Senior Government Relations Manager

Quality education for all

We believe that all children should be given the chance to reach their full potential. However, more than 600 million children in the world do not achieve foundational skills like literacy and basic numeracy – despite the majority of them going to school. 

At EIDU, we are creating the next-generation ed-tech platform for children who lack access to the high-quality education that all children deserve. We currently serve a quarter of a million active students in Kenya, and we look forward to serving up to 30 million students by 2030. A recent Randomised Controlled Trial places EIDU among the top 10% of educational interventions worldwide, demonstrating a 65% increase in learning rates among children. We also have fascinating projects with leading technology companies to further enhance learning outcomes through AI. 

EIDU is funded by well-known development agencies, foundations, and impact investors and we are about to scale our programs rapidly through partnerships with governments.

With a mission like EIDU’s, diversity of thought and background within our team is crucial. We value those who can bring a diverse perspective to our platform and help us provide high-quality education to as many children as we can across the globe. If you’d like to learn more about us, visit our website at eidu.com or watch our two-minute video.

What will you do

Engage senior government officials in Kenya and new countries where EIDU might explore expanding, with the aim to secure deals for the procurement of the EIDU digital learning programme in those countries, and maintain overall trust based relationships for the continuation and sustainability of the program long term.

Support the Government Relations department with overall strategy, project management and problem solving to help EIDU reach its goals when it comes to Government Relations.

Essential Duties:

Stakeholder Engagement:

      • Collaborating with the Head of Government Relations, identify, reach out and engage with senior government officials including ministers, presidential advisors, and other stakeholders such as technocrats, development partners, implementation partners, etc. in Kenya and key African countries and other regions.
      • Develop and maintain relationships with senior government officials, including ministers, presidential advisors, and other high-level stakeholders in key African countries and other regions.
      • Act as the primary point of contact between the company and government entities, ensuring clear and effective communication.
      • Establishing a long term collaboration with the key stakeholders to ensure a successful implementation, continuity and sustainability of the EIDU programme in those countries

Strategic Planning and Execution:

      • Develop and implement comprehensive government relations strategies to support the company’s business objectives and secure government contracts and deals.
      • Identify opportunities for collaboration and partnership with government bodies and other relevant organisations.

Negotiation and Deal-Making:

      • Securing collaboration agreements and procurement deals with governments to achieve EIDU’s expansion goals to reach more learners
      • Lead negotiations with government stakeholders to secure favourable terms and agreements for the company.
      • Ensure successful budget allocation, procurement, contract/agreement signing and payment collection, complying with legal and regulatory requirements

Policy Analysis and Advocacy:

      • Monitor and analyse relevant political, economic, and regulatory developments that could impact the company’s interests.
      • Advocate for policies and regulations that support the company’s business goals and objectives.
      • Internal Coordination:
      • Collaborate with internal departments, including legal, compliance,  operations teams, etc., to ensure alignment on government relations activities.
      • Provide strategic advice and insights to senior management on government relations matters.

Event Management:

      • Plan and coordinate high-level meetings, events, and delegations involving government officials and EIDU
      • Represent the company at official functions, conferences, and industry events.

What you should bring

  • Strong alignment with EIDU’s mission; passion for social impact & education.
  • 10+ years of experience in Government Relations, public affairs or similar positions where government deals/contracts were a core aspect of the role.
  • Strong understanding of the political and regulatory landscape in African countries and other key regions. 
  • Proven track record in negotiating and securing government deals.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills with an active network across key government stakeholders in African countries (other countries are a plus)
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to work autonomously.
  • Excellent negotiation, advocacy, written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to manage & prioritise a range of tasks when facing competing deadlines.
  • Ability to analyse complex policy and regulatory issues.
  • Ability to break down and solve problems through quantitative thinking and analysis , with a razor-sharp focus on tangible results.
  • English proficiency, other languages are a plus.
  • A strong proficiency with calendars, document management, spreadsheets and analyses.
  • Comfortable operating in a lean, resource-constrained startup environment and flexible to adapt your role and responsibilities as needed.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team and create an inclusive environment with people at all levels of an organisation.
  • High level of integrity and professionalism.
  • Strong sense of diplomacy and cultural sensitivity.
  • Flexibility to travel frequently and adapt to different cultural environments.

What we offer

  • 🌐 An international and passionate team located in Kenya and Germany, who support and help each other grow to achieve the great goal we set out for.
  • ☔ A financial runway that ensures you have the security and resources you need to excel in your role.
  • 🧘🏿‍♀️ A modern company culture that emphasises transparency and freedom. We care about results, and believe people work best when given the freedom to structure their work themselves, so there is a high degree of flexibility with regard to working hours and vacations, and the option to work in a hybrid manner.
  • 👐🏾An open environment where feedback is welcomed, promoting mutual growth and transparency.
  • 🚧 Unconventional and unique experiences given the environment that we operate in: low-cost devices, limited connectivity, non-tech-savvy users, and massive scale.
  • 💰 A (seriously) unparalleled equity scheme.
  • 🇬🇧 A multicultural work setting. 
  • 🌐 Social impact like no one else: we are working to fix one of the world’s biggest problems.

If this resonates with you, and you think you could help us make a difference, please get in touch with us at join@eidu.com

EIDU is an inclusive workplace for people of all backgrounds and walks of life. We look forward to hearing from you and to working together on this exciting chance to effect global change.

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EIDU has offices in Berlin, Germany and Nairobi, Kenya. We are happy to help with paperwork upon relocation to Berlin or Nairobi if needed. If you feel strong resonance with our mission and think you can make a significant contribution, please send an email to join@eidu.com. We look forward to hearing from you, and working together on an exciting chance to make a global change.
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