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Deputy Director

Columbia Global Centers | Africa is part of Columbia University’s global network of centers, which together aim to create opportunities in research, scholarship and teaching around the world, and expand Columbia's mission as a global university. Established in Nairobi in 2011, CGC Africa links the continent to Columbia’s scientific rigor, technological innovation, and academic leadership. It provides Columbia students and academics with a base from which to conduct research in and for Africa, in disciplines including sustainable development, urban planning and climate change. The Centre also contributes to the fight against poverty under the umbrella of the Millennium Development Goals, and works closely with policy makers, governments, and regional and African institutions, providing them with objective, science-based advice. The Center invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Senior Manager.

Purpose of role:
Reporting to the Director of the Columbia Global Centers | Africa (Nairobi), the Deputy Director is responsible for managing all day-to-day administrative aspects of the Nairobi Center including programming, finance, grants management, donor reporting, cross-center networking and other operational matters.

In this role the incumbent will:

  • Responsible for financial aspects of the Center including budget/planning elements and administrative management
  • Oversee the Center staff and assume responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Center activities
  • Implement and manage all programming as well as support the Director in strategically conceiving of new programmatic opportunities in line with the major pillars of the Columbia Global Centers’ network mission: education, research and outreach
  • Build and maintain relationships with staff within the network of centers, with local and regional academic institutions and NGOs
  • Support the Director as needed in engaging and building substantive relationships with Columbia University faculty, deans, Schools, Institutes and Centers on campus

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Programming

  • Ensures the implementation of different projects, research and educational initiatives and does the reporting, as required, making sure to communicate frequently with the New York office staff
  • Work closely with the Director, program staff locally and across the network as well as with faculty in building and implementing network-wide programs
  • Write proposals, as required, in response to different requests by donors who provide grants and gifts
  • Actively cooperate with other centers in the global network in building and implementing sustainable teaching and research programs in Africa and contributes to collaborative programming efforts across the network

2. Financial Management

  • Responsible for the financial management of the Center; work closely with the Director and the Executive Director of Finance and Administration in the New York office to ensure compliance with all financial, legal and tax policies and procedures
  • Has oversight of the development and management of projects, their budgets, and associated financial and administrative activities
  • Ensure on-going risk analysis and management, effective planning and sound overall management of these functions
  • Assist and provide support in fund-raising
  • Oversee management of the Center’s external and internal auditors

3. Staff Management

  • Manage the Centers staff as per the organization structure.
  • Provide information and advice to the Director and senior management to ensure that the financial, human and physical resources of the organization are managed optimally and sustainably
  • Represent the Center in administrative center-wide strategic planning and decision-making, working closely with the managers heading these units

4. Outreach

  • Maintain a database of academic and other partners in the region to identify opportunities for collaboration with Columbia faculty
  • Follow up on new initiatives and opportunities in the region, from the Columbia campus and across the centers

5. Marketing / Communications

  • Represent the director in communicating the activities and services offered by the Center to Columbia faculty, administrators, alumni and partners in the region
  • Maintain and enforce the Center’s identity standards, including editorial and visual guidelines
  • Ensure smooth information exchange related to programing with the New York office and program leaders in other centers, as and when deemed necessary, through regular meetings and other information exchange mechanisms, such as Nationbuilder and SharePoint with the New York office and the Nairobi Center’s communications team, and with oversight by the Director, manages the strategic direction of the Center’s website

6. Other duties and special projects as assigned by the center Director.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Arts, Business Administration, or other related field
  • A minimum of seven (7) years relevant experience post master’s degree in a managerial and program management position
  • Extensive experience in multi-level and multi-tiered staff management
  • Prior experience living and/or working in Kenya and /or other African countries
  • Experience in administration/financial operations of US academic institutions, including familiarity with university processes, procedures and structures
  • Preference will be given to candidates with international project experience within a US university administrative structure
  • Work experience in a multi-cultural setting
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Professional demeanor with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent budgeting and quantitative skills
  • Ability to function with little direction in an unstructured and highly complex environment
  • Ability to work as a member of a collaborative team while exercising independent judgment
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Negotiation and network development experience

To apply

Columbia Global Centers Africa is an equal opportunity employer. Applications for this position should be sent to mailto:recruitment@cgcafrica.org not later than 20th August 2014. The CV should include contacts of three referees. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To learn more about us visit http://globalcenters.columbia.edu/nairobi/

 

Consultancy- Front End Website Designer –AfSIS

Category of Staff: Consultant

Duty post: Nairobi

Objective
Columbia Global Centers | Africa is part of Columbia University’s global network of centers, which together aim to create opportunities in research, scholarship and teaching around the world, and expand Columbia's mission as a global university. Established in Nairobi in 2011, CGC Africa links the continent to Columbia’s scientific rigor, technological innovation, and academic leadership. The Centre works closely with policy makers, governments, and regional and African institutions, providing them with objective, science-based advice.

The goal of the African Soils Information Service Project is to improve the management, productivity and sustainability of African soils through the acquisition and application of near real-time and location-specific information about land and soils. The Project supports evidence based decision-making that will enhance agricultural and economic development, environmental sustainability and climate change adaptation across Africa.

Background
The Africa Soils Information Service is seeking an experienced, innovative and creative front-end website developer in order to update and design its new website.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Consultant will be tasked to accomplish the following specific deliverables:

  • Design a new AfSIS website that is visually appealing, has a unified theme and design, and is easy to navigate;
  • Plan and prepare a prototype design of the website based on consultation with relevant stakeholders and AfSIS team members.
  • Review the prototype with stakeholders/ AfSIS team members.
  • Create/customize an open source Content Management System (CMS) that is reliable and with support base worldwide, and will permit non- technical staff to instantly update web site content, add modules or sections, and integrate elements, such as blogs and twitter feeds.
  • Build infrastructure for efficient content management
  • Provide training to relevant stakeholders, where necessary, to manage the content;
  • Ensure that the new website is compatible with all the relevant latest internet browsers. Specific Deliverables:
  • A prototype design of the website based on consultation with relevant stakeholders and AfSIS team members.
  • A new AfSIS website that is visually appealing, has a unified theme and design, and is easy to navigate;

Minimum requirements:

  • University degree or relevant training and/or experience in Graphic Design and/or Web Design
  • At least 3 years of experience in designing visions and layout for web portals
  • Thorough knowledge, understanding of and experience with web design proved through portfolio of designed products
  • Outstanding graphic design skills
  • Knowledge of and experience with designing, developing and implementing themes/skins for example Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress CMS.
  • Solid knowledge on website security and website hosting service Work Setting
  • Duration of consultancy: upto 15 days or on completion of assignment.
  • Reporting: The consultant will report directly to the AfSIS Director.
  • The consultant will primarily be based at the CGCA offices in Nairobi

How to Apply
Please send your (i) Proposal/Concept indicating your lump sum fee to meet the expected deliverables in this TOR, and (ii) CV with contacts of references to recruitment@cgcafrica.org not later than 18th July 2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. To learn more about the African Soil Information Service please visit the following websites: http://www.africasoils.net/ and http://globalcenters.columbia.edu/nairobi/content/jobs

Columbia Global Centers Africa is an equal opportunity employer.

To learn more about us visit http://globalcenters.columbia.edu/content/columbia-global-centers-africa.

 

Software Engineer

Project: Africa Soil Information Services (AfSIS)
Duration: June 2014 to November 2014
Skills required: Software engineer
Location: Teams will work remotely through electronic communications

Background
During the AfSIS planning grant period, several products and services will be developed, implemented and tested in pilot countries. Amongst other initiatives, this process will involve the continuous development of open source software and statistical workflows for spatial-temporal soil and landscape data analyses, and agricultural decision-support applications, including training modules and practitioner guidelines for analysts. These tools and open source software applications will allow clients to rapidly map and monitor variables such as: land cover for various crops; crop conditions; field sizes; locations of water sources and other infrastructure; household locations; terrain attributes; woody vegetation cover; eroded and bare areas; and soil conditions. The following consultants are sought to support these projects.

Tasks/assignments
Under the direct supervision of our Associate Research Scientist and Scientific Computing Specialist, consultants will be expected to undertake the following assignments:

  1. Map Visualizations -
    Consultant (1): Duration: 4 months (June – Sept.)
    • Develop interactive maps that run both on the web and mobile devices, and use modern techniques such as d3, info-graphics, heat-maps, animations, and multi-dimensional queries.
    • Develop visualizations that can render on-the-fly, such that data updates immediately yield updated visualizations.
    • Develop engaging visualizations of UAV-acquired data for agriculture applications.
      • Set up geoserver for hosting UAV data;
      • Set up Mapbox / GoogleEarth / OpenMapStreet visualizations;
      • Hook up visualizations with pre-existing surveying tools for crowdsourcing the construction of land-type maps;
    • Applicants are required to have +3 years of experience with front-end web development (e.g. JavaScript) and working with GIS technologies. Strong fluency in Python will be a plus.
  2. Full-stack Web Developer For Prediction Apps -
    Consultant (1): Duration: 4 months (June – August)
    • Develop both web and desktop applications with friendly user-interfaces for interacting with pre-existing computational engines for predicting soil properties across Africa, given georeferenced data acquired by spectroscopy and remote sensing.
    • Provide UI/UX expertise to design and assist with implementation of said GUIs and underlying business logic.
    • Graphic design experience to add aesthetics and artistic touches.
    • Applications are required to have +3 years of Python experience and +3 years of overall web development experience, preferably including professional experience with the Django framework. Experience with wxWidgets and/or Qt for building desktop applications is a plus.
  3. Multi-platform, Buildservers, and Continuous Integration -
    Consultants (3):  Duration: Hourly, on-demand
    We seek software packaging and deployment experience for each of the following platforms:
    • Mac OS X software (1 person)
    • Windows software (1 person)

      For each respective platform, applicants should be able to cite +3 years of experience with building and deploying commercial apps in a continuous integration environment, and packaging technologies for ease of installation (e.g., InstallShield, MSI, .pkg, .dmg, App Store). The source code here is primarily written in C++ and Python.

      For each respective platform, applicants should be able to cite +3 years of experience with building and deploying commercial apps in a continuous integration environment, and packaging technologies for ease of installation (e.g., InstallShield, MSI, .pkg, .dmg, App Store). The source code here is primarily written in C++ and Python.
      • CI specialist (1 person)
  4. Cloud-based datacenter infrastructure -
    Consultant (1): Duration: 2 months (June – July)
    • Develop a cloud-based datacenter infrastructure for management and reliable storage of precision agriculture data across Africa. Ideal applicants should have +3 years of professional experience developing secure AWS-based databasing solutions, selecting product offerings that maximize value, and incorporating lifecycle management policies that are affordable and also reflect application-specific data usage patterns. Examples of relevant technologies include S3, Glacier, RDS, SimpleDB, ElasticSearch, and Redis. Experience with cloud deployment and scaling technologies such as Fabric, Chef, CloudFront, CloudFormation, ELB, Route53, and boto is also a plus.
  5. Mobile app developer -
    Consultants (2):  Duration: Hourly, on-demand
    • Android app development (1 person)
    • iPhone / iPad app development (1 person) 

      Seeking developers with +3 years of experience to produce prototype iPhone and Android apps for the retrieval and display of updated soil prediction computations at user-specified GPS coordinates. Developers will also help produce the secured RESTful API servers for the mobile clients to interact with. Qualified applicants should have a track record of building commercial apps currently available in the App Store or Android market. Native app development skill is preferred, but PhoneGap may be considered.

How to apply:
Please send your application, indicating the assignment you are interested in as per the TOR, to recruitment@cgcafrica.org, with a CC copy sent to w@qe-design.com, by 27th May 2014.
 

Columbia Global Centers Africa is an equal opportunity employer.

To learn more about us visit http://globalcenters.columbia.edu/content/columbia-global-centers-africa.