Leadership Instructor

Position:  Leadership Instructor, Burundi

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi

Reports to: Academic Director



The future of peace and stability in East Africa lies in the hands of young women who have the leadership skills and wisdom to create jobs and build businesses that will lift their communities out of poverty. In East Africa, 85% of women work in subsistence agriculture, living on less than $2 per day. Furthermore, only 1% of the population enters university, and less than one-third of those students are female. We believe that educating young women is simply the wisest and most effective investment a developing country can make.


The Akilah Institute for Women aims to build future generations of women leaders and professionals in East Africa through the development of a network of campuses. At Akilah, we bring together the most promising female leaders from Rwanda and Burundi for an innovative three-year program
 that prepares them for professional careers and leadership roles. Akilah will graduate 1,000 students by the year 2020. In 2015, Akilah will enroll a total over 500 students on two campuses. Our hands-on and project-based curriculum is developed in partnership with the local private sector. Students start with a foundational year of English, math and leadership immersion before choosing a specialized track in Entrepreneurship, Information Systems (IS), or Hospitality Management. Students graduate with the market-relevant skills required for meaningful employment in the fastest growing sectors of the economy. 

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Masters preferred, or Bachelors degree, in Humanities (Leadership and related fields)
  • A minimum of 2 years teaching experience
  • Leadership experience in workplace or community
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Basic ICT skills (Word, excel, PowerPoint, internet use)
  • Demonstrated passion for working with young women, empowering them through education, an unshakable belief in their potential, and a commitment to the mission of Akilah
  • Excitement about working in a vibrant and evolving start-up environment
  • Extraordinarily resilient, positive and pro-active character
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • An engaging and collaborative leadership style with mature interpersonal skills and the ability to juggle and manage multiple, competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to adapt curriculum for cultural and situational relevance
  • Understanding of leadership culture and professional expectations of companies in Burundi, East Africa and internationally
  • Willingness to engage in meaningful dialogue on topics such as gender equality, ethical leadership, civic responsibility, social change and human right
  • Willing to engage students in many methods of instruction – individual and team based learning, small groups and large groups, etc
  • Comfortable including visual, auditory and kinesthetic components into the classroom

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.