Field Architect
Bridge International Academies
Lagos
3d ago
source : myJobmag
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  • 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.

    About the Role

    Bridge has done what many people thought was impossible. We’ve standardized and delivered high-quality education to more than 120,000 pupils in Kenya and Uganda for just $6 a month.

    As the largest private provider of basic education on the African continent, we’re now ready to take our approach to other countries across Africa, and the globe.

    The Development Director, Nigeria will be the first to make this happen in Nigeria, and with that prove that a family’s income does not determine what a child’s future can hold.

    This is an incredibly exciting position, and not for the faint at heart. There will be many intense hours and you will face more conflicting priorities and unexpected setbacks than you thought possible before the grand opening celebrations of the first cohort of academies are even underway.

    Luckily, there will be just as many rewards both personally and professionally

    You will personally build a business that will drive innovation and reform in education in Nigeria for the majority of the region’s population.

    Bridge’s model is simple in its concept hire experts to build best-in-class systems, use technology to deliver them, and data to track and improve upon them but very laborious in its implementation.

    As the Development Director, you drive growth of new service delivery units, or academies

    You direct and drive delivery for the teams that produce a full school ready to enroll children : real estate acquisition, urban and physical planning, and construction.

    You must interface and engage heavily with People Operations to ensure fully trained academy staff and with Supply Chain to ensure the materials needed for construction are ready to use, at or under the budget set.

    You will engage with Marketing to ensure your teams are integrated into holistic brand engagement and customer acquisition.

    This is a role for someone who is excited by taking on a radical challenge : delivering land at very low cost, securing planning approvals in 2 weeks, constructing and kitting a 12 classroom school in 14 days.

    You will be excited the challenge of figuring out how to drive this all across Nigeria.

    This is not an armchair position. This is not a position where there is light management. This is a position for someone who can manage managers to succeed through coaching and empowerment, but digs into the weeds when a manager is flailing and can personally help solve the problem and set a new pathway to success.

    This will be exhilarating but demanding. You’ll be working on one of the biggest problems of developing economies and poverty alleviation, where trillions of dollars have had little effect, and thousands of initiatives have failed to change the systematic failure to provide children living in poverty with high-

    quality education. You are going to change this, enabling children from low-income families to access world-class basic education, democratizing the right to succeed.

    We’re looking for ambition, organization, drive, intellect, problem solving, and respect for others. We are also looking for someone who has deep experience in managing managers and delivering work directly.

    And, critically, you know that you still have a lot to learn and you know that working at Bridge will give you that opportunity to build on your experience while learning anew.

    You will report to the Expansion Director, Nigeria, with dotted line reporting to the Chief Development Officer. You will have an equity stake in the global company.

    What You Will Do

    Deliver up to 100 new academies per cohort on time and within budget.Build and manage a team of construction supervisors that will oversee work at individual sites.

    These supervisors are responsible for hiring and managing all local labour (unskilled and skilled), tracking delivery and use of all construction materials, and ensuring the buildings are built per code.

    Coordinate structural designs and building to ensure all academies are 100% safe and up to the needed building standards.

    This may require hiring a full-time structural or civil engineer and / or architect to oversee the structural drawings and designs of each academy.

    Oversee the work needed to get all permits from local and state authorities for building, occupation, safety, etc.Closely monitor financial requests and expenditures at all points in the Development process from purchasing supplies to labour rates on site to ensure that construction is completed within budget and with no fraud.

    Payments to vendors and workers will require your approval and you will work closely with our Finance Department to design and use internal controls to minimize financial leakage.

    Procure high value construction materials such as paint either locally or centrally in a cost-effective fashion and transport these materials to construction sites as needed.

    In addition, you will oversee the construction of pupil desks and their delivery to each new academy before class starts.

    These tasks may require the hiring and training of a full-time employee dedicated to supply chain.At times, negotiate long-

    term leases for promising parcels of land that would be good sites for Bridge Academies.Repair or expand existing academies when extra classrooms are needed.

    Over the medium-term, investigate new or revised engineering and design processes to ensure we are delivering the best possible schools within the financial model required for Bridge to be sustainable.

    Seek guidance and Bridge best practices from other Development Directors to ensure you are following Bridge processes

    What You Should Have

    Degree(s) in Civil Engineering or Construction from a recognized universityMinimum of 15 years’ experience working in a construction development roleMinimum of 5 years’ experience leading a team and experience motivating a field-

    based team to achieve targetsStrong understanding of building / planning codes and local permitting processes in APAppropriately registered with the relevant professional bodiesVery detail-

    oriented, organized, and hands-on; willing to travel frequently at short notice to get things doneStrong project management skills and experience overseeing multiple deliverables at numerous sites.

    Key to this are computing skills especially in Excel.Knowledge and experience managing construction-related supply chain

    You’re 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

    About the Role

    Your role is to provide architectural support to the team. We expect that you will be detail-oriented, responsive, and eager to move quickly and accurately to ensure that timelines are met.

    What You Will Do

    Carrying out detailed initial site survey including site analysisCarrying out architectural designs including site planning, schemes, and detailed designPreparing preliminary, schematic and detailed architectural drawingsMeasuring existing facilities and preparing measured drawingsPreparing, maintaining and updating detailed schedules of completed facilitiesConstruction work supervision and audit.

    What You Should Have?

    Degree in architecture; specialist knowledge of ArchiCAD requiredExperience doing site measurements, architectural design and drawing, and site work supervisionExcellent written and oral communication skillsAdaptable and flexible to changing conditions.

    You’re 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.

    About the Role

    Quality Control Inspectors are responsible for maintaining quality and consistent construction management practices at all our schools.

    What You Will Do :

    The Inspector must work in conjunction with the construction supervisors and the foremen to ensure the timeliness of project construction and completion as well as the adherence to provided specifications.

    The Inspector will report to the Construction Project Manager at headquarters. Each inspector will be in-charge of 5 to 10 sites at any given time.

    The role requires travel around Nigeria.

    What You Will Have :

    Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying or a related field.Good knowledge of current construction technology and practices.

    Minimum 5 years of experience in construction managementWell- organized with excellent writing and oral communication skillsAble and willing to accept feedback including instructions, corrective and positive feedbackAble to interact with all parties onsite and be able to implement Quality policies and procedures.

    You’re 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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