The African Virtual University (AVU) www.avu.org 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 seventeen (17) African Governments - Kenya, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Mozambique, Democratic Republic 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.

SCOPE OF WORK
  • Provide support in the implementation of the AVU research and development agenda.
  • Assist with writing, editing and research projects.
  • Process and track proposal and manuscript submissions for the AVU conferences and online journal.
  • Conduct initial review of conference and journal submissions for compliance with required guidelines and correspond with authors in a timely fashion on their submissions.
  • Operate online peer-review software to facilitate the peer review process including uploading files, and ensuring a timely peer review process.
  • Communicate issues raised by editorial management to authors, editors and reviewers.
  • Assist authors, reviewers, and editors by responding to queries by email and phone.
  • Liaise with copy-editors, compositors and proof readers.
  • Troubleshoot routine conference proposals and manuscript issues, provide input on discussions and escalate issues when appropriate.
  • Provide support as needed to the editorial board.
  • Assist with the organization and logistical support for the AVU annual conference.
  • Assist with press, website updates and marketing of the conferences and the journal.
  • Maintain and regularly update peer reviewer database.
  • Maintain relevant statistics on the conferences and online journal.
  • Other duties as assigned by management.

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES
  • Online and open peer-reviewed journal supported.
  • Organization of annual conferences supported.
  • Conference and online journal submissions processed.
  • Peer-reviewer database maintained and updated.
  • Marketing and press on conferences and online journal supported.
  • Support provided to editors and editorial board.
  • Support provided to AVU Research & Development activities.


4.0. QUALIFICATIONS
  • Master’s degree in Education with focus in any of the following areas: Inquiry Methodology, Distance Education & e-learning, Adult Education, Education Policy Studies, Instructional Systems Technology, Educational Technology/Instructional Technology or Information & Communication Technologies.
  • Educational training and some experience in conducting scholarly research including skills in literature review, research design, data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, background in working for a publication (preferably academic) would be an advantage.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and 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: Bilingual French-English. Ability to write and communicate proficiently in both French and English. Knowledge of Portuguese will be an added advantage.
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, Power Point, Excel, Access, Internet Skills.

MODALITIES OF WORK This is a full time employment .
DURATION 2 years renewable.
REPORTING The Research/ Editorial Assistant will report to the Manager Academic Programs.
PAYMENT
The salary will be commensurate with the qualification and experience of the successful candidate.

The African Virtual University (AVU) www.avu.org is an equal opportunity employer. The successful candidate will be appointed for 2 years renewable.

Application must include a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae and two writing samples. Also required is a telephone number; email and residential addresses; and names with contact addresses of three professional references. Applications should be sent to job@avu.org and must have Program Officer - Research as the email subject.

All inquiries should be sent to avuhr@avu.org

The successful candidate will be based at the AVU Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The closing date for this application is 29th July 2013 at 18:00 East African Time (UTC/GMT + 3) Note: ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

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