Jobs in Uganda - Innovations Coordinator, AKDN East Africa COVID-19, Response program Job at Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)

Innovations Coordinator, AKDN East Africa COVID-19, Response program Job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2021


Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 19 March 2021

Hiring Organization: Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)

JOB DETAILS:
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1967. AKF is a private, not—for—profit international development agency that seeks to provide long--term solutions to society's problems. AKF brings together human, financial, and technical resources to address challenges faced by the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world. AKF has a special focus on investing in human potential, expanding opportunity, and improving the overall quality of life, especially for women and girls. AKF's primary areas of focus are; Education; Early Childhood Development (ECU); Health and Nutrition; Civil Society; Agriculture and Food Security; and Economic inclusion.
AKF is committed to improving the quality of life of all boys and girls, women and men in the communities we work. To achieve this, AKF delivers multi—sector programming in the above sectors and assumes a holistic and systems approach ensuring all interventions are globally informed. locally rooted, are embedded in government and. community interests and structures, and work to promote social inclusion, equity, and pluralism.
About the Project
The AKDN East Africa COVID-19 Response Project will provide rapid response funds to various local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to enable them to reach their most vulnerable constituents with support based on their emerging needs arising from the COVID—19 pandemic. The program will also provide a platform, comprising Human Centered Design workshops, flexible grants, and mentorship, to support young entrepreneurs to design innovative business solutions that will meet the medium to short term needs of the community emerging from the pandemic. The 2.5year project will be implemented in Central and West Nile(Arua)regions of Uganda.
AKF invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the following vacancies:
Title: Innovations Coordinator, AKDN East Africa COVID-19, Response program
Reports to: Program Manager
Location: Kampala .

Position Description
The innovations Coordinator will lead Pillar 3 under the AKDN East Africa COVID-19 Response Program —that aims to provide a platform to young innovators to design innovative business solutions that will meet the medium to short term needs of the community emerging from the pandemic. The competitive platform will comprise Human Centred Design workshops, mentorship, and flexible funds to support the roll out of the selected innovations.

Principle responsibilities
• Develop workplans and implement activities to roll-out a competitive platform to attract young innovators to design solutions to challenges in Health, Education and Entrepreneurship for young people.
• Lead a competitive and transparent process to select young innovators and provide funding to the most promising innovations
• Work closely with the innovators to ensure proper utilization of the funds for the innovations as planned and track progress
• Engage a team‘ of experienced mentors to provide support to the young innovators
• Implement a targeted marketing and publicity campaign to attract innovators, showcase the innovations and attract other stakeholders and players in the space to participate
• Plan and deliver innovative events including HCD workshops, awards events etc.
• Build relationships with the successful innovators and support the development of their innovations on a regular basis, nurturing a community of practice for the young innovators including other strategic stakeholders in the Entrepreneurship space


Required Experience and Skills
• Degree in Business, Entrepreneurship or other relevant field
• Experience in implementing Entrepreneurship or Youth Innovation programs is required
• Good knowledge and understanding of the youth entrepreneurship space, opportunities and players is required
• Experience with the Human Centered Design methodology will be an added advantage
• Dynamic, entrepreneurial and innovation/solutions driven mind—set
• Strong inter—personal skills and working collaboratively with internal teams and project and non—project partners
• Strong communication skills, written and oral, and fluency in English
• Experience with on—line or remote events will be an added advantage .
• Good ICT skills


Job Education Requirements: Degree


Job Experience Requirements: Not Specified

Application procedure

Click on the following link to apply www.akdn.org/careers . Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV including contacts of three references, by 19th March 2021.

Date Posted: 2021-03-08

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