Education Curriculum Development Technical Advisor

New York, New York, United States
Apply by 21 June 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 23 May 2018

Job Description

Requisition ID: req1950

Job Title: Education Curriculum Development Technical Advisor

Sector: Education

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.

In 2017, the IRC reached over 1.5 million children in 20 countries with education programs. We ensure that even the hardest to reach children in the most challenging places are able to go to school and thrive. In the midst of conflict and disaster, education is one of the first things parents and children say they need. Education is a human right. It also helps keep children safe and gives them the skills needed to be resilient, do well now, and later in life. Education offers a glimmer of hope. The IRC defines success with six education outcomes from infancy to young adulthood, ensuring results for all girls and boys, regardless of age. These outcomes are: Access to safe, functional and responsive education, across all ages; Early childhood learning and nurturing care; Primary school-aged learning; Post-primary learning; Safety in school; and Gender equality across all education outcomes.

The IRC seeks an Education Curriculum Development Technical Advisor to develop sustainable, quality educational content for children around the globe. For the first six months, the position will primarily focus on developing a roadmap and plan for the content and curriculum development for the MacArthur 100&Change initiative. In December 2017, Sesame Workshop and the IRC were awarded the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural 100&Change grant to make real progress toward solving a critical problem of our time. With the extraordinary investment of $100 million, our partnership will transform the language, early reading, math, and social-emotional skills of a generation of children ages 0-8 affected by the Syrian war. Focusing on children in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria over the next five years, the plan combines the depth of in-person services, reaching 1.5 million children, with the breadth of mass media, reaching 9.4 million children.

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The Education Curriculum Development Technical Advisor will lead the development of outstanding child learning and child development curriculum and other content to be used in and improve IRC’s global education work. The Curriculum Development Technical Advisor with work closely with other Education Technical Advisors in the HQ Education Technical Unit, as well as country programs, to establish and lead structured processes for a range of educational content development with relevant stakeholders. During the first six months, the position will primarily focus on content related to support parenting/home visiting programs and early learning/preschool programs for the MacArthur 100&Change initiative. Work will include leading processes to adapt and tailor existing content to specific contexts, identifying new content to be created based on identified needs and opportunities to optimize children’s learning and wellbeing, developing a consultative process for the production of facilitator manuals corresponding to content objectives (e.g. literacy, numeracy, social-emotional learning skills, etc.), and contributing to the review and assessment of content use as part of implementation.

It is expected that the Curriculum Development Technical Advisor will travel up to 40 percent of their time in the first six months, and up to 20 percent thereafter.

The Curriculum Development Technical Advisor’s specific responsibilities are as follows:

1. Curriculum Development
* Oversee the curation of IRC’s existing content and the adaptation, revision and development of new IRC-led content for parenting/ home visiting programs and early learning/preschool programs, including content for parents, teachers, service providers and supervisors/coaches
* Define a process for linguistic analysis and field testing of content to ensure that they are culturally and linguistically relevant, that they are designed to enhance children’s learning outcomes in ways that are cost-effective and scalable
* Lead collaboration with IRC’s Early Childhood Development Technical Lead, Project Coordinators and other team members in each country to guide them in content adaptation, testing, development and deployment
* Work with country teams to ensure curriculum and content models are aligned with local or national standards and existing curriculum for early childhood development and pre-primary education
* Provide technical support and curricular adaptations to peer organizations that have contracted the IRC for content development support
* Establish and lead processes to develop and adapt 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

2. Capacity building and training
* Conduct trainings on the materials for field-based staff when requested
* Train external actors (partners, governments, etc.) as requested
* Train and support other technical teams (HQ and field-based), including child protection, on existing and new content

3. Research and learning
* Work with IRC’s research, evaluation and learning team to develop strategies for testing, piloting and tracking use of existing and newly developed materials.
* Manage material review/refinement based on learning from tracking and monitoring the use of IRC developed materials
* Assist with data analysis of education programs and report writing as requested

4. Other tasks
* Support the creation of appropriate PR and communications materials that can raise our profile with donors, partners, and other key actors

Key Working Relationships:
* Position Reports to: Early Childhood Development Senior Technical Advisor, Education
* Position supervises: TBD

Other Internal and/or external contacts:
* Internal: IRC country program staff; Regional staff such as M&E, Communications and Advocacy; other technical units within IRC (Education, Health, Violence Prevention and Response, Economic Recovery and Development, Governance, Gender Equality); MacArthur 100&Change Project Management team
* External: Senior Director, Education, Sesame Workshop; Managing Director, Sesame Workshop

* Master’s/post-graduate degree in Education or relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
* Minimum 5 years’ experience in a non-profit or social services agency, with increasing levels of responsibility.
* Demonstrated experience in leading development of curriculum and content across multiple countries and languages;
* Experience delivering and monitoring of educational services to vulnerable children and youth; experience providing services to refugee or immigrant population service highly desirable.
* Demonstrated expertise in program design, monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action.
* Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with ministries of education and academic institutions.
* Proven ability to create good processes and systems, tools, sustainable solutions and accountability.
* Excellent communication, teambuilding and interpersonal skills.
* Strong organizational skills with ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time and meet deadlines, and proven ability to work under pressure.
* Experience working with and understanding cultural sensitivities.
* Fluency in English is required; knowledge of Arabic is a plus.

Working Environment:
* Standard office work environment
* Travel required: 40% in first 6 months; 20% thereafter
* Position is based in the IRC Headquarters in New York City

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.

About the Organization

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 27 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

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