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Background of IRC:

The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international NGOs, provides relief, rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable people and communities over 30 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in eight regions in Ethiopia, implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery, and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.

Position Summary: 

IRC is seeking an Education Officer for a five-year project, “PlayMatters”, funded by the LEGO Foundation. This position will be a part of the larger PlayMatters initiative to increase play-based learning opportunities for nearly 1 million pre-primary and primary school aged refugee and host community children impacted by the humanitarian crises in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. This project aims to build children’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical and creative skills through play in their homes, schools, and communities and will be implemented in partnership with War Child, Plan International, Behavioural Insights Team and Innovations for Poverty Action.

The Education officer will be responsible for ensuring that PlayMatters consortium and IRC staff identify, engage, and influence key education stakeholders in Ethiopia responsible for and engaged in promoting learning outcomes for refugee and local children ages 3 to 12. This includes collaboration with government, UN and other humanitarian coordination decision makers, education implementing partners, and large-scale development initiatives to improve learning through play.

The Education officer will be comanaged the camp manager and the PlayMatters Education Manager/Senior Education Officer at the field office level with additional technical oversight from the country level PlayMatters project team; work closely with the camp-based education officers, RRS, WEO specialists and other implementing partners to integrate Learning through Play (LtP) into ECD, primary school, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALP) and child friendly space activities targeting children in refugee and host community. S/he will also assist in the development/adaptation and testing of developed content and approaches for teachers, parents, and children/Community.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Assist in mapping of existing teaching and learning materials being used in the refugee and host community schools/learning institutions and identify playful activities at community level against a framework to identify areas of integration, adaptation, and development of content;
  • Engage with field level coordination leads, implementing partners, teachers, parents, community leaders and children through structured co-creation processes
  • Support the development/adaptation of training content and testing for teachers, parents and community in refugee and refugee host communities through participatory and consultative process involving local teacher education colleges, universities, other education partners and key government counterparts,
  • Support the delivery of trainings to preschool and primary school teachers, target parents and community leaders in collaboration with teacher education colleges, university and education staff and key government counterparts using a cascade model,
  • Assist in adaptation of content and testing of key LtP messages targeting parent and dissemination strategy to reach wider audiences.
  • Update key messages and communications materials on play-based learning to reflect the Ethiopian context targeting refugees and host communities,
  • Support and oversee the implementation of LtP activities in refugee and host community schools and facilitate exchange of learning,
  • Provide technical support through regular mentoring and coaching of ECCD facilitators and primary school teachers, parents and communities on the use of LtP through closely working with education officers and assistants and community key leaders,
  • Supervise project implementation, track progress and achievements and produce quality reports accurately and timely,
  • Work closely with the M & E team/ to put in place mechanisms and processes for regular review of project data and learning,
  • Assist to develop measurable procurement, activity, spending plans and stick to them to avoid any over and underspending,
  • Execute and carried out additional assignments as per the request by supervisors and managers

Job Requirements

  • Advanced degree from an accredited university in education management and planning, curriculum development, sociology, social works or social science related field,
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience implementing education programs, teacher training, parental education,
  • Proven track record of and knowledge of engaging with government, UN and NGOs,
  • Demonstrated success in developing educational/training and community content and delivery,
  • Strong interpersonal skills, both oral and written,
  • Proficiency in English and local language is mandatory

Your application letter/cover letter must include the following information:

  • Name of the position you have applied for
  • Date of application
  • Summary of your qualifications and experience
  • Motivation/objective of why you have applied for the job
  • Please include at least 3 references from current and former supervisors.

                       Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

IRC is an equal employment opportunity employer.  IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

Professional Standards: 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 Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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