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CEO Uganda

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

The position
Aga Khan Education Services, Uganda is currently seeking to recruit a Chief Executive Officer for AKES, Uganda which operates three schools in Kampala. The CEO will be responsible for supporting the school leaders in their day to day operations and the successful delivery of the organisation’s strategic direction for Uganda.
The strategic goal, taking into account the impact of the COVID pandemic, repositions the current schools into two high performing affordable national and international school campuses with upgraded facilities, an enriched curriculum, and a focus on continuous development to ensure a values-based 21st Century education for students. This may involve school construction, relocation and major facilities retrofitting.
To be a successful candidate, you will be an experienced and visionary and dynamic leader. You will demonstrate entrepreneurial instinct and have an extensive knowledge of contemporary developments in the global education arena. You will have strong interpersonal and communication skills as well as cultural awareness and sensitivity. Highly qualified in business and education management, you will have substantial senior leadership experience, preferably within education organisations.
Essential criteria for the role:
  • Qualified to post-graduate level, in business administration and education management/leadership.
  • Substantial senior leadership experience at a strategic level, and significant experience leading an education organisation with multiple schools.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the international education sector and international curricula.
  • Demonstrable experience and success in managing operations, financial and human resources.
  • Experience of change leadership and management.
  • Demonstrable experience of cultural awareness, understanding and sensitivity.


Policy and Strategy
  • Champion and provide leadership in rolling out the post-pandemic strategy set by the AKES Head Office (HO) and Board of Directors of AKES, Uganda.
  • Create a five year detailed operating plan with key milestones linked to the strategy, the impact of the pandemic (or other such crises) and annual operating budgets.
  • Promote an organisational culture and ethos that reflects the values of AKES and AKDN and fosters effective performance, high motivation and positive outcomes for the students and the adults connected with the Aga Khan Schools.
  • Ensure that AKES Uganda’s operations are managed in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee the design, delivery and quality of AKES Uganda’s programmes and services.
  • Ensure that the physical facilities – schools, offices and faculty housing are safe, secure and well maintained.
HR Management
  • Facilitate the recruitment and retention of the highest quality staff throughout AKES Uganda, ensuring that the organisation evaluates staff performance on a regular basis and provides professional development aligned to the organisation and individual staff members’ development goals.
  • Ensure that sound policies, processes and documentation are created and maintained with the aim of creating a positive working environment for all AKES staff, career pathways within the organisation and in line with relevant employment legislation.
Financial Management
  • In collaboration with the CFO, direct the development of AKES Uganda’s annual budgets based on compliant, sound and informed knowledge, in line with agreed strategic and operating plans, solid performance data and market intelligence, including the impact of the pandemic.
Community Relationships
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson and representative for AKES Uganda. Ensure that AKES Uganda’s mission, programmes and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.
  • Foster strong key stakeholder relationships, especially with parents, the Government, Ministry of Education and the wider community in collaboration with the Aga Khan Foundation and AKDN.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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