The Literacy Program Officer (LPO) leads the planning and execution for all work related to implementing Room to Read’s Literacy program at the field level. S/he will oversee the implementation, coordination, development and reporting of the Literacy program for a set of schools. S/he would serve as the main point of contact for the school and local government officials and coordinate the work of other Room to Read staff in his/her jurisdiction. The Literacy Program Officer will report to the State Manager and will have 8-10 Field staff (Literacy facilitator) reporting to him/her. In addition, the LPO may also need to manage one/two Literacy Program Associates. This position will involve frequent travel to field locations as well as regular interaction with education officials, school administrators, teachers and students. This position would preferably be based near the project location (District/Block/Cluster).
Develop a thorough understanding of Room to Read’s Literacy program design
Responsible for managing the implementation of the Literacy program for the set of schools under his/her jurisdiction, ensuring timely, efficient and well-coordinated implementation, adhering to the program and budget guidelines
Responsible for managing relationships with school, community and government counterparts in their jurisdiction and respond to issues that may arise in these relationships.
Assist in selecting the program schools as per program guidelines
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 trainings organized for teachers, field staff and review meeting. Also, play role of key facilitator for these trainings.
Ensure that program schools are monitored as per guidelines and the field staff perform their job effectively
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, including GSD data. Maintain high level of data quality
Assist in preparing all programmatic and financial reports as required, including donor reports.
Analyze & interpret the data and use it for improving program implementation. 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.
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 in any other activities which may be required to be undertaken to fulfill the objectives of the organization
Manage Literacy facilitators 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 LF.
Identify design and quality issues, including problems being faced by LF. Discuss these issues with supervisor and based on that provide solutions at the field level.
Observe and Coach LF by using structured observation form during regular school support visit.
Participate in key government level meeting, training and development workshops.
Bachelor Degree in education / social sciences or equivalent
Master Degree in education / social sciences or equivalent preferred
Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in the education sector
Working knowledge and understanding of project management methodology and software.
Strong planning, budgetary, supervising, and project implementation skills
Critical thinking and analytical skills
Ability to travel regularly to project sites in remote locations.
Proven track record of achieving results
Proven ability to work effectively with schools and communities
Strong written and oral communication skills
Good interpersonal skills and a team player
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
The salary range for this position will be determined based upon the experience of the candidate hired. Health benefits are also provided. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, and rapidly growing organization that is changing the world through the lifelong gift of education.
Location(s)India - Chattisgarh
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