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Programme Manager
Peepul
Location: Madhya Pradesh (Alirajpur)


Job Description: 

Reports to: Programme Manager 

Location: Madhya Pradesh (Alirajpur)  

Start date: Immediate 

Salary: Commensurate with experience 

 Role Context  

The Indian School Education System is one of the largest in the world having 15  lakh+ schools, 97 lakh+ teachers, 26 crore+ students. The National Education Policy  2020 aims to address the many growing developmental imperatives of our country and bring transformative changes in education. 

Based on the results of National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2017, the Ministry of  Education (MoE) has identified 8 districts that need focused support and interventions, especially towards Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN)  objectives laid under NIPUN BHARAT. 

Alirajpur (Madhya Pradesh) is one of these 8 districts. Under ‘Mission Education’ the  MoE and the School Education Department, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) are working together to ensure the required support and interventions are delivered in the district leading to desired outcomes.

This Mission proposes to ensure time bound achievement of the goals and outcomes envisaged in the programme for the identified low performing districts and ensure their sustainability through systemic improvements. 

Targeted approach has been adopted to provide specific interventions to achieve the objective in stipulated time period of one year i.e. January 2022- March 2023.  Existing resources along with new resources being proposed in Samagra Shiksha  2022-23 will be utilised to obtain this objective. 

Peepul is playing the role of an implementation partner in the district, supporting the stakeholders on ground with Teachers’ professional Development. Peepul’s team in the district is engaging with a diverse set of government, non-government and community-level stakeholders to ensure success of this programme. 

Role Description  

The role of the Project Manager is critical to the achievements of the Mission  Education in Alirajpur and Peepul’s commitment to the government in making this mission a success. 

This is therefore an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to play a  key role in a reform initiative with enormous potential impact.  

To enable the programme’s success, the project manager will coordinate,  communicate and rapidly roll-out our support to reach all the mission goals in the district.  

The Project Manager will be an excellent leader and planner who will independently lead and drive program implementation on the ground acting as a support for their team, teachers and academic officials of the district. The ideal candidate will be able to support and influence stakeholders through excellent communication skills and work towards building sustainable relationships with multiple levels in the education system.  

 Key Responsibilities  

Ensuring success of ‘Mission Education’ in the district  

Developing a strong understanding of the programme and contextualising it to  the district’s needs  

Creating strong workplans that will lead to high-quality implementation of  workstreams leading to achievement of the programme goals  

Ensuring timely implementation of programs with quality  

Managing on-ground execution for Mission Education priorities in the district 

Visiting blocks/clusters/schools to oversee program implementation and identifying areas of support. 

Providing timely support to the team, field officials and teachers towards  understanding and engaging with Mission Education 

Understanding and navigating the education administration of the district and  state to enable impact 

Capturing and communicating feedback from ground to enable strengthening  of programme design and implementation 

Owning and delivering on critical parts of programme implementation 

Conducting sessions, trainings, webinars with district and block officials on strengthening their programme understanding and/or supporting with implementing various interventions. 

Creating mechanisms for increasing impact (e.g., coaching district, block and  cluster level officials on programme implementation) 

 Managing relationships with government officials and other stakeholders  

Building and managing relationships with government officials across levels  (school, cluster, block, district, state) to enable the success of the programme 

Integrating with and understanding the lives of government teachers and  officials deeply, to identify pain points 

Widening and deepening Peepul’s understanding of field realities and activities  

Providing insight into other programmes and initiatives ongoing at the state  and district level 

Building and sharing a strong understanding of historical and current  government programmes 

Developing and maintaining effective feedback mechanism to ensure and support evidence-based planning and decision making. 

Person Specification  

Experience:  

Should have at least a bachelor’s degree, preferably in social work or  Education, Candidates with Master’s in Social Work will be given preference.  

At least 6 years of total work experience, preferably in working with  government programmes or large-scale education projects  

Experience of having worked on Foundational literacy, classroom observation  and feedback, project implementation, capacity building and stakeholder  management in previous projects 

Should have a good knowledge of local contextual issues, organizational  relationships, social and cultural constraints, Right to Education 

Should have excellent oral and written abilities in Hindi and English 

Should have two-wheeler to visit the field and a valid driving license 

Should have good knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite especially MS  PowerPoint, MS Word, and MS Excel. 

Behaviours:  

  • Ability to build strong and sustainable relationships across all stakeholders.  
  • Flexible and adaptable style, responding positively to changing demands  
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills 
  • Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every student  
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all  

 Recruitment Process  

To apply, please send a copy of your resume along with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in applying for the role, to recruitment@peepulindia.org with a cc to nivedita.gupta@peepulindia.org, ensuring you specify the role you are applying for in the subject line of the e-mail. Please include the details of at least two referees within your application.  

 Selection  

The selection process will involve written tests/assignments and interviews with the senior management team of the organization.  

Reference checking & Probation  

As you will be working with children this role will be subject to enhanced background checks. Additionally, all new staff will be subject to a probation period of three months. 

 Investing in building strong relationships with all stakeholders at district , state  and central level to gain an integrated approach towards the programme