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Job Title:
Program Officer – Research, Monitoring & Evaluation
Reports To: Chief Academic Officer, Zindagi Trust
Location: Head Office


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 of 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 a 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 the literature and write a comprehensive literature review to find evidence relevant to the interventions undertaken by the Trust.
•    Read literature, identify best practices, and conduct a 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 the progress of programs and school-based interventions against baseline and targets.
•    Contribute towards the 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 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.

•    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. 

•    Any other responsibilities that may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience: 
•    Master’s/Bachelor’s degree in an area related to international development and data management, gender studies, international development, or other related field required; 
•    2-3 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

How to Apply:
Prospective candidates should send their CVs to with a cover letter describing how their previous experience fits within this role. 


Academic Coach ( Shangla )




Nestled between the mountains dotted with lush forests and colorful ceilings, Shangla Girls School (SGS) is the first secondary, not-for-profit 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 population of 600 students, 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. As of now, the school has grades K-10 fully functioning with a teaching staff comprising of over 40 members. Our school is remote and cut-off from most of the country, but at Zindagi Trust (ZT) we aim to ensure that these geographical limitations do not hinder any learning opportunities of our students. Over the years, we have seen immense potential in our students, in what they can achieve and how determined they are to overcome any barriers. Our 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 Coach is to support teachers on-ground in developing their teaching expertise, classroom practices and making learning contextually relevant. They would help assigned teachers identify root causes of challenges students face, and develop appropriate plans to address those. Coaches will be expected to provide support through subject and content training, modeling, and constant feedback loops.

Alongside, the coach would be expected to plan and execute a development project that is aligned with the larger vision of the school. This project would be based on prioritized needs at the school and will also cater to the community as to further benefits of the school beyond the boundaries. The incumbent will work closely with the Academic Manager in monitoring and reporting progress and supporting them where needed. They would also collaborate with the off-ground Professional Development Team for training and resource-sharing opportunities.


Teacher Development

Support and guide teachers in enhancing their skills and practice


  • Conduct needs analysis to analyze strengths and areas of improvement in teachers
    • Develop and implement training and coaching plans based on identified areas of weakness
    • Conduct regular classroom observations and provide feedback to teachers
    • Check lesson plans and copies of teachers to assess gaps and effectiveness of interventions
    • Identify learning levels of the assigned student population with support of Professional Development (PD) Team at Head Office and develop plans accordingly
    • Coach and mentor teachers to assess student learning needs based on quantitative and qualitative data and improve their practice accordingly
  • Conduct training sessions for teachers on various aspects of teaching including (but not limited to) content, assessments and classroom management
    • Research various learning resources including library books, curate and develop content that promotes hands-on learning for teachers
  • Lead planning and execution of a project that serves to be a learning opportunity for teachers and community members
    • Conduct needs analysis and develop project proposal for training teachers of SGS and the community
    • Design program to include community members, especially women, for their development
    • Develop and implement evaluation tools to document the objectives designed and achieved for the training
  • Liaison with the Head Office to identify organizations and individuals the school could partner with for building teachers’ capacity
    • Work with the PD team and support school management in any teacher development initiatives
    • Research and suggest effective initiatives for development of student learning to Academic Manager



The incumbent will report to the Academic Manager. They will closely liaison with the PD team at the head office and any other team/ individual identified by ZT.



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



Minimum 3 years of relevant experience in teaching and school management. Experience with educational institutes is preferred.



A full time contractual position based at 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.



Shangla Girls School is committed to safeguard children and employment with the organization is conditional upon successful completion of all background checks.



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





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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