Director, Policy and Partnerships, Africa
Bridge international
Nigeria, Yaba
2d ago

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

We work with Governments to support public school teachers to deliver quality lessons in class every day and leverage technology to build a comprehensive support system that is data driven and reaches across the value chain of Education delivery.

We also ensure that the Ministry Staff are well equipped to leverage data to make quality decisions that help drive increased learning outcome in public schools.

What You Will Do :

  • Report to the V.P, Policy and Partnerships and support in designing policies, building partnerships, and executing strategies to advance Bridge’s goals in Africa;
  • Work closely with the Global V.P of Policy and Partnerships to ensure continuity and alignment of goals and strategy across Bridge’s countries in Africa and supporting Bridge’s policy agenda in Africa;
  • Support the V.P Policy and Partnerships in identifying and executing strategies to expand Bridge’s work into new countries in Africa with additional focus on supporting the expansion plans into new states in Nigeria;
  • Support the delivery of Bridge’s recognition agenda in Africa especially by enhancing influence with policy makers in the education sector in the region;
  • Support the delivery of Bridge’s thought leadership agenda within the region working closely with the Public relations team;
  • Obtain input from relevant experts across Bridge’s operations and support the V.P Policy and Partnerships in engaging with influential groups in the region, to enhance Bridge’s reputation and influence the education agenda in Africa;
  • Monitor key political and educational developments within the region, working with the V.P policy to determine their impact on Bridge’s expansion plan in the region;
  • Manage broader strategic stakeholder management with NGO / donor / think tank / academic and other important 'influencers’ to unlock new funding and advance Bridge’s standing with these important communities;
  • Work with the V.P Policy and Partnerships to support the in-country Directors on strategic communications to achieve our goals;
  • Work with key stakeholders on consultative efforts to drive reforms in delivery of education to underserved communities;
  • Provide strong strategic support for Bridge’s work in Nigeria, working closely with the Nigeria Policy and Partnership team to design and implement an extensive expansion campaign in Nigeria;
  • Provide support for stakeholder management strategy and implementation for In-country P&P teams.
  • Provide support for the V.P Policy and Partnerships with respect to the review, and providing strategic support to in-
  • country Directors in developing strong relationships with government and ensuring regulatory compliance throughout the region.

  • Owning Bridge’s regional relationships with relevant social sector groups to ensure that Bridge continuously expands her stakeholder groups and maintains a strong voice with all education, technology and development groups operating in the region;
  • What You Should Have :

  • Master’s degree or vast experience in any relevant Social Science / humanities field including Economics, Business, Public Policy or a related field;
  • Bachelor’s degree in a Social Science / humanities or a related field;
  • Academic qualification or relevant work experience in the education sector.
  • A strong understanding and passion for the education sector with experience advocating for education, an added advantage.
  • Over 10 years’ experience working in the social sector at a Country / Regional leadership level
  • Cultural intelligence working across countries in Africa.
  • A strong passion for education and desire to contribute to the future development in Africa.
  • Tenacity and ability to be a self-starter and able to identify and grasp opportunities to engage and proactively nurture relationships with key decision and policy makers.
  • An existing network of strong relationships with key decision makers in public sector.
  • Regional experience working in Africa across East and or West Africa.
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal government issues related to the provision of primary education in Nigeria;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Nigerian media, including local, national and regional media across print, broadcast and online;
  • Experience acting as an on-the-record spokesperson;
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and planning skills;
  • Strong communications, presentation and influencing skills with the ability to engage and energize people at all levels.
  • Strong track record of delivering in a corporate communications or public relations function.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within Nigeria and across Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • An awareness and experience of the variety and diversity of the business environment, practices and cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • You Are Also :

  • 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.

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