Assistant Lecturer and Curriculum Designer
Academic – Kigali, Kigali
Assistant Lecturers and Curriculum Designers in
Project Management and Accounting/Finance
The challenge: All across sub-Saharan Africa, millions of young people struggle every day with access to education and employment – and the kinds of livelihoods that lead to economic security and mobility for themselves and their families. Every young person deserves the chance to be educated; every young person deserves the opportunity to have a meaningful job.
Who we are: Kepler is a non-profit higher education program that is building a transformative model of education-to-employment services for these young people across the region. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the economic mobility of thousands of individuals, families, and communities in all of our countries of operation. We want to reimagine what higher education can look like in sub-Saharan Africa.
What we do: Through a rigorous curriculum of in-person, online and on-the-job learning, Kepler students graduate with the relevant skills and the right attitude to meet the needs of the changing global economy. We partner closely with Southern New Hampshire University - a global leader in higher education - which allows our students to attain affordable, internationally recognized degrees while studying in East Africa.
Our history: Kepler launched in Rwanda in 2013. Our 50+ staff currently serve 550 students across two campuses in Rwanda – our flagship campus in Kigali, as well as a second campus in the Kiziba refugee camp in Western Rwanda, where we serve refugee learners.
The future: Currently, all Kepler students earn their degrees through our degree partner Southern New Hampshire University and that will continue to be a key part of the Kepler model. In parallel, we are working on developing a bachelor’s degree provided by Kepler and accredited in Rwanda. Kepler has an ambitious new strategy for the next five years, which will include launching in two new countries; expanding our academic offerings; partnering with other public and private sector universities, and reaching a new level of organizational sustainability.
About the Position
Kepler has two open positions of Assistant Lecturer and Curriculum Designer: one in Project Management and another in Finance and Accounting. We seek talented educators or professionals with relevant experience. The roles will focus first on creating effective, project-based assessments and learning activities to be delivered in a blended learning setting. After receiving accreditation for our new program in Project Management, these positions will be facilitating student-centered learning experiences and conducting project-based assessments. The Assistant Lecturers will also conduct related activities to support students and Kepler as an organization in constant learning and improvement, including creating, documenting, and sharing best practices. The Assistant Lecturers shall be assisted by Learning Assistants in planning and delivering teaching and learning.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Design effective, student-centered learning experiences and project-based assessments in the areas of
- Project management and business or Accounting and finance
- Teach modules within his/her areas of competence in compliance with Kepler policies and procedures
- Regularly evaluate student learning through project-based assessments, including both formative and summative assessments and provide clear and actionable feedback to students
- Conduct and facilitate other forms of assessments as specified in Kepler academic and assessment policies
- Create or modify lesson plans as needed in the specified format provided
- Under the direction of the Faculty leadership, collaborate with the curriculum team in planning and implementing new learning content
- Conduct student office hours and create other channels for open communication with students
- Participate in various College activities such as meetings, workshops, and seminars as may be scheduled from time to time
- Undertake any other activities assigned from time to time by the Dean of Faculty or Subject Manager
Master’s degree in a field of study relevant to:
- Project management and operations or Accounting and finance
- Ability to support students in their various learning needs
- Knowledge of the business needs of the employment sector(s) most relevant to their academic discipline
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and networking skills
- Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects and manage to compete and conflicting priorities in a fast-paced, changing environment.
- Willingness to experiment, try things out, fail fast, and learn constantly
Preferred Qualifications and Experience
- Teaching experience at the university level, preferably in the East African Community
- Experience in professional project management or accounting/finance setting
- Experience in program/curriculum development, ideally with a focus on employability and using competency/project-based learning
- Experience evaluating the effectiveness of programs and making recommendations for improvements
- Professional qualifications in project management, finance, accounting, or related fields
- Experience using technology and information systems in a professional project management setting
- Experience in research, quantitative methods, and statistics
At Kepler, we value diversity as the paramount aspect of growth, therefore, we do not discriminate applicants based on gender, race, religion, physical abilities, social status, beliefs, and cultural values.
Reports to: Subject Manager