needs (DAP & SN) policy by all arms of the university community;
    • Develop tools, instruments, controls and procedures for monitoring, assessment, evaluation and tracking of the provision of services for Differently Abled Persons & Special Needs ;
    • Collect and document data on recruitment, admission, enrollment, retention and graduation of Differently Abled Persons & Special Needs;
    • Keep records of the diagnoses or natures of the disabilities or special needs presented and performing periodic reviews of the same;
    • Act as the point of contact for Differently Abled Persons & Special Needs in relation to information on all university services;
    • Notify the relevant department/support services of any admission or recruitment of Differently Abled Persons & Special Needs and of the special or additional learning support required by the person(s);
    • Document and track complaints raised by or relating to Differently Abled Persons & Special Needs regarding their work, or in and out of class experience while on or out of campus;
    • Liaise with the parents/guardians and support systems for Differently Abled Students with and Special Needs on their general social and academic welfare;
    • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders, agencies and committees to generate information, training and advocacy/sensitization programs on the needs of Differently Abled Persons & Special Needs;
    • Monitor, assess and evaluate the university’s adherence to the access of the Differently Abled Persons & Special Needs Policy and relevant legal and statutory requirements, and recommend revisions as may be necessary. Such revisions shall be undertaken with due involvement of the office holder.
    • Conduct periodic reviews and updating of the Differently Abled Persons & Special Needs policy to ensure that emerging issues, practices and trends in the provision of quality services, products and educations to Differently Abled Persons & Special Needs are, where appropriate, incorporated therein.

    Qualifications /Educational/Professional/experience

    • Master’s degree from an accredited university.
    • Five years of work experience in the area of disability inclusion or its equivalent preferably in an institution of higher learning.
    • Membership in relevant professional bodies.

    Competencies & Skills

    • Knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy techniques for Differently Abled Persons & Special Needs ;
    • A working understanding of research methodologies;
    • Strong leadership, analytical & critical thinking skills;
    • Strong interpersonal & communication skills;
    • Be self-motivated and highly-disciplined;
    • High level of integrity & confidentiality;
    • Good listening and mediation skills;
    • Planning and organization skills;
    • Decision making skills.

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    Principal Officer - Gender Equity & Protection

    Job Purpose

    The Principal Officer will be responsible for ensuring adherence to the current legislation and international conventions in matters gender equity and protection within the university. Further, he/she will be required to provide prompt responses and effectively stop problematic behavior, prevent its recurrence and remedy the effects as per the provided guidelines. The officer will generally serve to eliminate, prevent and redress known instances of gender based misconduct or violence with fair and efficient processes that are intended to support the entire University Community.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Community Outreach and Education on issues around gender equity;
    • Provide information to students, employees and others regarding University policies related to harassment and discrimination;
    • Facilitating accommodations to address safety concerns and to support victims and complainants so that academic and professional pursuits may continue unimpeded;
    • Collaborating with community partners to assist with resolutions that balance the needs of the individuals involved with those of the larger community;
    • Create and facilitate training and presentation to students, student groups and university employees regarding the university’s non-discrimination policies and integrating best practices into the complaint resolution process;
    • Cultivate relationships with university stakeholders i.e. students, faculty and staff;
    • Develop and maintain relationships and clear communication channels with the university and other stakeholders including the community;
    • Collaboration with on and off campus resources including law enforcement agencies and victim services [B1] in resolving complaints;
    • Providing referrals to campus and community resources and victim advocates;
    • Working closely with the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, to ensure that the University’s processes, responses and policies are consistent with the laws of Kenya, international conventions and regulations related to compliance with sexual harassment and non-discrimination laws;
    • Creating awareness on sexual harassment and discrimination;
    • Investigation and Consultation
    • Receive complaints of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and gender related violence;
    • Provide a central place to report an incident and overseeing the reporting process.
    • Identify University Policy provisions relevant to a complaint and work closely with other relevant university offices;
    • Exercise judgement regarding the resolutions of complaints including informal resolution and formal investigation;
    • Keep records to ensure patterns of behavior are identified;
    • Conduct prompt, equitable, fair and impartial administrative investigations into complaints including identifying and interviewing parties, identifying, gathering and assessing information relevant to the investigation;
    • Apply relevant policies and make findings of fact in individual cases;
    • Actively foster and maintain a climate that is supportive of students and respectful of differences.

    Minimum Educational Qualifications and professional Experience

    • MA in Gender Studies or equivalent from an accredited university.
    • 5 years’ experience in gender advocacy with emphasis on diversity management, emancipation policies, inclusion/exclusion and discrimination.

    Skills

    • Ability to provide effective and appropriate advice and expertise to all levels within the university community.
    • Have working knowledge of current laws, regulations, guidelines and institutional policies related to sex discrimination and sexual harassment.
    • Ability to investigate and analyze claims and to draw conclusions.
    • Demonstrable experience in working with women and children in conflict and disadvantaged situations.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of people in the diverse university community setting.
    • Conflict resolution and mediation skills.
    • Advanced analytical, evaluative and objective critical thinking skills.
    • Knowledge on public safety reporting requirements and other applicable crime data reporting related to sexual harassment.
    • Ability to develop educational outreach on sexual assault prevention and response for students, staff and faculty, sometimes in partnership with campus and community organizations.
    • Skills in examining, re-engineering, formulating and developing operations, procedures and policies on sex discrimination and sexual harassment.
    • Ability to develop and implement new strategies and procedures.

    Personal Attributes & Competencies

    • Shown merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results;
    • Confidentiality and integrity;
    • Proficiency in computer applications;
    • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills;
    • Relationship builder & effective negotiator;
    • Good communication skills;
    • Self-motivated;
    • Attention to detail;
    • Adaptability and reliability.

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    Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact/ Research Officer

    Job Purpose

    Reporting to the Principal Institutional Research Officer within the Division of University Advancement, the job holder will be responsible for providing technical support on Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa. The role will also include Scholar data management and period report preparation.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Coordinate the Monitoring and Evaluation function of the Scholars Program at USIU-Africa to ensure impact and quality of delivery, in close collaboration with other university stakeholders;
    • Develop a monitoring & evaluation framework and systems for tracking and reporting program results and impact;
    • Collaborate closely with Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program stakeholders to ensure effective collection, tracking and management of Scholar data, including entry into the Scholars Program MIS and analysis where required;
    • Ensure consent and confidentiality processes are in place for managing all sensitive data;
    • Undertake and/or commission periodic Scholars Program reviews and evaluations;
    • Coordinate and where possible undertake research such as, but not limited, to tracer studies, case studies, institutional strengthening and satisfaction surveys to inform the decisions and the strategic direction of the Scholars Program;
    • Coordinate with USIU-Africa’s internal stakeholders to promote awareness about the Program;
    • Deliver and champion capacity building and learning strategies and skills amongst the Scholars Program staff and other internal stakeholders who interact directly with the program;
    • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

    Minimum Educational Qualifications and Professional Experience

    • Master’s Degree in education, social sciences or other relevant field, from an accredited university;
    • Specialization in monitoring, evaluation, data management or research;
    • At least five (5) years of progressive experience in monitoring and evaluation, data management or research in a reputable organization.

    Skills and Competencies

    • Excellent analytical, research and data collection methodology skills.
    • Strong knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodology, data quality assurance, analysis and reporting.
    • Understanding of statistical data management methods.
    • Experience working with statistical computer software packages such as Excel is required while SAS, SPSS, Power BI, and other software will be an asset.
    • Demonstrated skills in measuring the qualitative and qualitative outcomes of program activities and tracking implementation progress.
    • Superior written, verbal and organizational skills.
    • Ability and experience producing technical and analytical reports that effectively communicate program results and impact.

    Personal Attributes and Competencies

    • Team player with excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
    • Ability to make quick and smart judgments in recommending alternative solutions within changed ground scenarios.
    • Strong adherence to ethical practice and data privacy.
    • Strong intercultural and interpersonal skills.
    • Good understanding of various partners’ requirements.
    • Goal oriented, with ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.
    • Ability to travel within project areas as required.

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    Program Officer - Scholar Recruitment and Selection

    Department: Scholars Program

    Division: Academic and Student Affairs

    Job Purpose

    Reporting to Director, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa, the office holder will be in charge of Scholar selection and recruitment, working on partnerships that are currently working with similar programs. The candidate will also work with government bodies for credential analysis, verification and analysis, and coordinate the language proficiency tests and interviews for the Scholars.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Design, review, improve and operate the Scholarship’s most critical and fast-moving functions of selection and recruitment;
    • Set and execute strategic objectives that enable the program to select a class of youth from across Africa with exceptional leadership and entrepreneurship potential each year;
    • Establish the right approach to get the best possible candidates into the university selection funnel;
    • Lead the department towards continuous improvement of selection instruments (activities, interviews, etc.) based on insights garnered from each round of selection, and data on ongoing student success;
    • Seek examples of best practice in leadership and talent identification from across the African continent to ensure that the university is at the forefront of identifying potential in young leaders from a broad range of backgrounds.

    Key Personal Attributes and Competencies

    • A service orientation with an eye to use experience;
    • Ability to travel to recruitment sites;
    • Team player with excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills;
    • Ability to make quick and smart judgments in recommending alternative solutions for different scenarios;
    • Strong adherence to ethical practice and data privacy;
    • Strong intercultural and interpersonal skills
    • Good understanding of various partners’ requirements;
    • Goal oriented, with ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.

    Minimum Educational Qualifications

    • Undergraduate degree in business, social sciences or other related fields from an accredited university ;
    • At least 3 years in Student management in an educational environment ;
    • Proficiency in Computer applications

    Skills and Competencies

    • Experience working with statistical computer software packages such as Excel and other systems such as CX, CARS, and other software will be required
    • Passion for the African continent, its people and its future.
    • Curiosity about identifying talent in robust, systematic and innovative ways.
    • Enthusiasm for designing, building and maintaining systems and processes.
    • Enthusiasm for generating actionable insights from data.
    • Experience working with high volumes on strict timelines.

    Method of Application

    Interested applicants must provide a cover letter current CV and Certificates, to the following address [email protected] Att: Director of Administration by Friday, October 23 2020 .Please Indicate the position you are applying for on the subject line of the email address.

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

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