Organization: Room to Read
Apply By: 10 Apr 2022
Location: (Uttarakhand) (Madhya Pradesh)
Position: Literacy Facilitator
Location: Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh
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 India has worked in Telangana since 2008 and till now we have 2,256 Girls’ Education and 636 Literacy Program Schools
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 Francisco, 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.
The Literacy Facilitator (LF) will be responsible for coaching teachers, librarians, and principals in the literacy program schools to help them adopt to new ways of working with children that increase the children’s literacy skills and habit of reading and also support parents at community level to ensure learning at home. They will report to the Literacy Program Officer/Associate and will not have any direct reports. This position is based at project location (District/Block/Mandal/ Cluster).
Roles & Responsibilities:
- Develop a thorough understanding of Room to Read’s Literacy program design
- Develop a thorough understanding of EGL and read relevant literature/researches
- Participate actively in online capacity building program of the RtR staff
- Support literacy program intervention and Learning at home environment across assigned project schools and ensure adherence to the program design
- Provide reflective feedback on program design and implementation (especially with respect to progress towards outcomes) and demonstrate a solution-oriented approach
- Serve as a technical resource to the schools in the area of language development, literacy skills and reading.
School and home/community visits:
- Undertake school visits with government resource person at cluster levels every day when the schools are open, except for days when on official travel and leave.
- Conduct home/community visits as per requirement.
- Conduct orientation/sensitization of parents, SMC and PRI members on home as a learning space
- Supports and participates in Family & Community Engagement (F&CE) activities like literacy events, parent meetings, reading campaign, summer camp and other community activities
- Explore opportunities and methods of providing distance support to the teachers.
- Regularly observe, demonstrate and coach assigned grades teachers in delivering the instructional component of the Literacy Program, either in person or through recordings and distance mode.
- Conduct informal assessment of at least 5 children during every school visit and discuss with teachers and share report to supervisors.
- Regularly observe, demonstrate and coach teachers and librarians in the implementation of the model library period, reading activities and library management practices.
- Coordinate’s formation and training of Child Management Committees
- Support teachers in conducting ongoing student tracking assessments and plan corrective action
- Support teachers in conducting online classes, if any
- Regularly collect data related to program quality.
- Supports school librarian in the initial set up of the library, including book delivery, leveling and classification system, check-out system, setting up furniture, and creating a library period timetable.
- Regularly provide the principals/ Headmasters an update on progress and coach them on ways to support teachers and ensure longer term sustainability of literacy outcomes within the school.
- Participate and support teachers in creating variety of content, to help reach maximum children.
- Help create awareness regarding Foundational Literacy and importance of reading at the community level.
Training, workshop, and meeting:
- Participate and facilitate in regular teacher and librarian trainings (both center- based and school based) related to the Literacy program (Instruction, library activities and management) in online and offline mode.
- Participate in development of materials, training modules and other technical resources as required
- Attend professional development training and workshops at block/district/state/national level, as required.
- Attend review meetings at block/district/state within RtR and with government stakeholder, as required, and complete all programmatic reports on a timely manner
- Participate in monthly review meetings with CRC’s at school level.
Planning, Reporting, Documentation and Content Creation:
- Compile and analyze ongoing reading skill assessments data conducted by school and plan school wise corrective action in discussion with supervisors.
- Analyze school and community level data and information on a regular basis collected during regular school and community visit, identify corrective action to be taken and build it into school and community level planning
- Create some online content such as short audio messages/lesson plan and disseminate & support parents/Teachers/SMCs
- Tracks and reports library monitoring data to ensure timely and accurate reporting to stakeholders.
- Conducts ongoing planning, documentation, and reporting.
- Write monthly reports to supervisor including progress data of CICO and status of student reading skill, in a template provided by RtR.
- Documents best practices and lessons learned and shares with the Literacy program team.
- Collaborate with Principal, and community to develop sustainability plan for managing literacy program components and acquiring resources (instruction materials, stationery and new books) after Room to Read’s support ends.
- Support in donor visits, and in any other activities which may be required to be undertaken to fulfill the objectives of the organization
Qualification & Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree in education / social sciences or equivalent
- Minimum 2- 3 years of relevant experience in development projects, preferably in education
- Teaching experience at primary level preferred
- Strong knowledge about education in general and language and reading practices and approaches in particular
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Good interpersonal skills and a team player
- Critical thinking and analytical skills
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 a dynamic non-profit organization
- Be innovative and creative – not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so
- Have a solution-oriented approach
- Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
- Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction
- 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 pay with excellent benefits. 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. Room to Read is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds.