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ECD Partnership Manager

Amman (Jordan)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Managerial positions
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Education, Learning and Training
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Requisition ID: req8288

Job Title: ECD Partnership Manager

Sector: Research & Development

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Amman, Jordan

Job Description

Background

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.

The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 7.6 million people are internally displaced and 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.8 million in hard-to-reach areas. There are four million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.

IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. IRC is undertaking programs in Syria in the fields of health, protection, and economic recovery and development.Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.

High-quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs provide the foundation for children’s future academic success, health, prosperity and wellbeing. A large body of scientific evidence emphasizes the need for increased investment in early childhood, particularly for children experiencing conflict, crisis and displacement; these children are extremely vulnerable to the long-lasting effects that prolonged stress has on the developing brain.

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. For more information, please visit: http://refugee.sesameinternational.org/.

Job Overview/ Summary:

IRC’s ECD Partnership Manager will be based in Amman.Under the direct supervision of ECD Coordinator, the ECD Partnership Manager for Northwest Syria will work closely with ECD Manager and Partnership team, he/she will be responsible for grant management, and financial management of IRC’s Ahlan Simsim (ECD) partners and sub-awards. The ECD Partnership Manager will ensure timely, effective and high-quality support on range of program activities.

The ECD Partnership Manager will also support the ECD Coordinator in internal and external representation activities, communication and knowledge management initiatives, as well as donor reporting and partnership program development opportunities as required.

The ECD Partnership Manager is responsible for four key objectives:

Partnership programs Quality and Implementation: lead and support the effective execution of partnership activities in collaboration with relevant team members (ECD team and partnership team). Follow-up on procurement and spending related to partner program activities, review budget variance against projection in collaboration and support from Partnership team.

Grants Management: Ensure effective grant and budget management and contribute to new proposal and concept notes.

  • Coordination and Partnership: Build strong coordination and evaluation mechanisms with ECD partners, verification of reports received from partners and compilation of quantitative reports to donors.
  • Research, Learning and Analysis: Lead the roll out and analysis of assessments of each partner’s base knowledge and capacity and support programmatic capacity building according to plan.
  • Partners Support & Development, and Representation: Support in identification and selection of new partners as needed.Provide technical support in relation to strengthening the capacity of IRC partners in ECD programs.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program Implementation and Quality

  • As required, provide technical support to partners, guidance on program activities, etc. with partner related to good practices in ECD, services for children, caregivers programming, approaches to outreach, etc. (or other topics as identified together with ECD Manager)
  • Review partner ECD related tools and processes in line with IRC- ECD/ Ahlan Simsim technical standards.
  • Identify and raise technical challenges IRC and partner staff will face in the delivery of ECD services and propose tools and mechanisms to overcome them in a timely manner in consultation with the ECD Coordinator.
  • In collaboration with the Partnership team, coordinate partner trainings and workshops, regular communication, problem solving, and reporting.
  • Support the ECD Coordinator with strategic decision making, planning, and partner engagement regarding Ahlan Simsim Partners.
  • Ensure the documentation of key partner support from trainings and workshops (pre/posttest, attendance sheet, evaluation) to be filed with the Partnership Department and provide feedback and support in the implementation of the recommendation made after trainings.

Grants management

  • Work closely with Grants and Partnership team and other relevant sectors to complete grant management documents and deliverables within donor guidelines.
  • Support the ECD Coordinator in identifying any technical gaps in existing ECD partnership and work with the team to develop innovative approaches and mechanisms to address them.
  • Work closely with the ECD Coordinator in designing and developing new and potential funding opportunities for sustaining the relationship with existing partners, or/and expanding with potential new partners.
  • Support the ECD Coordinator in producing donor reports and other materials related to partnership activities as required.
  • Review and support partners in the development of the Scope of Work in coordination with the Partnerships lead and other relevant staff.
  • Participate in partnership management activities as it relates to the ECD technical part such as due diligence, opening meeting, review and reflection visits etc.
  • Lead on filling the sections that are related to ECD in the partnership’s tools
  • Ensure effective Budget management as appropriate and timely spending of grants to achieve program goals in collaboration with relevant team members.

Coordination and Partnership

  • Work closely with ECD Manager in supporting the development of strategic partnerships with local partners to facilitate effective adoption and implementation of an integrated ECD activities and scaling up.
  • Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders, in particular partners, and other relevant actors in coordination with the ECD Coordinator.
  • Work with Partnership team and other Program sector colleagues to come up with strategies for integration of ECD activities and Sesame Seeds content across a range of partner programs.
  • Work alongside IRC’s Health, Protection and Partnership teams to ensure integrated ECD programming is reflected in ECD capacity building and/or Ahlan Simsim-related sub-awards.
  • Coordinate with ECD MEAL Manager for monitoring and evaluation of partner activities to ensure key indicators and targets are met and are consistent with IRC donor requirements
  • Contribute to the development of regular reports, both qualitative and quantitative, in relation to ECD capacity building and ECD sub-awards. Work with Partnership team to ensure timely and quality reporting from partners
  • Act as the main focal point for the Partnerships Unit.
  • Share on a bi-weekly basis with the ECD coordinator, a report of the partners and their current status (challenges, successes and next steps)
  • Develop and update a database of ECD actors in close cooperation with the ECD Coordinator and Partnership team

Research, Learning and Analysis:

  • Work with partner organizations to conduct regular analysis of data collected from field teams in order to note trends and inform programming accordingly, as well as sharing information via reports as needed.
  • Regularly use feedback to support partners to improve programming and to improve on communication and coordination with partners.
  • Consider partners from a perspective of equality where they have much to offer to IRC in terms of learnings and access.

Partners Support & Development, and Representation

  • Support the assessment of capacity building needs based on observation and assessment of each partner’s knowledge and capacity in ECD.
  • Coordinate with the ECD Manager in strengthening the technical capacities of partners, including conducting trainings, coaching and mentoring.
  • Support partners in activity design for any collaborations in emergency response in Syria.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable partners/staff to successfully perform in their positions.
  • Support regular information sharing regarding challenges and needs at the field level.
  • Represent IRC in internal and external forums as needed, including clusters, and coordinate activities with them

Others

  • Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned by direct manager to enable and develop IRC programs

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:Early Childhood Development Coordinator – NW Syria CP

Position directly supervises:N/A

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: ECD Manager, grants, finance and supply chain /NWS, Regional Technical Lead ECD (Ahlan Simsim), Regional Research Lead (Ahlan SimSim), other IRC programs and support departments especially Health, child protection, WPE and Partnership team.

External:Partner organizations in Syria and Gaziantep


Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, Education, Psychology, Human Development, Social Work, or related subject at least, master’s degree is preferred.
  • At least four years’ experience in managing and/or technically supervising early childhood development or education programs.
  • Prior experience and excellent understanding of working in emergency settings or insecure environments
  • Solid demonstrated experience in planning, budgeting, reporting, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be capable of applying skills and knowledge in a range of capacities, including direct implementation, advisory functions, training, and transfer of technical knowledge and management skills to others.
  • Demonstrated track record in working with teams, showing high performance in a multi-cultural environment, demonstrating flexibility, and ability to handle pressure.
  • Excellent interactive facilitation skills that focus on using technology-based learning approach.


 

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