Since its establishment in May 2016, the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) has been dedicated to building an Africa-centered initiative focused on effecting positive change through innovative, equitable partnership. The AAP focuses on three key pillars - building bridges across sectors, disciplines and continents/regions; transforming institutions so they are better able to engage in equitable and sustainable partnerships; and transforming lives on the ground through addressing global challenges. The vision of the AAP is to transform lives through co-created, research-driven initiatives that address shared challenges. To this end, in October 2018, the AAP evolved to become a consortium with nine initial members (MSU and eight African universities). In the future the consortium will expand to bring on board new members from multiple sectors including pan-African organizations, civil society, and the public and private sectors. These consortium members will work together in partnership to make a sustainable impact on the ground in priority challenge areas of agrifood systems, culture, education, health and nutrition, youth empowerment, and water, energy and the environment.
The Specialist Outreach- Program Manager will work closely with the AAP MSU Office Co-Directors to coordinate programmatic activities and manage resources to achieve program objectives in accordance with project plans and timelines. Specific responsibilities of the Program Manager include:
Coordinate multiple stakeholders and partners around implementing program activities. This includes partners in the US and overseas
Manage activities and oversee program logistics
Create and adhere to project timelines
Collect data, prepare reports, produce other project deliverables
Communicate results, success stories, etc. to stakeholder audiences
Provide timely updates to the AAP management team
Contribute to the design of AAP’s workplan. This includes providing input on programmatic activities, developing implementation timelines, regular reminders to activity leaders about these timelines, compiling inputs from stakeholders, and updating plans as needed over the course of each year.
In coordination with the AAP Associate Director, implement a system of monitoring and evaluation of program indicators as well as a system for measuring program impact.
In coordination with AAP Directors and the AAP fiscal officer, support the financial management of programmatic activities, including monitoring, updating and revising of programmatic budgets.
The AAP Program Manager reports to the MSU AAP Directors. This is a one-year appointment funded at 100% effort with the possibility for annual renewals based on satisfactory reviews and continued funding.
Masters -Community Development, International Rel
Doctorate -Africa-related field in the areas of Com
Masters degree in Community Development, International Relations, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Project Management or related area
Three or more years’ experience in program management and implementation in the non-profit or academic sectors; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Outstanding project management skills. Proven ability to set priorities, work independently and take initiative, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
Excellent writing skills. Demonstrated ability to draft proposals, reports, or research results with minimal supervision.
Technical skills in word-processing, database management, spreadsheets, and web forms
Strong communications, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills
Experience working in international contexts, preferably in Africa
Experience working in a team-oriented manner to achieve program objectives and maintain relational trust.
Availability and willingness for domestic and international travel
Demonstrated commitment to research and improving people’s well-being
PhD in an Africa-related field in the areas of Community Development, International Relations, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Project Management or other related area
Working proficiency in an African Union recognized language or other African language
Marketing or professional communications skills
Experience with program management and/or project collaboration software (Smartsheet, Microsoft Teams, Google programs, etc.)
Required Application Materials
CV and letter of interest
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International Studies and Programs (ISP) is the hub for international research, teaching and outreach at Michigan State University.
The growth of Michigan State University’s international work can be tied to the development of the Office of International Studies and Programs (ISP). ISP is the hub for international research, teaching and outreach at MSU. As a university-level office under the leadership of an associate provost and dean, ISP supports international activities throughout the institution, working to mobilize MSU's research and scholarship, enhance study abroad and other educational programs, form and strengthen international partnerships, and welcome and support international visitors, scholars and students.
A defining characteristic of the MSU model is that ISP does not have its own solely assigned faculty. Consistent with the goal of spreading the international dimension throughout the university, all faculty members have their major academic appointments in university departments and schools across campus. This allows ISP to serve as a convener of interdisciplinary groups of faculty drawn from throughout MSU’s 17 academic colleges.
ISP’s efforts expand and deepen MSU’s global research and help create the scientific knowledge needed for responding to the world’s emerging opportunities and global goals. ISP works to position MSU as a leader in international research and scholarship, the internationalization of higher education, and as an indispensable partner in global collaborations.
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.
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Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.Together, we tackle some of the world?s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better?from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.The nation?s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world?on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we?re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.