Employment Opportunities at International Rescue Committee (IRC)


Requisition ID: req11937

Job Title: Re Advert – Research & Innovation Hub Coordinator

Sector: Research & Development

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Job Description

Job Overview/Summary:

IRC’s Airbel Impact Lab / Research and Innovation (R&I) Unit brings together a multi-disciplinary team combining IRC’s commitment to rigorous research and evidence-based programs with new approaches to designing, testing and scaling breakthrough interventions for the humanitarian and development sector. Airbel helps the IRC serve people affected by crisis with the most effective and efficient programs; designing and rigorously testing interventions, supporting the IRC in interpreting and applying existing research to develop high-quality, evidence-based programs, and conducting cost efficiency and cost effectiveness analyses to ensure the best use of our resources. –It also aims to design, nurture, and scale new humanitarian interventions and delivery models by applying best practices from the behavioral sciences, human-centered design, rapid iteration, and multi-disciplinary problem-solving in the humanitarian context.

The Tanzania Research and Innovation Hub is a collaboration, led by IRC, between the IRC, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and the Behavorial Insights Teams (BIT). This Hub aims to enable adaptive project design, small-scale pilot studies, and larger-scale impact evaluations in Tanzanian refugee camps and surrounding host communities to improve outcomes for crisis-affected populations and create more impact for every dollar spent on aid.

The Tanzania Research and Innovation Hub is an exciting initiative that will work in close coordination with IRC’s operational work in Tanzania and globally. IRC in Tanzania works in the sectors of health, education, protection and empowerment to provide humanitarian support to hundreds of thousands of refugees and Tanzanian host communities. 

The successful candidate will be a creative and strong leader with experience in coordination, strategic thinking and research and innovation programming. The Hub coordinator will be building and leading a team to manage a portfolio of projects.

Key responsibilities:

Based in IRC offices in Tanzania, the Tanzania Hub Coordinator will be responsible to provide leadership to the Research Hub and coordinate with Hub partners on:

Tanzania Hub Launch:

  • Facilitate and Coordinate with Hub partners to ensure the development of:
  • Tanzania Hub strategy, priority focus areas, and objectives, to be reviewed on an annual basis.
  • Tanzania Hub partnerships with research, innovation, and humanitarian organizations, including an emphasis on national partnerships.
  • Overall business development strategy, in collaboration with Research & Innovation Business Development (BD) staff and BD teams with other Hub Tanzania partners
  • Develop and manage clear protocols and processes for pipeline idea generation and decision-making
  • Ensure clarity on roles and responsibilities and involvement of each partner along the pipeline process / project lifecycle

Tanzania Hub Project Leadership and Support:

  • Lead and support the design and implementation of (design) research projects in collaboration with research leads and technical advisors, field programs and (design) research partners. This includes PlayMatters a consortium project that aims to bring playplay-based learning to 800,000 refugee children across Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania, and which includes a robust research & learning agenda. In collaboration with Hub partners, determine appropriate contracting mechanism for each project.
  • Work with project leads to ensure that projects are set up for success, including developing clear scopes of work, budgets, and project management structure.
  • Provide operational advice to project leads and other Hub partners as required and as relevant for project implementation (advise on camp permits, security, transportation options, etc)

Tanzania Hub Coordination:

Convene and Chair  Tanzania Hub Steering Committee regular meetings including:

  • Monthly steering committee meetings to workplan and check in on progress
  • An annual priority setting meeting
  • Project and / or business development opportunities – specific meetings, as required:

Driving growth of the Hub portfolio: Working with global and national programme development and grants colleagues, together with consortium partners, the coordinator will gather necessary inputs, develop concept notes and proposals; proactively pursue business development opportunities aligned with the Hub priorities, and liaising with potential donors and partners.

In collaboration with the IRC Tanzania Programme teams (including technical coordinators and M&E coordinator, regularly review IRC Tanzania programmes and M&E data to identify potential areas for future innovation and research.

Proactively develop and manage strong partnerships with academics, consultants and other organizations that conduct related (design) research and programming; policymakers, practitioners, and relevant Tanzanian actors, including UNHCR

In collaboration with the IRC Tanzania country program and other Tanzania Hub, represent the Tanzania Hub to external donors and other stakeholders. Respond to field queries regarding the Hub and present findings in actionable terms.

Develop and maintain relationships with relevant government and other institutions, including ensuring relevant regulatory and research ethics permissions and protocols are established and observed.

Develop and update contracts, agreements, and governing frameworks amongst Hub partners, as needed

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Deputy Director of Programs TZ and Chief Research and Innovation Officer
Position directly supervises: 
None currently, but the Hub Coordinator will supervise research & innovation project leads as the Hub project portfolio grows.

Indirect Reporting: Tanzania Hub Steering Committee members
Other Internal and/or external contacts:

  • Research & Innovation Senior Management Team (IRC HQ)


Job Requirements:

  • Education: Master’s in development studies, social sciences, or other relevant field, or a Bachelors’ degree with significant field experience
  • Work experience: 5-7 years of progressive experience. Field experience strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise in research and innovation in the humanitarian or development sector
  • Demonstrated success in people and programme leadership
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to effectively liaise with and motivate a variety of people in a multi-cultural environment and across various time zones
  • Excellent organizational skills: the ability to multi-task, learn quickly, and work independently and productively in a fast-paced and detail-oriented environment
  • Flexible work attitude, proactive and demonstrated creativity: the ability to work productively in a team environment and the ability to problem solve creatively with minimal guidance
  • Demonstrated success in leading business development opportunities and proposal writing
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in both Swahili and English required
  • Ability to travel to field sites regularly.

The deadline for submitting the application is 29 January, 2021


Content & Curriculum Development Manager
Requisition ID
: req11913
Job Title: Content & Curriculum Development Manager
Sector: Education
Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates
: No
Location: Kasulu, Tanzania


Job Description
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.

The IRC has been providing education services for Congolese and Burundian girls and boys in the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp since January 2014 and extended education services to all three refugees camps located in Kigoma Kigoma Region now including Mtendeli and Nduta refugee camps Since January 2020. Services cover the full education spectrum from pre-school, Learning through play, primary and secondary school, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and tertiary education applications. Schools follow the country of origin national curriculum (Burundian and Congolese).

Position Summary
IRC is seeking a Content and Curriculum Development Manager for a five-year project, “PlayMatters”, funded by the LEGO Foundation. This position will be a part of the larger PlayMatters initiative to promote “learning through play” opportunities for nearly 1 million pre-primary and primary school aged refugee and host community children impacted by the humanitarian crises in East Africa and living in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda. 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 Content and Curriculum Development Manager will report to the country level Project Coordinator and work closely with the regional content development/adaptation team and other PlayMatters Project staffs to develop/adapt content and test developed content and approaches for teachers, parents and children. S/he will also support to map existing teaching and learning materials for preschool and primary school children in Tanzania and establish a framework for Learning through Play (LtP) competencies and quality LtP standards. In doing so, the Content and Curriculum Development Manager will ensure the type of engagement in design and implementation necessary to achieve joint priorities and objectives of providing play-based learning opportunities for all children.

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Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Contribute to PlayMatters collection of existing teaching and learning materials being used in the country, region and globally with a framework for continuous collaboration and integration of best practices.
  • Based on behavioral insights mapping and human centered design research, support development of and lead localization of content for teachers, parents, and children
  • Leading in conducting teacher’s needs assessments, to ensure that scope and sequence of the training is relevant and responsive to teachers’ needs
  • Report and prototype samples of different content areas and delivery mechanisms for teachers, parents, and children
  • Develop and lead implementation of rapid and iterative testing for developed content and approaches
  • Roll out, piloting and testing of the Learning through Play guides, contents, and curriculum in coordination with other consortium members in the refugee camps and host community.
  • Engage government and humanitarian coordination leads, implementing partners, teachers, parents, and children through structured adaptation processes
  • Develop/adapt training content for teachers in refugee and refugee host communities through participatory and consultative process involving local teacher education colleges and other education stakeholders.
  • Deliver a TOT to prepare trainers from PlayMatters, other education service providers and the government to conduct trainings with teachers and caregivers in collaboration with teacher education colleges.
  • Support the monitoring of quality/fidelity of these trainings in collaboration with the MEAL staff at local level.
  • Ensuring that teachers have ongoing support and opportunities to practice what they have learnt; support with initiatives to strengthen their practice.
  • Develop/adapt content and key messages on LtP targeting parent/caregivers and dissemination strategy to reach wider audiences.
  • Establish a framework for LtP competencies and quality LtP standards.
  • Develop samples and templates of content for teachers, parents, and children on learning through play (LtP).
  • Update key messages and communications materials on play-based learning to reflect the Tanzanian context targeting refugees and host communities and update as the context evolves.
  • Leading in training teachers, parents/caregivers, education personnel on Learning through Play approaches. Lead teachers and education personnel to integrate and mainstream Learning through Play in their teachings and support ways for parents/caregivers to integrate Learning through Play to day to day children Update.

Common Duties
  • Attend and participate in trainings identified/organized by the supervisor.
  • Follow any new procedures and guidelines designated in circulars from Country Director.
  • Report any violations of IRC’s three core values (Integrity, Service and Accountability) as per IRC WAY reporting mechanism. The reporting of violations is an obligation on the part of all staff members.
  • Assist where necessary in undertaking activities that aim to prevent the occurrence of sexual abuse and exploitation of beneficiaries by IRC and other humanitarian workers.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by your supervisor.

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  • Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
  • Advanced degree from an accredited university in education, curriculum development, education management or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in content/curriculum development/adaptation, testing, and training. Experience of working NGO setting and in education emergency responses programs is an added advantage.
  • Demonstratable strong background in developing contents, modules and guidelines for teachers, parents, and caregivers. Experience with Learning through Play approaches will be considered a strong asset.
  • Experience teaching in ECD, Primary, secondary School and teacher education preferred.
  • Proven track record of and knowledge of engaging with government priorities, systems, and structure.
  • Demonstrated success in developing educational/training content and delivery.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Fluency in English is required.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation and public speaking.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask while working on projects with varying activities, objectives, and deliverables.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Creates a strong sense of purpose within the portfolio and with stakeholders
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating in difficult working conditions.

  • Communicate effectively in a multi-cultural environment and diplomatically manage collegial relationships.
  • Work productively in a team environment and the ability to meet unexpected demands
  • Pay attention to details and set priorities

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Working Environment: The Content and Curriculum Development Manager will work in the IRC Tanzania office and be provided regular administrative and logistics support to perform his/her responsibilities
Qualified women and people with disability are encouraged to apply.
Please submit your application through our recruitment portal before 22nd January, 2021.