Operations Intern

Rising Academies

Rising Academies

Freetown, Sierra Leone
Posted on Saturday, August 5, 2023

The context:

Across the developing world, more children than ever are in school – but they are not learning. A recent study estimated that less than 1% of school children in Sub-Saharan Africa attend a school where the teaching meets basic standards of quality. At Rising Academies, we’re changing that, and we want your help. Our mission is to create the best schools and the most powerful teaching and learning tools for the people that need it most. We’re one of the fastest-growing quality-focused education companies in Africa, and a Certified B Corp®.

About us:

We own and operate our own great value private schools, partner with governments to improve the quality of public school systems, and use our content and technology to help other education providers. Founded in Sierra Leone in 2014, we provided emergency education to children kept out of school by the Ebola Epidemic before opening our first school in April 2015. Today, we serve more than 250,000 students across more than 900 schools in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and now Rwanda.

Through great curriculum, intensive teacher coaching and actionable data, we help teachers and school leaders bring quality to every classroom. And we get results: independent studies show Rising students make more than twice the progress of their peers in comparable schools.

About the role:

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Operations Intern to join our dynamic team. Our mission is to create schools that open doors and change lives. As an Operations Intern, There is opportunity to gain hands-on experience and contribute to our daily operations. This internship will provide valuable insight into the world of operations management and help you develop key skills for a successful career in the field.

The Operations Intern will:

  • Assist in the Day to Day activities of the Organization.
  • Pack and sort materials in stores and prepare them for dispatch.
  • Collect office supplies from suppliers and record them.
  • Collect invoice from suppliers and forward them for processing.
  • Support in the payment of invoices to suppliers as needed.
  • Assist in procurement and delivery of supplies across all private schools.

Location and reporting:

This is an Internship role based in Freetown Sierra Leone which reports to our Operations Team.

Application deadline:

Deadline for applying is 5pm Friday,11 August , 2022.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Currently pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in Business Administration, Operations Management, or a related field.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Previous experience in accounting or finance would be an advantage.

About You:

  • Passionate about Rising’s mission.
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills.
  • You demonstrate people skills; must be able to collaborate effectively with diverse personalities and skill sets, and enjoy constructive conflict.
  • You have a strong track record of professionalism, trustworthiness and working independently sometimes.
  • You possess strong analytical and reasoning skills with ability to adapt to changes in a fast-paced environment.
  • You are proactive, self-driven and can take initiative and problem-solve.
  • You are comfortable working with senior leadership, reporting on data and outcomes.
  • You are willing to take risks, fail, learn, give and receive feedback, and try new approaches.
  • You are passionate about improving the quality of education across Africa.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Detail-oriented with a high level of accuracy.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel.

Compensation and Benefits:

We offer a competitive benefits package. We regularly benchmark our compensation against comparable businesses, social ventures and non-profits.

Rising’s goal is to be transparent about salaries at all levels of the organisation and have a standard, global pay scale for all positions that is non-negotiable.

The benefits we offer are built to have a strong added value on our staff’s well-being and we are excited to discuss this further with you in the process.

Rising is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to providing a work environment that is inclusive and free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, national origin, family or parental status, veteran or disability status.

Rising is committed to creating a culture within the organisation, and its schools, that recognizes the importance of safeguarding children and prioritizing their rights and needs. We strive to uphold international safeguarding standards, and keep the safety and well-being of our students at the heart of what we do. All Rising employees are expected to abide by the Child Protection Policy, and to have the same level of commitment to protect children from harm. Safeguarding questions are part of every interview process and all Rising employees undergo reference checks before joining the organisation.