Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. 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.
The International Rescue Committee UK is part of the IRC global network, which has its headquarters in New York and London. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing Emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through 22 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees resettle in the US and become self-sufficient.
The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.
The IRC invests in research in humanitarian contexts to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of policies and practices in these settings. Our Research and Innovation Department works in partnership with our Education Technical Unit and Country Program teams to achieve these aims by:
- Generating robust and actionable evidence across crisis-affected contexts,
- Gathering and synthesizing the evidence base on what works, and
- Analyzing the cost efficiency and Cost Effectiveness of humanitarian programming
The IRC aims to generate and share evidence on the most cost-effective models for designing and delivering quality, safe education.
The Education Research in Conflict and Protracted Crisis (ERICC) is The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth
& Development Office (FCDO) new, three-year programme to carry out rigorous and operationally relevant research on the most effective approaches to education delivery in conflict and protracted crisis contexts. This programme will be carried out in six FCDO countries (currently: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, South Sudan and Myanmar). The programme 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 FCDO and the international community; and (4) Knowledge systems strengthening.
The IRC will be leading the ERICC research consortium in component 1 (research in effective delivery) and component 2 (country-level impact), working in partnership with a consortium of esteemed research and Educational Institutions, including NYU Global TIES for Children. Component 1 will focus on expanding and strengthening the evidence base, as well as research uptake and dissemination. Component 2 will focus on strengthening the impact of education programming supported by FCDO and partner organisations through three mechanisms: i) the provision of expert technical advice to FCDO country offices, implementation partners and in-country partners; ii) scale research linked to programme Design or evaluation; and iii) funding to strengthen and scale up programmes in line with lessons learnt.
The Education Facility Advisorwill be responsible for the design and successful operation of the demand-driven call down mechanism and expert technical advice rosters under component 2, working closely with our Regional Research Directors as well as FCDO country offices and partners.
The Senior Education Facility Advisorwill manage the complete call-down mechanism lifecycle, including:
- Define the menu of types of support that the programme will offer and their prioritization criteria based on FCDO priorities;
- Develop clear pathways for identifying support opportunities, receiving requests and responding to Technical Support requests from FCDO
- Identify risks and appropriate actions to manage conflicts of interest;
- Manage relationships with global and local ERICC partners to maintain a roster of experts;
- Communicate about the services that the call-down mechanism can offer, and manage the implementation of support requests.
The Education Facility Advisorwill also ensure high quality responses and identify synergies with the research being developed under component 1 and will identify Capacity Building themes and topics to be addressed by thematic leads and the Research Directorate.
Key Working Relationships:
Position reports to: ERICC Programme Director
Position directly supervises: N/A
Internal contacts: Regular contact with the Research Director, Senior Technical Director for Education, the Regional Research Directors, Education Technical Unit teams, and country program staff.
**External contacts:**FCDO country offices and partners.
- Education: Master’s/post-graduate degree in education, education psychology, social work, human development or relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience
- Work Experience: A minimum of 6-8 years of implementing and/or managing large Education programs and teams is required, within a humanitarian or international development setting, as are at least 1—2 years acting in an advisory capacity on education programming.
- Experience in technical tools development, monitoring and evaluation, and research in relation to education is highly desired.
- Demonstrated expertise in education Program Design, monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Experience with donor-funded contracts
- Experience working on FCDO commercial contracts
- Prior experience working in countries where IRC operates
Standard office work environment
Up to 30% of travel to project countries
How to apply