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New Job at International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Content and Curriculum Development Manager

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International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Jobs in Tanzania 2020: New Job Vacancies at International
Rescue Committee (IRC), 2020

Content and Curriculum Development Manager
Requisition ID: req10546
Job Title: Content and Curriculum Development Manager
Sector: Education
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kasulu, Tanzania
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Job Description

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.

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

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, Behavioral 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.



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 activities.

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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  • 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.
  • Demonstrate
    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



Professional Standards
staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way –
Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service,
and Accountability. In accordance with these values, IRC operates and
enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse,
Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and

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