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Regional Early Child Development Content Advisor

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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.

 

Years of war in Syria have pushed millions from their homes and into poverty, and millions more have become refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and further afield. Equally complex is the emergency in Iraq, where waves of fighting and displacement have overwhelmed infrastructure and services and pushed communities to the brink. The economic, social, and health effects of these dual crises have changed the entire region. In the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq) IRC responds to displaced people’s acute and longer-term needs with integrated programs that improve health and safety, prioritize children’s education, foster economic wellbeing, and empower communities to regain control over their lives.

 

In December 2017, Sesame Workshop and the IRC were awarded the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural 100&Change grant to make real progress toward improving early childhood outcomes in humanitarian crises. 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. This project, called Sesame Seeds, will focus on children in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria over the next 5 years, combining the depth of in-person services (reaching 1.5 million children) with the breadth of mass media (reaching 9.4 million children).

 

The IRC believes that high quality early childhood development (ECD) programs provide the foundation for children’s future academic success, health, prosperity, and well-being. 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. The IRC implements several ECD models, from home-based parenting coaching sessions to half-day preschool classes, in Africa and the Middle East.

 

Reporting to the Regional ECD Technical Lead, The Regional ECD Content Advisor will provide technical support for the creation and implementation of high-quality ECD programming and content within the region. For the purposes of this role, “content” refers to a broad library of digital and print ECD material created for the service providers, parents and children in the project. The Regional Content Advisor will focus on the IRC-led content, primarily adult-facing content for parents, teachers, facilitators, home visitors and other service providers.  The Regional Content Advisor will work in close collaboration with other technical staff as well as I-ECD Country Coordinators to ensure content is field-focused.

 

The Regional Content Advisor is responsible for three key objectives:

  • Contribute to the development of the direct services content, adaptation, and contextualization
  • Participate in ensuring quality of delivery regarding the direct services content
  • Representation of the technical components of the project

Responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to the development of the direct services content including adaptation, and contextualization

Content Creation and Adaptation

  • Work closely with the Regional ECD Technical Lead to review and identify gap areas in the education technical resources and approaches.
  • Work closely with the Regional ECD Technical Lead to further develop and enhance materials enriching curricula and training guides; inclusion of mental health, psychosocial elements, nutrition, gender, and needs of children with disabilities within the curriculum. 
  • Ensure translated materials retain all necessary technical elements within English guides and curricula provided (in English) by the ECD content development technical and regional teams.
  • Support the country offices to contextualize and adapt resources upon need, including locally relevant examples, country-specific frameworks, and national standards.
  • Manage consultants working on content development ensuring quality and timely submission of deliverables.
  • Support the development of educational video content and ensure its alignment with the curricula.
  • Support the transfer of educational content to digital and E-learning content.

Content Revision

  • Analyze and reflect on feedback gathered from the field after the first round of implementation around existing resources, based on an agreed upon mechanism. Share results with the Regional ECD Technical Lead to inform decision making.
  • Coordinate with the content development technical team to develop and disseminate a revision plan for translated/adapted materials

Content testing and feedback

  • Utilize different tools to test the applicability of the content and suggest enhancements.
  • Facilitate communication across countries on challenges faced during implementation
  • Facilitate communication across countries teams to further adapt and contextualize the educational content in both curricula and related training content

Content management

  • Create systems and processes to ensure content is organized and updated

 

  1. Participate in ensuring quality of delivery regarding the direct services content

 

Trainings

  • Participate in developing monitoring tools to be used during the training workshops.
  • Conduct training workshops when needed.
  • Conduct quality assurance visits to training sites to ensure proper implementation of Ahlan Simsim models.

Developing and managing the Communities of Practice (CoPs)

  • Participate in Initiate the development of CoPs with relevant counterparts across ECD-related sectors such as Education and early learning, Health and Nutrition and Protection as well as Gender and Disabilities. CoPs are meant to foster learning across disciplines and countries to ensure Early Childhood Development activities and associated content are fit for purpose.

 

  1. Representation of the technical components of the project
  • Participate in developing presentation materials, and key messages related to the technical content of the project. 
  • Present the technical modules of the project in various settings, including national committees in the education sector, and ECD conferences.
  • Document meetings and conferences, feedback and lesson learned. 

 

 

Key Working Relationships:

 

Position Reports to: Regional Technical Lead for ECD (Ahlan Simsim)
Position directly supervises: N/A

Indirect Reporting: ECD Advisor
Other Internal and/or external contacts: describe the nature of departments or groups the position influences or requires support from to accomplish objectives.

Internal: Regional Project Director (Ahlan Simsim); Senior Technical Advisor, ECD (New York); Technical Advisor, Curriculum Development (New York); Senior Specialist, ECD (New York)

External: Partner NGOs, relevant local Ministry officials

 

Job Requirements:    

Education:

  •  Bachelor’s degree in education or related field

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated sound knowledge of Early Childhood Development
  • Interest in education in emergencies
  • Ability to develop ECD educational content in curricula, teaching and learning resources, training guides and resource materials
  • Ability to synthesize numerous inputs into clear, concise communications
  • Ability to manage large amounts of material and feedback through systematic project management approaches
  • Ability to work with multiple teams and track multiple work streams simultaneously
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Computer skills: MS Word, and Excel

 

Experience:

  • 7+ years in a senior technical role
  • Experience in Early Childhood Development with a focus on early learning
  • Strong preference for candidates that have a strong understanding of maternal and child health

 

Language Skills:  Fluency in English and Arabic, both oral and written.