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Literacy Program Manager - Research and Evaluation

Room to Read
Location: New Delhi, India
Last Date: April 15, 2011
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Organization Profile:

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.

We are non-governmental, non-religious and work with many local NGOs and community based organizations to implement our programs. We currently work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Zambia - countries with a desperate lack of resources to educate their children. Since our inception, Room to Read's worldwide team has impacted over 4 million children by constructing more than 1,100 schools, establishing over 9,200 libraries, publishing 433 new children's book titles in 11 local languages, and putting over 8,900 girls onto long-term, holistic scholarships.

Room to Read has an annual budget of approximately US$30 million and our global staff numbers over 380. Our global headquarters is located in San Francisco, and we have smaller fundraising offices in New York, Hong Kong, London, Tokyo 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 Vientiane. Our long-term goal is to help 10 million children to gain the lifelong gift of education.

Room to Read’s Literacy Strategy
Literacy is part of the right to a basic education and is crucial for economic, social and political participation and development. In order for children to acquire literacy skills to become lifelong readers and learners, one crucial input is regular access to books and other reading materials, which are scarce in many of the communities where Room to Read operates. Room to Read establishes libraries and publishes local language books to fill this gap. Since our inception, we have witnessed that children often do not have the grade-appropriate literacy skills needed to take full advantage of the Reading Room and Local Language Publishing resources. To achieve the long term goal of making all children independent readers at primary level, Room to Read has initiated pilot programs for reading instruction and reading skills enrichment in primary schools. The pilots focus on providing supplemental teaching materials/aids and teacher professional development to support existing literacy instruction in the schools where we work. Our learning from the pilots will help us develop a strategy that both capitalizes on our organizational strengths built over the last decade and to define a clear and carefully constructed path to the goal of increased literacy and a habit of reading in the children with whom we work.

We currently implement literacy pilots in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, and Zambia, and soon in Vietnam and South Africa.

The Program Manager, Research and Evaluation, is responsible for working with Room to Read staff, as well as local and external consultants, on all aspects of developing and implementing a M&E and Research agenda that is in line with Room to Read’s new strategic plan focusing on literacy. In support of the Global Literacy Team and in collaboration with the Country teams, the Program Manager will support the research and evaluation work for our literacy pilots. This person will be responsible for coordinating and managing all the research and evaluation work, including design, implementation, analysis, and report writing in some or all countries. This position will report directly to the Chief Program Officer, Literacy during 2011, and will be based (Preferably) in New Delhi, India. The reporting relationship will change in 2012.

• Support the Global Literacy Team in conducting research on reading/literacy theories and strategies for reading instruction and promotion. This will include research and understanding of the government curricula, existing reading instruction programs, pre-service and in-service teacher professional development focused on reading/literacy training programs, etc.;
• Support the development of instruments, data collection and analysis for Room to Read’s global indicators related to our intermediate outcomes, including observation tools for teacher effectiveness, print-rich environment, tracking student progress etc.
• Support countries in conducting rigorous student assessments to measure student reading achievements. This will include supporting countries in the process of implementing an assessment, collecting data, analyzing data, report writing, and building capacity amongst our teams in student assessments;
• Support countries in developing a process for documentation of best practices and lessons learned from field work;
• Lead the development of RtR’s literacy research and evaluation efforts in all countries, including case studies, country-specific evaluations and cross-national evaluations. This will include oversight, management and technical assistance in design, implementation, analysis, and report writing;
• Support the development and ongoing maintenance of the Literacy section of the projects database, including checking quality of data and running reports as needed;
• Collaborate with Country Office teams to generate and edit, best practice case studies, and documentation of program information;
• Support internal reporting regarding the status and progress of the program;
• Provide regular capacity building to country staff and plan and coordinate conferences and/or trainings for country staff on M&E and research , which includes developing training materials and workshop;
• As needed, travel to the countries in which we operate to support the Global Literacy Team and program implementation;
• Any other responsibilities as assigned by the Global Literacy Team.


Minimum Educational Attainment
• MA in a related field (such as education, international development, statistics, or other subject concerned with Room to Read’s vision and mission)
• A minimum of 8 years of related professional experience
• Experience and/or technical competence in several or all of the following areas:
• Qualitative and quantitative research
• Documentation
• Evaluations
• Primary education, preferably on reading/literacy or learning improvement programs
• Managing evaluations and consultants
• Student reading assessments
• Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, including experience using software packages such as SPSS
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
• Ability and desire to travel internationally frequently (25 to 50% per year)
• Must have lived or worked in an Asian country. Experience in Africa is desirable.
• Effectiveness in working or volunteering in a nonprofit organization that is focused on maintaining high-quality work and low overhead
• Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization
• Proven track record of juggling multiple priorities simultaneously and taking initiative
• Legally eligible to work in India; no sponsorship provided

Strongly Preferred
• Effectiveness in working or volunteering 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
• Experience with working in the area of quality improvement in schools
• Experience with working in teacher development programs; improving classroom teaching methodology or reading and language development programs

To be 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 trustworthiness
• Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction
• Work well independently as well as part of a team
• Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment


The salary range for this position will be determined based upon the experience of the candidate hired. Health and retirement benefits are also provided. Additional benefits involve a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing the world through the lifelong gift of education.

Application Procedure:

Please send a cover letter and resume by email, with “Literacy Program Manager - Research & Evaluation” in the subject line, (no letters, calls, faxes, or drop-ins) to . Due to high applicant volume, we regret that we cannot send personalized responses to all applicants.

Room to Read is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing  the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds.


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