Industry Liaison

Apply by 20 July 2018
Posted on 21 May 2018

Job Description


The Centers of Excellence (COE) activity was designed by USAID and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) to support Egypt’s economic development by establishing “partnerships for human and institutional capacity building between higher education institutions in the United States and developing countries.” The COEs will strengthen the capacity of Egyptian universities to respond to changing public and private sector needs for applied research and skilled graduates in the sectors of agriculture, water and energy. As the Government of Egypt (GOE) body responsible for funding, overseeing, regulating, and accrediting higher education efforts in Egypt and ensuring the quality of higher education nationwide, MOHESR seeks through this project to build upon ongoing USG-supported efforts to strengthen higher education access and quality in key technical fields. Specifically, USAID and MOHESR intend to create a sustainable model for market driven university education in an environment that fosters scholarship supported equitable access for women, persons with disabilities, and academically qualified, yet financially needy students.

Objective and Specific Responsibilities

The Industry Liaison will work closely with the COE Program Director, Deputy Directors, Technical Advisors and Egyptian university partners to establish a robust sustainability program which will ensure the long-term success of the COE. Specific responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Develop capacity for financial sustainability through workshops, mentoring, and hands-on assistance in preparing fundraising and sponsored-research proposals and presenting requests to companies and donors.
  • Drawing on existing professional networks, develop and implement an industry outreach program and internship program, including, but not limited to, company tours of universities, roundtables with students, and job boards to match company opportunities with student interns and graduates.
  • Work with Rectors, Vice Chancellors, and Pro Rectors, to develop their personal skills in cultivating donors and seeking contributions.
  • Advise on the creation of development offices as well as the hiring and training of staff.
  • Develop and implement a robust program of sustainable and long-term collaborative linkages between U.S. universities and Egyptian universities.
  • Present and market COE to a wide variety of external groups and businesses.
  • Save relevant project documents in COE Dropbox and maintain integrity of filing system.
  • Update activities and tasks in Smartsheet, as required.
  • Submit weekly status reports to COE Project Manager to report activities.

Effort, Reporting, and Other Administrative Requirements

TheIndustry Liaison position is considered a full-time position. The Industry Liaison will be based at a partner university in Egypt. The Industry Liaison will report to the COE Finance Director on all programmatic aspects of her employment, including but not limited to job description, duties, qualifications, working environment, and performance.


  • An appropriate mix of technical skills as described above, to include at least one area of principal technical expertise;
  • Proven skill in working with private industry partners with demonstrated success in areas of program objectives;
  • Familiarity with the Middle East preferred; familiarity with Egypt strongly preferred.

About the Organization

Our mission at Arizona State University is no less than revolutionizing the model for public higher education. We call it the New American University, and we began our transformation in 2002, led by President Michael Crow. Six years later, Newsweek hailed ASU as “one of the most radical redesigns in higher learning since the modern research university took shape.” By 2016 and again in 2017 and 2018, U.S. News and World Report named ASU the most innovative university, ahead of Stanford at #2 and MIT at #3. The ASU model has relevance for developing countries seeking to meet escalated expressions of challenges that we face in the United States. In 2015, ASU established ASU International Development to support cross-university pursuit of development projects. ASU ID provides a single point of contact for donors and partners seeking to access the university’s myriad resources. Since 2015, ASU has successfully implemented projects for USAID, the State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Inter-American Development Bank, and private sector donors including foundations such as MasterCard and Gates. Countries of work include Brazil, Barbados, Haiti, India, Pakistan, West Bank, El Salvador, Vietnam, Indonesia, Peru, Mexico, Kenya, Nepal, Jamaica, Aruba and the Pacific Islands. ASU provides strong back-office support to its partners as one of the few university research enterprises to be ISO 9001-compliant.

ASU is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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