Summary: The Scholarship Associate is responsible for directly establishing and managing a secondary school scholarship program for vulnerable adolescent girls through Lubuto Library Partners. The scholarship program is a component of a broader project to keep adolescent girls in secondary school, funded through the DREAMS Innovation Challenge and carried out through LLP’s three Lusaka libraries.
- Independently builds and maintains a scholarship documentation system;
- Works with LLP staff and outside organizations to establish scholarship eligibility criteria;
- Collaboratively identifies secondary school scholarship recipients with aid of Library Managers and other staff;
- Conducts an educational needs assessment with each recipient and his/her parent(s)/caregiver(s);
- Maintains ongoing relationships with area government schools and locates a suitable school place for each scholarship recipient;
- Works with the Finance Manager to manage scholarship budget
- Works closely with LLP’s Communications Manager to support a social-media-based crowdsourced funding campaign;
- Tracks progress (academic and attendance) of scholarship recipients and routinely follows up with schools, teachers, recipient, and recipient’s parent(s)/caregiver(s) to address areas of concern
- Maintains familiarity with other local scholarship providers (e.g., NGOs, school-based scholarships, private scholarships) and assists applicants through Lubuto Libraries as appropriate
- A Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science, Social Work, Education or related fields;
- A Diploma with relevant work experience will also be considered.
- Previous work experience with vulnerable children and youth is highly desirable
Skills & abilities:
- Embraces the mission of Lubuto Library Partners.
- Demonstrates strong interpersonal and organizational skills, is attentive to detail
- Communicates effectively with diverse audiences, e.g., youth, parents/caregivers, educational administrators, civil society organizations, both orally and in writing
- Is a “self-starter,” driven to develop and maintain systems and network relationships.
- Organizes and leads efforts, and consistently “follows through” on tasks and goals.
- Displays a positive attitude, shows concern for people and community, and demonstrates presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
- Cares deeply about advancing the educational status and rights of young people in substantially disadvantaged communities.
- The Scholarship Manager will be based in LLP’s Lusaka office (Kabulonga), but will spend approximately 70% of working hours in the field (e.g., at Lubuto Libraries in Garden, Kamwala, and Lusaka West, visiting local schools).
- Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
How to apply:
- Submit a cover letter highlighting your specific qualifications for this job, your salary history/requirements, and resume with three traceable references to email@example.com stating the position you are applying for in the Subject line;
- Include contact information including a phone number in your application;
- Applications not including all of the above will not be considered;
- Applications close on September 23rd, 2016.