Lecturer

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In 2013, we launched a new venture to build the first pan-African network of high-quality, affordable university programs, enabling even students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed. Nearly 300 students are now enrolled in Kepler.

Africa has the fastest-growing youth population in the world, but its education systems are not ready to unleash what could be the transformative generation of talent that permanently changes the face of the continent. Studies show that more earning potential is unlocked with each year of higher education than any other period of study. We aspire to help unleash a generation of African students who otherwise would lack the opportunity to achieve their potential.

Lecturer

Academic – Kigali, Kigali City


Generation Rwanda / Kepler

Lecturer

 About Generation Rwanda/Kepler

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 several open positions of Lecturer in the new Department of Project Management in the Faculty of Business and Administration. We seek for talented educators with experience in project management, operations, business, communications, accounting, and related fields. The role will focus on facilitating student-centered learning and conducting project-based assessment. The Lecturers will also conduct related activities to support the students and Kepler as an organization in constant learning and improvement, including creating, documenting, and sharing best practices. In contrast to traditional Lecturer positions, Lecturers at Kepler are focused on creating student learning experiences that are active and encourage students to be self-guided learners. In short, Lecturers at Kepler do not deliver traditional lectures. The Lecturers shall be assisted by Tutorial Assistants in planning and delivering teaching and learning.  

 Duties and Responsibilities

·   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 and positive communication with students

·    Participate in various University 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 the Head of Department

Required Qualifications

·    Master’s degree in a field of study relevant to management, project management, communications, or operations, or alternatively an MBA

·    Experience of innovative teaching

·    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 competing and conflicting priorities in a fast paced, changing environment.

·  Willingness to experiment, try things out, fail fast, and learn constantly

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

·   At least Two (2) years of teaching experience at the university level, preferable in the East African Community

·   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

Reports to: Head of Department