Program Associate, GEP
Girls’ Education Program
Date: 9 July 2021
Date: 9 Aug 2021
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
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., and Zambia.
Girls’ Education Program (GEP) Associate spends the majority of
his or her time providing direct support to the Social Mobilizers
(SMs) and assists the Program Officer in carrying out all
activities of the GEP. The position will be field based and
will involve frequent travel to the areas of work. The work will
entail providing direct support to social mobilizers, supporting
and sometimes facilitating SM trainings, working 1:1 and in groups
with SMs regularly – ideally weekly to ensure that they are
effective in their roles in working with girls, and when needed
plan effective life skills or mentoring sessions with girls. They
will also be responsible for strengthening linkages with like-
minded organizations, liasioning with block/district level
officials, regular program and financial tracking, collecting
program data and entering it into RtRs database and determining
and delivering material support for girls participating in the
program. The Program Associate reports to the Program Officer and
manages a set of SMs and a program administrative assistant.
Program Implementation and Training (Manage Social Mobilizers)
a schedule of weekly and monthly review and feedback sessions
with direct reports
SMs in planning and facilitating Room to Read’s life skills
activities (sessions and clubs). Support may include helping an
SM set her schedule of lifeskill session with girls, observing a
session and providing feedback to the SM, or other activities
needed to help SMs succeed in their core responsibilities.
SMs to mentor girls. This may include providing ideas for group
discussion topics and coaching the SMs on how to handle difficult
the SM in identifying and supporting girls at risk of dropping or
failing out of school using Room to Read’s risk and response
SM weekly and monthly review meetings to discuss and identify
solutions to challenges SMs are facing in program implementation
and in working with the girls and communities.
subsequent plan for capacity building of partner staff (wherever
applicable) and Social Mobilisers
annual performance review of SMs
the PO/PM in conducting the Social Mobilizers’ trainings. This
may include co-facilitating training sessions.
conduct life skills sessions with girls on critical issues like
sexual and reproductive health, career plans and any other as
a linkage with school authorities and communities are supportive
of the program – liase for a GEP room dedicated for life skills
classes and mentoring.
in regular trainings and meetings with Room to Read staff.
feedback is given to specific Social Mobilizers or Program
Assistant and recorded in written regularly.
a school profile for each of the enhanced schools and regularly
case studies 4 in a year
in donor site visits and provide information to donors about Room
to Read’s Girls’ Education Program as needed.
Family, school and community engagement
on parents workshop and parents meeting as planned with support
from Social Mobilisers
local needs of the community and explore topics for probable
parents meeting topics
meeting and providing program update to school staff including
head teachers and creating playing the role of a catalyst
promoting the school to think of girls education and solutions to
problems affecting girls in the catchment area of the school with
support from SM
list of scholarship schemes and entitlements with parents in
an accessible form
a database of all the schemes and benefits our girls scholars are
getting and facilitating all girls to get the same
Liasioning, networking and building linkages at the field,
block and district level
and organize trainings and meetings for government officials
(block and district level)
linkages with like-minded organisations for referral services for
girls after discussing with Program Officer
linkages with school management committees, child protection
committees and any other as required to create safety nets for
girls and conduct regular meetings with them
with school authorities for providing space for life skill
and ensuring girls have access to State level scholarships and
can also avail citizenship entitlements
networks for girls education at district level
Program Officer for creating visibility of GEP in District and
Ensuring Quality program at the field level
discussions on Program Quality with SM during review meeting
jointly with PO
learnings from INCO level review meetings
and work on factors that may impede quality and fidelity on the
to see if quality standards are being met and provide updates to
LS observations form and basis this provides feedback to
the availability of materials for LS session, mentoring and
material support and provides corrective feedback to program
Assistant as needed
Planning, Reporting and Documentation
the SM is monitoring and keeping records of girls including
attendance, academic performance and other program activities as
required per the program design. Collect this data and
provide to PO/PM as needed and agreed as per data flow mechanisms
the SM is planning, documenting, and reporting on school and home
visits and parent meetings and workshops. Collect this data,
provide it to the PO/PM, and enter it into Room to Read’s
database (GSD as needed).
program expenses and complete financial reporting as per RTRs
accounting and finance policies. Directs Program Assistant
appropriately to ensure data as required by HR and Accounts is
provided in time
best practices, case studies, photos and lessons learned and
share with the GEP Team.
drop outs of girls and understand reasons, flag issues of
concern to PO
Annual planning and budgeting
Program Officer for new geographies and school selection
all the work related to the Program Assistant
adequate direction to ensure smooth functioning of the field
Significant Relationships to be maintained
degree in Education/ Social Work/ development/Gender Studies.
years of relevant work experience in areas of girls
education, gender and life skills
interpersonal skills and a team player.
organizational and planning skills including the ability to
monitor progress of program implementation.
to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative.
success working closely and building relationships with diverse
groups of people.
experience in facilitation and/or training.
working with and or counseling adolescent girls.
in language spoken by girls in respective states.
or experience with gender issues, girls’ education and/or
community development preferred.
experience of living and/ working in rural and semi urban
experience of working closely with the community, school teachers
and government officials
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.
to apply for this position.
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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.