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USAID continues to support higher education in Afghanistan through the Advancing Higher Education for Afghanistan’s Development (AHEAD) program, an innovative initiative that seeks to improve the quality and relevance of tertiary education by strengthening linkages to public and private sector employability. AHEAD does this through a network approach whereby Afghan Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are partnered with Coordinating Universities, in USA and Afghanistan, across key growth sectors including Agriculture, Business, Education and Health. AHEAD’s Higher Education Networks (HENs) involve a larger number of institutions and a broader set of activities than traditional university-to-university partnerships, providing a mechanism for strengthening HEIs’ capacity, and promoting channels of communication and collaboration across the ecosystem of public and private HEIs in five provinces of Afghanistan. AHEAD also works to increase access to higher education, especially for vulnerable groups like women, and to enhance the management and administrative capacity of HEIs, Ministry of Higher Education and the Technical Vocational Education and Training Authority. The Coordinating Universities are University of Massachusetts (Education HEN), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Agriculture HEN), University of Minnesota (Health HEN) and the American University of Afghanistan (Business HEN). AHEAD will work with selected public and private HEIs in Balkh, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar and Nangarhar provinces.
This is a full time Senior Coordinator reporting to the Director of Organizational Development and Management Quality and closely working with Sr. Manager for Access & e-Learning and Sector Leads. The Sr. Career Counseling Coordinator is providing technical assistance to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as well as support learning through a comprehensive career services program, which includes career counseling, job search assistances (resume writing, cover letter writing, interview skills, identifying job leads, using the internet, etc.), internship assistance, and other areas related to career success. These services are provided to current and alumni of the AHEAD target universities through the Student Services Coordination Department (SSCD) in each university. This person will work collaboratively with the management of target universities specifically with the vice-chancellor for student affairs and the SSCDs while engaging alumni, UIACs and employer partners to promote the career development of the students.
Key Duties and Responsibilities the position include:
- Supervise and manage the provincial career counseling coordinators and activities at five AHEAD target provinces.
- Guide and mentor provincial career counseling coordinators and make sure that everyone is effectively delivering their services.
- Oversee the routine activities of provincial career counseling coordinators and provide technical assistance to them
- Collect relevant reports, feedbacks and suggestions from students, university officials, partners, employers and alumni and send them to AHEAD main office for consideration
- Collect and disseminate information about SSCD functions
- Develop progress and situational reports
- Liaise with University counterparts on coordination of students’ career development demands
- Ensure that procedures for student selection adhere with AHEAD’s policy, particularly ensuring equality and diversity.
Career Counseling/Student Affairs:
- Provide Career Counseling sessions for the SSCDs staff
- Support and train SCCDs to provide job search assistance to students
- Support SCCDs to conduct individual and group counseling sessions to students/alumni and to assist them through occupational exploration and the career decision-making process.
- Work with SSCDs staff to harmonize and connect students to other available counseling resources including the Career Center Counseling panels if students’ demands are too specific and beyond the generic counseling limits
- Guide SSCDs to discover career interests and possible job matches for students
- Make sure databases of active jobs, internships, and employed alumni are updated
- Support SSCDs to organize job fairs, advisory councils, site visits to employers, and direct contacts between students and employers
- Support SSCDs to organize workshops, guest talks by professionals, design and deliver power point presentations and other career-related activities
- Support SSCDs to develop career plans for students and inform them about the status and demands of the local job market
- Collaborate with Sector Leads, MoHE officials, and HEIs to identify students’ skill gaps and come up with plans/strategies to deal with them
- Run small group sessions or larger presentations on all aspects of career works and topics related to personal development
- Developing and promoting the use of supplementary materials for students
- Support SSDs to keep up to date the labor market information, legislation, and professional and academic developments by visiting employers, training providers and training events run by educational and professional bodies
- Support SSCDs lead the awareness and outreach initiatives on students’ career center activities
- Undertake other tasks as assigned by the Director of OD & MQ and other senior management of AHEAD
Qualifications and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in social science (education, management, business administration, public administration) or any relevant field is required, and master’s degree is preferred.
- With bachelor’s degree, seven years of experience and with master’s degree, five years of experience is needed
- Experience with international development organizations or donor funded development projects is preferred.
- Excellent coordination and communication skills.
- Must be a native speaker of Dari or Pashto.
- Fluency in English (in both oral and written) is required.
- Knowledge of Afghan culture, international norms of conduct, and the current political situation in Afghanistan.
- Experienced in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint essential as is ability to carry out general analysis of data (e.g., student, faculty, and university statistics).