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Executive Director - 1Room

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Partners for International Development


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January 1, 2021
December 31, 2020
$18,000 - $24,000Significant bonus based on fundraising and revenue above minimum target.

Position: Executive Director, 1Room

About 1Room

1Room’s mission is to make quality high school education universally accessible and affordable, with an initial focus on East Africa. To this end, we are designing a one-room schoolhouse for the 21st Century. 1Room digitizes a country’s curriculum into bite-sized video lessons, hands-on projects, and exam prep materials. We deliver these resources in a blended learning environment through a tech platform that can work entirely offline and off-grid, and through a social-learning and coaching model that builds self-efficacy, confidence, and employable skills. To date, we have completed 75% of Kenya’s curriculum and have operated pilot programs in Kisumu and Vihiga Counties, which will resume after pandemic restrictions are lifted.

In 2021, 1Room aims to (i) conclusively demonstrate the efficacy of its content and in-person learning model, and (ii) develop online retail channels for at-home and in-school learning solutions built around our digital content. By 2022, we seek to become the leading provider of digital KCSE content in Kenya, and to have secured substantial funding and/or partnerships to establish a network of 1Room learning centers across the country.

The 1Room team in Kenya consists of five full-time staff and four temporary workers in Kisumu, and two contractors in Nairobi. The Kenya team is supported by a volunteer team in North America that has led fundraising, strategy, financial oversight, and professional development for Kenyan staff. Since 2015 (with the exception of 2020), the 1Room team in Kenya has benefited from the work of 3 to 6 summer student interns from North American or European universities each year.

1Room has received seed funding from MIT, Harvard, MITACS, D-Prize, the Rotary Foundation, and the Esler Family Foundation. 1Room is the flagship project of Partners for International Development, a Canadian Charity, and its Kenyan affiliate, Chumba Moja (which translates to “One Room” in Kiswahili). 

Location: Kisumu (preference), or Kakamega, or Nairobi. We can accommodate up to 50% remote work if necessary for international applicants. Applicants who are interested in establishing and/or maintaining residence in Kenya are preferred.

Position Type: Full-time employee in Kenya. If you are an international applicant without Kenyan work authorization, we will sponsor your work permit. Prior to Kenyan work permit issuance, your appointment will be through Partners for International Development (www.pfid.ca), the Canadian charity backing 1Room. We will support prolonged remote work outside of Kenya if COVID-19 leads to travel restrictions and delays in work permit processing. 

Budget for Position: $18,000-$24,000 USD / year, depending on experience. This amount includes benefits, payroll taxes, travel allowances, etc. Based on your residency and timeline for work permit approval, we will work with you to figure out the most efficient way of structuring compensation given your circumstances. In addition to this budget, PfID will propose a results-based bonus structure and compensation review process that will incentivize and reward exceptional performance.

About PfID and its other projects

Partners for International Development (PfID) is a Canadian charity that incubates and tests creative strategies to improve health and education in Kenya and Peru. PfID’s projects are small and highly cost-effective. Our education programs for orphans in public schools have resulted in a 100% pass rate on grade 8 national exams from 2013-2019, and our health infrastructure projects, two rural clinics now serving more than 25,000 patients per year, were constructed at half the cost of an average government contractor. To support its projects, PfID operates an internship program, Students for International Development (SID), that helps university students and young professionals from around the world contribute to its international work through three- to six-month, field-based internships.

For more information on PfID and our projects, please visit our website, www.pfid.ca

Performance Profile for Executive Director

We are looking for an outstanding leader to grow 1Room into an organization with broad national reach and a track record that could facilitate international replication and expansion of our innovative model. 

There are several pathways to success, each of which leans on slightly different mixes of professional skills and experiences. An entrepreneurial candidate with outstanding business acumen may focus on developing retail channels for our digital content or paid partnerships with private schools. A gifted communicator may achieve success by engaging major foundations to fund 1Room learning centers in underserved or remote communities. A master networker may help us scale through formal partnerships with county governments, public schools, or other NGOs that are persuaded to adopt our model. The best path to success depends not only on the nature of the opportunity, but also the particular strengths of the Executive Director. 

A successful Executive Director should feel confident that they could achieve a few of the following milestones within the first 12 months.

  • Leads fundraising efforts that bring in at least $80,000 USD. Builds confidence in PfID/1Room and rapport with major foundations. Trains Kenyan staff to support donor relations and new grant-writing activities. Develops a promising fundraising pipeline with multiple responses to letters of inquiry and active proposals under consideration.
  • Ensures the completion of a randomized controlled trial or case-controlled impact evaluation, leading to a publication, pre-print, or case-study by third-party researchers.
  • Builds sales channel for at-home learning solution and reaches >300 transactions/month with solid m-o-m growth and customer feedback.
  • Secures contracts to provide in-school enrichment services or a digital platform to private schools, with at least $1,500/month revenue, positive customer feedback, and growth prospects.
  • Secures partnership to support model implementation by NGOs or government schools, reaching over 1,000 students on a full-time basis.

Who you will work with

For field operations, program design, M&E, government relations, and book-keeping, you will work with and mentor our five full-time Kenyan staff in Kisumu, who have been with us for 3-4 years and hold university degrees. We also have several local content developers on part-time contracts who are top Kenyan teachers (e.g., national examiners, department heads, PhD candidates).

Work on strategy, major grants, major contracts, technology development, and financial controls/reporting will be supported by PfID’s Board and Management Committee. The Executive Director reports directly to PfID’s Board.

Preferred start date: November 30, 2020 - February 28, 2021

Persons of any nationality may apply.

Applications considered on a rolling basis until filled.

Position: Executive Director, 1Room

About 1Room

1Room’s mission is to make quality high school education universally accessible and affordable, with an initial focus on East Africa. To this end, we are designing a one-room schoolhouse for…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required

Benefits

We will structure benefits and compensation to be most tax-efficient for the employee based on their specific circumstances.

We will structure benefits and compensation to be most tax-efficient for the employee based on their specific circumstances.

Location

Polyview Estates, Kisumu 40100, KE

How to Apply

We've created a Google Form for you to upload your resume and a statement of interest: https://forms.gle/zW1QYxLLWj8LRVLj6

In case of difficulty with the form, which requires a gmail account, email your resume and a short statement of interest to hello@1roomlearning.com with the subject line "Executive Director - 1Room".

We've created a Google Form for you to upload your resume and a statement of interest: https://forms.gle/zW1QYxLLWj8LRVLj6

In case of difficulty with the form, which requires a gmail…

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