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The Kenya Education Network (KENET) is a not-for-profit membership organization that is licensed by the Communications Commission of Kenya as an Alternative Network Facility Provider.

KENET is the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Kenya and partners with licensed telecommunications operators to provide Internet services and connectivity to public and private universities and other tertiary educational and research institutions in Kenya.

It also conducts ICT in education research and pilots innovative learning technologies in collaboration with faculty and students in member institutions.

KENET currently operates a national private broadband IP network connecting over 70 campuses in different parts of Kenya, including all of the major private and public universities.

KENET peers directly with European Research and Education (GEANT) through the Africa
regional Research and Education Network, UbuntuNet Alliance (www.ubuntunet.net).

KENET is currently upgrading and expanding its national broadband network and operates a network operations center and data center that provides shared and hosting services to member
institutions.

The focus of KENET in the strategic plan period is to use the shared infrastructure established to
support member institutions that aim to transform teaching learning, research and promote innovations in education and content development.

KENET is therefore seeking to fill the following positions:

1. Director, Learning Technologies

This position reports to the Executive Director/CEO of KENET and will be responsible for promoting and piloting the use of modern learning technologies to transform higher education in KENET member institutions.

This will be achieved through carefully designed professional development programs for senior university leadership, faculty and researchers.

In addition, the position will design and coordinate innovation and demonstrations of teaching
and learning with technology projects in collaboration with member institutions.

This position is suitable for candidates who are already faculty members in one of the KENET member universities and who are willing to provide academic leadership in the use of learning technologies to transform and enhance the quality of university education in Kenya.

Suitable candidates will be expected to have the following qualifications and experience:
• A PhD in ICT (ICT includes electrical engineering, computer science, information systems) or in educational technology from a recognized university
• At least five years’ experience as a teaching faculty member in a recognized university, preferably in Africa
• Experience in modern teaching and curriculum development methods and student assessment.
• Demonstrated excellent teaching skills at university level (evidence based on teaching portfolio or teaching awards).
• Experience in the use of teaching portfolio or equivalent tool for assessment and documenting teaching experience at university level
• Experience in developing e-learning materials and other online materials.
• Experience in academic leadership and working with senior leadership of universities
• Experience in writing grant proposals and managing research grants will be mandatory.
• Ability to attract grants from industry and foundations will be mandatory, proficiency in computer applications (word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and other collaborative tools)
• Demonstrate high ethical and moral standards
2. Shared Services Manager

This position reports to the Executive Director / CEO and will provide existing and new members of KENET with a single point of contact on all shared services offered by KENET.

The suitable candidate will be responsible for promoting and developing innovative shared services in collaboration with member institutions and managing the relationship between KENET and member institutions.

Suitable candidates will be expected to have the following qualifications and experience:
• An undergraduate degree in engineering, computer science, or information systems from a recognized university with advanced knowledge of information systems and marketing acquired through experience or a higher degree in information systems or business administration.
• At least one year experience as a network or system administrator with a large organization, ISP or telecom operator.
• At least three years experience as an account manager or in IT Systems’ Sales, Marketing or Deployment.
• Demonstrated excellent critical thinking and analytical skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in the English language
• Ability to work with limited supervision
• Proficiency in computer applications (word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and other collaborative tools)
• Demonstrated high ethical and moral standards
• Possession of a valid driving license with one year driving experience will be an added advantage
3. Senior Telecommunication Engineer
(one position)

This position reports to the Head of Infrastructure and will be responsible for the design, installation, maintenance of a variety of telecommunication networks used to provide Internet services to universities and colleges in Kenya.

This position is for an engineer with at least three years’ experience in the telecommunications industry as a network planning and design engineer with specialization in the design and operation of optical fiber networks.

Suitable candidates will be expected to have the following qualifications and experience:
• B.Sc. in electrical /electronic engineering degree or equivalent with specialization in telecommunications networks from a recognized university. The engineering degree must be recognized by the Engineers Registration Board of Kenya.
• At least five years relevant experience as a telecommunications engineer designing, implementing and/or managing optical fiber networks
• Experience in the implementation of wireless access networks will be an added advantage
• Post-graduate degree in telecommunication networks will be an added advantage
• Proficiency in UNIX operating systems and Internet protocols
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English language.
• Demonstrate high ethical and moral standards
4. Assistant Network Engineer
(one position)

This position reports to the Senior Network Engineer and will be responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of a variety of telecommunication networks used to provide Internet services to universities and colleges in Kenya.

This is an entry level /trainee engineer position for recent graduate engineers.

Suitable candidates will be expected to have the following qualifications and experience:
• B.Sc. in electrical/electronic engineering degree or equivalent with specialization in telecommunications networks from a recognized university. The engineering degree must be recognized by the Engineers Registration Board of Kenya.
• At least six months relevant experience obtained through employment or internship as a network administrator and/or installation of IP-based networks.
• Proficiency in UNIX operating systems and Internet protocols
• Experience in the implementation of wireless access networks will be an added advantage
• Cisco or Linux network certification will be an added advantage.
• Excellent oral and written technical communication skills in English language
• Demonstrate high ethical and moral standards
5. Communications and Administration Officer
(one position)

This position reports to the Executive Director/CEO of KENET and will be responsible for managing membership and donor relations, all the administrative functions of the KENET secretariat, keeping records of all meetings of the Board of Trustees and communications with both internal and external stakeholders as necessary.

Suitable candidates will be expected to have the following qualifications and experience:
• An undergraduate degree in business administration, commerce, or law from a recognized university with knowledge of business communications, business law and human resources management
• At least two years’ experience as a HR professional, communications specialist or personal assistant to a senior manager in a corporate organization
• Proficiency in computer applications (word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and other collaborative tools)
• Ability to work independently with limited supervision
• Professional qualifications as CPS(K) or HR management would be an added advantage or personal assistant to a senior manager in a corporate organization
• Demonstrate high-ethical and moral standards
• Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Kiswahili languages
All of the above positions shall be on contract terms of three (3) years which shall be renewable based on performance

An attractive remuneration package commensurate with the position will be offered to the successful candidates.

Applications should be sent to:

The Executive Director
Kenya Education Network Trust (KENET)
P.O. Box 30244, 00100 Nairobi

not later than June 10, 2011.

Applications should be accompanied by copies of secondary and university degree certificates, up to date CV showing current or past gross monthly salary, names and addresses of two (2) referees, a cover letter written in essay style, and day-time telephone contact.

E-mail applications should be sent to applications@kenet.or.ke and should include scanned copies of the certificates sent as an attachment.

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