January to August 2021 Faculty - Short Term Position - Apply Now

African Leadership University, School of Wildlife Conservation, Kigali, Rwanda

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ABOUT THE ROLE

You will join on an eight month contract as a member of our SOWC faculty. Consequently, your role will involve a blend of design, facilitation, and administration of both programmes. You will be responsible for designing parts of the curriculum, delivering and iterating on curriculum designed by others. Your day to day will include organising sessions, facilitating discussions, reviewing student assignments, advising and encouraging self-direction, and providing regular feedback based on clearly defined rubrics. 

You will also work closely with our Academic Dean, Director of Academics and the Head of the Global Challenges Programme to constantly tweak and enhance the programme and curate powerful learning experiences for our students. On a higher level, you will be involved in the co-creation of a vision and strategy for the programme, setting up the path that will allow students to extend the skills they learned to the outside world as the future conservation leaders of the African Continent.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Proven experience in teaching or facilitated learning
  • A relevant Masters Degree and experience in the conservation sector
  • Broad technical knowledge on key international conservation issues and an understanding of the business of conservation, ideally within the African context 
  • Experience working with diverse and/or international organisations
  • Experience working and collaborating with stakeholder groups 
  • Passionate about conservation and its potential for Africa and the world both in terms of environmental sustainability and economic development
  • Openness to approaching learning design and facilitation from first principles, with a passion for creating transformative experiences that can scale
  • Flexible and comfortable with change
  • Contract from January to August 2021
  • The position is based in Kigali, Rwanda

APPLY - Click HERE to apply directly. Visit  OUR WEBSITE to learn more about ALU’s School of Wildlife Conservation.

ABOUT ALU

Over the next 40 years, ALU aims to develop 3 million entrepreneurs and industry leaders by employing engaging, evidence-based teaching methods to integrate student learning with the real world, empower them to take ownership of their own learning, and equip them with the ability to think entrepreneurially.

Two campuses—Mauritius and Rwanda—are already open, as is the ALU School of Business. Moving forward, we plan to scale across the continent. We are deeply passionate about our students and excited by the challenge of building something entirely new.

Faculty at ALU are scholars, educators, and/or practitioners in their respective fields who want to be at the frontier of global higher education. Our faculty members are passionate about learning innovation, have the freedom to experiment with new approaches to learning, and the chance to work with some of the most motivated students in the world. 

ABOUT ALU FACULTY

ALU faculty empower students to learn through designing, iterating, and delivering our learning model. This requires a sharp break from conventional instructional norms.

In particular, ALU faculty:

  • Understand and can apply ALU’s learning principles to learning design and facilitation. Faculty in this model are guides/coaches/mentors, not experts; facilitators, not lecturers. 
  • Role model lifelong learning, leadership, and institutional values (e.g. growth mindset)
  • Support student development in low touch, high impact ways (we don’t have the luxury to handhold students nor do we believe this is the most effective approach to learning). Our faculty are committed to designing constructionist, scalable learning environments. 
  • Approach interactions with students with a focus on what a student is doing, rather than what the faculty member is doing
  • Help students develop skills more than they teach content
  • Enable students towards becoming self-directed, providing scaffolds where needed

Faculty of the School of Wildlife Conservation should have experience working on at least one of the following areas: Environmental Economics, Conservation Policy, Ecology, Conservation Governance, Conservation Business, and Conservation Finance. Faculty of SOWC will work with students of our Global Challenges undergraduate programme and our Conservation MBA programme. They should also have an interest in designing and supporting students in engaging with these areas. You don’t need to be an expert in pedagogy, but must be open to embracing new ways of teaching and supporting learning. As an institution, we approach education from first principles, empower individuals to design, test, and implement creative new ideas, and work closely together to craft transformative learning experiences. We are deeply passionate about our students and excited by the challenge of building high impact learning. 

ABOUT THE GLOBAL CHALLENGES  PROGRAMME

The Global Challenges Programme prepares students to work on the world’s toughest problems. Students develop leadership, entrepreneurship, and problem solving skills, tools for moonshot and unconventional thinking, and the discipline to direct their own learning around big problems. The programme involves a combination of project-based experiential learning, flipped classrooms, peer-to-peer teaching, and student-directed learning. 

ABOUT THE CONSERVATION MBA PROGRAMME

The Conservation MBA is the first pan-African programme of its kind. This 20-month world-class programme is designed for rising conservation professionals across the continent who aspire to lead change in their conservation organizations. The Conservation MBA learning model blends interactive, online education with in-class sessions, allowing students to build their studies around their work schedules while applying new skills, tools and frameworks directly to their organisations. Students join with their classmates in Kigali 6 times over the course of the programme, for week-long sessions delivered by an ‘all-star’ cast of African business and conservation leaders.

Louisa Richmond-Coggan

Dean, African Leadership University, School of Wildlife Conservation

I have nineteen years of international experience in the field of conservation both in situ and ex-situ. From an early age, I have been passionate and intrigued by the natural world. My love of African wildlife and the continent they live in has shaped the person I am today and in turn the direction my professional career has taken. From my first visit to Tanzania to my current work in Namibia, I have come to understand the multifaceted relationship between wildlife and people. It cannot be denied that people are the root cause of a species decline but they are also the key to a species survival as well; this is my focus. Every one of my projects has grown my understanding of this relationship. I do this by taking the time to sit and talk to the people who are impacted by wildlife to generate real-world solutions. As a conservation scientist, I believe we should always be asking the key question ‘How can people and wildlife coexist?’ In 2016, I realised that to establish practices which affect real conservation results in time frames that address challenges before they become irretrievable, conservationists need to be more innovative, flexible and collaborative in their approach than we have traditionally been. My solution to this was to become an independent ecological consultant, able to work where and when I was required and, crucially, with all stakeholders and not just the ones my views were aligned with and in 2017 I started LRC Wildlife Conservation. In November 2020 I became the Dean for the School of Wildlife Conservation at the African Leadership University based in Kigali, Rwanda. As Dean, I am responsible for designing and implementing the School’s academic curriculum for undergraduate, MBA, and professional development programmes. Strengthening the faculty team and providing academic leadership for the School’s growing student body. The ALU School of Wildlife Conservation is an initiative of the African Leadership Group established to catalyse innovation and growth in Africa’s conservation sector. This is because we recognise Wildlife Conservation as one of Africa’s great opportunities and competitive advantages. We see the sector’s potential to drive sustainable ecological and economic development on the continent.
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