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Since its founding in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has been a birthplace of innovation. Ranked #1 in Computer Science and #4 in Engineering by U.S. News & World Report, CMU is dedicated to producing creative and technically strong engineers who have a meaningful impact on their communities and accelerate positive technological change in the world. In 2011, CMU extended its global footprint into Africa as the Regional Center of Excellence for ICT based in Rwanda and the anchor tenant of Kigali Innovation City. In a region booming with opportunities, CMU is the only U.S.-based research university offering its master’s degrees with a full-time faculty, staff, and operations in Africa.

CMU-Africa seeks a passionate and experienced UX Designer to join the Learning science training and research with Tech Hubs (EdTech). The EdTech Project is a partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, aims to enhance educational technology products for Africa by training EdTech entrepreneurs and their staff in learning sciences and learning experience design. The UX designer will be responsible for designing the project website and integrating it with associated online courseware refined for the African educational context. Additionally, this person will support the EdTech Hubs and Entrepreneur Fellows with product design reviews and usability consulting to ensure high-quality learner experiences and meaningful outcomes are achieved. This role will report to the CMU Africa Project Manager.

The Role

As UX Designer, you will work closely with the EdTech Hubs and Entrepreneur Fellows to ensure high-quality learner experiences. While specific responsibilities will vary, they will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

Duties and responsibilities:
  • Lead the ongoing design and development of the CMU Africa project website, associated social media channels, project blog and integration of the OLI online courseware.

  • Collaborate with learning engineer to adapt CMU’s online learning sciences curriculum and products to be culturally relevant in the African regional contexts and hubs.

  • Improve graphic design and Conduct user research and stakeholder mapping to gain insights into the needs of EdTech Hubs, Entrepreneurs, and the project team. Develop wireframes, mockups, and interactive prototypes for effective implementation by web developers.

  • Collaborate closely with the CMU Africa communications team to grow and maintain the CMU Africa Ed Tech project website, associated EdTech Hub web properties as well as other marketing and branding materials.

  • Liaise with learning Engineers to help manage digital assets, including project photographs, audio, video recordings, podcasts; obtain media releases as needed

  • Provide quarterly reports on web analytics, social media impressions, courseware usage data, and present recommendations to the project and management team. Document design improvements and outcomes for annual reporting.

  • Develop a comprehensive vision and strategy for the OLI online learning user experience in close consultation with key stakeholders.

  • Collaborate with learning engineers to conduct user testing and evaluation of CMU’s online learning platform and learning science courses, proposing courseware modifications for user interface elements, interaction flow, navigation structures, and visual design enhancements as necessary.

  • Conduct heuristic assessments of Ed Tech company products to ensure they meet basic usability and digital accessibility requirements.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in IT, computer science, human computer interaction, graphic, design, or other related fields

  • At least 2 years’ experience in a UX design or product design role with strong media design and user researcher skills

  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills.

  • Experience working in multicultural teams and fluent in English, any other language is an added value

  • Experience working on educational technologies in the African context.

To apply

If you are an experienced UX Designer with a strong commitment to enhancing educational technology across Africa, we encourage you to send your application. Applications should include a cover letter with your motivation for applying, and a comprehensive resume/CV. Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis.

Are you interested in this exciting opportunity?! Apply today!


Kigali, Rwanda

Job Function

Web Design and Graphic Services

Position Type

Staff – Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis

More Information:
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  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran .

  • Statement of Assurance


Carnegie Mellon University


Carnegie Mellon University challenges the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters.

A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world's most renowned educational institutions, and sets its own course.

Carnegie Mellon was founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie under the premise that a school established to foster and develop the technical skills of its students would soon produce students and graduates whose work would astound Pittsburgh and the world. Over 120 years later, our institution continues to produce talented alumni and draws faculty and staff eager to be a part of the university's creative, passionate and close-knit community. We place emphasis on practical problem solving, interdisciplinary learning, an entrepreneurial spirit, and collaboration.

Over the past 10 years, more than 400 startups linked to CMU have raised more than $7 billion in follow-on funding. Those investment numbers are especially high because of the sheer size of Pittsburgh’s growing autonomous vehicles cluster – including Uber, Aurora, Waymo and Motional – all of which are here because of their strong ties to CMU.

With cutting-edge brain science, path-breaking performances, innovative startups, driverless cars, big data, big ambitions, Nobel and Turing prizes, hands-on learning, and a whole lot of robots, CMU doesn't imagine the future, we create it. 

Pittsburgh is home to over 86,000 students from 10 colleges and universities. Pittsburgh was ranked as one of the top U.S. cities for millennials.

Some 177,000 people work in Pittsburgh's tech-related industries, and their ranks continue to grow as the city tops lists for jobs. Networking opportunities, small business accelerators, and an innovative community make the city appealing to entrepreneurs, especially recent graduates.

Pittsburgh is emerging as a tech and culture hub that The Washington Post praises for its "world-class art museums and colorful neighborhoods."

Robotics and software engineering lead the way. The city is home to GoogleUber and Apple offices and a budding ecosystem of tech startups including DuolingoModcloth and 4Moms, all of which have CMU roots.

Many seek Pittsburgh for being a hot spot for entrepreneurship and a model for future cities. Others come for the city's burgeoning food scene.

You’ll find CMU locations nationwide — and worldwide. Silicon Valley. Qatar. Africa. Washington, D.C. To name a few.

If your heart is in your work, come work with us.

Carnegie Mellon University isn't just one of the world’s most renowned educational institutions — it’s also a hotspot for some of the most talented doers, dreamers and difference-makers on the planet. When you join our staff, you’ll become an important part of our mission to create a healthier, safer and more just life for all. No matter what your role or location, you’ll connect and collaborate with dedicated, passionate colleagues — and you’ll have the satisfaction of delivering work that truly matters.

Carnegie Mellon University offers a wide range of competitive employee benefits to help you live well. Benefit eligibility varies based on the hours per week employees are scheduled to work and the employee's geographic location

We seek to cultivate diverse populations and perspectives and promote equity and inclusion. Our devotion to these ideals springs from a core belief in the power of education to be a transformative and enriching force for every person, irrespective of their background, identity or life circumstances. 

Inclusion and belonging are intricately interwoven into the very essence of our university, helping to shape our values, policies and practices. Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are not only central to our ethos but also indispensable to our pursuit of academic excellence and innovation.

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