Educate! Youth Business Leader

Job Vacancy: Youth Business Leader

Position Overview: Educate!, a fast-growing non-profit social enterprise, is looking for our first Youth Business Leader to implement strategies that ensure our impact is reached across community units in Kenya.

The youth leader joins at a pivotal moment of our growth as we move towards our Vision for 2024 of reaching one million youth annually in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Youth Business Leader can expect to work with a motivated and overachieving team and gain excellent training and leadership development experience.

About Educate!

Educate! works to transform education in Africa to teach youth to solve poverty for themselves and their communities.

Educate! provides youth with skills training in leadership, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness along with mentorship to start real businesses at school.

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.

In 2017 we’re launching in Kenya, working in 120 secondary schools in Rwanda and 450 schools in Uganda (15% of the country) reaching over 25,000 students intensively and 360,000 more broadly.

Our model was proven to have massive impact in a randomized controlled trial. Graduates earned DOUBLE the income of a control group and had a 64% increase in business creation. Our graduates change their lives and their communities, such as Lillian Aero who employs over 100 AIDS-affected women.

In 2012 Educate! partnered with Uganda’s government to integrate curriculum and a student business club structure into Uganda’s entrepreneurship course nationally, in 2015 we served as a technical advisor to Rwanda on their secondary education reform, and in 2016 we began serving as a technical advisor to Kenya on their national curriculum reform.

Educate!’s team includes 130 staff and over 200 volunteer youth mentors. We have been backed by top foundations such as MasterCard, Big Bang Philanthropy, Mulago, Echoing Green, Ashoka and Global Innovation Fund. Educate! won the 2015 WISE Awards, and was featured by Bill Gates, Forbes 30 under 30, Clinton Global Initiative and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative.

Educate!’s Vision for 2024 is to measurably impact 1 million students and reach 4 million students more broadly across Africa each year.

Performance Objectives

Administrative Support (35%)

  • Oversee and manage all logistics for events, meetings, trainings, and inductions in the Community Unit.
  • Successfully track and maintain graduates and key leads in the Community Unit in a database.
  • Document changes and key lessons learned and share with the Programs Team in Kenya.
  • Provide termly reports to the Kenya Programs Director.

Graduate Support (20%)

  • Coach and support future mentors in driving forward the Educate! Program in areas such as school business clubs.
  • Leading monitoring of fellow businesses and community initiatives.
  • Oversee communication with graduates in community unit and constantly provide updates on community unit activities and programs.

Short Course Training and University Clubs (20%)

  • Select Junior Mentors to attend the training.
  • Conduct an annual 5 day training for graduates selected to be Junior Mentors to run the short course in their communities.
  • Oversee communication and track and document progress updates from Junior Mentors after training.
  • Launch University Clubs at universities and tertiary institutions in community unit districts.  Train and support University Club executive committees.

Mentor Fellow Recruitment (15%)

  • Support the Programs team in the recruitment of mentors.
  • Lead selection of top-graduate mentors for the Kenya program.
  • Oversee and Implement strategies to ensure a steady pipeline of potential mentors.
  • Ensure the Community Unit is at all times well resourced with graduates and potential mentors.


  • Has a business, social enterprise or has gone through the Educate! short course training. (Preferred)
  • Undergraduate college degree or diploma.
  • Proven ability to be a trainer of trainers –  to coach, advise and support young mentors to empower their students.
  • Event management skills—including the ability to keep track of multiple activities, planning, and mobilizing resources in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Strong organizational, writing and communication skills, explaining clear expectations, having attention to detail, and providing clear written communication in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute effectively as a member of a team and persuasive in promoting Educate! program and values to students, teachers, administrators, government, and community members.
  • Fits our Five Cultural Tenets (see What is Educate! About? below); Learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here

Terms: Location is Kenya. Candidate may be required to travel within or outside the country.

Application Process    

Intrigued? Please visit HERE to apply. You will be asked to upload a resume, and your response to the following questions:

Put yourself in a Program Officer’s shoes. Pretend you are presenting the opportunity to work with Educate! to a high school principal. How would you present the opportunity, what would your pitch be?

Create and share with us a brief work plan (Half a page) of a training you’d organise in a community unit, showing us the things that have to happen for the event to be successful.

*Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with priority to close this position by Monday April 3rd 2017.

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.

What Is Educate! About?

We’re ambitious. Are you? Educate! is growing fast, so new opportunities are opening up and expanding all the time. We’re inspired by people with drive, and we love to help them reach their full potential.

We expect everyone at Educate! to contribute above and beyond their job description, grow their skills, and advance their careers, and we are committed to supporting our staff members on that journey.

We Put Youth First – The youth we serve come first. Always. In everything. That means we wake up thinking of ways we can serve youth even better and get the highest impact out of every dollar that we spend. It means Educate! doesn’t own a single vehicle, because we’d rather take the bus if it means one more student can participate. It means making every decision like the future depends on it — because if we get our way, it does.

We Are Always Learning – When you work at Educate!, educating yourself is part of your job too. We encourage every employee to find the best book on management; share the latest article on graphic design; bring in your favorite college mentor; or meet the researcher pushing the edge of the field. We are always thirsty for knowledge and love to share.

We Only Solve a Problem Once – We are allergic to band-aids so we love the person who brings the new system to solve the problem for good, even problems we haven’t recognized yet.

We Are Flexible – We thrive on change — we’re driving it. We are growing every day, so we have to adapt quickly to meet new challenges, and our team keeps up.

We Exceed Expectations – We assume we can achieve the impossible because we already have, year after year. We want our staff to create your own challenges, ask the toughest questions, and dream scary big!

Every person at Educate! — from interns to the executive director — is evaluated by how they live up to these five cultural tenets. They are at the core of how we achieve our mission and why we work as well as we do.

Educate is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community.  In creating this environment, we encourage people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences to join our diverse team.

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Updated: March 23, 2017 — 8:14 pm