Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, Room to Read’s innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education.

We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations, and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. By focusing on the quality of education provided within the communities and ensuring these outcomes are measured, we have created a model that can be replicated, localized and sustained by governments.

By the end of 2020, Room to Read has benefited more than 23.8 million children in over 48,000 communities across 20 countries. This includes 4.9 million new children benefited in 2020 alone. In Bangladesh, we have directly benefited more than 0.4 million children since 2009. At present, we implement Programs focusing literacy and girls’ education in Cox’s Bazar, Dhaka, Natore and Moulvibazar. Learn more at

Room to Read Bangladesh is inviting applications from Bangladeshi nationals for the following regular positions:

Deputy Manager- Content Development (Curriculum & Materials)
(Based in Dhaka Project Office and Reports to the Manager- Content Development, Esho Shikhi project)

Position Overview:

The Deputy Manager – Content Development is part of USAID’s Esho Shikhi Project (Esho Shiki) that is aiming to increase access and improve the learning outcomes of marginalized Bangladeshi children in marginalized and vulnerable communities. The position will be responsible for the development of reading and instructional materials, ensuring that the content of the materials developed is effective and adhere to national curriculum. S/he will also be responsible for supporting the production of digital content and materials for community engagement.

This position will be based in the Esho Shikhi Project Office, Dhaka. S/he will report to the Manager - Content Development and will work closely with the Literacy Team of Room to Read Bangladesh. The Deputy Manager – Content Development may have Consultants reporting to him/her.
This position will require frequent travel to project sites, as well as regular interaction with education officials, partners, Head-Teachers and teachers.

The position is contingent upon donor approval.
The appointment will be made initially for 2 years with possibility of extension based on fund availability.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Undertake detailed analysis of Bangla language curriculum, textbooks and instructional approach to determine ways in which reading instruction within classroom is enhanced through evidence based instructional strategies.
  • Develop contents and design of supplemental materials for Esho Shikhi project, including some or all of the following: Decodable readers, Storybooks/story cards, Flashcards, Workbooks, Posters and teacher’s instruction.
  • Develop information/tools, campaign messages and guidelines for Esho Shikhi to support the interventions related to print-rich classroom, creating locally sourced teaching and learning materials, parental engagement to support learning at home, reading recovery campaign or remedial support by community volunteer and play-based classroom activities that build on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Develop digital content to support remote learning though community hubs, social media, radio/TV, SMS/IVR push
  • Carry out necessary revisions in program materials and activities based on feedback from the cohort-implementation and results emanating from reading assessments, in consultation with govt and other experts in the field.
  • Manage the process of designing and developing teaching-learning resources and materials for Esho Shikhi project which may involve sourcing writers and DTP consultants, drafting manuscripts, reviewing, editing, sending to print, etc.
  • Collaborate with Teacher Training team, MERLA team, Admin team to ensure timely development, dissemination and delivery of the teaching-learning materials.
  • Documents best practices and lessons learned from direct implementation to integrate learnings in improvement of materials design and instructional strategies.
  • Participates in any other activities which may be required to be undertaken to fulfill the objectives of Esho Shikhi project.

Required Qualification and competencies:

  • A master’s degree in Education or a related field of study, or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of early grade reading interventions and approaches, teaching-learning materials development, and teaching methodologies at primary school.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of printing and publication process- manuscript editing, design and layout experience
  • Work well independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability and desire to travel frequently to visit school sites
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Bangla and English


  • Experience in teaching at the primary school
  • Prior experience in printing and publishing field
  • Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people
  • Prior experience of working in a non-profit organization that is focused on maintaining high quality work and low overhead
  • Prior experience working with schools, teachers, administrators and government officials
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative

To be successful as a member of the Room to Read team, you will also:

  • Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic non-profit organization
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker – not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction
  • Work well independently as well as part of a team
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment

Room to Read is committed to the education and welfare of children and protecting them from abuse and exploitation.

  • Room to Read has zero tolerance for child abuse and exploitation
  • All children have the right to be free from abuse and exploitation, including neglect, maltreatment, and physical, mental or sexual violence, injury or abuse.
  • All children should be treated with respect and dignity.
  • The well-being of the child is Room to Read’s first priority when dealing with all identified or suspected cases of child abuse.
  • Room to Read shall integrate child protection into all its organizational strategies, structures and work practices.


We offer competitive salary. The benefits include:

  • Provident Fund
  • 13th Month Allowance
  • Gratuity
  • 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 13 July 2022. Any persuasion attempt will disqualify your candidacy. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Candidates who have applied earlier will not require to apply again

“Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply”