Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
We are non-governmental, non-religious and work with many local NGOs and community-based organizations to implement our programs. We currently work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia – countries with a desperate lack of resources to educate their children. Since our inception, Room to Read’s worldwide team has impacted over 7.8 million children by constructing more than 1,600 schools, establishing over 15,000 libraries, publishing 874 new children’s book titles in 27 local languages, and reaching over 20,000 girls through our Girls’ Education program.
Room to Read has an annual budget of approximately US$43.7 million and our global staff numbers over 600. Our global headquarters is located in San Francisco, and we have smaller fundraising offices in New Delhi, New York, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Sydney, and Tokyo. We have an Asia Regional Office located in New Delhi and program offices in Colombo, Dar es Salaam, Dhaka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kathmandu, Lusaka, New Delhi, Pretoria, Phnom Penh, and Vientiane.
The Officer, Exposure Visit, will be strategic position that will plan, conceptualize, and coordinate for the exposure visit of different stakeholders to give them broad overview of the Room to Read work. The incumbent will closely coordinate with the country and state office in ensuring to make logistical arrangements to execute the exposure visits in an efficient manner.
Roles & Responsibilities
Responsible for planning and coordination of the exposure visit in an effective manner.
To coordinate and collaborate with state and country team in ensuring all the logistical arrangements are in place.
To develop a detailed visit itinerary and a brief note on the objectives of the visit.
Orient the state, country team and external stake holders on the itinerary of the exposure visit and to incorporate their feedback in preparing an inclusive itinerary for the field visit.
Will prepare a socio-cultural geographical sketch of the geography, where the visit will be conducted.
To research about the hotels, travel plans and any potential risks/challenges pertaining to the exposure visit.
Will ensure the Child Protection Code of Conduct and other legal protocols are being followed during the exposure visit.
To support country team in communicating with external stakeholders about their concerns/queries pertaining to the visit.
To prepare holistic report on the exposure visit, by collating the feedback of the internal and external stakeholders and documenting what went well, and what could have been better.
Follow up with state teams and Inco teams on their feedback on the visit.
The incumbent will also manage and resolve any incident/conflict that may arise during the visit and keep the reporting manager posted with the issue and resolution plan.
Incumbent will raise the requisite PR for the visits.
The incumbent in collaboration with country admin team will also support in filling for visa’s and manage the international travel.
To Undertake recci visit to understand the program and location better.
To coordinate the logistical arrangements of monitoring visit of Room to Read’s partner organizations.
To forecast and prepare annual budgets for the exposure and monitoring visits.
Orient’s school staff and RtR field staff on the format for the site visit including the talking points.
Assist communication team with the social media post of the visits and with branding.
Be a RtR spokesperson during donor visits by being able to accurately and confidently convey RtR’s message and educational situation in the country
Captures learning experiences (best practices and lessons learned) based on donor and state team feedback and applies them to future visits.
Qualification & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
Master’s degree preferred.
5-8 years of experience.
Excellent coordination skills.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Open to travel.
Good interpersonal skills and a team player.
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.
Due to the high volume of applicant responses, 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