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Kenya: Scoping Study – Mobile Technology knowledge transfer

Organization: Rainforest Alliance
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 12 Feb 2018

Overview

Coffee production in Kenya has seen a significant decline in the last decade. The decline has adversely affected many of the 700,000 smallholder coffee farmers in the country who largely depend on coffee production for their livelihoods. It is believed that the inefficient flow of timely information to farmers and a general limited access to critical information are contributing to this decline. Studies have shown that farmers are unable to access important production and market-related information when they need it, including information on topics such as climate and weather, research findings, farm inputs and good agricultural practices (GAPs).

At the same time, Sub-Saharan Africa has been identified as the ‘new frontier’ in technological advancements and has the highest mobile broadband growth rate in the world. Developments in mobile technology, coupled with increased access to mobile devices and improved electricity coverage, have stimulated innovation in knowledge transfer technologies—particularly in Kenya. These technologies are bridging the knowledge gap in the agricultural sector by providing mobile platforms that enable immediate access to information, as well as peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing. Available both online and offline for smart as well as basic phones, these platforms share critical information with farmers and enable them to communicate directly with other farmers and technical assistants (TAs). Farmers’ use of these technologies has shown to have a positive impact on the productivity.

While Rainforest Alliance (RA) provides trainings through UTZ Academy (UA) and UTZ Academy online (UAO), RA has not yet embraced mobile technology fully and does not share information directly with farmers on their mobile devices, nor does it provide a platform for farmers to communicate with TAs or each other. RA is interested in exploring whether it can enrich its toolkit of learning interventions by utilizing mobile technology to better understand and possibly meet the learning and communication needs of Farmers and Technical Assistants.

Currently, UA uses a Train the Trainers approach, in which field representatives in each country provide training to local NGOs and technical assistants working either independently, for traders or for companies. Through UAO (the online learning platform) UA uses a blended learning strategy that combines these in-person trainings with webinars, e-courses and face-to-face training courses. The trainers in turn train farmers, giving them the knowledge and skills necessary to comply with the UTZ program's Code of Conduct, adopt good agricultural practices (GAPs) and (amongst other areas) increase productivity.

In addition, as part of the Sector Partnerships Program, RA strives to influence the sector agenda towards sustainability. As part of this approach, RA believes that if it improves its own tools and trainings (including those of UTZ Academy) that this will lead to improved service delivery for (male and female) smallholders, farmers, and farm workers based on their needs and interests. Providing a mobile platform to farmers to easily communicate on, voice their needs and participate in knowledge-sharing is an approach to realizing this ambition. The use of such a platform by farmers could provide evidence of the key issues that farmers are facing and can be used to support advocacy for improved service delivery.

RA is commissioning a scoping study to gain a better understanding of how mobile technology could benefit UTZ certified farmers in Kenya. This study will ideally follow the Design Thinking approach. The Design Thinking approach is a methodology used for solving complex problems; it provides a structured framework for utilizing elements like empathy and experimentation to arrive at innovative solutions. Using this approach, the consultant will be tasked with completing the initial phases of the Design Thinking process in order to define the situation as it is experienced by farmers and technical assistants, explore possible solutions and provide recommendations for future interventions. The ‘situation’ refers to current knowledge gaps, current technology that is being used to address these gaps or share information, or any other relevant scenarios as they relate to access to knowledge and current opinions or practices regarding mobile technology for access to information.

Objective of the study:

The study will carry out customer journey mapping1 to capture the current way in which farmers and technical assistants (TAs) experience access to valuable market and production related information, the ability to share this information, current practices used to receive or share information, as well as, thoughts on how this may affects sustainable productivity or other aspects of sustainable farming (particularly to the following thematic areas of the Sector Partnerships program: Farmer Group Strengthening, Gender Equality, Climate Change Adaptation and Water Management)

This will provide RA with the farmers’ and technical assistants valuable perspective, shedding light on the challenges they experience as well as what changes they would like to see in the future. The study will also explore the farmers’ current access to mobile technology (and describe the relevant technical specifications) or use thereof and will provide a brief overview of existing mobile platforms. This information will be used to inform the ideation phase which will produce recommendations for using mobile technology to address the challenges raised.

The objective of this study is therefore to provide RA with a clear understanding of:

  • A problem statement based on UTZ certified coffee farmers’ and technical assistants’ experiences in Kenya

  • The farmers’ (female and male) and technical assistants’ experiences and challenges relating to access to knowledge and technology through Customer Journey Mapping (i.e. a needs assessment and analysis.

  • Current practices that are used by farmers and TAs to share and receive information and remaining gaps.

  • The future state that farmers’ and technical assistants would like to see and the potential use of mobile technology for improved access to information

  • An overview of existing major mobile platforms that are available both in Kenya and globally. Including, their capabilities, relevant technical description, services, reach (national and international), and key areas of alignment with UTZ Academy’s strategy. Platforms to be explored include: iCow, Rural eMarket, Esoko, Farm Connect, Mshamba and WeFarm.

  • Recommended scenarios for integrated solutions that address key challenges and have positive impact on farmers and TAs. These recommendations can include suggestions for the use of existing services or development of new platforms and should highlight the farmers and TAs needs/challenges and possible interventions that could address those challenges.

Approach:

We foresee the following activities:

  • Interviews with UTZ Academy didactic team, Utz regional team in Kenya, Technical Assistants (differentiating between independent TAs and TAs that are employed by a company or trader), UTZ certified farmers (including females, males and youth) and RA tech department.

  • Desk research of existing mobile technology services and their capabilities.

Expected Expertise:

We seek the following qualification and knowledge:

  • A university qualification in a related field

  • English fluency and sufficient knowledge of Swahili or other local languages

  • Experience working with Design Thinking or Human Centred Design approaches is a must

  • A sufficient understanding of IT and mobile technology capabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Exposure to coffee farming in Kenya and Africa in general—more specifically smallholder farming systems is preferred

Deliverables:

We expect the following deliverables:

  • Report (max. 20 pages excluding annexes) in English including

o Executive summary

o Clearly defined problem statement

o Description of needs assessment and analysis based on Customer Journey Maps from a diverse group of farmers (including females, males, youth) and technical assistants

o Future state vision of farmers and technical assistants

o Overview of existing mobile platforms

o Recommendations for future approaches

  • On-going feedback to the RA contact person on the progress with research and interviews (feedback meetings to be scheduled jointly )

UTZ will provide:

  • Access to interview subjects where needed within the Kenyan coffee community

  • Format for Customer Journey Mapping tools and co-development of other tools used for the study

Budget and time allocation:

  • Proposals should include a work plan and specified budget outline, including travel costs, and other costs associated with carrying out interviews in-field. CVs of participating researchers should be annexed to the proposal, if possible with reference to similar assignments.

  • Total budget should not exceed EUR 10,000

  • Up to 3 months will be allocated for the completion of this study

1 Customer journey maps form part of the Design thinking approach. The Customer journey maps will be designed by UTZ Academy staff, those applicants who aren’t familiar with Customer Journey mapping, will be briefly oriented.

How to apply:

Please send your applications to sarah.reckson@utz.org and mark.muriithi@utz.org by February 12th, 2018.

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Tender Care Junior Academy Teachers Jobs in Kenya

Tender Care Junior Academy is looking to hire 2 (two) teachers with candidate teaching experience for Kiswahili and Science combination and English and Social Studies or Science combination. 

If you are a professional with integrity and with a track record of excellent academic performance and reputable discipline, below is the job description and instructions on how to express your interest to join us.


Position: Teacher 

 
Reports to:
Deputy Head teacher – Academics

 

Job Purpose: To teach and educate students according to guidelines provided by the National Curriculum Framework under the overall guidance of the Ministry of Education and School policy. Facilitate learning based on pupil’s educational needs, abilities and potential to achieve all rounded competent education authority;

Tender Care Junior Academy Teachers Jobs in Kenya
 

Application Process
 

Please make your application through email protected by close of business 22nd Dec 2017. 

Only successful candidates will be contacted. 

Interviews are scheduled to take place on 28th Dec 2017

Tinker Education Early Years STEM Teacher

Tinker Education, EMCAST

Job Title: Early Years STEM Teacher

Location:

Nairobi
 

Job Category: Early Years STEM Teacher
 

Qualification Level: Degree
 

Minimum Years of Work Experience: 3 years
 

 

Description: Our business is involved in solutions for Kenya’s innovative education through Teacher Training, STEM curriculum, e-Learning Platform, Digital Book Platform, Digital Content Creation, and Pilot Project Implementation.
 

At Tinker Academy, our program teaches students computer science / coding with the integration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Education. 

We aim to demonstrate that the computer is a powerful tool for creativity and invention as we nurture your child to be a future innovator and idea maker.

Details: Candidates must hold a degree in Early Childhood Education and previous experience as a Montessori teacher. This position requires a minimum of 3 years teaching experience at the primary level with notable skills in early childhood development.
 

Early years STEM teachers help children to communicate and interact in a classroom scenario, which is far removed from their experiences to date.

 He/she must demonstrate an ability to help young children to develop basic learning skills (verbal, written and numeric) through fun lessons and interactive activities, which encourage creativity, independent thought and expression.
 

Early years STEM teachers will be responsible for preparing lessons and guiding students through their relevant class content. 

Teachers are required to monitor each pupils’ achievements and liaise with parents or guardians to optimise their children’s learning experiences. 

Therefore, the post holder must deliver efficient and effective reporting that defines the progress (successes and solutions to any challenges) of each student as this is a critical period in discovering and identifying learning ability. 


Excellent organizational and planning abilities are needed to study and deliver resource materials used in online and offline education. 

The candidate should have strong research skills with ability to self-study and self-motivate.
 

The candidate should exhibit customer service coordination with head office, management, and parents/guardians. 

This teacher will collaborate with the Tinker Education office team and report to managers as we focus on delivery of a Learning Management System for STEM education through computer science. 

As part of a start-up, please note, our work environment is collaborative, flexible, fast-paced, and deadline driven.


Requirements:

  • Candidates must hold a degree in Early Childhood Education and 3 years previous experience as a Montessori teacher.
  • Ability to help young children to develop basic learning skills (verbal, written and numeric)
  • Ability to learn new technologies as well as content quickly and proficiently.
  • Enthusiasm and ability to teach young children.
  • Understanding of STEM education, education technology and experience of E-Learning environments is not necessary but advantageous.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Great attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; ability to work across boundaries.
  • Effectively interact, communicate, and work well as a team member with internal and external partners at all levels of the organization globally.
  • Ability to build rapport and trust with internal stakeholders. Honesty is integral to our business practice! Must possess a high level of integrity.
  • MS Office experience and OA (office automation) Skills.
  • Willingness to learn new products/technologies and promote the development of STEM education in Kenya.

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare lessons beforehand and correspond with management concerning the materials/devices/kits required.
  • Set up each class and guide students in their assignments and Tinker Education activities.
  • Draft, demo and execute a lesson with the aid of teaching resources and self-study.
  • Utilize the Tinker Education Learning Sequence and encourage collaboration amongst students.
  • Ensure that all lessons and student report deadlines (internal and external) are met.
  • Facilitate and actively participate in strategy sessions with the Tinker Education team.
  • Effectively communicate with the team (and clients) with respect to content delivery, progress reports and student participation.
  • Answer inquiries from internal business partners using your local knowledge of Kenya. 
  • Promote efficiency, consistency, and professionalism.
  • Assist with miscellaneous projects as needed, such as administrative support and training.

How to Apply


Please send your CV and cover letter to
email protected outlining your interest and suitability for this position. 


Deadline for applications 11th December 2017.

The African Academy of Sciences Jobs in Kenya

The African Academy of Sciences
Driving Scientific and Technological Development in Africa

Open Vacancies

Position: Grand Challenges Africa Program Manager


The Role: The AAS is seeking to recruit a GC Africa Programme Manager who will be responsible for the development and management of a strategic portfolio of activities and investments for the GC Africa Programme.
 

 

S/he will manage a portfolio of awards, provide advice and guidance, stimulate collaborations and participate in the assessment of funded activities by evaluating the outputs and outcomes and participate in review meetings and advisory boards of funded programmes. 

In addition, the Programme Manager will also be responsible for managing, and helping to develop and implement critical processes and projects for AESA and keep abreast of scientific fields to inform the generation of new lines of work and improvements to existing programme portfolios.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  

  • MD or PhD in a discipline related to human health and development and science research; 
  • 10+ years of related experience; 
  • significant knowledge and understanding of the grants funding environment for Africa; 
  • proven experience in leading a team and of direct line management; 
  • evidence of ability to effectively manage multiple schemes/initiatives with discrete processes; 
  • knowledge of, and breadth of interest in health research for Africa; 
  • project management experience and expertise; 
  • previous experience with partnerships development and alliances will be an asset.
Position: Head of Communications and Public Relations

The Role: The AAS is seeking to recruit the Head of Communications & Public Relations who will be responsible for establishing and managing AAS brand development in Africa and supporting the growth of science and innovation. 

S/he will lead the development and building of an engaging and compelling AAS brand in Africa; work with the Directors to develop and implement a pan African communication, fundraising and marketing strategy that leverages the unique strengths of AAS to achieve Africa’s ambitious targets for research and innovation growth; direct, coordinate and support resource mobilization strategies for Africa with government agencies, foundations, corporations and other potential streams of income that might benefit from a continental level; devise and manage a media relations strategy and build strong relationships with relevant journalists.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • An advanced degree in management, communications, public relations & marketing or other relevant field; 
  • at least 10 years’ professional experience in a leadership role within communications or marketing with demonstrated success in managing teams; 
  • experience of engaging with and influencing senior political, government, business and scientific leaders especially in Africa; 
  • proven editorial judgement and thorough knowledge of on and off-line media markets;
  • experience in developing and implementing marketing, communications strategies which leverage the power of online media and audience engagement with experience providing stewardship of brand and reputation across diverse stakeholders and multiple markets / countries.

How to Apply
 

The positions are open to qualified candidates from Africa and globally who can work in Kenya. 

Interested candidates are invited to read the job descriptions at

  1. http://www.aasciences.ac.ke/calls-for-proposals/careers/head-of-communications–public-relations/
  2. http://www.aasciences.ac.ke/calls-for-proposals/careers/grand-challenges-africa-program-manager/
Applicants must email a completed application form from the AAS website, a detailed curriculum vitae with a list of referees and a cover letter to email protected, with the Position and Vacancy Number as the Subject by 15 December 2017. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


The AAS is a pan African organisation headquartered in Kenya, which aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science, technology and innovation. 

It has a tripartite mandate of pursuing excellence by recognising scholars and achievers; providing advisory and think tank functions for shaping the continent’s strategies and policies; and implementing key Science,Technology and Innovation (STI) programmes that impact on developmental challenges through the agenda setting and funding platform, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).

Kenya: Academy Centre Director –East Africa

Organization: Humanitarian Leadership Academy
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 03 Dec 2017

Salary: 7,400,210 KES negotiable depending on experience

Travel: Up to 40% regional travel and 15% International travel (indicative)

24 months Fixed Term Contract

Right to work in Kenya is needed for this role. Therefore, qualified national staff are strongly recommended to apply.

We’re looking for an instinctive, strategic thinker and leader to join us as Academy Centre Director ensuring the delivery of the Academy’s sector-leading service to meet the country and the wider region’s humanitarian capacity needs. Based in Nairobi, you will have responsibility for leading the establishment of the Academy Centre’s network of learning centres and partnerships throughout East Africa, and for ensuring the well-supported and accountable delivery of the Academy’s sector-leading solutions to meet the country and the wider region’s humanitarian capacity needs.

The Organisation

The mission of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy is to enable people around the world to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries. The Academy works with the humanitarian sector and with organisations from across the not-for-profit, public, technology industry, private sector and universities to help local communities across the world to become more resilient in the face of disaster by promoting and developing existing and new humanitarian preparedness and response focused learning and development opportunities. For more information on what we do, please visit our website: http://www.humanitarianleadershipacademy.org/

The Role

In this pivotal post you will report to the Chief Executive of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy and be responsible for a budget of approximately £1m. You will lead on the expansion of our activities across the region and the development of the Academy’s business model. You will also be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Academy Centre, leading on the development of a strategic business plan and the delivery of the annual and long-term strategic priorities for the Academy Centre.

The Person

To be successful, you’ll be fluent in both English with the right to work in Kenya but also a willingness to travel to insecure environments for short periods of time. You will have significant experience of representing organisations externally and the ability to advocate sell ideas and influence at a high level, a proven record of leading a sizeable, complex service delivery operation and the development of multi-level operational plans. With an in-depth understanding of Kenya and the wider East Africa region, you will also have robust knowledge and understanding of the challenges of learning and professional development in the humanitarian sector.

To apply please visit our website.

Closing date: 3rd December 2017

How to apply:

To apply, please click the link below:
https://jobs.savethechildren.org.uk/vacancy/academy-centre-director—-east-africa-3618/3644/description/

Oshwal Academy Gujarati / Hindi Teacher Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Oshwal Academy Deputy Head Teacher Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Oshwal Academy Nairobi

Job Title: Deputy Head Teacher

Reference Number: JH-10-17
 

Category: Academics and Administration

Location: Nairobi – Junior High
 

Oshwal Academy Nairobi is a private school owned and managed by the Oshwal Education & Relief Board offering the British National Curriculum and prepares children for lGCSEs and GCEs. 

 

The Academy is seeking a dynamic and ambitious individual, for the position of the Deputy Head of the Campus, to join our highly effective Senior Management Team.
 

Job Purpose: To assist the Head teacher in ensuring that the school is managed in line with the Academy’s social responsibility ideals, while maintaining high standards of academic output.

The Deputy Head teacher will be responsible for curriculum and academic matter and will play a key role in the leadership of teaching and learning across the whole organization.
 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create, implement and oversee curriculum delivery strategies that will promote the institution as a center of academic excellence.
  • With guidance from the Head teacher, ensure that the physical facilities are in good working condition at all times.
  • Appraise teachers in line with the organization’s HR policy.
  • Organize and manage the CPD for and of the staff.

Qualification:

  • The successful candidate will be an individual with a keen intellect who can assist the Head of School in providing leadership to create, nurture and sustain a climate of academic, athletic and co/extra-curricular excellence.
  • At least five years’ of teaching experience, with demonstrable achievements.
  • At least two years of experience in a leadership position is preferable.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from a reputable, accredited university. A Master’s Degree in an education related course will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent team-building skills, with proven experience in leading, motivating and empowering people.
  • A proven track record in the effective and efficient management of curriculum and human resources in a school setting.
  • Excellent PR and communication skills.
  • The successful candidate will be an individual with a keen intellect who can assist the Head of school in providing leadership to create, nurture and sustain a climate of academic and extra-curricular excellence.

How to Apply

 

Aga Khan Academy Jobs in Mombasa, Kenya

Background: The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa is an International Baccalaureate World School which seeks to provide students of all backgrounds from primary to higher secondary with an education of the highest standard in order to prepare them for lives characterised by leadership and service.
 

We invite applications from qualified individuals for the following positions at the Academy:
 

1. Junior School Teacher Librarian
 

2. Events & Operations Coordinator
 

 

Qualifications & Experience:
 

Applications for the Junior School Teacher Librarian position

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a minimum of 3 years IB experience, or equivalent experience in an inquiry-based, student centred curriculum.
  • A commitment to the co-curricular life of the school is expected.

Applications for the Events & Operations Coordinator position

  • At least a diploma in business studies and 3 years’ experience in a similar position, excellent oral and written communication skills, strong attention to detail, creativity, organization, and sales skills.

Applications for the Credit Controller position

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or a related field, CPA-K qualification and should have 3 years’ experience in a similar position with good Knowledge of Advanced MS Excel commands and reporting functions.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email their detailed CV and a cover letter to the email address below indicating the position they are applying for on the subject. 

The candidate must also provide names of at least 3 contactable referees and daytime telephone contact:
 

The Human Resource Department,
email:
email protected

Application Deadline 11th October 2017.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Oshwal Academy School Plumber Job in Nairobi

Tinker Education Mathematics Teacher Job in Nairobi Kenya

Tinker Education, EMCAST

Job Vacancy: Mathematics Teacher

Location

: Nairobi
 

Job Category: IGCSE Mathematics Teacher
 

Qualification Level: Degree
 

Minimum Years of Work Experience: 3 years
 

 

Description: Our business is involved in solutions for Kenya’s innovative education through Teacher Training, STEM curriculum, e-Learning Platform, Digital Book Platform, Digital Content Creation, and Pilot Project Implementation.
 

At Tinker Academy, our program teaches students computer science / coding with the integration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Education. 

We aim to demonstrate that the computer is a powerful tool for creativity and invention as we nurture your child to be a future innovator and idea maker.

Details: Candidates must hold a degree in Mathematics / Education and previous experience at an IGCSE school as a student and/or teacher. 

Additionally and key to this role, the candidate chosen should demonstrate friendly enthusiasm towards educating young children and youth.
 

This position requires a minimum of 3 years teaching experience, excellent communication skills, as well as knowledge of Microsoft Office and OA (office automation) Skills, and a keen interest in STEM education and education technology. 
 

Our teacher will be responsible for preparing lessons and guiding students through their school homework and Tinker Education learning content. 

The post holder must deliver efficient and effective reporting that defines the progress (successes and solutions to any challenges) of each student.
 

Excellent organizational and planning abilities are needed to study and deliver resource materials used in online and offline education. 

The candidate should exhibit strong customer service coordination with head office, management, and parents/guardians.
 

This teacher will collaborate with the Tinker Education office team and report to the Manager and Education Director as we focus on delivery of a Learning Management System for STEM education through computer science. 

As part of a start-up, please note, our work environment is collaborative, flexible, fast-paced, and deadline driven.
 

Requirements:

  • Candidates must hold a degree in Mathematics/Education and previous experience at an IGCSE school as a student and/or teacher.
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience in Mathematics.
  • Ability to teach IGCSE Mathematics proficiently.
  • Understanding of STEM education, education technology and experience of E-Learning environments is not necessary but advantageous.
  • Passion for teaching and can demonstrate an ability to work with children.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Great attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; ability to work across boundaries.
  • Effectively interact, communicate, and work well as a team member with internal and external partners at all levels of the organization globally.
  • Ability to build rapport and trust with internal stakeholders. Honesty is integral to our business practice! Must possess a high level of integrity.
  • MS Office experience and OA (office automation) Skills.
  • Willingness to learn new products/technologies and promote the development of STEM education in Kenya.

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare lessons beforehand and correspond with management concerning the materials / devices / kits required.
  • Set up each class and guide students in their assignments and Tinker Education activities.
  • Draft, demo and execute a lesson with the aid of teaching resources and self-study.
  • Utilize the Tinker Education Learning Sequence and encourage collaboration amongst students.
  • Ensure that all lessons and student report deadlines (internal and external) are met.
  • Facilitate and actively participate in strategy sessions with the Tinker Education team.
  • Effectively communicate with the team (and clients) with respect to content delivery, progress reports and student participation.
  • Answer inquiries from internal business partners using your local knowledge of Kenya. 
  • Promote efficiency, consistency, and professionalism.
  • Assist with miscellaneous projects as needed, such as administrative support and training.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to neene@tinkeredu.net outlining your interest and suitability for this position. 

Deadline for applications 19th September 2017.