Nov 03, 2023

Pathways Advisor and Partnerships Officer – KIA Burundi

  • Village Health Works
  • Kigutu, Kirungu, Burundi
Full-Time Administration/Operations Education/Training Fundraising/Development

Job Description

Organization Background

Village Health Works (VHW) is a joint American-Burundian non-profit and non-governmental
organization whose mission is to provide quality, compassionate health care in a dignified
environment while treating the root causes of illness, poverty, violence, and neglect in
collaboration with those we serve. The organization’s operations are based in Kigutu, Burundi,
with support from the headquarter office in New York. With close to 500 full- and part-time
employees in Burundi, as well as a small team in the United States.

VHW delivers a wide array of programs in a catchment area of 200,000 people within the
provinces of Rumonge and Bururi. VHW’s approach integrates clinical services with education,
food security, economic development, environmental protection, music, and the arts. Our
central program is a clinic that conducts over 50,000 patient consultations and has 4 inpatient
wards. VHW is currently constructing the Kigutu Hospital and Women’s Health Pavilion, a
150-bed surgical and teaching hospital. Construction and installation of equipment is being
completed over the second half of 2022 with a projected clinical opening in the first half of
2023. In preparation for the hospital’s planned opening VHW, is expanding its technical capacity,
procuring complex medical equipment, and likewise is expanding its ability to install and
maintain this equipment.

Kigutu International Academy (KIA) is an ambitious initiative of Village Health Works (VHW) an
NGO founded in 2005 in Burundi. A secondary boarding school, KIA was created to educate a
new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial young leaders in Burundi.

The students are at the core of their own transformative education at KIA. The school recruits,
identifies and selects the most promising students throughout all of Burundi. Those selected
have demonstrated not only success academically but have also shown leadership and
commitment to improving their schools and their communities.

KIA brings together this cohort of students from a diverse range of backgrounds for a powerful
educational and leadership journey over four years. Competencies and skills such as critical
thinking, and character development are intentionally folded into a sustained high level of
academic achievement. KIA helps these young students to reinvent what is possible in a
progressive and intentional sequence throughout their four years of secondary school and their
further careers.

A central element of KIA’s mission is to serve as a model school to help reinforce and enrich the
Burundian educational system. In doing so it also prepares the KIA graduates for success in
universities within the East African community, within central Africa and internationally.

To fulfill this mission, KIA seeks to establish strong partnerships with higher education
institutions and funding organizations in Burundi, Africa and the rest of the world to support
students’ transition to higher education and to their professional life. It is in this context that KIA
is recruiting a motivated and competent staff member to fill the position of Pathways Advisor
and Partnerships Manager.

Position Overview
We are searching for a competent, dedicated and experienced candidate for the position of
Pathways Advisor and Partnerships Manager. In this position, the staff member will design and
lead the implementation of an efficient program to prepare KIA students to transition from high
school to college, and to position themselves to succeed in their professional career. The staff
member will also assist the Head of School in exploring and establishing partnerships with
higher education institutions in the country and abroad as well as funding organizations that can
support KIA’s mission of training the next generation of leaders. The staff member will work with
teachers in addressing issues related to college preparation and orientation. The staff member
will also work with the officers in charge of development and resource mobilization at the VHW
level to pursue funding opportunities for KIA.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive college preparation and orientation program for
  • Prepare and implement monitoring instruments to gauge progress and performance of
    KIA students towards transition to higher education, and propose accessible services to
    support students in successfully transitioning from secondary to academic, vocational, or
    entrepreneurial endeavors
  • Lead the exploration of opportunities for partnerships with higher education institutions
    and implementation of partnerships found to be viable and of interest for KIA
  • Lead the exploration of opportunities for funding and following through for the materialization of those deemed viable, under the guidance of the Head of School and in collaboration with VHW Development Office
  • Assist the Head of School in monitoring and reporting on partnerships and funding

Hiring Organization

Village Health Works



  • Bachelor's degree in education or guidance counseling or related fields
  • Extensive experience in studying and working in education at the international level 
  • Experience with work in education as teacher, advisor, or manager/administrator 
  • Highly organized planning and time management capabilities
  • Effective interpersonal and communications skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Patience and emotional management skills for dealing with students of assorted ages and
  • Leadership skills in an educational context
  • Proficiency in computer-based management tools used in the educational environment
  • Self-disciplined and coachable
  • Personal integrity and alignment with the core values of KIA and the mission of Village
    Health Works
  • Proficiency in English is required; proficiency in French is a plus

Industry/Service Area

Education, Higher Education, Other


Mid-Senior level


Competitive salary, commensurate with experience

Application Instructions

How to apply
Qualified candidates are encouraged to immediately submit a CV and a thoughtful cover letter
outlining why this position is of interest, exactly how their experience matches the qualifications
stated and what they believe differentiates them from other candidates. Additionally,
candidates are asked to provide the salary range requested. Submissions without cover letters
and salary requirements will not be considered.

Submissions should be in English and sent to: Please include “Pathways Advisor and Partnerships Officer -
KIA Burundi” in the subject line of your email.

Please note: Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted until the position is filled.

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