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ALU provides higher education for a higher purpose. Our students declare missions, not majors. They develop the real-world skills to take on the world’s most pressing challenges. And they take ownership of their learning from day one through our peer and student-led approach – because ALU believes in the power and agency of young people to start shaping the future right now.


Together with a world-class faculty and staff, our students are igniting a ripple of positive impact across Africa and the world. Our mission is not going unnoticed. CNN described ALU — which has campuses in Mauritius and Rwanda —  as “The Harvard of Africa;” Fast Company ranked ALU one of the 50 most innovative organizations in the world and the most innovative endeavor in Africa; and The New York Times recognized ALU as one of the eight places in the world “where history is being made.” Join us.


As a high-growth start-up, the ALU Team works in starkly different ways to traditional academic bureaucracies. We approach education from first principles, empower individuals to design, test, and implement creative new ideas, and work closely together to craft transformative learning experiences. We are deeply passionate about our students and excited by the challenge of building something entirely new.


The African Leadership University is currently hiring seven mission curators to support students-driven learning on its new academic programmes utilising its new learning model where students' learning is self-directed and contextualised around a student’s mission. 


Mission curators will support and mentor students by recommending course content from massive open online courses (MOOCs), providing industry-relevant career advice, connecting students to awards, conferences, and speaking opportunities around their mission, and supporting the development of an ALU ecosystem for students with similar interests.


The profile of a mission curator encompasses curiosity, credibility, curator (rather than teaching) skills, brilliance at stakeholder engagement, a renowned thought-leader, and someone who has done something in their mission ‘area’ in Africa (not just studied, but led or executed). Students’ missions are drawn from one or more of 14 grand challenges and great opportunities as defined by the university (see below). For this first round of hires, We are seeking mission curators with expertise in the following areas:

  • Governance
  • Job Creation
  • Agriculture


Role Responsibilities:

  • Provide regular and on-demand mission support and mentorship to students throughout their learning journey through synchronous and asynchronous channels that enable students to contextualise their learning with respect to the grand challenges and great opportunities listed above
  • Project manage student’s mission-related projects, particularly at the early stages of the development of their mission.
  • Curate indicative content and learning activities drawing upon specialist knowledge in the areas listed above
  • Connect students with real-world learning opportunities and world-leading experts to support them with the realisation of their mission
  • Collaborate with specialisation coaches to contextualise students learning to the areas listed above
  • Contribute to the creation and development of research initiatives in line with the area of expertise
  • Engage with all developmental and performance management processes for mission curators
  • Contribute to the annual programme review to ensure content is up-to-date, valid, relevant and reflects current and future trends in the areas listed above whilst giving consideration to pedagogical approaches suited for online learning.
  • Identify and implement modifications to learning materials, assessments and other relevant components that meet internal and external quality assurance requirements
  • Other relevant activities to ensure the successful delivery of the programme
  • Engage in institutional service through active participation in the academic committees, such as the curriculum committee where curators can provide input into the development of the programme
  • Any other reasonable duties that may be allocated from time to time by the line manager



  • Bachelor’s degree relevant to at least one of the missions listed above with at least 8-10 years of work experience, or a Master's degree in a mission-relevant field with a minimum of three years of experience. Work experience must also be relevant to the mission area
  • Demonstrated use and understanding of a multi-disciplinary approach to one or more of the great opportunities and grand challenges
  • Excellent communications (oral and written), interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to multitask, prioritise own work, and work independently.
  • Excellent coaching and project management skills
  • Subject matter expertise and professional experience in at least one of the grand challenges and great opportunities listed above
  • African centered knowledge and experience
  • A startup mindset to help us scale the programme to the order of thousands of students in the next 12 months
  • Strong regional and international network with NGOs, Startup Incubators and accelerators, etc


  • Experience in teaching and learning delivery at challenger universities


  • Globally competitive salary

About The African Leadership University

The African Leadership University is re-imagining university education for the 21st century by applying an innovative approach to tertiary education. Dubbed by CNN as “the Harvard of Africa”, ALU is leveraging modern pedagogy, advanced education technology and global partnerships with leading employers and universities, to provide a deeply engaging learning experience. ALU offers a fresh and interdisciplinary approach to education in a broad range of subjects such as sciences, engineering, social sciences and business.

The scalable, high-quality network of campuses will develop 3 million leaders across the world by 2060. The first ALU campus is up and running with 300 students on the beautiful island of Mauritius. The second campus just opened in Rwanda and from there ALU plans to scale across Africa initially, and eventually throughout the world.