Bridge International Academies
Bridge Kenya is a community school programme that partners with parents, communities and teachers to provide a life changing education and gateway to success.
Bridge Kenya transforms lives and opens the door to a successful future for its pupils. Together with its teachers, school leaders, families and communities, it creates schools that deliver academic excellence, build the essential skills for success, and provide a caring, nurturing community that supports growth.
In 2009, Bridge Kenya opened its first school in Nairobi’s Mukuru Kwa Njenga. Since then we have iterated and innovated, building a transformative community school programme that is data-driven and evidence-based and accountable to families. We have re-engineered every part of the education system, from teacher training and support, to lesson delivery and design, construction, and administration; making community schools as effective and transparent as possible. Our success in Kenya has enabled us to create other community school programmes in Africa and beyond.
Since 2015, Bridge Kenya’s national (KCPE) exam results have continued to prove academic excellence, significantly outperforming national averages. Every year, tens of pupils from some of the most underserved communities in the country score 400+ in their KCPE with 1000s’ more scoring over 300 marks. Our Community school graduates have gone to top secondary schools and universities; both within Kenya and the US. These graduates continue to excel in various top national secondary schools in Kenya including Maranda High, Starehe Boys, Alliance Girls, Pangani Girls and MPESA Foundation. In addition, some of our first cohort of pupils are now in top universities including Nairobi University, Kenya and Amherst College in the US.
Outside of the classroom, our pupils participate in extracurricular activities such as debates and sports to help them build confidence, teamwork skills and independence. They continue to prove their co-curricular prowess – with schools competing at the national level co-curricular competitions every year and participating in East Africa regional competitions.
We are not just a community school programme, every day we work to transform lives. We are nurturing children holistically, by empowering teachers and teaching pupils to be disciplined and confident using positive behavioural techniques and approaches. These traits empower pupils to lead and a successful future long after they graduate.
Our community school programme has a long legacy of success and has opened the door to opportunities that many of our pupils and their families could never have imagined.
A quality education has the power to transform the opportunities for Kenya’s children. In joining us, you will join a group of dynamic and passionate Kenyans taking concrete action to help ensure a better future for the children of Kenya.
About the Role
This role will ensure that our academy sites have appropriate planning approvals from the relevant government bodies. Work on the field working tirelessly to ensure that our processes are moving forward.
What You Will Do
- Getting development approvals in areas assigned
- Compiling relevant documents to be attached to planning briefs before circulation
- Displaying public notices on site and lodging the planning briefs at relevant councils in areas assigned
- Following up on development applications until they have been approved by the relevant council;
- Collecting pertinent data from the field required to draft the applications;
- Collecting relevant documents and details from approving authorities required during the drafting of the development applications;
- Collecting and reporting on any relevant information that may directly or indirectly affect the planning applications.
- Establishing and maintaining a network of contact persons
- Launching NEMA reports for intended projects
- Negotiating with local authorities to grant permission to construct pending planning approvals as required
- Undertake any other specific projects as necessary.
What You Should Have
- Bachelor's degree in urban/regional planning or environmental management related course from a top from a recognized university
- Should have a valid NEMA license
- Experience working in community development projects in low-income/informal environments
- Experience in fast-growth, rapid-scale contexts in terms of obtaining development approvals (PPA2, Approved building plans and NEMA licenses), creating a network of contacts in relevant approving authorities, resolving development disputes, etc. – e.g. A highly established physical planning firm
- Experience working with a culturally and socioeconomically diverse workforce
- High energy and enthusiasm level; willingness to do whatever necessary to get the job done
- Team player in highly selective, fast-paced, building and construction environments
- Should have prior work experience working with local authorities.
- Excellent computer skills in MS Office
- Have the flexibility to travel to different parts of the Country at short notice
- 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 creative problem-solver - Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low-resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
- A relentless advocate - The children we serve and teachers we empower 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 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.
- A data-driven decision-maker - When making decisions, you don’t rely your intuition alone. You collect data, you analyze it and make decisions with clear justifications.
- A curious investigator - You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions - and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.