One Full-time position, 40 hours per week, at the Egyptian Cultural & Educational Bureau, Washington DC. The work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
The Graduate Scholarship for Professional Activity is a USAID funded government to government program that provides up to 675 scholarship opportunities for Egyptian professionals to pursue post-graduate degree programs or professional training courses in the United States or at the American University in Cairo. Under the auspices of the U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative, scholarship recipients will focus on attaining academic excellence and leadership skills and integrating them into standard business practices upon their return to the Egyptian workforce. The project will also support the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in introducing scholarship programs for women and people with disabilities, and target cross-cultural learning to promote socio-economic progress..
The program is managed by the MOHESR Central Department of Missions (CDM) and the Egyptian Cultural Exchange Bureau (ECEB) in Washington D.C. CDM has the primary responsibility for soliciting and selecting organizations, and ensuring a development impact from the scholarships. ECEB is responsible for placing scholars, negotiating with colleges and universities for reduced financial rates – tuition, health insurance–as well as monitoring the academic progress of Egyptian students in the U.S.
Basic Function and Other Details:
The Scholarship Specialist will be located in the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau in Washington D.C. Below is a summary of the duties and responsibilities of the position. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.
- Support the placement and enrollment of Egyptian scholars at U.S. Higher Education Institutions/Universities.
- Advice scholarship recipients about USAID policies and procedures related to the GSP Scholarship Program.
- Conduct orientation (virtually) to participant upon arrival to the U.S.
- Maintain regular communication with students and universities, respond to their inquiries, resolve issues or concerns for timely and successful completion of the program and provide advice to students as needed.
- Support data maintenance in TraiNet including updating and maintaining the accuracy of records, for example arrival status once participants arrive in the U.S.
- Facilitate reporting of participant federal income as per ADS 252.3.9 guidelines.
- Maintain databases including data, records, and reports entry into data systems.
- Develop quarter and annual progress reports.
- Promote, publicize and disseminate information, including development of brochures, flyers, posters and website, about the scholarship program to Egyptian institutions and participants.
Type of Benefits:
- Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary:Starting from $4,250 per month in addition to Health insurance. Annual Paid leave
- Annual Contract: The contract includes 3 month probation period.
To be eligible for this position, the candidate must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:
- Experience: The following experience is all highly desirable; experience in at least one area is required:
- Work with Foreign Students: Experience in the U.S. working with foreign students in a work environment, particularly those on a scholarship, demonstrating a strong appreciation for the challenges they face as students applying and attending a U.S. university or college on a scholarship.
- Work with U.S. colleges and universities: Experience working with U.S. university and college administration and admission offices and demonstrating a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various schools and of schools’ needs and concerns relating to foreign students, particularly at the graduate and post-doctoral levels and knowledge of theories in student affairs in higher education
- Work with foreign cultural offices: Experience in the U.S. working with the cultural office or other office of a foreign government, demonstrating a good
understanding of how they operate and how they assist its citizens/students attempting to study in the U.S. and support those studying at U.S. universities.
- Strong interpersonal and customer-friendly skills: Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to act as a resource for, provide customer service in a courteous manner to, and work effectively with, diverse groups of people at various levels with an organization. Ability to identify customer needs and maintain and support a customer service philosophy.
- Sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity: Demonstrated ability to relate to individuals from foreign countries, preferably foreign students, or diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and to work with them in a fair, supportive and cooperative manner. Applicants should describe previous activities working with or mentoring foreign students, minorities, or other under-represented groups.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills: Writing skills sufficient to compose and edit a variety of documents using correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation, with the ability to pay close attention to detail and proofread work carefully. Ability to develop and give oral presentations to both large and small groups, including the ability to plan activities and programs such as meetings and orientations for scholarship recipients.
- Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion and flexibility in the work environment and in dealing with customers: Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion in handling confidential materials and matters. Ability to work in a flexible way that allows for changes in assignments and priorities depending upon identified needs of the unit or of the customers.
- Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team: Demonstrated ability to work independently, relying on one’s own initiative and self-motivation, without close supervision. Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a part of a team and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with diverse groups of students and home-office staff.
- Good organizational and time management skills, and the ability to prioritize work and perform well while under pressure and meet deadlines with frequent interruptions: Organization skills sufficient to prioritize work and complete assignments accurately, either independently or as part of a team, under pressure of customer needs and with frequent interruptions, working from own initiative and/or following direction, policies, or procedures. Ability to use analytical and decision-making skills to offer options and resolve problems of customers in a variety of ways.
- Computer skills: Good computer and analytical skills with experience using word processing, spreadsheet and database applications. Experience working in a computerized office environment with word processing, database and spreadsheet skills sufficient to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, statistical materials, etc. with speed and accuracy, including the willingness to learn and use new computer programs/applications.
- 9. Education
- Bachelor’s Degree: A Bachelor’s degree is required.
- Advanced degree: An advanced degree (e.g. MA) from a college or university in the U.S. is highly desirable.
Please send your resume and cover letter to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: “Open until filled”