Multiple Opportunities at USIU-Graduate Research Assistant, Youth Liason Officer and Research Officer

USAID Empowered Youth Project

The USAID Empowered Youth Project model serves to connect youth through social and economic opportunities under three expected result areas namely:

  1. Increase youth economic prospects,
  2. Build Kenyan Higher Education Institution’s Capacity, and
  3. Strengthen Youth-Serving Systems.

Activities will be conducted in six high-touch counties and 13 other low-touch counties across Kenya and in partnership with Egerton University and NCBA CLUSA.

USIU-Africa will primarily lead activities related to result area 2 on higher education capacity building but interlink these to increasing youth economic prospects (results area 1) and strengthening of youth-serving organizations (results area 3).

USIU-Africa will support:
a). The Development and Capacity Building of KEY Think Tank,
b). Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Program (HEIs, Private Sector, Youth Forums),
c). Training Program – Researchers and Educators,
d). Development, Integration and Management of the Virtual Knowledge Repository,
e). Internships and Workforce Development, and
f). County Linkages Program.

In line with our commitment to providing quality, affordable education through world-class service delivery platforms, USIU-Africa is seeking to recruit suitable and qualified candidates to fill in the following positions:

1. Graduate Research Assistant

Purpose:
This role will provide administrative, logistical and research support to the USAID Empowered Youth Project.

Reports To:
The Graduate Research Assistant will report to the USIU-Africa Project Field Outreach Coordinator.

Project Responsibilities:

  • Support the coordination and organisation of field visits by project staff, donors and partners.
  • Develop appropriate documentation for travel and make bookings for field visits.
  • Assist in organizing internal and external meetings, conferences and workshops
  • Support in the facilitation of stakeholder engagements
  • Present project updates and reports to the line manager.
  • Support in coordinating training session at select counties
  • Provide technical training on entrepreneurship, career development and life skills transformation.
  • Ensure that all relevant documents and data collection files (soft and hard copies) are stored appropriately.
  • Manage the satellite career centers.

Research Responsibilities:

  • Conduct desk and literature reviews.
  • Planning and collecting data using a variety of methods including but not limited to field data collection, key informant interviews, telephone, and online surveys
  • Undertake data analysis and data visualization.
  • Assist with drafting project reports.

The Graduate Research Assistant to perform any other relevant duty as maybe required by the line supervisor.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in Business.
  • USIU-Africa student enrolled in the MBA program in their first or second semester.
  • Adept with business and entrepreneurial skills.
  • High degree of discipline to interact and work with youth.
  • Data collection, analysis and visualization skills
  • Ability to work under tight schedules and meet deadlines.
  • Quality results oriented and team player

2. Youth Liaison Officer

Purpose:
This role will provide county level youth coordination support to the USAID Empowered Youth Project.

Reports To:
The Youth Officer will report to the USIU-Africa Project Field Outreach Coordinator.

Project Responsibilities:

  • Lead on youth coordination activities.
  • Recruit and select youth to join the program.
  • Provide technical training on entrepreneurship, career development and life skills transformation.
  • Liaison with youth groups as need arises.
  • Undertake field visits and meetings with project staff, donors and partners.
  • Facilitate partnerships and engagement activities with county governments.
  • Provide support to relevant staff at partner level during project visits to enhance their capacity.
  • Present project updates and reports to the line manager.
  • Support in coordinating training session at select counties.

Research Responsibilities:

  • Design online data collection instruments.
  • Planning and collecting data using a variety of methods including but not limited to field data collection, key informant interviews, telephone, and online surveys.
  • Coordinate field surveys.
  • Assist with drafting and editing of project reports.
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating key stakeholder interviews.
  • Undertake desk reviews, data analysis and data visualization.

The Youth Liaison Officer will be expected to perform other relevant duty as may be required by the line supervisor.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in Business or Social Sciences.
  • Minimum of 2-years’ experience working with the youth.
  • Experience working on youth related projects in Isiolo, Kakamega, Kisumu, Nakuru, Kiambu, and Mombasa will be an added advantage.
  • Adept with business and entrepreneurial skills.
  • High degree of discipline to interact and work with youth.
  • Ability to work under tight schedules and meet deadlines.
  • Data collection, analysis and visualization skills.
  • Quality results oriented and team player

3. Research Officer

Purpose:
This role will provide comprehensive research and administrative support to the USAID Empowered Youth Project.

Reports To:
The Research Officer will report to the USIU-Africa Project Lead.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Undertake research duties associated with the project, which include:
    • Drafting literature reviews and analysis.
    • Developing, implementing and evaluating key stakeholder interviews.
    • Planning and collating data from expert focus groups.
    • Collecting data for case studies.
    • Drafting reports.
  • Provide administrative support to senior project staff in managing the project.
  • Support senior project staff in the delivery of all aspects of projects including business reviews, working with stakeholders and any associated administrative tasks.
  • Ensure project resources are applied efficiently and effectively to achieve project objectives.
  • Assist with the management of day to day operational and tactical aspects of the project activities.
  • To provide administrative support to organizers of the project office events such as conferences, meetings and workshops.
  • Undertake other duties commensurate with the classification and scope of the position as required by the USIU-Africa Project Lead.

The Research Officer to perform any other relevant duty as maybe required by the line supervisor.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in Business or Statistics.
  • Proficiency in computer applications.
  • At least Two (2) years of progressive experience in Research and Capacity Building in a reputable organization.
  • Experience working on youth related projects in Isiolo, Kakamega, Kisumu, Nakuru, Kiambu, and Mombasa will be an added advantage.
  • Adept with business and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Strong knowledge of research evaluation methodology, data quality assurance, analysis and reporting.
  • Good computer literacy and knowledge of multiple statistical and/or qualitative software packages such as STATA, SPSS, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Access and MS Word.
  • High degree of discipline to interact and work with youth.
  • Ability to work under tight schedules and meet deadlines.
  • Quality results oriented and team player.
  • Strong written, verbal, organizational and Interpersonal skills.

If you have the requisite qualifications and experience and desire to work as a team member in a modern, progressive, international and multicultural institution where you can make a difference, please apply.

Interested applicants must indicate on the subject line of their email address the specific position they are applying for, provide current CVs, copies of educational certificates and transcripts, names and addresses of three referees, current salary and benefits, telephone and e-mail contacts to the address below by 5.00pm, Friday, October 29, 2021.

Director of Administration,
United States International University – Africa,
P. O. Box 14634 – 00800, Nairobi, Kenya
Email: jobs@usiu.ac.ke
Web: www.usiu.ac.keUSIU-Africa is an equal opportunity employer

Author: opportunitiesforallkenyans

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