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Consultancy for Indonesia In-Country Assessment
Room to Read
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Last Date: April 30, 2011
Room to Read
seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by
focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration
with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop
literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and
support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to
succeed in school and beyond.
non-governmental, non-religious and work with many local NGOs and community
based organizations to implement our programs. We currently work in
South Africa, Sri
Zambia – countries with a
desperate lack of resources to educate their children. Since our inception, Room
to Read’s worldwide team has impacted over 5 million children by constructing
more than 1,400 schools, establishing over 11,000 libraries, publishing 550 new
children’s book titles in 22 local languages, and putting over 10,000 girls onto
long-term, holistic scholarships.
Room to Read
has an annual budget of approximately US$38 million and our global staff numbers
over 420. Our global headquarters is located in San Francisco, and we have
smaller fundraising offices in Delhi, New York, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai,
Sydney, and Tokyo. We have an Asia Regional Office located in New Delhi, a
Southern Africa Regional Office in Pretoria, and program offices in Colombo,
Dhaka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kathmandu, Lusaka, New Delhi, Pretoria, Phnom
Penh, Vientiane, and we are setting up operations and hiring staff for a new
office in Tanzania.
Room to Read
has recently been approached by a major supporter and donor about launching a
Room to Read program in Indonesia. Room to Read’s current expansion strategy is
focused on expanding into additional countries in East and Southern Africa and
then into Latin America. However, in 2007, Room to Read conducted extensive
research on prospective countries for expansion which included Indonesia. We
considered the following factors, among others, in making the decision:
Level of poverty
between multiple countries including culture, language, and economic growth
Index published annually by UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) which
includes GDP per capita, literacy and enrolment rates, and life expectancy at
environment (stability, security and corruption)
While Indonesia was not identified as a high priority
country, it was found to be a medium priority opportunity for Room to Read.
Given the recent donor interest in supporting a Room to Read Indonesia program,
we would like to conduct an abbreviated in-country assessment of the opportunity
to work in Indonesia.
Room to Read
has developed a holistic, multi-pronged approach to help children in the
developing world gain the lifelong gift of education through five core programs:
Literacy/Reading Instruction Program
Beginning in 2008, Room to Read began piloting a program to facilitate the
teaching of literacy skills. The pilots started in three countries and have
since launched in seven of nine countries in which we work. With thorough
monitoring and evaluation of the pilot results, we continue to refine our
instruction techniques to assist teachers and librarians in guiding their
students to develop competency in reading skills.
Reading Room —
We establish libraries and stock them with local-language children’s books,
original Room to Read titles, donated English-language books, games and
furniture to create a child-friendly learning environment.
— We partner with local communities to build schools so children can learn in
a safe, child-friendly environment.
Publishing — We source new content from local writers and
illustrators and publish high-quality children's books in the local language
to distribute throughout our networks.
— We provide long-term, holistic support enabling girls to pursue and complete
their secondary education.
Challenge Grant model, communities co-invest with Room to Read, facilitating the
long-term sustainability of our projects after our local teams have moved on to
assist other villages.
Consultancy Objectives and
The Consultant will work in close cooperation with and report
to Lisa Ellis, Director of New Country Operations, and will receive any required
support from the Global Office Programs Team. The consultancy will be carried
out in Jakarta, Indonesia beginning as soon as possible for a 5-week period. The
consultant’s main objective is to assess the opportunity for Room to Read to
launch all of its education programs in Indonesia. Specifically, Room to Read
wants to understand the primary school educational needs (curriculum, literacy,
school infrastructure, and local language children’s books), access to education
for secondary school girls, the NGO landscape, cost of working in Indonesia, and
the ease or difficulty of working with the government.
TASKS AND TIMELINE
The consultancy should be carried
out from April 2011 to May 31, 2011, but will depend on the start date.
Background information of
Room to Read programs and approach to assessments; review budget line items
for each program.
Meet with other education
NGOs in Indonesia and education government officials to understand the
education landscape and opportunity for Room to Read.
April - May 2011
notes to Lisa Ellis
Meet with publishers and
other vendors to develop a budget for the first 3 years of operation in
April - May 2011
Prepare a final report with
May 31, 2011
Conduct an in-country assessment over
a 3-week period of time.
Write a report of findings and make
recommendations on whether or not Room to Read should work in Indonesia, and if
so in what geographic areas.
a preliminary budget for first 3 years of operation.
- Must be based out
of Djakarta, Indonesia – no relocation available;
- A degree in a
related field of study;
- Background in
working with education programs in Indonesia either with the Ministry of
Education or with an education NGO;
developing a business plan or conducting an operational assessment;
- Ability to work
- Excellent verbal
and written communication skills in English, including the ability to write
reports and present information.
is $6,250 upon completion of the assessment.
send a cover letter and resume by email, with “Consultant – Indonesia Assessment
- DNJ” in the subject line, (no letters, calls, faxes, or drop-ins) to
email@example.com. Due to
high applicant volume, we regret that we are not able to send personalized
responses to all applicants. Applications are accepted until the position is
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.
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