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Regional Multimedia Coordinator - PlayMatters

Kampala (Uganda)

  • Organization: IRC
  • Location: Kampala (Uganda)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-30

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PlayMatters reimagines childhood for refugees. It will bring play-based learning to 800,000 children across Ethiopia, Uganda and a to be confirmed third country. It will redefine education and cultivate a generation of lifelong builders. PlayMatters is inspired by LEGO Foundation’s call to challenge the status quo, to offer children the quality education they dream of. Children are not gaining the skills they need, teachers are under-supported and parents are overwhelmed. The systems built to serve them are failing them. PlayMatters proudly offers something different. It will be delivered by a coalition with a track record of thinking and delivering differently. We bring three distinct characteristics:

  1. OUTCOMES. Everything we do is fueled by the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and resilience outcomes we seek. We know learning happens when children are at the center and teachers, parents and the system surrounding them embrace children’s agency and have not only skills and resources, but the motivation to drive change.

  2. RESEARCH AND LEARNING. Effective delivery requires both rigor and a big heart. With LEGO Foundation, PlayMatters will generate scientific evidence that can transform our understanding of play and learning for refugees in East Africa and around the world.

  3. THOUGHT LEADERSHIP. The LEGO Foundation Humanitarian Initiative offers an opportunity to deliver and comes with the responsibility to lead. Our consortium’s members have a record mobilizing others.

Position Summary:

The IRC is seeking a Multimedia Coordinator who will lead on the coordination of PlayMatters’ multimedia strategy and interventions. This position will require close collaboration with the project’s expert consortium of partners—Plan International, War Child Holland, Behavioral Insights Team, and Innovations for Poverty Action—to provide coordination for multimedia interventions to support PlayMatters’ mission to build children’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative skills through play in their homes, schools, and communities.

The Multimedia Coordinator will be responsible for supervising and effectively coordinating the entire multimedia portfolio/work for the PlayMatters project. The Multimedia Coordinator will be responsible for linking and coordinating with other consortium-lead media projects that are ongoing with LEGO Foundation, which focus on Learning through Play (LtP). Additionally, the Multimedia Coordinator will coordinate with content development teams and or external organizations or educational ministries to design and create content for PlayMatters year one interventions. This position will also be responsible for hiring and managing consultants and engaging partners/service providers to create this content and work to ensure that they closely align to the LEGO Foundation’s integrated approaches to learning through play for holistic development.

Job Responsibilities

•Manage and contract consultants for the PlayMatters multimedia strategy and intervention creation;

•Oversee the technical implementation of multimedia partners through technical strategy leadership;

•Manage the consultant completing the multimedia actor/access platform mapping and analysis;

•Lead the development and execution of the PlayMatters multimedia strategy, including the provision of recommendations for the incorporation of various technological solutions in the project in collaboration with the consortium;

•Act as a focal point for multimedia with PlayMatters consortium partners and/or service providers, providing consortium leadership in ensuring all actors are aligned with and effectively implementing multimedia deliverables per the content and branding expectations;

•Coordinate, liaise, and collaborate with a variety of actors (e.g. local media organizations, national ministry representatives, humanitarian organizations, etc.) for the purpose of determining specific programming needs;

•Establish production quality review standards and process;

•Coordinate the design of the service delivery/scale/distribution strategy;

•Build relationships and contracts with distributors, telecom operators, and other key service providers;

•Share media and distribution requirements to content/production team;

•Collaborate with Ministry of Education, local media actors, and other external stakeholder personnel for the purpose of designing and implementing learning through play multimedia programming;

•Liaise with relevant government ministries, local media actors, and other external stakeholder personnel (as appropriate) for the purpose of engaging them in supporting PlayMatters initiatives around multimedia production and distribution;

•Direct PlayMatters multimedia programming operations where refugee and host communities are located across Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia;

•Collaborate with consortium partners working on other LEGO Foundation-funded media projects to ensure synergies across projects;

Qualifications

•Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in television/film/radio/media production, project management, communications, or related field;

•Strong interest in children’s media and education;

•Strong project coordination and management skills;

•Excellent written and oral communication in English;

•Knowledge of the East Africa region and its media landscape;

•Proven ability to conceptualize, develop, plan, and manage programs;

•Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and with many partners;

•Experience cultivating relationships and directly managing multiple partners and service providers (particularly multimedia actors);

•Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure, dealing with competing priorities, in a fast-paced team environment;

•Coordination and management of technical projects is a plus;

•Graphic design skills are a plus;

•Experience coordinating or managing the creation of media content, specifically for education is a plus;

Working Environment:

•Standard office work environment

•Travel required 30-40%

•Position is based in the IRC Regional PlayMatters office in Kampala, Uganda

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Equality, 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.

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