Educating leaders for a sustainable future.

The Akilah Institute for Women aims to build future generations of women leaders and professionals in East Africa through the development of a network of campuses. At Akilah, we bring together promising female leaders from Rwanda, and East Africa, for an innovative two-year program that prepares them for professional careers and leadership roles.

Akilah students choose a specialized track in Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, and Hospitality Management. Our hands-on and practicals-based curriculum is developed in partnership with the local and global private sectors, and is focused on building the market-relevant skills demanded by the fastest growing industries of the regional economy.

The Position

The Akilah Institute Counselor will work to structure and administer a quality counseling program to provide support services, both psychological and social to the student body as required. The Counselor will be charged with providing counsel, psychosocial support and mentoring to students as needed. He/she will work to ensure that students understand and adopt the Akilah culture and growth mindset.



  • Efficiently structure and administer the student counseling program to provide psychosocial support to students.
  • Meet with each student at least once per semester for an individual session to help ensure their academic, emotional and psychological well-being.
  • For those who seek further counseling arrange a series of meetings to set and achieve specified objectives agreed upon between the student and counselor.
  • Methodically help students identify barriers to their personal and academic success.
  • Periodically organize group sessions for growth and proactive development purposes.
  • Provide grief and trauma counseling for students with significant life events.

Student Life

  • Manage the Mentoring program, including: Professional Mentoring (students paired with external professionals); Big Sisters, (older students paired with incoming students), and staff mentoring.
  • Develop and run a special Workshop per trimester in order to offer additional support to students where the need is highest, such as: reproductive health issues, health awareness, etc.
  • Responsible for working on special projects and committees as assigned.


  • A light disposition.
  • Resiliency – ability to healthily and regularly release stress related to position.
  • Compassionate, patient, fair and objective with strong ability to empathize with and advise students on issues ranging from personal to academic.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, flexible and open-minded character.
  • Has a good understanding of psycho-social services in Rwanda.
  • Ability to be sensitive and also encouraging under challenging, changing and difficult circumstances.
  • Absolute discretion is paramount to this role.
  • Research oriented, applying up to date and relevant field expertise and knowledge.
  • Ability to effectively organize and manage projects, working collaboratively with colleagues from different departments to achieve outcomes.
  • Ability to serve as a model of Akilah’s core principles.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution related to psychology, school psychology, or social work required; relevant advanced degree preferred.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in counseling, managing student affairs and social work.
  • Private, public, and nonprofit backgrounds are all valued.


  • Position is based in Kigali, Rwanda. Must be able to travel both domestically and internationally if required.


  • Country Director

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 10, 2016

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications including a resume and cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, language abilities, salary requirements, and how you learned of the position should be sent to:

Please type the title of the position followed by your name (Last, First) as the subject line of your email (e.g. “DCAA — Isimbi, Mellisa”). Emails without all this information WILL not be reviewed.