Director, Foundational Literacy and Numeracy

  • Full Time
  • Delhi

Introduction to TEA

The Education Alliance (TEA) is a non-profit organisation registered in India to catalyse quality transformations in the public-school system through strategic partnership support. TEA aims to build an ecosystem in which governments can strategically partner with mission oriented non-profit educational organisations to deliver high quality education. Our goal is to empower government schools to create the next generation of leaders by transforming the quality of education offered in these schools. A high-quality education for every child in India would call for a system that is accountable, collaborative and equitable.

TEA sets up a Project Management Unit (PMU) to support the State education departments to partner more strategically with non-state actors and to design and deliver programmes with the objective of building governments’ own capacity to sustain these initiatives post the exit of external partners. TEA currently has ongoing programs in Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and Madhya Pradesh.

 

In order to deliver on it’s goals, TEA engages in three broad areas of work: dialogue with governments to design the frameworks for suitable partnership models, identify high-quality and mission-aligned non-profit partners willing to engage with government, and conduct research to test the efficacy of the model in order to inform the rest of our work.

Please refer to our website for further details: www.theeducationalliance.org

 

Brief on TEA’s Work with Government Education Departments

TEA is currently working across 4 states on the following programs:

  1. Delhi
    • School Quality Enhancement Program with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (since 2015) – The program aims to deliver high quality education to the most underserved sections of the society through a Government-Partnership School (G-PS) model.
    • Program Assistance Unit with Directorate of Education, Delhi Government (since 2020) – a Program Lead from TEA works with the Education minister’s advisory team to support planning and implementation of education reforms in the State.

 

  1. Madhya Pradesh
    • Project Management Unit for Foundational Literacy & Numeracy (FLN) (since 2020) – TEA plays the role of a PMU and brings together strategic and knowledge partners to work closely with the state. The program aims to strengthen foundational literacy and numeracy skills of students in 3 innovation districts in the State and to build institutional capacity of the School Education department to lead FLN-related initiatives within the State.
    • Strategic partnership with BCG under SATH-E Extension for System Reform (since 2020) – TEA works alongside BCG State team for the education reform process in M.P. under the NITI Aayog’s SATH-E project.

 

  1. Tamil Nadu: PMU for NGO partnerships (since 2018) – The PMU supports Samagra Shiksha, Tamil Nadu in its NGO partnership strategy to help achieve its stated education goals.

 

  1. Tripura: PMU for NGO partnerships (since 2020) – Similar to its function in Tamil Nadu, TEA plays the role of a PMU to facilitate effective collaboration between NGOs and Samagra Shiksha in Tripura.

 

 

TEA’s Team

TEAs team consists of highly motivated individuals who share a passion for improving the quality of education for all children in India. TEA has a team of 15+ members working on multiple projects across Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Tripura. As a growing organisation, TEA is looking for a Director to work with the CEO and other senior colleagues in driving the mission for revising public education systems to provide exemplary education to all children.

 

Director (FLN)

Background & Context

TEA has embarked on a project to strengthen Foundational Literacy & Numeracy in the State of Madhya Pradesh, in partnership with Central Square Foundation (CSF). TEA has set-up a PMU within the State Education department to support the State in designing and implement a program for early grades – including selection of partners for content development, teacher training, etc., setting performance benchmarks and instituting a system for assessments to ensure embedding of this program within the education delivery system. The FLN program will be delivered along with a consortium of partners with expertise in pedagogy, assessments, others as needed.

The FLN project in Madhya Pradesh has been conceptualised and is being funded by Central Square Foundation as the principal funder and strategic advisor. TEA, along with CSF, is now in discussions on similar engagements with other State Education departments for embarking on a mission to strengthen FLN. The States under consideration for the project currently are Gujarat and Haryana.

 

Roles & Responsibilities – Director (FLN)

The Director (FLN) will be leading the FLN engagement with the State Education department and will report directly to the CEO based in New Delhi. He / She will be responsible for design of the program, execution, coordination with various stakeholders (government and non-profit partner) and delivering on a roadmap for building government capacity to sustain the impact and interventions from the program. The key roles and responsibilities of the Director (FLN) will be:

 

  • Design program strategy and approach
    • Identify key gaps in the state foundational literacy and numeracy programs and devise evidence-based solutions to address them. Supplement external partner’s strategy with own research and analysis
    • Design actionable implementation plan with clear timeline, budget targets and division of responsibilities between TEA team members
    • Design M&E framework with clearly defined performance indicators, targets and milestones

 

  • Stakeholder management
    • Act as an interface between key stakeholders, including Government officials, TEA, State Steering Committee, program partners, donors and other implementation partners
    • Develop strong working relationships with state government officials and assume lead on these relationships to build a work-plan for creating and building system capacity for change
    • Conduct periodic update meetings/check-ins with stakeholders to communicate program progress

 

  • On-ground implementation and monitoring
    • Oversee and guide Consultants / partner organisations in executing the program strategy
    • Coordinate with implementation partners (government officials, external partners’ team, NGOs etc.) to deliver on program objectives
    • Enable implementation partners, including government officials, to meet outcome, budget and timeline targets. Ensure availability, timely deployment and efficient utilization of resources
    • Identify operational bottlenecks and weaknesses, and devise work-around strategies
    • Track program progress on key indicators according to the M&E framework
    • Ensure high quality of documents (reports, presentations, proposals etc.) prepared by the team

 

  • TEA team management and capacity building
    • Supervision and overseeing day-to-day performance of all consortium team members in the State (team of 15-20 people across Education departments and in select districts with deeper intervention)
    • Ensure effective transfer of knowledge from external partner to TEA team, to build the latter’s institutional knowledge and capacity
    • Understand key aspects of strategy, such as which programs which work, as well as ways to scale interventions, monitor program outcomes, improve governance structures and sustain govt. relations
    • Synthesize best practices and program learnings to strengthen TEA’s institutional knowledge and support thought leadership activities
    • Support grant management activities through proposals, donor reports, concept notes etc.
    • Represent TEA at key forums such as meeting and conferences at the state/regional/national level
    • Provide effective mentoring to Consortium team members to develop their skills and capabilities

 

Skills and Qualifications

  • Preferred work experience of 8-10 years including 3-5 years of post-graduation work experience (MBA or MPP/MPA)
  • Experience with project management and people management is necessary and crucial for the role
  • Experiences working with government and in education sector is desirable, though not necessary
  • Fluency in both English and Hindi required

 

Salary: Commensurate with experience

 

Expected date of Joining: Immediate

 

Employment Type: Permanent / Full Time (Work week: 5 days)

 

Location: Delhi with frequent travel to State of engagement (tentatively Haryana / Gujarat)

 

Please send your resumes along with a letter of intent to info@theeducationalliance.org; please mention “Director (FLN)” in the subject of your email.

To apply for this job email your details to info@theeducationalliance.org