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Literacy Program Officer, Tanzania

* A Bachelor’s in Education with backed by at least 3 years relevant teaching.
* Working with learners, schools, teachers, administrators and government officials as well as managing people.
* Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and Kiswahili
* Willingness to travel frequently to schools in order to monitor the program.
* Prior experience of living and/or working in rural areas will be a definite advantage.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. In consultation with the Program Director, lead the design and facilitation of the initial orientation and follow-up trainings. Oversee and manage all logistics.
2. Ensure Literacy Facilitators (LFs) have a complete understanding of their roles and responsibilities
3. Provide technical support to the LFs to ensure teachers are implementing the program as designed
4. Meet regularly with the LFs and do school visits together, to ensure LFs are providing the necessary support to teachers
5. Identify and document challenges facing the LFs. This may include relationships with MOEVT partners and other key stakeholders (e.g. school committees, etc.)
6. Raise any major and/or outstanding issues impacting the work of the Literacy Facilitators to the Senior Literacy Program Manager
7. Identify and document successes and challenges facing the LFs and complete monthly reports.
8. Collect information from the LFs on successes and challenges with the Literacy Support Program (LSP). Document this information and share monthly with the Program Director.
9. Provide necessary documentation (for example, for reporting, communications and/or advocacy work)
10. Ensure LFs have the agreed upon materials in order to perform their duties
11. In collaboration with the LFs, design and implement refresher trainings for terms 2 and 3.
12. Support the research and design process for 2012 program and required by RtR
13. Plan and lead semi-annual review meetings with all schools.
14. Perform other duties, as assigned.
More Details: 
The salary range for these positions will be determined based upon the experience of the candidate hired. Health benefits are also provided. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing the world through literacy and gender equality in education.
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 5 million children by constructing more than 1,400 schools, establishing over 11,000 libraries, publishing 550 new children’s book titles in 22 local languages, and putting over 10,000 girls onto long-term, holistic scholarships.
Room to Read has an annual budget of approximately US$38 million and our global staff numbers over 420. Our global headquarters is located in San Francisco, and we have smaller fundraising offices in Delhi, New York, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Sydney, and Tokyo. We have an Asia Regional Office located in New Delhi, a Southern Africa Regional Office in Pretoria, and program offices in Colombo, Dhaka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kathmandu, Lusaka, New Delhi, Pretoria, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, and we are setting up operations and hiring staff for a new office in Tanzania.
Vacancy Details: 
The Literacy Program Officer’s primary responsibilities will include; liaise with education department officials at district level, collaboration with consultants to conduct research in literacy levels in primary schools, facilitating capacity building training to teachers and Local facilitators and . S/he will also be required to liaise with other stakeholders dealing with Literacy programs in Tanzania. The position frequent meeting with teachers, government education officials, parents, CSOs/NGOs working in education and researchers. The position will report directly to the Country Director/ Program Director. The successful candidate will begin his/her work in February 2012.
Mode of Applications: 
Please send a cover letter and resume by email, with “Literacy Program Officer, Tanzania” in the subject line, (no letters, calls, faxes, or drop-ins) to Due to high applicant volume you may not receive a response from Room to Read. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.
Contact Info
Dar es Salaam
Tanzania, United Republic of


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