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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. This is a full-time role based in Shangla, KPK. Competitive salary will be provided.



Reporting Relationships:

The incumbent will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at ZT for all matters related to administration and academics of the school. In addition, the School Principal will be required to liaise with Project Lead and Head of Programs and Strategic Development for all program interventions specially academics, curriculum planning and staff development unless modified by the CEO.

Context:


Nestled between the mountains dotted with lush forests and colorful ceilings, Shangla Girls School (SGS) is the first secondary school for girls in Barkana, Shangla. The school is a recent development spread over 20 kanal land overlooking green terraces and snow-capped mountains across the river.
Having a capacity of 1000 students, and with 250 students present, SGS offers a variety of facilities such as playground with basketball court, indoor sports, a computer and science laboratory, a library and classrooms equipped with audio visual connectivity. The school was established in March 2018 and is now being managed by ZT. Our challenge now is to establish this school into a model institution providing holistic education of a standard befitting the stature and prominence of the facility.

Vision:


Our vision for the school is where students learn independently, develop a broader worldview and grow into kind, responsible, active and well-rounded citizens. Our goal for the next three years is to build the school into a holistic center of development for students and staff alike that can ultimately develop the school into a model for government and private schools in Shangla to follow. We also see the school as a community resource, which opens its facilities up to children beyond its enrolled students and actively strives for community development through outreach, advocacy and student-led activism.



Job Profile:

The School Principal embodies our vision for the school and articulates the mission to develop the school into a center of excellence. Based on the success of Zindagi Trust's school reform projects in Karachi and international best practices, the School Principal would adopt and promote innovative approaches in all aspects of school management and leadership.

He/She will lead and manage academic, co-curricular and community engagement initiatives at the school and oversee administration and management in liaison with Head of Administration. A key aspect of the role is to keep Management Team duly updated on school activities and its progress through regular communication with Project Lead. And any other relevant task expected from the role.

The ideal candidate is someone who has had experience running a school, has demonstrated excellent communication and management skills and is passionate about innovation. Details of the tasks expected from the position include:



Management & Leadership


  • Develop the school to reflect values and ethos of ZT.
  • Create a school culture that reflects and promotes learning, harmony, creativity and appreciation for the local culture.
  • Create a culture for intellectual growth and development of staff and students alike.
    • Mentor and motivate staff on an ongoing basis and provide leadership support to management team
    • Identify staff professional development needs and organize contextualized, need-based training programs.
  • Establish and promote high standards and expectations for all students and staff.
  • Supervise and oversee staff and operations including administration, academic and finance.
  • Observe, counsel and design a system for feedback to attain overall vision of the Trust.


Academics and Co-Curricular


  • Contextualize and translate ZT's vision for academic and co-curricular excellence into objectives for the students as well as for the staff at the school.
  • Develop, implement, manage and oversee academic and co-curricular activities.
  • Develop procedures and structures to ensure effective teaching practices.
  • Initiate and encourage continued improvement in curriculum and teaching methods
    • Review and revise prescribed textbooks in alignment with national and provincial curriculum as per the need of the school in collaboration with Management Team.
    • Ensure academic instructions are implemented in accordance with the schemes of studies and prescribed syllabi, examination requirements and procedures.
  • Identify the need for and provide adequate teaching material, equipment and facilities for the promotion of quality teaching in the school.
  • Regularly review and assess the performance of teaching staff through regular classroom observation and copy checking and accordingly counsel, coach and train them to improve their quality of teaching.



Planning and Strategic Development:


  • Collaborate with ZT management to understand, refine and implement the school vision and strategy.
  • Conceptualize and develop short-term and long-term School Development Plan to achieve project objectives.
  • Implement the School Development Plan in action and spirit and document its progress and challenges.
  • Develop detailed policy manuals and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for school operations in consultation with the Head Office.
  • Ensure implementation of clear policies and procedures concerning administration and management for smooth functioning of the school.
  • Collaborate with relevant staff to design and implement programs and systems for student wellbeing and development.



Outreach & Community Engagement:


  • Develop and maintain a relationship on behalf of the school with stakeholders such as parents, local officials, community members and leaders to improve communications, streamline operations, and resolve issues.
  • Engage with community to expand the outreach of school initiatives through PTMs, Open House events, school exhibitions, guest talks and visits by volunteers, public figures, community leaders, government officials, etc.
    • Actively participate and encourage staff participation in parent-teacher and other community groups, as a means of developing understanding, cooperation, and respect for school objectives and endeavors.
  • Design activities to ensure children from community, other than students, are benefiting from school resources.
  • Design collective initiatives to develop shared goals and lead community development activities.
    • Initiate and mobilize resources for community engagement and development activities at the school and beyond.
  • 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 effective use of funds for the project by developing monthly budget forecasts, issue timely request for funds, and provide bills against expenditure to the Management Team.
  • Follow Petty Cash Policy and managing petty cash with utmost responsibility.
  • Liaise with Project Coordinator 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.
  • Maintain and update department-wise inventory of the resources available at the school and ensure its effective use.
  • Report on-going expenses in a timely manner with sufficient details.



Administration:


  • Oversee all administrative activities including admissions, attendance, punctuality, cleanliness, utilization of facilities, development and implementation of timetable etc.
  • Maintain effective communication to keep the staff, students, and parents properly informed.
  • Design and lead the process for recruitment and selection to appoint staff at the school with support from Management Team.
  • Recommend, implement and monitor changes to administrative policies and protocols to ensure improved administration, supervision and increased opportunity for student development.
  • Design and conduct a risk-assessment exercise for school premise to identify and classify potential safety hazards.



Education, Experience & Training:


  • Master's degree in school leadership or related program required.
  • Minimum 3 years of classroom teaching experience required.
  • 5-8 years of experience working in education with increasing responsibilities and achievements required.
  • 1 year in school leadership position required. 2-3 years of experience preferred.
  • 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. Oral fluency in Pashto 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:


  • Have respect and appreciation for the local culture.
  • Be an organized individual with proactive attitude and strong leadership skills and experience.
  • Have an in-depth understanding of management (preferable school management) procedures and departmental processes.
  • 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 excellent organizational and multitasking abilities.
  • Have strong problem solving, critical thinking, coaching, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Have knowledge of file management and other administrative procedures.
  • Be fluent in oral and written communication in English and Urdu. Understanding of Pashto is a must.



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 till June 5th, 2020.



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 cocurricular 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 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 education management, academics and trainings. This is a full-time role based in Shangla, KPK. Competitive salary will be provided.



Reporting Relationships:

The incumbent will report directly to the School Principal and Head of Programs and Strategic Development at ZT. In addition, the Head of Academics will be required to liaise with Project Lead for all program interventions specially academics, curriculum planning and staff development.



Context:

Nestled between the mountains dotted with lush forests and colorful ceilings, Shangla Girls School (SGS) is the first secondary school for girls in Barkana, Shangla. The school is a recent development spread over 20 kanal land overlooking green terraces and snow-capped mountains across the river.

Having a capacity of 1000 students, and with 250 students present, SGS offers a variety of facilities such as playground with basketball court, indoor sports, a computer and science laboratory, a library and classrooms equipped with audio visual connectivity. The school was established in March 2018 and is now being managed by ZT. Our challenge now is to establish this school into a model institution providing holistic education of a standard befitting the stature and prominence of the facility.



Vision:

Our vision for the school is where students learn independently, develop a broader worldview and grow into kind, responsible, active and well-rounded citizens. Our goal for the next three years is to build the school into a holistic center of development for students and staff alike that can ultimately develop the school into a model for government and private schools in Shangla to follow. We also see the school as a community resource, which opens its facilities up to children beyond its enrolled students and actively strives for community development through outreach, advocacy and student-led activism.



Job Profile:

The Head of Academics embodies our vision for the school and articulates the mission to develop the school into a center of excellence. Based on the success of Zindagi Trust's school reform projects in Karachi and international best practices, the Head of Academics would adopt and promote innovative approaches in all aspects of academic and co-curricular management.

He/She will be primarily responsible for enhancing capacity and performance of teachers in the relevant subject area. The person in position will develop, implement, monitor and evaluate academic and cocurricular policies and structures which promote effective teaching for the teachers and holistic development for the students.

A key aspect of the role is to keep Management Team duly updated on school activities and its progress through regular communication with Project Lead. And perform any other relevant task expected from the role.



Management & Leadership


  • Create a culture for intellectual growth and development of academic staff and students alike.
  • Supervise, coach and motivate academic staff and students on an ongoing basis
  • Establish and promote high standards and expectations for all students and academic staff.


Academics and Co-Curricular


  • Contextualize and translate ZT's vision for academic and co-curricular excellence in action
  • Design, execute and monitor academic and co-curricular annual calendar.
  • Review and revise academic curriculum as per the need of the school.
  • Lead the evaluation of textbooks, learning materials, resources, audio-visual aids etc. for all subjects.
  • Train and mentor teachers to develop effective lesson plans for their respective grades and review them accordingly.
  • Help teachers develop scheme of studies and ensure its execution in the classroom.
  • Review and analyze examples of best practice from other schools in the district which could be incorporated in the academics at the school
  • Guide teachers in choosing appropriate teaching tools and developing teaching resources.



Professional Development:


  • Collaborate with the Management Team to develop a comprehensive School Development Plan inclusive of KPIs for academic and professional development of teachers
  • Develop and implement a short and long-term academic and professional development plan for teachers based on the identified KPIs.
  • Identify staff professional development needs, organize and conduct contextualized, needbased training programs.
  • Orient and train relevant staff to effectively achieve performance milestones.
  • Observe teachers in classroom, assess their instructional practices and provide structured feedback bi-weekly against the milestones.
  • Provide professional development support to teachers via workshops, trainings, lesson planning support, classroom observations, monitoring performance and strength-based coaching.
  • Collaborate with the Management Team to develop a system for academic and co-curricular monitoring and evaluation for relevant staff
  • Periodically review and revise monitoring and evaluation tools with Management Team to strengthen academic and co-curricular outcomes.
  • Create a system for peer-to-peer learning and sharing of knowledge amongst relevant staff.



Policies and Protocols


  • Collaborate with Management Team to develop procedures for recruitment and dismissal of academic and co-curricular staff and provide necessary support for its implementation.
  • Identify the need for academic and co-curricular staff at the school and inform the Management Team on timely basis.
  • Ensure that all practices in school are aligned with school policy and the vision of the school.



Other Responsibilities


  • Create a dynamic and forward looking learning environment for both staff and students.
  • Attends 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 playe.
  • 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 is a must.



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 till June 5th ,2020



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.







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