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The job incumbent will be reporting to the CEO



Research and Evaluation
  • Researching and documenting various Life Skill Based Education (LSBE) interventions around the world and identifying their outcomes.
  • Evaluating the applicability of a variety of LSBE interventions in the local context.
  • Assisting and collaborating with the Zindagi Trust (ZT) Monitoring and Evaluation team for process and impact evaluation.


Content Analysis, Curriculum Development and Implementation
  • Evaluating the LSBE content currently taught at primary and secondary levels at the schools managed by ZT and recommend changes based on research.
  • Mapping Standard Learning Outcomes (SLOs) in the National Curriculum to various components of LSBE.
  • Developing LSBE curriculum with grade appropriate SLOs and assessments.
  • Evaluating books and other teaching materials available in the country pertinent to LSBE.
  • Observing LSBE classes at schools to evaluate the efficacy of content delivery.
  • Establishing teams of key teaching and non-teaching staff members at schools and maintaining constant contact with them to ensure appropriate implementation of the program.


Policy Development and Documentation
  • Write a comprehensive school-based child protection policy for dissemination to ZT’s schools and beyond.
  • Preparing an operational manual for a wider implementation of LSBE program across a large number of schools.


Training
  • Managing and mentoring teachers that deliver LSBE content at the schools
  • Developing and updating material, training tools and training modules pertinent to Child Protection Policy and LSBE.
  • Arranging, delivering, overseeing and strategizing trainings to ensure effective delivery of the content at different grade levels.
  • Adding to the team of Master Trainers and arranging special refresher programs for existing Master Trainers.


Advocacy
  • Assisting Zindagi Trust’s communication team in developing strategies for awareness campaigns on various child protection issues.
  • Representing the LSBE component and Zindagi Trust at various national and international forums.


Networking, Collaboration and Outreach
  • Collaborating with partner organizations especially Aahung
  • Educating parents and community at large by regular and specific programs for both the genders.
  • Nominating representative parents as a point of reference for community education and following up with them.
  • Arranging awareness sessions for officials from Police, Education and Health Departments and the UC to take them on board.
  • Engaging with experts and partner organizations on an ongoing basis to promote common goals of child protection.
  • Networking with external stakeholders and participate in meetings and forums related to activities on LSBE.


  Qualification and Skills
  • Master’s Degree in Gender Studies or relevant discipline required.
  • 2-3 years’ experience in development sector, especially in the education sector is required.
  • Familiarity with secondary research, writing literature review and referencing is required.
  • Exposure to curriculum analysis and development will be an added advantage.


To Apply

  1. Write us an email describing why you are a good fit for the role addressed to career@zindagitrust.org attach your CV to the email.




Summary

The Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (R,M&E) Manager will be exclusively responsible to build institutional capacity for planning and implementing the R,M&E activities for all programs and special programs by designing, conducting trainings, coaching, mentoring, and provision of technical support. The R,M&E Manager will be expected to identify frameworks, tools, and software that will facilitate the process and impact evaluation of the programs and projects initiated by Zindagi Trust at their schools. The R,M&E Manager will take a lead in designing key programmatic studies on major interventions including Professional Development Program, Life Skills Based Education, Mind Sports, Art, Health and Nutrition Program and others by using appropriate research methodologies. The incumbent will be responsible for ongoing monitoring and evaluation studies such as the baseline and end line surveys, organize periodic reviews and learning sessions based upon the organizational and donor requirements. The R,M&E Manager is also expected to oversee the quality control aspects of program implementation. The incumbent will provide overall program level technical guidance in documentation, knowledge management systems and practices, through training, coaching and mentoring the programs/special programs teams.



Responsibilities
Institutional Capacity Building
  • Develop organization wide R,M&E system and plan R,M&E activities pertaining to the programs and school-based interventions.
  • Identify tools, frameworks, software and applications that will facilitate effective implementation of R,M&E at the Trust.
  • Develop and refine processes that include clearly defined objectives, indicators, data collection, reporting and other data management processes.
  • Manage a rigorous approach to M&E to measure performance towards specific goals and objectives, using quantitative, qualitative, and participatory methodologies.
  • Lead the design and conduct all baseline studies, midterm and annual reviews, impact assessment processes and end line evaluations.
  • Initiate and oversee the write up of periodic reports (quarterly, annual and situation reports) and coordinate processes of developing annual and periodic reports in collaboration with the Head of Programs and the Head of Advocacy and Communications.
  • Innovate, propose and or test / modify simple, user-friendly and effective R,M&E system that will enable the Trust to track both the individual and cumulative impact of its interventions.
  • Ensure outcomes from program specific studies provide insights regarding improvement in ongoing programs and strategically inform future programs.
  • Document lessons learnt in order to improve program quality.

Secondary Research
  • Read literature and write comprehensive literature review to find evidence relevant to the interventions undertaken by the Trust.
  • Read literature, identify best practices, conduct benchmarking and comparative analysis of interventions in the education sector locally and globally.
  • Use various public sources, such as publications by governments and international agencies, and summarize and present statistics relevant to the Trust’s interventions.

Research Design, Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting
  • Oversee and provide input in research design and methodology for program-related research
  • Design data collection instruments, schedules, analysis methods, and applied technologies.
  • Monitor the results of the program’s activities and contribute to periodic evaluations/assessments
  • Contribute to periodic dissemination of results to internal and external audiences.
  • Manage the process of efficiently tracking and reporting on progress of programs and school-based interventions against baseline and targets.
  • Contribute towards development of programmatic reports, conference papers and other learning materials using the evidence base of the project.

Data Management and Quality Assurance
  • Ensure data quality and accuracy through various mechanisms and other quality assurance tools, systematically implementing them across the projects.
  • Ensure timely warehousing and archiving of the programmatic data in an appropriate software.
  • Identify innovative solutions to promote data-based decision making among the program staff.
  • Work closely with the CEO, Head of Programs and Strategic Development, Head of Advocacy and Special Programs, Project Managers and Professional Development Teams to ensure the overall alignment of the organizational priorities with the R,M&E activities.

Learning
  • Lead the design and implementation of the organization’s learning agenda aligned with theories of change, integrating components of M&E, Research and Learning.
  • Oversee and manage studies and evaluations of various interventions at the school and national level.
  • Build a strong and convincing evidence base on key learning priorities to demonstrate ZT programs’ results and achievements.
  • Develop and implement learning activities with partners and other like-minded stakeholders.

Training and Development
  • Encourage various team members to actively engage in research and provide training to staff and project stakeholders on R,M&E activities such as literature review, data collection tools, data analysis, monitoring plan, tools, assessments, evaluations and report writing.

Others
  • Any other responsibilities that may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:
  • Masters’ degree in an area related to international development and data management, gender studies, international development, or other related field required;
  • 3-5 years experience in designing and implementing M&E systems for international donor-funded projects in Pakistan;
  • Demonstrated expertise in qualitative and quantitative data collection and management methods;
  • Ability to work across various teams with excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build consensus and navigate complex operating environments;
  • Fluency in English and Urdu required;


To Apply
  1. Write us an email describing why you are a good fit for the role addressed to career@zindagitrust.org attach your CV to the email.




Location:

Based in the Head Office in Karachi with occasional visits to schools within Karachi Job type: full-time, entry-level, available immediately Reporting to: Manager of Marketing and Communications

Job Responsibilities


Content
  • Develop content for social media optimized for the relevant platform viz. Instagram, twitter and Facebook, etc.
  • Draft social media and email marketing copy
  • Draft supporting graphics / videos / polls to go along with social media copy
  • Brainstorm content ideas

Community Management
  • Lead community management for all social media platforms
  • Monitor and moderate engagement on the organisation’s profiles on all social media platforms
  • Monitor social media platforms for feedback, direct mentions of the organization, and any discussions that include relevant keywords, topics, competitors, or industries.
  • Respond to requests for information on social media, email and, where relevant, phone calls, answering standard queries (or FAQs) directly and directing other queries to the relevant person and follow up to ensure they are answered
  • Explore avenues for partnerships and collaborations on social media with like-minded pages

Performance Reporting
  • Review email campaign metrics (in collaboration with Donor Management team where relevant) and create reports with recommendations for follow-up action
  • Review website metrics regularly and create reports on the same, including special reporting after campaigns targeting conversion
  • Identify high-profile contacts and leads and review their response, if any, to our campaigns in their reporting


The ideal candidate is fluent in English and Urdu, has excellent written English, is familiar with, active on and has a demonstrable interest in social media, blogging, vlogging, writing and/or campaigning. Fresh graduates welcome but previous work/internship experience, a strong work ethic and a love for learning on the job is a must. Previous work experience in a social media marketing or executive role is not required.



To Apply
  1. Write us an email describing why you are a good fit for the role addressed to career@zindagitrust.org with the subject “Digital Marketing Officer”

  2. Create a post for an online platform of your choice introducing your friends and followers to Zindagi Trust’s work (you can send us the draft with the email in (i), you don’t have to post it)

  3. Attach your CV to the email in (i)


Overview of Zindagi Trust:

Zindagi Trust is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that strives to improve the quality of education available to the average Pakistani. Our areas of work include reforming public schools, educating working children and lobbying the government to improve education policy.

Our flagship projects of school reform are SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School (SMB) and Khatoon-e-Pakistan Government School (KPS) in Karachi. The schools have been transformed into vibrant centres of learning through a combination of infrastructural development, administrative upheaval, academic reforms, student development and teacher development.

Working Relationship:

The incumbent will be part of Zindagi Trust's Professional Development Team.The team works closely with Schools' Project Managers, teachers and students at the schools, and program staff at the Head Office, who work together to build and sustain healthy, thriving, vision-driven schools. The team reports to the Head of Programs at Zindagi Trust.

Purpose and Scope:

Zindagi Trust envisions that all children at our schools and beyond attain an education through which they can transform their lives. Our vision for our schools is where students learn independently, develop a broader worldview and grow into kind, responsible, active and well-rounded citizens.

The role of the Professional Development Team is to design, introduce and support practical, hands-on, innovative teaching and learning practices that go beyond traditional norms and assumptions. These can be in shape of remixing existing strategies and creating new ones.As part of the team, the incumbent would be expected to introduce teaching methods that put the student at the center of all learning experiences, bridge content across traditional "subject" domains, and develop an unshakable growth mindset. She would train and provide continued support to respective subject coordinators and teachers to strengthen and enrich student learning in her subject areaand empower students to identify and solve problems.

She would be expected to work with the relevant subject teachers of all the schools managed by Zindagi Trust with the help of an on-ground support team of subject coordinators. Subject Coordinators are government and/or privately hired teachers who are trained to work as coordinators.



Major Responsibilities:

1. Curate and design curriculum, teaching tools and resources to teach the subject effectively


  • Evaluate National and International Curriculums and adapt them as per the needs of the organization
  • Organize and develop the subject area's scope and sequence, and measure its effective impact on teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Evaluate textbooks, learning materials, resources, audio-visual aids etc. for the subject area
  • Work with other subject leads to develop linkages among subjects and link scheme of studies with the other subjects'


2. Workwith individual and/or small groups of teachers on content mastery, pedagogy, classroom management, designing learning experiences and reflection
3. Build authentic relationships to connect with each teacher's style, strengths, and areas of growth.
4. Co-teach and model innovative learning practices with subject coordinators and teachers
5. Plan and deliver regulartrainings for relevant subject teachers
6. Develop a team of Subject Coordinators who can provide consistent support to teachers by:

  • Helping them develop scheme of studies
  • Helping them choose appropriate teaching tools and developing teaching resources.
  • Undertaking frequent classroom observations followed by coordination meetings
  • Re-checking exercise books and assessment papers.
  • Reviewing lesson plans of subject teachers on weekly basis for continuous follow up and development in the subject area.


7. Collect, analyze, and present data to track growth within the school
  • Decide on attainment targets to overview child's progression between year groups.
  • Evaluate the teaching of subject across the school and use this analysis to report the management about effective practices, areas for improvement and future action plan
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation tools along with the rest of the team
  • Develop institutionalknowledgeofbestteachingandtrainingpracticesthroughfrequent documentation
  • Undertake frequent and regular classroom observation to assess the implementation of the new strategies in subject area.



Other Responsibilities:
  • Attends school events, meetings and presentations.
  • Undertake any task which may reasonably be expected by the senior management and is commensurate with the role.
  • Remains updated about developments in the subject in terms of statutory requirements and the range of good practices available.



Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Teaching expertise in the relevant subject.
  • Strong collaboration skills, preferably with experience in cross-team coordination and facilitation of workgroups.
  • Ability to communicate with staff having diverse skills, mindsets and expectations.
  • Ability to work independently, analyze and solve problems in complex, unstructured systems and create action plans.
  • Ability to analyze academic data; format, visualize and present it effectively through software.
  • Belief in the ability of all students to achieve excellent academic and non-academic outcomes regardless of their socioeconomic background.
  • Commitment to excellence and strong work ethic.



Education, Training & Experience
  • Masters Degree, preferably in education or the subject area, from an accredited educational institution
  • Training and/or experience in staff development and instructional design



How to Apply:

Prospective candidates should send their resumes to with the job title in the subject line.



Overview of Zindagi Trust:

Zindagi Trust is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that strives to improve the quality of education available to the average Pakistani. Our areas of work include reforming public schools, educating working children and lobbying the government to improve education policy.

Our flagship projects of school reform are SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School (SMB) and Khatoon-e-Pakistan Government School (KPS) in Karachi. The schools have been transformed into vibrant centres of learning through a combination of infrastructural development, administrative upheaval, academic reforms, student development and teacher development.

Working Relationship:

The incumbent will be part of Zindagi Trust's Professional Development Team.The team works closely with Schools' Project Managers, teachers and students at the schools, and program staff at the Head Office, who work together to build and sustain healthy, thriving, vision-driven schools. The team reports to the Head of Programs at Zindagi Trust.

Purpose and Scope:

Zindagi Trust envisions that all children at our schools and beyond attain an education through which they can transform their lives. Our vision for our schools is where students learn independently, develop a broader worldview and grow into kind, responsible, active and well-rounded citizens.

The role of the Professional Development Team is to design, introduce and support practical, hands-on, innovative teaching and learning practices that go beyond traditional norms and assumptions. These can be in shape of remixing existing strategies and creating new ones.As part of the team, the incumbent would be expected to introduce teaching methods that put the student at the center of all learning experiences, bridge content across traditional "subject" domains, and develop an unshakable growth mindset. She would train and provide continued support to respective subject coordinators and teachers to strengthen and enrich student learning in her subject areaand empower students to identify and solve problems.

She would be expected to work with the relevant subject teachers of all the schools managed by Zindagi Trust with the help of an on-ground support team of subject coordinators. Subject Coordinators are government and/or privately hired teachers who are trained to work as coordinators.



Major Responsibilities:

1. Curate and design curriculum, teaching tools and resources to teach the subject effectively


  • Evaluate National and International Curriculums and adapt them as per the needs of the organization
  • Organize and develop the subject area's scope and sequence, and measure its effective impact on teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Evaluate textbooks, learning materials, resources, audio-visual aids etc. for the subject area
  • Work with other subject leads to develop linkages among subjects and link scheme of studies with the other subjects'


2. Workwith individual and/or small groups of teachers on content mastery, pedagogy, classroom management, designing learning experiences and reflection
3. Build authentic relationships to connect with each teacher's style, strengths, and areas of growth.
4. Co-teach and model innovative learning practices with subject coordinators and teachers
5. Plan and deliver regulartrainings for relevant subject teachers
6. Develop a team of Subject Coordinators who can provide consistent support to teachers by:

  • Helping them develop scheme of studies
  • Helping them choose appropriate teaching tools and developing teaching resources.
  • Undertaking frequent classroom observations followed by coordination meetings
  • Re-checking exercise books and assessment papers.
  • Reviewing lesson plans of subject teachers on weekly basis for continuous follow up and development in the subject area.


7. Collect, analyze, and present data to track growth within the school
  • Decide on attainment targets to overview child's progression between year groups.
  • Evaluate the teaching of subject across the school and use this analysis to report the management about effective practices, areas for improvement and future action plan
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation tools along with the rest of the team
  • Develop institutionalknowledgeofbestteachingandtrainingpracticesthroughfrequent documentation
  • Undertake frequent and regular classroom observation to assess the implementation of the new strategies in subject area.



Other Responsibilities:
  • Attends school events, meetings and presentations.
  • Undertake any task which may reasonably be expected by the senior management and is commensurate with the role.
  • Remains updated about developments in the subject in terms of statutory requirements and the range of good practices available.



Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Teaching expertise in the relevant subject.
  • Strong collaboration skills, preferably with experience in cross-team coordination and facilitation of workgroups.
  • Ability to communicate with staff having diverse skills, mindsets and expectations.
  • Ability to work independently, analyze and solve problems in complex, unstructured systems and create action plans.
  • Ability to analyze academic data; format, visualize and present it effectively through software.
  • Belief in the ability of all students to achieve excellent academic and non-academic outcomes regardless of their socioeconomic background.
  • Commitment to excellence and strong work ethic.



Education, Training & Experience
  • Masters Degree, preferably in education or the subject area, from an accredited educational institution
  • Training and/or experience in staff development and instructional design



How to Apply:

Prospective candidates should send their resumes to with the job title in the subject line.



Purpose & Scope:

Zindagi Trust (ZT) is looking for a Deputy Project Manager for their flagship government school reform project-SMB Fatima Jinnah Government School. The candidate should be enterprising, passionate about education reform and have experience in education management and academics. This is a full-time role based in Karachi, Pakistan.



Context:

Zindagi Trust took on SMB Fatima Jinnah Government School and Khatoon-e-Pakistan Government School as pilot projects of school reform and introduced interventions in infrastructure, administration, governance, teacher development, academic reform, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. The schools today stand transformed into modern, creative schools at par with any private school in the city winning inter-city competitions against the best schools in fields as diverse as chess, science and football. The process of school reform at each of the schools is led by a full-time Project Manager reporting to Zindagi Trust and working closely with the government apparatus.

Major Job Responsibilities:


Our vision for the school is where students learn independently, develop a broader worldview and grow into kind, responsible, active and well-rounded citizens. The Deputy Project Manager embodies our vision for the school and articulates the mission for all aspects of the school's program. The ideal candidate is someone who has had experience running a school, has demonstrated excellent management skills and can communicate effectively.Details of the tasks expected from the position include:

Management & Leadership:
Create school culture that reflects values and ethos of Zindagi Trust and provide leadership to ensure holistic development of students in a safe and enriching environment.


  • Create a culture of openness, trust, respect, acceptance of diversity, reflection and collaborative learning.
  • Establish and promote high standards of performance and excellence for all students and staff.
  • Involve school staff in the school development planning and execution process.
  • Supervise, mentor and support entire school staff including government staff.
  • Communicate effectively and regularly with staff, students, and parents through regular meetings, small group and one-one interactions as needed.
  • Provide mentorship and support to develop the capacity of the school's management team including government Head Mistress and Coordinators.
  • Liaise with bureaucracy on matters that require assistance from the provincial government and maintaining records of all such correspondence.



Program planning, development and execution:

Develop and implement goals and objectives consistent with Zindagi Trust vision, mission and values in liaison with Head of Programs and Strategic Development


  • Liaise with Head of Programs and Strategic Development Head of Programs and Strategic Development to develop School Development Plan that is in line with organizational vision, mission and values.
  • Implement the plan in action and spirit and document its progress and challenges.
  • Evaluate existing projects and practices and pilot new programs on an ongoing basis in liaison with the Head of Programs and Strategic Development.



Instructional Leadership:

Translate ZT's vision for academic and co-curricular excellence into action


  • Develop, implement, manage and oversee academic and co-curricular activities.
  • Oversee the activities of Professional Development Team and facilitate the team as needed.
  • Ensure continued improvement in curriculum, textbooks and teaching methods.
  • Ensure that teachers follow prescribed syllabi, schemes of studies, examination requirements and procedures.
  • Conduct ongoing consistent evaluation of government and project teachers through classroom observations, copy checking etc. followed by constructive feedback.



Student well-being and development:

Ensure the safety and growth of students' physical, emotional, and intellectual needs through individual and collective engagement, employing appropriate methods.


  • Ensure safety and security of all students while they are on the school premises.
  • Identify intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs affecting students' success in school.
  • Involve relevant stakeholders e.g. teachers, staff, Head Office, external organizations and proactively take steps to meet the needs of students.
  • Design and conduct risk-assessment to identify and classify potential safety hazards in the school premises.



Administration:

Ensure compliance with organizational policies, success of instructional programs and operations of all campus activities


  • Ensure implementation of clear policies and procedures concerning administration and management for smooth functioning of the school.
  • Oversee all administrative activities including staff recruitment, student admissions, attendance, punctuality, cleanliness, utilization of facilities, general school routine and development and implementation of timetable etc.
  • Recommend, implement and monitor changes to administrative policies and protocols to ensure improved administration and supervision.



Outreach & Community Engagement:

Establish a strong working relationship with all relevant stakeholders including parents, community, external organizations to ensure continuous growth


  • Develop and maintain a relationship with various stakeholders such as local officials, community members and alumni to design collective initiatives and streamline operations.
  • Engage with community to expand the outreach of school initiatives through PTMs, Open House events, school exhibitions, guest talks etc.
  • Engage with other organizations (non-profits, universities, independent researchers, government) working in the field of education, specially school reform, and community development.



Financial and Fiduciary Responsibilities:

Ensure compliance with organizational policies, success of instructional programs and operations of all campus activities


  • Ensure effective and timely use of funds for the project by developing monthly budget forecasts, issue timely request for funds, and provide bills against expenditure to the HO.
  • Follow Petty Cash Policy and manage petty cash with utmost responsibility.
  • Demonstrate custodianship of all assets (current and fixed) and other resources deployed at the school and ensure their effective use.



Education, Experience & Training:


  • Master's degree in school leadership or related program required.
  • Minimum 3 years of classroom teaching experience required.
  • Minimum of four yearsof experience in school leadership position required.
  • Experience managing and developing teams and individuals required.
  • Experience working with diverse, low-income communities preferred.
  • Strong command on written and verbal Urdu and English required.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The ideal candidate likes to take initiative, has a creative approach to solving problems, enjoys thinking on the fly and is not afraid to challenge their own knowledge of best practices with relevant new ideas. The candidate should:


  • Be an organized individual with proactive attitude and strong leadership skills and experience.
  • Be proficient in MS Office specially Ms Excel &Ms Word.
  • Be an empowered individual with qualities of working individually and as a part of team.
  • Have strong problem solving, critical thinking, coaching, and interpersonal skills.



How to Apply:

Prospective candidates should send their CV to with a cover letter describing how their previous experience fits within this role. This position is open for applications.



About Zindagi Trust:

Zindagi Trust works on improving the quality of education available to the average Pakistani child through pilot projects in school reform and policy advocacy. It has transformed two government schools in Karachi into model institutions and used the success of its work there to impact thousands of government schools through policy changes in school governance, child protection, etc.

The trusts' vision for a successful school is one that produces well-rounded citizens, not just students who score A's. To this end, it focuses on making classroom learning fun but also on developing strong co-curricular programs and on opening minds to new life and career choices. It has groomed national and regional champions and high achievers in chess, football, art, and science and youth leadership. Crucially, it has empowered young women - from a section of society where they are still marginalized - to enter professional and public life.


Purpose & Scope:

Zindagi Trust (ZT) is looking for a School Principal for their model secondary school set in Shangla, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The candidate should be enterprising, passionate about education reform and have experience in education management and academics. He/she will be responsible for overall management of the school and is expected to manage academic, co-curricular, administrative and community engagement initiatives at the school.

He/she will embody Zindagi Trust's mission to develop the school into a center of excellence. He/she would be expected to collaborate with the management in Karachi to share best practices. A key aspect of the role is to keep the management duly updated on school activities and its progress through regular communication with Project Lead. The ideal candidate is someone who has had experience running a school, has demonstrated excellent communication and management skills and is passionate about innovation.

This is a full-time role based in Shangla, KPK.



Job responsibilities:


Academic and co-curricular learning:


  • Develop, manage and oversee effective programs for holistic learning and well-being of students
  • Develop procedures and structures to ensure effective teaching practices
  • Implement an observation and feedback cycle that ensures continuous improvement in teaching and learning
  • Analyze student achievement results to identify areas of need and inform school improvement efforts
  • Develop and implement a professional development plan to address identified areas of need
  • Maintain effective communication to keep the staff, students, and parents properly informed. Management and operations:
  • Collaborate with ZT management to understand, refine and implement the school vision and strategy.
  • Develop and implement School Development Plan for academic and socio-emotional success for all students
  • Develop and implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in consultation with the Program Team at Head Office
  • Ensure implementation of school policies for smooth functioning of the school
  • Oversee and ensure management of all administrative activities
  • Ensure a safe and nurturing environment for students, staff, and families
  • Oversee the recruitment and hiring of diverse, highly-qualified staff
  • Apply teacher and staff performance management systems in a way that ensures a culture of continuous improvement, support, and accountability



Financial and fiduciary responsibilities:


  • Develop monthly budget forecasts, issue timely request for funds, and provide bills against expenditure to the Management to ensure effective use of funds for the project.
  • Follow financial protocols and procedures as prescribed and deemed necessary by HO.
  • Liaise with Project Lead for fulfillment of resource requirements and ensure that proper procedure for seeking approval for expenses is followed.
  • Demonstrate custodianship of all assets (current and fixed) and other resources deployed at the school.
  • Oversee and ensure maintenance of department-wise inventory of the resources available at the school and ensure its effective use. Families and community engagement:
  • Develop and maintain a relationship with parents, community members, local officials and leaders to improve communications, streamline operations, and resolve issues.
  • Design activities to increase outreach of the school and ensure that children from community, other than students, are benefiting from school resources.
  • Develop and roll out initiatives for community development and engagement.



Others:

Engage with other organizations (non-profits, universities, independent researchers, government) working in the field of education, specially school reform, and community development.


How to apply:

Prospective candidates should send their CV to career@zindagitrust.org with a cover letter describing how their previous experience fits within this role.


Purpose & Scope:

Zindagi Trust (ZT) is looking for a Head of Academics for their model secondary school set in Shangla, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The candidate should be enterprising, passionate about education reform and have experience in academic management of schools. The incumbent would be responsible for leading the design, implementation and monitoring of all learning related interventions at the school to develop the school into a center of excellence and innovation. He/she would also be required to provide support, professional development, training and/or coaching to teachers within designated span of control, in conjunction with the Professional Development Team.


The Head of Academics would work closely with the Head of Administration, provide support to the School Principal as well as keep the management team in the Karachi Office updated on school activities and its progress through regular communication with Project Lead.


This is a full-time role based in Shangla, KPK.



Responsibilities:


Design and management of learning interventions:


  • Research best practices in the field of learning design and innovation in community schools internationally and incorporate in the design of learning interventions at SGS.
  • Develop, execute and monitor academic and co-curricular annual calendar.
  • Develop an annual learning plan for school with priority areas and KPIs identified.
  • Research various learning resources including library books, curate and develop content that promotes hands on content where needed within the Trust guidelines.
  • Continuously monitor progress of the interventions that have been rolled out.



Training, development and support for teachers:


  • Identify teachers' professional development needs and develop a training and support plan for teachers, in conjunction with the relevant Subject Leads.
  • Support teachers in developing scheme of studies, effective lesson planning, and their execution in the classroom.
  • Conduct coordination meetings with teachers to identify issues and to design support.
  • Conduct formal and informal classroom observations followed by debrief meetings and coaching support.
  • Check lesson plans and checked copies of teachers to evaluate the progress of teaching staff towards the learning goals of school.
  • Organize need-based trainings and workshops in conjunction with the Subject Leads.



Support to school management


  • Assist the School Principal in developing the School Development Plan.
  • Coordinate with School Management and/or Subject Leads in conducting consultative meetings with teachers; take minutes of the meeting, disseminate information and keep an active follow up on identified areas.
  • Assist School Principal in keeping an effective follow up of students with special concerns and help teachers to plan and take effective measures.
  • In conjunction with School Principal, plan and organise extracurricular activities and effectively administer inter & intra school competition.
  • Periodically review and revise monitoring and evaluation tools with the management to strengthen academic and co-curricular outcomes.
  • Review and enhance procedures of recruitment and performance management of teachers and provide necessary support for its implementation.
  • Identify the need for academic and co-curricular staff at the school and inform the School Principal on timely basis.



Others:


  • Attend school events, meetings and presentations.
  • Undertake any task which may reasonably be expected by the Management Team and is commensurate with his/ her role in the team.
  • Remain updated about developments in the all subjects in terms of statutory requirements and the range of good practices available.



Education, training and experience:


  • Master's degree in Education or related program is necessary.
  • 2-3 years of classroom teaching experience required.
  • 2-3 years of academic management and leadership experience.
  • Experience managing and developing teams and individuals required.
  • Experience working with diverse, under-privileged communities preferred.



Knowledge, skills and abilities:

The ideal candidate likes to take initiative, has a creative approach to solving problems, enjoys thinking on the fly and is not afraid to challenge their own knowledge of best practices with relevant new ideas. The candidate should be:


  • Proficient in MS Office specially MS Excel & MS Word.
  • An empowered individual with qualities of leadership and being a team player.
  • Excellent organizational and multitasking abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of national curriculum and textbooks.
  • Strong command on written and verbal Urdu and English required.
  • Oral fluency in Pashto will be preferred.



Reporting line:

The incumbent will report directly to the School Principal and Head of Programs and Strategic Development at ZT.



Working relationship:

The Head of Academics will be required to liaise with Subject Leads and Project Lead for all program interventions specially academics, curriculum planning and staff development.



How to apply

Prospective candidates should send their CV to career@zindagitrust.org with a cover letter describing how their previous experience fits within this role.







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