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Learning Design Associate

Nova Pioneer is looking for a superstar Learning Designer for our Primary School. As a Learning Design Associate, you will revolutionize the way 21st-century skills and knowledge are developed in African schools. You will be a central member of the team that will develop the learning model that we will use in our schools in Kenya and South Africa.  This is an opportunity to be a part of an innovative network of schools that is developing generations of innovators and leaders who shape the African Century.
About Nova Pioneer

Imagine a world in which every young person across Africa attends a school that truly sets them up for success in the 21st century. A school that cares about individual students and allows them to explore the world around them. A school that focuses more on developing skills than on memorizing content. At Nova Pioneer, we have done more than just imagine this future, we are bringing it to life. Nova Pioneer is a pan-African, independent network of schools offering high quality, accessible education from pre-primary through secondary school. Nova Pioneer uses a unique, inquiry-based learning approach that encourages students to ask “why” instead of telling them the “what”. It allows them to form their own thinking through exploration, investigation, and collaboration. Learn more about our learning approach here. Nova Pioneer currently has 6 schools in South Africa and Kenya with a vision to launch 100 schools and reach tens of thousands of students across the African continent in the next decade. To learn more visit


Key responsibilities for the role include:
·         Use themes, big ideas, Cambridge Curriculum, and Kenyan National Curriculum to create the day by day overview of lessons.
·         Create year-long Scope & Sequences for your subject areas and grade levels
·         Create detailed, inquiry-based lesson plans using Reggio Emilia approach, blended learning, and small-group instruction
·         Create materials that go along with each lesson
·         Create a full unit’s worth of material that culminates in Project Based Learning
·         Work with the Team Lead and classroom teachers to revise lessons after they have been taught.
·         Work with learning designers in Humanities and Math/Science to create integrated projects and investigations
·         Create strong assessments/rubrics/continuums/checklists that allow each teacher to evaluate students
·         Create assessments that infuse multiple assessment methods (Common Core, Creative Curriculum, Cambridge, etc.) into the questions (upper primary).
·         Receive  professional development on the Nova Model of Learning Design, integrated curriculum design, STEAM, Project-Based Learning
·         Additional responsibilities as assigned by your manager
·         Respond adequately to emergencies or urgent issues as they arise.

Skills and Qualifications

·         You have 3-4 years of experience in a rigorous, high-expectations early primary setting
·         You have a track record of developing creative and rigorous curriculum that has led to distinctive learning outcomes and can demonstrate this through example products and references
·         You have a desire to further develop your curriculum development skills and apply them to transform the lives of African youth
·         You have strong writing skills and are able to use those to create lessons that will help people learn it while being engaged and interested
·         You are driven by data and can use data from student assessments to strengthen lessons and spiral in key skills
·         You are excited about our organizational culture—and in particular, you are fired up to challenge yourself by embracing mutual vulnerability and a firehose of feedback.
How to Apply:
Does working at Nova Pioneer excite you? If so, then apply here for the Learning Design Associate Job
To apply, please complete the form on the right-hand side of this page. We cannot process applications that are emailed to us.

Finance Leader
Nova Pioneer is looking for superstar Finance Leader to drive a high performing finance department. The Finance Leader position is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial and innovative individual to help build robust financial management and reporting systems and processes and provide strategic direction for the finance department of Nova Pioneer in Kenya.
The position is initially based at the Nova Pioneer Network office in Nairobi but will require travel between schools from time to time. Some travel to our South African schools may be required. This is an opportunity to be a part of an innovative network of schools that is developing generations of innovators and leaders who will shape the African Century. Learn more about Nova Pioneer below.


Key responsibilities for the role include:
·         Design and develop improved robust financial management and reporting systems and processes that will lead the finance function to becoming a high performing and highly effective department
·         Drive financial planning and cashflow management for the organisation. Conduct monthly financial reporting and provide analysis to executive team and relevant budget owners
·         Manage a team of junior and mid-level finance people across schools in Kenya
·         Oversee the collections process and ensure all targets are reached through collection of fees
·         Oversee all audit and internal control operations
·         Oversee robust budget setting and management system and engage  with managers around this process
·         Liaise and coordinate with the Finance Leader for South Africa to ensure best practice and transfer of knowledge, processes and systems across all Nova Pioneer geographies
·         Ensure adherence to financial laws and guidelines


·         You have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or relevant field; MSc/MA or CPA is a requirement
·         You have at least 5 years of experience managing a finance department significant responsibility
·         You have very strong finance capability and you have an interest in a long term pathway to CFO. This role could grow into a Finance Director role for Kenya or into a CFO role overseeing both South Africa and Kenya
·         You are relatively entrepreneurial and enjoy a challenge. You get excited about designing and building effective financial systems and processes. This is a demanding role where you’ll be required to create order from chaos. You must be ready to put in the time it takes to build your vision
·         You have led teams and coached individuals to achieve results. People love working with you and for you
·         You have excellent communication skills. You are able to communicate effectively with your finance team, school leadership as well as shareholders and investors. You are able to provide a clear and persuasive pitch to anyone and have excellent written and verbal communication skills
·         You are results driven. You set clear, attainable and measurable targets for your team and are able to motivate them to achieve their personal and the departmental goals
·         You have a vision for your department which aligns with the organisation’s long term vision
·         You are a stickler for detail and ensure that you and your team are accurate and thorough in all that you do
How to Apply:
Does working at Nova Pioneer excite you? If so, then apply here for the Finance Leader Job!
To apply, please complete the form on the right hand side of this page. We cannot process applications that are emailed to us.
Please note: Where a copy of your resume is required, copying and pasting from a formatted document e.g. Microsoft Word may not result in the formatting transferring correctly to the final resume. You are encouraged to attach your resume in Microsoft Word® or PDF format to protect formatting.
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the right candidate is identified. Only qualified candidates will be invited for interviews.

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