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.Function Overview:
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.
Reporting to the Director of the newly formed Innovation Centre, the Executive Officer will implement the Futures Project innovation agenda and manage innovation activities. The successful candidate will work with the Futures Project leadership to establish the Innovation Centre’s processes and manage innovators in the Residence Program and Centre training activities.
Funded by KfW, the Futures Project has two main aims:
• To provide the knowledge and skills to bolster rural and community media outlets as well as medium sized and major media firms, and
• To provide an intellectual and practical innovation hub, where a sustainability agenda for East Africa’s media can be imagined, tested and put into action.
In order to achieve these aims, the Futures Project involves two separate - but related - sub-projects: Formation of an Innovation Centre in Nairobi and establishment of Media Viability Network comprising partners from across the region.
The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, with outstanding communication skills and a proven capacity to foster and manage innovation in a complex setting
Reports to: The Director, Innovation Center, Graduate School of Media and Communications