Project Director – National Teacher Platform, NCTE

Position Summary

India has over 10 million educators who require continuous professional development to be effective in classrooms and schools. Despite multiple training initiatives, there has been no large-scale shift in the quality of teachers. This can be attributed to a several systemic challenges. Training sessions are often irrelevant as they do not address the individual needs of teachers. The cascade model of training adopted by state governments leads to massive dilution of knowledge. There are also logistical challenges as training happens only on fixed days in fixed locations.

On the other hand, there are many signs to show that teachers are increasingly becoming more technologically savvy. There have been various instances of organic adoption of technology, with teachers building their own web portals and content, which has spread through word-of-mouth. Some of these portals have become very popular, hosting thousands of registered users, indicating a growing demand for technology-based teacher training.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) proposes to build a National Teachers Platform (NTP) that will enable, accelerate and amplify many solutions in the realm of teacher education – including all teacher training and support needs. The NTP will be a state-of-the-art platform built using Open Standards and APIs and will host some exemplar Open Educational Resources (OER). MHRD envisions that state governments repurpose, extend, customise and contextualise the NTP to build their own State Teacher Platforms.

In order to realise MHRD’s ambitious vision, Central Square Foundation (CSF) is working closely with the MHRD as a strategic thought partner and is helping to set up a Project Management Unit (PMU) that will oversee the design and implementation of the project. The members of this PMU will work with NCTE (National Council for Teacher Education), MHRD and will liaise closely with both the CSF team and the representatives from the various nodal departments in MHRD.

Open Position Available: 1

Job Location: New Delhi

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conceptualize, design, develop and roll out the NTP, which could be adopted by States and institutions across the country
  • Design overall strategy, set project goals and create processes to enable achievement of goals
  • Build and manage relationships with government stakeholders (including MHRD, NCTE, etc.) to drive institutionalization of NTP
  • Design branding and go-to-market strategy for NTP, which ensures its swift and effective adoption by States and institutions across the country
  • Liaise with external stakeholders and partners to devise content and technology roadmaps, and influence them to contribute towards NTP
  • Hire, manage and lead highly-qualified PMU of 7-10 people, comprising of product and state relationship teams
  • Define monitoring and evaluation plan for NTP to measure and drive impact on teachers and teacher education
  • Make policy recommendations, as required, to create enabling conditions for NTP to succeed

Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:

  • Masters or equivalent degree required
  • 8+ years of work experience with managerial responsibilities
  • Excellent communication and project management skills
  • Ability to build & manage relationships with government teams

Compensation:

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

Apply

Interested candidates should submit their resume via email with subject line ‘Application for Project Director- National Teacher Platform, NCTE’ to hasneet@centralsquarefoundation.org.