Technical Quality Senior Manager - Beirut - FOR NATIONAL CANDIDATES ONLY
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.
Please submit your application before July 17, 2020 on https://rescue.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/9519?c=rescue
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Applications by email will NOT be considered.
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.
In response to the influx of Syrian refugees to Lebanon in mid-2012, IRC opened a country office and launched humanitarian assistance programming. IRC operates throughout Lebanon, with the main office in Beirut and field offices in Qobayat, Zahle, Tripoli, Tyre and Mount Lebanon. IRC’s programs assist Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese in host communities across multiple sectors: education, livelihoods, protection, women's protection and empowerment and child protection in close coordination with the Lebanese Government and broader Humanitarian Community.
High-quality Early Childhood Development (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.
In December 2017, Sesame Workshop and the IRC were awarded the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural 100&Change grant to make real progress toward solving a critical problem of our time. With this extraordinary investment of $100 million, an equal investment from the Lego Foundation, and many other grants, the Ahlan Simsim program aims to transform the development, language, early reading, math, and social-emotional skills of a generation of children ages 0-8 affected by the Syrian war. For more information, please visit: http://refugee.sesameinternational.org/.
Reporting to the ECD Coordinator, The ECD Technical Senior Manager ensures that the design, content, technical implementation and monitoring of the IRC’s ECD programming are in line with appropriate technical guidelines and meet high quality standards. The position is responsible for the integration of Ahlan Simsim content and approaches across a diversity of delivery platforms, oversees the adaptation and development of content, educational materials and training packages, as well as quality execution of capacity building plans. The position plays a key role in ensuring harmonization of best practices across different programmatic components, geographical areas and implementing partners, and in representing the ECD program in technical and sector coordination fora.
The Early Childhood Development Senior Manager is responsible for four key objectives:
- Development and Adaptation of technical materials: lead the technical review, adaptation and development of curriculums, educational materials and technical tools caregiver and child focused programs.
- Quality of program implementation: develop benchmarks and standards in coordination with the IRC’s Technical Units, to monitor overall program quality and implementation of caregiver and child focused programs.
- Training and capacity building: oversee the development of training packages and workshops, and the execution of capacity building plans for staff, ECD facilitators and partner organizations.
- Representation: Represent IRC and the Ahlan Simsim program at strategic meetings and events, serving as the technical focal point in sector coordination and advocacy fora and activities that require co-design of materials in collaboration with implementing partners and government authorities.
Development and adaptation of technical materials
- In collaboration with IRC’s Technical Units (HQ, Region), lead the review, adaptation and development of technical materials for IRC and implementing partners programs;
- Directly supervise and structure the work of curriculum development consultants;
- Support the development or selection of strategies, technical materials and tools for pilots and initiatives related to cross-sector integration of ECD activities in country;
- Keep abreast of new developments of technical design, strategies and best practices in the ECD field;
Quality of program implementation
- Develop benchmarks and standards in coordination with the regional and HQ TU, to monitor overall program quality;
- In collaboration with the RMEAL team, ensure efficient monitoring and evaluation of the program’s quality, with lessons learned and feedback loop feeding into adaptations and decision-making;
- Analyze technical gaps and program impact at the community level for quality and content-related activities/services;
- Conduct regular observation and monitoring of activities and share recommendations to improve the quality of program implementation;
Training and capacity building
- Lead on the design, planning and implementation of Training of Trainers (ToT), teacher trainings and capacity building workshops;
- Oversee the adaptation and development of training packages and the execution of capacity building plans for staff, ECD facilitators and partner organizations.
Representation and communication
- Represent the IRC and Ahlan Simsim program in coordination meetings and events with INGO, NGOs, government agencies and other relevant stakeholders;
- Act as key technical focal point for relevant ECD partnerships, especially the ones involving co-design of ECD educational content and materials;
- Contribute in the design and development of advocacy messages and communication materials to increase the visibility and impact of the ECD/Ahlan Simsim program.
- Contribute to high quality and timely donor reports in collaboration with ECD colleagues and other relevant IRC departments;
Human Resources Management
- Build capacity of the team under his/her supervision, providing ongoing coaching and support to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions;
- Take responsibility for discussing job expectations, performance, and objectives on an informal, quarterly basis as a part of the annual Performance Review and Planning Process;
- Identify individual training needs and ensure access to training and professional development resources appropriate to their skill gaps/needs.
- Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit, oversight and advise;
- Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures;
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Integrated ECD Coordinator
Position directly supervises: 1 Senior Technical and Quality Officer based in Beirut, with technical reporting lines to 3 ECD Quality Officers based in the field. The position also supervises the work of temporary content development consultants.
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Beirut and Field Managers, Senior Officers and Officers; IRC Operations and Support Departments; ECD Technical Units (HQ/Region), Ahlan Simsim Regional Team, IRC Sector Coordinators (Education, ERD, WPE, Protection and Child Protection).
External: Relevant government entities (MEHE, CERD, MOSA, etc.), local NGOs and INGOs, UN agencies, local ECD stakeholders, New York University and donors.
- Bachelor of Arts or Master Degree in Education, Special Education or other related field;
- 3 to 5 years of professional experience working in the education sector including teaching, teacher training, and materials design (training and curriculum);
- Minimum 3 to 5 years management level experience and/or professional experience in Education or ECD sector programming;
- Strong understanding of educational context and needs in Lebanon;
- Demonstrated experience in developing and facilitating trainings and workshops tailored for teachers and teacher trainers (ToT);
- Experience building capacity of local organization in technical and organizational development areas;
- Demonstrated understanding of project management and monitoring and evaluation tools;
- Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties;
- Computer literate in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook;
- Autonomy and ability to work with minimal supervision;
- Flexibility, commitment, work ethics and team spirit;
- Fluency in Arabic and English, French is an asset.
The position will be based in Beirut, with frequent travel to field sites in the Bekaa, Akkar and Tripoli and other locations as needed. Travel outside of Lebanon for meetings, conferences, and training will also be required.
Standards of Professional Conduct:
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the 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 is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including maternity leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Attention Returning National Candidates:
IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs. We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, IRC has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply.