Principal Officer Job in Kenya

Job Title: Principal Officer
Hiring Organization: United States International University
Location – Locality: Nairobi
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: Education
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: KES Competitive
Date Posted: 09/15/2023

United States International University-Africa is a Higher Learning Institution based in Nairobi, Kenya and is the most diverse university in East and Central Africa with about 6,000 students from over 60 nations, and a global network of more than 25,000 alumni. USIU-Africa is the only university in Sub-Saharan Africa whose degree programs are accredited by both the Kenya Government through the Commission for University Education (CUE), and by the American Government through the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC).

In line with our commitment to providing quality, affordable education through world-class service delivery platforms, USIU-Africa is seeking to recruit suitable candidates for this position: Principal Officer – Career and Placement

Job Summary

Reporting to the DVC, Student Life, the job holder will Support transition of students by securing careers and placement opportunities; assist in sourcing for employment/ internship/ volunteer opportunities for alumni; assist in providing professional and responsive career services to students, employers and alumni.

Key Responsibilities

Marketing Outreach

  • Assist with the development of creative initiatives for marketing and promoting students and alumni to employers.
  • Assist in organizing recruitment drives and annual Career Fair.
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining contact with graduates and alumni to mentor current students and cultivate new employers.
  • Compile and profile a comprehensive list of all graduate students highlighting employment progress and success stories.
  • Identify diverse placement opportunities and work with students to access placement.
  • Market the department services and programs to the USIU-Africa community.

Career Advising, Training and Placement

  • To manage all aspects of the placement process including guiding, assisting and advising students, to recognize their skills and job requirements and to communicate with organizations providing placement opportunities.
  • Provide individual/group CV and cover letter review and assistance.
  • Coach students in exploring their careers and developing short and long term job seeking strategies/career plans.
  • Coordinate seminars/workshops on Career Development for both employment and self-employment.
  • Organize and run pre-placement sessions for outgoing students and debriefings for returning students through discussion, consideration and evaluation of personal and professional development through placement.
  • Deliver presentations to scholars during pre-University orientation and organized workshops.


  • Assist in surveying employers, students and reviewing periodicals to determine up to date topics of interest and trends in the market.
  • Assist in identifying topics for research and collaborative opportunities to learn more about the industry and students.
  • Conduct research and disseminate information on Jobs/internships/volunteer opportunities available for different majors to students through regular email updates.

Partnership Development

  • Build and maintain partnerships with current and potential employers.

Minimum Educational Qualifications and professional Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Marketing, Social Sciences or equivalent.
  • Relevant Served as Career & Placement Officer for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Proficiency in computer applications.
  • Shown merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results.
  • Previous experience of customer/client contact especially establishing and developing effective links with companies in the relevant discipline/field.
  • Experience of facilitating/negotiating with a range of people.
  • Liaison with and experience of industry including the role of placement students within organizations.
  • Experience of Higher Education and the student learning experience.
  • Experience of working with young adults.

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent IT skill including word processing and use of databases.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a variety of people.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including report writing.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills

Personal Attributes & Competencies

  • Shown merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results.
  • Confidentiality and integrity.
  • Proficiency in computer applications.
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Relationship builder & effective negotiator.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Adaptability and reliability.

How To Apply

If you have the requisite qualifications and experience and desire to work as a team member in a modern, progressive, international, and multicultural institution where you can make a difference, please apply indicating in the subject line of the email address the position you are applying for. Interested applicants must provide a cover letter and a current CV, certified copies of educational certificates and transcripts, names and addresses of three referees, current salary and benefits, telephone and e-mail contacts by 5.00pm, Friday, September 29, 2023 to:

Director Administration,
United States International University – Africa,
P. O. Box 14634-00800, Nairobi, Kenya

USIU-Africa is an equal opportunity employer