Specialist - Outreach-Fixed Term

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Academic Affairs, International Programs
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 735787
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Education
Department: Ced International Studies In Education 40001059
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking applications for a Chief of Party for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded project in Malawi. The project will support partnerships among U.S. and Malawian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to expand a skilled and employable workforce. The activity will strengthen the human and institutional capacities of Malawian HEIs to design and deliver market-linked academic courses and programs, increase access to quality targeted higher education programs, including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs, and increase research and innovation outputs. The position will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Education, Economics, Public Administration

Minimum Requirements
  • Higher education (Masters, or Doctorate degree) in Education, Economics, Public Administration, Business Administration, International Development, or a STEM-related field with at least eight years of relevant experience including at least three years as a COP or senior manager of projects of similar scope and complexity.
  • Demonstrated track record of achieving results in higher education system reform (e.g., improvements in accessibility, quality, research management, and the school to work transition), workforce development, and private sector engagement.
  • Significant experience in youth development/empowerment.
  • Significant experience working in a managerial position on an educational development project, with administrative and/or technical oversight that includes preparation of work plans and budgets.
  • Significant experience working with the private sector to improve the quality of higher education instruction and curriculum.
  • Strong team building and management skills, and excellent communication skills.
Desired Qualifications
  • PhD in a field relevant to youth development or empowerment.
  • Experience working to improve vulnerable populations higher education matriculation, retention and completion.
  • Strong background in gender issues around HEI access, support and completion.
  • 10 years experience working in a managerial position on an educational development project.
Required Application Materials

Cover letter, resume, and list of references

Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/Special Instructions

Please apply on the MSU Careers website with a cover letter, resume, and list of references. The position will remain open until filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project.

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Review of Applications Begins On


Department Statement

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Sep 24, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Sep 24, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at Michigan State University 

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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