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25 Feb 2022

Full-Time Jobs at United States International University (2 Positions)

United States International University – Posted by Sunlit Centre Kenya Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya

Job Description

United States International University – Africa is located in the Kasarani area, off Thika Road in the suburb of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. The university is an independent, not-for-profit institution serving 6512 students representing 69 nationalities.

Sign Language Interpreter

Job Purpose

The incumbent in this job is expected to assist the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa support inclusivity of students who are deaf or hard of hearing into the community. A commitment to excellence, service, and a willingness to assist as needed are expectations for all employees in the university.
Sign language interpreter will facilitate communication between the hearing on one hand and scholars who are deaf or hard of hearing in classrooms, workshops, trainings and meetings using the learned Sign Language, be it the Kenyan, American or other manual sign system appropriate for the language and the cultural background of the students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The sign language interpreter will serve as a liaison between the students who are deaf or hard of hearing, hearing students and instructors; and perform related work as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides sign-language interpreter services.
  • Interprets lectures, discussions, announcements, conversations, meetings, events, and other spoken word situations using Kenya Sign Language or other manual sign system appropriate for the language and the cultural background of deaf or hard of hearing students and staff.
  • Assists in creating interpreter schedules to cover all student classes requiring services.
  • Receives request for accommodations and documents, determines services needed, and coordinates services for deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Ensures appropriate intake, advising, retention and follow-up services for deaf or hard of hearing students.
  • Ensures that policies and procedures are compliant with the required standards.
  • Collaborates with faculty and university departments to gain understanding of relevant concepts to better facilitate translation for deaf or hard of hearing students.
  • Works effectively in teams with other sign language interpreters.
  • Assists in the coordination of services for deaf or hard of hearing students with disabilities, including meeting with course faculty.
  • Maintains awareness of best practices, emerging trends and new legislation relating to Sign Language/Interpreting functional area.
  • Participates in the process for systematic review and evaluation of Sign Language/Interpreting functional area per the model adopted by the university, including the development and monitoring of outcomes and plans of action for improvement based on the assessment of those outcomes and plans.
  • Attends the workplace regularly, reports to work punctually and follows a work schedule to keep up with the demands of the worksite. Working hours may include evenings, holidays or weekends depending on class timings for students and special events/meetings.
  • Completes duties and responsibilities in compliance with college standards, policies and guidelines.
  • Performs any other duty as may be assigned by the direct reporting.

Minimum Educational Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in education, social sciences or other relevant field, from an accredited university
  • Sign language training from a recognised institution
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience working in sign language or interpreting functional area in an educational setting.
  • Kenya Sign Language interpretation certification.
  • Experience of working effectively in a team environment with a customer service focus.
  • Knowledge of American Sign Language will be an added advantage

Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to accurately interpret spoken language to sign language and interpret sign to spoken language for lecture classes, physical education classes, labs, meetings and various assignments as scheduled; follow and give oral and written directions; demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population; maintain cooperative working relationships.
  • Knowledge of Kenya Sign Language or other sign system used by students; technical signs or specialized vocabulary used in the courses assigned; deaf culture, local deaf community, and resources for the deaf; specialized equipment for the deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication, interpersonal and leadership skills; ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills in handling, directing, and prioritizing multiple and complex assignments/projects and maintaining records.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with students, staff and faculty.

Principal Career and Placement Officer

Job Purpose:

Reporting to Program Director, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa: The potential job holder will support transition of Scholars by securing careers and placement opportunities with a focus on Scholars who are International Students; assist in sourcing for employment /internship /volunteer opportunities for scholars and alumni; assist in providing professional and responsive career services to students, employers and alumni; work closely with the Head of Placement and Career Services to broaden and deepen relationships with employers.

Key Responsibilities:

Marketing Outreach

  • Assist with the development of creative initiatives for marketing and promoting students and alumni to employers.
  • Assist in organizing recruitment drives and annual Career Fair.
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining contact with graduates and alumni to mentor current students and cultivate new employers.
  • Compile and profile a comprehensive list of all graduate students highlighting employment progress and success stories.
  • Identify diverse placement opportunities and work with students to access placement.
  • Market the department services and programs to the USIU Africa community.

Career Advising, Training and Placement

  • To manage all aspects of the placement process including guiding, assisting and advising students, to recognize their skills and job requirements and to communicate with organizations providing placement opportunities.
  • Provide individual/group CV and cover letter review and assistance.
  • Coach students in exploring their careers and developing short and long term job seeking strategies/career plans.
  • Coordinate seminars/workshops on Career Development for both employment and self-employment.
  • Organize and run pre-placement sessions for outgoing students and debriefings for returning students through discussion, consideration and evaluation of personal and professional development through placement.
  • Deliver presentations to scholars during pre-University orientation and organized workshops.
  • Research
  • Assist in surveying employers, students and reviewing periodicals to determine up to date topics of interest and trends in the market
  • Assist in identifying topics for research and collaborative opportunities to learn more about the industry and students
  • Conduct research and disseminate information on Jobs/internships/volunteer opportunities available for different majors to students through regular email updates
  • Partnership Development
  • Build and maintain partnerships with current and potential employers

Minimum Educational Qualifications and professional Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Social Science, Human Resources, Psychology, Business Administration or any other relevant field.
  • Master’s degree in relevant field will be an added advantage
  • 2 years of experience working with and/or knowledge of professions within the relevant discipline/field.
  • Previous experience of customer/client contact especially establishing and developing effective links with companies in the relevant discipline/field
  • Experience of facilitating/negotiating with a range of people
  • Liaison with and experience of industry including the role of placement students within organizations
  • Experience of Higher Education and the student learning experience
  • Experience of working with young adults


  • Excellent IT skill including word processing and use of databases
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a variety of people
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including report writing
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills

Personal Attributes & Competencies:

  • Shown merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results;
  • Confidentiality and integrity;
  • Proficiency in computer applications;
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Relationship builder & effective negotiator;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Self-motivated;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Adaptability and reliability

How to Apply

If you have the requisite qualifications and experience and want to work as a team member in a modern and progressive institution where you can make a difference, please apply. Interested applicants must provide a Cover Letter and updated CV ONLY with names and addresses of three referees, current salary and benefits, telephone and e-mail contacts to the address below by 5.00pm, March 6, 2022. Director Administration, United States International University – Africa, P. O. Box 14634 – 00800, Nairobi, Kenya Email: Web:

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