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  • Posted: Mar 24, 2023
    Deadline: Apr 7, 2023
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    The M-PESA Foundation Academy is a state of the art, co-educational and residential High school offering the Kenyan National Curriculum. Driven by leadership, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, the Academy serves talented but economically disadvantaged students with demonstrated leadership potential.

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    Executive Head of School


    The Executive Head of the School should be someone who has exemplary academic credentials, is an outstanding leader, and is a school administrator with a deeply rooted understanding of holistic education and leadership development. He/ she must have a genuine passion for nurturing deserving young students within a world-class facility. He/she should be a person who has achieved a position of stature in his/her present occupation. More specifically, the ideal candidate would have the following profile.

    Subject matter Expert (Teaching and Learning)

    • A strong passion for education;
    • Previous experience as an international school Head or Principal;
    • Leadership and management skills focusing on the future development of the school and the successful implementation of the school’s mission and strategic imperatives;
    • Monitoring programs for college guidance, college admissions, and student scholarships;
    • Experience leading a school in sub-Saharan Africa, preferably be familiar with local, regional and international secondary and tertiary education systems and practices;
    • Empathy and appreciation for the Kenyan culture as well as the necessary integrity to work closely with the Board and the Academy’s various stakeholders;
    • Strong financial acumen, including Planning, Budgeting, Revenue & Cost Management;
    • Strong organizational, human resource and management skills;
    • High moral standards, someone who will be a role model that will inspire both staff and students towards a values-driven life and leadership approach;
    • Education: A Master’s degree, ideally in educational leadership or equivalent;
    • A deep knowledge and understanding of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, ideally including MYP and DP;
    • Previous experience with the IB school accreditation process will is highly preferred.

    Leadership and Strategy

    • Previous experience in sustainability projects such as; Fundraising on a global scale and experience in cost optimization;
    • Experience in partnerships and scholarship acquisition for both high school and tertiary education;
    • Previous experience in developing, implementing and monitoring strategy;
    • Practical experience in nurturing student innovation and entrepreneurship projects/programs;
    • Experience in the use of technology to create the best learning outcomes and operational excellency.

    Financial Management Skills

    • The EHOs shall be responsible for the financial health of the Academy by overseeing the Academy’s fiscal activity, including budgeting, reporting, and auditing;
    • Establish the OPEX and CAPEX budget for the board’s review and approval;
    • Experience in Enterprise Risk governance processes.

    People Management skills

    • Establishing and submitting for Board review/approval organizational structure and succession plans to ensure smooth succession of both the Academic and Administrative leadership;
    • Oversees the employee compensation plans;
    • Champion the development of a strong value-driven Academy culture and overall vision;
    • The ability to effectively work with and support others as part of a team, both within and across functions, building and maintaining positive relationships at all levels with cultural sensitivity, showing respect & effectively working with diversity;
    • The ability to energize individuals and groups toward the need for change. This includes constructively challenging the way things are done and leading change initiatives in a manner that is consistent with the vision and the strategic objectives of the Academy;
    • Ability to learn from past experiences, take on new challenges, and make decisions under uncertainty;
    • Someone who exhibits empathy, relationship management, self-awareness, and social awareness.


    • Implements MFA strategy as approved by the Board;
    • Keeps the Board informed of all strategic matters relating to the Board through reports at Board meetings and immediate communication following major school events or happenings;
    • Submitting academic reports on at least a quarterly basis to the Board indicating the health of the students’ academic performance.
    • Makes recommendations to the Board for their approval of budgets;
    • Seeks direction from the Board on new academic and operational initiatives;
    • Assists the Board Chair in setting Board and Committee meeting agendas and discussion topics;
    • Jointly with the Board, sets annual goals for his/her performance; provides input and self-evaluation for the Board to use in his/her evaluation.


    • Strategic Leadership - creates and achieves a desired future state (vision) of the Academy;
    • Facilitate Change – champions the implementation and acceptance of change within the Academy;
    • Collaborative leadership style- capable of developing and promoting strong teams;
    • Strong organizational and proven problem-solving skills- Works systematically and logically to resolve problems, address opportunities, or manage the situation at hand;
    • Open minded, with the ability to promote intercultural understanding and international mindedness;
    • Deep commitment to learning and inclusion;
    • Proven ability to communicate effectively and generate trust with a school community;
    • Highly ethical with a commitment to “integrity.”;
    • Agile and comfortable with a dynamic operating environment;
    • Ability to represent the school in local and international circles and to communicate diplomatically and clearly with all constituents

    Method of Application

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