Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Room to Read,Book Publishing Specialist Jobs in Rwanda



Sector: 
Education
Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.


We are non-governmental, non-religious and work with many local NGOs and community based organizations to implement our programs. We currently work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia – countries with a desperate lack of resources to educate their children. Since our inception, Room to Read’s worldwide team has impacted over 8 million children by constructing more than 1,700 schools, establishing over 16,000 libraries, publishing 882 new children’s book titles in 27 local languages, and reaching over 25,000 girls through our Girls’ Education program.
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Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
We are non-governmental, non-religious and work with many local NGOs and community based organizations to implement our programs. We currently work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia – countries with a desperate lack of resources to educate their children. Since our inception, Room to Read’s worldwide team has impacted over 8 million children by constructing more than 1,700 schools, establishing over 16,000 libraries, publishing 882 new children’s book titles in 27 local languages, and reaching over 25,000 girls through our Girls’ Education program.
Position Overview:
This position is part of the USAID-funded Soma Umenye team. The Book Publishing Specialist is responsible for assisting in surveying the children’s book landscape and determining key quality criteria for the development of levelled picture books in Rwanda. The position will report directly to Classroom Instruction Advisor.
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Assist in surveying the children’s book landscape and determining key quality criteria for the development of levelled picture books in Rwanda
  • Build the capacity of Rwandan book publishers, authors, and illustrators (as needed) to create new high quality fiction and nonfiction children’s levelled picture books in Kinyarwanda (i.e., books use both child-friendly text and engaging illustrations to assist children in developing literacy skills, build the foundational skills of reading in a systematic way, include stories and themes that are appropriate for their target ages, have appealing design and book layout, etc.)
  • Help Rwandan book publishers (as needed) adapt existing children’s books in Kinyarwanda to ensure they meet the criteria described above.
  • Directly oversee authors, illustrators and designers (or advise publishers) on the editorial process (developmental story editing, art editing, line editing, and copyediting), design process, and delivery of files to the printer.
  • Build the capacity of Rwandan book publishers to advocate to parents the benefits of actively supporting their children’s learning to read.
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree (literature, language, journalism or fine arts preferred)
  • Experience working with Rwanda’s book publishing industry, preferably in children’s literature in Kinyarwanda
  • Experience providing editorial guidance on text and/or artwork preferred
  • Familiarity with the foundational concepts of visual storytelling, illustration, and book design preferred
  • Familiarity with the foundational skills of reading acquisition preferred
  • Experience leading training sessions and working one-on-one to build capacity
  • Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people
  • Ability and desire to travel frequently internationally
  • Effectiveness in working or volunteering in a non-profit organization that is focused on maintaining high quality work and low overhead
  • Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization
  • Proven track record of achieving results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative
  • Legally eligible to work in Rwanda; no sponsorship provided
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 nonprofit organization
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker; you’re 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

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