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Karachi, PakistanTwelve (12) WeeksNetwork of Quality, Teaching and Learning

​Aga Khan University

Aga Khan Universtiy designed its first Digital Learning Strategy (DLS) to create an enabling environment for the use of digital technologies and pedagogies to offer high-quality, accessible, and relevant educational experiences for students in the developing world. 

The scope of our DLS extends across all academic and support units within AKU, from diverse locations including Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and the UK. The DLS is designed to be inclusive, addressing the unique challenges and opportunities present in each geographical context. Through collaborative efforts across these locations, the DLS will establish a unified approach to digital learning that promotes excellence and equity across all educational programs at AKU. 

The candidate will work with the team  to develop the DLS implementation plan. They will translate the vision, goals and objectives outlined in the DLS into actionable steps that will drive meaningful transformation across the institution.

  • Support the development of department specific and consolidated DLS implementation plans with activities, milestones, KPIs, timelines and budget.
  • Facilitate dialogue and collaboration among various AKU internal and external stakeholders and partners to foster a cohesive approach to digital learning innovations and integration.
  • Develop communication and marketing materials to raise awareness about digital learning benefits and the DLS' goals and key components.
  • Advise on the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices in the implementation of the DLS.
  • ​Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr) in the fields of​ Project Management, Education, Administration, Communications or related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong IT skills.
  • Problem-solving and creativity.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

​Azra Naseem holds the position of Director of Blended and Digital Learning and serves as a Senior Instructor at the Institute of Educational Development. A pivotal figure in crafting the Digital Learning Strategy at AKU, Azra has been honored with several prestigious awards, including the AKU Innovation Impact Award of Distinction and the Best Teacher Award. Her scholarly contributions span numerous publications on digital learning and the application of technology in education to enhance access, equity, and address challenges in diverse contexts. In 2017, her significant contributions to higher education were recognized when she was awarded Senior Fellow status by the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom. With nearly two decades dedicated to educating educators, Azra has extensively collaborated with a wide range of professionals—from school teachers and educational managers to nurses, physicians, and surgeons—on integrating technology into education. Her work has had a profound impact in various countries, including Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Afghanistan, and the United Kingdom.​

Established in 2013, the Network of Quality, Teaching, and Learning was created with the mission to foster excellence across our academic offerings, ensuring a robust and enriching learning experience for our students. This initiative underpins the ability of Aga Khan University graduates to achieve and exceed their program learning outcomes.

Through a comprehensive suite of faculty development initiatives, targeted entity support programs, and personalized one-on-one consultations, the Network offers AKU faculty members unparalleled opportunities to enhance their teaching skills. Faculty members are empowered to integrate the latest pedagogical strategies and technological advancements into their teaching practices. This commitment to continuous improvement and innovation in teaching ensures that AKU maintains its standard of educational excellence, thereby providing our students with an exceptional learning environment.
  • Mentoring on digital learning, data collection and analysis.
  • Given the scope of the project across multiple countries, intern would develop skills in collaborating with diverse teams across different geographical locations. This would involve navigating cultural nuances and adapting strategies for varying contexts.
  • Training on visual media design for impactful communication.
  • On-the-job learning in the areas of strategic planning, problem solving, and stakeholder engagement.
Ms Azra Naseem - Director of Blended and Digital Learning Fall 2024 Cycle
Karachi, PakistanTwelve (12) WeeksGlobal Engagement Office

​Aga Khan University

The Alumni Engagement Intern will build the Global Mobility Programme’s alumni network using its existing internship database. This role involves reconnecting with former interns, gathering feedback, and developing an alumni engagement program. Throughout the internship, the  interns will generate reports on alumni engagement metrics, analyze career path trends, and prepare presentations on program outcomes. This role offers an opportunity to gain skills in data analysis, communication, and programme development while shaping a meaningful alumni network.

  • Analysis of internship data to create an alumni database, update contact information and track career progression.
  • Alumni outreach initiatives through the execution of a communication plan to reconnect with former interns, including developing surveys.
  • Using alumni feedback, identify areas for the internship programme’s improvement and compile reports on alumni career paths. 
  • Design and implement virtual networking events and develop a platform for alumni to share job opportunities and insights.
  • Content creation and communication produce content for social media, websites, and newsletters that highlight alumni achievements and showcase the programme's impact.
  • Organise professional development initiatives, including recruiting alumni speakers for webinars and panel discussions.
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr) in the fields of Social Sciences, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, or a related field.
  • Strong organizational and data management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities.
  • Proficiency in social media management and digital communication tools.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and ability to work independently.
  • Interest in alumni relations, career development, and programme evaluation
  • Passion for international education and cultural exchange.
  • Experience with survey design and data analysis is a plus.
Ms. Shifa Khalid serves as the Manager of the Global Mobility Programme at the Aga Khan University. She is responsible for the management and development of the internship programmes which bring over 50 students a year from more than 25 universities internationally to the Aga Khan University and agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) spanning over 33 countries in East Africa, Central Asia, South-East Asia and Middle East.
AKU’s Global Engagement Office serves as the central gateway to advance partnership opportunities with local and international academic institutions as well as with other AKDN agencies. The main aim of the GEO is to support the building of strategic partnerships in alignment with AKU’s global mission; to build the visibility of AKU's international and local partners; to leverage institutional partnerships; grow and develop our mobility programmes; and build the capacity of faculty, staff and students to engage in partnership projects.  
Communications, Media & Marketing
  • Gain experience in strategic communication and stakeholder engagement.
  • Learn about programme evaluation and continuous improvement processes.
  • Enhance project management and event planning abilities.
  • Improve understanding of professional networking and career development strategies.
Ms Shifa Khalid - Manager, Global Mobility ProgrammeFall 2024 Cycle
London, United KingdomTwelve (12) WeeksAcademic

​Aga Khan Schools

The role of the intern will be to research best practices in various areas of curriculum development and school operations and use this information to develop briefs, frameworks and reports that will support programme design, curricular activities and planning initiatives for Aga Khan Schools. 

  • ​Research - undertake desk-based research that details the approach of recent, credible, relevant and global approaches to academic and curricular initiatives, as well as school operational initiatives.
  • Data analysis - Support the collection, organization, and analysis of educational data to inform decision-making and enhance the overall quality of our programs.
  • Documentation – draft documents (such as programme designs, reports, frameworks, theory of change) to support programme initiatives.
  • Collaboration - liaise with stakeholders to develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the outlined initiatives.
  • Any other task as needed by the academic or operational function of the organisation.
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr) in the fields of​  Education or other related fields in Social Sciences. Current Master's candidate preferred.
  • Excellent literary and research skills, with experience writing reports and presenting information relevant to these target audiences.
  • Experience working in education settings including but not limited to curriculum development, education administration, planning, etc.
  • Experiences working with data and conducting analysis.
  • Excellent oral and written language proficiency in English.​

​Atifa brings with her extensive experience across the education sector both in the United Kingdom and abroad. She is an English Teacher and has served as a Principal in the UK and for AKS in Uganda. She is a trained school inspector working with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate and is an experienced systems leader heading a network of 235 schools across a Local Authority before joining AKS.

Fatima brings over 10 years of experience both in the private and non-profit sector in strategy, program design & execution and organisational change management. Fatima completed her Master's in Education in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard University in May 2022 and she also has her MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Fatima was an AKU intern in the summer of 2021. She joined AKS in September 2022 as an Education Officer focusing on academic initiatives in primary and secondary schools across all countries. ​
The Aga Khan Schools (AKS), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), brings together the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) and the Aga Khan Academies (AKA). AKS comprises a network of more than 200 schools, 100 non-formal education programme centers and seven hostels, serving over 96,000 students each year, with the support of over 6,400 teachers and staff. 

The agency currently operates across 12 countries in East Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East.
This Department supports, monitors and oversees all matters related to education provision and quality that impact on student achievement, including school leadership, teaching and learning, curriculum, examination boards, assessment and academic data reporting.
  • Gain a working knowledge of AKS schools and local and national curricula across Asia and Africa.
  • Develop knowledge and experience of academic initiatives in various settings.
  • Develop an understanding of inherent complexities of operational management of school systems in different countries. 
  • Gain experience in presenting information to a range of audiences.
  • Participate in strategic meetings with a global team of academic leads.
Atifa Sayani, Head of Academic Programs & Fatima Murji, Education OfficerFall 2024 Cycle
London, United KingdomTwelve (12) WeeksAcademic Development

Aga Khan Schools

​Aga Khan Schools have successfully run three online conferences focused on issues conneted to climate change and the environment, in 2020, 2022 and 2023. The network has successfully worked with interns to organise and run each conference and are seeking interns to plan and lead the fourth conference to be held in early November 2024.

  • ​Develop the learning outcomes for the 2024 conference.
  • Work with a group of interested students to prepare a theme and schedule for activities to take place within the conference.
  • Work with the Aga Khan Schools network to put out a call for papers.
  • Identify and select students to present.
  • Support students in preparing their presentations for the conference.
  • Identify partners and/or guest speakers from within the AKDN, and beyond.
  • Set up the logistical plan for the running of the conference.
  • Work with the Communications team to develop marketing and communications materials for the conference in line with the AKS branding guidelines.
  • Identify and train student volunteers to take part in the running of the conference.
  • Prepare and execute monitoring and evaluation tools, to assess achievement of the learning outcomes.
  • Prepare and distribute student certificates for conference participation.
  • Document the process for use in future years.
  • ​Be working towards, or have completed, a Bachelor’s Degree in either Education or Environmental Sciences.
  • Experience in working with and coaching young people, ideally on environmental projects.
  • General IT competence. Ability to use Zoom and main office software programmes confidently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • Good communication skills, particularly the ability to present confidently to an online audience.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated to learn.
  • Willingness to work across time zones and at the weekend.
  • Knowledge and skills to support the described tasks.
  • Ability to work in a pluralistic environment.
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptable and work in situations requiring quick turnaround of deliverables. 
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Willingness to comply with AKS Safeguarding requirements for direct work with students.​

​Alexandra Holland is an experienced school leader and curriculum developer,.  She has worked in schools in the UK, Hong Kong and South Africa before joining the Aga Khan Academies in 2010.  She has worked across the AKA network to support the implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, and the distinctive elements of the Academies programme, including the Aga Khan Curricular Strands, Service Learning, bilingual education and Student Exchanges.  She is a member of the International Baccaluareate Educator Network, reviewing curriculum for other IB schools and leading both face-to-face and online professional development for teachers.   

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​The Aga Khan Schools (AKS), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), brings together the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) and the Aga Khan Academies (AKA). AKS comprises a network of more than 200 schools, 100 non-formal education programme centers and seven hostels, serving over 96,000 students each year, with the support of over 6,400 teachers and staff. The agency currently operates across 12 countries in East Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East.

Environmental Sciences & Sustainability / Education
  • ​Exposure to the process of conference planning and execution, thus developing skills in capturing and organizing information, creating reports, and preserving knowledge for future reference.
  • Exposure to an understanding of assessing program effectiveness and making data-driven improvements.
  • Learn best practices in research and literature review, through reviewing and evaluating research proposals.
  • Opportunity to network through identification and selection of partners and guest speakers thus interacting with professionals and experts from within the AKDN and beyond.
  • Develop critical skills in monitoring and evaluation through the assessment of achievements and preparation of learning outcomes which further develops your skills in data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Gain hands-on experience in developing a conference theme, creating a schedule plan, coordinating with various stakeholders, and executing logistical arrangements.
 Ms Alexandra Holland, Academic Development ManagerFall 2024 Cycle
Nairobi, KenyaTwelve (12) WeeksPathology

​Aga Khan University

​The intern will work with the Pathology team to develop a project involving breast cancer pathology, its clinical aspects, and cancer tumour registry. This will involve conducting the necessary research, design, and scientific writing. There will be opportunities to perform other projects depending on interest and need within these fields.

  • ​Provide assistance to the faculty with their on-going research projects and data management pertaining to breast cancer pathology
  • Actively participate in research on various medical databases, and perform literature reviews
  • Drafting research proposals and manuscript writing, with potential to co-author in a publication
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr) in the fields of​ Biology, Chemistry, Molecular biology or other related fields.
  • Strong research, IT, digital literacy, and basic data analysis skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player
  • Good communication, scientific writing, and professional writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated to learn
Dr. Shahin Sayed graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1997 with an MMEd in General Pathology. She has since been in practice in Histo/Cyto Pathology at the Departments of Pathology at Kenyatta National Hospital and from 2005 at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUHN).

She has been a recipient of several short-term fellowships and attachments at Stellenbosch University, (Cytopathology) Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam (Medical renal diseases), University of Siena (Lymphomas), and Mass General Hospital (Breast Pathology).
Her main research interest has been Breast Cancers in which she has two international grants as PI in collaboration with the University of Alabama, Birmingham and Universities of Cape Town and Kwa Zulu Natal. She has also collaborated in Lymphoma research with Prof Lorenzo Leoncini (University of Siena) and Dr. Aliyah Sohani at Mass General Hospital. She has over 15 publications in her areas of research. She is currently the Section Head of Histopathology at AKUHN where she is also actively involved in residency training and research and supervision of resident dissertations. She was elected the Secretary General of the College of East, Central and Southern Africa in Kampala in 2010. She is scheduled to pursue her doctorate studies with the University of Cape Town in her area of research interest.

​The Department of Pathology at the Medical College of Aga Khan University in East Africa is deeply committed to providing excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and diagnostic services in the region. Based at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya (AKUH, N) we are driven by excellence in scholarship.  With one of the largest reference laboratories in the East African region, state-of-the-art technologies, faculty and highly trained personnel, we offer a full range of services in all branches of pathology as well as education and research. The Department incorporates the divisions of Chemical Pathology, Medical Microbiology, Haematology and Anatomic Pathology. 

Health Sciences
  • ​Learn key skills and gain experience in scientific knowledge translation and synthesis for specific local contexts and applications
  • Gain experience in technical report writing in the clinical health and pathology field
  • Participate in all stages of research design and get a holistic sense of the work it entails
Dr Shaheen Sayed - Chair & Director Laboratory MedicineFall 2024 Cycle