Project Manager, Shaala Sarathi

Position: Project Manager, Shaala Sarathi
Location: New Delhi

Vision and Concept

The corpus of CSR funding for the last financial year was at ~20,000 crores. In education, a priority sector for CSR by companies, we can see that top NGOs have used this support to scale rapidly. Akshaya Patra and Pratham India both received more than 150 crores in donations in 2015-16. 72% of Teach For India’s and 68% of Magic Bus’ funding comes from corporate social responsibility. Due to this support, these organisations are able to serve millions of children across India.
Unfortunately, much of the CSR spend in education tends to veer towards more tangible, input factors such as infrastructure and providing scholarships. Such interventions may not contribute to the quality of education provided or improve learning outcomes. Critical, high impact, innovations such as personalized learning, assessments and capacity building are not getting the support they need.

The Problem Statement

  • State governments are willing to explore high quality solutions to challenging problems in education.
  • Corporates are beginning to think strategically about investing CSRs funds to improve the quality of education.
  • NGOs are running scalable programmes that have the potential for transformative impact.

These stakeholders are willing to partner, but are unable to align on key priorities.

Position Summary

The Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development is committed to improving the quality of school education by identifying and scaling promising innovations in the sector. Central Square Foundation shares this vision, and we are partnering with the MHRD on many initiatives. One of these is the NGO-CSR-State Portal, Shaala Sarathi.

In order to facilitate partnerships between high quality NGOs, firms thinking strategically about CSR in education and proactive State governments, the MHRD has developed Shaala Sarathi. Through this online platform, companies can support high quality, innovative interventions by NGOs and States can provide scale.

The HRD Minister launched Shaala Sarathi at a national workshop on November 6th, 2017. The Project Manager will be required to liaise between the MHRD, CSF and other stakeholders in order to ensure the institutionalisation of Shaala Sarathi. He/She will also be responsible to generate traction on the portal through an outreach and partnership strategy as well as continuous iteration regarding features and functionalities.

Required qualifications, skills and abilities:

  • At least 3 years of work experience, preferably in the development sector
  • Excellent written communication in English and project management skills
  • Ability to build and manage relationships with multiple stakeholders at a senior level
  • Big picture thinker who is exceptionally organised and can execute a vision

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate and foster partnerships between state governments, CSRs and NGOs
  • Conduct regular meetings and check-ins with CSF staff and government officials
  • Establish and manage relationships with external partners to strengthen the project (for example: vendors, content providers, tech platforms, operational partners etc.)
  • Lead the effort on project documentation and monitoring & evaluation


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


Interested candidates should apply via this link:
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.