Fellow Support Coordinator Jobs – Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

Job Title:       Fellow Support Coordinator
Organisation: Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda with regular travel to other
countries of Africa
About US:
Without Borders Canada was founded in 2000 by CEOs, George Roter and Parker
Mitchell on a napkin in a coffee shop. With a dream of an organization that
would enable engineers to contribute something other than another bridge or
another electrical grid, they started off with biweekly meetings in George’s
parents’ living room. By the end of 2000, over 1000 members had joined and a
handful of chapters were starting. And in January 2001, EWB’s first volunteer
left for a four month internship in India. Engineers Without Borders creates
change by supporting social innovations in Canada and Africa that can break the
systems that sustain poverty. We promote policies to foster more equitable
development. We invest in leaders who enable others to reach their full
wants want to see a world where everyone can have their basic needs met, and
to their full potential. We do this in three ways:
  • Investing in people’s leadership development
    through our model of Systems Change Leadership;
  • Making flexible, long-term investments &
    grants of up to $100,000 in early-stage, scalable ventures (from concept
    to scale) with high potential to drive systemic change for the benefit of the
  • Promoting policies & institutional
    changes that enable more equitable development.
About EWBs Fellowships:
Fellowship Programs are a core piece of the EWB community. Our Fellowships equip
individuals with the skills, knowledge and experiences needed to increase the impact
of the Ventures EWB incubates. EWB’s Fellowships also contribute to the long term
goal of shaping the future leaders of the international development sector. We
currently operate 4 inter-linked Fellowship Programs across Kenya, Ghana,
Malawi, Zambia and Uganda:
  • The EWB Long-Term Fellowship for young
    Canadian professionals to work for 1+ years with EWB Ventures in Africa
    (approx. 30 Fellows per year)
  • The Junior Fellowship for Canadian university
    students to work for 3.5 months with EWB Ventures, and return to
    contribute to their EWB university chapter (approx. 20 Fellows per year)
  • The Corporate Fellowship for Canadian
    professionals to work for 5 months with EWB Ventures, and return to
    contribute to their EWB City Network or corporate company (partnered with EWB)
    (approx. 3 Fellows per year)
  • The Kumvana Fellowship for African leaders to
    participate in leadership development and short work placements in Canada,
    and return to lead local initiatives and grow EWB’s African community.
    (approx. 15 Fellows per year)
Job Summary: The Fellow Support Coordinator will support about 70
individuals who participate in EWB’s Fellowship programs every year. The
incumbent will work closely with  EWB’s
West Africa Fellow Support Coordinator to take EWB’s support to its Fellows to
the next level. The job holder will enable this formidable community of Fellows
to make significant impact through their work placements, and anchor them in a life-long
trajectory of leadership, pursuing systems-level social change. Part of this
opportunity is about developing a vision that answers some important questions:
  • How can we develop internal systems to
    seamlessly support Fellows’ logistics?
  • How can we develop networks of ongoing
    coaching and mentorship that will enhance the impact and personal development
    of EWB Fellows?
  • How can we increase the sense of belonging of
    EWB Fellows to our community in Africa as well as our global community?
  • How can we ensure the health, safety and
    wellness of EWB Fellows?
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
The core
responsibility will be to ensure that EWB’s Fellowship programming meets a standard of excellence , thus enabling
excellence in both Fellows’ professional
performance and personal development in their Fellowship.
  • Start with directly investing in people –
    playing a crucial role in EWB Fellows’ development as leaders to enhance
    their work and learning. This includes:
  • In charge of coordinating EWB trainings and
    retreats in the region, including content planning and logistical
  • Responsible for developing content, tools and
    resources to support Fellows’ personal and professional development on an
    ongoing basis
  • Providing technical support in measuring the
    effectiveness of our Fellowship programs
  • Coordinate the necessary administrative and
    logistical arrangements for Fellows to live and work in the region
  • Coordinate with legal counsel regarding EWB
    organizational registration in the region (Uganda and Kenya)
  • Organize for Canadian Fellows’ work permits
    in the region
  • Organize for Kumvana Fellows’ visas to Canada
  • Offer further logistical support to Fellows
    (accommodation, etc.)
  • Provide support to the health, safety and
    wellness of EWB Fellows, including:
    • Continuously implementing and
      improving policies and procedures relating to Fellows’ Health Safety
      & Wellness (HSW)
    • Helping to set a culture of
      proactivity with regards to Fellow health
    • Managing crisis incidents involving
      EWB personnel in Africa with support from the EWB office in Toronto
    • Foster a sense of community between
      EWB Fellows, EWB Ventures and EWB’s global community, including ensuring
      a high quality communication between
    • Fellows as well as between Fellows
      and the rest of the organization.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The Fellow Support Coordinator should
    preferably have at least two to three years’ experience
  • Broad knowledge and interest in and
    understanding of social entrepreneurship and leadership
  • The Fellow Support Coordinator should be a gifted
    administrator, coach, facilitator, and community builder capable of investing
    in our great community of fellows in Africa.
  • Good logistics and administration knowledge
    and skills
  • Facilitation and communication experience
    with intercultural groups
  • Prior experience in EWB’s countries of focus
  • Previous experience in risk assessment and
    emergencies management (robbery, sexual assaults, gender issues,
    kidnapping, etc.) an asset
  • The incumbent should have a core motivation
    of enabling others to stretch beyond what they believe is possible in order
    to enhance the impact they can have on the world.
  • Exhibit passion with people.
  • The jobholder will should love supporting and
    enabling leaders to be successful.
  • Values delivering well-organized, high
    quality support.
  • Prior experience in coaching leaders, and
    facilitating learning experiences.
  • Self-motivated and ambitious about the type
    of change you seek to create in the world.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Desire to achieve social change.
  • Keen desire, and the right skills to
    facilitate transformational experiences for EWB Fellows while also
    minimizing and managing the risks involved in our Fellowship programs.
  • Possess a natural instinct for supporting people
    through tough situations to know the right things to say, and the right
    actions to take.
  • Action-oriented personality capable of  getting their hands dirty and starting
    immediate execution
  • First Aid Training and/or Mental Health First
    Aid Training an asset
  • Prior experience working in a non-profit or
    social enterprise in Canada and/or Africa an Asset
  • Bilingual in French and English an asset
  • Willingness to travel within and between
    EWB’s countries of operation
  • Applications from Ugandan or East African
    nationals are strongly encouraged.
Compensation: Salary will be comparable to similar entry-level
roles within the not-for-profit sector in this country. Each employee has a
professional development fund as well as many opportunities for professional
growth. All employees are provided with health benefit package and 3 weeks of
vacation each year.
Start Date: April 2016
How to Apply: 
suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to fill in the
online form , Click
including application questions, AND email an updated resume to recruitment@ewb.ca with the subject line
as “Fellow Support Coordinator application” in the application email .
Deadline: 31st January, 2016

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