Vacancy: Instructional Media Technologist – Digital Graphics
Introduction: The African Virtual University (AVU) is a Pan African Intergovernmental Organization established by charter with the mandate of significantly increasing access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of information communication technologies.
A Charter, establishing the AVU as an Intergovernmental Organization, has been signed so far by eighteen (18) African Governments – Kenya, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, South Sudan, Sudan, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria. The AVU has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and a Regional office in Dakar Senegal with Host-Country Agreements and Diplomatic Status with the two governments.
The African Development Bank is funding a Multinational Project to strengthen the capacity of the AVU and a network of 27 institutions to deliver and manage quality ICT integrated education and training opportunities in 21 African countries.
The project has the following activities:
(1) Establishment of new Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) Centres and/or upgrading of exiting AVU Learning Centres as well as Internet connectivity provision at AVU Partner Institutions;
(2) Development and/or improvement, and delivery of four ICT integrated Programs: AVU Capacity Enhancement Program (ACEP); Teacher Education, Computer Science, and Peace and Conflict Resolution;
(3) Gender Mainstreaming
(4) Research and Development;
(5) Promotion and development of Open Education Resources (OERs); and
(6) Enhancement of AVU Capacity.
The AVU Multinational Project II will be implemented in 27 AVU Partner Institutions in the following 21 countries: nine (9) Francophone African Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal; four (3) Lusophone African Countries: Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique; and nine (9) Anglophone African Countries: Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, and Tanzania.
Currently the AVU is conducting Phase II of a Multinational Project funded by the African Development Bank to revise 85 open distance and elearning courses developed in Phase I, and to create 60 new courses for Teacher Education and Applied Computer Science.
To this end the AVU is searching for three skilled instructional media Technologists/developers.
Instructional Media Technologist – Digital Graphics
Working as part of a media development team within the Educational Technology and Learning Resources Division, the primary responsibility of the Digital Videographer is to help course developers plan and produce short instructional videos for delivery over the internet.
Secondary responsibilities will include promotional videos, and maintenance of digital video files and equipment.
Scope of Work
Develop, plan, produce, edit and distribute digital graphics (70%)
- Provide support to the Instructional Design Team in the analysis and planning of potential graphic projects for illustration and animation of instructional principles
- Produce graphics for other media Technologists projects
- Assist in the development and implementation of a monitoring, evaluation and reporting mechanism for digital graphics activities
- Assist in developing and presenting workshops related to the use of digital graphics for effective Open, Distance and eLearning.
- Convert media to the proper format for online distribution and inclusion in other media projects
- Metatag and label graphics as required
- Ensure labelling of appropriate copyright and Creative Commons Licenses information
- Maintain a repository of digital graphics files
- Assist in the day to day quality control of digital media produced by AVU.
Develop, install and maintain digital graphics equipment and media (15%)
- Assist in the selection, procurement and care of a production equipment including cameras, lighting equipment, scanners and printers.
- Assist in the selection, procurement and care of a digital graphics suite and associated software and supplies
- Maintain and track inventory of related AVU equipment and supplies
- Order new consumable (media, batteries etcetera) as required
- Manage the orderly back-up of work files, archiving and other safe storage of media files.
Supporting other Media Technologists and AVU personnel (15%)
- Assist other members of the AVU team with planning and production of a variety of instructional and promotional media.
- Contribute to the success of the media development team.
- Effective creation of digital graphics for instruction and promotion
- Procurement and installation of an appropriate graphics suite of equipment and software for in-house production, editing and for distribution.
- Timely and relevant reports on the tracking of graphics productions
- Secure and well-organized storage and archiving of digital media and equipment.
- Degree in Visual Arts, Media Production, or Educational Technology or related discipline
- Experience planning and producing digital graphics, digital video and editing skills.
- Computer skills: Microsoft Office, Screen capture, digital editing
- Internet skills related to planning and distributing media online, and converting file types.
- Understanding of principles of conceptual and illustrative graphics
- Knowledge of Learning Management Systems such as Moodle an asset
- Strong organizational experience to plan, and produce instructional graphics and to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Experience in Open Distance and eLearning an asset
- Must be fluent in English. Preference will be given to candidates capable in working in additional languages of French and Portuguese.
Modalities of Work
The Instructional Media Technologist – Digital Graphics will dedicate 8 hours per day, 5 days per week.
This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya and requires occasional travel to other African countries.
Duration: 2 years renewable
Reporting: The Instructional Media Technologist – Digital Graphics will report to the AVU Manager of Educational Technology and Learning Resources, or such other person as AVU may designate from time to time. Teamwork is of the essence and the incumbent will closely coordinate activities with Instructional Designers and other members of the Multi-National Project Team.
How to Apply
The African Virtual University (AVU) is an equal opportunity employer.
The successful candidate will be appointed for 2 years renewable and will be based at the AVU Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Application must include an application letter and detailed curriculum vitae with: a telephone number; email and residential addresses; and names with contact addresses of three professional references.
Applications should be sent to ..[email protected]
and must have Instructional Media Technologist – Digital Graphics as the email subject.
The closing date for this application is February 12th 2014 at 18:00 East African Time (UTC/GMT + 3)
Note: ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted.