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Senior Program Officer, Gender Mainstreaming


  • Organization: Room to Read
  • Location: Delhi
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed
Position title: Senior Program Officer, Gender mainstreaming
Location: Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi
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:
In alignment with the USAID’s gender mainstreaming strategy, RtR India has undertaken gender mainstreaming in SERI. The same is being rolled out according to the Gender Development Plan of RtR India. The plan brings activities related to evidence generation through landscape studies, enhancing awareness, commitment and capacity at the level of the state to undertake gender responsive classroom practices, enhancing organizational capacity to mainstream gender in all aspects of work related to foundational literacy/education and strengthening mechanisms for creating gender aware teaching-learning materials. This position will include working closely with the program team at the national level as well as at the state level and ensuring that the gender mainstreaming plan for 2024-2025 (at both levels) is completed with quality, documentation of the same is maintained and reflections from all the plotted activities are carried out and fed back into the system.
Roles & Responsibilities:
Programmatic Understanding and Preparedness:
  • Develop a thorough understanding about the SERI program and its functioning with focus on gender mainstreaming plan.
  • Understand and learn about the Annual Work Plan existing at the national level and also of 6 SERI states.
  • Coordinate and establish interdepartmental communication between national teams (Girls Education Program, Operations, Instruction Design and Teacher Support (IDTS).) and state teams towards the common outcomes and goals.
  • Work closely with SERI state teams in ensuring that the state level activities as part of the annual work plan are completed with right preparation in terms of materials and capacities
  • Ensure that identified areas of gender mainstreaming in the overall plan of SERI are communicated well to states and advocate them to integrate it in a desired manner with a 360-degree preparation in terms of training materials, capacity enhancement and on sight support
  • Continuously work with the state and national office team by creating formal and capitalizing informal spaces for strengthening commitment towards gender mainstreaming work
  • inputting on identifying areas of gender mainstreaming in terms of material creation, training support and
  • Anchoring national level activities and designing the learning, dissemination and further usage of the findings and recommendations
Content Creation and Training Support:
  • Anchor and lead creation of training designs, relevant materials and content for gender mainstreaming.
  • Develop notes, training documents, TOT programs, presentations, content for various initiated capacity building; preparation and follow for these engagements with the states.
  • Identify capacity building needs at national including SERI states and support through technical assistance, coaching and mentoring,
  • Anchor and lead training designs for internal capacity building of teams on gender responsive teaching, gender mainstreaming and gender lensing of activities
  • Support state teams in planning and implementing field level trainings, Master trainer’s training.
  • Ensure continuum of capacity building exercises and reflection circles of the tasks undertaken by the states.
Documentation and Qualitative Reporting:
  • Creating quality SERI weekly, monthly, quarterly with technical and qualitative inputs.
  • Support state in documentation of trainings, events and building a narrative.
  • Ensuring that all the activities and events are documented for institutional memory, analysis and reflection and are completed timely.
  • Reviewing state and national documents-training documents, concept notes, reports and inputting.
  • Support/upgrade in developing standard presentations, notes that can be used to represent SERI -Gender Plan to various audiences like government, donors, external agencies, academics etc.
Onsite Support:
  • Visit SERI state field to identify, observe and support state teams in managing Gender mainstreaming efforts.
  • Overall support to SERI state teams in planning and implementing gender plans.
  • Organize key meetings, national workshops and conferences, under the project at national level,
  • support organizing of meetings, workshops and trainings at state level.
  • Regularly undertake and document the monthly check in calls conducted with the relevant states.
  • Undertake any other work assigned from time to time to meet the technical needs of the organization.
  • The candidate should have experience of working in area of gender and education.
  • Should at least hold a master’s degree in social sciences.
  • Should have at least 5-8 years of relevant experience.
  • Should be willing to undertake frequent travel at the project sites.
  • Should have demonstratable experience in gender based analysis, creating training materials, facilitation
  • Should have high level of writing skills.
Room to Read offers competitive pay with excellent benefits. 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.
Application Procedure:
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Due to the high volume of applicant response, not all applicants may receive a response from Room to Read. Regret the inconvenience. 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.  
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