Program Manager, State Reform

Position: Program Manager, State Reform
Location: Bhopal

Founded in 2012, Central Square Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic foundation working with 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 the learning outcomes of children, especially from low-income communities.

We believe that effective foundational learning is essential for better learning outcomes of all children in school. Development of foundational literacy and numeracy skills by Class 3 can help children progress to higher levels of learning which is an essential building block for creating equal access to opportunities needed for leading a better life.

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 also collaborate with the ecosystem to leverage knowledge and create proven tools around critical issues such as early learning, technology in education, classroom instruction methods and governance.

Position Summary:

The opportunity is about working with the Madhya Pradesh Education Department on the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) -led System Reform project in Bhopal, as a secondment from CSF.

BCG has entered into a 3-year contract with the State of MP to work on Systems Reform project. CSF and BCG will co-hire an individual on CSF payroll for secondment to BCG for the education reform process being carried out in Madhya Pradesh under the Niti Aayog project. CSF will directly pay these employee salaries and bear their travel cost to Delhi and internally within Madhya Pradesh that would be required for the project work.

The CSF employees will be based out of the State Capital in Bhopal for the duration of the project (~2.5 years till April 2020). During the period of secondment, these employees will travel to Delhi once a month to spend ~2 days at CSF office to connect with CSF staff and to exchange learnings.

CSF and BCG will jointly recruit this employee. The CSF employees would work in the same capacity and in a similar role as that of other BCG consultants staffed on the project.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead the planning and design of all activities required for the diagnostic, analyze the findings and design the roadmap in collaboration with Education Department.
  • Support the State Government and members of the Education Department to design, implement, monitor and track the initiatives planned under the roadmap.
  • Prepare strategic roadmaps and implementation plans with goals and milestones. Set-up project management processes and guidelines, and ensure that all activities are driving towards the defined goals.
  • Create internal alignment between different interventions
  • Coordinate with external stakeholders (NGOs, experts, other States). Facilitate conversations, setup and manage partnerships to leverage the best support for the State government
  • The team will work closely with the senior bureaucrats at the State level and members of the Education Department.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree required
  • 2 to 5 years of work experience with track record of high achievement
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Keenness and experience of working with the government
  • Excellent project management skills: ability to manage projects & delivery schedules
  • Ability to handle large scale programs, and handle multiple stakeholders
  • Prior exposure to education sector, public sector, development sector, or consulting is desirable.
  • Prior exposure to education sector, public sector, development sector, or consulting is desirable.
  • High level of spoken and written fluency in English and Hindi.

Desired Qualities:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Operating style suited to working in a small-organization setting, where teamwork and resourcefulness are highly valued
  • Excellent leadership skills, including ability to manage multiple projects at a time


Remuneration will be competitive with Indian philanthropy pay scales and will depend upon the candidate’s experience levels.


Interested candidates can click on the Application Form and fill the required details in the form.