Room to Read
Program Officer-Quality Reading Material
Program Manager, Program Officer, Program Associate, Program Assistant
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Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Aug 12 2021


Position: Program Officer-Quality Reading Material


Location: Dwarka, New Delhi Country Office


Start Date: 12 July 2021


End Date: 12 Aug 2021




Room to Read India was established in 2003 and presently have programs in 10 states- Andhra Pradesh 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 has received several awards and recognition over the years including recognition as one of the top ten NGOs to work for during the past five years by the Great Places to Work Institute.


Room to Read is a child-safe organization; all personnel are expected to adhere to Room to Read’s Child Protection Policy and Child Protection Code of Conduct.


Position Overview


Program Officer - QRM position will be based at New Delhi, Country Office and report directly to the Sr. Program Manager - Quality Reading Material. The position will require some travel and involves frequent interaction with authors, illustrators, publishers, printers, and officials. 

About QRM:


QRM create and publishes local language books for children between the ages group of 5 to 12 years. These books cover topics that capture children’s imaginations and make reading fun. Our goal is inspire children to read, expand their minds, and develops a lifelong love for reading and learning. 

Apart from publishing books for our libraries, the department is also responsible for procuring relevant reading material for the libraries.


Roles &Responsibilities


  • Develop a thorough understanding of RtR’s Literacy program design and role of QRM within the program.

  • As part of the QRM team plan, organize and enable various events held by the department through the year, like ideal book list event, authors and illustrators workshopsetc.

  • Organize and enable various events held by the department through the year, both at state and national levels, like Authors and illustrators to produce new reading material every year. Workshops for book selection to update ideal book list, both at state and national levels. Other events or workshops with other stakeholders in children literature like publishers, other like-minded organisations.

  • Planning, organizing and facilitating QRM Annual Events and/or support other events being organised by the organisations.

  • Contribute to Gap Analysis (in all the languages of RtR operation) for determining the kind of reading materials available in the market (for purchase) or in schools and therefore identify the gap with respect to the ideal booklist.

  • Coordinate with State Teams on custom projects for reading material need.

  • Coordinate and plan with State Teams for Technical Assistance with the State Government and/or Education Depatartments for quality reading material. The TA might vary from knowledge building, to reading material creation, to supporting in book selection process for state governments.

  • Plan and maintain RtR’s online platform “Literacy Cloud” for books and other material.

  • Edit, and finalize manuscripts. Translate the manuscripts in English.

  • Understand the technical aspects of book printing and publishing. Provide technical advice to Admin on the bidding and printing process of books/other material: issue requisition, undertake technical assessment, provide soft copies, proof read and approve ferros, follow up with printer, check quality of printing etc.

  • Coordinate with Operations team to ensure distribution of all reading materials to project areas where these materials will be used (in both Literacy Program schools as well as new and existing schools)

  • Define project scope goals anddeliverables.

  • Create schedules and project time lines, plan and track the projects tillcompletion.

  • Manage projects and lead qualityassurance.

  • Evaluate and assess results of theprojects.

  • Manage resources and vendorengagement.

  • Coordinate with Admin on book Inventory and other materialmanagement.

  • Complete regular CO, RO and GO reporting documents (MIUs, Quarterly Reports, Forecasts, etc.) related to materials development &procurement

  • Regularly communicate with Operations/ Administration/ Finance/ HR teams at the CO and State levels to ensure smooth implementation of programactivities

  • Communicate with GO and other external stakeholders asneeded

  • Contribute to preparation of various reports, budget reviews, forecasts and documentation of goodpractices

  • Any other work assigned from time to time to meet the technical needs of theorganization

Instruction Material and Resources:

  • Facilitate and contribute in the development of for Grade 1 and 2 instructional material/books with instructional material team.

  • Once the content is finalized, take lead in organising/contracting people for illustrating, designing, layout and printing the materials. 

Qualification & Experience



  • Bachelor Degree in education / Business Administration/ social sciences or equivalent

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in developing good quality children educational/learning material like storybooks, textbooks etc.

  • In-depth understanding of the role of supplementary materials on reading skills and habits of children

  • Experience in book development and publishing and /or other educational materials will be a plus.

  • Good project planning and executionskills

  • Strong time and budget planningskills.

  • In-depth understanding of report generation anddocumentation.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills inEnglish.


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

To be successful as a member of the Room to Read team, you will also

  • Have passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic non-profit organization

  • Be an innovative and creative thinker that tries new things and inspires others to doso

  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity andtrustworthiness

  • Have a strong work ethic and require minimaldirection

  • Work well independently as well as part of ateam

  • Thrive in a fast-paced and funenvironment

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 opportunitytobepartofaninnovative,meaningful,andrapidlygrowingorganizationthatischanging transforming the lives of millions of children in developing countries on literacy and gender equality ineducation.

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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.