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VACANCY: RESEARCH COORDINATOR

HEKIMA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE - JESUIT CENTRE FOR CHILD SAFEGUARDING IN AFRICA (JCSA)

Hekima University College, a Constituent College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for:

Position:  Research Coordinator   

Responsible to: Centre Director

Job Type: Full Time               

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Description

JCSA is a training and research centre under the auspices of the Jesuits Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), established at Hekima University College in Nairobi to coordinate teaching and research activities in Anglophone and Francophone Africa, (the latter through L’Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus [ITCJ]).

The goal of JCSA is to promote scholarship and advocacy for child protection and safeguarding within the church in Africa. It is established in line with the call by Pope Francis on the church to promote ‘a continuous and profound conversion of hearts…, attested by concrete and effective actions that involve everyone in the Church, so that personal sanctity and moral commitment can contribute to promoting the full credibility of the Gospel message and the effectiveness of the Church’s mission’ (2019 motu proprio “VOS ESTIS LUX MUNDI”).

KEY MANDATES OF THE CENTRE:

a.     Leading advocacy efforts for child protection and safeguarding by raising the profile of safeguarding within the church.

b.     Promoting development of policies and safe practices in child protection and safeguarding.

c.     Teaching through online and on-campus modes, a non-degree certificate course in child protection and safeguarding aimed at both lay and religious personnel.

d.     Conducting and publishing evidence-based research to inform relevant policies on child protection and safeguarding.  

Key responsibilities:

  • Leading on the Centre’s research projects, supporting the design of research instruments and research designs, conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis, drafting sections of reports.
  • Contributing to dissemination of research findings by writing blogs, briefs, and publications in academic journals and other appropriate outlets.
  • Participating in training opportunities and initiatives of the centre.
  • Preparing and delivering lectures, tutorials, workshops, and seminars on child protection and safeguarding.
  • Developing child protection and safeguarding curricula and course material to be used across a number of teaching platforms.
  • Collaborating with colleagues within Hekima University College and ITCJ in pursuit of the tasks above.
  • Project management.
  • Report writing as may be required.
  • Keeping the Director and JCAM Safeguarding Coordinator updated on progress.

Candidate Profile:

  • Education - MA or PhD in Social Sciences or related field
  • Experience and knowledge of child protection and safeguarding within the Catholic church context
  • Minimum of five years of progressive experience in child protection and safeguarding research
  • Adult learning and teaching experience in child protection and safeguarding strongly preferred
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Solid project management skills

NB: JCSA is committed to keeping children safe, so our selection process includes background checks which reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Further, our staff are required to abide by the safeguarding policies in place.

Application Procedure:             

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit soft copies of their applications, together with their updated curriculum vitae, copies of academic and professional certificates and three letters of recommendation. Please submit the above documentation on or before the 30th August 2021 to:

Human Resource Officer,

Hekima University College,

P. O. Box 21215 -00505, Nairobi.

Email: vacancies@hekima.ac.ke

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews for this position.

 

 

VACANCY: RESEARCH AND SUPPORT OFFICER

HEKIMA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE - JESUIT CENTRE FOR CHILD SAFEGUARDING IN AFRICA (JCSA)

Hekima University College, a Constituent College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for:

Position:  Research and Support Officer   

Responsible to: Centre Coordinator/Director

Job Type: Full Time               

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Description

The goal of JCSA is to promote scholarship and advocacy for child protection and safeguarding within the church in Africa. It is established in line with the call by Pope Francis to the church to promote safeguarding of children through ‘a continuous and profound conversion of hearts…, attested by concrete and effective actions that involve everyone in the Church, so that personal sanctity and moral commitment can contribute to promoting the full credibility of the Gospel message and the effectiveness of the Church’s mission’ (2019 motu proprio “VOS ESTIS LUX MUNDI”).

KEY MANDATES OF THE CENTRE:

1.     Leading advocacy efforts for child protection and safeguarding by raising the profile of safeguarding within the church.

2.     Promoting development of policies and safe practices in child protection and safeguarding.

3.     Teaching through online and on-campus modes, a non-degree certificate course in child protection and safeguarding aimed at both lay and religious personnel.

4.     Conducting and publishing evidence-based research to inform relevant policies on child protection and safeguarding. 

5.     Developing and leading safeguarding audits for the Jesuits Conference of Africa and Madagascar.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  •          Conducting research, and writing papers, proposals and journal articles.
  •          Providing support to students and other colleagues.
  •          Participating in training opportunities and initiatives at the centre.
  •          Developing curricula and course material that can be used across a number of platforms.
  •          Assisting the Director in carrying out administrative duties of the centre.

PERSONAL SPECIFICATION/EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:

  •          Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, psychology, or any other relevant discipline.  (Master’s degree is an added advantage).
  •          Demonstrated involvement or experience in child protection and safeguarding.
  •          Previous adult teaching experience.
  •          Excellent spoken and written English. French language would be an asset.
  •          Strong interpersonal, presentation, and written and verbal communication skills.
  •          Adequate IT skills to perform common office operations.
  •          Willingness to take on multiple tasks as may be needed.
  •          Dependability 

Application Procedure:              
Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit hard/soft copies of their applications, together with their updated curriculum vitae, copies of academic and professional certificates and three letters of recommendation. Please submit the above documentation on or before the 27th August 2021 to:

Human Resource Officer,
Hekima University College,
P. O. Box 21215 -00505, Nairobi.

Email: vacancies@hekima.ac.ke

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews for this position.

 

 

 

 

International Visiting Scholar Programme

 

Hekima University College


Jesuit School of Theology and Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations
Nairobi, Kenya

International Visiting Scholar Programme

Hekima University College welcomes interested scholars to spend time in HUC for teaching and/or research purposes. The aim of the IVS programme is to strengthen the international profile of HUC by welcoming scholars from different parts of the world to contribute to the mission of HUC by offering innovative and cutting-edge research and scholarship in theology and peace studies. IVS is envisaged as a mutually beneficial programme for both HUC and the visiting scholar.

For scholars who are interested in teaching, IVS allows for a negotiable short-term period of teaching. Longer arrangements can also be made for one or two semesters.

For scholars interested in research or sabbatical programmes, the timeframe is subject to negotiation and agreement with HUC.

IVS offers room and board for short-term teaching/research. Under certain conditions, HUC will cover partial or full travel cost, depending on need. Opportunities exist for visiting interesting sites to enhance the overall experience of conducting research and scholarship in Kenya.

The IVS scholar is expected to propose a course for approval by the dean 6 months ahead of the projected date. When possible the dean could request and make arrangement with the scholar to teach a particular course depending on the need of HUC.

HUC also requests the visiting scholars who plan to spend a full semester to offer one public lecture.

Send inquiries to principal@hekima.ac.ke , dean.jst@hekima.ac.ke and dean.hipsir@hekima.ac.ke