Officer, Gender Equality and Girls’ Education Program

Posted By: Room to Read


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Program Implementation


Job Description

Position Overview:

This position is based in a state office. The PO will be accountable for quality field implementation across the state, constantly evolving teams and ensuring that the program achievements are taken to the government to advocate system integration. The PO will be directly leading a team of PAs and will be closely working with the country team to ensure that implementation across various program sights are on time and of super quality. The PO will also ensure that the ecosystem around the program sights is constantly engaged and energized. S/he will work very closely with the state manager to ensure that all documentation has programmatic insight and is of best quality. The person is expected be passionate about the issue and lead the discourse at the state level with various stakeholders.

This position will report to State Manager /State Coordinator.

Duties & Responsibilities:

A) Ensure Program Quality:

  • Regular field visits and observe the implementation of pre- decided quality benchmarks in the field basis the LS observation form
  • Facilitate discussion with PAs/ SMs around quality and ensure its implementation at the field level
  • Facilitating program audit in the field and ensuring the implementation of its corrective measures
  • Data validation and physical verification of scholars in field
  • Ensuring Quality standards are being implemented as per program guidelines
  • Ensuring Quality standards are being implemented as per program guidelines
  • Regular updates and inputs to INCO on quality benchmark implementation

B) Coaching and Capacity Building:

1. Manage Program Associate:

  • Support PAs to ensure they are providing targeted and appropriate support to SMs, support PAs to facilitate group discussions with the SMs.
  • Ensure PAs know how to coach SMs to identify and support girls at risk of dropping or failing out of school using Room to Read’s risk and response protocol.
  • Proving Regular Feedbacks and handholding support(coaching) to PA on documentation and other related tasks.

2. Training:

  • Organizing and facilitating donors/ INCO/ govt visits
  • Preparation for team training and capacity building of SMs
  • Coordinate with other POs/Program Manager to implement GEP activities- e.g. participate in special task forces as agreed
  • Participate in review meetings and trainings at INCO

C) System Integration:

  • Liasoning with Govt. organizations to explore the channels to provide technical support
  • Extending the Contracts/MOU, taking approvals etc. with SSA and RMSA
  • Participation in government meetings - participation in their AP&B, attending steering committee meeting, attending any strategic meeting as a technical advisor etc.
  • Interaction with DPO/DRPs and DEOs in new geographical areas

D) Larger Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Networking with different NGOs for visibility and Linkages in different levels from village level to state level and conducting the events
  • Interacting with media pers
  • ons for program visibility and exploring the possibilities for program documentation.
  • Explore state level scholarships, schemes available for girls and link them to the same. Create a road map to ensure girls avail the same.
  • Identify local referral services for the girls including counselling, health services etc.
  • Identify and strengthen community development structures (SMCs, VCPC) for creating safety nets for girls and strengthening similar institutions at the State level.

E) Annual Budgeting & Planning:

  • Tracking budget utilization on regular basis and guiding program associates on cash forecasts, fund projections and transfers.
  • Planning the activities/ reprogramming and sending request to ensure the utilization of surplus (unspent, underspent and savings) budget.
  • Involve in the state and national level discussions and plan the activities for upcoming year in Annual Planning and Budgeting exercise.
  • Verifying and recommending bills and expenses.

F) Planning, Monitoring, Reporting and Documentation:

  • Review of Program reports received from the program associates and compiling of Program-MPR for INCO
  • Preparing CMT & Program dashboard, Ops MPR and MIU
  • Writing and reviewing the government reports, QPR to INCO
  • Location wise cohort risk analysis to combat the issues proactively.
  • Tracking, planning and conducting alumnae events
  • Collecting information and writing case studies, donor reports and INCO requirements

G) Team Management:

  • Responsible for reviewing the performance of your team members, like goal setting process, mid-year and annual performance review
  • Conducting 1 to 1 meetings on monthly basis with supervisees and provide all possible support in their capacity building

Desired Candidate Profile

Post Graduation - MSW

Organization Details

  • Organization Name:Room to Read
  • About Organization:Room to Read India was established in 2003 and presently have programs in 9 states- Chhattisgarh, Delhi NCR, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Our Literacy Program has been implemented in 15642 government schools, training 25,741 teachers trained in library management and reading activities. Over the same period our Girls’ Education & Gender Equality Program has benefitted over 62,457 girls. Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner o