Job Vacancy: Instructional Design Associate
Job Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Who We Are
NewGlobe supports visionary governments to transform public education systems, the cornerstone of a prosperous, equitable, and peaceful society.
With a comprehensive system transformation platform and data-driven educational services, NewGlobe delivers rapid and dramatic improvements in learning outcomes at state and nationwide scale.
Through building impactful partnerships and programmes, NewGlobe ensures that all children have access to an education that will develop their full potential and create a foundation for growth and prosperity.
NewGlobe leverages more than a decade of educational experience and proven impact in integrated school management, teacher professional development, instructional design innovation, technological system support, child-centered classroom practice, and parent engagement — all grounded in learning science — to ensure each teacher is empowered to engage children in transformational learning, and all children have the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
Every day, NewGlobe supports governments to solve what were once seen as intractable problems, and by doing so, ensures this generation will be able to grow up to lead more fulfilled lives, while simultaneously building economic prosperity for themselves, their communities, and the globe.
NewGlobe’s high-touch, intensive professional development programs, along with integrated school management, teacher support, and assessment software, enable schools to succeed. NewGlobe works within state and national curriculum and syllabi, ensuring all children are empowered to learn their own history, and master local content, while being globally competitive in mathematics and languages. The science of behaviour change and the science of learning is at the foundation of all programming.
NewGlobe works with urgency because youth quickly becomes adulthood and relentlessly because improvement requires continuous problem-solving. NewGlobe is honoured to serve and to help rebuild trust in public systems.
NewGlobe’s work is all encompassing and will challenge you to use your full mind, and heart, each day. We need bright minds who want to be part of building a new globe — a more equitable globe — to join us.
The objective of the Academics group is to drive student achievement. To do so, we must know — what is happening minute-by-minute for the typical child. The student’s daily experience, and thus the path to achievement, emerges from their relationship with the teachers and the content that is delivered in the classroom.
Our team is collaboratively organised around these levers. We develop rigorous content pitched at the right level for students to be delivered by a teacher who is prepared to succeed in the classroom.
Our Instructional Design department builds the content; our Leadership & Development department trains teachers and school leaders using scientifically-proven techniques; our Learning Innovation department looks at cutting-edge research to generate breakthrough learning gains.
Underpinning all of this is the work of the independent Measurement and Evaluation group, which provides Academics with an empirical orientation toward improving that daily experience and, in turn, driving achievement.
Instructional Design Department
The Instructional Design department produces the learning materials that are used in our schools across our communities. This department has team members based in multiple our support offices, organised into teams that each work on a portfolio of projects under the leadership of a Director.
Driving student achievement through the development of rigorous content is the number one priority. One core tenet of the approach is less lecture (traditional among many schools in our markets) and more student practice.
Consistent, rigorous opportunities to refine his or her skills are crucial to a child’s learning progression. The Instructional Design department structures all lessons, textbooks, and other materials to ensure this. We prepare structured teacher guides for each lesson for all teachers based on a scientific approach that is tailored to students’ learning needs. The Instructional Design department is, in other words, our pedagogy team.
About the Role
Instructional Design Associates are based in Boston, Nairobi, Hyderabad, and Lagos. This is a full-time role based in Nairobi, but will likely include remote collaboration with teams overseas.
As an Instructional Design Associate, you join a team working to make a difference in the world. In the markets we serve, the number of pupils attending school is soaring, but the quality of most schools, according to international experts, is low.
Writers join our Instructional Design department to invest time in producing quality learning materials to improve thousands of children’s daily academic experience.
One core tenet of our approach to instruction is providing extensive opportunities for pupil practice. That is, we’re trying to make the pupil experience less “rote.” We create “teacher guides” (daily lesson plans delivered by e-reader), textbooks, and other materials with that goal in mind — all as a means to improve learning gains among pupils.
What You Will Do
- Create detailed lesson plans based on national syllabi and other sources for all subjects in several territories under the guidance of a supervisor with instructional expertise
- Edit lesson materials (lesson plans, textbooks, exams) to ensure they are free of errors and inconsistencies
- Create assessments for core subjects like maths, English etc.
- Participate in ongoing pedagogical training in instructional design
- On occasion design and write passages, questions, and activities for our textbooks
- Learn and apply aspects of print production in the form of writing art specs and styling manuscripts
- Jump into new, unusual projects with other Academics or other Instructional Design teams.
What You Should Have
- One or more years of experience in education, editing, or writing
- A bachelor’s degree in education or a related field
- Experience teaching Kenya’s Competency Based Curriculum (CBC)
- Fluency in English
- Strong writing and editing skills
- Consistent capacity to meet deadlines, meticulous attention to detail
- High degree of professionalism in communication and time-management
- Ability and willingness to write, solve, and explain primary school level maths problems
- Flexibility, ability to process and respond to new information quickly
- A team-oriented approach
- Ability to receive and effectively apply feedback
- Desire to engage creatively even with tedious or repetitive assignments
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word.
- 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 networking mastermind – You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates. You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech.
- You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation. Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas. You have an existing network from prior experience in the country, preferably in the regulatory, education, or business sectors.
- A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, NewGlobe 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 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.
How to apply
Please visit the Career page on this link & upload your CV/Application.