Room to Read India
Officer, Literacy Field
Auditing, Taxation, Financial accounting/Operations, Payroll officer
Uttar Pradesh
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Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Jun 26 2021




Position Title:  Officer, Literacy Field


Start Date:      27-May-2021


End Date:        26-June-2021


Location:          Uttar Pradesh


Department:    Literacy Program




Room to Read India was established in 2003 and presently have programs in 09 states- Chhattisgarh, Delhi NCR, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Literacy Program implemented in9661 government schools, 20,342 teachers trained in library management and reading activities.17,868 girls benefitted from our Girls’ Education Program.

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. Room to Read has benefited 16.6 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 global headquarters is 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 Vientiane.


Room to Read is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects everyone to share this commitment.


Position Overview


The Program Officer, Literacy Field will oversee the program implementation and lead the agenda of system strengthening at state level. S/he will be responsible for coordination, development and reporting of existing multiple variants of the Literacy program in a state. S/he would serve as the main point of contact for the school and local government officials and coordinate the work of other RtR staff in the state. The Literacy Program Officer will report to the State Manager and will have Program Associates reporting to him/her. This position will involve frequent travel to field locations as well as regular interaction with education officials, school administrators, teachers and students.


Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of Room to Read’s Literacy program design

  • Oversee the implementation of the existing multiple variants of the Literacy programs, including both demonstration, partnership or technical assistance in the state, ensuring timely, efficient and well-coordinated implementation, adhering to the program and budget guidelines

  • Serve as a technical resource at the state level and participate in technical assistance discussions. Attend government meetings, discussions and committees on early literacy and use those forums to advocate for enabling policies and government orders in support of RtR literacy program. Represent Room to Read in different forums and advocate the importance of reading and need for libraries for children.

  • Regularly interact with the Government officials and explore opportunities for systemic integration

  • Stay updated regarding the changing trends and any new state level policies, programmes or interventions in EGL, as announced by the government. Engage in discussions with the country team regarding future opportunities.

  • Stay updated regarding new programs/interventions of the like-minded organizations in states. Engage in discussions to explore opportunities.

  • Regularly communicate and work with government counterparts to build awareness and understanding among them with respect to the Room to Read literacy program and its main features.

  • Provide technical oversight to the program associates and support them in their coaching and communication with government officials and schools. Identify gaps in their capabilities and plan for their capacity building in discussion with the IDTS unit.

  • Attend review meetings at the national level and provide reflective feedback on program implementation and design issues. At the same time acts as the conduit for transferring innovative ideas and practices from the national level (or from other states) on to the field.

  • Analyze various data and information emanating from the field, develop programmatic co-relations and flag off issues for larger discussion.

  • Read and update oneself regarding the current national/international research in the field.  

  • Provide technical oversight to DIET/ district level officials and support them in their coaching and communication with government teachers and schools. Identify gaps in their capabilities and plan for their capacity building in discussion with the team.  

  • Manage relationships with school, community and government counterparts in their jurisdiction and respond to issues that may arise in these relationships.

  • Assist in selecting the program schools as per program guidelines

  • Ensure that all program schools receive books, materials and furniture at the appropriate time

  • Ensure that all teacher training and capacity building activities are held as per plan and program guidelines, including the receipt of necessary approvals

  • Overall Lead different online and offline trainings organized for teachers, field staff and review meeting. Also, play role of key facilitator for these trainings.

  • Ensure that program schools are monitored as per guidelines and the field staff perform their job effectively

  • Ensure effective utilization of program budget through proper planning and tracking of planned activities. Ensure that financial and procurement norms are adhered to and efforts are made to be reduce cost to the extent possible, without compromising on the quality.

  • Prepare cash advance, settlement, and reimbursement for program activities

  • Supervise and ensure all data entry and compilation on monthly, quarterly and yearly basis, including GSD data. Maintain high level of data quality

  • Assist in preparing all programmatic and financial reports as required, including donor reports.

  • Analyze various data and information emanating from the field, develop programmatic co-relations and flag off issues for larger discussion

  • Organize and lead review meetings at field level

  • Track progress of implementation and expenditures through regular review meetings and field visits; flag off deviations and delays at the earliest

  • Participate in IDTS workshops on material development, training module development and training of trainers

  • Assist to prepare annual plan of action and budget for the Literacy program

  • Support the State Manager in strategic planning and advocacy, including sustainability planning and future expansion decisions

  • Manage Program Associates, including their performance evaluation, capacity building and coaching.

  • Make regular visits to program schools alone and with key government officials from block/district/state level, observe Classroom Instruction, Library Management, library activities, speak to teachers and headmasters and supervise the functioning of the LC & LMF

  • Participate actively on social media in all RtR campaigns.

  • Supervise and ensure proper implementation of community engagement plans.

  • Participate in any other activities which may be required to be undertaken to fulfil the objectives of the organization.

Qualification & Experience:



  • Bachelor’s Degree in education / social sciences or equivalent

  • Master’s degree in education / social sciences or equivalent preferred

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in the education sector

  • In-depth knowledge about language and reading practices and approaches

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills

  • Good interpersonal skills and a team player

  • Proven track record of achieving results

  • Proven ability to work effectively with schools and communities

  • Ability to travel regularly to project sites in remote locations.  


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

  • Prior experience of working 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

  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative

  • Prior experience living and/or working in rural areas

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

  • Experience in successful implementation of a wide range of tasks as well as developing and implementing improvements in a prior position

  • Prior experience of working on Edtech solutions for EGR.

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.


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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.