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Project Technical Lead- Playmatters at International Rescue Committee (IRC) Tanzania

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Project Technical Lead- Playmatters (Re-advertised)
Kasulu, Tanzania, United Republic of | req36452
Requisition ID: req36452
Job Title: Project Technical Lead- Playmatters(Re-advertised)
Sector: Education
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: Not Applicable
Location: Kasulu, Tanzania

Job Description
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 28 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.

Position Summary:

IRC Tanzania is seeking a
PlayMatters Technical Lead in Tanzania for a five-year project that is
currently in its 3rd year of implementation, “PlayMatters”, funded by
the LEGO Foundation. This position will be a part of the larger
PlayMatters initiative to increase play-based learning 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 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, Behavioural Insights
Team and Innovations for Poverty Action.

The PlayMatters
Technical Lead in Tanzania will be responsible for coordinating across
these partners and IRC Tanzania staff to ensure the project delivers
high impact programming for children. In addition, the PlayMatters
Technical Lead will be responsible for ensuring design and
implementation of project activities engages other key stakeholders
required to achieve results such as government officials, the UN and
other humanitarian coordination actors, as well as other implementing
agencies outside of the consortium. The PlayMatters Technical Lead will
ensure that the project achieves the expected results in Uganda and is
implemented in accordance with the donor agreement, donor regulations,
and internationally recognized quality of assistance standards. The
PlayMatters Technical Lead will report to the IRC Tanzania Education
Coordinator. The PlayMatters Technical Lead will jointly work with the
regional management and technical team to also ensure a coordinated and
cohesive program approach across Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda, to
jointly learn and ensure results across the three countries.



Job Responsibilities:
Consortium Technical Leadership

  • In
    collaboration with the Country Director and Project Director,
    facilitate and coordinate project management through the Country
    Steering Committee (CMC).
  • In collaboration with the Deputy
    Project Director, lead the Project Management Committee (PMC) in line
    with the approved partnership terms of reference.
  • Represent and
    coordinate the PlayMatters project with Government stakeholders, UN
    agencies and other humanitarian actors in Tanzania and ensure internal
    and external dissemination of information about project progress.
  • Lead
    and coordinate technical planning, implementation, and monitoring of
    PlayMatters project activities in IRC and among consortium partner
  • Establish, manage, and maintain relationships
    with key system actors to advance evidence-based policy discussions to
    integrate Learning through Play within existing education and
    humanitarian systems
  • Jointly work with the PlayMatters regional
    team to provide strategic and technical leadership and define country
    level activities to achieve the greatest impact toward project goals and
  • Develop, review, and monitor, in coordination with
    key country, regional project staff and partners, annual work and
    performance plans to ensure long-term and short-term priorities are on
  • Maintain active and cooperative relationships with all
    key stakeholders, including government officials, project partners,
    other implementing agencies, and related institutions.
  • Regularly
    communicate and coordinate with the Regional PlayMatters Project
    Director, Deputy Director, Technical leads on technical and project
    management issues.

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Program Management
Work Planning and budgeting

  • In
    consultation with the grants department, regional project management
    and technical teams, provide leadership in work planning, work plan
    review processes within IRC and among partner organizations.
  • In
    consultation with finance department, consistently track and review
    project budget performance in IRC and lead discussions among consortium
    partners on budget performance versus actual, value for money alongside
    progress on targets
  • Oversee technical direction and project
    delivery to ensure activities are in line with the project wide
    performance framework and work plan and meet all standard operational
    policies and procedures.
  • Oversee management of
    partners/sub-grantees in Uganda and provide financial and operations
    support that optimizes resources through sound budgets, consistent
    financial tracking, and timely submission of reports to the donor
  • Coordinate
    technical PMC staff participation in outcome reference group meetings
    and ensure that decisions made in these reference groups are
    communicated and implemented in the PMC agenda.

Research Monitoring Evaluation Accountability & Learning (RMEAL)

  • Lead the development and tracking of Key performance indicators for project progress monitoring and learning
  • Conduct
    regular visits to project sites, as possible, to provide technical
    assistance and ensure proper implementation and monitoring of project
  • Support field staff to use project data to track
    progress and engage in meaningful course correction discussions at
    regular and frequent intervals; as well as ensure data is tailored to
    facilitate similar discussions at the country and regional senior
    management level.


  • Contribute to monthly, quarterly, and annual donor reports through both formal and informal debriefings and written inputs.
  • Lead
    in proper utilization data and evidence using simple tracking tools
    e.g., dashboards to inform on project progress, learning opportunities
    for informed decision making at implementation and regional level.

Human Resource Management

  • Build capacity of staff on project strategy, planning, budgeting, reporting, approaches, and Learning through Play Methodology
  • Support
    project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that
    promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, and empowers staff to take
  • Lead planning for and conducting timely performance management discussions and reporting for staff
  • In
    consultation with the country and RPT HR and technical teams, conduct
    timely human resource planning and recruitment based on prevailing
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  • Advanced degree from an accredited university in education, international development, or related field.
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience managing education programs for refugees or crisis-affected populations.
  • Experience managing large-scale, multi-million-dollar, complex, multi-partner projects.
  • Experience working alongside government, UN and other humanitarian actors in development and emergency contexts
  • Demonstrated
    success in staff capacity-building and in participatory, flexible, and
    gender-sensitive programming and implementation.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Fluency in English required.

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Reports to: IRC Tanzania Education Coordinator.

Working Environment:
PlayMatters Technical Lead will work in the IRC Tanzania office in
Kasulu and be provided regular administrative and logistics support to
perform his/her responsibilities

Professional Standards:

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.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity:
IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of
inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can
demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our
organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion,
color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual
orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Warning :
note that the IRC does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment
process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any
other fee). IRC does not request any information related to bank
accounts. If asked of any payment please contact


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