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Consultant-Program Officer, GEP


  • Organization: Room to Read
  • Location: Mumbai
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

 Jobtitle:Director – Deep Transformation 


Breakthrough  is looking for a Director – Deep Transformation for Generational Shift: for Breakthrough’s direct work with more than 100,000 adolescents and young adults currently in 4 states. The person will be responsible for a large team effectively rolling out the program through socio-ecological model, strategizing for better programming around the mission of Breakthrough, and overall development of the team members. This position will report to the Senior Director – Program, and will be based out of Delhi.  The role would require travel extensively to all the regions of BT’s work in the ground and will also be expected to travel to present BT’s work. The person is expected to work in collaboration with the Resource Mobilisation team to raise funds and donor reporting as well as the Research and Evaluation team to work on evaluations in Breakthrough.

The detailed job description is as follows:

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Rolling out Breakthrough’s program in the ground towards a generational shift in gender norms through focus on adolescent empowerment and young adults’ leadership building, : The Director is expected to strengthen the culture of co-ownership of the programmatic decisions in the centre.
  • Provide strategic support in developing organisational annual plans in line with strategic plan and ensure the programs are implemented in line with the BT’s values and the organisational goals.
  • Creating Program Implementation Plan (PIP) for projects and guiding the program implementation in tune with the PIP: maintaining high congruence to the budget sought and programs planned.
  • Facilitate the PIP implementation in collaboration with all the relevant centres and keep a close view of the potential increase in risk of implementation of PIP and raise red-flags.
  • Ensure that all grants are well managed and reported, attaining their objectives and implemented within agreed budgets and time frames. Ensure the quality of donor reporting
  • Managing a multi-disciplinary team; define expectations, provide leadership and technical support as needed, support and evaluate direct reportees regularly. This position is expected to strengthen the culture of co-ownership of the programmatic decisions in the centre
  • Ensure that all staff across departments and state offices is familiar with, adhere to and implement the policies, processes and procedures. It is also expected that the teams would be held together, team-spirit and shared decision making will be cultivated. 
  • Regularly visit field areas and support field teams; help state teams to develop effective partnership with major stakeholders to further the vision of Breakthrough in tune with the advocacy plan
  • Work with Breakthrough’s Senior Leadership team to uphold BT’s values and help the organisation reach newer heights.
  • Being responsible in representing Breakthrough's work, in India and other parts of the world, as and when the organisation needs.
  • Champion the values of Breakthrough both internally & externally and ensure that the basic ethos of Breakthrough is retained in all the work.

Specific Knowledge, Skill & Experience Required: 

  • Post graduate in Social Sciences or equivalent with 15 -20 years of relevant experience in the sector: preferably working with youth, adolescents, gender issues.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities without missing timelines: proven ability to manage large projects.
  • Great believer in shared leadership. One who nurtures leadership.
  • Enjoy giving attention to detail.
  • Enjoy working in teams and love the challenge of multi-lingual, multi-cultural, multi-faceted teams.
  • In-depth understanding of gender issues, feminist politics, sociological frameworks, and a passion for social change.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English and Hindi. 


Breakthrough was founded in 1999 with the mission of using arts and culture tobringhumanrightsissues--especiallyviolenceanddiscriminationagainstmarginalised groups -- into mainstream conversation and inspire critical mass ofpeople to take action for change. Its award-winning music albums and campaignshavewoninnumerableawardsandhave

stirredunprecedenteddiscussionacross Indiaaboutwomen’srightsandbroughttheproblemofdomesticviolenceoutfrombehind closed doors. Earlier partnerships with the Ministry of Women and ChildDevelopment for dissemination of our media and IEC products which ensures thatthe messaging reaches large numbers as can be seen by the Bell Bajao campaignthat reached 130 million in Phase I and 110 million in Phase II. The support wasreceived pro-bono and is estimated to be worth INR 150 million. The Ministry hasadopted Breakthrough’s MissionHazaar campaign on preventing sex selection underitsflagship“BetiBachao,BetiPadhao”campaignandisdisseminatingtheTVspots, curriculum and communication guide in 12 Indian languages.

Breakthrough’scurrentworkspansacross5statesontransforminggendernormstoprevent Violence against Women & Girls, and exploring the interlinkages betweenits various manifestations. Breakthrough makes innovative use of media, arts andtechnology including digital and mobiles, leadership development and communitymobilisation to activate critical mass of people who will deliver the culture changeneeded to make violence against women and girls unacceptable. Centre to this is agender equity curriculum, called Taron ki Toli that builds gender equitable viewsamong adolescents 11-18 year olds, in school and in the community. Breakthroughuses leadership development to build capacities of 15-25 year olds to transformthemselvesandrecruitotherstomakeviolenceagainstwomenandgirlsunacceptable. It also works in the community with influencers and gatekeepers toshift norms to prevent violence and build values for girls and women. Media andartsinfuseallourworkandbuildingevidenceisastrongfocus.Strategicpartnership with governments are key – currently partnering with the DepartmentofEducation,GovernmentofPunjabtoapplygenderlenstomiddleschoolcurriculum across government schools. Currently reaching 573,000 adolescents andtheir communities to prevent violence against women and promote a culture ofhuman rights, Breakthrough plans to reach 2 million adolescents over the next fewyears.


Theposition holder will be expected to work in line with organisational values which are:

  • Dignity
  • Integrity
  • Equity 

Breakthrough is an equal opportunity employer.We consider applicants for all positionswithoutregardtorace,colour,caste,religion,creed,gender, age,disability, economic status, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any otherlegally protected status. Our policies and procedures reflect our commitment to childsafeguarding.


Eligible candidates interested in this position may apply through the following link :

Also, you can submit your resume accompanied by a cover letter, giving reasons insupport of the suitability for the position and mentioning the current/expected salary.Sendit by email to by orbefore 29th Feb 2024. 

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