Educate!, a fast-growing nonprofit social enterprise, is looking for a Partnerships Manager to join its ambitious, high-performing team in East Africa. As Educate! scales to impact more than 900 schools and 44,000 students across Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya this year, we are looking for a people-oriented, results-driven Partnerships Manager to manage and engage our quickly growing group of partners and stakeholders and set us up for even larger growth moving forward.
We are looking for a relationship-builder with meticulous attention-to-detail, exceptional communication skills, and rock-solid judgment. In this role, you will represent Educate! on site visits with our partners and donors, edit grant reports and proposals for some of our most critical funders, and manage a growing team. You’ll report to directly to the Director of East Africa External Relations and join a motivated, passionate, overachieving international team that is positioning Educate! to be the leader in skills-based secondary education in Africa and intensively impact millions of youth each year.
Educate! tackles youth unemployment by partnering with schools and governments to reform what schools teach and how they teach it, so that students in Africa have the skills to start businesses, get jobs and drive development in their communities. Our model is delivered through practically-trained teachers and youth mentors. Educate!’s goal is to make this practical, skills-based model part of national education systems.
- Educate! has partnered with the governments of Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya to integrate key parts of our curriculum nationally.
- In 2019, we’re partnering with the government to pilot in 60+ schools in Kenya, working in 175+ secondary schools in Rwanda and 750+ schools in Uganda (25% of the country) reaching over 44,000 students intensively and 545,000 more broadly. Educate!'s long-term vision is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year.
- Our measured impact shows Educate! participants earn double the income of a control group towards the end of secondary school and created 64% more businesses. More on our commitment to results here.
- Our graduates change their lives and their communities, such as Lillian Aero who employs over 100 AIDS-affected women.
- We have been backed by top foundations such as the MasterCard Foundation, Big Bang Philanthropy, Mulago, Echoing Green, Ashoka, and Global Innovation Fund.
- Educate! won a 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Prize, a 2015 WISE Award, and was featured by Bill Gates, in an Al Jazeera documentary, Forbes 30 under 30, and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative.
- Educate!’s team includes 200 staff and 300 volunteer youth mentors. 90% of our staff and 100% of our Mentors are East African nationals.
Donor Relationship Management (30%)
Educate!’s revenue has been grown steadily year over year, in large part due to our strength at relationship management and donor engagement. In this role, you will help us maintain and build new strong relationships through the following key activities:
- Editing and overseeing the production of high-quality grant reports and proposals that align to stakeholder interests and effectively communicate Educate!’s impact
- Support with key relationship management functions, including managing follow-ups of requested materials and responses to inquiries, to maintain positive relationships with donors and partners.
- Build and strengthen systems and processes for donor engagement and relationship management to drive us toward our ambitious fundraising goals.
- Represent Educate! at donor and partner meetings and other external meetings, including conferences and special events, as needed, to build our reputation, and establish relationships with new funders and partners.
Donor and Partner Visit (30%)
We’re building the reputation and support base to position Educate! as the leader in skills-based education in Africa, and that includes being able to effectively show our partners what our work looks like on the ground. In this role, you will:
- Design, coordinate, and prepare for donor and partner visits across our countries of operation to ensure that programmed activities run smoothly
- Represent Educate! in person and over email to international donors and partners
- Lead engaging and informative site and field visits for international donors and partners visiting the program
Rockstar Coach & Manager (30%)
We know that people are the key to our impact and that’s why we invest in training rockstar managers who lead, coach, and empower their teams. In this role, you will:
- Manage two members of Educate!’s growing East Africa External Relations team
- Provide ongoing coaching to direct reports and support them in building skills to align with their professional development goals
- Provide direct reports with ongoing feedback, and bi-annual performance reviews
- Motivate and inspire your team to achieve its goals, moving us closer to our vision of impacting millions of youth in Africa each year
Team Support (10%)
Educate! is growing, but we still embrace our start-up culture! As part of the Team, you’ll support colleagues in the U.S. and in Africa on fundraising and other external relations project as needed. This function also gives you flexibility within your role to explore areas that are aligned to your interests and Educate!’s strategic priorities. Example projects and ongoing activities include:
- Collaborating with the Business Development Manager on new revenue strategy, research, or sales tactics
- Supporting East Africa based teamwork with key messaging and engagement strategy for conferences.
The Partnerships Manager will have a minimum of three years of experience working in fundraising, partnerships, or another relevant role, with a preference for those who have five years of experience or more. The ideal candidate will be:
- Self-motivated with a strong sense of professional judgment and accountability: you’ll be a point person for some of our most critical investors and partners
- Organized and detail-oriented with an unwavering commitment to follow-through: once something is on your plate, you own it and are proactive about asking for help when you need it
- An exceptional communicator and relationship-builder in diverse settings, from a classroom to a conference room
- A strong writer who can be the final eye on reports, proposals, and other high-stakes external documents
- An excellent fit with our Five Cultural Tenets (see What is Educate! About? Below; learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here)
And we’re also requiring for this position:
- 3+ years of work experience and at least 1 year of management experience, with more experience preferred
- Bachelor’s degree (related area not necessary)
- Strong proficiency in spoken and written English
- This position is open only to Ugandan or East African nationals willing to relocate to Kampala.
- This is a full-time position. A minimum two-year commitment is requested to best meet potential professional growth at Educate! and team needs.
- Located in Kampala, Uganda, working alongside our rockstar Uganda and regional teams. Opportunities for regional travel on a regular basis.
- Benefits & perks include a generous vacation policy, health insurance, and breakfast in the office!
Why You Will Brag About Working At Educate!
- We’ve got the impact.
- Educate! is designed for scale. We quadrupled operations in 2014, going from 54 to more than 200 schools served. We carefully measure our outcomes, and — here’s the best part — we are maintaining quality at four times the size.
- We believe in local leadership — 97% of our on the ground staff is African.
- Our model has gone nationwide in Uganda — Educate!’s model is now incorporated into the national curriculum and exams, impacting thousands more students than we can reach directly.
- Educate is a well-oiled learning machine. We built our model by methodically testing hundreds of assumptions and we are constantly experimenting, evaluating, and improving.
- We’re honored that luminaries and leaders like Oliver Wonekha, the Ugandan Ambassador to the US, and Ann Veneman, a former Secretary of Agriculture and head of Unicef, believe in us enough to have joined our advisory board.