Rwanda Country Director

Apply by 31 January, 2019



ZAKA aims to become Africa’s leading platform for digital identity and service aggregation. We create digital identities for the users of Rwanda's healthcare system, a universal touchpoint between state and citizen. We use these digital identities to connect consumers with services that meet their needs and wants, starting with finance. After proving the concept in Rwanda, we will open the platform to users in other African markets and replicate the model through universal touchpoints.


ZAKA, founded in July 2018, has been self-funded by the founders to date. We are proud to be supported by the Government of Rwanda, Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon University Africa and NAGA.


Join our dynamic team that has built, run and exited multi-million dollar commercial and not-for-profit ventures in the Europe, USA and Africa.


Nick Mason (Co-Founder, CEO): Economics and Geography graduate from Trinity College Dublin, analyst at Toniic impact investments, co-founder / COO two social ventures in the UK & Africa.


Sasha Borovik (Co-Founder, Business and Partnership Development): co-founder Bio Signal Group, Head Lawyer worldwide for Microsoft public sector and First Deputy Minister of Economy for Ukraine.


Martin Saint (interim-CTO): professor of ICT and cyber engineering at Carnegie Mellon University Africa, entrepreneur and Africa telco, FinTech and blockchain leader.



Alby Shale (Strategy and Government Policy): graduate at Newcastle University, graduate at Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme, built Rwanda’s first national cricket stadium.


Yasin Qureshi (Strategy, Finance and Business Development): co-founded Frankfurt SE listed NAGA Group AG, set up and ran an investment bank which went public in 2007.


As Rwanda Country Director, you will join the leadership team for a start-up with pan-African ambitions. A start-up supported by one of the world’s largest cloud service providers, one of the world’s greatest tech universities, and a Government that is renowned globally for its business savvy.


Working closely with ZAKA’s co-founders and our partners around the world, you will:

  • Hire and lead a local team of talented, dynamic, self-motivated and values-aligned individuals.

  • Oversee ZAKA’s design process, from consumer insights to product development.

  • Manage, develop and cement critical partner relationships in the public, private and health sector.

  • Your most important goal in 2019 will be to deliver a proof of concept.

  • Beyond 2019 you will lead the expansion and rapid growth of ZAKA across Rwanda and possibly East Africa.



You will be…

  • An entrepreneur with a proven track record.

  • Deeply engaged in Africa’s tech community and interested in 4th industrial technologies

  • A “native” speaker and writer of English and Kinyarwanda, with fluency in French preferred.

  • Happy communicating with a Government Minister, the CEO of a major corporation, a Community Health Worker, and a smallholder farmer.

  • Relentless in your curiosity, resilience, commitment and humility.


You will have skills and experience in…

  • Engaging with and creating digital or mobile products for consumers in Africa.

  • People management, from the identification of talent to managing the best from them and offering leadership during the intense lifecycle of a start-up.

  • Project management involving multiple work streams, teams, stakeholders, goals and deadlines.

  • Sales or in a related target-driven and results-oriented position.

  • Communicating on a technical level with developers.

  • Maintaining financial records and be able to support the Chief Finance Officer in the creation of financial reports.

  • Organising and co-ordinating a team and “keeping the house in order” for a fast-growing start-up.

  • It is recommended, but not required, that you have some working knowledge of the health sector.



We are prepared to offer a competitive salary and access to a generous options scheme for the right candidate.


This role offers the chance to be the first hire in Rwanda for a company with great potential to succeed not just in Rwanda, but across Africa.


As the Country Director working with experienced co-founders, there will be countless learning opportunities and continuous professional development to ensure you build the skills and experience to achieve your dreams.


ZAKA is a for-profit company, but our product will only be successful if it also has a positive impact on people’s lives. We want you to take pride in being part of a company that blends profit with purpose.



To apply to be ZAKA’s Rwanda Country Director, please send Nick Mason ( your CV and one of the following explaining why you want to work for ZAKA and what makes you the best possible person for this position.


  • A one-page cover letter

  • A 5-slide power point presentation

  • A video no longer than 5-minutes

You are welcome to schedule a 20-min call with Nick, using the email above, before you submit your application.


Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!

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