Head Teacher Junior School at Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi in Kenya
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Head Teacher Junior School
Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi (Kenya)

Feb 28, 2024
Mar 15, 2024


Are you an experienced educational leader passionate about shaping young minds within a multicultural environment? The Aga Khan Education Service, Kenya (AKES, Kenya) is seeking a dynamic individual to fill the role of Head Teacher at our renowned Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi Junior School.

The Aga Khan Education Service, Kenya (AKES, Kenya) operates 5 schools in various cities in Kenya and provides nursery to senior secondary education in both national and international curricula. It is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private development agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people of all faiths and origins in specific regions of the developing world.

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi (AKA, Nairobi) is an IB continuum school in Kenya authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum (IB) from Early Years through to Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP). With over 1000 students, AKA, Nairobi is a multi-cultural school with a variety of nationalities represented in our student and teaching faculty. The Junior school comprises Grades 1-5 and currently has 300+ students.


AKES, Kenya has an opening for the following position: HEAD TEACHER


Role Summary

As the Head Teacher of the Junior School, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the students’ quality of education and their achievements. Working closely with the leadership team including school heads in the Nursery and Senior Schools, you will drive academic and extracurricular initiatives, ensuring the school's adherence to and customisation of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) standards to the mission of the Academy. You will lead the students and staff, monitor performance against targets and quality indicators, and oversee the day-to-day operations of the school. Your leadership will be instrumental in positioning our institution as a beacon of educational excellence in Nairobi.


  •  Develop and implement annual objectives and a comprehensive school development plan, aligning with AKES, Kenya's vision for high-quality education. 
  • Lead the effective teaching of the IB-PYP curriculum, fostering academic success and holistic development among students.
  • Monitor school performance, conduct regular evaluations, and provide insightful reports to senior leadership.
  • Strengthen the implementation of the IB-PYP curriculum, positioning the academy as a model school within the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
  • Ensure compliance with authorisation requirements and prioritise students’ wellbeing through personalised support initiatives.
  • Cultivate a high-performance team and support teachers in curriculum implementation and professional development.
  • Manage the school's budget, resources, and assets, ensuring efficient allocation in line with AKES, Kenya's policies.
  • Foster strong relationships with parents and the community, championing collaborative partnerships and effective communication channels.
  • Implement robust safeguarding policies and crisis response plans, prioritizing the well-being of students and staff.
  • Ensure systems are in place for tracking individual student’s progress through the school year and through the school and identify areas where students need additional support to ensure “no child is left behind”
  • Ensure that the school has appropriate teaching and learning resources through the annual budgeting process while adhering to the guidelines and policies of the AKES, Kenya.Liaison with leadership to support the development of the Academy as a whole.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education/a post-graduate degree in Education from an accredited university, with successful IB experience
  • A minimum of 10 years of leadership experience in international curriculum schools, of which, at least 5 years should be within an IB PYP leadership role
  • Good understanding of, and experience in, curriculum management, design, implementation and evaluation
  • Understand that the needs of students are constantly changing, and an ability to evaluate and develop the educational offering in response.   
  • Proven experience in leading strategies for raising students’ achievement, school improvement planning, implementation and self-evaluation
  • Experience in the developing world and Africa are highly desirable
  • Candidates currently in Kenya will require TSC registration

For more details on the position and the application process, please visit www.akdn.org/careers

The closing date for applications is March 15, 2024. 

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Gary MacPhie is based in Toronto, Canada where he started his teaching career, and then spent 26 years overseas as a teacher, principal and recruiter in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.