Openings at SOS Foundation

Please find below details of two new openings for Abuja residents only. Kindly take note of the requirements for the roles, and follow the instructions to indicate interest. The roles are volunteer positions with all business and out-of-pocket expenses covered by the foundation.

 

OPENING 1: PROGRAM DATABASE DEVELOPER

BACKGROUND

The Program Database Developer will support the development of a robust research database for the SOS Careers Program and manage the presentation of coherent analysis and reports within the SOS Careers Program office. The Officer will be expected to have basic capabilities in conducting robust research and analysis largely independently, and sometimes under the guidance of colleagues. The analysis will  be displayed in a report format or compelling graphical form using Microsoft PowerPoint or similar applications.

SCOPE OF WORK

Research and Data Gathering

  1. Researching Education requirements for various careers and industries
  2. Developing a list of universities and available courses across the US and UK including entry requirements, number of years, brief description of the course, information to support applications
  3. Aggregating sample curriculum vitae (CV), cover letters, application answers, motivational statements per industry/career
  4. Aggregating sample interview questions per industry/career and general interview and job search strategies and techniques
  5. Aggregating information on internships/insight days/work experience/IT provided by various organisations across various industries including the dates, timing, application cycle, application process etc.
  6. Identifying relevant qualifications to be pursued across various industries
  7. Identifying various workshops on career planning, development, skills development offered in Nigeria
  8. Identifying scholarship opportunities at home and abroad for undergraduate and post-graduate degrees
  9. Collecting and collating career and labour market information
  10. Respond to new areas of research as provided by the SOS Careers Program Manager as being relevant for the target cohort of tertiary institution students
  11. Developing list of potential HR advisors, consultants and agencies
  12. Conducting scoping studies on all tertiary institutions in Nigeria
  13. Developing list of potential partner organizations for internships and insight opportunities
  14. Developing list of careers advisors, speakers and experts

Analysis and Data Presentation

  1. Developing infomercials that depict the action plans required to advance in career decisions
  2. Presenting data in a graphical, pictorial and succinct forms
  3. Managing a database of information on excel
  4. Writing short pieces on various industries/careers
  5. Writing more detailed analysis on various industry trends

Other

  1. Monitoring and optimizing the performance of the SOS career database
  2. Planning for backup and recovery of database information
  3. Maintaining archive data and reports
  4. Maintaining and Updating an educational opportunities database on a daily basis  – scholarships, essays, competitions, workshops etc. relevant for the careers students.

Cross-section of data

  • Collect Sample CVs, Sample Cover Letters on each industry/career
  • Sample Interview Questions & Responses on each industry/career
  • Tips on general interview etiquettes
  • Guidance on writing CVs and Cover Letters
  • Collect Links to Psychometric Tests
  • Tips on LinkedIn Profile Writing and sample Linkedin Profiles, Careers Profiles
  • Tips on completing Job Applications
  • Links for scholarship opportunities and application process
  • Tips on writing personal statements
  • Profiles on organisations in Nigeria per industry and career and recruitment process
  • Organisations that provide Internships in Nigeria and their cycles, application process etc.
  • Information on universities in Nigeria, registration process and other aspects of university experience
  • Collect skills development and personal development opportunities
  • Collect data on qualifications per industry or career

 

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:  Component Program officer
SKILLS and EXPERIENCE

Required

  1. Excellent written and verbal communication, strong editing skills
  2. Superior Writing and Research Skills
  3. Graphic/Creative Design Skills
  4. Excellent Analytical and critical thinking Skills
  5. Strong IT Skills
  6. Advanced Microsoft Powerpoint and Excel Skills
  7. Ability to use dropbox, sharepoint and goggle drive

Desirable

  1. General understanding of maintenance and handling of high volumes of data
  2. Creative self-starter who can work independently or on a team
  3. Experience with writing creative and well-researched pieces on a variety of issues
  4. Organized, driven and able to gather data from a number of challenges independently
  5. Ability to engage with several stakeholders as role will require speaking to SOS career mentors and advisers to gather some data
  6. Strong attention to detail

EDUCATION 

Required

  1. Bachelor degree in any discipline preferably in the social sciences and quantitative degrees (e.g. mathematics)
  2. Experience with Microsoft Excel

Desirable

  1. Additional qualifications that are design oriented will be a plus
  2. Knowledge of digital media software – Photoshop or other graphic design software, etc. will be a plus

 

OPENING 2: PROGRAM MARKETING OFFICER

SCOPE OF WORK

  1. Conduct research and advice on best approach to engage potential Headstart participants
  2. Advice on pricing and incentive strategies to enhance program marketability
  3. Develop, implement, manage and oversee online and off-line marketing campaigns for SOS Headstart
  4. Develop, implement and report on surveys conducted on target audience across various states in Nigeria for program deployment
  5. Manage and disseminate SOS Headstart online content diary
  6. Source for partnerships with media outlets and develop press releases, ads and other relevant marketing material to be displayed or released on these media outlets
  7. Manage stakeholder database
  8. Identify and collating information on viable tapped and untapped industries for business
  9. Identify and negotiate partners with agencies, MDAs, trainers, mentors and other stakeholders to partner with
  10. Support program officer with curriculum development
  11. Aggregate and on-board SOS Headstart business mentors and trainers
  12. Source for stakeholders to provide seed capital awards
  13. Collate report on program performance statistics in terms of responses and participation

 

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:  Component Program Officer (SOS Headstart Project)
SKILLS and EXPERIENCE

Required

  1. Excellent written and verbal communication
  2. Superior Writing and Research skills
  3. Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
  4. Advanced Microsoft Words and Powerpoint skills
  5. Marketing skills

Desirable

  1. Creative self-starter who can work independently or in a team
  2. Organized, driven and able to gather data from a number of challenges independently
  3. Strong attention to detail
  4. Microsoft Excel skills
  5. Graphic/Creative Design Skills
  6. Ability to use dropbox, sharepoint and goggle drive
  7. General understanding of maintenance and handling of high volumes of data

 

EDUCATION 

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline preferably in the social sciences
  • Additional qualifications that are design oriented will be a plus
  • Knowledge of digital media software – Photoshop or other graphic design software, etc. will be a plus

 

HOW TO INDICATE INTEREST TO VOLUNTEER

Step 1: Read the post requirements above carefully, taking note of the location

Step 2: Make sure you are resident in the state where the opening exists

Step 3: If you are fully available and interested, kindly register at http://volunteers.volunteerinnigeria.org (skip this step if you have registered in the past)

Step 4: Drop us a comment below this post (NOT the registration page) with your name, active phone number, active email address and the opening you are interested in.

 

NOTE: Your comments with personal information will not be published. Please do not leave a comment if you have not registered and be sure to leave a comment on this very page with the opening announcement after you register. We close recruitment in about a week or two. Therefore, your comment needs to come in (and follow the guidelines above) within that recruitment window to be considered. Unfortunately, we may be unable to reach out to everyone due to limited openings. Please bear with us and do not be discouraged from trying again. Thank you!

 

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Research & Data Gathering Openings at Abuja

Skills Outside School (SOS) Foundation is recruiting for a Research and Data Gathering Officer. The role involves:

  1. Researching Education requirements for various careers and industries
  2. Developing a list of universities and available courses across the US and UK including entry requirements, number of years, brief description of the course, information to support applications
  3. Aggregating sample curriculum vitae (CV), cover letters, application answers, motivational statements per industry/career
  4. Aggregating sample interview questions per industry/career and general       interview and job search strategies and techniques
  5. Aggregating information on internships/insight days/work experience/IT provided by various organisations across various industries including the dates, timing, application cycle, application process etc.
  6. Identifying relevant qualifications to be pursued across various industries
  7. Identifying various workshops on career planning, development, skills development offered in Nigeria
  8. Identifying scholarship opportunities at home and abroad for undergraduate and post-graduate degrees
  9. Collecting and collating career and labour market information

Analysis and Data Presentation

  1. Developing infomercials that depict the action plans required to advance in career decisions
  2. Presenting data in a graphical, pictorial and succinct forms
  3. Managing a database of information on excel

  Other

  1. Monitoring and Optimizing the performance of the SOS career database
  2. Planning for backup and recovery of database information
  3. Maintaining archive data and reports

Reports to:  SOS Careers Program officer

SKILLS and EXPERIENCE

  1. Excellent written and verbal communication, strong editing skills
  2. Superior Writing and Research Skills
  3. Graphic/Creative Design Skills
  4. Excellent Analytical and critical thinking Skills
  5. Strong IT Skills
  6. Advanced Microsoft Powerpoint and Excel Skills
  7. Ability to use dropbox, sharepoint and goggle drive
  8. General understanding of maintenance and handling of high volumes of data
  9. Creative self-starter who can work independently or on a team
  10. Experience with writing creative and well-researched pieces on a variety of issues
  11. Organized, driven and able to gather data from a number of challenges independently
  12. Ability to engage with several stakeholders as role will require speaking to SOS career mentors and advisers to gather some data
  13. Strong attention to detail

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor degree in any discipline preferably in the social sciences and quantitative degrees (e.g. mathematics)

Additional qualifications that are design oriented will be a plus

Knowledge of digital media software – Photoshop or other graphic design software, etc. will be a plus.

 

ABOUT SKILLS OUTSIDE SCHOOL (SOS) CAREERS

The SOS Careers program will offer preparatory support and guidance to students in tertiary institutions in accessing their chosen career interests. This will be through access to online courses, career simulation games/exercises, professional development training, networking events, CV and cover letter drafting skills, mock interview skills sessions and technical and soft skills training. This program will also aid in placing the participants in internships, shadowing opportunities and insight days in various industries to develop the participants’ commercial awareness and competence skills.

HOW TO INDICATE INTEREST TO VOLUNTEER

Step 1: Register at http://volunteers.volunteerinnigeria.org (skip this step if you have registered in the past)

Step 2: Drop us a comment below this post with your name, active phone number, role interested in, and active email address.

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Volunteer Trainers at SOS Foundation

The Skills Outside School Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation registered in Nigeria and the UK. They require volunteers for the bridge project. The Bridge Project is a free employability skill building and career mentoring scheme for bright, disadvantaged and motivated senior secondary school one and two students in Government Secondary Schools in Nigeria. 80 students in total are currently enrolled in the project. The project is deployed as an after-school activity currently in three partner schools and includes skills workshops, career mentoring sessions and competitions.

Start date: January 2016

Duties of volunteers

    1. Selection of the Participants using the provided set criteria for evaluation
    2. Coordinating the 5 skills workshops for 20 participants
    3. Coordinating the mentoring sessions with the participants and writing up a progress report which must be submitted to the Project Coordinator
    4. Administering the robust skills workshops and mentoring sessions evaluation framework
    5. Aiding the students brainstorming session for the Inter-School Competition
    6. Managing the Applications process for external opportunities for the students
    7. Supervising Monitoring and Evaluation post project end

Other duties:

  1. The design of the 5 skills workshops – the selection of the techniques to achieve the goals and the steering of group processes.
  2. Understanding the participants and the workshop content prior to planning the workshop.
  3. Following a step‐by‐step process to clarify assumptions and focus the workshops on the specific objectives of the sessions.
  4. Making adjustments to the workshop design—structure and learning activities—as needed for the situation.
  5. Sharing first‐hand practical experiences with the participants to extend their learning and understanding.
  6. Leading follow‐up and evaluation of the learning, collecting feedback on the event and tracking learning, during and after the workshop.
  7. Providing additional examples of concepts and case studies to guide and support participants’ learning.
  8. Attending the Career Mentoring Open Day and acting as an usher for the event

Qualifications

  1. A university degree in any field.
  2. Previous experience in training or facilitating workshops, events, sessions etc. (this could be part time, as an intern, as a volunteer or full time role).

Skills Requirement

  1. Presentation – communicating ideas, using visual and other aids, giving feedback, listing skills
  2. Facilitation – managing activities, eliciting contributions and learning, creative and innovative thinker, ability to create an atmosphere of confidence among participants.
  3. One-to-one – coaching, counselling, mentoring, advising, assessing.
  4. Consultancy – investigating, advising, evaluating.
  5. Design – designing activities, e-literate, knowledge of group development, including the ability to sense a group’s mood and change methods or adjust the program on the spot.
  6. Interpersonal – building relationships, ability to handle conflict, trust in other people and their capacities, respect for the opinions of others, does not impose ideas on others, adaptable.
  7. Assertiveness – confidence, challenging and supporting.
  8. Expertise and Interest – knowledgeable, insightful, up to date, enthusiastic about being a trainer.
  9. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  10. Proficiency in cloud software applications (Skydrive, DropBox, Google Docs).

 

Time Commitment: 4 HOURS A WEEK (MINIMUM), 8-10 HOURS A WEEK (MAXIMUM); REQUIRED BETWEEN 1.30-4.30PM ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS

Remuneration/Salary: NONE BUT STIPENDS TO COVER LOGISTICS, DATA ALLOWANCE AND CREDIT AND REFRESHMENTS COVERED

Location: The target schools are at Jabi, Wuse Zone 3, Karu, Garki, and Gwarimpa-all at Abuja, Nigeria. ONLY VOLUNTEERS BASED AT ABUJA SHOULD INDICATE INTEREST.

 

HOW TO INDICATE INTEREST TO VOLUNTEER

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How to get off to a great start this New Year

We are in the first work week of the year and you probably have the year in perspective with your goals planned. Or maybe you do not. Either way, you want to apply big picture thinking to your endeavours this year.

Imagine being in your room and never leaving. That’s how myopic your resolutions are when they are all about you, your family and your friends-if you remember them.

What is your dream again? It is most likely about that thing you want to do that would get massive buy-in and increase your influence. You want your name to be easily recalled no matter who is asking or being asked, right?

You have no dream or goals? You at least admire the influencers on Twitter and LinkedIn. Think about Bill Gates, for example, who currently has 19,246,813 followers and follows 166 on Twitter. If we assume his followers are all the people that know him while he only follows those he knows, then we can estimate that he knows 0.00086248% of those who know him. And this case is not as extreme as that of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama who has 10,053,450 followers but follows no one.

So here’s what I am saying: a tangible vision (resolution, dream, goal or whatever you call it) is essentially about optimally affecting huge numbers of people beyond those you directly know. This is the concept organisations apply as they incorporate responsibility and sustainability practices. The need to support family and friends may provide compelling reasons to move towards your vision-when you already have one-but it is not all about them, for these 3 reasons at the minimum:

  1. Family and friends have proven to be the laggards in the innovation equation– Doubt me? Enter ‘late adopters’ in your search engine and check the results. If you are starting out an unfamiliar course, they get too familiar; they may be the latest adopters of your vision.
  2. You need a giant reservoir of motivation: For those days after you have enjoyed some level of success or want to quit, you need massive motivation and inspiration to draw from in solo moments. The crowds provide the best shot in the arm.
  3. As you get older, they just want you to eat and rest– A popular saying where I’m from says, “A fool at forty is a fool forever.” It loosely translates to: what you have not done at age 40 is late. Do you like KFC? Me too! Colonel Sanders did not START experimenting and trying out his restaurant franchise idea before he was 40 years old.

You may have more reasons. Share them with us in comments.

There you have it. With this new lens, go take an enlightened look at your resolutions or populate a new list, if you like. I hope you have a great year!

 

Chioma Tanwa makes people and brands lead, and is on Twitter and Facebook.

Knowledge Is Not Enough, Skill Is King By Rise Networks

Each year, only 40,000 out of the over 400,000 Nigerian graduates who pass out of the NYSC scheme get employment. Furthermore, only about 20 percent of the 40,000 graduates who get employed are in their desired place of work.

These are clear indications that the employment capacity of the country is inversely proportional to available job seekers. The employing capacities of multi-nationals and blue chip companies (which are the dreams of young job seeking graduates) that service hundreds of thousands of Nigerian Youth are relatively low.

 

As you may well know, RISE NETWORKS is an institution passionately dedicated to assisting Youth to express and achieve their highest feats in idea building, education advancement and wholesome human development.

 

After a much deserved hiatus taken to research and plan, the highly anticipated, national discourse on Nigeria’s Youth development blueprint, Rise National Youth Forum is finally back with this Year’s theme as NIGERIA BEYOND OIL; Strengthening Youth Entrepreneurship in the Next Most Productive Sectors), ENTERTAINMENT + AGRICULTURE + TECHNOLOGY – (EAT).

 

The highlight of the restructured Program is the BLUE COLLAR JOBS CAMPAIGN Initiative; a Strategic Focus on Vocational Skills. This year’s event will feature very experienced, skilled, knowledgeable Entrepreneurs and dynamic Change Agents as Speakers entrepreneurs who will teach/train Participants and also prepare their minds to compete in the “soon would-be” next most productive sectors.

The idea of the EAT Model is to begin to build capacity of young Nigerians to embrace radical change and innovation in preparation for the diversification of Nigeria’s Economy. If Nigeria’s Oil dries up today, these 3 Areas and other divisions of General Production are the major sectors that can guarantee the highest level of employment and Revenue as much as Oil and the barriers of entry into these Industries are pretty low. Nations like China, India, Japan, North Korea, have massively invested in human capital development which has led to tremendous economic growth in those nations. For instance, China is known to be the world’s fastest–growing major economy, the largest exporter of goods, and the largest manufacturing economy in the world. This feat was achieved due to the introduction of vocational skills to cater for the ever growing population which is set at above 1billion people.

This spectacular, life transforming, impact focused Program which has an indisputable track record of commanding the attention of the largest single gathering of Nigerian Youth in one Venue is coming to a city near you this December and January 2014.

In the exciting Rise Networks’ Quiz Competition, MTN Nigeria, the Program’s Lead Sponsor is giving out Windows 7 Premium Wireless Laptop + MTN Internet Modems and tones of Airtime. Participants will also get the chance to win best selling Leadership and Business Management Books and Material.

Rise Networks has also introduced Instructional Video Content on different areas of Vocation oriented and Production Centered Businesses and will launch and be made available to millions of budding Entrepreneurs on MTN Nigeria’s Online Digital Content Portal, MTN Play in December 2013.

Microsoft West Africa will also train and deploy the ‘MICROSOFT BUILD YOUR BUSINESS {BYB} Curriculum FREE to all the Participants at the Program, exclusively.

The Location Roll Call is below:

OWERRI on the 14th December, 2013. (#RiseYouthForumOwerri)

Venue: Rochas Convention Center, Okigwe Road, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

MTN (Lead Sponsor), Nescafe, CocaCola, Close-up, OLAM and OMO

Online Media Partners are Premium Times, OLORISUPERGAL, Bella Naija, Y!Naija, Linda Ikeji’s Blog

Executing Partners are the National Association of Small and Medium Scale Entreprises {NASME} and International Finance Corporation

The Guardian Silverbird Group, Channels and AIT are Media Partners.

ENTRY AND PARTICIPATION is FREE!

 

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Heard about Meeting Point Abuja?

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THE MEETING POINT is a purely interactive meeting aimed at bridging the information gap by bringing together Luminaries (those who have been there, done that, and succeeded) and Visionaries (Youth aspiring to make a change) all in one location to run through different cities in Nigeria.

The 3- session interactive forum would feature discussions which would be centred around but not limited to:
• Career Advancement: Office Politics, Promotion and Career change – The way forward
• Business Advancement: The Nigerian environment, loan and Business growth
• Political Advancement: Policy/polity, how do I get involved?

DATE: Saturday 7th December 2013.
VENUE: Merit House, 22 J. T. Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, FCT Abuja
TIME: 9am

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You may register here

 

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PM HUB TRAINING FOR UNDERGRADUATES ON STRIKE

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Here is another Project Management training for Undergraduate on strike.

Now the form is online.

Last time we trained 32 undergraduates in our Project Management education for young professionals. It was sponsored by MRA/IOFC

Now, we are for another 40 undergraduates in Lagos Nigeria.

This training is mainly sponsored by Eti Osa Local Government of Lagos state.

Please fill the form here

Only selected candidates will be communicated as regards the time, venue and date.

For more information, call 08063576947

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Not an undergraduate? Well……you could try.

This training holds at Lagos but we are sure such things happen in some other states. We look out for cheap/free trainings to improve the skill set of our community of volunteers.  Tell us!

 

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