UoN Office of Career Services (OCS)

STEPS TO CURB THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 BY THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (CAVS)

Despite having been indefinitely closed down by the Government, Learning Institutions have been witnessed to be on the receiving end as far as dealing with the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic is concerned. Both the Administration, Teaching and Non-Teaching personnel were in one way or another caught off-guard as they struggled to put measures in place to adjust to the new norm. It is therefore evident that there has been great need to develop and implement various strategies to help the University fit in the new existing normal of Covid-19.

It is due to this that the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) effectively stepped up by providing appropriate initiatives and responses which have seen promotion of measures needed to curb the spread of Covid-19 Pandemic. Sensitization, Online Counseling, Partnership, creation of a hotline, utilization of digital platforms, mapping and identification of the students were just but among the initiatives that the College Management came up with to promote this.

As a way of sensitizing the masses, the College has used respective Class Representatives to reach out to support groups such as Student County Representatives, “Nyumba Kumi” students’ initiative and UoN Student Welfare groups such as ‘Comrades Arena’ from Kisumu. This has been effective as the Support Groups have indeed continued to spread the word to the masses. The idea has also worked well with Online Counselling since the Student Counsellor and support groups like the Peer Counsellors have managed to reach out to a number of students and addressed the social challenges they are faced with during this pandemic period. Most of the counselling sessions have been on one-on-one basis while others through groups.

Additionally, creation of partnerships with stakeholders such as the Kenya Red Cross Society and other Individuals have also been effective to the course. This has facilitated mobilization of resources by providing necessities such as minimum monetary donations and foodstuffs to the affected students. A Hotline has also been established to enhance communication and enable efficient interactions between the three channels of communication, that is; The Student Counselor with Class Representatives, the Principal and Dean’s direct reach to Students and the Student Representatives with the students.

The College has also made good use of the available Communication Platforms to effectively enhance Student-Staff interactions within and outside the College. Google meet, Zoom, WhatsApp groups, emails, text messages are just but among the few platforms that have necessitated virtual communication among the two units. The platforms have also been used to assist in identifying eligible needy students and also providing counselling services to the existing ones.

ELIMIKA WAJIBIKA PROGRAMME EFFECTIVENESS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The Covid-19 Pandemic caught everyone by surprise with little or no certainty on the future and especially on matters of handling student-related issues more so when the pandemic was at its peak. The Government went ahead to close down all academic Institutions including the Universities. As such, the University of Nairobi’s Kenya Science Campus admitted to have struggled while figuring out on the best methodologies and strategies to adopt so as to take care of everything while at the same time fully engage students for the good and relevance of the University’s core mandate. It is indeed at this very moment that UNESCO/UNITWIN ELIMIKA WAJIBIKA Program came in handy to support students in offering counseling support. Led by the Office of the Dean of Students, the Campus management has been largely involved in supporting the implementation of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Elimika Wajibika Programme. The programme which was established to spread the message of hope to the youth/students in the face of a public health crisis came in at the time when its objective was needed most. The programme has positively impacted to the well-being of students during this time of Covid-19 Pandemic as most of them have admitted to have gained a lot.

In line with this development, the Campus Management did come up with a number of activities to help foster and positively engage students as they wait for the full operationalization of the University. The activities were aimed at boosting the mandate and objective of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Elimika Wajibika Programme. The Office of Assistant Dean of Students at the Kenya science Campus took a key role in offering guidance, advice and reassurance by way of spreading the message of hope to individual students through phone calls, short text messages and social media platforms. This has been effective as a record of over 800 KSC students have been reached out to from March 2020 to date, a clear indicator of commitment to the talk.

Key to this process was the establishment of the KSC Covid -19 support group that comprises 10 students whose main objective is to provide counselling and guidance to fellow students on matters Covid-19 and especially on Challenges they encounter. The group has indeed given their best having worked tirelessly in collaboration with the Assistant Dean of Students with the aim of mitigating students’ challenges during this period of COVID-19 Pandemic. Through this process, useful data on students’ concerns has been gathered and documented, and as such, students have been linked to appropriate services. To this end, needy students and those living with disabilities have continued to benefit from available support during this Covid period.

As much as the Campus Management has continuously made efforts to ensure the smooth running of students’ activities during the Pandemic, a number of challenges have indeed proven to be hindering this transition. The Kenya Science Campus’ Students have continually faced financial constraints which have resulted to them struggling to raise school fees and other basic needs. Online learning has also been hit hard as poor network connectivity in some parts of the Country has made it almost impossible for this noble exercise to progress effectively. Learning gadgets like laptops aimed to facilitate the e-learning process were inadequate, same as to bundles for data.

The Pandemic has also hit the Campus directly as Four students were reported to have been quarantined as a result of being in contact with Covid-19 Positive cases.

Finally, through the guidance of the Office of the Dean of Students, the Campus Management is geared towards endeavoring to offer continuous necessary required support to students through various platforms and especially the recently established students kitty, counseling services at campus level, the proposed students’ wellness Centre and RADA app among others platforms.

UoN Students take collective responsibility to curb the spread of the Coviid-19 pandemic

The University of Nairobi was no exception in making a very critical decision and balance on resuming face to face learning. The sensitive issue surrounding this debate was majorly on the students’ ability to observe the Government’s Covid-19 protocol in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

University Students are generally known for throwing caution to the wind and living carefree lives. Washing hands severally, strictly wearing a face mask- without dropping to the chin-, social distancing, not touching the eyes, nose and mouth, coughing into ones elbow could be described as simple tasks that can be blatantly disregarded by students. However, the last few months of face to face learning have proved this notion wrong. Most of the students since embarking on their studies in campus have taken personal responsibility to ensure that they are safe. The new acquired behavior keeps safe their friends, relatives and the nation at large and upholds the initial Government directive of closing down learning institutions to slow down the spread of the virus.

The positive change of behavior, some say, has been associated with the fear of derailment into yet another academic year which saw some of them lag behind when virtual learning was inaccessible.

The recent reporting of first year students including the College of Humanities and Social Sciences that carries the largest number of students explains without doubt the success story of students minding one another’s health and life to be precise.

The University of Nairobi and the Dean of Students Office acknowledge students’ exceptional efforts in compliance with the health directives and appreciate every one of them. As we labor all together in search for knowledge and truth, let’s not forget to keep each other Safe!

The Vice Chancellor discusses Student Welfare matters with Assistant Deans of Students

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama on Tuesday January 19 2021 met with 8 Assistant Deans of Students from all Colleges and Campuses to discuss the matters touching on students’ welfare.

Assistant Deans of Students present at the meeting were from Lower Kabete Campus, Kenya Science Campus, Mombasa Campus, Kisumu Campus, Parklands Campus, College of Health Sciences, College of Architecture and Engineering and College of Biological and Physical Sciences.

Top on the meeting agenda were discussions on Student Mentorship, UNSA Student Leadership, Students and Clubs Associations, Accommodation, Sports, Health services, Special Needs, Structured Counseling, Career Counseling, Work-Study Programme, Soft Skills Training and Students services.

The Dean of Students, Mr. Johnson Kinyua and Chief Information Officer, OCS were also present at the meeting to take note of the key issues emanating from the discussions.

The Vice Chancellor is committed to improving the welfare of students on campus to enable them fully focus on their academic goals. The Dean of Students office is focusing on addressing all issues raised for the holistic growth and development of students on campus.

Ferdinand Omanyala – Kenya’s fastest in the 100m race pays a courtesy call to the Dean of Students

The University of Nairobi community is celebrating one student, Ferdinand Omanyala who ran the 100 metres race in 10.11 seconds on Saturday Jan 23, 2021 at the Nyayo National Stadium. He clocked the fastest time in Kenya in the race in the second leg of Athletics Kenya Relays Series.
Ferdinand Omanyala
Photo courtesy of Nation:Ferdinand Omanyala 

Omanyala, the Bachelor of Science student at the College of Biological and Physical Sciences has set his sights on completing the race in less than 10 seconds. Ferdinand is looking forward to representing Kenya in international competitions.

Speaking to the Nation newspaper, he said, “I intend to compete abroad. It’s time to go international now. The performance is as a result of the good preseason I had with the Kenya Sevens rugby team in November and December. It’s a shame my time won’t be ratified as a national record but God’s time is the best. It will come gradually,” said Omanyala.

Omanyala’s win was not ratified as a national record because it was wind assisted.

Ferdinand Omanyala pays a courtesy call to the Dean of Students

 

Zaka launches an AI Ready Academy at UoN in partnership with Microsoft!

The Zaka AI Ready Academy is a 3-month, skill-driven program that introduces higher education students to fundamentals of #DataScience and its concepts #machinelearning #ArtificialIntelligence and #cloudcomputingRobot faceBrain

The academy is focused on bridging students’ classroom knowledge to the industry by providing the necessary tools and know-how for market-ready skills!

40 UoN students were selected to participate in the 1st cohort of the Zaka AI Ready Program from Monday December 7, 2020 for three months.

The programme was virtually hosted end-to-end and for students to be successful and actively engage in the programme, Microsoft account associated with their university email address were created. This ensured that the students were added to the Microsoft Teams Channels, enrolled into Microsoft Learn for mandatory self-paced learning and redeemed free Azure cloud credits for the Lab exercises.

The Office of Career Services is happy to partner with Microsoft in skilling our students with the necessary skills and competencies they need to thrive in the job market.

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FRENCH CONTENT DEVELOPER/ANIMATOR VACANCY

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Job Title/Role French Content Developer/ Animator
Role Category Content Team Member
Location Nairobi Kenya
Employment Type Contract
Functional Area Content
Education College Level
Experience 2 years experience
CTC Offered Kes 50,000
Company Profile www.centumlearning.com

The incumbent will be responsible for

Key Responsibility Areas:

The candidate must be able to work collaboratively as well as independently and often on tight deadlines to read scripts, and storylines to understand animation requirements, prepare presentations with raw designs to the in-charge, develop storyboards for the initial stages of production, create models, drawings and illustrations electronically, Join images with background graphics and special effects and ensure synchronization of frames and audio, participate in editing process and collaboration with the whole of production group. The following are some of ideal candidate deliverables:-

  • Creation of interactive animated images and environment.
  • Production of high quality animations.
  • creating storyboards that depict the script and narrative
  • drawing in 2D and 3D to create sketches, artwork or illustrations
  • designing models, backgrounds, sets, characters, objects and the animation environment
  • developing the timing and pace of the movements of a character or object during the sequence of images and ensuring they follow the soundtrack and audio requirements
  • using technical software packages, such as Flash, 3ds Max, Maya, Light-Wave, Softimage and Cinema 4D etc.
  • building up accurate, detailed, frame-by-frame visuals
  • recording dialogue and working with other content team members to composite the various layers of animation (backgrounds, special effects, characters and graphics) in order to produce the finished piece
  • working to client deadlines and requirements

The role of an Animator requires storyboarding, drawing using physical and digital tools, creating frames for animation, and pulling frames together into moving pictures

Ideal Candidate Profile (Essential Attributes)

  • 2 years and above experience, College Level education, Bilingual_ Fluency is spoken and written both   French and English Language, Good in 2D & 3D animation, Good in voice overs, Good with scormfiles

Both citizens and non-citizens are encouraged to apply but must ensure they have valid ID/ Alien Card and KRA pin.

Email CVs to a_serah.kathuri@centumlearning.com

cc Monika.Singh@Centumlearning.com

Deadline: Position to be filled as soon as possible

FAQs | JASIRI TALENT INVESTOR – CLOSING DATE: 29 JANUARY 2021

JASIRI TALENT INVESTOR:  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Who/What is JASIRI?

JASIRI (meaning brave in Swahili) selects, develops, and funds high-potential aspiring entrepreneurs. JASIRI believes that entrepreneurial teams are at the heart of new venture creation and provides the entrepreneur with access to a diverse group of potential co-founders. JASIRI supports new ventures from idea generation to venture creation. JASIRI is supported by the Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy (Gray Philanthropy).

  1. What programs does JASIRI offer?

JASIRI Talent Investor: The JASIRI Talent Investor is a fully-funded 1-year program that will guide program participants from idea generation, validation, prototyping, market entry to venture creation. The program will introduce JASIRI Fellows to equally ambitious co-founders and will support them on an individual, team, and business level.

JASIRI Accelerator: The JASIRI ACCELERATOR invests in and supports companies with market-creating innovations.

  1. When do applications for the JASIRI Talent Investor open

Applications for the Talent Investor are now open. Please apply here: https://jasiri.rw/selection/

  1. When do the JASIRI Talent Investor applications close?

The applications for the JASIRI Talent Investor close on 29 January 2021. Please apply here: https://jasiri.rw/selection/

  1. What are the requirements of the JASIRI Talent Investor?
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Age 25-35
  • Significant experience in your field/sector
  • A demonstrable history of entrepreneurial action
  • A desire to learn how to ideate, validate, prototype and formalize a market-creating venture
  • A desire to meet equally ambitious co-founders
  • Must be a citizen of Rwanda or Kenya
  • Willingness to complete the one-year fully funded Talent Investor program on a full-time basis
  • Willingness to travel to Kigali, Rwanda for a period of 3 months for the residential part of the program where teams are formed, and to continue with the remainder of the one-year full-time program in either Rwanda or Kenya.
  1. What if I want to apply and I do not meet some of the Talent Investor criteria, e.g. having a Bachelor’s degree, being between 25-35?

Aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to apply for the Talent Investor, but who do not meet some of the Talent Investor criteria are requested to email enquiries@jasiri.org. The Talent Investor Selection Team will respond directly regarding a process to verify your eligibility.

  1. What is the content and timelines for the JASIRI Talent Investor?
  • Entrepreneurship Essentials Residential in Rwanda, Kigali: March – May 2021
  • Team Formation Residential Intensive: June 2021
  • Prospecting Residential Intensive: July 2021
  • Validation: Residential Intensive: August 2021

Please find the detail of the programme here, click on Talent Investor Guide: https://jasiri.rw/programs/

  1. I understand that the JASIRI Talent Investor is a fully funded program, what exactly does the program cover?

Team Formation & Prospecting: June 2021 -August 2021

  • A flight and/or transportation from current
  • place of residence to Kigali will be provided to
  • each participant
  • A monthly stipend of $250
  • Accommodation, meals, and health insurance
  • In the Validation stage, each team will
  • Receive a $3000 budget for prototyping and testing

Venture Creation: September 2021 – May 2022

  • A flight and transportation from Kigali to
  • Nairobi will be provided to Fellows choosing
  • to establish their ventures in Kenya.
  • Each participant will receive a monthly stipend of
  • $1000. Accommodation and meals will no longer be provided

NB: Please note attached pdf for detail around the JASIRI Talent Investor Guide.

  1. If I get selected, what would disqualify me from the program?

The following may disqualify selected candidates from the program:

During Entrepreneurship Essentials:

  • A selected Fellow may decide to discontinue the program
  • A selected Fellow may be disqualified due to a failure to complete Entrepreneurship Essentials
  • Those who have completed the course and chose to discontinue will receive their Entrepreneurship Essentials Certificate

Residential Intensive:

If a Fellow is unable to find a team or validated idea:

  • Entrepreneurship Essentials Certificate
  • Monthly stipend for 3 months
  • Supporting an existing Talent Investor team
  • Career support services

End of Program:

  • Entrepreneurship Essentials Certificate
  • Experience in entrepreneurship
  • Experience working in a startup team
  • Career support services

Re-application:

  • Shortened application process