Program Officer, Room to Read India Trust
Room to Read
October 2, 2011
Officer, Room to Read India Trust
Program: Reading Room Program
Location: Uttarakhand state office, (Dehradun)
Application: 2nd October 2011
Date of Issue:
6th September 2011
Room to Read
is an international educational non-governmental organization (NGO) that
partners with local communities throughout the developing world to
provide quality educational opportunities by establishing libraries,
creating local language children's literature, constructing schools, and
providing education to girls. We seek to intervene early in the lives of
children in the belief that education empowers people to improve socio
economic conditions for their families, communities, countries, and
future generations. Through the opportunities that only education can
provide, we strive to break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.
non-governmental, non-religious and work with many local NGOs and
community based organizations to implement our programs. We currently
Zambia and Tanzania. -
countries with a desperate lack of resources to educate their children.
Room to Read was founded in 2000 and since then has established more than
11,246 libraries, published 553 LLP books, built 1442 schools, and
supporting education of 10590 girls worldwide. With our programs we have
impacted lives of 5.1 million children worldwide. Our long-term goal is
to help 10 million children to gain the lifelong gift of education.
one of ten non-profits to have won the Fast Company / Monitor Group
Social Capitalist award five years in a row, we've received Charity
Navigator’s highest rating (4 stars) for three straight years, and we've
been featured in a variety of media including The Wall Street Journal,
The New York Times, CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and PBS.
Room to Read
has an annual budget of approximately US$25 million and our global staff
numbers over 300. Our global headquarters is located in San Francisco,
and we have smaller fundraising offices in Hong Kong, London, and Delhi.
We have an Asia Regional Office located in New Delhi, a Southern Africa
Regional Office in Pretoria, and program offices in Colombo, Dhaka, Ho
Chi Minh City, Kathmandu, Lusaka, New Delhi, Pretoria, Phnom Penh, and
Room to Read India was established in 2003 as a registered Trust. Room to
Read India works with both rural and urban disadvantaged communities to
improve educational opportunities. We are also working towards
strengthening the Government’s efforts to meet its goal of universalizing
quality elementary education for all children.
Room to Read India currently has a team of 76 staff and operates the
Local Language Publishing
Room to Read India is currently operational in the states of Andhra
Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya
Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.
Room Program Officer will be responsible for carrying out all activities
of Room to Read’s library program, including surveying, program
implementation, monitoring and evaluation and project reporting in their
respective states. This position will involve frequent travel to
districts in which Room to Read’s Reading Room Program is implementing.
The Program Officer will be also required to have regular interaction
with education officials, partners, school administrators, teachers and
students. The Reading Room Program Officer will report to the State
Manager and the position will be based at Dehradun, Uttarakhand state
Liaise with school principals, government officials and NGO partners to
carry out surveying and implementation of library program.
Identify schools or partners that are in need and meet all our criteria
for the challenge grant. Work with them in developing, reviewing and
finalizing their applications for a Room to Read library.
Analyze and assess applications and/or proposals received from schools/or
partners and make recommendations for programmatic implementation.
Organize logistical arrangements and implement the process of setting up
Room to Read libraries
Make regular visits to project sites to supervise the site and organize
discussions with the school/partner management team and local
authorities. Gather feedback and ensure that they deliver on their
portion of the challenge grant and on all terms of agreement with Room to
Establish and manage relationships with other NGO’s, government officials
and local educational facilities/authorities.
Complete detailed written reports in a timely basis to headquarters
regarding the status and progress of each site.
Attend to donor affairs including hosting donor site visits and
documenting anecdotes that evolve through fieldwork.
Assist in development of curriculum and materials for librarian
Assist in coordinating, conducting and facilitating training workshops on
librarian management and activities promoting art and literacy
Facilitate financial transactions between Room to Read and beneficiaries
during course of program implementation as needed.
Provide technical assistance to schools and partners in management of
libraries and conducting activities for children and make suggestions for
improving quality and utilization of libraries.
Represent Room to Read in different forums and advocate the importance of
reading and need for libraries for children.
Participate in any other activities, which may be required to be
undertaken to fulfill the objectives of the organization.
Masters degree in education or social sciences or pedagogical techniques.
Experience in successful implementation of a wide range of tasks.
Experience in conducting trainings and developing curriculum.
Ability to travel frequently and spend up to several weeks at a time in
Effectiveness in working or volunteering in a non-profit organization
that is focused on maintaining high quality work and a low overhead.
Good verbal and written communication skills in English.
A minimum of
three- five years of professional experience.
Prior experience living and/or working in rural areas.
Prior experience working with schools, teachers, administrators and
successful as a member of the Room to Read team, you will also:
Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact an
up-and-coming non-profit organization.
Be an innovative and creative thinker – you are not afraid to try
something new and inspire others to do so.
Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and
Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction.
Be both self-confident and humble.
Work well independently as well as part of a team.
Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment.
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.
your resume and cover letter by email (no calls, faxes, or drop-ins,
firstname.lastname@example.org with “Program Officer –Reading
Room Program “Uttarakhand,” as the case might be in the subject line.
Due to the high volume of applicant response, not all applicants may
receive a response from Room to Read.
Room to Read
is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing
the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds.
Last date for application: 2nd