Field Program Manager

Room to Read
Location: Nepal
Salary: Negotiable
Posted Date: 2016-10-25 Deadline: 2016-11-07
  • Location : Nepal
  • Working Position : Entry Level
  • Qualification Degree : Master's Degree
  • Salary : Negotiable
  • Category : NGO / INGO / Social work
  • Nature : Full Time
Job Description

  • Position Overview:


    The key accountability of the Field Program Manager (FPM) are a) to make primary school children as independent readers by improving their literacy skills and reading habit, and b) ensuring that girls complete at least secondary school and equipped with life skills by overcoming barriers that they face at family, community and school.


    To deliver this accountability, the position holder will contribute in Room to Read (RtR) program & strategy development and play a lead role in annual planning and budgeting for field office operation, effective implementation of RtR programs, improving quality through the application of effective Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems, capacity building of field office based RtR and Partner NGO staff, progress reporting and district/regional level networking and advocacy for policy influence and wider replication of RtR best practices. The FPM is the RtR representative of the district (s).


    Duties & Responsibilities:


    The position will require performing the below given job responsibilities not limited to:


    Strategy & Program Development:

    • Bring new concepts/ideas and strategies and local level knowledge and situation analysis while developing RtR program/country strategy in Nepal.

    • Review RtR programs effectiveness (e.g., design and implementation) regularly at school/community & district level and propose changes if required with new concepts/ideas/strategies.


    Annual Planning, Budgeting & Financial Management:


    In close consultation with relevant Nepal County Office (NPCO) program managers/section heads/directors:

    • Develop annual plan and budget of RtR programs to be implemented in the district (s) directly or through partner NGOs in line with the guideline provided by RtR NPCO, Global Office - Asia and Global Office San Fransisco (GO-SF).

    • Review fund request and expenditure of partners in line with agreed agreement and recommend relevant Program Managers for approval and fund disbursement.

    • Approve expenditure occurred by RtR field offices/units in line with RtR procedures and send monthly reports to NPCO on time. Ensure that the budget has been spent wisely and audit’s findings have been implemented.

    • Analyze budget variance of field office/units monthly and suggest appropriate actions.



    • Be accountable in implementing annual plan of RtR programs in the district (s), either implemented directly by RtR or by partner NGOs and ensure that they have been implemented correctly, on time with maintaining high quality standards in line with the processes described in annual planning document/calendar/program handbook or partnership agreement.

    • Adhere to and apply RtR’s cultural behaviors.



    Staff Management, Partnership Management and Capacity Building:


    In close consultation with relevant NPCO program managers/section heads/directors:

    • Manage RtR field based staffs’ work, assess the capacity building needs on all aspects of program management regularly and design and implement capacity building programs systematically so that they will be able to implement RtR program effectively.

    • Manage RtR partner NGOs work, assess the capacity building needs regularly on all aspects of program management and design and implement capacity building programs systematically so that they will be able to implement RtR program effectively.

    • Provide technical advice to partners and RtR field offices/units staff whenever needs arise in the overall aspects of RtR program management.

    • Manage/ strengthen strong team work in the Field office (FO) and across the Country Office (CO).


    Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Research:


    In close consultation with relevant NPCO program managers/section heads/directors:

    • Contribute to design the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RM&E) framework/strategy for all components of RtR programs, be accountable in implementing the framework/strategy and identify the areas of improvement for quality impact.

    • Implement approved actions coming out of RM&E findings and assess the effectiveness.

    • Contribute in identifying the major research and evaluation areas for RtR programs and assist in coordinating such research and evaluation studies either in-house or commissioned by external agency.


    Networking, Coordination & Advocacy:

    • Build strong relationship with district/regional based relevant government authorities, relevant networks and other appropriate stakeholders etc. and improve coordination, partnership, knowledge sharing and learning.

    • Advocate RtR best practices, RtR research findings and lessons learned and influence their policies and programs by attending the strategic meetings, seminars, forums of key decision makers of education sector in the district/regional level.


    Documentation and Reporting:

    • Prepare all internal and external reports with quality required by RtR such as donor report, government report, monthly/annually/quarterly progress report, best practices, newspaper article, case studies, lessons learned etc.



    • Master degree in social science (preferably in education).

    • Minimum 5 years of program management experience preferably education program (e.g. planning, implementation, budgeting, M&E, staff management, networking & advocacy, partnership management etc.).

    • Expertise in designing and delivering capacity building training programs.

    • Good knowledge and understanding of education issue in Nepal.

    • Good reasoning abilities, sound judgment, good communication and negotiation skills.

    • Proven track record of achieving results.

    • Positive traits.




    Room to Read offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits; benefits including 13th month bonus, provident fund, accidental and health insurances for staff and their family; leaves and staff professional development.


    The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing, transforming the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.




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    To be successful at Room to Read, you will also: 

    • Have passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic nonprofit organization 
    • Be a proactive and innovative thinker who achieves results and creates positive change
    • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness  
    • Embrace diversity and a commitment to collaboration 
    • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment 


    Room to Read is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. 

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Organization Summary

We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

To achieve this goal, we focus on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education.  We work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.

Industry Type NGO / INGO / Social Work
Location Kathmandu
Organization Size 1-10
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