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Senior Manager - Programmes

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 Senior Manager - Programmes is responsible for managing all programme aspects of the Nairobi Center.

In this role the incumbent will:

  • 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 other partners
  • 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.    Ensures the implementation of different projects, research and educational initiatives and does the reporting, as required, making sure to communicate frequently with the relevant New York office staff

2.    Work closely with the Director, program staff locally and across the network as well as with faculty in building and implementing network-wide programs

3.    Write proposals, as required, in response to different requests by donors who provide grants and gifts

4.    Actively cooperate with other centers in the global network in building and implementing bi-center and multi-center network wide, research activities that will inform and guide global

5.    Maintain a database of academic and other partners in the region to identify opportunities for collaboration with Columbia faculty

6.    Follow up on new initiatives and opportunities in the region, from the Columbia campus and across the centers

7.    Represent the director in communicating the activities and services offered by the Center to Columbia faculty, administrators, alumni and partners in the region

8.    Maintain and enforce the Center’s identity standards, including editorial and visual guidelines

9.    Help manage project implementation, impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation of undertakings in the Center.

10. Other duties and special projects as assigned by the Center Director.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Development studies 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
  • 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
  • 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 recruitment@cgcafrica.org not later than 28th November 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/

 

Job Title: Qualitative and Policy Research Specialist (East Africa) – [Extended Term Consultant]

Project: MVP Final Evaluation: Process Evaluation and Policy Analysis
 
Location: Based at the Columbia Goal Center in Nairobi, Kenya with 70-80% travel to rural settings of project countries
 
Contract Duration: 12 months 
 
Expected Start Date: November 2014
 
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 works closely with policymakers, governments, and regional institutions in order to provide them with objective, science-based evidence for their pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals and the fight against global poverty. Operations span across East and Southern Africa, including support for six Millennium Village sites (MVs) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
 
The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) (http://www.millenniumvillages.org/index.htm) is a joint initiative between Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Millennium Promise (NGO), the United Nations, and various partner organizations. Launched in 2005, the project has been implemented in fourteen village clusters across ten African countries and reached approximately 450,000 beneficiaries. Under the MVP model, project personnel work alongside rural communities and local governments to implement a package of interventions in four sectors: health, education, infrastructure, and agriculture. The interventions were designed to help the Millennium Villages achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
 
In order to track the project’s progress, MVP has established a comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation platform headed by a team of Columbia University researchers in New York, a Millennium Development Goal Centre in Dakar, and a second Millennium Development Goal Centre in Nairobi. Monitoring and evaluation of the MVP includes four components: (1) Household Impact Surveys, (2) Process Evaluation, (3) Economic Costing, and (4) Outcome Monitoring. 
 
The M & E team is currently conducting its final evaluation for ten Millennium Village sites (MVs). As part of that evaluation, the M & E team requires a Qualitative & Policy Research Specialist (East Africa) to carry out the Process Evaluation study across MVP’s East and Southern African sites. This position is an extended term consultancy for 12 months. Although it will technically be based in Nairobi, the research specialist will spend most of his/her time at the field sites with 2 weeks between each visit. There is a possibility for extension after the 12 months expire. The Center invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Qualitative and Policy Research Specialist (East Africa).
 
Desk Research & Site Liaison:  
Critically reviewing MVP field reports, background literature, work plans, and sector strategy documents
Conducting research on topics related to MVP site cultures, development policies, or politics
Closely collaborating with Process Evaluation Research Analyst based in New York/West Africa to ensure proper methodologies, data management, and quality assurance across all sites
Coordinating with MDG Center Regional M&E  Advisor based in Nairobi on data collection
Fact-checking with MV site team leaders, M&E coordinators, and other MVP parties of interest. 
 
Field Work & Data Collection (November 2014 – June 2015): 
The Qualitative & Policy Research Specialist will be tasked to execute the Process Evaluation research component of the 2015 final evaluation for five Millennium Village sites. He/she will be expected to spend 4 weeks at each site and liaise with key informants as necessary.
Principal responsibilities include: conducting semi-structured interviews, facilitating focus groups, writing in-depth observational field notes, and managing site-level research assistants. Interviews and focus groups will be based on a set of Process Evaluation questionnaires developed in New York. The Qualitative & Policy Research Specialist should also be at ease probing additional areas of inquiry germane to each site’s particular context and project history until he/she is able to fully comprehend its project narrative.
A secondary data collection responsibility will involve mapping out policy changes that have occurred within the site or have been influenced by the project’s presence. Some of this work may require travel to the Countries Capital cities such as Dodoma, Lilongwe, Kampala, etc.
Data Management and Analysis:
All interviews and focus group discussions will be recorded, transcribed, cleaned, and managed with technical assistance from the PE Research Analyst. Consultant will be responsible for a portion of these activities. This data will then be quality assured, packaged, and backed up on a secure data server for public release.
Coding and analysis to be carried out in close collaboration with the PE Research Analyst and the Regional M&E Advisor
Consultant will be positioned as the principal qualitative analyst for the sites from which he/she collects data. An ideal candidate may be considered for a subsequent analysis position based in New York or Nairobi.
Mixed methods analyses will be designed in collaboration with technical support from PE Research Analyst and the New York technical team.
Outputs will include but are not limited to: (1) Anecdotes and content for book publication; (2) Final evaluation reports for external stakeholders; (3) “Lessons Learned” memos and policy briefs; (4) Peer-reviewed, academic journal articles; and MDG Center & MVP Site feedback sessions
 
 
Skills Required:  
Master’s degree and 3+ years of relevant experience in public policy, program evaluation, development, international affairs, or qualitative social science research
Previous international fieldwork required, preferably in developing context
Familiarity with research methodologies in the social sciences, history, politics, anthropology, sociology, public policy, development studies, program evaluation, international affairs, or related disciplines; Eagerness to apply this background to a very complex, expeditious research agenda and triangulate qualitative findings with quantitative data
Previous experience in anthropology, journalism, or focus group research also advantageous
Outstanding oral/written communication with capacity to compile information coherently and succinctly;
Passionate about the role of communities in development with ability to facilitate interviews and focus group discussions among very different types of informants  
Excellent research skills / able to situate subjective responses against objective fact-checking
High attention to detail and commitment to work under tight deadlines
Sensitivity to cultures, genders, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, ages, and other forms of diversity
English fluency; French, Swahili, and local language skills advantageous
Familiarity with international development issues, particularly the MDGs and rural development
Active problem solving, flexibility, energy, sense of humor, and creative, constructive attitude
 
Supervision:  The ability to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team is essential.  The Qualitative & Policy Research specialist will be immediately supervised by the Regional M&E Advisor at the MDG Center in Nairobi.  Technical training and assistance with research and data analysis will be done with the PE Research Analyst in New York / West Africa.
To apply 
 
Columbia Global Centers Africa is an equal opportunity employer. Applications for this position should be sent to recruitment@cgcafrica.org not later than 15th October 2014. The CV should include contacts of three referees. Please put “Qualitative & Policy Research Specialist (East Africa)” in the e-mail subject heading. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
 
To learn more about us visit http://globalcenters.columbia.edu/content/columbia-global-centers-africa.
 
 

Job Title: Economic Costing Research Specialist (East Africa) - [Extended Term Consultant]

 
Project: MVP Final Evaluation: Economic Costing Evaluation
 
Location: Based at the Columbia Goal Center in Nairobi, Kenya with 70 - 80% travel to rural settings of project countries
 
Contract Duration: 12 months 
 
Expected Start Date: November 2014
 
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 works closely with policymakers, governments, and regional institutions in order to provide them with objective, science-based evidence for their pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals and the fight against global poverty. Operations span across East and Southern Africa, including support for six Millennium Village sites (MVs) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
 
The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) (http://www.millenniumvillages.org/index.htm) is a joint initiative between Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Millennium Promise (NGO), the United Nations, and various partner organizations. Launched in 2005, the project has been implemented in fourteen village clusters across ten African countries and reached approximately 450,000 beneficiaries. Under the MVP model, project personnel work alongside rural communities and local governments to implement a package of interventions in four sectors: health, education, infrastructure, and agriculture. The interventions were designed to help the Millennium Villages achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
 
In order to track the project’s progress, MVP has established a comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation platform headed by a team of Columbia University researchers in New York, a Millennium Development Goal Centre in Dakar, and a second Millennium Development Goal Centre in Nairobi. Monitoring and evaluation of the MVP includes four components: (1) Household Impact Surveys, (2) Process Evaluation, (3) Economic Costing, and (4) Outcome Monitoring. 
 
The M & E team is currently conducting its final evaluation for ten Millennium Village sites (MVs). As part of that evaluation, the M & E team requires an Economic Costing Research Specialist (East Africa) to carry out the Economic Costing study across Six MVP’s East and Southern African sites. This position is an extended term consultancy for 12 months. Although it will technically be based in Nairobi, the research specialist will spend most of his/her time at the field sites with 2 weeks in between (possibility for extension in NY or Nairobi thereafter). The Center invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Economic Costing Research Specialist (East Africa).
 
Desk Research & Site Liaison:  
Carrying out a critical review of accounting templates, work plans, background literature, and field reports in order to inventory a comprehensive list of interventions undertaken in each MV’s four sectors
Closely coordinating with Economic Costing Analyst based in New York to ensure data consistency, proper management, and quality assurance across all sites
Collaborating with MDG Center Regional M&E Advisor based in Nairobi on data collection, management, analysis, and sharing
Ensuring coordination with New York office on data collection, analysis, and report sharing
 
Field Work & Data Collection (October 2014 – June 2015): 
The Economic Costing Research Specialist will be expected to assist in carrying out qualitative evaluation procedures at 6 East and Southern Africa MV study sites at the end-of-project 2015 Evaluation – as part of the Costing assessment for the final project evaluation.
Data collection entails traveling to each MV site for a period of 4 weeks and conducting key informant interviews with government officers, NGO staff, and other private donors, as well as facilitating community focus groups, based on a set of Economic Costing templates and questionnaires. Some of this work may require travel to the Countries Capital cities such as Dodoma, Lilongwe, Kampala, etc.
The Economic Costing Research Specialist will be supported at each site by a short-term Process Evaluation and Economic Costing Research Assistant. The Costing Research Specialist will be the lead data collector at the sites to which s/he is assigned, and s/he will be responsible for directing and managing the Research Assistant during data collection. 
The Economic Costing Research Specialist will be trained and backstopped by the Economic Costing Analyst, via frequent Skype calls, emails, and possibly in-person meetings. 
 
Skills Required:  
Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of experience in program evaluation, development, international affairs, or social science research (qualitative); Master’s degree and 2+ years of relevant experience a plus;
Outstanding oral and written communications, with proven ability to compile information coherently and succinctly;
Ability to facilitate interviews and focus group discussions with a variety of respondents, including government officials, NGO officials, UN workers, and community members; 
Excellent research and fact-checking skills; 
High attention to detail and commitment to work under tight deadlines;
Sensitivity to cultures, genders, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, ages, and other forms of diversity;
Previous international field work experience required; Background in monitoring & evaluation, development, economics, or research advantageous;
English fluency; French, Swahili, and local language skills advantageous;
Familiarity with and interest in the Millennium Villages Project and the Millennium Development Goals;
Ability to travel for 1 – 2 months at a time to rural areas in East and Southern Africa;
Persistence and a positive, constructive attitude.
Supervision:  The ability to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team is essential.  The Economic Costing Research Specialist will be immediately supervised by the Regional M&E Advisor at the MDG Center in Nairobi.  Technical training and assistance with research and data analysis will be done with the Economic Costing Analyst in New York. 
 
To apply 
Columbia Global Centers Africa is an equal opportunity employer. Applications for this position should be sent to recruitment@cgcafrica.org not later than 15th October 2014. The CV should include contacts of three referees. Economic Costing Research Specialist (East Africa)” in the e-mail subject heading. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
 
To learn more about us visit http://globalcenters.columbia.edu/content/columbia-global-centers-africa.
 
 

Regional Agriculture Specialist

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 works closely with policymakers, governments, and regional institutions in order to provide them with objective, science-based evidence for their pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals and the fight against global poverty. Operations span across East and Southern Africa, including support for six Millennium Village sites (MVs) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) (http://www.millenniumvillages.org/index.htm) is a joint initiative between Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Millennium Promise (NGO), the United Nations, and various partner organizations. Launched in 2005, the project has been implemented in fourteen village clusters across ten African countries and reached approximately 450,000 beneficiaries. Under the MVP model, project personnel work alongside rural communities and local governments to implement a package of interventions in four sectors: health, education, infrastructure, and agriculture. The interventions were designed to help the Millennium Villages achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
 
The Columbia Global Center |Africa hosts The MDG (Millennium Development Goal) Center for East and Southern Africa and also supports other agricultural projects of Columbia University in the region. One such project is the Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS). 
The position
 
The Columbia Global Centers|Africa is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of a Regional Agriculture Specialist to be based at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya working in East and Southern Africa and reporting directly to the Columbia Global Centers |Africa Director.
 
Duties and responsibilities:
 
In the framework of the Millennium Villages Projects, the incumbent will advise on agricultural strategies, innovations, policies and implementation as specified in the description below:
1. Advise governments on the design and implementation of agricultural productivity improvement programmes, including the Millennium Villages and any other agricultural activity of The MDG Centre and The Columbia Global Centers|Africa
2. Assist governments in mobilizing additional domestic and international resources in support of these programmes and their policies for agriculture development
3. Facilitate high-level policy dialogue among national policy makers and development partners to advocate and support action for agriculture projects 
4. Synthesize relevant lessons from MVP and other programs to identify and document best practices and guidelines for wide adaptation and adoption in Africa
5. Develop and nurture strategic partnerships and NGOs and other institutions that can contribute effectively to these agriculture projects
6. Collaborate with national, regional and international research centers with an emphasis on exchanging information and the best available technology for improving subsistence farmer livelihoods
7. Actively promote green agriculture, while balancing the practical requirements to improve yields through the use of improved seeds, fertilizer and irrigation
8. In collaboration with Ministries of Agriculture and NGOs, prepare and provide training/training material in agriculture technologies and extension systems
9. Support sites conduct yield estimate surveys; identify agricultural methodologies and production problems and how to overcome them
10. Work with the Regional Agribusiness and Agrifinance Specialists in supporting priority crops/commodities for each site
11. Collaborate with The Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) project (www.africasoils.net) as advised by the Director
12. Implement other assignments provided by the Director
 
Minimum qualification and experience required for this position:
Post-graduate qualification (MS/MA or PhD) in agriculture soil sciences or related field;
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in agriculture extension/research and/or policy;
Work experience in more than one of the core countries;
Success in working in cross-sectoral and multi-cultural teams;
Excellent communication skills;
Creative and dynamic leader and team player.
 
The Columbia Global Centers |Africa is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive salary and benefits package, and a collegial working environment.  The contract is for an initial period of one (1) year, renewable subject to a three (3) months probation period, assessment of performance, and availability of resources. Columbia Global Centers |Africa offers a gender-aware working environment and qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.  Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the position against the listed qualifications/competencies/skills and a detailed curriculum vitae, with names and addresses of three referees (including telephone and email addresses).  Applicants should indicate “Application for the Regional Agriculture Specialist” in their applications letters and in the subject line of email submissions.  All correspondence should be addressed to the Human Resources Manager, Columbia Global Centers|Africa, P. O. Box 51412, Nairobi-00100, Kenya or via email to recruitment@cgcafrica.org.  Applications will be considered until 17th October 2014 or until a suitable candidate is identified and selected.
 
Only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.
 
We invite you to learn more about us at:
 
www.globalcenters.columbia.edu/nairobi
www.mdg.ei.columbia.edu
www.millenniumvillages.org
 
 

Regional Communications Specialist

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 works closely with policymakers, governments, and regional institutions in order to provide them with objective, science-based evidence for their pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals and the fight against global poverty. Operations span across East and Southern Africa, including support for six Millennium Village sites (MVs) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
 
The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) (http://www.millenniumvillages.org/index.htm) is a joint initiative between Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Millennium Promise (NGO), the United Nations, and various partner organizations. Launched in 2005, the project has been implemented in fourteen village clusters across ten African countries and reached approximately 450,000 beneficiaries. Under the MVP model, project personnel work alongside rural communities and local governments to implement a package of interventions in four sectors: health, education, infrastructure, and agriculture. The interventions were designed to help the Millennium Villages achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
 
The position
 
The Columbia Global Centers|Africa is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of a Regional Communications Specialist to be based at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya working in East and Southern Africa and reporting directly to the Columbia Global Centers |Africa Director.
 
Principal Responsibilities
 
1.    Media relations:
Organize field visits for international, regional and locally-based journalists, in coordination with field teams.
Establish a strong relationship with the international, regional and national media 
Field media requests for interviews, village visits, and data, and link journalists to appropriate colleagues and information sources.
Identify outreach and media opportunities and write related press releases and media advisories. Disseminate to broad and up-to-date mailing lists.
Track and promote media coverage of the MVPs and other high impact projects
 
2.    Regional public relations:
Act as a PR liaison with regional and pan African organizations 
Coordinate the production of corporate publications such as the annual report 
Supervise the production of videos on the latest initiatives and interventions
 
3.    Media Content / Webmaster:
Keep the website www.globalcenters.columbia.edu/nairobi up-to-date
Undertake field trips and bring back human interest stories, text, photo, and if possible video, to be used online and in publications.
Solicit stories from field teams, edit and upload them online.
 
4.    Internal communications:
Act as a catalyst for information and knowledge sharing within the 20+ strong regional team, by circulating reports, news stories, press releases and other valuable data to the team.
Gather information from the sites and share it with regional and NY-based teams, with a special focus on audiovisual material that is used in all outreach projects (videos, posters, and social media).
 
5. Facilitate information exchange across the Global Centers network
 
6. Track media related news and events that take place in Columbia University across the different schools and Centers
 
7. Other communications duties as assigned by the Director of the Columbia Global Centers | Africa and MDG Centre 
 
Qualifications and Experience
Post-graduate qualification (MSc/MA) in communication studies or related fields.
Minimum 5 years relevant experience in an international organisation
Demonstrated success in working in cross-sectoral and multi-cultural teams.
Excellent communication skills, verbal and written in English.
Pan-African experience strongly recommended
Ability to travel on short notice
 
The Columbia Global Centers |Africa is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive salary and benefits package, and a collegial working environment.  The contract is for an initial period of one (1) year, renewable subject to a three (3) months probation period, assessment of performance, and availability of resources. Columbia Global Centers |Africa offers a gender-aware working environment and qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.  Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the position against the listed qualifications/competencies/skills and a detailed curriculum vitae, with names and addresses of three referees (including telephone and email addresses).  Applicants should indicate “Application for the Regional Communications Specialist” in their applications letters and in the subject line of email submissions.  All correspondence should be addressed to the Human Resources Manager, Columbia Global Centers |Africa, P. O. Box 51412, Nairobi-00100, Kenya or via email to recruitment@cgcafrica.org.  Applications will be considered until 17th October 2014 or until a suitable candidate is identified and selected.
 
Only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.
 
We invite you to learn more about us at:
www.globalcenters.columbia.edu/nairobi
www.mdg.ei.columbia.edu
www.millenniumvillages.org