IRC seeks Programme Director – Education Research in Conflict and Protracted Crisis

Employer: International Rescue Committee
Job Title: Programme Director – Education Research in Conflict and Protracted Crisis (ERICC)
Sector: Research & Development
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: Yes
Location: New York, NY HQ USA
Application deadline: December 31, 2019

Job Description

Contingent on Winning Bid For DFID Contract.

To date, a record number of people are displaced from their homes due to conflict and protracted crises. Two billion people live in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence. Of the estimated 75 million children whose education is affected by conflict and protracted crises, nearly half of them – 37 million – are out of school at the primary and lower secondary level. It is hard to track how much those who are in school are learning, but the data we have indicates that they are learning far less than they could be as the quality of schooling is so low. With the average length of displacement now lasting 17 years, generations of children risk missing out on education and its long term benefit. Although there is growing international momentum and action to tackle this crisis, there is a critical lack of evidence on ‘what works’ for education in these contexts to ensure quality education for all. The lack of evidence impedes global efforts to delivery education programmes, especially those in conflict and crisis settings.

The Education Research in Conflict and Protracted Crisis (ERICC) is The UK’s Department for International Development’s (DFID) new, six year, £21 million research programme to carry out rigorous and operationally relevant research on the most effective approaches to education delivery in conflict and protracted crisis contexts. This research will be carried out in six DFID countries (currently: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, South Sudan and Myanmar). The objective of this contract is to deliver, and maximise uptake of evidence on the most effective approaches to education delivery in conflict and protracted crisis contexts. The desired impact of the programme is stronger evidence based policies and better value for money programmes in conflict and protracted crisis. The project will have four components: (1) Research on the most effective approaches to education delivery in conflict and protracted crisis; (2) Ensuring country level impact; (3) Promoting research uptake across DFID and the international community; and (4) Knowledge systems strengthening.

The research will concentrate on six research questions:

  • How to embed education in emergency programming from the start and move from emergency to recovery and sustainable provision, including getting the balance right between improving access and ensuring quality?
  • How to design and implement education programmes that maximise value for money?
  • How to protect children and provide psychosocial support to ensure that children can learn?
  • How to sustain an effective teaching workforce?
  • How to reach the most marginalised, especially girls and those with disabilities?
  • How to support conflict and crisis affected populations to reintegrate into education systems when the crisis has passed?

DFID is seeking a consortium of organizations to deliver the first two to three components of this program, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is preparing a proposal for this project. If successful, the IRC will lead the project, working in partnership with a consortium of esteemed research and educational institutions, including NYU Global TIES for Children.

*Please note the exact nature of this job description is subject to change based on the final ToR from DFID and on the final membership, governance and management structures described in the final Consortium proposal from IRC to DFID.

The Purpose of the Role

The Programme Director (PD) will provide overall leadership of the IRC-led ERICC consortium. The PD will be a seasoned manager and leader of complex, multi-country, multi-partner research initiatives. The Programme Director will be responsible for developing and maintaining a high functioning global research consortium and ensuring that the project is implemented to a high standard, in accordance with DFID regulations, IRC policies, and international standards of researching education. Working in close partnership with the Research Director (RD) and senior leadership of the consortium organizations, the PD will establish or refine the project’s goals, objectives and strategy to achieve those objectives; key performance indicators, milestones, budgets and work plans. The PD will keep the consortium and all staff members moving toward these goals and objectives, identify barriers and enablers of success and problem-solve with members of the consortium as needed. The Programme Director will be the primary representational link with DFID staff and the organization(s) leading ERICC’s fourth research component. In collaboration with the Research Director, they will represent the project to internal and external stakeholders – including other researchers, government officials, donors, media and, humanitarian agencies and INGOs, primarily at the international level.



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