Area Manager
Bridge international
Nigeria, Nigeria
1d ago


Job title : Area Manager (Learning and Development Officer) Based outside Lagos

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.

Schools / Area Manager

Bridge ensures efficient management of its schools through a schools organizational structure that divides schools into regions and territories and assigns management oversight of each region to one supervisor.

An Area Manager (L & D Officer) is responsible for the management of a group of schools and Area Managers( L & D Officer) report to a regional manager who in turn is responsible for the success of that school region or territory.

The schools are situated in various communities across the state in Nigeria to which you are assigned.

About the Role :

The Area Manager (Learning and Development Officer) role at its heart is to ensure that every school is led by talented and passionate school leaders and teachers.

To accomplish this, the L & D Officer is responsible for leading a classroom of teachers or head teachers through an intensive multi-

week training to empower them to lead powerful schools.

When not leading training, L&D officers will continue to develop their teachers and head teachers as they conduct support visits in schools to provide intensive coaching and mentoring.

You will be responsible for the supervision and supportive management of 10-14 schools. Head teachers will have a direct reporting relationship to you, with whom you will work closely, and for whose behavior in the school you are responsible.

You will travel to these schools on a daily basis and be in the field at least 80% of the time. The performance of the head teachers you supervise, and the performance of the teachers in each school, is how your performance will be measured.

  • You will focus intensely on instructional leadership, including each teacher completing the scheduled lessons each day; on positive classroom and school management without corporal punishment;
  • and school strength through retention, which is a sign of parents’ belief in the positive contribution of the school.

    What You Will Do :

  • Execute the support process for head teachers and teachersto ensure that we understand the current capacity and preparation of school staff and match training to their needs;
  • Provide professional development to head teachers and teachers, ensuring that each of them has a renewed vision of their role as a changemaker in building the future of their community, state and nation;
  • ensuring that each believes without doubt that every child can learn, and every teacher can succeed in ensuring learning for her class;
  • and ensuring that every head teacher knows that the entire performance of the school is her responsibility.

  • Prepare and support great head teachers and teachers by executing all training content during both training and in-school visits with fidelity, ensuring all school staff engage in rigorous and meaningful practice and providing thoughtful feedback and coaching.
  • Continuously seek ways to improve professional development content, systems and processes by taking initiative and sharing feedback with the L&D team.
  • The measure of your success will be the learning outcomes delivered by teachers you trained and the overall performance of the group of head teachers you trained.
  • What You Should Have :

  • A fundamental belief that great teachers are made, not born
  • Teaching experience is highly valued.
  • Experience in adult education or other adult training or professional development is highly valued by not mandatory.
  • Agreement that a teachers performance is measurable by how the children in her classroom learn
  • Agreement that what enables children to learn can be measured, and that those results should drive decisions in teacher and school leader training and management
  • A belief that a strong and tested lesson plan that incorporates best practices improves a teachers foundational knowledge and classroom management skills
  • Belief in systems and best practices should guide school management
  • Belief that corporal punishment is not an effective disciplinary method
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills with the ability to engage a large group of individuals
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to easily form relationships and influence and motivate others
  • Flexibility and a strong work ethic
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Strong people management skills holding adults to high expectations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint or a strong aptitude to learn new technology
  • Desire to spend time in schools improving school leaders and teachers performance. This includes a willingness to travel in all weather at least 80% of the time.
  • 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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