Director, People (East Africa)

Bridge International Academies

Job Summary

We are looking for an operationally focused, relentlessly driven star to lead our People Operations across the Region.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 10 years

Job Description

Who We Are: Bridge partners with governments, donors, and parents to ensure that every child has access to an education that develops her full potential and creates the foundation for prosperity for the country.


We are dedicated to supporting teachers, empowering school leaders, and ensuring every child has the learning support needed to master the national syllabus and have the confidence to succeed in a competitive world.


Each of our project or country teams are supported through expertise and programming from additional offices around the world, combining world-leading expertise in core design areas with locally resident leadership and execution.


We leverage experts, data, and technology in order to support and scale every aspect of quality education delivery. Bridge managed and supported schools are technology enabled and data driven to ensure accountability in the classroom for both teachers’ performance and children’s learning.


The Bridge model delivers significant learning outcomes at large scale by combining technology and customized learning materials. At Bridge, we believe innovation and technology can transform learning.


Our model – which uses technology to deliver thoroughly researched and carefully designed daily lesson guides to teachers in our academies – is proven to increase learning outcomes for children. We are a solutions-driven, implementation-focused organization, using design principles to work in varied and often highly constrained contexts to ensure learning outcomes and positive development for children.


Working in regional and national scales is important to us, as empowering entire generations of children with core knowledge, skills, and confidence is what builds the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous future for us all.


Our mission is to provide our pupils with a life-changing education and we believe that every child should have a right to world-class education regardless of her family’s income. Core to our approach is the conviction that every child can learn, as long as the school she attends is committed to her development and puts her needs to learn at the forefront of all decisions.


We have seen teachers and children transform and excel in both government and private schools that we support and manage.

We invite you to join this incredible endeavor that is having world-changing impact across multiple continents. You will join a team of dedicated change-makers committed to ensuring that each decision we make keeps a child’s experience of learning as its guiding principle.


People Group

Our people are at the core of what we do, from the teachers in our schools to the software developers building our tech platform – and we do it at massive scale with rapid growth. We are the champions of Bridge culture.


We find passionate change-makers across rural communities, informal settlements and global cities who want to lead the movement to reform public education. We help them grow through continuous learning, strong focus on performance and extensive collaboration.

We rely on technology to engage with, innovate for and serve thousands of our people spread across multiple time-zones. We are evidence-based, outcomes driven and lead through service.


About the Role

We are looking for an operationally focused, relentlessly driven star to lead our People Operations across the Region.

This is a high-impact role for someone who loves challenges. You will be laser focused on motivating and retaining our best staff, and will work to ensure that our service delivery positively impacts all staff – particularly those who work tirelessly in our academies.


The ideal candidate comes from a strong commercial background. You may have retail, operations, or consulting experiences, with a strong track record managing organizations and people in very fast-paced environments. You are energetic, tireless, relentless, and you are comfortable dealing with people of all backgrounds.


What You Will Do

  • Ensure top-notch global People Operations service delivery. This means ensuring that all processes that touch employee needs are running smoothly. This including employee on-boarding (sometimes hundreds of employees at once), handling the employee lifecycle, payroll, and leave management
  • Execute on a data-driven approach across all People Operations activities. You will work closely with technology to leverage our systems and data most effectively
  • Align company processes and policies with best practices and employment/labour regulations in all countries of operation
  • Execute on performance and talent initiatives and resource planning
  • Supervise the Administration Manager to ensure smooth Administration operations

What You Should Have

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or other related field with top academic marks; MBA/grad degree a plus
  • IHRM Certified
  • Minimum of ten years of significant leadership experiences in operational roles for rapidly scaling companies
  • Strong analytical thinker, ideally with previous experience in board commercial and operational areas
  • Self-starter; highly driven individual that will take ownership from the get-go and proactively look for improvement
  • Emerging markets experience a major plus
  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated ability to work with a very diverse workforce

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