Chartered in 1983, Aga Khan University (AKU) is a private, autonomous and self-governing international university, with 13 teaching sites in 6 countries over three continents (www.aku.edu). An integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org), AKU provides higher education in several disciplines, carries out research pertinent to the countries and operates 7 hospitals (soon 8) and over 325 outreach clinics, all at international standards. It has almost 2,500 students and 14,000 staff. The University is both a model of academic excellence and an agent of social change. As an international institution, AKU operates on the core principles of quality, relevance, impact and access.
Launched in 2015, the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) is the premier source of education and tailored training for journalists, communicators and media executives and entrepreneurs in East Africa and beyond.
Guided by the principles of global excellence and local relevance, GSMC helps individuals to transform their careers and organizations to seize on opportunities and reap the benefits of innovation.Position Overview:
The Director, Innovation Centre, will be responsible for the launch of a new Media Innovation Centre aimed at enhancing the media viability in East Africa. Working in collaboration with project partners, Deutsche Welle Akademie, the director will ensure the delivery of high-quality value-added services to the media innovators and entrepreneurs and oversee the proper implementation of the centre’s strategic planning process and annual work plan.
Funded by KfW as part of the Futures Project, the Innovation Centre aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship to enhance media viability through a combination of research, training, mentorship, coaching, incubation/acceleration services and knowledge sharing. The Innovation Centre will be based in Nairobi, to provide space, time and support for concrete leading-edge innovation projects that strengthen Media Viability across the region.
Working with the Project Implementation Team, the Director will be responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of the innovation centre and show-casing its impact across the region and beyond. He/she will be responsible for shaping a sustainable business model to support the Innovation Centre beyond the life of the grant.
The successful applicant must be a self-starter, who is highly organized and creative who takes a hands-on approach to project leadership and implementation. This is a full-time position that requires an energetic, collaborative and forward-thinking individual
Reports to: The Interim Dean, Graduate School of Media and Communications