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CMU-Africa’s vision is to educate and empower the next generation of African leaders and innovators by delivering a world-class educational experience. Our mission is to produce creative and technically strong engineers, who have been trained in the African context, and prepared to make transforma...

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Project Manager in Rwanda , Rwanda

Job title: Project Manager
Reports to: Director of Partnerships
Strat Date: February 1st 2021

Job Purpose
Carnegie Mellon University Africa is seeking a passionate and experienced professional to serve as Project Manager, overseeing and leading a wide range of high value projects for the university.

About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a leading U.S. university, particularly known for research and graduate education in engineering and computer science. In 2011, CMU opened a global location of its College of Engineering in Rwanda, known as Carnegie Mellon University Africa in Rwanda (CMU-Africa). CMU-Africa currently offers two renowned master’s degrees to facilitate the provision of fourth industrial revolution skills to students from across the African continent:
1. Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)
2. Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE)

We are a fast-growing campus with 130 enrolled students, aiming to grow to 400 in the next four years. Our size and exponential growth create a sense of camaraderie and excitement, with strong community ties and a compound sense of accomplishment in our team members, contributing towards mutually beneficial relationships between staff and students. We recruit arguably the brightest young computer scientists and engineers on the continent to become our students. Motivated, creative and determined, our students’ transformative experience at CMU-Africa sets them on the path to becoming the future tech leaders of Africa.

Location
Rwanda, affectionately known as “The Land of a Thousand Hills”, is located in the highlands of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa. Its highly elevated geography is dominated by scenic mountains in the west, with numerous lakes scattered throughout the country. There are four national parks comprising extinct volcanoes, savannah, wetlands, and one of the oldest rainforests in Africa. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year. The temperature is stable with an average high temperature of between 26°C and 30°C all year round.

The capital city, Kigali, is well known for cleanliness and security. It is fast becoming a metropolitan city with a thriving expatriate community and residents from most parts of the world making this their home in recent years. Public infrastructure is well-maintained, with a good traffic network, fast and reliable internet services, and a sound health system. There is a good selection of shops, restaurants and cafes catering to intercontinental and varied customer needs.

The role
As CMU-Africa’s Project Manager (PM) you will be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the completion of specific projects, ensuring they are on time, on budget and within scope. You will be expected to keep knowledge and information flowing seamlessly between CMU-Africa and all project stakeholders, playing the lead role in presenting project status and plans to the sponsors and closing activities throughout the project. A key requirement will be the development of your own technical understanding to win team members’ respect.

This is a senior role within the university requiring interaction with a range of internal and external stakeholders at various levels, throughout the project stages - from ideation through to completion - to manage several moving project parts simultaneously. While specific responsibilities will vary depending on the nature of the project, they will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

Responsibilities
1. Oversee entire project to ensure delivery within scope, time, and budget
2. Design highly-specified schedule of activities with milestones and deliverables based on the project plan
3. Work with CMU-Africa administration to facilitate timely onboarding of consultants, legal contracting and payment mechanisms
4. Monitor progress and hold all participants accountable for undertaking their activities
5. Iterate on and refine the schedule of activities depending on availability of data, cooperation with project partners, and any changes that may come up
6. Organize and motivate the project team
7. Utilize an online project management tool such as Trello to control time management
8. Take charge of developing data sharing agreements between CMU-Africa and other partners as needed
9. Analyze and manage project risk using a SWOT analysis and scenario planning, and
10. Provide project updates on a consistent basis to various stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress.

Qualifications

The Person:
§ Passionate about education and developing technology leadership capacity in Africa
§ Analytical thinker with the ability to synthesize data to make informed, strategic decisions
§ Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to connect easily with people from various cultures and backgrounds
§ Agile learner with the ability to adapt and thrive in an evolving and diverse business environment
§ Dynamic self-starter with the ability to think independently and develop innovative approaches to solve problems
§ Proven ability to solve problems creatively

Qualifications:
§ Project Management Professional certification (PMP) essential
§ Bachelor's degree in business administration, education or another relevant field. Master’s degree preferred
§ 5+ years of experience in project or program management required
§ Strong familiarity with project management software tools, methodologies, and best practices
§ Proven ability to complete projects according to outlined scope, budget, and timeline
§ Excellent oral/written communication skills required
§ Fluency in English is required
§ Proficiency with Microsoft Office (including Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point)
§ Advanced knowledge of Excel

Are you interested in becoming a Project Manager in Rwanda? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Jan 31, 2021
Director of Development in Rwanda , Rwanda

Carnegie Mellon University is seeking a seasoned development professional to coordinate fundraising strategies and initiatives, and cultivate and steward individual, corporate, and foundation philanthropy to CMU-Africa. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, familiar with fundraising in Africa, has a proven record of fundraising success, and has an extensive international network.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a top-ranked U.S. university, particularly known for research and graduate education in engineering and computer science. In 2011, CMU signed an agreement with the Government of Rwanda to open a branch of its College of Engineering in Kigali known as Carnegie Mellon University-Africa in Rwanda (CMU-Africa). CMU-Africa currently offers two master’s degrees, educating fourth industrial revolution skills for students from across the African continent the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) and the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MS ECE).

The Director of Development is responsible for the coordination of all development efforts in support of CMU-Africa, including frontline fundraising, with a primary goal of raising funds for student support scholarships. The overarching goal of this position is to define, develop, and drive the execution and measurement of a forward-thinking integrated plan for fundraising, global engagement, alumni, foundation, and corporate relations, and annual giving across a broad range of constituencies: foundations, corporations, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and “friends.” The Director of Development will be responsible for developing a compelling case for support by involving alumni and student volunteers, faculty, staff and other groups in order to communicate the vision of the program and the rationale for supporting CMU-Africa’s fundraising goals. To be successful in this position, the Director of Development will work closely with university colleagues in Kigali and the Carnegie Mellon University main campus in Pittsburgh to identify and cultivate sources of funding for projects that leverage the unique opportunities for innovation and research in Africa.

The Director of Development will serve as the lead College of Engineering advancement staff member for fundraising pipeline-building activities for CMU-Africa priorities. This includes, but is not limited to, identifying and cultivating annual and consistent individual donors, identifying potential major gift donors (including foundations and corporations) and coordinating with appropriate advancement team members on moves management for those donors, and managing special fundraising projects (such as annual giving opportunities) that have applicable potential benefit to CMU-Africa and/or the overall fundraising program for the College. He/She utilizes data, research, reports, and other resources and tools to help prioritize and optimize prospect qualification,cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities and manages and completes a variety of special projects requiring skills in data analysis, writing/editing, and collaborative problem solving.

The Director of Development should be knowledgeable of College of Engineering fundraising priorities, in line with the vision, processes, and campaign initiatives of Carnegie Mellon University and the College of Engineering. They will work closely with and report to the the Director of CMU-Africa on fundraising strategy, with a dotted line to the College of Engineering Associate Dean for Advancement, to develop and drive the strategy for fundraising for the CMU-Africa location. He/She will be the focal point for managing all philanthropic partnerships for CMU-Africa. It is essential that this work be conducted in very close collaboration with colleagues in the College of Engineering, at CMU-Africa, University Advancement foundation relations, and institutional partnerships, to accomplish fundraising goals.

Qualifications

Education
Master’s degree in Development Studies, Business, Economics, International Relations, Marketing or related fields.

Experience
• A minimum of 8 years of experience in fundraising or related fields.
• Demonstrable experience of developing international educational partnerships and fundraising campaigns with proven fundraising results.
• Experience with tools for donor relationship management and digital marketing is strongly desired.

Skills
• Broad knowledge of the principles of foundation, individual, and corporate fundraising,
• Ability to understand the needs and interests of major gift prospects and donors in order to develop relationships between them and the university.
• Ability to articulate the case for support in order to solicit, cultivate, and steward gifts.
• Understanding of the most effective ways to segment and analyze prospective donors, identify indicators of gift potential, management of prospect information, and the development of solicitation materials.
• Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, follow through and evaluate individual strategy plans for qualification, cultivation, and solicitation of prospects.
• Knowledge of African philanthropic landscape is strongly desired.
• Familiarity with legal and ethical practices related to donor management, record maintenance, and gift accounting.
• This position requires the ability to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle:
o To initiate contact with prospects.
o To develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with volunteers.
o To move prospects in an appropriate and timely fashion towards solicitation and closure.
o To make solicitations when appropriate, utilizing leadership as appropriate.
o To maintain stewardship contacts with donors.
o To keep leadership and colleagues informed of progress during all stages of the gift cycle
• Broad knowledge of the university infrastructure with the commitment to coordinate fundraising activities with University Advancement.
• Interpersonal skills requirements include: exceptional commitment and demonstration of collaboration and teamwork, exceptional ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines, poise and professionalism when interacting with all constituents, flexibility, creativity, respect, and understanding for working with confidential information and embargoed information, and a proven ability to operate independently, effectively, with little supervision.
• The strategic role of this position requires strong planning skills and an aptitude for identifying and cultivating potential financial supporters.
• The implementation role of this position requires basic understanding of Carnegie Mellon University’s and CMU-Africa’s design/branding principles as well as strong interactive experience in the arenas of digital communications, social media, and online marketing.
• This position requires an individual with sound judgment with adherence to the highest ethical standards, who can make decisions based on varying, limited input. In effect, this person will manage relationships between CMU-Africa and financial supporters and collaborators, and must be an objective, creative, strategic thinker.
• Strong oral and written communications skills in English. Knowledge of French is a plus.
• Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment, within the College’s Advancement team, University Advancement, and the College of Engineering’s departments.
• Must be able to perform work under pressure with tight deadlines. The ability to quickly prioritize and resolve competing projects with an optimal outcome will be an everyday occurrence.

The work location is preferably Rwanda, with high mobility within and outside Africa.

Responsibilities

50%
Manages and coordinates CMU-Africa’s major and annual giving and pipeline-building efforts, and coordinates, implements, and evaluates strategies in close coordination with the College of Engineering and University Advancement staff. Helps College of Engineering and University Advancement frontline fundraisers and colleagues understand and advocate for CMU’ Africa. Focus’ on strategies for building the pipeline of major gift prospects for CMU-Africa by analyzing and evaluating donor giving and potential giving, and working in close collaboration with the College of Engineering Associate Dean for Advancement to create and implement strategies to move potential donors to donors. Writes annual and major giving solicitations, and develops and implements a plan for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors.

35%
Manages a focused portfolio of 50-75 donor prospects (including foundations and corporations) for the College of Engineering, with a particular focus on CMU-Africa, focusing on identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

10%
Collaborates with partners and constituents across both the main campus in Pittsburgh, and the Rwanda location, to coordinate activities and ensure goal alignement, including the Advancement office of College of Engineering, the office of the Senior Associate Vice President for Development, the office of Assistant Vice President of Foundation Relations, and the CMU Business Engagement Office.

5%
Other duties as assigned.

Are you interested in becoming a Director of Development in Rwanda? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Jul 27, 2020