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Bridge International Academies is the world’s largest and fastest-growing chain of primary and pre-primary schools with more than 400 academies and 120,000 pupils in Kenya and Uganda. We democratize 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

 

 

Job Title: Development Director
Location: Lagos

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

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 university
  • Minimum of 15 years’ experience working in a construction development role
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience leading a team and experience motivating a field-based team to achieve targets
  • Strong understanding of building/planning codes and local permitting processes in AP
  • Appropriately registered with the relevant professional bodies
  • Very detail-oriented, organized, and hands-on; willing to travel frequently at short notice to get things done
  • Strong 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

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

 

 

Job Title: Construction Quality Inspector
Location:
 Lagos

About the Role

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

Responsibilities
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.

Requirements
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 management
  • Well- organized with excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Able and willing to accept feedback including instructions, corrective and positive feedback
  • Able 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.

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

 

 

Job Title: Field Architect
Location:
 Lagos

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.

Responsibilities
What You Will Do

  • Measuring existing facilities and preparing measured drawings
  • Preparing, maintaining and updating detailed schedules of completed facilities
  • Construction work supervision and audit.
  • Carrying out detailed initial site survey including site analysis
  • Carrying out architectural designs including site planning, schemes, and detailed design
  • Preparing preliminary, schematic and detailed architectural drawings

Requirements
What You Should Have?

  • Degree in architecture; specialist knowledge of ArchiCAD requiredExperience doing site measurements, architectural design and drawing, and site work supervision
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Adaptable 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.

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

 

Application Deadline 30th July, 2018.