Graduate School of Media & Communications


Nairobi, Kenya


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.
Supporting boldly innovative program design, pedagogy, research and outreach activities; the school will also address the fundamental capacity gaps and other systemic barriers constraining the growth of the media sector and its contribution to development, governance and pluralism.

GSMC is seeking a range of experts to help design and facilitate courses and deliver client-led consultancy work. These courses will address the training needs of media and communication sectors in Kenya, East Africa and the broader context of emerging economies and developing countries.
GSMC’s professional development programs comprises of open enrollment courses, executive education, tailored/client based courses for employers and media communications organisations.  Much of the work will be executed at GSMC campus in Nairobi however, traveling to other East African countries may be required to deliver courses from time to time. The incumbent will report to the Dean or his designate.

The school invites qualified media and communication specialists to:
  • Submit an expression of interest to facilitate professional development courses by writing a letter of interest and supporting resume clearly stating their portfolio of work.  
  • Submit an expression of interest to develop curriculum for professional development and executive education courses by sending a letter of interest and resume.


  • Successful candidates will support  the development, design and delivery of sustainable programs that address identifiable training skills gaps in the media and communication sectors’ across East Africa.
  • Work with GSMC clients to identify skills gaps and design educational packages to redress skill deficiencies in client’s organizations.
  • Develop detailed curriculum, lesson plans and learning activities, including clear learning outcomes, on a topic that meet market needs.
  • Ensure content is interactive and relevant to industry needs and includes pertinent practical exercises, including field trips and content production where appropriate.
  • Delivery (facilitation) of courses.
  • Report the outcomes of the student experience, including evaluation of the course content and learning and teaching experience.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to media, communication, or business and an extensive industry experience.
  • Local and International expertise in executive and/or editorial/sectorial leadership levels.
  • Demonstrated experience in journalism/communication education is preferred, including the design and delivery of professional development education in the media and communications sector.
  • Demonstrated experience with experiential learning, action learning and work integrated curricula.
  • Demonstrated experience as a facilitator of professional development training to journalists and other media and communications professionals.
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Thorough understanding of issues relating to professional development in media and communications sectors across East Africa and developing and transitional countries.

To Apply

Your application together with a detailed curriculum vitae, names of three referees, telephone contact, e-mail address and copies of certificates and testimonials should be sent to, the Manager, Human Resources, Aga Khan University’s Campus Nairobi, Kenya. P. O. Box 30270-00100 NAIROBI, or by email to hr.universityke@aku.edu
Applications by email are preferred. Only short listed candidates will be contacted​