Learning Assistants _Job Description

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About Kepler

The challenge: All across sub-Saharan Africa, millions of young people struggle every day with access to education and employment and the kinds of livelihoods that lead to economic security and mobility for themselves and their families. Every young person deserves the chance to be educated; every young person deserves the opportunity to have a meaningful job.

Who we are: Kepler is a non-profit university program that is building a transformative model of education-to-employment services for these young people across the region. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the economic mobility of thousands of individuals, families, and communities in all of our countries of operation. We want to reimagine what higher education can look like in sub-Saharan Africa.

What we do: Through a rigorous curriculum of in-person, online and on-the-job learning, Kepler students graduate with the relevant skills and the right attitude to meet the needs of the changing global economy. We partner closely with Southern New Hampshire University – a global leader in higher education – which allows our students to attain affordable, internationally recognized degrees while studying in East Africa.

Our history: Kepler launched in Rwanda in 2013. Our 50+ staff currently serve 550 students across two campuses in Rwanda – our flagship campus in Kigali, as well as a second campus in the Kiziba refugee camp in Western Rwanda, where we serve refugee learners.

The future: Kepler has an ambitious new strategy for the next five years, which will include launching in two new countries; expanding our academic offerings; partnering with other public and private sector universities, and reaching a new level of organizational sustainability.

About the Role:

Since the beginning of Kepler, students in upper classes have been helping the Foundational Program students to be familiar with the program and understand different courses. Based on the success of that practice, we are now looking for another group of 12 Learning Assistants (LAs) to support the Foundational Program Students for a period of 12 months starting in March. The LAs will be responsible for providing support to students in one of the following courses: 

  • Communications: 3 positions
  • Technology: 3 positions
  • Methods of Thinking for Business (MOTB): 3 positions
  • Professional Competencies: 3 positions

The LAs will help in some aspects of the class such as identifying struggling students and offer them support in small groups. The LAs will also help with tracking attendance and monitoring tardiness

Job Responsibilities:

  • Set up the classroom before workshops/seminars
  • Track attendance and monitor tardiness
  • Run small group discussions (workshops)
  • Conduct advisory sessions and academic coaching for new students
  • Use canvas to create and grade pre-work, short quizzes, and discussion boards
  • Identify and support struggling students in small groups (during class time or other out of class interventions)
  • Attend planning meetings in content as well as color teams 
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications & Eligibility

  • Be enrolled in the Kepler program preferably a 2019A student 
  • Have a good academic progress in both modules and CfA projects 
  • Remain in a good academic standing at Kepler (i.e., no academic probation, no failing any courses) 
  • Maintain the confidentiality of students and the organization 

Compensation

  • Kepler will cover  your  tuition fees for the year you serve as LA
  • 5000 Rwf monthly internet allowance given to you as Airtime in addition to the airtime that all students get. 

Note

  1. Applicants must specify which content they are qualified to teach among the 4 listed above and mention specific evidence of their qualifications.
  2. The Starting time is March  2021. Candidates who are not ready to start immediately may not be considered.

To apply: Fill in this form not later than Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 5 pm.

For any questions regarding the position, please contact: Albine Mwizera Ineza, Assistant to Dean of Faculty at albine.i@kepler.org