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Bhutan Country Director

Location: Thimphu, Bhutan

About READ Global:

READ Global is an international nonprofit organization bringing together education, enterprise and community development to create lasting social change in rural communities. Our proven and replicable model focuses on Community Library and Resource Centers (“READ Centers”) as vehicles for social and economic transformation. Combining education, enterprise and community development, READ collaborates with rural communities to build READ Centers and seed for-profit enterprises that ensure the long-term sustainability of each center so its impact will span generations. With a keen focus on community ownership and enterprise, READ Centers becoming thriving hubs for a variety of educational, community development, and economic empowerment programs and activities. READ Centers are designed to serve whole communities and their surrounding areas. Resources are available for all – adults, children, students, teachers, literate and illiterate.

READ is a non-governmental, non-religious organization that works with many local NGOs and community-based organizations to implement our programs. READ began its work in Nepal in 1991 and received the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Access to Learning Award in 2006. In 2007, READ Global received funding from the foundation to take its unique model to Bhutan and India. In May 2013, READ Global received the prestigious Lipman Family Prize (administered by the Wharton School and University of Pennsylvania), in recognition of our work to create sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social and economic challenges.

Today, READ has 73 centers across our three countries of operations that are providing access to life-changing resources and programs to more than 2.1 million people. READ Global has an annual operating budget of approximately US$3M and our global team (US, Bhutan, India and Nepal) is comprised of over 60 people. Our global headquarters is located in San Francisco USA and we have country offices in Kathmandu, Nepal, New Delhi, India, and Thimphu, Bhutan.

About READ Bhutan:

READ Bhutan was established in 2008 and opened the first READ Center in the rural village of Ura, Bumthang in May 2010—which was at that time the first rural lending library in Bhutan. Since then, READ Bhutan has opened an additional 5 READ Centers in Chuzagang, Trashigang, Punakha, and Pema Gatshel Districts as well as a model READ Center in Thimphu. READ Bhutan is pioneering the establishment of a community public library system within the country. The six READ Centers in Bhutan provide access to valuable educational resources and programs/trainings to more than 35,000 people in Bhutan. Programs being offered at READ Centers in Bhutan include literacy and reading programs, art programs for children, livelihood skills development, health and environmental education, and technology/computer skills trainings.

About the Position:

Open for: Bhutanese citizen only

Location: Thimphu, Bhutan

The Country Director is the highest position in the READ Bhutan country office and is responsible for all of its country programs. The Country Director will lead a passionate and entrepreneurial team of 5 full-time staff members in Thimphu. Candidates should be ready to lead and oversee the READ Bhutan team in the implementation, coordination, expansion, fundraising and monitoring and evaluation of current and future work. The Country Director’s duties will include organizational development, developing and maintaining relationships with government officials and other key partners, staff management, managing staff who are engaged in community mobilization and training programs, overseeing finance personnel and ensuring timely reporting to READ Global management and board of directors, donor reports, and managing project funds in accordance with organizational procedures.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide vision and strategic direction & leadership for the READ Bhutan team
  • Design and evaluate a country strategy, in conjunction with READ Bhutan field staff and management of the Global Office. Take into account community needs, donor criteria and strategies and an exit strategy in order to facilitate the long-term planning and development of the projects in the country.
  • Communicate regularly with Executive Director and other relevant Global Office staff on important issues and events related to country operations - including program implementation; legal, financial and human resource issues; donor, local government and external relations; and new program opportunities, including local fundraising
  • Oversee the development of annual work plans and corresponding budget and work closely with Global Office to set and finalize annual strategic direction for Bhutan.
  • Ensure timely implementation of programs according to annual plan and budget to ensure that READ Bhutan achieves its annual/strategic goals
  • Reporting to Global Office in timely and accurate manner; work closely with the Executive Director and READ Global finance staff to monitor annual budgets to ensure costs do not exceed budgetary constraints and to project budgetary needs for READ Bhutan for 1-2 years into the future.
  • In conjunction with Global Office, define and oversee key HR-related policies and procedures, including performance management systems, employee manuals, new hires and HR growth plan, and policies for salaries and benefits.
  • Lead recruitment process of READ Bhutan employees and training of all staff.
  • Make recommendations for program and process improvements to Global Office and help to support their implementation following agreement.
  • Set annual performance goals for READ Bhutan staff, provide regular feedback on performance, and undertake annual performance reviews
  • Work with Global office to identify READ Bhutan staff capacity-building and professional development needs and resources for meeting those needs
  • Communicate program-related activities, issues and updates to Global office and seek approval for budget activities and any related program developments
  • In coordination with the READ Global headquarters, strategically develop new and existing training programs for READ Bhutan staff and READ Bhutan community resource libraries
  • Manage legal and compliance issues related to READ’s legal registrations and reporting requirements within Bhutan
  • Oversee terms of agreements with consultants and manage their work
  • Visit READ Centers and rural communities as needed to supervise the establishment of new Centers and ongoing operations of existing Centers
  • Meet with members of rural communities as needed to assess their readiness for new Centers, including their expected 10-15% co-investment toward the total cost of setting up a new Center
  • Ensure adequate monitoring and evaluation of projects and activities


Fundraising/External Relations:

  • Provide fundraising leadership to READ Bhutan development personnel and fundraising support as needed to Global Office toward fundraising needs identified in Bhutan budget approved by Global Office
  • Serve as primary liaison with READ Global Headquarters; READ Bhutan Advisory Board; and other critical stakeholders
  • Create and cultivate strong relationships with the private & corporate sectors, public institutions, NGOs, government entities and individual donors
  • Represent READ at relevant meetings and assist in planning and hosting donor visits to Bhutan


Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Business or Public Administration / Management / Education preferred, Bachelors degree required
  • 10-15 years work experience with at least 5 years experience in a senior management role (preferably in the international development sector)
  • Experience creating annual budgets and tracking spending against approved budgets
  • Strong understanding of educational and economic empowerment issues in Bhutan, especially in the rural context
  • Must be comfortable and excited about traveling in rural Bhutan and engaging in meaningful dialogues with community members
  • Strong planning, supervisory and program development skills
  • Strong verbal and communication skills in English
  • Proven track record of achieving results
  • Excellent interpersonal skills—the ability to listen well to others and build consensus.
  • Must be a proponent of team-work with a participatory management style
  • Self-starter who can work well independently but also as part of a team
  • Strong work ethic requiring minimal direction
  • Passion and commitment for READ’s mission
  • Resourceful and well-organized
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Travel: Frequent travel in rural Bhutan. Occasional travel outside of Bhutan as needed to support fundraising needs of the organization (potential visits to India, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and USA).

Compensation: READ Global offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with a candidate’s experience and qualifications.

Location: Thimphu, Bhutan.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter explaining with evidence why you meet the qualifications for the position along with your most recent CV/resume by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “READ Bhutan Country Director” in the subject line by Monday, August 11th. Due to high volume, we regret that we will be unable to respond to every applicant. We will reach out to short-listed candidates to set up interviews.






Asia Regional Director

Location: Bhutan, India, or Nepal

About the Position:

This position is part of READ Global’s senior management team which includes the Executive Director (ED) and Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives (DSPI) based in the READ Global headquarters in San Francisco, USA. The Asia Regional Director will provide both leadership and support to three country teams engaged in all aspects of READ’s operations including program planning and budgeting; ongoing project implementation and monitoring; and the finance and accounting, human resources, compliance and administrative functions. This position will also provide some support READ Global’s fundraising and program partner development in Asia. The position reports directly to the Executive Director in the Global Office in San Francisco and supervises three Country Directors in Bhutan, India, and Nepal. The Asia Regional Director will be expected to have regular interactions with the READ Global Board of Directors, the Board of Advisors and trustees for the Bhutan, India and Nepal READ operations, and other key READ Global external stakeholders or funders. This position is based in South Asia (in Bhutan, India or Nepal), requiring frequent travel throughout the region.

Responsibilities:

Global Program Operations

  • Participate on the management team to develop and implement strategy for READ Global’s growth in general and provide leadership in implementation, evaluation and overall management of programs.
  • Communicate regularly with the Executive Director and other relevant Global Office staff on important issues and events related to country operations - including program implementation; legal, financial and human resource issues; donor, local government and external relations; and new program opportunities, including local fundraising
  • Oversee Nepal, India and Bhutan Country Directors to ensure day-to-day management and oversight of all of READ Global’s programs and operations in Asia. The Regional Director is expected to be well acquainted with the issues and local context of offices and regularly lead regional meetings to discuss key themes, priorities, issues and challenge.
  • Oversee the development of annual work plans and corresponding budgets by the Country Offices and work closely with the Country Directors and Global Office to set and finalize the annual strategic direction for the Country Offices.
  • Ensure timely implementation of programs across all countries according to annual plans and budgets in order to ensure that countries achieve their annual and strategic goals.
  • Provide guidance/oversight to Country Directors in their initiatives to improve and ensure viability of sustaining enterprises.
  • Ensure Country Office reporting is conducted timely and accurately; work closely with the Executive Director and READ Global finance team to monitor annual budgets to ensure costs do not exceed budgetary constraints and to project future budgetary needs for each country office.
  • In conjunction with Global Office and Country Directors, define and oversee key HR-related policies and procedures, including performance management systems, employee manuals, new hires and HR growth plan, and policies around salaries and benefits. Participate in the hiring of key READ employees in the Asia region.
  • Together with Country Directors and Global Office, define and oversee cross-organizational development efforts (i.e. staff trainings, staff conferences, development programs).
  • Ensure that Country Offices properly develop and utilize critical tools used to track program implementation and spending, such as Implementation Calendars and budgets/spending forecasts.
  • Review and provide feedback on Country Office reports, including Monthly Implementation Updates and Quarterly Reports.
  • Make recommendations for program and process improvements to Executive Director and other relevant Global Office staff and, in collaboration with other team members, help support their implementation.
  • Assist Country Directors with development of annual performance plans, provide regular feedback on performance, and undertake formal performance reviews when desirable/required.
  • Identify Regional and key Country Office staff capacity-building and assist with sourcing of support to address the needs.
  • Implement and monitor compliance with organization-wide operating policies; ensure region has adequate internal financial and program controls, and recommend additional controls as necessary
  • Work with country team to codify best practices for each element of the READ model, so that they can be shared across existing countries of operation
  • Work with Country Directors, ED and outside counsel and accountants to manage all legal and compliance issues related to READ’s legal registrations and reporting requirements


Fundraising/Awareness building and Partnerships

  • Provide program oversight and guidance related to new funding opportunities, including insight on prioritization of programs and staff capacity
  • Support Global Office fundraising efforts by helping to connect and steward key fundraising opportunities across Asia (primarily India, Singapore and Hong Kong) and with various institutional relationships that may not be managed at the country level
  • Support Country Teams with their fundraising efforts by providing senior guidance and presence where needed on in-country fundraising opportunities
  • In collaboration with Country Directors, drive strategy for developing key NGO partnerships.
  • Network with other stakeholders, governments, non-profits running similar programs to find areas of collaboration and knowledge sharing
  • Represent READ Global’s work across all three countries by attending and speaking at different strategic forums and advocating the importance of our work


Qualifications

Education / Experience

  • Postgraduate degree in Arts, Social Sciences, Management, Public Administration or relevant disciplines.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience, with at least 5 years in a senior management capacity and 5 years in an international development or operations role.

Must have:

  • Experience managing staff in multiple offices
  • Excellent relationship management skills and proven ability to network with and establish strategic relationships with multiple stakeholders both within the organization and outside - government, donors, civil society members across geographies, staff and board of directors.
  • Ability to effectively lead, motivate, mentor and manage a high caliber team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of people from different environments, sectors, and society
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English along with superior presentation skills.
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, budget processes and PowerPoint and at least one project management software.
  • Ability to be effective in a non-profit organization focused on maintaining high quality work and low overhead.

Preferable:

  • Experience of working in South Asia and providing leadership to a multicultural team.
  • Experience in leading fund-raising efforts including strategizing, writing grant proposals, guiding teams and establishing key relationships with donors - corporate, foundation, bilateral and multilateral and individual.
  • Prior experience working in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization with a proven track record of handling multiple priorities simultaneously and achieving results
  • Passion and commitment for READ’s mission
  • Resourceful and well-organized

To be successful as a member of the READ Global team, the candidate would have to:

  • Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming non-profit organization
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker
  • 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

Travel: Ability and willingness to travel frequently (approximately 25-30% of time) to READ countries and other parts of Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, etc.) as needed. At least one trip to the US will be required annually.

Compensation: READ Global offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with a candidate’s experience and qualifications.

Location: The position will be based in India, Nepal or Bhutan.

How to Apply: Submit a CV, cover letter, and list of references with the subject line “Asia Regional Director Application” to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by August 25, 2014.






Office Manager, San Francisco Headquarters

About the Position:

READ is currently looking for a part-time office / administrative manager to handle the following responsibilities in its San Francisco office in the Presidio:

About the Position:

Open for: Individuals who already have a visa allowing them to work in the United States

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

  • Filing and record-keeping.
  • Entering and updating donor information in Salesforce.
  • Weekly processing of tax receipts to donors.
  • Managing incoming and outgoing mail and deposits of funds received.
  • Some light word processing and spreadsheet creation.
  • Handling a variety of HR matters, including administration of 401K plan, new employee processing, employee health benefit plan, etc.
  • Managing office logistics, including management of the server, Internet service, telephone systems, office lease, etc.
  • Assisting with infrequent mailings, such as fundraising appeals to donors.
  • Creating monthly expense reports for the ED for submission to the READ Global board of directors and finance team.
  • Occasional help making travel arrangements for READ Global staff, especially for the ED who travels domestically and internationally several times a year.

Qualifications / Experience:

  • Bachelors degree (although we will consider students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required.
  • Experience with Powerpoint, Salesforce and/or Quickbooks is a plus.
  • Ability to work in a leanly-staffed organization with a start-up environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of people from different environments, sectors, and society.
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment.
  • Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction.
  • Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming non-profit organization.

Compensation: The position will involve 10-20 hours of work per week and be paid on an hourly basis, commensurate with a candidate’s experience and qualifications.

Location: San Francisco, CA (Presidio)

How to Apply: Please submit resumes by July 25th via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line "Office Manager".






Communications Intern / Blogger, San Francisco Headquarters

About the Position:

READ Global is seeking a communications looking for a creative individual interested in gaining experience in nonprofits, international development, blogging, communications, and online content management (current undergraduate or graduate students encouraged to apply). The position is a four month internship, roughly September 1 – January 1, or coinciding with a student’s fall semester. The unpaid internship is primarily focused on curating content for the READ Global “Library Log” Blog and social media channels, with some light marketing and/or fundraising support. The intern will report to the Manager of Communications and Sustainability, and work with READ field staff in Bhutan, India, and Nepal to curate content.

Open for: Individuals who already have a visa allowing them to work in the United States

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Responsibilities:

  • Research topics for blog posts to be written by the intern as well as READ staff, board members and guest bloggers. Blog topics focus on the following themes:
    • Global Libraries
    • South Asia
    • International rural development
    • Literacy / education
    • Women's empowerment
    • Sustainable enterprise and livelihood skills
    • Information communications technology
  • Write at least one blog post per week (350-700 words)
  • Format and publish posts via basic HTML
  • Publish regular content to READ’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Assist with the creation and release of regular e-newsletters
  • Occasionally help create marketing collateral
  • Occasional support of fundraising appeals and other donor communications.

The following trainings will be provided as needed:

  • Basic HTML and website content management system training (we use Joomla, an open source software)
  • Social media channel strategy, execution and analytics
  • Basic Photoshop
  • Introduction to search engine optimization (SEO)

Qualifications / Experience:

  • Major or minor focus, or interest in English, Communications, Journalism, International Relations, Political Science, International Development, Gender Studies, or related field.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word required.
  • Familiarity with and interest in READ’s thematic areas.
  • Strong creative writing skills.
  • Solid knowledge of social media channels.
  • Independent worker and self-starter.
  • Experience with blogging and/or content management systems a plus.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop a plus.
  • Self-starter / independent worker requiring minimal supervision.

Compensation: The position will involve 10-20 hours of work per week, from roughly September – January. It is an unpaid internship. Transportation costs can be reimbursed depending on the applicant's location.

Location: San Francisco, CA (Presidio). The intern should be able to work out of our global HQ during regular business hours for at least 1 day per week. The remainder may be spent working offsite if desired.

How to Apply: Please submit resumes by August 15th via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line "Communications Intern".