IRC seeks Education and Curriculum Officer


Education and Curriculum Officer

Sector: Refugee Resettlement    
Location: US – MD – Silver Spring    
Employee Type: Regular    
Employee Category: Full Time    

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The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work today in over 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. In the U.S., the IRC supports newly arrived refugees admitted to the United States by providing initial basic support and an expanding array of extended services through a network of staff members and volunteers, enabling refugees to establish new lives and become self-sufficient, productive citizens. Overseas, in addition to numerous humanitarian assistance programs, the IRC operates the Resettlement Support Center (RSC) for East Asia based in Bangkok, Thailand. The RSC provides comprehensive resettlement processing services to USRAP refugees including the prevision of pre-departure Cultural Orientation (CO).

The Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE) implements a technical assistance program designed to strengthen linkages between overseas CO programs in all RSCs globally and reception and placement activities conducted upon refugees’ arrival. 


Working in coordination with the Director of CORE, the Education and Curriculum Officer develops and implements a comprehensive CO training strategy and oversees the development of resources and tools for CO providers including new curricula and lesson plans, online learning module content, best practices, and webinar content. The Education and Curriculum Officer supervises the Online Learning Officer and reports to the Director of CORE.


  • Manage CO training strategy components and deliverables in coordination with other CORE initiatives ensuring maximal reach and user uptake;
  • Undertake the research, development, organization, and dissemination of CO curricula and lesson plans;
  • Enhance CO training and knowledge exchange by establishing and cultivating an international CO Providers Community of Practice;
  • In collaboration with other CORE staff, develop and deliver webinar content to a wide audience of CO leaders and providers;
  • Identify, document, and prepare CO best practices for dissemination;
  • Contribute to concept and script development for CORE videos and other multimedia resources ensuring relevance to and integration with CO learning strategy;
  • With Online Learning Officer support, develop feedback mechanisms to monitor and evaluate CORE training activities and contribute to quarterly funder reports in consultation with the CORE Director;
  • Supervise the CORE Online Learning Officer, responsible for managing the online learning platform and the CORE website (;
  • Develop RFPs with operational support and select and manage external vendors and contractors as needed;
  • Design and produce presentation materials for CORE and external workshops and conferences;
  • Represent CORE at meetings and events as needed;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors Degree required, advanced degree a plus;
  • Experience in developing training for adult learners required; experience in CO instruction or other cross-cultural teaching strongly preferred;
  • Robust work experience in the resettlement field strongly preferred;
  • Program management experience in education or instructional design preferred;
  • Staff supervision experience preferred;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the US Refugee Admissions Program and Cultural Orientation programs strongly preferred;
  • Experience selecting and working with external vendors or contractors preferred;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills: the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and partners;
  • Strong public speaking skills and experience facilitating webinars preferred;
  • Solid organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time, and meet deadlines;
  • The ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced team environment;
  • Solid computer skills: facility with Microsoft Office, email/internet, and webinar/communications software.