Room to Read
Officer, Gender Equality and Girls’ Education Program
Auditing, Taxation, Financial accounting/Operations, Payroll officer
Andhra Pradesh
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Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Dec 11 2021


Position: Officer, Gender Equality and Girls’ Education Program

Location: Andhra Pradesh

Start Date: 11 Nov 2021
End Date: 11 Dec 2021


Organization Profile: 

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 organizations, and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. By focusing on the quality of education provided within the communities and ensuring these outcomes are measured, we have created a model that can be replicated, localized and sustained by governments. With its, global headquarters in San Fransisco, Room to Read has benefited 18 million children across over 30,000 communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Grenada, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia. Room to Read India has received several awards and recognition over the years including recognition as one of the top ten NGOs to work for during the past six years by the Great Places to Work Institute.

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.

Roles and Responsibilities:

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

Coaching and Capacity Building:

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.


  • 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

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

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 persons 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.

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.

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

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 

Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in education/Social work/development studies/Gender or social sciences.

  • Experience of working in the areas of elementary/secondary education, girls’ education, gender, school development and life skills

  • Experience in developing training modules, conducting trainings and managing events.

  • Ability to travel frequently and spend time in the field.

  • Fluency in language spoken by girls in the state.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English and Hindi/or the local language of the state where position is based 

  • A range of 6-8 years’ experience in working 

  • Prior experience in planning and facilitating trainings.

  • Prior experience coaching others.

  • Good interpersonal skills and a team player.

  • Strong organizational and planning skills including the ability to monitor progress of program implementation.

  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative.

  • Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people.

  • Experience working with and or counseling adolescent girls.

  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and Outlook.

  • English fluency.


  • Prior experience living and/or working in rural areas.

  • Prior experience working with schools, teachers, and government officials.

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

  • Be both self-confident and humble

  • Work well independently as well as part of a team

  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment 

Room to Read has zero tolerance when it comes to child abuse and exploitation and believes that all children have equal rights to protection. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to the child protection policy, code of conduct and standards and will undergo rigorous reference and background check through third party. Background check will include the verification of employment history and criminal check. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check


Room to Read offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Benefits include thirteenth month bonus, health insurance and a retirement plan. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, and rapidly growing organization that is changing transforming the lives of millions of children in developing countries on literacy and gender equality in education.

How to apply

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Due to the high volume of applicant response, not all applicants may receive a response from Room to Read. Regret the inconvenience. Room to Read is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. We always encourage women to apply.