Interns Jobs in Kenya - AVU International Conference

Vacancy: Interns to Provide Logistical Support for the 2015 2nd International Conference of the AVU
1.0. Introduction
The African Virtual University (AVU) is a Pan African Intergovernmental Organization established by charter with the mandate of significantly increasing access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of information communication technologies. 

A Charter, establishing the AVU as an Intergovernmental Organization, has been signed so far by nineteen (19) African Governments - Kenya, Senegal, Maurntanna, Maln, Cote d’Ivonre, Tanzanna, Mozambnque, Democratnc Republnc of Congo, Benin, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, South Sudan, Sudan, The Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau. 

The AVU has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and a Regional office in Dakar Senegal with Host-Country Agreements and Diplomatic Status with the two governments.

The AVU Business Plan 2009-2014 has two main thrusts: (a) Educational and support services provided on a fee basis; and (b) Not-for-profit development services. 

The Not-for-profit development services aims at building the capacity of AVU Partner Institutions (PIs) with an objective of increasing access to quality education through the following activities: updating and developing content; Open Educational Resources (OER) Development; AVU Capacity Enhancement Program (ACEP); set up/upgrade ODeL centers; developing professional networks through Communities of Practices; Research and Development; and Quality Evaluation and Benchmarking.

Some of the Not-for-profit development services were delivered from 2005 to 2011 through the AVU Multinational Project I, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and implemented in 10 African countries.

The AfDB is funding a second phase of the Multinational Project which will build on the first phase and will extend its benefits to more countries. 

The overall objective of the AVU Multinational Project II is to strengthen the capacity of the AVU and a network of 27 institutions to deliver and manage quality ICT integrated education and training opportunities in 21 African countries. 

The project has the following activities: 

(1) Establishment of new Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) Centers and/or upgrading of exiting AVU Learning Centers as well as Internet connectivity provision at AVU Partner Institutions; 

(2) Development and/or improvement, and delivery of four ICT integrated Programs: AVU Capacity Enhancement Program (ACEP); Teacher Education (TE), Computer Science (CS), and Peace and Conflict Resolution; 

(3) Gender Mainstreaming, 

(4) Research and Development; 

(5) Promotion and development of Open Education Resources (OERs); and 

(6) Enhancement of AVU Capacity .
The AVU Multinational Project II will be implemented in 27 AVU Partner Institutions in the following 21 countries: nine (9) Francophone African Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal; three (3) Lusophone African Countries: Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique; and nine (9) Anglophone African Countries: Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, and Tanzania.

1.0. Research & Development
Research and Development is a new area for the AVU and the objectives of the AVU R&D Unit include; 

(1) strengthen capacity for quality research in open, distance and e-learning (ODeL) in higher education in Africa; 

(2) identify research areas (e.g. OERs, mobile learning) and conduct research related to AVU activities, such as the MSPII; 

(3) coordinate the implementation of research in mobile learning; 

(4) promote dissemination of ODeL research by organizing international conferences and publication of a peer reviewed open access online journal; 

(5) strengthen the capacity of the AVU to make strategic plans and to provide technical assistance on the basis of research findings.
The AVU will be holding its 2nd international conference on 2nd and 3rd July 2015 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Nairobi. Like the first conference in 2013, this conference will bring together researchers, policymakers and practitioners seeking to make sense of the challenges and explore emerging opportunities afforded by ICTs and open, distance and e-learning (ODeL) in addressing issues of access, equity and quality of higher education and training in Africa.
The AVU Research and Development unit which is tasked with the responsibility of organizing the conference wishes to engage interns who will provide logistical support for the conference according to the details outlined below:

2.0. Qualifications
  • Minimum: Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related fields preferred.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
  • Ability to collaborate with individuals from different location and cultures.
  • Self-starter and able to take initiative.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Language: Ability to write and communicate proficiently in English. French or Portuguese desirable but not necessary.
  • Familiarity with commonly used computer applications e.g. Microsoft Office, the Internet etc.
  • Experience presenting at, or supporting an academic conference as an assistant, rapporteur etc
3.0 Scope of Work
Interns for the 2nd International Conference of the AVU will be expected to:
  • be present for the whole duration of the internship;
  • assist with document preparation the week prior to conference;
  • be of assistance to delegates;
  • be of assistance to the AVU conference planning committee and staff responsible for the conference;
  • assist AVU staff at the Secretariat;
  • welcome participants at the welcome reception and gala dinner;
  • assist in any other tasks assigned by the Manager, Research & Development (conference chair) before, during and after the conference.
4.0. Expected Deliverables
  • To produce and organize conference documents. After the conference, the R&D interns will assist with processing post-conference paperwork/documents as assigned by the Manager, Research & Development (conference chair).
5.0. Modalities of Work
The modalities of the work will be agreed upon with the Manager, Research & Development.
i) Before the conference
  • The interns will report to AVU – CVEI Office on Lenana Road for a one-week preparatory time that will include document preparation.
ii) During the conference
  • Interns will attend the conference Wednesday 1st July – Friday 3rd July 2015 at the Crowne Plaza hotel, Upper Hill area, Nairobi
  • Lunch will be provided
  • On Wednesday 1st July (6.45 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.) there is a welcome reception. Interns have duties and are expected to attend.
  • Interns are expected to be friendly, courteous, and professional and observe the AVU dress code for official functions.
iii) After the Workshop
  • The Interns will report to CVEI where they will fill out an anonymous survey rating their experience as an AVU intern. Comments and suggestions are recommended and encouraged.
  • Assist in processing post-conference paperwork/documents.
6.0 Duration: The Interns will be expected to dedicate 10 days to this internship with no exceptions.
7.0 Reporting: The interns will report to the Manager Research & Development.
How to Apply

The successful candidates will be appointed for a period of 10 days. 

Interns will be contracted on short notice.

Application must include an application letter and detailed curriculum vitae with a telephone number; email; and names with contact addresses of three professional references. 

Applications should be sent to and must have Intern for the 2nd AVU International Conference as the email subject
The closing date for this application is Friday day June 19th 2015 at 18:00 East African Time (UTC/GMT + 3) 

Note: ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted


The African Virtual University (AVU)  is an equal opportunity employer.