Education Curriculum Associate
New York City (United States of America)
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.
PlayMatters reimagines childhood for refugees. It will bring play-based learning to 800,000 children across Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania. 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.
Major Responsibilities: The Education Curriculum Associate will report to the PlayMatters Regional Curriculum Specialis and Education Unit Manager. The junior consultant will provide programmatic and administrative support to the PlayMatters technical team, with a specific focus curriculum mapping. This is an entry-level, short-term, consultancy where the consultant will directly aid in the completion of the team’s numerous deliverables by providing a variety of support types.
Tasks may include:
•Collecting national student curriculum standards, national teacher professional development standards, and national educational policy initiatives for Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia (with potential to review similar content for neighboring countries)
•Mapping the standards and initiatives above into a finished, summarized, document and table to inform project content and advocacy approaches
•Collecting lessons learned and documenting for teams
•Tracking project process and providing status updates
•Engaging in content development processes
•Supporting to organize content across various production teams
•Tracking conversations and decisions made
•Perform other education technical assignments as requested
•Perform administrative tasks as requested
•In pursuit of Associates or Bachelor’s degree; Bachelor’s degree preferred
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
•Demonstrated interest in education and humanitarian work or refugee relief
•Excellent organization skills and hyper attention to detail
•Excellent oral and written communication skills
•Independent worker who is extremely flexible, a creative problem solver, and comfortable working with limited information and ambiguity
•Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel and Google Docs; plus for experience with Outlook, Teams, Airtable, and any company-wide file system
•Must be available for 15 hours/week for at least 3 months; compensation is $15/hr.
•International experience a plus
•1 year of work experience required, which could include a combination of professional internships, work study, etc.
•Native or fluent English
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.Update