Position: Project Associate

Location: Obaidullganj block (Gauharganj Tehsil) of Raisen District

Renumeration: ₹ 32,000-36,000 per month (CTO)

About the project:
Eklavya envisions the library-cum-reading initiative as a field-based model that attempts to create a ‘reading and exploration friendly environment’ in order to foster ‘reading habit’ and ‘inquisitiveness’ among the children and communities. Towards this a hub and spoke model to ensure large scale geographic coverage is proposed that will function at two levels:

  • The Chakmak Clubs, an informal library-cum-reading space, will be set up in the villages and will be anchored by middle school students who are identified and continuously oriented for the role. These Chakmak Clubs will be the ‘spokes’ reaching out to all the children/students in the village.
  • The Multi-disciplinary Learning Centers (MDLCs) that will act as the nodal centers or the ‘hub’ for 10-12 village level Chakmak Clubs. These will provide intensive resource support, capacity building opportunities and academic inputs facilitated by the Eklavya core team.

There will be other components in the project in addition to the above field-based model such as:

  • Capacity Building forums: designing short-long courses for different stakeholders such as community members, SMC members, teachers, youth etc. The courses will enable participants to contribute to the libraries and deepen their understanding of the different elements of a library space.
  • Envision school libraries as active and vibrant spaces: There will be an exploratory engagement with 15 government schools to revitalize the school library with active rapport building with teachers and students.

If you have a passion to engage with children, enable their agency with the support of community members and teachers – and make an impact in their education and learning this is the role for you.

Key responsibilities:

  • Continuous engagement and support to overall planning, coordination, review and reporting of all project activities in consultation with Project in-charge. 
  • Provide academic inputs/ on site handholding for 3-4 days every week at Chakmak clubs (CC) and Multi-Disciplinary Learning Center (MDLC)
  • Identifying resource students, creating continuous capacity building opportunities for them and designing child friendly assessments to keep a track of their movement
  • Active engagement in community meetings, rapport building with teachers and support in Bal Melas for children etc.
  • Continuously tracking the activities of MDLC, planning and facilitating sessions for community members/ teachers at MDLCs
  • Regularly tracking progress of CCs, MDLCs and innovating strategies to regularize their functioning
  • Actively planning and facilitating capacity building sessions/ orientation for AFSPs (Academic Field Support Person), Interns/ Fellows and other team members
  • Coordinating with Project Assistants and planning necessary field activities as per the designed work plan for the project
  • Provide hand holding and on-site demonstration to AFSPs
  • Prepare reflective reports that glean the learning from the ground and add to the knowledge resource pool.
  • Provide onsite and off-site support to the project, as well as other Eklavya initiatives, as and when required.

Qualifications and other desirables:

  • Post-graduates, having background and exposure in Education, development studies, community mobilization etc. Possess interest and abilities to work with students, teachers and communities and is passionate about creating/ revitalizing library spaces.
  • Enthusiastic and ready to learn; work toward building systems and processes so as to reach the most marginalized children/communities.
  • Zeal to take on challenges; ability to work with a team and lead.
  • Proficient in verbal and written communications (must possess good command over English & Hindi).
  • Group facilitation, and team building
  • Capable of riding a two-wheeler.
  • Computer literate – word processing, spread sheet, data handling.
  • Flexible in working time and tasks.
  • Prepared to live in a rural setting and travel within / outside the state as and when required.
  • At least 1 year of experience in working on the field with children around educational themes.
  • For equivalent candidates, applications from persons from under-served caste, tribe, minority background and differently abled persons will be preferred.

Salary:  ₹ 32,000-36,000 per month (CTO) 
(CTO includes health-accident insurance and other social securities)

Salary can be further negotiated if the person has exceptional grounding, skill-set and experience.

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