KUSA Activities

Over the years, with the continuous volunteer work of our members, we have been in charge of implementing projects and organizing activities throughout Kosovo. Our projects include activities in the field of economic development, rule of law, regional security and anti-corruption, sustainable development and other social issues. All of these projects have the same purpose which is to bring change to the community by giving our alumni the chance to give back by sharing their experience gained in the U.S.

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!

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.

ALUMNI TALKS

Each year, KUSA aims to create an engaging environment for our Alumni and encourage them to contribute towards civil society involvement and development with regards to Kosovo’s reform efforts in economic, social and cultural spheres. One activity that fosters this principle is Alumni Talks. 

Alumni Talks is an annual activity, held four times during the year. It is designed with the idea of providing our Alumni members a platform to voice their thoughts, opinions or concerns with the U.S. Embassy. Based on the topic, participants will meet with representatives of different sectors of the Embassy. For instance, if the topic is Education, participants will discuss with policymakers from that sector.

In 2020, KUSA talks will be organized during the months of March, June, September, and December. Each month will have a different thematic. The topics for this year are organized as follows:

Education

Depolitization and Institutionalization

Environment and Energy

Kosovo Security Sector

If you have something to say in relation to the topics mentioned above, you are welcome to join our Alumni Talks sessions. This is a great opportunity for Alumni to network with different sectors of the Embassy, as well as meet Mr. Philip S. Kosnett, the US Ambassador to Kosovo. 

HOW TO APPLY?

To become a participant of Alumni Talks, you have to fill out an application form where you state your:

Contact information

The study program

Field of interest

Short description of the issues you want to discuss related to the topic.

We host up to 10 Alumni for each session. All alumni are eligible to apply regardless of your program. Alumni will be chosen based on the quality of their idea they will present on the application form.

Know your rights!

On Monday, Keep it Green hosted a round-table discussion as part of the monitoring of the implementation of "The Law on the hazardous environmental zone of Obiliq and surrounding areas". 
The round-table consisted of discussions and debates regarding the environmental legislature in Kosovo and the steps to be taken towards proper implementation.

An online platform was also presented during the event. Citizens will be able to use Ligjiperobiliqin.info regarding their law-guaranteed rights in the upcoming info-sessions in the community.

This project was funded by KUSA as part of the Alumni Small Grants Program and aims to reduce law-breaking and encourage transparency by raising information levels of general public and CSOs in Obiliq about their rights guaranteed by the recently approved law.

Extracurricular School Activities
This project aims to establish or re-establish four clubs of extracurricular activities in the municipality of Kacanik, Ferizaj, and Shtërpcë. The project includes two primary schools in each municipality. The activities will be implemented by the clubs and will be assisted by KUSA members. The established/ re-established clubs will be on Arts, Debate, Information Technology, and Outdooring. Activities that will be implemented in Art Club are: Let’s paint together; Colour my school; Sculpture me; Map of Kosovo;  The Debate Club activities will be: Introduction to Debate; Guest Speaker; Watch a Documentary. Information and Technology Club activities will be: Software and Hardware; Basic programming skills; Basic of networking; Robotics; Visit to the company "Formon"; Visit the "Digital School". Also, Outdooring activities will be implemented in cooperation with Kosovo Alpine Club experts: Basic outdoor skills; Excursion to public spaces and parks; Two-day Camping. The project for extracurricular activities will have a significant impact on the schools and students, as well as our alumni. Each of these clubs includes alumni volunteers as participants and mentors to the students. The aim of the project is to provide new opportunities for alumni community service, while also providing youth with constructive and empowering activities outside the classroom. KUSA staff together with the club coordinators and KUSA members will plan a syllabus and the required materials for each school and each club. Activities will be planned so that they would fit the school syllabus, which is why some activities are different from school to school.
Conference “Education for the Future”
The conference "Education for the Future" aimed to address the missing link of cooperation between Kosovo’s Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and the economy. The main focus of the conference was on reducing the mismatch between knowledge, skills and the competence that the HEIs are providing to the graduates and the needs of the labor market. The Conference gathered around 181 participants for two days representing: media, higher education institutions, the business community, academia, and government. On the first day of the Conference, welcome speeches were delivered by:
  • Greg Delawie, U.S. Ambassador in Kosovo
  • Shyqyri Bytyqi, Minister of Education, Science, and Technology
  • Visar Ramajli, Business Representative
In order to Introduce Kosovo HEIs with examples from the United States of cooperation between universities, industry, and government (U.S keynote speaker) Dr. Jason Lane, The State University of New York at Albany, delivered a presentation. His presentation was about “Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers: Learning from the Triple Helix of Higher Education, Government, and Industry”. Dr. Jason Lane was met by the Open World Alumni during the study visit hosted by MERCY College and was identified as a potential speaker. In addition to the plenary session, there were parallel sessions (4 per day) organized on the following topics:
  1. Curriculum Design and Labor Market needs
  2. New skills for new jobs
  3. Intellectual Property Rights in the Academic Setting
  4. Fostering University – Business cooperation
  5. The transition of the graduates from university to the labor market
  6. Student-centered Learning, Teaching, and Assessment
  7. Integration of new technologies in the teaching and learning processes
  8. Continuous improvement of the study programs based on the needs of the economy
Dr. Sheila Offman Gersh, Mercy College, had an interesting presentation on “Aligning the Mercy College Curriculum with the Job Market: Locally, Globally and Glocally”. Dr. Offman Gersh participated in the Conference, financed my Mercy College as a follow-up communication with the Open World Alumni in this regard to further strengthen cooperation with Kosovar HEIs. In this regard, Mercy College and the University of Prishtina signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on April 27, 2018. In order to further get a different point of views on the targeted topic of the Conference, there was a panel organized on “Strengthening cooperation among Kosovo higher education institutions, government and private” with the following representatives:
  • Safet Gerxhaliu, President of Kosovo Chamber of Commerce
  • Arian Zeka, President of the American Chamber of Commerce did not participate
  • Burim Gashi, Acting Director of the Higher Education Department at MEST
  • Egzon Osmani, President of Kosovo Student Union
The final report consisted of recommendations from the plenary sessions can be found in the link below. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4eClbcA7co&feature=share[/embed]
Second Phase of the project "Removing Ceiling for Equal Opportunity"
The second phase of the project “Removing Ceiling for Equal Opportunities”  provided professional development training for a selected group of professional women with different backgrounds. The training modules were within a framework of the certification program, which equipped participants with necessary skills to exercise a decision-making position, and it changed attitude and practice by reducing gender stereotyping in the workplace. It was designed to remove some of the impediments related to barriers that women face. The majority of participants in the training sessions were KUSA Alumnae who had the opportunity to gain knowledge on how to achieve and hold decision-making positions. This project increased awareness about the glass ceiling that professional and competent women in Kosovo face when they are eligible to hold decision making positions within private and public institutions. The certification program is designed to cover key areas of corporate governance and decision making and is organized in two stages. The first stage was implemented in 2017, consisted of the following modules:
  • “Ethics,  Integrity and  Transparency”  presented  by Afrim Atashi,  who elaborated how  companies’ ethical and  moral behavior can change  a companies’ course, and how  to look forward to a fully transparent  company future;
  • “Strategic  Planning – Developing  and Implementing Organizational  Strategy”  presented  by Merita Gjyshinca  Peja who talked about  how an organization defines  its strategy and how it allocated  its resources to peruse this strategy;   
  • Corporate  Social Responsibility  (CSR)” presented by Arjeta Spahiu who talked about the ethical principle that an organization should be responsible for how its behavior might affect society and the environment. We were also honored to welcome Robert Wright, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo,  as a keynote speaker during this module.
  • “Financial  Management” presented by Hajdar Hoxha.
 
Lead by Example
The project “Lead by example” aims to fight and reduce corruption in public institutions by tackling this issue from a different point of view. The "lead by example" online platform presents efforts and excellent behaviors of public officials in fulfilling their working mandate within public institutions as a recognition and public support for outstanding courage and public service. Through this project, KUSA actively promotes how these individuals have shown determination and high integrity in terms of public interest as well as how their actions have contributed to improving citizen’s lives. This project has made a great impact on the attitude of all participants, which includes public officials who shared their success stories,  as well as the audience who reads and follows the website. Due to the fact that Kosovo has a high rate of corruption, our organization is encouraged to take action through creative initiatives and campaigns with the aim of fighting corruption instead of taking offensive actions. Therefore, we strongly believe that by introducing real examples of public officials and how they have impacted our lives by fighting corruption will affect the credibility of institutions, raise awareness among citizens, and increase public accountability towards Kosovo’s citizens. Here you can visit the webpage: http://leadbyexample-ks.org/ On 10th of December, during “Anti-corruption week”, we launched this platform as an open space for officials to share their positive examples of fighting corruption. Rozafa Ukimeraj, Project Coordinator and Head of Rule of Law Committee, presented the platform and its purpose, followed with a speech by Erin M. Mains, U.S. Embassy Kosovo Representative, and Frasher Murtezaj, Head of the Division for Prevention of Conflict of Interest at the Anti-Corruption Agency.  
Where is my money?
The municipality budget is the product of taxpayers, which would be prepared jointly with them. Accountability of municipalities starts here and continues with a series of obligations in relation to the executive (government) where legal obligations, despite their local government autonomy, legally oblige all municipalities to account in relation to their expenditures of public money. The main goal of the project “Where is my money?” was to create responsible and accountable institutions at a local level. This was achieved by conducting a survey for the six biggest municipalities in Kosovo, in terms of how municipalities plan, spend and report their budget. The research was conducted over a period of five (5) months with a focus on the methods that municipalities apply while involving taxpayers in the budgeting process. Further, the report identifies weak and strong segments of each municipality and it concludes with specific and concrete recommendations on how to improve their performance and transparency based. The main source used for this report is The Kosovo Progress Report. The report also addresses the legal obligations municipalities have in terms of communication with citizens about their public fund expenditures. Additionally, the report describes the current situation, municipal initiatives to strengthen budget transparency, and defines the role that responsible institutions have in monitoring budget expenditure transparency procedures. Reached objectives of this project are:
  • To create responsible and accountable institutions.
  • Identify the weak and strong segments of each municipality and come up with specific and concrete recommendations on how to improve their performance and transparency.
  • Raise awareness on how citizens should be involved in the decision-making processes.
  • Rise of the public debate on budget transparency.
  • Awareness of citizens for their rights on budget spending.
  • Awareness of Government for the transparency responsibility.
Mentorship Program
The  Mentoring  Program intended to assist young women to learn from their mentors through an ongoing skill-building and problem-solving process, with a  capacity-building approach. The scope of the program was to provide career development guidance and coaching to senior female students on how to get involved in institutional life after graduation.  This project was implemented by female KUSA members in collaboration with the University of Gjilan “Kadri Zeka”, public institutions of the Republic of Kosovo and various NGOs. Reached objectives of this project are:
  • Encouraged  an experience-exchange  discussion among mentors  and mentees, who have faced  difficulties as women during their  professional careers and work experience  and sharing tips on how to balance their  professional career and private life as well  as their commitment to avoid gender discrimination  and other challenges;
  • Promoted  communication  and cooperation  among female students  and women who are in senior  and leadership positions within  the institutions of Republic of Kosovo,  political parties, private companies and NGOs;
  • Mentored  and guided  female students  on their job-hunt  after graduation, on  their approach in the  institutional and public  life, on their job interview  preparation, on their behavior skills  while working as a team member in an  organization and on their “obstacles-training” towards  reaching career success;
Through the process  "Learning by doing"  the 10 mentees were placed in 7 different institutions of the mentors where they had a chance to enhance their professional capacities on management, leadership, work methodology, communication. They also had the chance to learn on the preparation of official documents, representation of institutions, advancement of inter-institutional communication, participation in meetings and conferences etc.
Respect my Language
Kosovo’s legal framework imposes extensive obligations on central and local Institutions to ensure that there is equality of all official languages used in Kosovo. However, the Law on the Use of Languages remains only partially implemented due to insufficient human and official resources, often accompanied by an insufficient understanding of Institutional obligations. Often, the official documents are provided with a poor translation which causes reputational damage and sets a very bad example overall for Institutions. The project “Respect my Language”  focused on raising awareness on Institutional responsibilities in respecting, promoting and protecting the languages in Kosovo in accordance with the  Law on the Use of Languages. The aim of this project was to initiate a debate on a better understanding of multilingualism as an efficient mechanism to integrate non-majority communities in Kosovo. In order to achieve this, KUSA in cooperation with Language Commissioner organized a conference “Multiculturalism: value and/or obligation”, which gathered representatives of central and local institutions. The conference addressed the importance of encouraging multiculturalism within Kosovo, as to position it as a multilingual country. It assessed the current situation and challenges to the implementation of this process to promote Kosovo as an inclusive society. During the conference, the institutions complained that the lack of resources hinders that the respect for the law should not be repeated, and the use of the law for official languages must be prioritized by the leaders of the institutions. During the conference, the institutions complained that the lack of resources hinders that the respect for the law should not be repeated, and the use of the law for official languages must be prioritized by the leaders of the institutions. Reached Project Objectives:
  • Participants discussed and reflected on the overall situation and obligations of local and central government in fully implementing the Law on the Use of Languages.
  • The increase of accountability of local and central institutions towards citizens.    
  • Raising awareness on society and developing a  multi-language environment in Kosovo through a wide spectrum of Institutional actors.
Removing Ceiling for Equal Opportunities
Equal opportunities in decision-making processes for women in Kosovo society continue to remain a challenging path. There is a great need to advance women’s position in this structural level, in order to benefit the overall society.  The persistent issue of lack of equal opportunities is hindering half of the populations’ potential to take an active role in political, economic, social, cultural and other fields of social life. The project “Removing  Ceiling for  Equal Opportunities” was designed to remove some of the impediments related to these barriers. It provided professional development trainings for a selected group of women coming from the different professional background. The training modules were within a framework of certification program, which equipped participants with necessary skills to exercise a decision-making position, and it changed attitude and practice by reducing gender stereotyping in the workplace. The majority of participants in the training sessions of the project were KUSA Alumnae who gained knowledge on how to achieve and hold decision making positions. This project increased awareness about the glass ceiling that professional and competent women in Kosovo face when they are eligible to hold decision making positions within private and public institutions. The certification program was designed to cover key areas of corporate governance and decision making and was organized in two stages. The first stage was implemented in 2016, consisted of the following modules:  
  • Marketing and Public Relations which was lectured by Debatik Hoxha, Head of Business Development at Gjirafa.
  • Corporate Governance, a part of which was delivered by the guest speaker Edward Nolan - Chief of Party at Empower Credit Support Program and expert in the field of corporate governance.
  • Human Resource Management and People Development was lectured by Linda Shala, Managing Director at Data Project Electronics.
  • Auditing and Internal Control, Risk Management and Corporate Compliance, part of which was delivered by the guest speaker Besnik Osmani - General Auditor of Kosovo.
  • Legal Framework was lectured by Ardi Shita, Member of the Board of Governors (Sec-Gen) at American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo.
Traffic Safety
In  Kosovo, more than a hundred people are killed in road accidents every year and around fourteen thousand  (14.000) were injured in 2015. A number of these people are handicapped for life. Many of the victims are young citizens, therefore this determines whether they will have permanent injuries or they will pass away. In order to substantially reduce accident and casualty problems in Kosovo, KUSA implemented the project “Traffic Safety”. The overall objective of the project was to raise awareness among drivers, pedestrians and traffic safety police officers regarding the topic. The project addressed the problem of Traffic Safety that citizens face every day aiming to establish sound, safe and sustainable road transport system. In honor of the World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims, KUSA in cooperation with Kosovo Police, OSCE, and Kolegji “Tempulli”, organized an awareness campaign consisted of different activities taking place each day. As part of this awareness campaign, KUSA has created three video clips of injured persons whose main purpose was to raise awareness and enhance the care of citizens in traffic. Videos were broadcasted in all local TV channels, as well as different social networks. (Please find attached the links in the bottom of this description) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac9XOVKLrL8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLym37oN2ys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB3a8O2dIdg The project “Traffic Safety” was proceeded with the following activities:
  1. On the first day of the campaign, interviews were conducted in all electronic and written media, where apart from the discussion on the history of this day, weekly activities were launched during this period.
  2. On the second day of the campaign, at Zahir Pajaziti Square, KUSA and other project partners organized a day for blood donation for persons injured in traffic accidents, where around 70 citizens donated their blood.
  3. On the third day, 96 candles were lit in front of the National Theater and recorded video clips were launched to commemorate the 96 victims who passed away in traffic accidents.
  4. On the fourth day, an International Conference was dedicated to the World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims with local, regional and international representatives, which took place at Sirius Hotel, Prishtina. After the conference, all the participants together with the Kosovo citizens marched at Main Square in Prishtina.
WE ARE HIRING A PROGRAM MANAGER!

Kosovo United States Alumni is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of “Program Manager”.

Position: Program Manager

Grade: 8

Opening Date: 20-Apr-2022

Closing Date: 5-May-2022

Work Hours: Full-time; 40 hours/week

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. The association has 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

The Program Manager will be responsible for overseeing the achievement of program goals. S/he will coordinate efforts between different projects that fall under their portfolio without executing them directly. Instead, s/he will lead the overall program with solid attention to strategy, implementation, and delegation.

DAILY RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategize, implement, and maintain program initiatives that adhere to organizational objectives.

Implement program assessment protocols for evaluation and improvement.

Maintain organizational standards of satisfaction, quality, and performance.

Ensure program goals are reached.

Oversee budget and expenditures to ensure they fulfill program objectives.

Work closely with project sponsor, and staff to plan and develop scope, deliverables, required resources, work plan and timeline proposal, and budget for new initiatives.

Work with other program managers to identify risks and opportunities across multiple projects within the organization.

Analyze, evaluate, and overcome program risks, and produce program reports for management and donors.

QUALIFICATIONS

3+ years experience in an advanced management role (preference given to those with program management experience).

Exceptional leadership, time management, facilitation, and organizational skills.

Excellent English speaking and writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Proven leadership experience.

Proven proposal writing experience.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

A current CV.

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

Contact information of 2 recommenders.

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: Program Manager, [Name and Surname]

NOTE: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted!

WE ARE HIRING AN OUTREACH OFFICER!

Kosovo United States Alumni is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of “Outreach Officer”.

Position: Outreach Officer

Opening Date: 09-Nov-2021

Closing Date: 12-Nov-2021

Work Hours: Part-time; 30 hours/week

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. The association has 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

The Outreach Officer will provide communication and administrative support to the KUSA team. S/he will be responsible for providing support for different programs. The Outreach Officer will spend a significant amount of time on the ground, assisting and monitoring the overall activities, but will also work office-based a few hours a week.

QUALIFICATIONS

Outstanding organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks.

Able to thrive in a high-volume, deadline-driven work environment.

Fluency both in written and spoken English.

Excellent communication skills.

Working experience in the related fields.

Highly motivated with a strong work ethic.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Qualified candidates should send:

A current CV.

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

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: Outreach Officer, [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: 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.

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!

KUSA Networking Event 2019

On December 20th, 2019, the annual “KUSA Networking Event” took place in Prishitna to gather all KUSA members and partners. Everyone that was once part of the U.S.Government – funded programs and has turned back to Kosovo can be a member of our vast community.

 At the end of every year, KUSA Networking Event serves as a networking and socializing platform for our members and partners to discuss what they have been up to during the year.  

The Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Prishtina, Nick Jacobbe, spoke at the opening of the event. He emphasized the importance U.S. Alumni engagement in their communities.

 “For some of you, this is through volunteering and direct involvement in community activities.  For others, making a difference means working to make the government institutions more transparent, and helping deliver services to citizens more efficiently.  Other alumni are developing new technology, building a better business environment, and improving the education system. Whatever alumni are doing, and wherever they are in the world, they are applying the experience they gained in the United Sates to finding creative solutions for challenges at home.” Said Chargé d’Affaires Jacobbe.

Through different KUSA activities and projects, the Alumni could get involved and apply their U.S. experience in their communities.

For showing great engagement in various KUSA projects, Nora Latifi Jashari was awarded with the KUSA Alumni of the Year Award and Erblin Hoxha with the KUSA Emerging Leader. We are happy to mark yet another successful year for KUSA!

WE'RE HIRING!

Kosovo United States Alumni is seeking for eligible and qualified applicants for the position of “Project Assistant” beginning on November 1st, 2019.

Position: Project Assistant

Opening Date: 11.10.2019

Closing Date: 21.10.2019

Work Hours: Part-time; 20 hours/week

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 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

The Project Assistant will provide programmatic, communications, and administrative support to the KUSA team. S/he will be responsible for data collection, analysis, management, and interpretation for grant programs, tracking and collecting project information, and assisting in monitoring performance against budgets and indicators.

The incumbent will draft and prepare necessary project documentation for activities, apply communications expertise (e.g. conducting web-based outreach, creating program profiles, summarizing lessons learned from data/research findings, and utilizing multi-media applications, such as social media, blogs, photography, and video streaming) to assist the team in communicating successes broadly and sharing results to specific audiences.

Qualifications Required

Applicants must address each required qualification listed below:

Working experience in the related fields.

Fluency both in written and spoken English.

Highly motivated with a strong work ethic.

Outstanding organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks.

Able to thrive in a high-volume, deadline-driven work environment.

Applying

Qualified candidates should send:

A current CV.

Scanned documents of all professional certificated and degree(s).

Contact Information for at least two professional references.

Scanned ID or Passport.

Submit ALL application materials to:

Email Address: kusacenter@gmail.com

The email subject heading must read:

Application for the position: Project Assistant, [Name and Surname]


NOTE: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted!

Know your rights!

On Monday, Keep it Green hosted a round-table discussion as part of the monitoring of the implementation of "The Law on the hazardous environmental zone of Obiliq and surrounding areas". 
The round-table consisted of discussions and debates regarding the environmental legislature in Kosovo and the steps to be taken towards proper implementation.

An online platform was also presented during the event. Citizens will be able to use Ligjiperobiliqin.info regarding their law-guaranteed rights in the upcoming info-sessions in the community.

This project was funded by KUSA as part of the Alumni Small Grants Program and aims to reduce law-breaking and encourage transparency by raising information levels of general public and CSOs in Obiliq about their rights guaranteed by the recently approved law.

Certification Award Ceremony "Acknowledge my CV"

Various KUSA projects have the purpose and goal of raising awareness, changing public attitudes and behaviors to drive positive social change while encouraging action towards a particular phenomenon or issue within our society. They are predominantly designated to educate our society through generating awareness and positively influencing the public opinion to drive societal transformation and change attitudes towards a particular anomaly. One particular issue KUSA wants to bring to the limelight is the neglected role of women in our society as the critical social support structures. It is crucial to emphasize the significant role of women in our society and reflect upon their influential capabilities and the roots of their meteoric rise through encouraging them to voice their thoughts, ideas and opinions. As a result, Shkendije Himaj, KUSA Member, initiated the project “Removing Ceiling for Equal Opportunities” with the focus on removing some of the impediments related to various barriers regarding gender diversity in Kosovo as well as promoting equal opportunities for women in numerous decision-making processes within the society.

The project was lastly celebrated through a Certification Award Ceremony with regards to the professional development training programs conducted for a selected group of women coming from various professional backgrounds. Therefore, on March 18th, KUSA together with Ms. Shkendije Himaj hosted the certification ceremony “Acknowledge my CV” for the closing of the project as a sign of revering the women who participated and celebrating the completion of a successful project. Attendees had the chance to recognize all the women who participated in such a training program, whose aim was to facilitate a pathway for women in leading positions and/or management roles.

The imperative role of women in our society was also amplified by the United States Ambassador Mr. Philip Kosnett, whose presence honored the entire event. Through a powerful speech, the US Ambassador talked about women empowerment in the workplace as well as the necessary actions and activities Kosovo should undertake to further promote equal opportunities.

Recognizing the importance of this project as a critical advocate for equipping women with leadership skills and training programs that hereinafter motivate women to flourish in the society as equally as men, the Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors Ms. Atifete Jahjage also joined us on our celebration of the achievement of these women. Through a captivating language of speech, Ms. Jahjaga inspired our women to continue thriving and contributing to our society while facing and overcoming any barrier that comes along the way.

Online Registry of all certified trainees, can be found here:

Conference “Education for the Future”
The conference "Education for the Future" aimed to address the missing link of cooperation between Kosovo’s Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and the economy. The main focus of the conference was on reducing the mismatch between knowledge, skills and the competence that the HEIs are providing to the graduates and the needs of the labor market. The Conference gathered around 181 participants for two days representing: media, higher education institutions, the business community, academia, and government. On the first day of the Conference, welcome speeches were delivered by:
  • Greg Delawie, U.S. Ambassador in Kosovo
  • Shyqyri Bytyqi, Minister of Education, Science, and Technology
  • Visar Ramajli, Business Representative
In order to Introduce Kosovo HEIs with examples from the United States of cooperation between universities, industry, and government (U.S keynote speaker) Dr. Jason Lane, The State University of New York at Albany, delivered a presentation. His presentation was about “Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers: Learning from the Triple Helix of Higher Education, Government, and Industry”. Dr. Jason Lane was met by the Open World Alumni during the study visit hosted by MERCY College and was identified as a potential speaker. In addition to the plenary session, there were parallel sessions (4 per day) organized on the following topics:
  1. Curriculum Design and Labor Market needs
  2. New skills for new jobs
  3. Intellectual Property Rights in the Academic Setting
  4. Fostering University – Business cooperation
  5. The transition of the graduates from university to the labor market
  6. Student-centered Learning, Teaching, and Assessment
  7. Integration of new technologies in the teaching and learning processes
  8. Continuous improvement of the study programs based on the needs of the economy
Dr. Sheila Offman Gersh, Mercy College, had an interesting presentation on “Aligning the Mercy College Curriculum with the Job Market: Locally, Globally and Glocally”. Dr. Offman Gersh participated in the Conference, financed my Mercy College as a follow-up communication with the Open World Alumni in this regard to further strengthen cooperation with Kosovar HEIs. In this regard, Mercy College and the University of Prishtina signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on April 27, 2018. In order to further get a different point of views on the targeted topic of the Conference, there was a panel organized on “Strengthening cooperation among Kosovo higher education institutions, government and private” with the following representatives:
  • Safet Gerxhaliu, President of Kosovo Chamber of Commerce
  • Arian Zeka, President of the American Chamber of Commerce did not participate
  • Burim Gashi, Acting Director of the Higher Education Department at MEST
  • Egzon Osmani, President of Kosovo Student Union
The final report consisted of recommendations from the plenary sessions can be found in the link below. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4eClbcA7co&feature=share[/embed]