Details: $10168 - $11168 per year
Requisition ID: req1187
Job Title: Specialist, Education
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: USA-New York, NY - HQ
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. 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. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The IRC's vision is to lead the humanitarian field by implementing high-impact, cost-effective programs for people affected by crisis and by using our learning and experience to shape policy and practice. To achieve that vision, the IRC's Program Quality Unit (PQU) provides technical assistance to IRC's country program staff and shares what we learn to influence policy and practice.
PQU has three central objectives that we work towards:
- Guide program design to achieve outcomes by incorporating the best available evidence
- Build technical capacity of country program staff to implement, measure and continuously improve programs
- Influence the IRC, peer agencies and donors to use proven interventions and generate new evidence to achieve change in peoples' lives
PQU is comprised of seven Technical Units, all of which have deep expertise in their respective sectors: Education, Economic Wellbeing, Gender Equality, Governance, Health, Violence Prevention and Response, and Research Evaluation and Learning (REL).
The IRC delivers education programs in 22 conflict-affected or post-conflict countries around the world. The IRC's educational interventions strive to help children and youth gain valuable skills and knowledge that will increase their opportunities and life chances, and contribute to their well-being and livelihood. The IRC supports formal and non-formal learning activities that lead to tangible learning outcomes in literacy, numeracy, socio-emotional learning, and marketable skills and promotes the protection and psychosocial well-being of conflict-affected children and youth.
The Curriculum Specialist will take a lead role in providing curriculum development support to improve IRC's global education work. The Curriculum Specialist will work under the technical guidance of Education Technical Advisors in the HQ Education Technical Unit who are leading the global work in these technical areas; as well as directly support country programs to adapt and tailor existing curriculum to their specific contexts. The work in curriculum includes assisting in the production of teacher training manuals in teaching social and emotional learning skills (including executive function skills); and creating activities to help children and youth recover through recreation, art, drama and music in safe healing and learning spaces that are often established in acute emergencies. It is expected that the Curriculum Specialist will travel up to 30 percent of their time. The Curriculum Specialist's specific responsibilities are as follows:
1. Curriculum Development (under guidance and oversight of lead Education Technical Advisors)
- Develop and adapt SEL curricula and materials for youth in acute emergencies in partnership with the Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU)
- Adapt Social Emotional Learning (SEL) materials to country level programs and contexts as requested
- Contribute to the further development of both teacher and student curriculum to explicitly improve social and emotional learning skills in primary education programs
- Develop and adapt SEL materials for use with refugees resettled in the US, in partnership with IRC's US programs and resettlement offices
- Help further partnerships with other agencies and institutions as appropriate that have evidence based curriculum that promote students' learning and well-being
- Provide technical support and curricular adaptations to peer organizations that have contracted the IRC for SEL support
- Assist, as needed, with the integration of SEL into reading and math materials
- Test, pilot, refine and contextualize as needed the above mentioned materials to country specific projects and contexts
2. Capacity building and training
- Conduct trainings in the above listed materials at the field level when requested
- Adapt existing and above mentioned materials to staff led and field driven trainings in IRC field education programs
- Support country teams in monitoring and evaluation of SEL programs as needed
- Train external actors (partners, governments, etc.) on SEL as requested
- Train and support other technical teams (HQ and field-based), including child protection, on existing and new SEL content
3. Research and learning
- Develop strategies for testing, piloting and tracking use of existing and newly developed materials.
- Refine materials based on learning from tracking and monitoring the use of IRC developed materials
- Assist with data analysis of HC programs and report writing as requested
4. Other tasks
- Support the packaging of the above mentioned materials
- Support the creation of appropriate PR and communications materials that can raise our profile with donors, partners, and other key actors
- Contribute to technical writing on proposals as requested; as well as other key proposal documents such as capacity statements and past performance capability matrices
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Technical Advisor, Education, Policy & Practice
Position directly supervises: This position could supervise consultants and/or interns as needed.
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: The position includes close liaison and work with all Education Technical Advisors, ERT Education and Child Protection Coordinators and other staff; and Education staff in the field working on related projects.
External: The position includes relationship-building with partner organizations, oversight of vendors and consultants for special projects as needed
Education: Master's degree in Education or related field preferred.
Work Experience: Experience working in conflict or crisis affected environments. At least 2 years of work experience in education and curriculum development, international experience preferred, particularly in conflict or post-conflict contexts. Classroom teaching at the primary school level preferred.
Demonstrate Skills and Competencies: Proven skills in curriculum development, particularly in teacher training curriculum and/or relevant subjects required. Strong knowledge in social and emotional learning and/or child psychology/child development preferred. Strong written communication skills
Language Skills: Fluency in English required; proficiency in French and Arabic is desired/an advantage.
Working Environment: Up to 30% travel may be required. This position will be based in New York, New York.
Minimum Education Required