Bridge International Academies is recruiting for fulltime Director Policy And Partnerships.

Job title:  Director Policy and Partnerships – Based outside Lagos

Who We Are
Bridge believes every child has the right to high quality education and works in partnership with governments, communities, parents and teachers to deliver education to over 100,000 children in underserved communities across Africa and Asia. 
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Bridge leverages in-depth teacher training and support, advanced lesson plans and wireless technology to provide pupils with a meaningful and life-changing education.
Globally, there is an education crisis. Around 263 million children and young people are not in school and the number of primary school aged children not in school is increasing. Bridge is committed to helping tackle this through a data driven, evidence based approach that delivers strong schools and a great education for all.
The Bridge Approach
Education is in crisis in many countries around the world. It is estimated that 264 million children and young people are out of school, and 330 million children are in school but not learning. In addition, an extra 69 million teachers are needed to achieve the 2030 UN education goals.
Many education systems are plagued with inadequate materials and poor management systems, all leading to chronic teacher absenteeism and a lack of learning. Education reform is challenging but it is urgently required if we are to prevent another generation of children missing out. So, we work in partnership with governments, NGOs and non-state actors to address the huge education imbalance between what is available and what is needed right now — we work to bridge the gap.
We believe parents have the right to choose a school for their children and we enable families to enjoy seeing their children learn, improve and flourish at Bridge schools. We locate our schools in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Families in our communities can be earning just $1.90 per person a day; a level the World Bank notes is at extreme poverty. By putting learning at the centre of all we do, Bridge has become an extremely popular choice for underserved families and low-income communities.
With plans to enroll ten million students ten years from now, Bridge offers a tremendous opportunity to grow with one of the world’s most exciting and ambitious social enterprises, with leadership roles available across a number of competencies and geographies.
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What You Will Do:
  • Report to the Nigeria Expansion Director to help design policies, build partnerships, and execute strategy to advance Bridge’s goals in Nigeria
  • Work closely with the global Policy & Partnerships and Public Relations offices, to ensure continuity and alignment of goals and strategy across Bridge regions;
  • Identify and execute strategies to design, pass, and implement legislation to create Private Public Partnerships (PPP) in education, also known as public charter schools;
  • Manage broader strategic stakeholder management with NGO/ donor/ think tank/ academic and other important 'influencers’ to unlock new funding and advance Bridge’s standing with these important communities;
  • Utilize lead management techniques and maintain a detailed and dynamic database of these key influencer communities while tracking progress;
  • Network with new and unfamiliar audiences while preparing for and understanding your audience;
  • Partner with the in-country team on strategic communications to achieve our goals;
  • Work with local, regional and national officials and groups with respect to the Bridge International Academies’ registration, strategic efforts, and related activities;
  • Work with key stakeholders on consultative efforts to drive reforms in delivery of education to underserved communities;
  • Identify opportunities and work with partners in the private sector to drive efficient service delivery with government schools;
  • Identify CSR partners in the private sector to strengthen Bridge International Academies’ market presence and delivery;
  • Identify the larger contours of PPP and CSR relationships and be responsible for structuring PPP and CSR contracts;
  • Plan, develop, administer and evaluate programs, activities and daily operations related to the governmental affairs support function;
  • Coordinate complex interactions with legislators, legislative staff, other local and state officials, federal agency staff and other government officials/staff;
  • Establish and implement short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies and operating procedures for the government relations support function; monitor and evaluates program effectiveness; effects changes required for improvement; and
  • Lead proactive and reactive media relations, social media, web-based communications, and others as necessary;



10 year(s)


Bachelor's Degree/HND


Not Specified


What You Should Have:
  • Master’s degree or vast experience in public policy, public relations, communications or a related field;
  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public relations, communications or a related field;
  • Over 10 years’ experience in government, advocacy, or public sector;
  • Extensive knowledge of local, state and federal government organization and legislative processes in Nigerian primary education;
  • Regular contacts within the ministry of education or equivalent local and state regulatory bodies or easy access to make them;
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal government issues related to the provision of primary education in Nigeria;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Nigerian media, including local, national and regional media across print, broadcast and online;
  • Experience acting as an on-the-record spokesperson;
  • Prior experience within a fast-paced, metric driven consulting or educational organization;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Nigerian media, including local, national and regional media across print, broadcast and online;
  • Relationships with editors and reporters in Kenyan media;
  • Excellent writing skills including the ability to draft press releases, statements, talking-points, and opinion pieces in partnership with Bridge Public Affairs;
  • Traditional and social media monitoring and participation skills; and
  • Experience working for a political, non-profit, or other social campaigns that concern an idea or a movement rather than a product.

You Are Also:
  • Proactive – You don’t always need supervision and you are a self-starter. Your personal drive to succeed and deliver keeps you working when you may not have a supervisor with you.
  • 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 start-up or other rapid-growth company. 
  • A networking mastermind - You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates. You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech. You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation. Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas. 
  • A creative problem-solver - Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in volatile, low-resource communities and runs on fees averaging around $7 a month per pupil. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.  
  • 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).  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 customer 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.
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