WE ARE HIRING!

Kosovo United States Alumni seeks eligible and qualified applicants for the position of “Administrative/Finance Assistant” beginning on July 15th, 2021. 

Position: Administrative/Finance Assistant (Part-time)

Opening Date: 23.06.2021

Closing Date: 07.07.2021

Starting Date: 05.07.2021

Grade Level: 5 – C1

Annual Salary: 4800.00 EUR

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  KUSA and U.S. Embassy in Prishtina  provide equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND

KUSA is a nonprofit association established in 2007 with the help of the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo and several committed alumni of the U.S. government exchange program. KUSA is an association of more than 1400 members that had the opportunity to participate in U.S. government-funded exchanges and education programs. KUSA operates as a democracy that values its members who make significant contributions by sharing skills and best practices acquired during their U.S. exchange experience with colleagues and communities across Kosovo. KUSA is also responsible for the administration and monitoring of numerous U.S. Government grants.  

BASIC FUNCTIONS

We seek an Administrative/Finance Assistant who is organized, detail-oriented, and willing to contribute to the organization, to manage our daily administrative and finance tasks. The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer with a proven ability to track and meet multiple deadlines and with attention to detail. Duties of the Administrative Assistant include providing support to management, assisting in daily office needs, and managing our organization’s general administrative activities.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Manages tasks related to document control and file management; 

Execute payments as requested by project coordinators and management;

Prepare a wide variety of administrative and financial documents such as, but not limited to,  invoices, requests for payments, purchase orders, timesheets, cash payment requests. 

Work collaboratively with accounting consultants on the preparation of financial statements and reports. 

Assist with day-to-day operations of projects; coordinated activities with other employees as needed.

Other responsibilities such as but not limited to assisting with managing incoming and outgoing communications in all forms and channels, arranging meetings and conferences, including preparing agendas and minutes, and making the necessary arrangements.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education in a related field or relevant experience in project management.

Good professional and persuasive writing skills in English and Albanian language.

Minimum one year of relevant administrative or office manager experience.

Experience managing multiple assignments remain on deadlines. 

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with stakeholders.

APPLICATION DOCS

Qualified candidates should send:

A current CV.

Scanned documents of all professional certificates and/or degree(s).

Contact Information for at least two professional references.Scanned ID or Passport.

HOW TO APPLY?

All applicants must send their application documents to the following Email address: info@kusalumni.org

The email subject heading must read:

Application for the position: Administrative/Finance Assistant, [Name and Surname]

NOTE: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted!

WE ARE HIRING!

Kosovo United States Alumni is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of “Junior Graphic Designer” beginning on April 1st, 2021. 

Position: Junior Graphic Designer

Opening Date: 19-Mar-2021

Closing Date: 26-Mar-2021

Organization Background

KUSA is a nonprofit association, established in 2007 with the help of the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo and several committed alumni of the U.S. government exchange program. KUSA is an association of more than 1500 members that had the opportunity to participate in U.S. government-funded exchanges and education programs. KUSA operates as a democracy that values its members who are making significant contributions by sharing skills and best practices acquired during their U.S. exchange experience with colleagues and communities across Kosovo. KUSA is also responsible for the administration and monitoring of numerous U.S. Government grants.  

Basic Functions

We are seeking a part-time Junior Graphic Designer, who is full of creative ideas and eager to contribute in increasing KUSA’s visibility. The Junior Graphic Designer will work directly with KUSA staff to expand and improve the organization’s social media strategy. The candidate will undergo a probation period that will last 3 months.

Job Responsibilities

Fully support the organization’s promotion strategies and execute them

Create and curate engaging content in visual form for the various projects administered by the organization

Utilize KUSA’s social media and website

Create and execute promotional strategies in collaboration with the supervisor

Be responsive to assist as requested by the supervisor

Qualifications 

Strong desire to learn along with professional drive

Solid understanding of social networks (Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn)

Excellent communication skills

Knowledge of Illustrator  

Knowledge of WordPress is a plus

Currently enrolled/ recent graduate in a related university field

Application Docs

Qualified candidates should send:

A current CV

Portfolio

Scanned ID or Passport

How to apply?

All applicants must send their application documents in the following email address: info@kusalumni.org 

The email subject heading must read: Application for the position: Junior Graphic Designer, [Name and Surname]

NOTE: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted!

USKEB Board Member Position: Civil Society Organization (CSO)

The United States-Kosovo Education Exchange Board (USKEB) is accepting applications for Board Member positions

The applications for USKEB board member positions representing Academia and Civil Society are open and will be available until December 28th, 2020. To apply: LINK 

Term: The position is an unremunerated, two-year term.

Each board member has a vital role in determining the success of exchange programs that fall under the board’s advisory capacity. Members of the board will have the opportunity to work closely with fellow board members, the government of Kosovo, and U.S. Embassy representatives in suggesting beneficial strategies for educational exchange programming. Furthermore, USKEB members will have an active role in selecting upcoming grantees for the Fulbright Programs as well as in the promotion of exchange programs.

USKEB Members are expected:

– To oversee the general direction of United States-Kosovo educational exchange programming, including the U.S. bound: Fulbright Foreign Student Program (Master’s Degree), Fulbright Faculty Development Program(FFDP), Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (FVSP), and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program; and Kosovo-bound: Fulbright Specialist Program, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, and any future programming as may be deemed appropriate by the founder(s) of the Board.

– To assist in setting strategic priorities for United States-Kosovo educational exchange programming.

– To actively raise awareness on behalf of United States-Kosovo educational exchange programming. 

– To actively support educational initiatives and institutions that aim to foster understanding between the United States and Kosovo.

– To provide a forum for academicians from the United States in Kosovo and Kosovo academicians with interest in the United States to identify, discuss, and pursue matters of mutual interest. 

– To suggest and develop programs that will raise the profile of the Fulbright program in Kosovo.

To qualify as a Board Member representing Civil Society, a person must:

– Have demonstrated breadth and depth of management and leadership experience, in a senior leadership role in a recognized organization.

– Experience in higher education-related projects in Kosovo.

– Have a general understanding of how educational exchange programs function.

– Have professional or personal experience with programs of The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State (preferable).

– Not be affiliated with any political party.

– Have a growth mindset and excellent networking abilities.

The United States-Kosovo Educational Exchange Board (USKEB) is a non-legal Advisory Board, founded for the purpose of advancing relations between the people of the United States and Kosovo through educational exchange programming.

The United States-Kosovo Educational Exchange Board (USKEB) is supported by The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), The U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, and Kosovo’s Ministry of Education and Science, and is implemented by American Councils for International Education and Kosovo United States Alumni (KUSA).
Websites: http://ac-see.org/new/, http://kusalumni.org

For questions or concerns, contact us at educationalexchangeboard.ks@americancouncils.org.

USKEB Board Member Position: Academia

The United States-Kosovo Education Exchange Board (USKEB) is accepting applications for Board Member positions!

The applications for USKEB board member positions representing Academia are open and will be available until December 28th, 2020.

Program Description:

The United States-Kosovo Educational Exchange Board (USKEB) is a non-legal Advisory Board, founded for the purpose of advancing relations between the people of the United States and Kosovo through educational exchange programming.

The United States-Kosovo Educational Exchange Board (USKEB) is supported by The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), The U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, and Kosovo’s Ministry of Education and Science, and is implemented by American Councils for International Education and Kosovo United States Alumni (KUSA).

Term: The position is an unremunerated, two-year term.

Each board member has a vital role in determining the success of exchange programs that fall under the board’s advisory capacity. Members of the board will have the opportunity to work closely with fellow board members, the government of Kosovo, and U.S. Embassy representatives in suggesting beneficial strategies for educational exchange programming. Furthermore, USKEB members will have an active role in selecting upcoming grantees for the Fulbright Programs as well as in the promotion of exchange programs.

USKEB Members are expected to:

– To oversee the general direction of United States-Kosovo educational exchange programming, including the U.S. bound: Fulbright Foreign Student Program (Master’s Degree), Fulbright Faculty Development Program(FFDP), Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (FVSP), and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program; and Kosovo-bound: Fulbright Specialist Program, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, and any future programming as may be deemed appropriate by the founder(s) of the Board.

– To assist in setting strategic priorities for United States-Kosovo educational exchange programming.

– To actively raise awareness on behalf of United States-Kosovo educational exchange programming. 

– To actively support educational initiatives and institutions that aim to foster understanding between the United States and Kosovo.

– To provide a forum for academicians from the United States in Kosovo and Kosovo academicians with interest in the United States to identify, discuss, and pursue matters of mutual interest. 

– To suggest and develop programs that will raise the profile of the Fulbright program in Kosovo.

To qualify as a Board member representing Academia, a person must:

– Have at least five years of professional experience in the field of higher education.

– Have professional or personal experience with programs of The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State (preferable).

– Not be affiliated with any political party.

– A growth mindset and excellent networking abilities.

For questions or concerns, contact us at educationalexchangeboard.ks@americancouncils.org.

4 Reasons To Study in the United States

Diversity of Student Population

Being one of the most culturally diverse countries in the World, the United States is praised for having ethnically diverse campuses. As of 2020, there are over 1 million international students studying in U.S. Colleges.

If you choose to study in the United States, you can take advantage of this diversity and connect with cultures from across the world.

U.S. Universities Have Engaging Campuses

University campuses in the U.S. are one of a kind. They are known for having their own identities. Each campus is structured similarly to a small town and they often organize activities in which you can participate and socialize with other students.

All campuses include various of facilities meant to offer students a relaxing and entertaining time while they are not in class or involved in assignments and study. You can grab a burger (and at a cheap price too), go on a picnic, take yoga classes for free and by all means, join the super-fun student parties.

Guaranteed successful career after graduation

The skills you earn at a U.S. University include easy interaction with different cultures, advancement of English language, as well as general and field-related knowledge.

Hiring companies will see you as a candidate with an international mindset with a unique approach to challenges.

Support for International Students

U.S. universities offer in-campus services to assist international students inside and outside of the classroom.

Most schools have offices dedicated to international student services. These offices are equipped with information regarding English-language courses, visa issues, financial aid and even cultural adjustment while you study abroad in the U.S.

Logo Design Competition for USKEB

Background Information

Initiated by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Ministry of Education and Science of Kosovo, the United States-Kosovo Educational Exchange Board (USKEB) aims to increase mutual understanding and advance intercultural relations between the people of the United States and Kosovo through educational exchange programming. This board, advisory in nature, will set priorities and oversee the general direction of the U.S. government-funded exchange programs in Kosovo. As the initiative prepares to launch, we need your talent and creativity in designing a logo that will represent the USKEB.

Entry Requirements

● Open to all KUSA alumni
● Multiple entries are welcomed

Design Criteria

● Must be an original design
● Must reflect USKEB’s intent—the spirit of educational exchange programming
● Incorporate USKEB’s name
● Consider colors representing U.S. and Kosovo flags
● Should not have any overpowering elements.

Submission

All entries must include:
● A logo for use in print in vector PDF format with 300 dpi output resolution.
● A color scheme of the logo.
● The rationale of the logo (100-300 words).
● A brief CV of the author and contact information.

By submitting, participants agree to the copyright of the entry to be transferred to USKEB. USKEB retains the right to adjust if and as deemed necessary. The selected logo will receive compensation.

Submission Deadline: November 27, 2020

All submissions should be emailed to info@kusalumni.org and Cc: educationalexchangeboard.ks@americancouncils.org.

For any questions or inquiries contact: info@kusalumni.org. If necessary, Zoom calls can be scheduled for informational purposes only.

OMNESCODE – “Digitalization of Paper-Based Exams for Coding Classes”

Each year, through mid-scale projects, KUSA engages in projects that seek to support Kosovo’s education system and increase the quality of teaching and learning by innovation and technology. 2020 KUSA Project aims to support the higher education system by creating an innovative coding platform for computer science professors and students.

Today, students aspiring to become programmers have to undergo paper-based exams. In times of tremendous advancement in technology, delivering paper-based exams for to-be programmers is impractical.

Computer engineering students in many countries take their exams in platforms similar to their coding environment and result in better coding skills. Through Omnescode, professors can create tests to examine the students’ abilities in programming languages in a web application analogous to the setting they exercise, thus ending the old method of pen and paper exams.

KUSA is very proud to bring this solution to the education system in Kosovo by developing a product that answers the needs of the students and professors, and that opens the door to the digitization of the paper-based exams for all departments as it includes a word processor that allows students to write text, math formulas, and other specific tasks.

Once exercises and exams are digital, it will ease students’ writing code tasks and intensify their productivity. On the other hand, Omescode will save professors time and effort in printing out exams, which will be replaced with the web application.

INVITATION TO BID

Kosovo United States Alumni invites all prospective bidders to apply for eligibility bid for the:

Name of the project: Developing new KAA (Kosovo Accreditation Agency) platforms.

Bid Number: BID2-2020/US20GR4

Bid Due Date: 23-Oct-2020

Project Information: The project aims to develop the following components:

Development of a new website for KAA.

Development of a platform for certification for accredited institutions.

Development of a platform for reporting violations of standards of Higher Education Institutions.

Contract Limit: 12,705.00 EURO

Contract Duration: Two (2) months, one (1) year post-award support

Bid Documents: Plans, specifications, and bid documents may be obtained from KUSA’s office via email (info@kusalumni.org) upon request. 

Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance with ‘KUSA Procurement and Payment Regulations.

WE ARE HIRING!

Kosovo United States Alumni is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of “Grants Coordinator” beginning on November 1st, 2020. 

Position: Grants Coordinator

Opening Date: 09-Oct-2020

Closing Date: 16-Oct-2020

Salary: Market-based compensation

Organization Background

KUSA is a nonprofit association, established in 2007 with the help of the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo and several committed alumni of the U.S. government exchange program. KUSA is an association of more than 1400 members that had the opportunity to participate in U.S. government-funded exchanges and education programs. KUSA operates as a democracy that values its members who are making significant contributions by sharing skills and best practices acquired during their U.S. exchange experience with colleagues and communities across Kosovo. KUSA is also responsible for the administration and monitoring of numerous U.S. Government grants.  

Basic Functions

We are seeking a Grants Coordinator, who is organized, detail-oriented, and willing to contribute to the organization, to manage our grant writing, reporting, and research. The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer with a proven ability to track and meet multiple deadlines, and with attention to detail. The coordinator will work directly with their supervisor to coordinate the organization’s grant management procedures.

Job Responsibilities

Write and submit grant applications and reports.

Track grant awards, deliverables, metrics, and deadlines.

Communicate grant requirements to supervisor.

Lead grant huddles to align teams for successful grant outcomes and reporting.

Assist with special event planning and execution as necessary.

Qualifications 

Education in related field or applicable experience in project management.

Excellent professional and persuasive writing skills in English and Albanian language.

Good knowledge of Serbian language.

Experience managing multiple assignments remain on deadlines.

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Application Docs

Qualified candidates should send:

A current CV.

Scanned documents of all professional certificates and/or degree(s).

Contact Information for at least two professional references.

Scanned ID or Passport.

How to apply?

All applicants must send their application documents in the following email address: info@kusalumni.org 

The email subject heading must read: Application for the position: Grant Coordinator, [Name and Surname]

NOTE: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted!

Meet KUSA’s New Board of Directors Members

Last week, KUSA held its first online election, with a total of 322 alumni votes received. When considering the voter’s gender balance, 51% of voters were males whereas 49% of voters were females. After a successful election process, KUSA is delighted to announce its new Board of Directors, consisting of 11 members.

Check out the file below to read the bios of our elected members.