Job Opportunity for Program Officer, Literacy Field at Room to Read in Uttarakhand

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Position Overview:

The Program Officer, Literacy Field will oversee the program implementation and lead the agenda of system strengthening at state level. S/he will be responsible for coordination, development, and reporting of existing multiple variants of the Literacy program in a state. S/he would serve as the main point of contact for the school and local government officials and coordinate the work of other RtR staff in the state. The Literacy Program Officer will report to the State Manager and will have Program Associates reporting to him/her. This position will involve frequent travel to field locations as well as regular interaction with education officials, school administrators, teachers, and students.


Roles & Responsibilities:

Programme Planning, Management & Implementation
Develop a thorough understanding of Room to Read’s Literacy program design
Oversee the implementation of the existing multiple variants of the Literacy programs, including both demonstration, partnership or technical assistance in the state, ensuring timely, efficient and well-coordinated implementation, adhering to the program and budget guidelines
Assist in selecting the program schools as per program guidelines
Manage relationships with school, community and government counterparts in their jurisdiction and respond to issues that may arise in these relationships.
Ensure that all program schools receive books, materials and furniture at the appropriate time
Ensure that all teacher training and capacity building activities are held as per plan and program guidelines, including the receipt of necessary approvals
Overall Lead different online and offline trainings organized for teachers, field staff and review meeting. Also, play role of key facilitator for these trainings.
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
Assist to prepare annual plan of action and budget for the Literacy program
Support the State Manager in strategic planning and advocacy, including sustainability planning and future expansion decisions
Participate actively on social media in all RtR campaigns.
Supervise and ensure proper implementation of community engagement plans.
Participate in any other activities which may be required to be undertaken to fulfil the objectives of the organization.

Technical Expertise & System Strengthening:
Stay updated regarding the changing trends and any new state level policies, programmes or interventions in EGL, as announced by the government. Engage in discussions with the country team regarding future opportunities.
Serve as a technical resource at the state level and participate in technical assistance discussions. Attend government meetings, discussions and committees on early literacy and use those forums to advocate for enabling policies and government orders in support of RtR literacy program. Represent Room to Read in different forums and advocate the importance of reading and need for libraries for children.
Regularly interact with the Government officials and explore opportunities for systemic integration.
Stay updated regarding new programs/interventions of the like-minded organizations in states. Engage in discussions to explore opportunities.
Regularly communicate and work with government counterparts to build awareness and understanding among them with respect to the Room to Read literacy program and its main features.
Attend review meetings at the national level and provide reflective feedback on program implementation and design issues. At the same time acts as the conduit for transferring innovative ideas and practices from the national level (or from other states) on to the field.
Read and update oneself regarding the current national/international research in the field.
Provide technical oversight to DIET/ district level officials and support them in their coaching and communication with government teachers and schools. Identify gaps in their capabilities and plan for their capacity building in discussion with the team.  
Participate in workshops on material development, training module development and training of trainers.

Monitoring, Supervision & Reporting:
Provide technical oversight to the program associates and support them in their coaching and communication with government officials and schools. Identify gaps in their capabilities and plan for their capacity building in discussion with the  unit.
Analyze various data and information emanating from the field, develop programmatic co-relations and flag off issues for larger discussion.
Ensure that program schools are monitored as per guidelines and the field staff perform their job effectively
Supervise and ensure all data entry and compilation on monthly, quarterly and yearly basis, including GSD data. Maintain high level of data quality
Assist in preparing all programmatic and financial reports as required, including donor reports.
Analyze various data and information emanating from the field, develop programmatic co-relations and flag off issues for larger discussion
Organize and lead review meetings at field level
Track progress of implementation and expenditures through regular review meetings and field visits; flag off deviations and delays at the earliest
Manage Program Associates, including their performance evaluation, capacity building and coaching.
Make regular visits to program schools alone and with key government officials from block/district/state level, observe Classroom Instruction, Library Management, library activities, speak to teachers and headmasters and supervise the functioning of the LC & LMF.

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
In-depth knowledge about language and reading practices and approaches
Strong written and oral communication skills.
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
Ability to travel regularly to project sites in remote locations. 

Room to Read is a child-safe organization.


India – Uttarakhand 

To be successful at Room to Read, you will also: 

Have passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic nonprofit organization 
Be a proactive and innovative thinker who achieves results and creates positive change
Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness  
Embrace diversity and a commitment to collaboration 
Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment 

Room to Read is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled

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