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Requisition ID: req3562

Job Title: Senior General Early Childhood Development /ECD officer

Sector: Child Protection

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Jordan

Job Description

CONTEXTUAL BACKGROUND

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 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.

Since 2007, IRC has worked with refugees and other vulnerable populations in Jordan.  IRC’s current programs in Jordan focus on urban interventions in the north that address gender-based violence specifically violence against women and girls for Syrian refugees and host community members as well as reproductive health care to Syrian refugees through  clinics, and having mobile outreach health teams in both Mafraq & Irbid, and Economic Recovery & Development program. In 2013 IRC also started with Early Childhood Development programming addressing the needs of unaccompanied & separated children (UASC) and alternative care arrangements in Zatri and Azraq camps.

In Jordan urban settings and camps, the IRC is implementing ECD programs to support young children and the caregivers of young children through two main interventions: center based activities through WPE centers and clinics, and a play-based home visiting intervention. High-quality ECD programs provide the foundation for children’s future academic success, health, prosperity and wellbeing. A large body of scientific evidence emphasizes the need for increased investment in early childhood, particularly for children experiencing conflict, crisis and displacement; these children are extremely vulnerable to the long-lasting effects that prolonged stress has on the developing brain. This program will contribute vital research to the evidence-base for the implementation of ECD in emergency responses.

Job Overview/Summary:

The Senior ECD Officer will be responsible for overseeing the ECD trainings and capacity building for IRC ECD staff and volunteers, and IRC’ partners, in both urban settings and camps. The Senior ECD Officer will report directly to the ECD Manager, and will oversee the implementation of the ECD program activities, services, and research components in center based and home visiting, and will follow on the monitoring and evaluation of these activities. The Senior ECD Officer will develop, oversee, and maintain key relationships with relevant stakeholders/ partners. The Senior ECD Officer will represents IRC ECD program as needed.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide ECD training and capacity building for IRC staff and volunteers, and for the IRC’s partners.
  • Oversee the work of the field-based ECD staff and volunteers to ensure program quality and transparency.
  • Conduct technical monthly meetings with the filed staff to insure good communication and experience exchange within the teams.
  • Monitor the quality of the project, with the ECD Manager, against benchmarks determined.
  • Supervise the organization and delivery of all ECD activities and services;
  • Support in Designing and developing new methodology to support community level outreach and work.
  • Whenever required, be the representative of IRC ECD for project activities, donor visits, local governance, etc.;
  • Analyze technical gaps and project impact at the community level for project activities.
  • Support in conducting ECD assessments and data collections. 
  • Act as key focal point for data quality and data screening.
  • Ensure quality data collection and verification of data collected;
  • Conduct regular field visits to ensure successful program implementation;
  • Write regular field reports including progress against targets, all implementation details and challenges and provide the ECD manager with weekly/ monthly reports on the quality of the activities.
  • Organize and attend regular meetings with relevant stakeholders and partners to ensure a coordinated and streamlined approach across targeted areas.
  • Collaborate with relevant IRC field teams to optimize the ECD program implementation;
  • Timely identification and discussion of project issues with ECD Manager and ECD Coordinator.
  • Raise purchase requests for the needed materials.
  • Support in market survey and goods quality check for the ECD materials.
  • Follow up on the different logistic matters for the ECD team.

 

 

 

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  ECD Manager
Position directly supervises: 
N/A

Indirect Reporting: Integrated ECD Coordinator
Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Research manager, Partnership manager, partnership officer, Research and data officer, MEAL team, Field team, program teams.

External:  local governance representatives, local NGOs and INGOs, UN agencies, local ECD stakeholders, donors, Sesame Workshop, New York University.


Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor degree in early childhood, social sciences, development, or any relevant related field.
  •  At least 2 years of professional experience in the field of ECD and/or community-level humanitarian work overseeing community-level programming (awareness sessions, parenting)
  • At least 2 years of professional experience at middle management level
  •  Adhere program implementation to IRC policies at all times, including confidentiality and safe identification/referrals
  • Demonstrated knowledge of monitoring, evaluation and planning
  • Demonstrated knowledge of developing new community-level awareness raising and assessment tools
  •  Demonstrated experience in overseeing data collection and M&E activities
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead a team (organize, plan and oversee)
  • Demonstrated capacity to write clear reports
  • Experience in working with communities (monitoring, training and overseeing activities)
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, and capacity to maintain excellent working relationships with relevant stakeholders
  •  Demonstrated capacity to perform well under pressure with overlapping deadlines in a challenging environment
  • Excellent in written and spoken Arabic and very good English 

Preferred:

  •  Working experience with an NGO/INGO

 

Working Environment:  This Position is based in Amman, with frequent visits to camps, governorates, and other program sites and location. Standard office work environment.