Project Manager for Educational Partnerships (ETH4D)

80%-100%, Zurich, temporary

ETH for Development (ETH4D) is an ETH-wide initiative to develop innovations that address global development challenges and to educate future leaders for a sustainable development.

Project background
We are currently looking for a project manager for our Educational Partnerships Program. The program fosters initiatives that aim to improve tertiary education in developing countries through collaborative efforts between ETH, academic institutions abroad and industrial partners, with a particular focus on university-level engineering education in sub-Saharan Africa.

The project manager will be part of the ETH4D team and work closely with Prof. Dr. Edoardo Mazza, who is chairing the educational partnership program and to whom the project manager will report directly.

Job description
The Project Manager will take over all responsibilities for the programs initiatives, including managing the development of the already established collaborations with Ghanaian and Kenyan Universities. Similarly, the project manager will be responsible for designing a coherent project portfolio through the identification and initiation of new projects within the scope of the program.

Besides handling planning and execution, building partnerships and managing the diverse expectation of the involved stakeholders, i.e. African universities, Swiss and international industrial companies and the ETH community, is an important aspect of this position.

The workplace is ETH Zentrum, however the position requires a willingness to travel internationally (10% of the workload on average, but up to 1-2 weeks in block).

Your profile
Ideal candidates fulfill the following requirements:

  • Completion of a Master or, preferably, Doctoral degree in an engineering discipline.
  • Strong ability to work autonomously, self-organization, combined with excellent analytic, planning and intercultural communication skills.
  • Open-minded, flexible, willing to learn and to work in a dynamic environment with a diverse team.
  • Prior experience in university-level education is an asset.
  • Strong ability to communicate in English (oral and written) is essential, knowledge of German is advantageous.
  • Experience in the field of international development or project management in an international context is a plus.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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We look forward to receiving your online application with a letter of motivation, CV, copies of academic qualifications, the names and e-mail addresses of referees, indication of your English and German levels, and possible starting date.

Please apply exclusively via the online application portal. Applications sent by e-mail or post will not be considered. The starting date can be immediately, applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Further information about ETH for Development (ETH4D) can be found on our website For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Manuel Zündel, Tel +41 44 633 88 41 or (no applications).

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