Project Officer, Sesame Seeds

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Negotiable



Start Date


Application Deadline



New York
New York
United States


Requisition ID: req2625

Job Title: Project Officer, Sesame Seeds

Sector: Program Administration

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: USA-New York, NY - HQ

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities that support them, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. At-work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. IRC reaches over a million children annually with education and child protection programs in 25 countries around the world.

Years of war in Syria have pushed millions from their homes and into poverty, and millions more have become refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and further afield. Equally complex is the emergency in Iraq, where waves of fighting and displacement have overwhelmed infrastructure and services and pushed communities to the brink. The economic, social, and health effects of these dual crises have changed the entire region. In the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq) IRC responds to displaced people's acute and longer-term needs with integrated programs that improve health and safety, prioritize children's education, foster economic wellbeing, and empower communities to regain control over their lives.

Sesame Workshop and IRC have won the inaugural MacArthur Foundation 100&Change competition, a $100 million grant to make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. The Sesame Seeds program is embarking on a life-changing, five year intervention to bring vital early learning and nurturing care to more than nine million children and families affected by the ongoing civil war in Syria. Among other activities, the program will create multimedia programming for children affected by the conflict. Together with the Sesame Workshop, we will develop a pliant platform to reach young children and their caregivers wherever they are and measure how we impact their lives. For more information, please visit:

Reporting to the Regional Project Director, the Project Officer will serve as the NY-based focal point to lead project and relationship management for the MacArthur 100&Change initiative. The Project Officer will be instrumental in supporting seamless communication and coordination across cross-functional IRC and Sesame Workshop teams based in each of the 4 countries of implementation, regional headquarters in Amman, and global headquarters in NYC.

The Project Officer is responsible for the following key objectives:

· Serve as IRC's New York-based focal point for Sesame Workshop

· Lead on collaboration and communication with IRC HQ-based functions, including Senior Leadership, Communications, Finance, Fundraising and Grants Management

· Lead process to ensure on-time and high-quality donor reporting

Major Responsibilities Include:

  • Serve as IRC's NY-based focal point for Sesame Workshop
  • Represent IRC in all relevant planning meetings with Sesame Workshop and ensure action items are communicated and carried forward by appropriate IRC team members
  • Lead on material preparation and logistics for joint IRC/Sesame Workshop leadership meetings (such as quarterly Advisory Committee)

  • Lead on collaboration and communication with IRC HQ-based functions, including Senior Leadership, Communications, Finance, Fundraising and Grants Management
  • Lead on material preparation and logistics for internal IRC senior leadership updates
  • Create compelling materials on project updates for regular distribution to IRC internal stakeholders (e.g., monthly newsletters) and work with IRC communications team on outreach to external stakeholders
  • Serve as focal point for fundraising teams at HQ
  • Support on opportunities for partnerships, fundraising and program development to advance project
  • Create and manage process for country and regional teams to track funding needs related to project implementation and communicate funding gaps in need of support

  • Lead process to ensure on-time and high-quality donor reporting
  • Work closely with grants management team, IRC project team, and Sesame Workshop team to consolidate data, narratives, success stories, and other elements required for bi-annual reports to MacArthur.
  • Support ongoing budget tracking and fiscal management

Key Working Relationships:

  • Position Reports to: Regional Project Director, MacArthur 100&Change
  • Position supervises: None
  • Indirect Reporting: Regional Grants Director, Middle East

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

  • Internal: Country team staff; Regional project staff; Education Technical Unit; Fundraising teams; Communications team; Senior Leadership; Finance team.
  • External: Sesame Workshop staff; Project Director, NYU; Advocacy and strategic partners; MacArthur Foundation program officers


  • At least 5-7 years of experience in program administration, grants management, communications and/or project management at an international NGO or similar organization
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with external representation and senior leadership or Board-level engagement
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work in a fast-paced environment, within and across departments/functions and develop positive relationships with locally and remote based staff
  • Self-directed, able to independently set priorities and solve problems with minimal guidance; comfortable working with team that is remotely located
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability to adjust plans for the realities of working across multiple time zones and cultural contexts
  • Experience working in conflict and crisis settings and knowledge of humanitarian programming is preferred
  • Knowledge of the Middle East regional context, with experience working in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon or Iraq is preferred
  • Experience in the field of early childhood development or education is a plus

Working Environment:

  • Standard office work environment
  • Travel required 15%
  • Position is based in IRC HQ in New York

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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