Lumen Labs- CEO

Position: CEO

Reports to: Founder

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Anticipated start date: April 2019


About Lumen Labs:

Lumen Labs is an award-winning social enterprise and member of EdTech East Africa that provides project-based computer education in Kenya.  The education system in Kenya is largely based on rote learning and memorization, which often result in dependency syndromes and lack of independent thinking ability.  A student may have learned how to use Excel, but do they understand how they can apply it to their day-to-day life? What is the purpose of achieving computer literacy, without a complimentary ability to realize or imagine the things that can be done with it?

At Lumen Labs, we believe that computer education is not just about mastery of skills, but about creating smarter thinkers.  We teach students to use computers in the context of solving a real-life problem within their own local communities. During Lumen’s program, students use mobile-SMS technology to collect data about a specific issue in their community. Following a six-step framework for creative problem solving, students then work with the data on computers to master computer literacy, develop critical thinking skills, and propose solutions to the challenges they see every day. Separately, Lumen captures, cleans, and provides the collected mobile data to organizations to help fill the data and M&E gap in emerging markets. By integrating data and digital literacy, Lumen’s model turns data--a resource that communities have, into computer education- a resource that communities need.


About the position:

In the past year, Lumen went through a significant strategy refresh. We are now moving into execution mode and are building out our team and operations. We are looking for an ambitious self-starter to join us in Nairobi, Kenya. You are capable of seeing the big picture and thinking strategically about how to turn ideas on paper into reality, as well as pragmatic and able to take responsibility for end-to-end execution. You will be responsible for building out Lumen’s day-to-day operations, managing Lumen’s team, growing sales, and working with schools and NGOs across Kenya to implement Lumen’s program. You will be Lumen’s “Day 1” employee, building the company from vision on paper to reality.


  • Build and manage a sales pipeline of schools and NGOs in Kenya

  • Project manage ongoing programs with different organizations. Along with driving new sales, this will be your primary responsibility

  • Manage the local team and operations in Kenya

  • Develop and nurture relationships with key stakeholders in the East African EdTech space to drive business development opportunities and partnerships

  • Oversee curriculum development, data collection, and technology improvements

  • Identify new opportunities (e.g. target markets) for Lumen to explore



  • You are an entrepreneur at heart. You crave having ownership of an idea from start to finish, and you are as capable of shaping a vision as you are at executing it.

  • Passionate about education, with a track record that shows it. You are a believer in testing non-traditional methods for educational improvement

  • We care less about what you studied, and more about what you can do. You are a demonstrated self-starter with proven ability to build processes from the ground up.

  • 3-5 years of experience in at least one of the following:

    • Education space in emerging markets or development settings  

    • Management consulting or project management

    • Start-up environment

  • Proven ability to build relationships, and drive and close sales

  • Ability to work in unstructured environments and in a self-directed manner

  • Demonstrated problem solver and team player

  • Tech fluency in mobile app or product development a plus

  • Flexible, able to work in a range of environments,  and has the ability to see the humor in every situation.

  • Fluent in English, Swahili is a plus

  • Strong preference for individuals with pre-existing right to work in Kenya


What We Can Offer:

  • The chance to take ownership of a company, and make it your own.

  • Full autonomy to build a team to help you execute your vision for Lumen

  • Office space at Nairobi Garage, one of Nairobi’s premiere coworking spaces

  • Flexible working hours and vacations. We care more about what gets done, not how much time was spent doing it.

  • Work experience in a results-oriented,  early-stage startup that values collaborative input.

  • Compensation and benefits to be negotiated based on experience and skill level. Includes opportunity for company shares.

Lumen Labs
Nairobi, KE