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Job Spotlight: Multiple Positions, Akilah Institute (Rwanda)

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The Akilah Institute for Women aims to build future generations of women leaders and professionals in East Africa through the development of a network of campuses. At Akilah, we bring together promising female leaders from Rwanda and East Africa for an innovative two-year program that prepares them for professional careers and leadership roles.

Akilah students choose a specialized track in Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, or Hospitality Management. Our hands-on and practicals-based curriculum is developed in partnership with the local and global private sectors and is focused on building the market-relevant skills demanded by the fastest-growing industries of the regional economy.

DEPUTY COUNTRY DIRECTOR

Job Function: General Management / Strategy
Work Authorisation: Rwandan Citizens
Job Level: Senior Management
Years of Experience: 6-10 years
Languages: English, Kinyarwanda
Top Skills
  • Admin / Clerical / Executive Assistant
  • Strategy
  • Personnel / Team Management
  • Computer Literacy / Internet
  • Organizing / Planning / Project Management

Job Duties

The Akilah Institute for Women aims to build future generations of women leaders and professionals in East Africa through the development of a network of campuses. At Akilah, we bring together promising female leaders from Rwanda, and East Africa, for an innovative two-year program that prepares them for professional careers and leadership roles.

Akilah students choose a specialized track in Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, or Hospitality Management. Our hands-on and practicals-based curriculum is developed in partnership with the local and global private sectors, and is focused on building the market-relevant skills demanded by the fastest growing industries of the regional economy.

The Position

The Deputy Country Director (DCD) will work with the Country Director (CD) to lead and ensure the daily management of all departments in line with the organizational strategy and departmental work plans. The DCD will be a model of organizational cultural excellence within the organization, representing Akilah Institute as an inspirational ambassador both internally and externally. S/he should be a strong leader, clear communicator as well as an excellent project manager with great attention to detail, following through on implementation of all tasks assigned by the CD. S/he will demonstrate a deep understanding of the Institute’s departmental goals, projects and tasks, freeing up the Country Director to focus on more strategic matters. Finally, the ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about women’s economic empowerment and who will go above and beyond to make a lasting impact in the lives of East African women.

POSITION PURPOSE

Leadership & Culture

  • Master the necessary skills and responsibilities related to the Country Director (CD) position in order to provide proper and efficient leadership support, assuming responsibility during CD absences.
  • Model, enforce and play a lead role in promoting the organizational culture to inspire and lead staff, students and community partners.
  • Provide sound judgment and strategic thinking, in order to collaborate with department leads on the development and implementation of effective strategies, operational plans and responses to challenges that arise.
  • Anticipate departmental campus needs related to systems and resources; proactively build strategy around such needs; and troubleshoot resourcefully.

Administration and Operations

  • Manage and oversee Akilah staff to ensure institutional goals and objectives are met and being carried out effectively. Ensure effective reporting and briefings to the CD as well as the Executive Team as needed.
  • Collaborate with the CD in the planning and preparation of the annual work plan/OKRs and budget; Ensure effective tracking and reporting of departmental progress towards annual goals set.
  • Oversee operations in a way that realizes the organizational mission, ensures excellence and encourage innovation; Ensure efficient and cost effective campus operations through the prudent use of funds, assets, resources and equipment. Must have a savings (not spending) mindset.
  • Assess administrative and management systems, facilities and use of resources; apply effective business practices to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Coordination of Akilah internal events as well as external events in which Akilah participate in, ensuring community visibility to support Akilah brand.
  • Represent Akilah at external facing events and meetings as required.
  • Manage the Itorero Program at Akilah in alignment with the National Itorero Commission, Rwanda Ministry of Education guidelines and agreed performance contract.
  • Perform any other projects as assigned by CD.

Skills and Qualifications

CHARACTERISTICS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Detailed oriented- and a strong implementation focus- a real “can do person” with strong accountability to results.
  • Proven skills and experience in planning, operations, organizational and financial management
  • Flexibility and willingness to pivot and adapt in a fast paced environment- a belief in a lean approach- learning from failures and mistakes as much as from success.
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to think strategically.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise both individual and collaborative decision-making.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, excellent oral presentation and written skills.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution related to business administration, project management or related degree required; relevant advanced degree preferred.
  • 3- 5+ years of relevant experience in management, operations and administration. Private, public, and non-profit backgrounds are all valued. The ideal candidate will have succeeded in a high-performing organization and be eager to apply best practices.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Position is based in Kigali, Rwanda. Local hire preferred. Must be able to travel both domestically and internationally if required.

REPORTS TO

Country Director

DEPUTY ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

Job Function: Education / Training
Work Authorisation: All Nationalities
Job Level: Mid-Career
Years of Experience: 3-5 years
Languages: English, Kinyarwanda
Top Skills
  • Education: Curriculum Development
  • Education: Management
  • Education: Teaching / Training
  • Personnel / Team Management
  • Organizing / Planning / Project Management

Job Duties

The Akilah Institute for Women aims to build future generations of women leaders and professionals in East Africa through the development of a network of campuses. At Akilah, we bring together promising female leaders from Rwanda, and East Africa, for an innovative two-year program that prepares them for professional careers and leadership roles.

Akilah students choose a specialized track in Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, or Hospitality Management. Our hands-on and practicals-based curriculum is developed in partnership with the local and global private sectors, and is focused on building the market-relevant skills demanded by the fastest growing industries of the regional economy.

The Position

The Deputy Academic Director (DAD) for the Evening/Weekend Program will work with the Academic Director to lead and ensure the daily management and operations of the Evening/Weekend Program in line with the Akilah Academic Model and Competency Based education. Must be available to work evenings and Saturdays. The DAD will be a model of Academic excellence within the organization exhibiting exceptional Academic Management and Professional Development of their Team. S/he should have a strong pedagogical background, be a clear communicator as well as have excellent organizational skills. S/he will demonstrate a deep understanding of the Institute’s Academic goals, projects and tasks, supporting the Academic Director as necessary. The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about women’s economic empowerment and education and who will go above and beyond to make a lasting impact in the lives of East African women.

POSITION PURPOSE

Faculty Management & Professional Development

  • Manage and inspire all Evening and Weekend (E/W) Instructors to achieve a high standard of support relating to academics and the overall student experience on campus. This will include developing and managing the E/W academic calendar, scheduling E/W classes, and assigning E/W faculty to specific classes.
  • Work directly with the academic team to address any challenges related to the Bridge program and academic year trimesters.
  • Support the implementation of professional development (PD) training programs with faculty and work in conjunction with the Academic Instructional coach in developing and scheduling PD sessions for the E/W faculty
  • Observe and review and assess all E/W faculty, including regularly scheduled in-class observations, faculty development meetings, and student feedback relating to academics. * Help identify areas of growth and personal learning plans for each instructor in collaboration with the Academic Director (AD).
  • Lead and support E/W instructors in building their capacity to design rigorous assessments and track academic progress for each student on a weekly basis as it relates to the competency-based education (CBE) methodology.
  • Assess faculty against student goals (or progress) on a regularly scheduled basis as agreed upon by the AD, including entering assessments in each faculty’s PD file.
  • Coordinate with E/W faculty to ensure coverage of all classes with regard to instructor PTO time and absences.
  • Student Support – Including writing student letters, managing student issues, conducting student course surveys, class meetings, and any other student related responsibilities as necessary
  • Work with the Talent and Human Resources Manager to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations specific to E/W faculty members and academic staff.
  • Assist in interviewing and selecting new faculty to be hired to E/W program.

Curriculum Development & Accreditation/guidelines

  • Facilitate curriculum and academic meetings, workshops and planning sessions for the E/W program, including assigning responsibility for recording minutes,capturing work, and distributing the information to the stakeholders involved.
  • Collaborate with the academic team in making decisions on class offerings and content including objectives and outcome assessments.
  • Attend meetings with GOR partners as requested by Country Director in the absence of the AD.
  • Assist AD to ensure successful implementation of curricula with faculty and consistently analyze feedback from students and instructors. Provide feedback to AD on the effectiveness of current curricula.
  • Provide input and recommendations on how to successfully adapt curricula for cultural, geographical and situational relevance.

Other Responsibilities.

  • Work in collaboration with the AD to develop ambitious goals for E/W student performance.
  • Lead and collaborate with E/W faculty in order to implement a student support plan for all students who do not pass proficiency. Work to improve students’ outcomes so they are able to pass proficiency.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed to support the Akilah 2.0 initiative.
  • Report to the AD on required academic and/or training materials in accordance with the budget.
  • In the absence of the AD, serve as point person in the local/global education community at relevant meetings and conferences.
  • Oversee a small team, apart from faculty, including a lab technician and librarian

Skills and Qualifications

  • Proven skills and experience in planning, operations, organizational and financial management
  • Flexibility and willingness to pivot and adapt in a fast paced environment- a belief in a lean approach- learning from failures and mistakes as much as from success.
  • Interest in building the capacity of their team, ability to give thorough and constructive feedback, and holds him/herself to high academic standards.
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to think strategically.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise both individual and collaborative decision-making.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, excellent oral presentation and written skills and able to manage multiple tasks at once.
  • Conversation to Fluent in Kinyarwanda

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution related to Education or related degree required; relevant advanced degree preferred.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in Education management or Academic Administration, professional Academic development and/or teacher training. Private, public, and non-profit backgrounds are all valued. The ideal candidate will have succeeded in a high-performing organization and be eager to apply best practices.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Position is based in Kigali, Rwanda. Local hire preferred. Must be able to travel both domestically and internationally if required.

REPORTS TO: Academic Director

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

Job Function: Media / Communications
Work Authorisation: All Nationalities
Job Level: Entry Level
Years of Experience: Entry
Languages: English
Top Skills
  • Computer Literacy / Internet
  • Digital Marketing / Web Analytics
  • Writing / Email Correspondence
  • Sales / Marketing
  • Content / Social Media / Blogging

Job Duties

Position: Communications Intern Department: Communications Status: Unpaid, Full-Time (40 hours/week) Start Date: May 2017 Location: Kigali, Rwanda Overtime Status: Exempt

Organization: The Akilah Group

The Akilah Group is a collection of social enterprises leveraging innovative education models and technology to achieve transformational change in African communities.

The Communications Intern will primarily be working for two of the Akilah Group’s companies, MindSky (mindsky.com) and Kigali Moms and Dads (kigalimomsanddads.com).

MindSky is a technology platform for high-quality professionals, connecting them with the most exciting client-facing jobs in East Africa. MindSky delivers a vetted pool of responsive candidates so employers spend less time on recruitment and ensures that they find top talent to join their teams and grow their businesses.

Kigali Moms and Dads is a new online resource featuring helpful guides on local schools, activities, and events for parents living in Kigali. Kigali Moms and Dads celebrates the wonderful experience of raising a family in Rwanda.

The Position:

The Communications Intern will be responsible for supporting Communications staff on projects for MindSky and Kigali Moms and Dads. The Intern will primarily be supporting the communications team in spearheading social media and new blog content development, as well as independently working on special projects and business development for Kigali Moms and Dads.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Kigali Moms and Dads
  • Draft regular blog posts to support website traffic
  • Share blog posts on Facebook and manage social media traffic
  • Track, measure, and report on audience engagement with website, e-mail, and social media
  • Send out weekly e-mails to newsletter subscribers
  • Lead on outreach over email and in person to local Kigali businesses for advertising and partnership opportunities MindSky
  • Manage social media accounts
  • Support Talent Team with communications and marketing to receive applications for open jobs
  • Create Job Spotlights to highlight new open positions
  • Social media analytics
  • Boost Facebook posts where appropriate

Skills and Qualifications

  • Must have, or be in the process of obtaining, a BA degree, certificate, or diploma
  • Excellent with computers; Experience with graphic design program (Adobe Creative Suite, Canva or other similar program) and Squarespace preferred
  • Knowledge of various social media sites and platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Superior writing skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to time-manage
  • Project management
  • Demonstrated interest in international development, social enterprise, startups

Benefits and Perks

  • Learn from experienced social enterprise and startup professionals and play a significant role in the day-to-day operation of MindSky and a leading role in the development of Kigali Moms and Dads
  • Strengthen your writing and research skills
  • Interact closely with local businesses and parents in Kigali, Rwanda and increase your cultural understanding of life in East Africa

Compensation:

This position is an unpaid internship. Akilah Group can complete the necessary paperwork for the intern to earn college credit for their time working at Akilah Group.

To Apply

MindSky is currently sourcing candidates for all roles. To apply, fill out our online application. Under referral code, please enter “Akilah”.

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