Job title : Program Manager (Policy and Partnerships)
Who We Are
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.
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.
Policy and Partnerships / Program Manager
What You Will Do :
Support the process of data gathering and management for the policy and partnership group;
Help standardize various processes for executing programs and events in the P&P group to ensure smooth replication;
Support the documentation and sharing of best practice processes;
Develop reporting templates and help collate reports from the various P&P country directors;
Coordinate regional databases and develop and manage regional weekly / monthly / quarterly reports;
Support the centralization and standardization of proposals and other templates used by the in-country team;
Support the coordination of regional events and activities and management and tracking of the regional activities calendar;
Support the regional research work needed for expansion into new territories;
Provide support for all Inter-regional events, conferences or programs;
Provide administrative support for the Policy and Partnership office in Nigeria;
With input from V.P Policy, help produce high quality quarterly, mid-year and annual program progress reports as per contracting requirements;
Ensure the maintenance of sound filing system and appropriate use and recording of all project experience, activities and results;
Assist the P&P global office in producing and documenting all kinds of programme related reports;
Undertake field visits to gather the information and results related to the programme where necessary;
Support the expansion work across the region by participating in travels and visits to potential partnership stats / countries;
Perform any other duties assigned by V.P Policy and Partnership;
What You Should Have : Education :
Bachelor's degree in any of the social sciences
A Master’s degree will be an advantage
8 -10 years relevant working experience.
Experience working on social / educational programs is a strong advantage
S / he should have an extensive experience in financial analyses, communication, reporting, documentation and material preparation in relation to education and development fields.
S / he should possess excellent writing, editing, and speaking skills.
S / he should possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Computer Skills :
Advanced user of MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Programming knowledge is a plus.
Functional Competencies :
Remain open to change and ability to manage complexity
Attention to detail and timeliness in delivering on commitments
Ability to work and act under pressure and with discretion in a politically sensitive environment
Demonstrate capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time to meet goals in a high pressure environment
Maturity and confidence in dealing with high ranking official of government institutions, international institutions and non-
Respect and sensitivity towards cultural, gender, ethnicity and religious diversity
Passion for Education and the development of Africa
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 startup or social enterprise.
A creative problem-solver Growing any enterprise from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in often challenging, 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).
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.