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.
In 2022, the IRC reached over 800,000 children and youth 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 education outcomes from infancy to young adulthood, ensuring results for all girls and boys, regardless of age. These outcomes are: Early childhood learning and nurturing care; Primary school-aged learning; and youth learning; as well as the complementary Safety in school outcome.
The IRC seeks an Education Technical Advisor (TA). This role will have a primary geographic focus on the East Africa Region to guide on program design, provide direct technical support, and build technical capacity to implement, measure and continuously improve education programs in IRC country programs in East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, and Tanzania). To ensure quality programming towards impacting the lives of children and youth affected by conflict and crisis through IRC’s work, the Education Technical Advisor will: support country programs to design programs and projects that are aligned to the IRC’s outcomes and evidence framework / theories of change / core indicators; lead technical design processes of proposals and write technical narrative as needed; review and ensure technical quality of proposals; input into proposal go/no go decisions and pre-positioning; analyze data to inform course correction; conduct technical trainings and ongoing technical coaching, share cross-context learning with country program staff; design, review and share program-specific tools; support senior technical country program recruitment and capacity--building.
This position involves frequent travel, reflecting the regular requests and demand for additional in-person TA support for education assessment, design, start-up, and implementation. The Education TA will support projects or country teams across IRC that require additional support in education in emergencies, including through deployments.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Director of Education for Country Support
Position directly supervises: This position could potentially supervise on occasion consultants and/or interns.
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Works directly with the Regional and Deputy Regional Director to ensure education programs are in line and supporting regional and country level priorities. Regular relationships with EHAU and regional technical advisors in violence prevention and response, health, economic recovery & development, and governance technical unit teams. Works directly with country program coordinators and managers as well as country program leadership. Interacts with IRC internal departments, including business development, external relations and advocacy departments.
External: Serve as IRC program representativein outside regional meetings and global meetings (as needed) and academic forums with donors, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency groups and foundations. Engage regularly with partners, including academic partners, to ensure programmatic and research collaborations remain on track.
Education: Master’s/post-graduate degree in education, education psychology, social work, human development or relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Participate in ongoing training courses and share knowledge and skill sets within the unit.
Work Experience: A minimum of 6-8 years’ experience of implementing and/or managing large Education programs and teams is required, within a humanitarian or international development setting, as are at least 2-3 years acting in an advisory capacity on education programming. Education work experience in East Africa is required. Experience in technical tools and materials development, monitoring and evaluation, and research in relation to education is highly desired. Experience in strategy development and working across sectors or disciplines is highly desired.
Language Skills: Fluency in English is a non-negotiable requirement; proficiency in Swahili an advantage.