Job Title: RSIF Project Administrator
Reports to: RSIF Executive Director (AAU’s Secretary General)
Location: AAU Secretariat (Accra, Ghana)
Date Posted: November 30, 2016
Closing Date: Extended to January 31, 2017
The Association of African Universities (AAU) is looking for a talented, committed and energetic professional to serve as Project Administrator for the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF), a new, fast growing initiative that is in its first year of operations. The RSIF is an initiative of the Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), which was launched in 2013 by African Governments. Its aim is to create, through PhD training, a critical mass of highly skilled African scientists and innovators in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (ASET) fields in priority economic sectors.
If selected, you will act as the primary liaison for the RSIF, engaging closely with key stakeholders including government officials, students and universities within the region and globally. You will serve as a key figure in a far-reaching effort to advance the socio-economic transformation of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
PASET was launched in 2013 by African governments and institutions with the objective of promoting strategic partnerships between governments, private sector and partner countries from other regions to invest in skills in ASET fields in Africa. Currently, five countries (Ethiopia, Senegal, Rwanda, Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire) are pioneering the initiative and have made financial commitments to the RSIF, PASET’s flagship initiative. Their Higher Education Ministers are represented on PASET’s Board of Directors, which provides strategic guidance and makes key decisions for the initiative. The World Bank facilitates PASET and provides it technical assistance. Additional Sub-Saharan African governments and partners from the private sector as well as other regions are also expected to join the Partnership.
The RSIF aims to contribute towards creating an additional 10,000 PhDs in ASET fields for Sub-Saharan Africa’s priority sectors in the next 10 years, as well as helping at least five universities develop top quality ASET programs. It will also build capacity in the region to sustainably support its PhD graduates beyond their training as they go into academia, industry, or become entrepreneurs. The RSIF will operate through three windows: Window 1 will offer scholarships for PhD students; Window 2 will offer research grants and Window 3 will offer innovation grants. The primary target beneficiaries of the scholarships are the region’s university faculty members who lack PhD degrees.
The RSIF will be implemented through competitively selected universities (hosts) in the region, which have the capacity to offer PhD programs in the selected priority sectors. Strengthening the quality of their PhD programs through collaboration and partnerships with top universities outside the region is a key feature of the initiative.
The RSIF’s first year targets are to:
The first cohort of RSIF scholars are expected to enroll in September 2017.
The Project Administrator will be part of a small team at the RSIF Implementation Unit, which is housed at the Association of African Universities (AAU). The Implementation Unit is led by AAU’s Secretary General, who acts as its Executive Director and has overall responsibility to implement, monitor and report on its activities to the PASET Board of Directors and other leadership.
The Implementation Unit will also work closely with the Institute of International Education (IIE), an internationally recognized scholarship implementation firm that is providing AAU initial technical assistance in the initial phase of implementation.
Salary will be discussed with the shortlisted candidates.
The contract will be for a period of two (2) years, subject to a probationary period of one (1) year. The appointment may be extended beyond two years, subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
If interested, please submit:
All application materials should be received by the closing date, 5:00pm (GMT +0) on January 31, 2017. Application documents can be submitted by email (Subject line: RSIF Project Administrator Application) or postal mail in a sealed envelope marked “RSIF Project Administrator Application Documents”. All reference letters should be emailed or mailed directly to the AAU by the referees. If submitted by mail, each reference letter should be sent in a sealed envelope marked “Confidential Reference for [applicant Name]”. Please provide the mailing and email addresses below to your referees
RSIF Project Administrator Application
The Secretary General
Association of African Universities, P.O. Box AN 5744
Aviation Road, Extension, Airport Residential Area
Only qualified individuals being considered will be contacted for an interview.