Founders Factory Africa (FFA) – Academy Program Design Lead

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About the Role
As the Program Design Lead, you will be at the forefront of building the Academy program. The incumbent will be responsible for researching, designing, developing, and managing the program strategy, learning experience, and curriculum. This involves ensuring that all the Academies objectives and desired outcomes are achieved and that the program continuously evolves and improves, based on findings and research. You will play a leading role in coordinating and managing the product development with other strategic partners, learning specialists, and both the Academy and wider FFA team. 
This is a full-time position in Nairobi, Kenya. We operate a hybrid model where you will be required to be in the office at least 3 times a week.


  • Set the research and learning agenda for the Academy programs and products and coordinate the discovery process with the team and strategic partners
  • Research & Curate the entrepreneurship content and curriculum, including informing the flow of the modules, through research, working with subject matter experts internally and externally, etc.
  • Ability to build easy-to-use, plug-and-play templates that can be incorporated into the program.
  • Lead product development process, including facilitating strategic input from strategic partners and implementation teams
  • Identify and propose systems/structures for experimentation to create efficient delivery mechanisms
  • Collaborate with the Learning Specialist to design an end-to-end learner experience, training material and relevant assessments in-line with the learner’s journey.
  • Identify and strategically manage key risks facing the strategy
  • Ensure behaviour change insights are included in the learning agenda and inform program model development and iterations
  • Work with FFA’s EIL (Embedded Impact Learning) team and oversee and coordinate evaluation and ensure strategy responds to impact data
  • Collaborate closely with the Program Implementation Lead and the Community Manager to ensure an end-to-end effective learning experience
  • Ability to facilitate sessions if and when required.

The ideal candidate is or possesses…

  • Dynamic experience highly preferred, with demonstrated ability to operate well in complex and fast-changing environments
  • Preference for candidates that have worked in an Edutech startup or in an organisation that works with young people.
  • Experience building a startup/entrepreneurship curriculum and/or platform
  • Familiarity with the lean startup approach and design thinking principles is strongly preferred
  • A passion for education in Africa, with a keen interest or experience as an entrepreneur.
  • Must be detail-oriented and possess excellent organisational and analytical skills with the ability to multitask, prioritise, complete work accurately, meet deadlines, and follow through.  
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach to problem-solving. 
  • Ability to work independently, entrepreneurially, and innovatively.  
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively across different levels, with local and international teams and stakeholders.
  • Experience working with diverse groups and populations is a plus. 

Candidates should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in an Educational Program Design role with some startup experience
  • Undergraduate or Honours graduate degree in a related discipline
  • Strong collaboration and project management skills are a must
  • An interest in empowering young people is a must
  • Experience working in Kenya
  • Ability to travel when required
  • Comfortable with field work