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Growth and Expansion Fellow

Nova Pioneer is looking for an outstanding professional with experience managing complex projects to help drive the expansion of its world-class schools across Kenya. This is an opportunity to help grow a transformative education model that will shape the future of Africa’s youth. The fellowship will be based in Nairobi, Kenya for a period of at least 6 months.


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, enquiry-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. 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


We are looking for an exceptional individual to be the cutting-edge of our work to rapidly expand our transformational education model. The Fellow will work closely with the Managing Director and Director of Operations for East Africa as well as coordinate projects across a range of other teams and individuals throughout the organization. The Manager must be able to also work highly independently to drive new initiatives with minimal direction. Key responsibilities will be:

  • Project-managing the establishment of our new schools by providing oversight over all launch-focused work-streams across organization - ensuring clear communication, well-managed interdepartmental co-ordination, and smooth implementation
  • Exploring new geographic expansion opportunities through visiting sites, managing relationships with key partners, undertaking financial analysis and conducting detailed research
  • Developing analysis and providing recommendations to drive data-driven decisions for school operations - including those for property, staffing, asset financing, etc.
  • Driving the exploration and development of key new strategic initiatives, such as the launch of a teacher training college and the expansion into new countries in the region, among others
  • Sourcing, analyzing and structuring of key strategic financing deals to fund our continued growth

The fellowship is based in our regional headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and comes with a stipend to cover living costs. The fellowship is for a minimum of six months with the potential to extend or transition into a permanent role in the organization based on performance.


  1. You have 4+ years of experience in a rigorous, high-performing professional setting working on demanding analytical projects;
  2. You have strong people skills and are able to build strong relationships with colleagues and a wide range of external partners, negotiate effective deals, and skillfully resolve conflicts;
  3. You have exceptional analytical skills and have experience building complex financial and business models from the ground up;
  4. You have a strong track record of achieving high quality results quickly and can operate independently with limited direction and support;
  5. You have an exceptional ability to think strategically and yet you sweat the small stuff—people see you as unusually detail-oriented and conscientious
  6. You have strong project management skills with exceptional ability to manage multiple highly detailed and urgent work streams simultaneously;
  7. You are humble and have the highest integrity. You embrace our unique organizational culture and are ready to grow by acting on frequent intensive feedback from your colleagues;


Does working at Nova Pioneer excite you? If so, then apply now!

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Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the right candidate is identified. Only qualified candidates will be invited for interviews. 


Nova Pioneer is a place where our people experience tremendous growth, fast! We invest heavily in the growth of our people because it leads to greater mastery in both us and our students. “Novaneers” work harder and work longer hours than at most schools but as a result, the growth they experience is extraordinary. We offer consistent and ongoing professional development and provide clear career pathways that ensure that our people are always achieving their personal and professional best. Nova Pioneer has a highly energetic, entrepreneurial environment where our people get to bring their creative and innovative ideas to life. We look for people who are flexible and who are able to adapt and respond quickly to adversity with a positive, can-do attitude (there are no problems, only solutions!). We welcome challenges and roll with the punches because it makes us, and our students, better. There is no problem too big for us! We work hard but we also have a lot of fun together. We bring infectious energy and enthusiasm to everything we do because joy fuels the hardest work and learning. Read more about our culture principles here

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