Job Opportunity at Ubongo International, CEO
Ajira Yako Friday, April 23, 2021

Reports to: Ubongo International Board of Directors

Location: Dar es Salaam, or Johannesburg/ Nairobi with frequent travel & onboarding period in Dar es Salaam

Recruiter: Shortlist

Can you lead Ubongo to equip and empower 60 million kids across Africa?

Ubongo may be a non-profit social enterprise with the mission of using high quality , localized edutainment to assist Africa’s 500 million kids learn, and leverage their learning to vary their lives. Over 17 million families learn with us weekly on TV, radio and web, and we’re growing rapidly with the goal of getting accessible and localized Ubongo edutainment altogether countries in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2025.

We’re trying to find a growth-stage CEO to steer us through our next phase of Pan-African growth and achieve future sustainability of our impact! We’ve grown from alittle Tanzanian startup founded in 2013 to a multi-country organization reaching many users in 9 languages, with rigorous evidence of impact. Our HQ is in Dar es Salaam, and that we currently have a team of 51 Ubongoers based in 8 countries. we’ve registered non-profits in Tanzania, South Africa and therefore the USA.


Lead and nurture our terrific team of Ubongoers to realize our mission and vision.
Take Ubongo truly Pan-African, sustainably driving growth of our impact and our organization!
Set Ubongo’s short and future strategy in coordination with the board and Ubongoers, and assure that we’re effectively implementing that strategy towards our objectives and vision.
Uphold and represent Ubongo’s core values of Ubunifu (creativity), Ustahimilivu (grit), Upendo (love) and Utu (shared humanity). Cultivate our strong culture as we grow our team and organization, with attention on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Lead and develop our senior management team, and make sure that they too are equipped to steer and develop their own teams to fulfil Ubongo’s objectives and to thrive in their work. We’ve got an excellent team of Ubongoers and are able to upskill and develop leaders and talent across the organization.
In partnership with our Chief Operating Officer, grow our organizational systems, processes, policies and culture so we will thrive as we grow. repose on what’s been working and implement new approaches to fill gaps or improve how we work as we scale our impact.
In partnership with our Chief Business Officer, develop funding streams, partnerships, marketing and distribution strategies to extend our reach, engagement, impact and sustainability. repose on our successes so far and explore new opportunities and approaches.
In partnership with our Chief Innovation Officer (current CEO Nisha Ligon hopes to transition to the present role), make sure that Ubongo innovates inclusively with the communities we serve, and styles to unravel the foremost pressing challenges for our users, clients, partners and team.


Have proven experience at CEO or senior leadership level within an impression focused organization working and/or scaling across multiple countries in Sub-Saharan Africa .
Experience with strategic planning, performance management, managing a P&L/ budget, and overseeing change management at a department or organization level.
Proven ability to create and lead high-performing, multicultural teams and cultivate organizational culture.
Experience with non-profit or social enterprise fundraising and revenue generation, and familiarity with the event sector and donor community.
diary of ensuring robust governance and compliance within a corporation or department, and knowledge or readiness to require full organizational leadership within Ubongo, reporting to and dealing closely with our board.
Understanding of ethical, regulatory, compliance, safeguarding and legal responsibilities for a multi-country organization that works for and with children, and commitment to making sure our organization upholds the very best standards across these areas.
Experience within the education and/or media sectors may be a plus but not required!


Of African origin or with strong roots in Africa.
An ethical leader of leaders, committed to empowering and equipping those around them, and leading us towards a shared vision!
Exemplify Ubongoers Principles and live our values of Ubunifu (creativity), Ustahimilivu (grit), Upendo (love) and Utu (shared humanity)! examine our team and our Ubongoers principles here.
An eagerness to find out , adapt, fail fast and fail forward with humility and openness. We add a rapidly changing world, and nobody knows all the answers. As Ubongoers we openly share our challenges and failures to make sure that we are always learning.
A willingness to travel extensively within Africa and internationally.
Multilingual, or with a robust appreciation of how language shapes learning and culture. We operate in mostly English, with some Kiswahili, plus we adapt and distribute content in 7+ other languages.
A passion for teenagers and therefore the next generation! We’re an edutainment company that does it for the kids!