Rwanda: Director – Teacher Training Program (TTP) Rwanda

Organization: African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Country: Rwanda
Closing date: 26 Jan 2018

We’re transforming Africa through innovative scientific training, technical advances and breakthrough discoveries!

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS, is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate training, research and outreach in mathematical sciences. Its mission is to enable Africa’s brightest students to flourish as independent thinkers, problem solvers and innovators capable of propelling Africa’s future scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency. The first AIMS centre opened in Cape Town, South Africa in 2003; since 2011, AIMS has opened additional centres in Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania and Rwanda. The goal of the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) is to build a pan-African network of 15 centres of excellence across the continent by 2023.

Each AIMS centre provides an intensive and broad education to over 50 African students each year and prepares them for leadership careers in academia, government and industry. The AIMS educational program relies on top international lecturers who teach in a 24-hour learning environment.

If you bring a collaborative spirit with a passion to effect change, consider this opportunity as the…

Director – Teacher Training Program (TTP) Rwanda

The Teacher Training Program (TTP) Rwanda is a five-year blended (face-to-face and online) training Program seeking to enhance the capacity of secondary school teachers (in-service and pre-service) in the teaching of mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics with the use of information technologies as a key component in teaching and learning. In partnership with the Government of Rwanda, the Rwanda education board (REB) and the University of Rwanda college of education (UR-CE), the Program will equip teachers with skills, tools and resources to implement the competency based curriculum (CBC) using the Mathematics and Sciences for Sub-Saharan Africa (MS4SSA) approach adopted from the World Bank.

Reporting to the Chief Academic and Research Officer (CARO), the TTP Director’s overall responsibility will be to work both independently and collaboratively with the Program team to offer leadership and oversight in the implementation of this Program. The TTP Director coordinates all activities of TTP as an integral part of providing top quality and consistent training for in-service and pre-service secondary school mathematics and sciences teachers to enhance the learning outcomes for students.

As a passionate, life-long academic professional, you will be relied on to inspire and guide a team of like-minded specialists, in addition to academic and government partners, in the development of a newly-funded premier secondary school mathematics teacher training program to significantly raise the quality of teacher training of mathematics in Rwanda.

In this start up role, you bring your enthusiasm together with your track record of expertise as a trusted and credible champion of change, with an innate ability to build and nurture collaborative relationships with relevant government departments, officials, academic experts and the STEM teaching community to ensure the visibility and success of the Teacher Training Program. The Teacher Training Program is a new initiative for AIMS in Rwanda with significant opportunity for scale-up and to distinguish AIMS as an innovative learning institution that consistently provides cutting edge approaches to high quality mathematics education.

This is a full-time opportunity based at the Secretariat in Kigali, Rwanda.

Do you have what we need?

a) A Master’s degree in a field related to Education development, information communication technology, international development, project management, or social sciences; A PhD degree is preferred

b) Minimum of 7 years’ professional experience in program management in an African context with experience in leading an academic institution being an added advantage

c) Knowledge of use of ICTs in education especially STEM is an added advantage

d) A good understanding of the key trends and emerging issues in the fields of education, especially Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and youth development in Africa

e) Ability to manage and develop budgets

f) Business management skills running the Program focusing on the interests of the stakeholders while making strategic decisions and directing resources prudently towards attainment of set goals of the Program

g) Demonstrable track record of writing winning project proposals in a non-profit setting

h) Experience of working with and an understanding of the requirements of major donors of AIMS-NEI including the MasterCard Foundation (MCF) among others

i) An awareness of major issues affecting Education in Africa with particular focus on STEM education and teacher training

j) Experience working in an NGO is an added advantage

k) Cultural competency to work with people from diverse backgrounds

l) Ability to motivate, develop and direct people as they work to achieve Program objectives

m) Impeccable interpersonal qualities capable of inspiring partnerships, communication, leadership, integrity, authority and judgement among Program staff

n) Leadership qualities that inspire Program staff into making performing teams and lead through vision and values

o) Excellent writing skills encompassing clear synthesis and presentation of ideas and concepts in both English and French

p) Excellent facilitation, communication and presentation skills in English and French

q) Ability to set and achieve clear objectives and deadlines

r) Ability to make decisions and good judgment

s) Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively work in multicultural teams

t) Results driven and motivated by a high sense of performance excellence and a sense of urgency

u) Proficiency with MS Office, Google Apps and Skype

v) Excellent knowledge of English, a knowledge of French will be an added advantage

w) Readily available for extensive travel within Rwanda and potentially out of Africa

x) Available to work outside of normal business hours

How to apply:

Are you ready to be a part of the transformation?

Submit your letter of motivation, including salary expectations together with a detailed CV in English to: (i.e. quote “Director TTP RWA” in the subject line). Applications will be accepted until January 26, 2018.

Should no feedback be received from AIMS-NEI within four weeks of your submission, kindly accept that your application will not be further pursued. AIMS-NEI reserves the right not to make an appointment at its sole discretion.

AIMS-NEI is an equal opportunity employer.