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With over 400 primary schools throughout Africa and India, Bridge International Academies mission is to provide millions of children with a life-changing education. They have disrupted the way the world learns by using technology and big data to create the world's largest and fastest-growing chain of primary and nursery schools. Through partnerships with governments, donors, and parents, the team work to create a foundation for prosperity, ensuring that that every child has access to an education that develops his or her full potential. Each of their project or country teams is supported by expertise and programming from additional offices around the world - combining world-leading expertise in core design areas, with locally resident leadership and execution.


Bridge are a solutions-driven, implementation-focused organisation and their model delivers significant learning outcomes at large scale, through the use of technology and customised learning materials. Bridge launched their Nigeria operations in 2015, offering affordable private nursery and primary schools, targeted at providing life changing education for families living in low-income areas of Lagos State. The education crisis is one that requires urgent, collective, and concrete action to surmount. With Nigeria being the most populous country in Sub Saharan Africa, this crisis impacts Nigerians the most. Bridge works with both communities and governments to ensure hundreds of thousands of children have access to either a well-run, high achieving affordable private or free public school, ensuring that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 of Quality Education, becomes a reality for the millions of children in Nigeria quickly. Bridge are seeking 'hands-on' and passionate leaders to join their teams in the South Western or Mid Western States in Nigeria.


As a new Program Managing Director, you will provide overall leadership and general technical direction for the entire program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components, functions and stakeholders, with a focus on achieving the results defined in the contract. You will be responsible for leading and overseeing the development, delivery and day-to-day management of a high quality, innovative, cost effective and sustainable Education program, resulting in immediate and lasting change for children whilst building the capacity of their duty bearers. This is a highly hands-on role, involving intense program management and requiring broad technical knowledge, covering financial management, supply chain, government relations and school operations management.


As the ideal candidate, you are someone who has experience of managing highly complex and large programs with a lean team, coupled with a deep passion for Bridge’s mission. Leadership, humility and self-awareness are a must. This is an incredibly fast-paced and intense role that will ask a lot of you, but will be equally rewarding. You will see the impact of your efforts first hand, and join a group of Nigerians taking concrete action to help address the education crisis and ensure a better future for children in Nigeria.



Role Responsibilities:

  • Be the primary liaison with the designated Ministry of Education or State Universal Basic Education Board chairman and his or her representatives, responding to client needs within the limits of the arrangement
  • Lead and manage the program team – providing the vision, day-to-day coordination, resource management, and supervision required to accomplish project objectives and to deliver superior quality products
  • Ensure quality control and the overall responsiveness of technical assistance provided, including necessary adjustments to operations to fit the requirements of Bridge
  • Identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner, and suggest appropriate program adjustments
  • Ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities, in collaboration with the program team and other Bridge function heads
  • Work closely with technical shared services teams across Bridge, implementing best practices
  • Collaborate with colleagues to solve problems and build a learning environment within the organisation


  • Master’s degree in public policy, education, or related field in social sciences
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience working in project management and design in developing countries, preferably including experience in the state to which you will be assigned
  • At least five years of management experience, including direct supervision of professional and support staff and assembling teams working in multi-faceted roles including field based roles
  • Prior experience within a fast-paced, metric driven consulting or educational organisation will be an advantage
  • Strong management skills, leadership qualities, professional reputation, ability to build or access key contacts within the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) or equivalent local and state regulatory bodies
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, for-profit private sector entities, local community organisations, donors, consortium members and other stakeholders, at national and sub-national levels
  • Respect and sensitivity towards cultural, gender, ethnicity and religious diversity
  • Maturity and confidence in dealing with high ranking official of government institutions, international institutions and non- government institutions
  • Demonstrated excellent communications and writing abilities and superior interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience in building Ministry of Education and devolved structures capacity in developing and realising education strategic plans to provide quality Education services is a plus
  • Passion for Bridge’s vision of democratising the right for all children to succeed


You are also:

  • A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organised 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 creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
  • A relentless advocate – The children we serve and teachers we empower 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 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.
  • A data-driven decision-maker – When making decisions, you don’t rely your intuition alone. You collect data, you analyse it and make decisions with clear justifications.
  • A curious investigator – You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions – and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.


  • The opportunity to be responsible for positively impacting the lives of thousands of young people and their wider communities

About Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies is the world's largest education provider and operates 412 nursery and primary schools across emerging markets. They democratise the right to succeed by giving families living in poverty access to the high-quality education that will allow their children to live a very different life. Their 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. With schools throughout Africa and India, they have created the world's largest and fastest-growing chain of primary and nursery schools. Bridge partners with governments, donors, and parents to ensure that every child has access to an education that develops their full potential and creates a foundation for prosperity.


The Bridge model delivers significant learning outcomes at large scale by combining technology and customised learning materials. As a solutions-driven, implementation-focused organisation, Bridge utilises design principles to work in varied and often highly constrained contexts, to ensure learning outcomes and positive development for their students. Working on a regional and national basis is key, as the team believe that 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.


Bridge boasts a range of high profile investors - from Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Novastar Investors through to CDC and DFiD. Bridge schools are technology enabled and data driven to ensure accountability in the classroom for both teachers’ performance and children’s learning. Their model means that they can—and have—invested large sums of money in research, development and technology. They have made learning a science and they are committed to continuing this rigorous development process to grow and expand to meet the needs of their families.