Room to Read is a US based international non-profit organization. We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. To achieve this goal, we focus on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. We work in collaboration with communities and local governments and partner organizations across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond. Room to Read currently work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia. To learn more about Room to Read, please visit

Room to Read is working in Bangladesh since 2008. We are inviting applications from Bangladeshi nationals to work in the following regular position:

Program Officer, Quality Reading Materials
(Based in Cox’s Bazar and Reports to the Project Manager)
The contract will be until 14 October 2020 with possibility of extension

Position Overview:

The position is based in Cox’s Bazar and requires frequent travels to the refugee areas and also involves frequent interaction with refugee people, translators, relevant educators, authors and illustrators, and officials. The position will report directly to the Project Manager.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Initiate and circulate call for manuscripts and sample illustrations from writers and illustrators in order to ensure that the best are published by Room to Read.
  • Visit Rohingya refugee camps and learning centers in Cox’s Bazar areas and collect information and data required for determining the type of the materials, as appropriate for the Rohingya children.
  • Organize, conduct and assist Senior Manager, Quality Reading Material in facilitating sessions of the writers’ and illustrators’ workshops to produce storybooks, big books and conversation charts appropriate for Rohingya children.
  • Coordinate with writers and illustrators for their participation in the writers’ and illustrators’ workshops.
  • Coordinate with relevant translators (Bangla-English-Burmese) to ensure publishing of the storybooks and materials in the mentioned languages.
  • Support Senior Manager, Quality Reading Material and Project Manager in developing, reviewing and finalizing manuscripts, illustrations, layouts and pre-press works and preparing final outputs of the materials.
  • Check machine-proofs so as to ensure quality print of the storybooks and other materials, as required

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education, language, communication, fine arts (master’s preferred)
  • A minimum of 5 years of related professional work experience with NGOs & INGOs or Publishing Companies
  • Knowledge and understanding of local publishing industry and children’s literature, especially the literature for refugee children
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Managing printing and publication process


We offer competitive salary. The benefits include:

  • Provident Fund
  • 13th Month Bonus
  • Health coverage including spouse and children
  • Insurances
  • Professional Development opportunities. The most significant benefit is the opportunity to work with one of the fastest growing international organizations, which has sole focus on education & continuously innovating efficient & effective social entrepreneurship

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should apply online through on or before 29 May 2020. Any persuasion attempt will disqualify your candidacy. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 “Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply”