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English Course Designer - Madagascar


About Onja

Onja is a social enterprise training underprivileged youth into world-class software developers.

We find the brightest students in Madagascar who can’t afford to continue their education, and train them in English language and software development. After just two-and-a-half years they are ready to work as remote front-end software developers in international tech teams.

Once in a job, our developers earn a good salary that helps them support their families and pay forward the opportunity to a new wave of students. They unlock exciting careers that fulfil their potential, and accelerate the development of their nation (see ‘How Onja Works’ below).

Our first cohort, ‘Wave 1’, consists of nineteen talented and committed graduates who are now working remotely for our partner companies in Europe and the US. With this immensely successful first cohort, and a proven social model, our goal is now to scale our impact: we aim to take on 360 new students over the next four years.

Our fast-growing team is very united, committed to the mission, and hardworking, but we also maintain a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere that you’ll find everywhere in Madagascar.

Onja is located in Toamasina, a lively city with beautiful beaches, nice restaurants, and with plenty to do and see. Toamasina is Madagascar’s second largest city (population 300,000) yet is surrounded by plenty of natural beauty, and even has a national park nearby.

About the position

From 2020 to 2021, we developed and delivered a full-time English and software development course that allowed nineteen students to progress from absolute beginners to industry-ready software developers, and they are now all working in US/European tech teams remotely from Madagascar. While our developers were still students, they also received considerable instruction in professionalism which has made a big difference to their current job performance and success. While professionalism is sometimes overlooked, we believe that these soft skills are crucial for success in life and work. Our challenge now is to scale our organisation, bringing opportunities to hundreds, moving to thousands of students.

Your mission as our English Course Designer is to rebuild this course, from the ground up, into a highly scalable online-style programme.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Capitalizing the learnings from Onja’s first batch in terms of English course design and delivery
  • Designing an online scalable English course with our Native English teacher
  • Developing curriculum and strategies to make sure Onja’s recipient speaks English with the RP accent
  • Executing lessons efficiently using different styles of teaching depending on the content.
  • Preparing, scheduling and correcting Onja English exams
  • Systematically maintaining and updating student records with English KPI

This is a pivotal role for Onja at this exciting time. We are poised to grow fast and our dream is to train thousands of new students each year. You will be setting the foundations for waves of youth that will follow in future years.


  • Twelve month commitment (this ensures sufficient time to make a truly meaningful impact) with potential to renew/extend.
  • Excellent English communication skills
  • Experience working in professional environments

What you can expect

  • You’ll join our tight-knit, committed team in Toamasina, Madagascar.
  • We know it’s a big move so we will look after you and make sure you are secure and settled.
  • Secure, comfortable accommodation is provided
  • Food is provided
  • We are able to offer a good local salary – enough to live comfortably and have plenty left over for holidays travels.
  • Unlimited annual leave. We recommend between 30 and 35 days as a guide to give you time to explore the wonders of Madagascar.
  • We also offer 25% remote work
  • We’ll provide optional weekly lessons to bring you up to speed with the language.
  • Your visa will be sponsored.
  • Sponsored flights

How Onja Works

Onja is a social enterprise with a sustainable model:

  • Search for brilliant minds who would otherwise be limited to low-paid, unfulfilling careers.
  • Students receive two years of English and software development instruction. Meet a developer here: https://onja.org/blog
  • Graduates earn (and continue learning) at our outsourcing enterprise.
  • All profits are used to train the next wave of students and the cycle begins again.
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