New job State Lead - Odisha in Odisha

State Lead - Odisha
State Lead - Odisha

State Lead - Odisha

Company : Central Square Foundation
Salary : Details not provided
Location : Odisha

Full Description

Position: State Lead- Odisha-State FLN Projects
Location: Bhubaneswar

Founded in 2012, Central Square Foundation (CSF) is a non-profit philanthropic foundation

working on the vision of ensuring quality school education for all children in India. We are

driven by our mission to transform the school education system with a focus on improving

learning outcomes of children, especially from low-income communities.

We believe that ensuring Universal, Early, Conceptual and Procedural Mastery of

Foundational Skills is absolutely for the overall success of education system. In order to

achieve this, we partner with individuals and social impact organizations to bring innovative

solutions in education, as well as work with the government to drive systemic impact. We

collaborate with the ecosystem to leverage knowledge, build evidence and create proven

tools around critical issues such as early learning, EdTech, classroom instruction methods

and governance.

We also support exceptional social entrepreneurs with powerful ideas, undertake

application-oriented research, provide a platform for sharing of innovation, and collaborate

with other stakeholders in the ecosystem to find policy solutions - all towards enabling

sustained change in India’s educational system.

CSF’s team members combine a deep commitment to education with operational excellence.

We are a young organization with a dynamic entrepreneurial environment, dedicated to

achieving significant and sustained reforms in the Indian education system.

Position Summary

The objective is set in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 where it clearly emphasises

Foundation Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) and puts a rather ambitious target for ‘ensuring

that all learners in Grade 3 achieve FLN by 2025’.

The FLN team is expected to support all states in working in a planned manner towards the

achievement of the goal and ensure the success of the FLN Mission. Our goal is to act as

catalysts and support the initiatives, schemes and programmes of the central and state

governments towards ensuring all children achieve foundational literacy and numeracy

skills by Grade 3 so that they make the successful shift from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1. Support the state government in working towards and achieving milestones outlined
in National Education Policy 2020, particularly around Foundation Literacy and
Numeracy (FLN)

2. Direct and indirect engagement with senior political, bureaucratic and education
leadership in the states to ensure alignment, focus and action on achieving FLN
mission goals

3. Ensuring all the major workstreams and interventions get activated in the states and
get implemented in consultation with stakeholders

4. Support and undertake baseline, diagnostic and review of FLN status (for e.g. learner
outcomes), capacity of stakeholders (including teachers and district and state
officers) and monitor progress continuously

5. Lead and guide a team of 3-5 Project Consultants and manage their work and

6. Continuous programme monitoring and reporting to key stakeholders

7. Support capacity building activities including workshops, learning modules/capsules
for different stakeholders

8. Support other activities in/of the state, bring innovations and build coalition for
ensuring no child is left behind in terms of basic literacy, oracy and numeracy skills

Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelors or equivalent degree required
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills and presentation skills
  • Data analysis and presentation
  • Team Management
  • Fluency in English as well as the state/regional language

Desired Qualities

  • Strong academic background from a reputed institute with a Master’s degree

(preferred) in social sciences, management etc.

  • 12+ years of progressive hands-on work experience in a demanding corporate or

non-profit workplace in leading projects end-to-end, managing diverse teams and

influencing multiple stakeholders

  • Experience of implementation of School Education sector projects with state

governments involving capacity building, teaching-learning improvements and


  • Experience of managing diverse and senior stakeholders in the state such as

Secretaries, State Project Directors, Directors, Academicians, Consultants, NGOs etc.

  • Strong action-bias, influencing & communication skills - ability to synthesize

technical insights into actionable program agendas, facilitate conflicting points of

view, drive collective decision-making

  • Excellent people and project delivery skills, including ability to create project plans,

drive execution, manage multiple projects at a time and maturity to influence

multiple internal and external stakeholders

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and ‘can-do’ attitude & hands-on operating style suited to

working in a small organization setting, where teamwork and resourcefulness are

highly valued

  • Willingness to adapt to dynamic nature of work and travel


Remuneration will be competitive with Indian philanthropy pay scales and will depend

upon the candidate’s experience levels.


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