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Job Vacancies at Bridge International Academies, Thursday 17, May 2018

Bridge believes every child has the right to high quality education and works in partnership with governments, communities, parents and teachers to deliver education to over 100,000 children in underserved communities across Africa and Asia.

Bridge leverages in-depth teacher training and support, advanced lesson plans and wireless technology to provide pupils with a meaningful and life-changing education.

Globally, there is an education crisis. Around 263 million children and young people are not in school and the number of primary school aged children not in school is increasing. Bridge is committed to helping tackle this through a data driven, evidence based approach that delivers strong schools and a great education for all.

QUALITY ASSURANCE ASSOCIATE

THE BRIDGE APPROACH
Education is in crisis in many countries around the world. It is estimated that 264 million children and young people are out of school, and 330 million children are in school but not learning. In addition, an extra 69 million teachers are needed to achieve the 2030 UN education goals.

Many education systems are plagued with inadequate materials and poor management systems, all leading to chronic teacher absenteeism and a lack of learning. Education reform is challenging but it is urgently required if we are to prevent another generation of children missing out. So, we work in partnership with governments, NGOs and non-state actors to address the huge education imbalance between what is available and what is needed right now — we work to bridge the gap.

We believe parents have the right to choose a school for their children and we enable families to enjoy seeing their children learn, improve and flourish at Bridge schools. We locate our schools in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Families in our communities can be earning just $1.90 per person a day; a level the World Bank notes is at extreme poverty. By putting learning at the centre of all we do, Bridge has become an extremely popular choice for underserved families and low-income communities.

With plans to enroll ten million students ten years from now, Bridge offers a tremendous opportunity to grow with one of the world’s most exciting and ambitious social enterprises, with leadership roles available across a number of competencies and geographies.

[OPERATIONS/QUALITY ASSURANCE] ABOUT THE ROLE:
Quality Assurance Associates are the eyes and ears of the organization. Quality Assurance Associates are part of an existing highly-trained quality monitoring team focusing on systematic academy-level monitoring.

What You Will Do:
Ensure schools are compliant with procedural requirements through processes of quality control and audit checklists of academy operations and management tools, materials and processes by:
Paying visits to a set schools each day (as assigned by the Quality Assurance Manager)
Performing audits via the smartphone
Reporting the information back to HQ.
Provide valuable insights into critical operational issues based on school visit observations
Work with HQ to ensure that the school teaching and management systems and tools are well implemented and maintained as per Bridge standards at individual schools both by School Heads and by teachers.
Quality Assurance Associates will travel every single day to schools and are expected to spend a fair amount of time on the road.

Competencies
The right hire for this position is someone with a keen eye for details, organized and a strong sense integrity. You report what you see and cannot be persuaded to falsify or omit information because you understand that accurate information is important to driving continuous improvement.  You are someone with a strong desire for excellence and making sure standards are met.

Professional Requirement
Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to manage multiple tasks within tight deadlines
Hard working with a positive can-do attitude; is able and willing to take on any challenge
Able to “stand his/her ground” and not be convinced by any School heads , teachers or anyone to change the audit information
Mature and independent – supervision will largely be done from HQ while you operate in the field
Adept at using the smartphone and email programs.
Aptitude for learning new IT systems/applications
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Prior experience conducting audits or experience in a quality assurance role is a plus
Willingness to travel every day in all weather

What You Should Have
A-Level certificate. High Diploma or University graduate is an added advantage.

You Are Also:
Proactive – You don’t always need supervision and you are a self-starter. Your personal drive to succeed and deliver keeps you working when you may not have a supervisor with you.
A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done.  You’re organized and responsive.  You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done.  You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details.  Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
A networking mastermind- You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates.  You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech.  You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation.  Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas.
A creative problem-solver- Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges.  On top of that, Bridge works in volatile, low-resource communities and runs on fees averaging around $7 a month per pupil. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
A customer advocate- Our customers – these families living on less than $2 a day per person – never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future).  You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their customer benefit, experience, and value.
A malleable learner -You believe you can always do better.  You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others.  You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today

PUBLIC RELATIONS ASSOCIATE

LOCATION: Based outside Lagos

JOB DESCRIPTION
The Public Relations Associate will assist the Public Relations Manager to execute effective communication of our media relations programs while developing brand awareness. In a nut shell your job is to make Bridge famous.

What You Will Do:
Implement and execute strategic PR programs to achieve significant increases in brand awareness
Source opportunities for partnerships, sponsorships and advertising on an on-going basis.
Create content for press releases, by-line articles and keynote presentations
Manage relationships with key business journalists in national and trade publications
Identify media trends, news cycles and spin opportunities
Proactively manage editorial calendars.

What You Should Have:
2-4 years relevant experience in public relations and communications
Established relationships with general business, consumer and entertainment trade press/analyst/blogger communities and the Government
Acute sense of judgment, tact and diplomacy
A strong-sense of teamwork and ability to both manage and execute programs
Knowledge of international publications and opportunities is a plus
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Solid writing and editing skills
B.Sc/BA  in Marketing, Advertising, Communications or related discipline.

Skills and other pluses:
Proficiency with basic computer and PR applications including :
Google Docs and News Alerts, MS Office Apps (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
Additional technology prowess given priority (WordPress, videoblogging)
Voracious reader of books, news and magazines
Avid consumer of news, politics, entertainment and pop culture
Strong personal interest in political science, business issues or public policy

You’re also:
A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done, with at least 5 years of post-graduate school experience. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
A networking mastermind – You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates. You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech. You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation. Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas. You have an existing network in Nigeria from prior experience in the country, preferably in the regulatory, education, or business sectors.
A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in volatile, low-resource communities and runs on fees averaging just $6 a month per pupil. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand. Every dollar you spend is a dollar our customers, who live on less than $2 a day, will have to pay for.
A customer advocate – Our customers – these families living on less than $2 a day per person – never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their customer benefit, experience, and value.
A life-long learner – You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.

TRAINING MANAGER

THE BRIDGE APPROACH
Education is in crisis in many countries around the world. It is estimated that 264 million children and young people are out of school, and 330 million children are in school but not learning. In addition, an extra 69 million teachers are needed to achieve the 2030 UN education goals.

Many education systems are plagued with inadequate materials and poor management systems, all leading to chronic teacher absenteeism and a lack of learning. Education reform is challenging but it is urgently required if we are to prevent another generation of children missing out. So, we work in partnership with governments, NGOs and non-state actors to address the huge education imbalance between what is available and what is needed right now — we work to bridge the gap.

We believe parents have the right to choose a school for their children and we enable families to enjoy seeing their children learn, improve and flourish at Bridge schools. We locate our schools in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Families in our communities can be earning just $1.90 per person a day; a level the World Bank notes is at extreme poverty. By putting learning at the centre of all we do, Bridge has become an extremely popular choice for underserved families and low-income communities.

With plans to enroll ten million students ten years from now, Bridge offers a tremendous opportunity to grow with one of the world’s most exciting and ambitious social enterprises, with leadership roles available across a number of competencies and geographies.

[Academics/Academics] Roughly 2.7 billion people live on less than $2/day. In their communities, there is a huge gap between the education offered and the needs of the population. Too often the schools available to them fail. The quality offered is poor, teachers are unresponsive and occasionally abusive, and fees are expensive. Even “free” government schools can cost anywhere between $2 and $12 per month after all of the additional fees (some sanctioned, some not) are added up. 55% of families end up choosing private schools instead, but then fear for the stability and sustainability of their choice as many schools close after only a few years of service. Both the government schools and the private schools tend to lack well-conceived curriculum, student achievement data, and the capacity to react to that data.

Families are actively searching for a better academic alternative.

Enter Bridge International Academies. As of January 2018, Bridge is operating more than 63 academies, serving roughly 12,000 pupils in Nigeria.

Bridge utilizes a scripted-learning education methodology coupled with ‘big data’ (all teachers have tablets for instruction, assessment, and data-gathering) that allows us to make curriculum a little better every day.

With plans to enroll ten million students ten years from now, Bridge International Academies offers a tremendous opportunity to grow with one of the world’s most exciting, ambitious, and socially conscious companies, with leadership roles available across a number of competencies and geographies.

WHAT YOU WILL DO:
Understanding the needs of Nigerian teacher trainees and providing thorough feedback to the content team and work with them to contextualize our global training content to Nigeria.
Hiring and training our training associates who will execute the teacher – training program.
Developing a facilitator – training program and materials including videos, manuals, professional development sessions etc. and videos.
Training, coaching and supporting to new facilitators as they begin new roles.
Observing and appraising facilitators according to the Bridge Training criteria for presentation skills and group management.
Overseeing the execution of each training to ensure that all sessions and activities are executed as planned.
Working closely with the administration, HR, technology and other departments to ensure that the training runs smoothly and that all trainee needs are met.
Working closely with the operations teams to understand hiring needs and implementing the selection process at training to make hiring decisions.
Documenting and addressing all trainee concerns and questions.
Evaluating training and creating a detailed report at the conclusion of each training.
Giving suggestions, ideas and feedback with an aim to improve the training program
Providing on- going training for serving teachers.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s Degree required
Minimum of two years of teaching experience with proven track record of achieving high academic outcomes with pupils.
Minimum of three years of experience in teacher training or school leadership.
Management and Supervisory Experience is Significant.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint required.

You Are Also:
Proactive – You don’t always need supervision and you are a self-starter. Your personal drive to succeed and deliver keeps you working when you may not have a supervisor with you.
A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done.  You’re organized and responsive.  You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done.  You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details.  Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
A networking mastermind- You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates.  You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech.  You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation.  Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas.
A creative problem-solver- Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges.  On top of that, Bridge works in volatile, low-resource communities and runs on fees averaging around $7 a month per pupil.  You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
A customer advocate- Our customers – these families living on less than $2 a day per person – never leave your mind.  You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future).  You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like.  Every decision you make considers their customer benefit, experience, and value.
A malleable learner -You believe you can always do better.  You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others.  You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.

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