Scholarship Specialist – Islamic Development Bank , Saudi Arabia

Purpose:
The role of Scholarship Specialist is to administer and develop the scholarship programs and the community development program. This role executes the programs, activities and initiatives of the division in coordination with the scholarship recipients, relevant education authorities, partners on field and IDB departments under the technical guidance of senior staff and the Division Manager.

Key Accountabilities:
Participates in the annual work plan and budget preparation activities.
Supports and provides input to the strategy and impact studies related to IDB’s scholarship programs.
Contributes to the development and review of policies and procedures of the Division.
Explains the policies and procedures to the various partners and conducts orientation programs during missions and partnership events.
Responds to queries by stakeholders and beneficiaries for implementing the Scholarship Programs.
Reviews and assesses applications for scholarship programs.
Conducts periodic review exercises for monitoring and evaluating the performance of scholarship recipients.
Provides clarifications and administrative support to recipients during the scholarship program tenure.
Communicates and follows up with Counterpart Organization (CPO) and graduates for execution of Post Study Activities (PSA) and ensure membership in IDB Graduate Association (IGA).
Initiates reimbursements, checks disbursements, validates status and related activities under SAP and follows up for the timely release of approved payments to beneficiaries.
Prepares periodic and ad-hoc reports and supports the periodic assessment and reporting on the performance of partners as and when requested by the management.
Coordinates between Graduate Networks for official communication from Scholarship Division stakeholders.
Assists in the activities related to the IsDB Scholarship Program Alumni

Requirements:
Academic qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Education, Business Administration, Organizational Psychology or any other related field
Languages
English (Mandatory)
Arabic (Preferred)
French (Preferred)
Minimum number of years and nature of experience
5 to 7 years of relevant experience in scholarship programs management or education related institutions, ideally in similar type multilateral institutions

Job specific competencies
MS Office
Communication effectiveness (oral and written)
Adaptability
Analytical thinking
Problem solving
People management
Responsiveness
Project management
Attention to detail
Teamwork
Business acumen
Strategic planning

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