The Association of African Universities (AAU), an international non-governmental organization (INGO) with headquarters in Accra, Ghana, was set up in November 1967 by universities in Africa to promote cooperation among themselves and with the international academic community. The AAU collaborates with a number of international organizations and development partners in an effort to fulfil its mandate to the African higher education community.
Aim of ACE Impact Project
West and Central African countries with support from the World Bank and Association of African Universities launched the Regional Higher Education Project called the Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence (ACE) Project in 2014. Under the ACE Project, 15 programmes have attained international accreditation, 16,000 short-term, 6,500 master’s and 1,600 PhD students have enrolled in postgraduate programs, including 5,000 regional students (that is, sub-Saharan African students from countries outside of the ACE country hosting them). Moreover, 3,500 students and faculty have participated in an internship in a company relevant to their field of study. The 22 ACEs have generated a combined external revenue of US$34 million in the four years of implementation, mostly derived from international R&D, student fees and scholarship competitions.
Following the successful implementation of the ACE Project, World Bank is scaling up and increasing the impact of ACEs on achieving key outcomes that are fundamental to economic growth through the ACE for Development Impact Project, or simply, ACE Impact Project.
The development objective of the ACE Impact is to improve the quality, quantity and development impact of postgraduate education in selected universities through regional specialization and collaboration. The project will contribute to participating Governments’ objectives of reducing the higher-level skills gaps and improving applied research and technology uptake in the priority sectors. Further, the project would contribute to the strengthening of the best African universities within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); Agricultural Sciences; and Health Sciences, as well as in Applied Social Sciences and Environment.
The ACE Impact Project will cover 11 countries (Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Republic of Cameroon, Republic of Djibouti, Republic of Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Republic of Niger, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Senegal, Republic of The Gambia, and Republic of Togo). The total investment across the countries is expected to reach USD 300 million.
The AAU is the Regional Facilitation Unit (RFU) for the project. The responsibilities of the RFU include the coordination and facilitation of regional activities, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building for the selected centers of excellence and sharing of good practices across the countries.
Main Responsibilities of ACE Impact Project Manager
The ACE Impact Project Manager will lead the Regional Facilitation Unit for the ACE Impact project, be a member of the AAU project management team and will report to the AAU Secretary General as the overall responsible for the ACE Impact RFU. The ACE Impact project Manager shall carry out the following tasks:
Title Grade: ACE Impact Project Manager P3/P4
Conditions of Employment
Applications should comprise:
• A statement of interest and fitness for the position.
• A detailed curriculum vitae describing applicant’s professional experience and qualification for the position.
• Three (3) reference letters, one of which should be outside the candidate’s home country, should vouch for the candidate’s knowledge, integrity, and enthusiasm towards work. Each of the three reference letters should be sent direct from the referee by e-mail.
> The application letters and supporting documents of candidates should be submitted by e-mail.
> All documents should be sent to the following address no later than Thursday, 31st January 2019:
The Secretary General
Association of African Universities (AAU),
African Universities House, Trinity Avenue, East Legon,
P.O. Box AN 5744, Accra-North, GHANA
Tel: (+233) 302774495/761588
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (with a copy to email@example.com).