Scholarship Manager (Leadership Activity)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 17 January 2019

Job Description

World Learning is a leading international non-profit organization working to create a more peaceful and just world through education, development, and exchange. We are seeking an experienced Scholarship Manager for the anticipated USAID-funded Leadership Activity in Myanmar. The project seeks to provide leadership training centered around scholarships in the U.S. to improve technical skills (including but not limited to economic affairs), promote tolerance of diversity, and advance Burma’s self-reliance.

The Scholarship Manager will oversee scholarship administration, disbursement, and monitoring of Burmese individuals selected to participate in degree programming and leadership training in the U.S. He/she will be responsible for scholarship management, including: outreach, recruitment and selection, pre-departure orientations and logistics in accordance with ADS 252/253, serving as a liaison to home office staff, and overseeing any follow-on activity.

Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project. If you are unable to access the position on our career’s page, you can submit your CV or resume and cover letter (in English) to: syed.zaidi@worldlearning.org. Please include the post title on the subject line as well as a note explaining your qualifications for the position in the email body. Only finalist candidates will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and qualified candidates should apply as soon as possible.

Responsibilities:
Scholarships Management
• Provide leadership and oversight to program and operations staff charged with implementing scholarship activities and ensure compliance with USAID rules, regulations, and policies, especially ADS 252 and 253;
• Design and implement an inclusive outreach and recruitment plan for program participants
• Design a user-friendly application
• Oversee transparent selection process with objective criteria and independent evaluators
• Facilitate the participant application process by ensuring the timely submission of requisite paperwork and obtaining necessary application documentation;
• Manage pre-departure orientation and oversee administrative and reporting requirements prior to participant departure;
• Conduct limited outreach travel;
• Lead monitoring and evaluation of scholarship activities to ensure high-quality delivery;
• Contribute to work planning and quarterly and annual progress reporting for scholarship activities; and
• Represent World Learning to key government counterparts, donors, and higher education institutions, as necessary.

Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required; Master’s degree preferred;
• A minimum of 6 to 8 years of professional experience successfully managing scholarship, fellowship, or exchange programs at higher education institutions or donor-funded development programs; preferably in Myanmar or the region;
• Extensive knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, particularly those concerning participant training and scholarship management, including ADS 252/253 is highly desired;
• Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to prioritize workload and multi-task in a fast-paced environment and strong track record of meeting deliverables;
o Excellent communication and diplomatic skills, with a professional level of verbal and written fluency in English and Burmese; Burmese nationals preferred;
• Commitment to inclusive programming that encourages full participation of individuals regardless of gender, disability status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or other marginalized status.


World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

About the Organization

Why World Learning

For more than 85 years, World Learning has worked to create a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world. Our education, development, and exchange programs help people find their voices, connect with their communities, and strengthen the institutions that form the backbone of a democratic society. With our support, these emerging leaders tackle critical global issues like poverty, conflict, and inequality.

As a thriving international nonprofit organization with impact in 150 countries, World Learning works across six major program areas. We’re hard at work improving global education to ensure schools and teachers have the tools they need to support students — including English language instruction through our TESOL teacher training. We encourage civic engagement in communities around the world, and we strengthen institutions so that they can best serve their constituencies. Our workforce developmentprograms help people cultivate the hard and soft skills they need to succeed. And we offer people-to-people exchanges for people of all ages who seek professional and academic enrichment.

All World Learning programs are grounded in five key approaches: experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive practices, innovation, and grants management. We believe in partnering with local experts, organizations, and institutions to find solutions that will truly work for each community. Together, we create the foundations for a better tomorrow.

World Learning is a member of the World Learning Inc.Opens a New Window. family, which also includes The Experiment in International Living and School for International Training.

World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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