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Senior Education Manager – Research at International Rescue Committee (IRC) Tanzania

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Senior Education Manager – Research
Tanzania, United Republic of | req37242
Requisition ID: req37242
Job Title: Senior Education Manager – Research
Sector: Education
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Tanzania

Job Description
International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst
humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are
shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control
of their lives. 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 which support them, as well as those who remain
within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries
and 25 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety,
economic wellbeing, education and power.

(2020-2025) is an education initiative funded through a $100 million
grant from the LEGO Foundation. The program reimagines childhood for
800,000+ refugee and host-community children across Ethiopia, Tanzania,
and Uganda – children whose education and social development has been
affected by displacement and trauma. Building on children’s amazing
resilience and a growing evidence base supporting Learning through Play
methodologies, PlayMatters cultivates holistic learning for children
ages 3-12+. PlayMatters is led by the International Rescue Committee and
includes Plan International, War Child Holland, Innovations for Poverty
Action, the Behavioral Insights Team in partnership with the LEGO

The PlayMatters consortium has committed to
building the evidence base through rigorous research across the program
cycle. The Research Agenda is structured around a single overarching
research question focuses on children’s holistic learning outcomes and
resilience and under this question are four LtP topics that mirror the
four thematic pillars of the Play Matters project: Educators, Parents
and other Caregivers, Communities, and Education Systems. In addition,
the cross-cutting themes of gender, inclusion and protection will be
integrated into the majority of studies. The four topics will be studied
in different refugee and host community settings in the three countries
in which the PlayMatters project is being implemented: Uganda, Tanzania
and Ethiopia. Not all studies will take place in every country,
although some studies will be cross-national.

Senior Education Manager for Research forms the backbone of the
PlayMatters country-based research team for IRC. She/he will be
responsible for coordinating the implementation of multiple IRC-led
research projects in Tanzania within the PlayMatters consortium and
collaborating with other PlayMatters research staff from Consortium
Partners (War Child Holland, IPA, and Behavioral Insights Team). With
technical guidance from the PlayMatters Deputy Project Director of
Research (based in Kampala) and the Principal Investigators for each
study, the Senior Education Manager for Research will coordinate
in-country activities related to research design, IRB clearance,
stakeholder engagement, enumerator training, data collection, and data
analysis processes. He/she will be responsible for assuring the quality
and ethical implementation of in-country PlayMatters research studies
and will also serve as the main point of contact in-country on matters
relating to PlayMatters research, including liaising with the Program
Management Committee, Content Development Committee, MEAL and
policy/advocacy teams as needed.
The Senior Education Manager for
Research is part of the Education Programme team in Tanzania. He/she
will report to the PlayMatters Technical Lead.




With the close collaboration and supervision of the Principal
Investigators (for IRC-led studies), coordinate all aspects of the
implementation of designated IRC-led research project/s, including: 

  • Country-level development and submission of research applications, ethics submissions, and protocols for research projects.
  • Conduct
    or supervise country and community-level participatory consultation
    with stakeholders and participants at all stages of research planning,
    preparation, implementation, and dissemination, including coordination
    and alignment of these activities with other PlayMatters consortium
    members to avoid overburdening participants.
  • Coordinate with
    colleagues from the PlayMatters MEAL team and, as appropriate, align
    research and MEAL data collection and analysis activities;
  • Country level work-planning, budgeting, and reporting on PlayMatters research projects
  • Selecting and hiring local research assistants and enumerators.
  • Undertake
    travel to field locations where required and if possible to consult
    with colleagues and stakeholders, provide training and technical
    support, and oversee quality assurance
  • Managing and reporting on
    adverse events and serious adverse events related to implementing the
    research project according to data management protocols

Competency and capacity-building of local research team in research
methods, research ethics, the research protocol, data management, and
child safeguarding with PlayMatters regional team.

3. Supervision and coordination of the tasks of the local research team including:

  • Regular supervision meetings and performance appraisals
  • Scheduling
    and coordination of data collection including managing logistics such
    as transport, work schedules, resources required
  • Support and coordination for data management
  • Monitoring of quality of data collection, adherence to participatory and ethical practices, and intervention fidelity

4. Overseeing data entry and data set cleaning if needed.
Participating in regular research supervision and coordination
meetings with PlayMatters regional research team and IRC’s Research
& Innovation department.

5. Supporting or leading write-up
and submission of academic manuscripts, book chapters, conference
presentations, or other publications related to designated research

6. Communicating key information from the research in a
simple, clear, effective way to stakeholders that are non-researchers
including community members and participants.

7. Serving as the
main point of contact in-country on matters relating to PlayMatters
research, including liaising with the Program Management Committee,
Content Development Committee, MEAL and policy/advocacy teams as needed.

Please note that the above mentioned list is not exhaustive.

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  • A
    Masters or doctoral degree in Education, Psychology, Social Sciences,
    International Development, or Social Sciences-Related discipline.
  • At
    least five years’ experience leading and/or coordinating
    field-based/community-based research with human subjects in a relevant
    field (i.e. psychosocial support, education, child protection).
  • Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written).
  • Proven track record in implementing research activities for human subjects research projects.
  • Proven track record in qualitative and quantitative data management for human subjects research projects.
  • Proven track record in implementing mixed methods research design.
  • Experience in capacity building and supervising staff.
  • Ability to communicate the principles of research to others in a simple, clear, effective way.
  • Ability
    to critically reflect on research implementation progress and
    collaborate with stakeholders to keep research on track and of high
  • Proactivity and ability to operate independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and analyse data using SPSS or similar data analysis software
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct presentations and facilitate workshops.


  • Strong (creative/interactive) training skills.
  • Strong supervision, coaching and communication skills.
  • Strong planning skills
  • Able to quickly and with attention to detail identify needs / gaps and work towards solutions.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Results-oriented.
  • Willing and able to travel regularly.

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