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Zindagi Trust manages two government girls’ schools with sizeable enrollment in Karachi and one girls’ school in Shangla, KPK. Collective enrolment in these schools stands at approximately 3,500 students.

While Academics form the core of our intervention in reforming education in Pakistan, Zindagi Trust believes in providing holistic education to students. To make this possible, Zindagi Trust currently runs the following programs for students at its schools: music, art, pottery, chess, sports, summer/winter camps, fellowship programs, breakfast, mental health awareness and support, and Life Skills Based Education (LSBE). Besides these, various activities are offered round-the-year for student development. Our professional development team works on capacity building of teachers.

The Trust is looking for an individual who could manage and support the existing programs and design and implement new programs that are aligned with the vision of the organization.


The Manager Programs will be responsible for:


Program Design and Delivery


  • Collaborating with schools and the professional development team to design short-term and long-term programs and activities in accordance with the mission and goals of Zindagi Trust.
  • Developing budgets and detailed operating plans for the programs, where required.
  • Ensuring, in collaboration with Project Managers and Head Mistresses, that programs are being delivered with programs with demonstrable impact.
  • Collaborating with Project Managers and Head Mistresses to monitor overall quality of program implementation. 
  • Keeping in close contact with and seeking input from stakeholders to make communication easy and transparent regarding program issues and relevant decisions.
  • Implementing and managing changes and interventions based on feedback from stakeholders and process evaluations to ensure attainment of program goals.
  • Collaborating and coordinating with the Professional Development (PD) team in developing and rolling out academic programs.
  • Collaborating with schools and members of the program team to develop and implement new co-curricular programs.

Monitoring and Evaluation


  • Developing program design documents and concept notes in collaboration with M&E department.
  • Developing Theories of Change and Logical Frameworks for programs in collaboration with M&E department.
  • Developing process and impact evaluation methods and tools in collaboration with M&E department to assess program strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Documentation and Reporting


  • Supervising the preparation of manuals and SOPs for various programs.
  • Producing accurate and timely reports regarding the status of programs.

Leadership and Team Building


  • Managing the program team with a diverse array of talents and responsibilities to deliver on the goals of the team.
  • Ensuring that team members are given opportunities for development and training and build their and the organization's capacity.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Masters’ degree in an area related to social sciences or education;
  • 7-8 years overall experience in program design out of which 2-3 experience in a managerial position;
  • Ability to manage teams;
  • 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.


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. 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 Principal for their 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.



Job Profile:

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 Principal 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 years of 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 career@zindagitrust.org with a cover letter describing how their previous experience fits within this role. This position is open for applications. Female candidates will be preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan content for social media, newsletters, website and other external communications
  • Source success stories and curate rich content from the schools
  • Develop content optimized for the relevant social media platform viz. Instagram, twitter and Facebook, etc.
  • Draft and review social media and email marketing copy
  • Develop ideas for supporting graphics, videos, polls to go along with social media copy
  • Research and brainstorm content ideas, propose brand partnerships and campaigns
  • Lead community management for all social media platforms
  • Review all external communications – newsletters, campaign videos, tweets – for language, accuracy, relevance, tone to ensure it is aligned with our organizational values
  • Draft introduction emails/letters to potential partners, corporate donors, researchers, media
  • Draft press releases and advocacy briefs
  • Manage the content, curation and design of annual report
  • Provide program updates and information as required to senior management
  • Prepare monthly, annual and end-of-project narrative reports and other progress reports


Requirements

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. Fresh graduates are welcome but previous work/internship experience, a strong work ethic and a love for learning on the job is a must.

To Apply,

send an email with the subject “Assistant Manager Communications” to career@zindagitrust.org with the following:

  • A note describing why you are a good fit for the role
  • A link to a post/story on any social media platform of your choice introducing your friends and followers to one of Zindagi Trust’s programs
  • Your CV


The Assistant Manager Communications reports to the Head of Special Programs and Advocacy and works closely with the Manager of Communications and Marketing. This is a full-time, permanent role based in our Head Office in Karachi with occasional visits to schools within Karachi. During the pandemic, we work remotely 2-3 days a week.

  To learn more about the role and other vacancies, visit zindagitrust.org/careers


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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