Aga Khan Education Service, Kenya (AKESK) – School Leadership Advisor

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Leadership Profiles

  • Develop School Leadership Profiles including a Headteacher, Deputy Head and Head of Department that will define the characteristics of future AKS school leader.
  • Support country teams to review current appraisal and staff development programmes using these profiles, identify gaps and work to enable solutions.
  • Develop and deliver in-house leadership training programmes based on a needs’ analysis.


  • Develop an AKS mentorship framework to build the skills of school leaders.
  • Provide mentorship for each group of school leaders to support them to carry out responsibilities with impact.
  • Identify and train school leaders as mentors to enable them to support other leaders using the AKS mentorship framework.

Training & Development

  • Research and outline an AKS school leadership development programme and source delivery partners.
  • Establish and lead regular Professional Learning Community meetings to enable the sharing of best practice.

Coaching Programme

  • Develop an approach to coaching drawing on an accepted and researched model and pilot an AKS Coaching Programme aligned to Standard 1 – School Leadership of the AKS Quality Standards for Schools with supporting tools that can be used to develop and support school leaders and aspiring Heads of School.
  • Enable and support school leaders to use the coaching programme to support school staff in driving improvement in their own school/country context.
  • Pilot this programme, by enabling school leaders to coach and mentor peers across the network, measuring success and enabling its dissemination.

School Improvement Self Evaluation

  • Develop evaluative skills in leaders including sharpening the ability to understand school self-evaluation and approaches to external evaluation.
  • Support leaders in understanding on how to improve their schools to develop an agreed process and approach to school improvement planning and implementation.


  • School Leadership Profiles
  • Coaching programme in place and implemented for AKS school leaders
  • AKS Mentorship Framework in place for AKS school leaders and implemented.
  • An outline School Improvement and Self Evaluation framework
  • Demonstrable improvements in school leader competency, confidence, skills and practice.
  • School Leaders demonstrate their understanding and ownership of developments to implement improvements with increasing independence.
  • Demonstrable improvements in students’ outcomes, in the broadest sense, the quality and richness of students’ learning and their subsequent achievements.
  • Closer collaboration and alignment of practice across the network of schools

The requirements

Essential Qualifications

  • Qualified Teacher Status (or equivalent)
  • Honours degree or equivalent

Skills and Experience

  • At least 10 years’ school leadership experience
  • Proven ability to work with school leaders to help them improve their schools.
  • Experience of leading change and improvement across a school/group of schools
  • Experience in observing and evaluating school leadership and teacher quality and providing feedback.
  • Experience of mentoring and coaching other staff
  • Ability to plan and deliver effective training and development programmes which meet identified needs of each school.
  • Excellent oral and written language proficiency in English
  • Data analysis and use of schools’ performance data to inform decision-making.
  • Excellent ICT skills
  • High degree of professionalism, commitment, and integrity
  • Cultural awareness, adaptability, understanding and sensitivity.
  • Commitment to promoting the safety and wellbeing of students, ensuring that the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding policies and procedures are promoted.
  • An ability to work flexibly, including some weekends and evenings, as and when required.
  • Ability to travel across Europe, Asia and Africa


  • Master’s degree in Education (or other relevant field)
  • Education leadership qualification