School Launcher / Project Manager - 2022

School Launcher / Project Manager - 2022

enko education | sandton, GT, ZA

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Enko Education seeks outstanding french-speaking School Launchers to manage the opening and integration of our schools across Africa. This is a unique opportunity to expand a transformative school model by joining a fast-scaling organisation aiming at transforming the African educational landscape.

About the role


The School Launchers are the first persons from the Enko team to arrive in a country. As Project managers, their main responsibility is to autonomously lead all the operations on the ground before the Head of School's arrival and until the school is fully launched or integrated.

The persons in charge will be part of the School Launcher team and will work closely with the Head of Expansion, the Domain Leads and the Regional Directors to achieve launch and integration projects in different countries across the continent.

Between two school launches or school integration, the School launchers will perform various projects for internal or external clients such as feasibility study, due diligence, building research,...


The School launchers will fully manage all aspects of school launches & school integration:

  • Incorporate the Enko subsidiary, open the bank account ;
  • Find and upgrade school facilities ;
  • Get the license from the government to operate ;
  • Recruit and train the admin team ;
  • Define and implement marketing strategies to recruit parents and students ;Oversee media and social media campaigns ;Identify potential partners (feeder schools, companies) and sign partnerships ;Organise marketing events (visits schools, info-session, launch cocktail) ;
  • Organise and oversee the enrolment process from the first contact to admission and enrolment ;
  • Source and buy school equipment and services ;
  • Prepare arrival of the Head of School (HoS) ;
  • Assist the HoS in recruiting the teaching team, in assessing existing teachers ;
  • Share Enko Culture ;
  • Implement Enko brand, tools, standards, practices, and processes.
  • The person in charge will receive the full support of the Enko Central office.

    Working within Enko

    5 reasons to join us

  • A meaningful mission with a concrete impact on one of the most pressing challenges of the continent;
  • An international team with strong values;
  • A challenging environment to grow in and real evolution perspectives;
  • A very flexible remote policy;
  • A beautiful central office in Sandton, Johannesburg.
  • Feedbacks

    Current and former team members have noted the points below as positive features of Enko's work environment and culture:

  • The group combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on impact ;
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts ;
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously ;
  • The people in the group encourage innovation and experimentation ;
  • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows ;
  • You are never bored and always challenged.
  • Current and former team members have noted the points below as negative features of Enko’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience ;
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication ;
  • A high-growth phase means flexibility and adaptability as the Group’s systems evolve quickly ;
  • It can be fast-paced so you need to be productive and able to prioritise effectively.
  • Career growth

    We have a strong culture of constant learning. You'll have weekly check-ins with your manager, and quarterly touchpoint on your objectives. We hold performance appraisals every year and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You'll have the opportunity to shape a growing organisation and set the foundations of a rewarding long-term career.


    Launching a school is like launching a start-up: constant enthusiasm, can-do attitude, ability to adapt to the daily unexpected events are absolutely required. We are looking for well-rounded candidates, able to lead and run projects from start to end and are willing to build something. No specific previous experience in education required, however, prior work experience in start-up and Sub-Saharan Africa, or other relevant positions, is an important asset.

    The ideal candidate ♀ ♂ :

  • Has an entrepreneurial mindset and a hands-on attitude ;
  • Is self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision ;
  • Is creative, proactive, take initiative and thinks about scale ;
  • Is hardworking and has outstanding organizational skills, capacity to meet deadlines and work under pressure ;
  • Is willing to work in a startup environment where priorities can change from day to day; is flexible and versatile ;
  • Has good oral and written communication and presentation skills ;
  • Is humble, seeking out feedback, internalizing it, and using it to self-improve ;
  • Has the ability to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures ;
  • Has professional working proficiency in French (required) and English ;
  • Is proficient with basic Microsoft and Google software: Excel, Powerpoint, Google Drive ;
  • Has at least a Master’s degree from a renowned university ;
  • Share our excitement to offer a top-notch education to the African middle-class ;
  • Demonstrates passion and has previous working experience in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Contract, location, and timing

  • Contract: 2 years fixed-term position, end of studies internship accepted ;
  • Location: Africa (based on projects) ;
  • Timing: Successful candidates should start by May 2022.
  • Enko Education is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.

    All applicants must be legally able to work in our countries with the correct visa/status/work permit. Full-time jobs may be offered to the most successful school launchers.

    What's next?

    1. A quick case study to test your project management skills & mindset;

    2. A first call with a member of the HR team to get to know you better, give you visibility on the job and confirm the reciprocal match;
    3. A career interview to review your education and past experiences;

    4. A final interview with to discuss your hard and soft skills;

    5. Welcome to Enko!

    About Enko Education

    Enko Education is a fast-growing group of African international schools, increasing access to the world's best universities for learners across Africa.

    Enko Education has developed innovative programmes leading to globally recognized and sought-after qualifications. Since the opening of its first school in Yaoundé, Enko Education has established an African group of 13 international schools in 9 countries in Africa. More than 3,000 students from primary to secondary benefit from international education at a fraction of the cost charged by other international schools on the continent. We provide individualised counseling to our learners to support them in selecting the right universities and then securing both admission and financing for their studies. We offer an outstanding learning experience striving to educate our learners with Africa at heart and the world in mind.

    The Enko Education model has already yielded outstanding results with graduates currently enrolled in some of the most prestigious universities worldwide such as Yale College in the USA, Sciences Po and Ecole Polytechnique in France and the University of Toronto in Canada.

    We are financially supported by international development institutions and funds including Proparco, I&P, BIO Invest, Oiko Credit and Liquid Africa, and we aim to close our Series B funding round in early 2022, in order to reach 28 schools by 2025.

    For 2022-25, we are planning to open and acquire schools in:

  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Bamako, Mali
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • Mbabane, eSwatini
  • Maseru, Lesotho
  • Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • (Countries and cities are subject to change)