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Location: Head Office, Karachi

Context:



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 Special Programs & Advocacy 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:



Please send your resume to career@zindagitrust.org along with a letter of interest with the subject line “Manager Special Programs & Advocacy”.

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.

Gender: Female only.

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 enhance the capacity and performance of the kindergarten teachers. She will develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the policies, syllabus, training sessions, and a system of examination, which promote high achievement, effective teaching and learning in the subject area.


She would be expected to work with the ECE 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:



  • 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’
  • Work with individual and/or small groups of teachers on content mastery, pedagogy, classroom management, designing learning experiences and reflection
  • Co-teach and model innovative learning practices with subject coordinators and teachers
  • Plan and deliver regular trainings for relevant subject teachers
  • 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.
  • 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 institutional knowledge of best teaching and training practices through frequent 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 Early Childhood Development System in terms of statutory requirements and the range of good practices available.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:



  • Teaching expertise in ECE classes.
  • 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, along with specialization/ diploma in ECE from a recognized institution.
  • Training and/or experience in ECE staff development and instructional design.
  • 3-4 years’ teaching experience as an ECE Teacher.
  • At least 3-4 years’ experience on an ECE lead/ coordinator level position.

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.

Location: Head Office, Karachi



Context

Shangla Girls School (“the School”) is first secondary school for girls in Shahpur. It is located in the remote, under-developed and densely populated district of Shangla, which ranks second last on the Human Development Index in the country. The hilly terrain makes building and getting to schools difficult, but the demand for quality education is great. 70% of girls are out of school but it is access, not attitudes that are holding them back. There is a tremendous opportunity to create impact through education.

Nestled in the hills dotted with lush forests, the school overlooks green terraces and snow-capped mountains across the river and is a 45-minute drive from Besham. The campus is spread across more than 2.5 acres and houses a playground, a library, a computer lab, a spacious auditorium, classrooms equipped with audio-visual connectivity and guest rooms for visiting faculty. 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.

The school was established in March 2018 and is being managed by Zindagi Trust.


Vision

Our vision for the school is one where students learn independently, develop a broad worldview and grow into kind, responsible, active, well-rounded citizens. Our goal is to implement the best practices from schools across the globe and 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 Program Officer will play a key role in establishing Shangla Girls School as a centre of excellence. She will work closely with the school management on the ground as needed, closely monitor - and realign where needed - the progress of the school, and ensure there is adequate and regular communication between the school and the head office.

The ideal candidate is someone who shares our vision for the school and articulates the mission for all aspects of the school’s program. She is passionate about education and specifically school reform. The role requires someone who has had experience managing projects, has demonstrated excellent project and time management skills and is a natural at oral and written communication.

The Program Officer will work closely with the school management, monitoring progress on and supporting them where needed in the development and implementation of academic programs, governance systems, administrative operations, school culture and climate, staff management, student well-being, teacher development and community engagement. She will assist them in hiring the Heads of Academics, Arts, Sports and Community Engagement.


Role and responsibilities

  • Efficient Operational Management: Provide operational support to ensure smooth execution of program activities as per implementation timelines
  • Review, revise and develop policies and protocols for smooth management of school operations
  • Liaise with the school management to ensure effective management of operations on a regular basis
  • Collaborate and coordinate with different departments at ZT Head Office, such as Programs, Finance, IT and Admin, to streamline operations, improve communication and resolve issues.
  • Facilitate School Management for on-ground implementation and monitoring for School Development Plan

  1. Program Development:­ Develop, design and lead execution of various program initiatives to strengthen the Zindagi Trust Reform Model
    • Research and survey local and international landscape to identify innovative models and interventions applicable to Shangla Girls School
    • Conduct background research on different initiatives being taken for the school
    • Present research findings, analysis and way forward through presentations and working papers

  • Design and lead the execution of selected initiatives under the guidance of Head of Programs and Strategic Development
  • Develop, cultivate and sustain strong and long-term relationships through networking and promotion of project activities with relevant stakeholders to mobilize their support for program initiatives
  • Identify key strategic priorities based on the project proposal and develop an action plan for their execution

  1. Documentation, project monitoring and reporting: Monitor and evaluate project progress, viz the running of the school, against predetermined performance milestones
    • Prepare and submit all internal and external project reports, including the six-monthly reporting due to the project’s grantor
    • Develop and manage a system for internal reporting to monitor project progress against predetermined milestones.
    • Collaborate with School Management to review project milestones for the upcoming year and make changes as needed
    • Collect and document best practices and success stories at the school on quarterly basis
    • Identify impact measurement indicators, collect data, analyse and present to the management
    • Liaise with the grantor for project reporting and

  2. Advocacy and outreach: Finding partners and supporters for the project by communicating the trust’s recommendations from Shangla to all stakeholders
  • Develop and execute a plan for community engagement and development within the approved budget, in collaboration with school management
  • Develop purposeful and innovative community engagement activities to instrument organization’s vision and aspirations for social, and economical, growth for Shangla.
  • Find partners and supporters for the project by communicating the trust’s recommendations from Shangla to all stakeholders including other actors in the development sector, government, media, corporate partners and potential champions from the general public
  • Manage communication with guest speakers, teachers and volunteers and direct them to the School Director or other ZT staff where applicable

To apply

Please send your resume to career@zindagitrust.org along with a letter of interest with the subject line Program Officer SGS.


Job Description:

Position Title: Program Officer – Special Programs and Advocacy

Location: Head Office, Karachi

Positions: Two available.


Background: Zindagi Trust believes that only a holistic model of education can help children develop into the conscious, caring and creative citizens of tomorrow that Pakistan and the world need.


Special Programs are a host of initiatives introduced at Zindagi Trust managed schools aimed at enabling students to (i) explore their talents and interests and (ii) become the best versions of themselves. They include programs in art, sports, music, chess, wellness and child protection, as well as exploratory summer camps, targeted bootcamps (e.g. in robotics or environmental activism), fellowships and exchanges.


Advocacy is another core aspect of our model which aims to bring the best practices from our experience in school reform to benefit all children of school-going age through advocacy with the relevant stakeholders, viz. political leadership, bureaucracy, media, relevant community and general public.


Purpose & Scope: The Program Officer will play a key role in designing and delivering Special Programs at the trust’s schools and in growing the impact of the school reform program through policy advocacy. She will be based in the Head Office with regular visits to the schools and will work under the guidance of the Head of Special Programs and Advocacy.


The Program Officer will fulfill the following roles and responsibilities:


Special Programs



  • Co-design new activities for and create implementation plans for Special Programs
  • Where possible, integrate new and existing special programs with core academics in coordination with the Programs Team
  • Lead program implementation/execution at the school level and carry out basic monitoring and evaluation, coordinating with the management of the schools as needed
  • Make monthly visits to each school to support and stay updated on each of the regular programs
  • Research and connect schools to external opportunities (trainings, competitions, technology, etc.) related to Special Programs for students and staff
  • Keep all communications on special programs up to date and, when needed, prepare progress reports for all special programs for internal or external use

Advocacy



  • Conduct background research on the various advocacy goals of the organization (e.g. preventive approach to child protection, art in every school)
  • Develop working relationships with local and international organisations having expertise in the relevant areas of focus for the trust’s advocacy goals
  • Develop advocacy briefs, position papers and infographics with the support of the Manager of Communications
  • Liaison between organization, external consultants and government institutions
  • Represent the organization on public forums such as talk shows or conferences
  • Conduct regular school visits for external visitors for various purposes and train other internal staff to do the same
  • Support program related on-ground interventions which are related to the advocacy goals (e.g. child abuse awareness programming)

Program reporting, outreach and other related communications



  • Draft concept notes, project proposals, program briefs and advocacy briefs
  • Design and draft rich communication (e.g. awareness campaigns, newsletters, etc.) about the trust’s special programs and advocacy goals
  • Write regular narrative project reports, website updates or other communications material as needed
  • Write and disseminate press releases
  • Assist in building relationships with relevant potential allies in media and academia

The ideal candidate has excellent oral communication skills in English and Urdu, is a natural writer in English, is detail-oriented, enjoys reading, is enterprising and resourceful with strong background research skills. The candidate must be able to work well independently while coordinating with various teams at the head office and schools, requiring excellent inter-personal skills. An interest in public policy, experience in or understanding of the public sector is a plus. Bachelor’s degree from reputable institution in the liberal arts or the social sciences preferred.


To apply, email your CV along with a note describing why the role interests you to career@zindagitrust.org with “Program Officer – Special Programs & Advocacy” mentioned in the subject.


Position Title:

School Counselor


Gender:

Female only.

 

Job Description

Zindagi Trust is looking for a School Counselor to support the mental health and wellness of its students and community. This is a role based in an all-girls school in Khyber Pakhtunkhua that the Trust manages. The school currently has grades K-9 fully functioning with a teaching staff comprising of 30+ members. The counselor will have the following responsibilities:


Provide psycho-social support through the following:

  • Counsel students individually and in groups
  • Offer grief or emergency counseling
  • Meet parents to provide updates on students on as-needed basis
  • Follow the referral system; teachers -> coordinators -> counselor
  • Train teachers to identify warning signs of child’s mental and physical distress 
  • Conduct classroom observations to identify students directly
  • Identify, support and counsel parents of students with special needs

Provide preventive care and psycho-social education through the following:

  • Research and document school’s counseling needs through the observed ‘common issues’ (e.g. stress management for board exam year students, bullying in middle school, etc.)
  • Facilitate workshops and training for teachers and parents to address common issues
  • Develop and execute support group sessions for students on common issues
  • Conduct occasional sessions on psycho-social education for the parents

Requirement

The ideal candidate is trained to be a counselor/therapist, has experience working with children and has a degree in psychology (preferably developmental psychology). The role requires emotional intelligence, empathy, comfort working in challenging and under-resourced environments, and strong oral communication skills in Pashtu and Urdu.


Experience

Minimum 2 years of relevant experience. Experience with educational institutes is preferred.

 

Location

A full-time position based at the school in KPK. Arrangements can be discussed and modified based on mutual agreement between the Trust and the incumbent.

 

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.

 


Gender:

Female candidates will be given preference for this position.

 

Job Description

Zindagi Trust (ZT) is seeking an Academic Manger for a no-fee, all-girls school in Khyber Pakhtunkhua. The school has grades K-9 fully functioning with a teaching staff comprising of 30+ members. 

Even though the school is remote and cut-off from most of the country, Zindagi Trust (ZT) aims to ensure that geographical limitations do not hinder any learning opportunities of the students. Over the years, the Trust has seen immense potential in students, in what they can achieve and how determined they are to overcome any barriers. The vision for the school is to be a center of excellence that produces well-rounded citizens, not just students who score A’s. To this end, we focus on making learning fun but also developing strong co-curricular programs (e.g. in art, chess and sports) and on opening minds to new life and career choices.

The primary role of the Academic Manager is to ensure that high quality education is imparted at the school and overseeing academic progress at all fronts. They will set the high-level academic vision for the school and then work closely with Learning and Development Coaches to implement and monitor it. The incumbent will be expected to make data-driven decisions and strategies to improve the overall learning of students and staff members.

           

Responsibilities:

Ensure academic excellence at SGS

  • Develop and monitor the execution of school’s annual academic calendar.
  • Develop an annual learning plan for school with involvement of coaches.
  • Research various learning resources including library books, curate and develop content that promotes hands on learning.
  • Identify potential teaching/learning models used in the same context and pilot in school to improve quality of education.
  • Design and implement context relevant interventions for integrating technology in teaching/learning.
  • Analyze assessments/diagnostic tests of students and identify emerging patterns.
  • Conduct classroom observations at least thrice a year and discuss findings with Coaches.
  • Monitor teaching faculty’s compliance to school policies and best practices.
  • Present findings and recommendations for improvement to School Management and HO.

Supervise the work of Coaches and provide them training and support to accelerate their impact

  • Conduct weekly meetings with learning coaches to discuss progress, updates and challenges and guide them accordingly.
  • Guide and supervise the innovation projects selected by the coaches.
  • Analyze teacher improvement data with coaches, identify prioritized areas of development and involve external partners/trainers as needed.
  • Analyze student results with Coaches and help them develop remedial and other plans for strengthening student performance.
  • Encourage coaches to help their teachers make learning relevant and fun for children through use of open spaces and natural resources available to the school.
  • Conduct and/or arrange at least 4 trainings in a year for Coaches

Develop capacity of local staff

  • Partner with other organizations to strengthen capacity of local staff.
  • Identify local staff who can be partnered with the coaches and develop their capacity.
  • Liaise with PD team for curriculum development/alignment and books selection.
 

Required Skills

  • Proficiency in technology and MS Suite
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong leadership, mentoring, and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent administrative skills
  • Pashto speakers will be preferred

Experience


Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in academic leadership and management. Experience with educational institutes is preferred.

 

Location

A full time position based in Islamabad/ Peshawar or nearby areas with frequent travel (one week a month) to the school.

Based on the incumbent’s location and suitability, full-time on ground arrangement can be modified based on mutual agreement between the Trust and the incumbent.

 

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.


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.







Sports

Sports promote physical fitness, alertness and better concentration, collaboration, self-esteem, and perseverance in children. Each of our schools features weekly sports classes for all students.
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