Project Manager, PMU, Pandit Sunderlal Sharma Central Institute of Vocational Education (PSSCIVE) – Bhopal

Location: Bhopal

Background
One of the most complex challenges facing India is providing requisite skills to the country’s youth. Studies show that over 47% of graduates in India are unemployable. Further, 71% of students who enter class 9 do not go on to any form of higher education. Many of these people remain unemployed or are pushed into the informal sector. Equipping school students with vocational and employability skills addresses this challenge and has the potential to alter their long-term career outcomes.
Recognising this, the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education was launched by MHRD in 2014, introducing vocational studies (as an additional subject) from class IX onwards. Uptake of the scheme has been high, with around 7500 schools across 27 states and 5 UTs receiving approvals to implement the same.
PSSCIVE Bhopal, a constituent body of the NCERT, is the nodal authority mandated by the MHRD to develop curriculum and courseware and provide guidance on teacher training under this scheme. PSSCIVE is currently in the process of upgrading and revising the content as per NSQF, and are therefore rewriting textbooks for all sectors. They have currently started with 102 job roles across 19 sectors, with more to be added over the next 2 years. The curricula and courseware thus developed will be used in all schools across the country which are running the NSQF program.

Position Summary
In consultation with MHRD, Central Square Foundation (CSF), along with other reputable non-profits working in this field, aims to establish a Project Management Unit (PMU) at PSSCIVE to support in successful execution of this curriculum development initiative. CSF seeks to hire a Project Manager to scope, define and lead this initiative. The Project Manager will be working directly with the head, NSQF division at PSSCIVE and will be needed to interact closely with all stakeholders including MHRD, NSDC, Sector Skills Councils (SSCs). He/she will be based in Bhopal at PSSCIVE, but work closely with the CSF team in Delhi to plan and execute the project.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Developing an implementation roadmap for the targeted quality improvement initiatives to the current curriculum framework
• Assist in identifying and selecting content partners for vocational skills and employability skills where needed.
• Working closely with, and guiding, content partners during the curriculum development process
• Establishing and implementing appropriate processes to vet and review content developed through expert review committees etc.
• Coordinating closely with NSDC and NSDA to ensure alignment of curriculum with NSQF
• Designing and executing capacity building initiatives for all state officials around the newly developed curriculum and courseware
• Providing overall project management support and direction
• Leading efforts on project documentation and M&E

Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:
• Bachelor’s or equivalent degree required, Masters degree preferred
• 4 to 7 years of work experience with some managerial responsibilities and track record of high achievement
• Excellent communication and project management skills
• Strong in Microsoft Office – Excel, PowerPoint and Word
• Data analysis and presentation skills
• Fluency in English and Hindi
• Experience in / understanding of the vocational education ecosystem is preferred

The role is currently open on a contract basis for one year, extendable based on project status and mutual agreement between CSF and the candidate. Remuneration will be competitive with Indian philanthropy pay scales and will depend upon the candidate’s experience levels and profile. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter (~200-300 words max stating why they are interested in the role) and their CV via email to krishnan@centralsquarefoundation.org. For any questions or clarifications, candidates can contact Krishnan at the above email id.