Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond. We are a non-government organization who works with local communities and governments to implement our programs. We are a learning organization that finds innovative solutions to challenges and acts quickly to achieve results. We hold ourselves accountable to both the children and the communities we serve and to our investors.
We currently work in fourteen countries of Asia and Africa. The countries with a desperate lack of resources to educate their children. Since our inception, Room to Read has impacted over 12.4 million children across 20,000 schools, published 1382 new children’s book titles, and reached over 50,000 girls through our Girls’ Education program. Room to Read has an annual budget of approximately US$51 million with global staff numbers over 1400. The global headquarters is located in San Francisco, having smaller fundraising offices in New York, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Sydney, and Tokyo. The Asia Regional Office located in New Delhi.
Room to Read India was established in 2003. It is headquartered in New Delhi and currently has operations across ten states, viz. Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. We collaborate with local governments to ensure that primary school children can become independent readers and girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. In the past fourteen years, Room to Read has benefited over 3,7 million children, helped set up over 8000 libraries in government schools, trained teachers on literacy instruction in over 2300 schools, published over 200 titles of children’s literature in local language and provided material, academic and life skills support to over 14000 girls. Room to Read has received several awards and recognition over the years including recognition as one of the top ten NGOs to work for during the past four years by the Great Places to Work Institute.
The Girls’ Education (GE) Program Officer spends the majority of his or her time providing direct support to the GE Program Associate (PAs)/Social Mobilizers (SMs) and report to the State Manager. The work entails leading SM trainings, working 1:1 and in groups with SMs/PAs regularly. To ensure that they are effective in their roles in working with girls, and when needed plan effective life skills or mentoring sessions with girls. The Program Officer is also responsible for aspects of program administration such as strengthening linkages with like- minded organizations, liasioning with block/district level officials, regular program and financial tracking, collecting/ reviewing and analyzing program data collected by Social Mobilizers (SMs)/PAs and entering it into RtRs database, supporting needs assessments and delivery of material support for girls on the program, and supporting the annual planning and budgeting process. The PO will also be responsible for meeting the reporting mechanisms and ensuring the quality of the same
Roles & Responsibilities
Program Implementation and Training
Manage Social Mobilizers (SMs) / PAs
- Support SMs/PAs to ensure that they are providing targeted and appropriate support to girls so that the girls receives quality life skills sessions and parents receives quality parent workshops aligned to the standards in our worldwide program content packages.
- Support SMs to mentor girls. This may include providing ideas for group discussion topics and coaching the SMs on how to handle difficult topics.
- Ensure SMs know how to support girls to identify at risk of dropping or failing out of school using Room to Read’s risk and response protocol.
- Conduct SMs/PAs performance reviews with appropriate feedback at timely intervals
- Facilitate SMs/PAs review meetings on a monthly basis especially in enhanced locations to discuss and identify solutions to challenges they are facing, challenges with data collection, or other field-level program implementation challenges.
- Supports INCO to ensure overall program implementation quality, including local adaptation of Room to Read’s worldwide program content and meets Room to Read’s standards.
- Ensure school authorities and communities are supportive of the program and fulfilling the agreements they made.- e.g., providing a gender resource Centre
- Conduct training for SMs/PAs. This may include co-facilitating training sessions.
- Participate in regular trainings and meetings with Room to Read staff, as planned.
- Participate in regular review meetings and any other activities that may be required to be undertaken to fulfill the objectives of the organization.
- Coordinate with other POs/Program Manager to implement GEP activities- e.g., Participate in special task forces as agreed
- Participate in donor site visits and provide information to donors about Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program as needed.
Liasioning, networking and building linkages
- Liasioning with State education departments, KGBVs, Ashram schools etc. to explore opportunities for technical assistance and devise a plan for the same
- Recognize key stakeholders and liaison with them
- Build a state level girls education network and make this as an advocacy event for girls education
- Engage with print and electronic media to create visibility for GEP
- Explore state level scholarships, schemes available for girls and link them to the same. Create a road map to ensure girls avail the same.
- Identify local referral services for the girls including counselling, health services etc.
- Identify and strengthen community development structures (SMCs, VCPC) for creating safety nets for girls and strengthening similar institutions at the State level.
- Participate and contribute in Program quality discussion at India Country office level (INCO)
- Facilitate discussion with SMs/PAs around quality and ensure its implementation at the field level
- Conduct regular field visits and observe the implementation of pre- decided quality benchmarks in the field basis the LS observation form
- Provide regular updates and inputs to INCO on quality benchmark implementation
Annual planning and budgeting
- Contribute to the Annual Planning and Budgeting (AP & B) guidelines and lead the APnB process at the state level
- Prepare annual GEP budget of the State in assistance with the State Manager
- Ensure monthly budget forecast and re- appropriation of underspending funds
- Track implementation and spending patterns of the States GEP
Planning, Reporting and Documentation
- Ensure the SMs and SMS/PASs are monitoring and keeping records of girls including attendance, academic performance, and other program activities as required per the program design. Collect, review and analyze data as needed.
- Prepare and review regular staff reports.
- Submit monthly and quarterly report to INCO with quality inputs
- Document best practices, case studies and lessons learned and share with the GEP Team, as needed- minimum 4 a year
Qualifications and experience Required:
- Master’s degree in education/Social work/development studies/Gender or social sciences.
- Experience of working in the areas of elementary/secondary education, girls education, gender, school development and life skills
- Experience in developing training modules, conducting trainings and managing events.
- Ability to travel frequently and spend time in the field.
- Fluency in language spoken by girls in the state.
- Good verbal and written communication skills in English, Hindi and the local language of the state where position is based
- A range of 5-8 years’ experience in working
- Prior experience in planning and facilitating trainings and coaching others.
- Good interpersonal skills and a team player.
- Strong organizational and planning skills including the ability to monitor progress of program implementation.
- Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative.
- Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people.
- Experience working with and or counseling adolescent girls.
- Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and Outlook.
- Knowledge of Hindi and Marathi
- Prior experience Of working with urban poor
- Prior experience working with schools, teachers, and government officials.
To be successful as a member of the Room to Read team, you will also:
- Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic non-profit organization.
- Be an innovative and creative thinker—not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so.
- Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness.
- Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction.
- Work well independently as well as part of a team.
- Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment.
Room to Read offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Benefits include thirteenth month bonus, health insurance and a retirement plan. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, and rapidly growing organization that is changing transforming the lives of millions of children in developing countries on literacy and gender equality in education.
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Due to the high volume of applicant response, not all applicants may receive a response from Room to Read. Room to Read is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. We always encourage women to apply.