Project Assistants – University of Rwanda/ Global Scholars Program


Global Scholars Program: Sustainable Development and Climate Change Adaptation in Rwanda  A partnership between the University of Rwanda’s Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB) and Columbia University in the U.S.

University of Rwanda Contributors Needed

The faculty director from Columbia University, Lisa Dale, is seeking two UR assistants to contribute to the upcoming Global Scholars Program (see details below). Both positions begin December 1st, 2019 and will be paid a stipend for 7-8 months. Communication and transportation expenses will also be covered.

The time commitment is estimated at 15-20 hours / week from Dec.-June; 40+ hours/week during class (June 22-July 17, 2020).

1. Academic Lecturer Assistant

a. Roles:

i. Lead all aspects of the spring course at UR using in-person and electronic methods to bring together the student body to complete assignments and communicate with their American peers

ii. Work closely with Dr. Lisa Dale to plan and organize the summer course

iii. Lead sections of the summer course, oversee student activities, and function as part of the teaching team

iv. Serve as lead liaison with UR administration, building a for-credit module for
participating students

b. Qualifications:

i. Lecturer in related field at UR with a Masters (PhD preferred)

ii. Expertise in sustainable development and/or climate change policy

iii. Fluent in English; proficient in French and/or Kinyarwanda

iv. Strong interactive teaching skills, including facilitating group discussion, overseeing undergraduate work, and providing guidance to students

v. Ability to work as part of a dynamic team with independent initiative and cooperative spirit

2. Post-Graduate Student Assistant

a. Roles:

i. Work closely with the teaching team to help organize and deliver the program

ii. Serve as lead point person for logistical support for all elements of the program, including lodging, meals, and transportation

iii. Participate in the spring electronic course, and work closely with students for the entirety of the summer course. Live with students in a rented house in Kigali and serve as the main point of contact for student concerns.

b. Qualifications:

i. Current Masters or PhD student at UR in relevant field

ii. Familiarity with sustainable development and/or climate change policy

iii. Fluent in English; desired proficiency in French and/or Kinyarwanda

iv. Energetic and curious, with sincere desire to learn and build capacity

v. Highly organized, responsive, and detail oriented, with a strong ability to identify potential problems and create solutions

To apply: Submit a CV and a cover letter to:

Application deadline: November 1, 2019



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