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Senior Programme Associate, Literacy Field

Bengaluru | Karnataka

  • Organization: Room to Read
  • Location: Bengaluru | Karnataka
  • Grade: Administrative support - Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Translations and Languages
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed
Position title: Senior Programme Associate, Literacy Field
Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
Organization Profile:
Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations, and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions.
By focusing on the quality of education provided within the communities and ensuring these outcomes are measured, we have created a model that can be replicated, localized, and sustained by governments. With its global headquarters in San Francisco, Room to Read till date has benefited 32 million children across 21 low-income countries.
Room to Read India was established in 2003 and presently has programs in twelve states – Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi NCR, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.
Position Overview:
The Senior Program Associate, Literacy Field would be instrumental in providing technical assistance to Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Government of Karnataka through our expertise in Children Literature and promotion of Reading habits in a project mode. S/he would lead the planning and execution for all work related to implementing project activities and provides strategic, technical and management support. S/he will maintain good coordination with state level offices of Samagra Shikshana Karnataka (SSK), Department of State Education Research and Training (DSERT), District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) and ensure collaboration in all identified project activities. S/he would lead the training and capacity building initiatives of government officials, teachers etc. S/he would have to visit field location to gather learning from the field in our communication at the state level. S/he has to work in close collaboration with technical teams based out of country office for the project activities. The Senior PA will report to the Program Officer.
Roles & Responsibilities:
  • Develop a thorough understanding of Room to Read’s Literacy program design.
  • Lead the program independently of assigned project activities and ensure the program outcome in consultation with Reporting manager.
  • Ensure the state & district level officials engagement in program.
  • Read and update oneself regarding the current national/international research in the field.
  • Provide technical oversight to State, DIET/ district level officials and support them in aspects of Children literature and promotion of reading habits.
  • Ensure that all teacher training and capacity building activities are held as per plan and program guidelines, including the receipt of necessary approvals.
  • Ensure effective utilization of program budget through proper planning and tracking of planned activities. Ensure that financial and procurement norms are adhered to and efforts are made to be reduce cost to the extent possible, without compromising on the quality. 
  • Prepare cash advance, settlement, and reimbursement for program activities.
  • Supervise and ensure all data entry and compilation on monthly, quarterly and yearly basis. Maintain high level of data quality.
  • Assist the Literacy Program Operations Officer in preparing programmatic and financial reports.
  • Track progress of implementation and expenditures through regular review meetings and field visits; flag off deviations and delays at the earliest; ensure proper documentation of the meeting including follow-up actions.  
  • Attend review meetings at the district and state/national level and participate in key government level meeting, trainings and development workshops.   
  • Assist PO in preparing regular (monthly, quarterly and yearly basis, including GSD data) qualitative reports and documenting case studies and best practices.   
  • Assist PO in literacy program AWP&B, IC and development of program tracking system for timely and quality implementation of activities.    
  • Make occasional visits to program schools, observe classroom and/or library activities, speak to teachers and headmasters to understand nuances at the field.
  • Participate in training of trainers (TOT), central and monthly review meetings, provide reflective feedback on program implementation and design issues. 
  • Ensure proper implementation of community engagement plans.
  • Participate actively on social media in all RtR campaigns.
  • Participate in any other activities which may be required to be undertaken to fulfill the objectives of the organization.
Qualification & Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in education / social sciences or equivalent  
  • Master’s degree in education / social sciences or equivalent preferred  
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in the education sector 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in state language 
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills 
  • Good interpersonal skills and a team player 
  • Proven track record of achieving results.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with schools and communities.
  • Proven ability to building capacity building of teacher, education officials at district & state level
  • Good government liaison skills
  • Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people.
  • Prior experience of working in a non-profit organization that is focused on maintaining high quality work and low overhead.
  • Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization 
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative.
  • Prior experience living and/or working in rural areas.
  • Prior experience working with schools, teachers, administrators and government officials 
  • Experience in successful implementation of a wide range of tasks as well as developing and implementing improvements in a prior position.
Room to Read is a child-safe organization. All personnel are expected to adhere to Room to Read’s Child Protection Policy and Child Protection Code of Conduct.
Application Procedure:
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