Educate Rwanda Managing Director Jobs in Rwanda

Educate Rwanda Managing Director Jobs in Rwanda

About Educate!

What if there was a way to measurably change the trajectory of the lives of youth across Africa? Since its launch in 2009, Educate! has worked to do just this, delivering outsized impacts at scale and at disproportionately low cost, through a product-led approach to youth development.

As a disruptive, not-for-profit, social enterprise, our team leverages an obsession with evidence and entrepreneurial drive to tackle one our planet's greatest challenges - unlocking the potential of its youngest continent.

Educate!’s core model combines training in key skills with access to practical experience starting a business and mentorship, a formula that has been validated by several independent evaluations. This model is distributed through products targeting two lead channels.

First, Educate! works with governments to help reform education systems at scale through policy change, teacher behavior change and tech-enabled products targeting systems-level sustainability, while also working directly with select schools.

Second, Educate! builds employment-focused bootcamps and business support services targeting out-of-school youth left out of the education system. To date, more than 200,000 youth have been meaningfully impacted by this model across Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya and along the way Educate! has become the largest youth skills provider in East Africa.

Educate! is a team of over 160 largely African staff and 300 volunteer youth mentors. We prioritize building an engaging, fulfilling and growth oriented work environment. 50% of our top 30 leaders have been with us for over 5 years, 10+ alumni have started other organizations and 5 current or former team members were Acumen Fund East Africa fellows.

We have been backed by top foundations and product leaders such as Imaginable Futures, Big Bang Philanthropy, Echoing Green, the 1st Google Employee’s foundation, the head of Google Search and Rippleworks Foundation.

Educate! won a 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Prize and a 2015 WISE Award, and has been highlighted by Bill Gates, in the World Bank’s S4YE's Impact Portfolio, an Al Jazeera documentary, BBC, and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative.

Educate! was also selected by the UN’s Generation Unlimited as 1 of 20 innovative youth solutions and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a Goalkeepers Accelerator.

Educate!'s long-term vision is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year.

Performance Objectives

Strategic Planning and Implementation

  • Collaborate with Deputy Chief Operating Officer to create the country’s multi-year strategy goals, program model, growth strategy, revenue strategy sustainability strategy.

  • Lead workforce planning by creating a country org chart, defining functions of roles, approving JDs, and proposing solutions for capacity gaps.

  • Drive succession planning to ensure a strong pipeline of critical roles for the country's operational health.

  • Build alignment around strategic plan and country priorities so that teams speak the same language and manage towards the same priorities, challenges, successes, and long-term vision.

  • Collaborate with functional directors and strategists to ensure alignment between functional strategies (M&E, finance, government, and talent) and country execution.

    Operations Oversight

  • Oversee the operations team, including HR, finance, procurement, and administrative duties. Manage employment benefits & legalities (contracts, payroll, tax, health)

  • Manage department according to functional strategy management systems eg. Quarterly BvAs, Risk Register, etc. Work with the team to ensure that all
    operations reports are submitted and reviewed in a timely fashion, with system improvements being made accordingly, and collaborate with the CFO to revise Rwanda’s finance strategy as necessary

  • Provide financial leadership to maintain a stringent environment of financial management and integrity

  • Quickly address employee performance issues with a caring approach and an eye towards their improvement, while being comfortable exiting non-performers to drive highest quality team performance and growth

  • Manage financial constraints strategically to optimize impact against cost and position Educate! to continue to accelerate growth year over year

  • Exemplify clear and consistent communication to all levels of the organization Oversee strategic management of key risks facing the organization

    Program Strategy and Implementation

  • Collaborate to ensure proposed program design is aligned to sustainability strategy, national program advocacy goals, and designs co-created with government partners. Identify and propose opportunities and mechanisms for experimentation to improve program delivery and impact

  • Responsible for planning, reviewing, and prioritizing our mid and long-term goals for program success.

  • Oversee country evaluation strategy and ensure strategy responds to impact data. Identify and propose systems/structures for experimentation to create efficient delivery mechanisms.

  • Manage, and provide support to, the Head of Program Implementation to ensure programs are delivered as designed

  • Create growth and staffing strategies in line with program projections and revenue strategy

    Team Leadership & Performance Management

  • Build, lead, and coach a highly results-oriented team to deliver our goals

  • Develop field team recruitment and training strategies to ensure high-quality deliverance and scalable cost model.

  • Conduct performance management of the team at all levels and fair and accurate performance reviews for the team.

  • High-growth staffing strategy: Create a culture of high performance by coverage of gaps, career planning for star performers, developing rising leaders, pipelines, and ensuring training and coaching programs are in place. Continuously model our five cultural tenets and ensures rewards and promotions are earned and awarded to high performers who live Educate!’s culture.

  • Maintain a pulse on team dynamics through formal and informal checks about team dynamics, culture, areas of conflict, areas of team flow, and motivation levels. Involve official and non-official team leaders to build a healthy, high-performing team


  • Dynamic experience from different sectors is highly preferred, with demonstrated ability to operate well in complex and fast-changing environments

  • 8+ years of work experience, with 5+ years of management and/or leadership experience

  • Experience managing medium to large-size teams and balancing multiple priorities

  • Financial integrity and budget management experience

  • Passion for Educate!’s mission is a must, but past work in education or youth development is not required. We value diverse perspectives and encourage applications from people with a variety of backgrounds.

  • This role is open to candidates with experience working in East Africa.

  • Fits our Five Cultural Tenets

    How to Apply

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