Room to Read Job Vacancy: Manager, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, South Asia - Kathmandu, Colombo, Dhaka - India

Organization Profile:
Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income countries 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 in low-income countries during two time periods which 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. Room to Read has benefited 10 million children across 17,500 communities in Asia and Africa, and aims to reach 15 million children by 2020.

Position Overview:
The South Asia Research Monitoring & Evaluation Manager position is part of the GO Asia team and is responsible to work with the South Asia Regional and Global RM&E teams to provide strategic direction to Country-led research and evaluation in the region and to give technical support to countries in the design and implementation of research and evaluation projects. The manager will also provide on-the-ground support to implementation of research and evaluation projects. S/he will provide support and assistance to the Regional programs team in South Asia as well as the local RM&E Officers and the in-country teams in our four South Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka). A secondary responsibility for the position will be providing guidance and expertise to teams on designing, implementing and managing our monitoring systems across South Asia. This position will be based in any of the following locations:  Colombo, Sri Lanka / Delhi, India / Dhaka, Bangladesh / Kathmandu, Nepal; and will require frequent travel to countries in South Asia where Room to Read operates. The position will report directly to Associate Director, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation based in Global Office.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • In collaboration with the Global and Regional RM&E teams and the Global and Regional Program Officers and the RM&E Officers at the Country Offices, design, implement and analyze regional research strategy.
  • Work with Global, Regional and Country Program and RM&E staff to identify research needs and develop research proposals.
  • Provide technical support on the design of research projects to Country Office RM&E teams.
  • Work with Country Office RM&E teams to coordinate implementation of research projects. This will involve regular travel to the South Asian Countries in which Room to Read operates.
  • Train and mentor Country Office RM&E staff to develop the necessary knowledge and skill sets to run methodologically strong evaluations in their projects and programs.
  • Synthesize and analyze data and write summary reports based on country research and evaluation projects.
  • Support South Asian countries in Program monitoring as required.
  • Stay informed about research and trends in our program areas and in research and evaluation to inform our strategy accordingly.
  • Network with other non-profits running similar programs to find areas of collaboration and knowledge sharing.
  • Represent Room to Read in different forums and advocate the importance of our educational work in the developing world.

  • Master’s degree in a related field, i.e. education, social sciences / economics. A doctoral degree will be an advantage
  • Proven previous experience in leading research, monitoring and evaluation in developing countries
  • Strong technical competence in research, monitoring and evaluation methods
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills, with proven ability to work with data software packages such as Stata/SPSS/SAS and qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo
  • Ability to travel frequently to South Asian countries
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Prior experience living and/or working in one or more South Asian countries (preferably in at least one country outside of your country of origin)
  • Prior experience living and/or working in rural areas
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious relationships both within and outside the organization
  • Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people
  • Ability and desire to travel frequently internationally
  • Effectiveness in working or volunteering in a non-profit organization that is focused on maintaining high quality work and low overhead
  • Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization
  • Proven track record of achieving results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship provided 
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 an up-and-coming non-profit organization
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker – you are not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so
  • 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 offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. 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.

Application Procedure:
If you are interested, please CLICK HERE to apply and view Global Office positions (no letters, calls, faxes, or drop-ins). We regret that we cannot respond to all applicants personally due to high applicant volume. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

Room to Read is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds.

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