Real Estate Program Associate at Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies is the world’s largest and fastest-growing chain of primary and pre-primary schools with more than 400 academies and 120,000 pupils in Kenya and Uganda. We democratize the right to succeed by giving families living in poverty access to the high-quality education that will allow their children to live a very different life.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Real Estate Program AssociateLocation: LagosThe Bridge ApproachEducation is in crisis in many countries around the world. It is estimated that 264 million children and young people are out of school, and 330 million children are in school but not learning. In addition, an extra 69 million teachers are needed to achieve the 2030 UN education goals.Many education systems are plagued with inadequate materials and poor management systems, all leading to chronic teacher absenteeism and a lack of learning. Education reform is challenging but it is urgently required if we are to prevent another generation of children missing out. So, we work in partnership with governments, NGOs and non-state actors to address the huge education imbalance between what is available and what is needed right now - we work to bridge the gap.We believe parents have the right to choose a school for their children and we enable families to enjoy seeing their children learn, improve and flourish at Bridge schools. We locate our schools in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Families in our communities can be earning just $1.90 per person a day; a level the World Bank notes is at extreme poverty. By putting learning at the centre of all we do, Bridge has become an extremely popular choice for underserved families and low-income communities.With plans to enroll ten million students ten years from now, Bridge offers a tremendous opportunity to grow with one of the world’s most exciting and ambitious social enterprises, with leadership roles available across a number of competencies and geographies.Development/Real EstateOur Development group (real estate, physical planning, construction) owns the life cycle of academy expansion, from identifying potential land deals in our communities through to constructing academies, sometimes several dozen at a time. The real estate team begins the development cycle by engaging in a central part of our operations which includes the identification, verification and acquisition of plots of land for our schools inside the informal settlements. The development (and real estate team) is one of the first groups introducing a community to Bridge.About the RoleThe Real Estate team identifies potential land deals in target communities and executes on leases.The Programme Associate, Real Estate is the “glue” that keeps everything together – managing interdependencies and working with managers and individual contributors alike to ensure that targets are met and processes are followed.This is a position that requires extreme attention to detail/speed and the organizational/strategic savvy to manage stakeholders effectively.You will be in a highly visible position in a high-pressure environment where targets and deadlines matter, and where you will need to understand the intricate details of how a physical planning permit is obtained, and the general framework/milestones for academy construction.You will need to be extremely responsive and syste-ms-minded.Ultimately, you will be a part of every single academy that launches at Bridge through your work in Real EstateWhat You Will DoManage the real estate lifecycle across all active plots; you should know every detail there is to know, and be able to report on the statuses/issues with every plotMonitor new plots submitted through the GIS system; coordinating with legal for validation of dealsManage of daily work plans for field staff including validating schedules and work outputOrganise Real Estate files and ensure all documentation and process are in orderProvide general administrative support to your supervisor and the rest of the team as needed 

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