Job Opportunities, Program Roles

Technology Principal, ENABLE Program

About Pratham:
Pratham was founded in 1995, to provide pre-school education to children in Mumbai slums. Over the last 27 years, Pratham has grown to be one of the largest non-profit organizations working to provide quality education to children and youth in over 20 states and union territories across the country, through a range of interventions.
Pratham is a widely recognized organization, having received notable awards such as the Yidan Prize, Lui Che Woo Prize, WISE Prize for Innovation, Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Henry R Kravis Prize in Leadership, and the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year for Public Service. For more details, refer to www.pratham.org.

About the ENABLE Program
The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 emphasizes the fundamental importance of universal foundational literacy and numeracy (FLN). But, children, especially those with special needs and disabilities, face significant barriers hindering their acquisition of foundational skills. In India, an estimated 7.8 million children and young individuals had disabilities in 2019. Alarmingly, a large proportion of them do not attend educational institutions, and 45% struggle to attain foundational literacy. ENABLE' or 'Equity in Accessing Numeracy And Basic Literacy Education', is a multi-pronged intervention to strengthen the quality of education for 3-9 year olds with disabilities. The 3 key objective of this program is to:
1. Strengthen Government's mainstream service delivery mechanism to ensure foundational learning outcomes for learners with disabilities (LwD)
2. Identify, address and overcome attitudinal barriers and stereotypes towards learners with disabilities in families and communitie
3. Facilitate partnership between relevant government departments, civil society, private sector and communities in support for learners with disabilities

Position Summary:
We are looking to hire a Technology Principal for ENABLE, with the primary responsibility of conceptualising and implementing innovative solutions and delivering public goods on technology. Pratham has been a pioneer in recognizing the importance of integrating technology into the education system for the betterment of all learners. To advance our ongoing efforts, the Technology Principal will formulate a technology strategy, lead a software team, and foster innovation in project initiatives. This position offers a compelling chance to incorporate accessible and affordable technology into the daily learning experiences of children with disabilities

Key responsibilities:
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1) Leadership and Guidance
● Develop a comprehensive strategy for integrating technology into the project's educational initiatives, considering the specific needs and capabilities of children with disabilities.(+)
● Provide technical expertise and guidance to project teams, educators, and partners on the implementation and maintenance of technology-based solutions.(++)
● Review existing ‘public goods’ available from the government and other non-governmental organisation and consolidate into custom solutions (+) [These include systemic strengthening tech stacks, educational delivery softwares, monitoring and evaluation systems]

2) Knowledge Development and Implementation
● Ability to research and discover new/upcoming open source technologies and its usage in the field of education and understanding of relevant technological architecture(+++)
● Identify and select appropriate educational technologies, software, and hardware that can enhance inclusive learning experiences for children with disabilities.(+++)
● Assess the individual needs of children with disabilities and recommend or customise assistive technologies that cater to their unique learning requirements.(++++)
● Conceptualise software architecture to Integrate multimedia elements such as videos, interactive simulations, and audio materials to cater to diverse learning styles.(+++)
● Ensure that digital content, including e-learning materials and resources, is designed with accessibility features to accommodate a wide range of disabilities. (++++)
● Guide and lead the software development team for development of softwares (++++)
● Drafting Policy notes on technological public goods including- software documentation,code documentation, concept notes, user manuals, cost-benefit analyses, systems transitioning processes etc.(+++)

3) Promoting innovation for inclusive education
● Promote innovation within project activities through regular events such as hackathons, workshops, seminars, etc. (++)
● Guide teachers in integrating appropriate assistive technologies to support children with disabilities in their learning journey. (++)

E. Required Skills and Knowledge :

Skills

  • Advanced levels of proficiency in developing and implementing technology-integrated solutions, which are accessible and affordable
  • Ability to develop proof of concept for new technology solution with feasibility analysis
  • Proficient with Technology and innovation in education and/or accessibility realms
  • Proficient in communication and interpersonal skills 

Knowledge

  • Technical aspect of software engineering
  • Knowledge of Software development life cycle
  • Read and review code
  • Using No-code tools, wireframing to develop concept level diagrams, app architecture representations etc.
  • Understanding of new technological advancements (including AI/ML etc.)
  • Understanding of conflict resolution, people management

Required Qualifications :
● Preferably Master's or Bachelor’s in relevant fields (Technology, Computer Science, etc) with a minimum 5+ years experience in a relevant profile.
● Willingness to promote innovation and adapt to change.
● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
● Ability to work collaboratively and independently, with a strong commitment to inclusivity and diversity.
● Ability to work under deadline pressure
● Willingness to travel.

Working Location: New Delhi

Deadline: 31st January, 2024

Application Process
Please send the following to recruitment@pratham.org. We will reach out to you to set up the application process. To participate in the process, kindly submit the form available at https://forms.gle/Rnzh52x1cWCeTXxm7
Your resume should contain –
● Contact information
● Academic background: Universities attended and degrees acquired with academic record (Marks or GPA, if applicable)
● Past work experience, highlighting relevant skills
● Relevant Coursework: List Courses in Development, Management, and Education
● Experiences in development, teaching and/or education (if applicable)
● Interest areas/hobbies
● Languages spoken

Note: Pratham is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workforce and consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability. We encourage individuals from underrepresented groups, especially persons with disabilities to apply.