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ECD Data Collectors - Enumerators

Job Description and Requirements

Background/IRC Summary: 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.


Since 2007, IRC has worked with refugees and other vulnerable populations in Jordan.  IRC’s current programs in Jordan focus on urban interventions in the north that address gender-based violence specifically violence against women and girls for Syrian refugees and host community members as well as reproductive health care to Syrian refugees through two clinics based in Ramtha and Mafraq, and having mobile outreach health teams in both Mafraq & Irbid, and Economic Recovery & Development program. In 2013 IRC also started with Early Childhood Development programming addressing the needs of unaccompanied & separated children (UASC) and alternative care arrangements in Zatri and Azraq camps.

In Mafraq, Irbid, Ramtha and Azraq Refugee Camp, the IRC is implementing a program to support caregivers of young children through a play-based home visiting intervention. High-quality 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. This program will contribute vital research to the evidence-base for the implementation of ECD in emergency responses.


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.


Job Overview/Summary: The goal of this study is to apply survey and observational measures with a sample of around 2000 families receiving home visits for a randomized controlled trial of the early childhood home visiting program in northern Jordan implemented by the IRC. This program aims to collaborate with caregivers of children 0-3 years old about how to effectively interact with children in order to foster cognitive and socioemotional development. The measures will include caregiver / parent survey (gathered from the families); directly observed parent-child interaction; directly observed home visitor-parent interaction; directly observed child social, linguistic and other measures. 


Major Responsibilities:


The Data Collectors / Enumerators will be engaged in training and data collection activities:

  • Attend training: this will be an Arabic language training in Amman provided by IRC staff in coordination with researchers from New York University. Training will cover the objectives of the study, review of measures and data collection procedures, research ethics compliance, and IRC policy. Training will likely be June 9 – 20, 2019, so applicants should be available at this time.
  • Conduct data collection: after training, the study will include approximately 6 weeks of data collection in July and August 2019, visiting on average 4 families a day. Data collection visits will be conducted in coordination with IRC’s community health volunteers, who will conduct ECD home visits. Tasks will include: scheduling visits, collecting survey data as in-person interviews, and collecting observational data (observing home visits; conducting and observing a parent-child interaction task).

Other responsibilities will include:

  • Ensure high quality data collection for research purposes.
  • Follow ethical procedures required for this study, including those for respondent privacy and data security.
  • Review and clean collected data.
  • Keep data well organized for all observation and monitoring activities.
  • Capture the challenges and learning opportunities to feed in the improvement of the overall research process.
  • Receiving, recording, classifying and routing complaints for attention.
  • Supporting in other data collection and evaluation tasks requested by the research manager.



Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: ECD Research and Data Officer, Project Assistants.   

Position directly supervises: none.


Indirect Reporting: Regional Research Lead, ECD Research Manager

Other Internal and/or external contacts

Internal: Filed manager at Mafraq, Irbid.

External:  none.


Job Requirements:

Education: Relevant higher national diploma or university degree or other advance technical support.

Work Experience: Fresh graduates are encouraged to apply, with parents/caregivers experience and interaction with beneficiaries strongly preferred.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience with survey data collection and/or observational measure administration [e.g. observations of classrooms or interactions] preferred but not necessary.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong self-initiative, ability to be flexible under pressure.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a diverse team from different professional and cultural backgrounds.
  • Previous experience working with refugees, families, young children, and/or in northern Jordan preferred.



Language Skills:  Arabic, English preferred.


Deliverables:     -      Successfully attending the training and achieving reliability.

  • Delivering the assigned number of surveys and home visits.


Payment will be monthly based on timesheet and deliverables. Tablets will be distributed to data collectors and are considered under the full responsibility of the data collector. In addition to that, any damage or loss of the device will result in the suspension of payment.


Working Environment: The position is based in Mafraq or Irbid (during training period). Visits will be in Irbid and Ramtha.

Data collectors will be paid based on the total amount of working days per month.