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Program Officer, Learning and Innovations


  • Organization: Room to Read
  • Location: Delhi
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
  • Closing Date: Closed
Position: Program Officer, Learning and Innovations
Location: Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi
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 learning efforts in the SERI project so far have been specific to certain states and thematic areas. As we embark upon the next phase of the project, with greater emphasis on strengthening the system and change management, we intend to gather a more in-depth understanding of the knowledge transfer that has been transpiring between SERI and the government systems. In 2024-25, the focus will be on enhancing learning/knowledge capture initiatives under SERI - thematic as well as the entire program suite. ? This includes documenting the system-strengthening work at the state level, collating perceptions and experiences of diverse stakeholders, reviewing existing documents and data and finally, compiling learning from innovative/thematic initiatives, based on an agreed learning framework (aligned to the SERI-MEL framework). Beyond rigorous learning documentation that will serve as knowledge products for cross-teams and external stakeholders, the PO will also prioritize learning dissemination – including organising learning conferences, exposure visits, and similar sharing events (in a hybrid mode).?
As the Program Officer for SERI Learning and Innovations (L&I), you will work closely with the Senior Manager and Director – L&I and engage at a strategic level with SERI teams at both national and state levels. Your role will be crucial in capturing qualitative insights, showcasing innovative practices and spearheading learning efforts for internal and external stakeholders. Your work will span research, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. Additionally, you will facilitate knowledge exchange across internal teams and integrate external research and innovative ideas to align with the context and goals for SERI program. This position would be a great fit for someone who thrives on intellectual stimulation and excels in a fast-paced work environment.
Roles & Responsibilities:
  • Planning and Coordination: Contribute to the planning of learning studies, creation of learning products, and coordination with national and state teams, as well as external agencies to ensure timely delivery of outputs.
  • Learning Captures: Capture program processes, innovative practices and pivotal learning principles from SERI interventions across 6 Indian states by employing qualitative research, field-visit and comprehensive stakeholder consultations.
  • Inter-team Collaboration: Work closely with cross-teams such as SERI Program teams, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) and Communications to ensure effective coordination of cross-functional learning initiatives under SERI.
  • Learning and Knowledge Products: Produce high-quality knowledge products elucidating the SERI approach, on-ground and systemic efforts through technical reports, policy briefs, and presentations.
  • Research and Sharing: Stay attuned to the latest national and global research pertaining to foundational literacy reform initiatives. Be proactive in sharing this knowledge with peers via a bibliographic database, informal discussions, contributions to email newsletters, and occasional blog posts.
  • Strategic Support: Contribute to solving key learning queries within the organization. Support the team in developing proposals, presentations for strategic reviews, leadership gatherings and interactions with funders.
  • Knowledge Hub: Support in building and maintaining a knowledge repository and knowledge hub in SERI’s thematic areas, such as learning, teaching, scaling pathways, systems reforms, etc. Provide information to enrich SERI states’ collaborations and advocacy efforts.
  • Knowledge Dissemination: Curate and participate in networking and knowledge-sharing events, effectively infusing insights gleaned from SERI initiatives into the wider ecosystem.
We are in search of an entrepreneurial, results-driven teammate with 5-8 years of relevant experience. Desired Qualifications include:
  • Master’s in education / social sciences / social work, or equivalent from a reputable institution.
  • Familiarity with various programs and organizations in the field of early-grade reading/literacy and gender, both in India and internationally.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills to effectively and inclusively engage with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake, interpret and analyse qualitative research and collate reports in the form of compelling presentations and learning briefs.
  • Capacity to develop a deep and nuanced understanding of tailoring learning insights to the decision-making needs within RtR.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English; proficiency in languages spoken in states where RTR operates, such as Hindi, Telegu is a plus.
  • Willingness and aptitude for sharing knowledge, mentoring, presenting, and reviewing the work of peers.
  • Knowledge/ training in linguistics will be an added advantage.
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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