Founded in 2012, Central Square Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic foundation working with the vision of ensuring quality school education for all children in India. We are driven by a mission to transform the school education system in India with a focus on improving learning outcomes for all children, especially from low-income communities.
Over the past six years, we have closely engaged with leading practitioners, foundations and think tanks in India and around the world on different elements of building high-quality school education. We have supported social entrepreneurs, worked on generating evidence, established collaborative platforms for knowledge building and provided strategic & implementation support to Central and State governments in India.
In the past one year, we have consolidated all our learnings and prioritized on ensuring that all children in India achieve foundational learning by class 3 i.e. attain basic proficiency in literacy and numeracy. We believe that achieving foundational learning is a gateway skill since a child who does not achieve foundational learning in early years is unlikely to catch up in later grades. This is impactful at both an individual and system level as it is directly correlated to increased workforce participation and better life outcomes. It is a key lever in pulling up the entire system’s performance.
In order to achieve this ambitious goal, our strategy looks at this issue holistically, including informing policy, improving classroom instruction, partnering with governments to scale programs, filling gaps in research and incubating high-quality organizations.
About Our Founder – Ashish Dhawan
Ashish Dhawan is one of India’s leading philanthropists and a key voice for education reform in the country. In his corporate stint, he founded and led one of India’s leading private equity firms, ChrysCapital, before shifting tracks about 6 years ago to focus on India’s education transformation. He founded CSF with the mission to improve learning levels of students from low-income communities.
In 2014, he spearheaded the launch of India’s first liberal arts university, Ashoka University, a philanthropic effort of over forty leaders in education and industry.
Ashish currently serves on the board of several other non-profits including Bharti Foundation,Teach For India, Akanksha Foundation, Centre for Civil Society, Janaagraha, India School Leadership Institute, 3.2.1 Education Foundation.
CSF has adopted a system reform approach, with quality pedagogy at the centre of it. We partner with state governments to design and scale effective foundational programs through a process of demonstration and consistent iteration. While many programs exist today, the foundation’s effort is to work with the state to own a foundational program that is scalable, cost-effective and effective.
To this end, the team aims to develop a robust point of view on an effective foundational literacy and numeracy solution by working closely with select technical partners and engaging with our vast network of experts, and simultaneously steer the supply-side discourse in India by generating rigorous evidence and creation of relevant public goods. The Associate Director,
Classroom Instruction Practice (CIP) will provide strategic direction and thought-leadership to the foundation’s work around building this strong point of view on an effective foundational program.
Our work in CIP has also benefited from advice from key experts like Luis Crouch (Chief Technical Officer, RTI International), Dhir Jhingran (Founder Director- Language and Learning Foundation, ex-Principal Secretary of Education, Assam) and Jayshree Oza (Founder Director, Centre for Education Management and Research).
CSF is looking for a Research Director who can identify gaps, and learnings - and accordingly mobilize research communities to complement their respective methods and varying lenses for conducting research that enables us to find answers to pressing questions regarding Indian education system. We require someone who has published thoughts/opinions/findings relevant
to evidence-based education reform. We also plan to form partnerships with leading national/international researchers in the area of governance, pedagogy, system improvement, education technology, and private schools.
S/he will join a high calibre leadership team with a collective experience of over 90 years working in both corporate and development sector organizations like BCG, Accenture, Citibank, Dasra, NITI Aayog, and National Skill Development Corporation.
The role directly reports to the Managing Directors at CSF.
This role will be based out of the CSF office in Delhi.
Remuneration will be competitive with Indian philanthropy pay scales and will depend upon the candidate’s experience levels.
Interested candidates can click on the Application Form and fill the required details in the form.