Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Job Posting with International Rescue Committee

Curriculum Specialist
International Rescue Committee
New York or Global
6 April 2018


The Curriculum Specialist will take a lead role in providing curriculum development support to improve IRC’s global education work.


The Curriculum Specialist will work under the technical guidance of Education Technical Advisors in the HQ Education Technical Unit who are leading the global work in these technical areas; as well as directly support country programs to adapt and tailor existing curriculum to their specific contexts. The work in curriculum includes assisting in the production of teacher training manuals in teaching social and emotional learning skills (including executive function skills); and creating activities to help children and youth recover through recreation, art, drama and music in safe healing and learning spaces that are often established in acute emergencies. It is expected that the Curriculum Specialist will travel up to 30 percent of their time. The Curriculum Specialist’s specific responsibilities are as follows: 


1.  Curriculum Development (under guidance and oversight of lead Education Technical Advisors)

  • Develop and adapt SEL curricula and materials for youth in acute emergencies in partnership with the Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU)
  • Adapt Social Emotional Learning (SEL) materials to country level programs and contexts as requested
  • Contribute to the further development of both teacher and student curriculum to explicitly improve social and emotional learning skills in primary education programs
  • Develop and adapt SEL materials for use with refugees resettled in the US, in partnership with IRC’s US programs and resettlement offices
  • Help further partnerships with other agencies and institutions as appropriate that have evidence based curriculum that promote students’ learning and well-being
  • Provide technical support and curricular adaptations to peer organizations that have contracted the IRC for SEL support
  • Assist, as needed, with the integration of SEL into reading and math materials
  • Test, pilot, refine and contextualize as needed the above mentioned materials to country specific projects and contexts

2. Capacity building and training

  • Conduct trainings in the above listed materials at the field level when requested
  • Adapt existing and above mentioned materials to staff led and field driven trainings in IRC  field education programs
  • Support country teams in monitoring and evaluation of SEL programs as needed
  • Train external actors (partners, governments, etc.) on SEL as requested
  • Train and support other technical teams (HQ and field-based), including child protection, on existing and new SEL content

3.  Research and learning

  • Develop strategies for testing, piloting and tracking use of existing and newly developed materials. 
  • Refine materials based on learning from tracking and monitoring the use of IRC developed materials
  • Assist with data analysis of HC programs  and report writing as requested 

4. Other tasks

  • Support the packaging of the above mentioned materials
  • Support the creation of appropriate PR and communications materials that can raise our profile with donors, partners, and other key actors
  • Contribute to technical writing on proposals as requested; as well as other key proposal documents such as capacity statements and past performance capability matrices


Job Qualifications:

Education: Master’s degree in Education or related field preferred.

Work Experience: Experience working in conflict or crisis affected environments. At least 2 years of work experience in education and curriculum development, international experience preferred, particularly in conflict or post-conflict contexts. Classroom teaching at the primary school level preferred.

Demonstrate Skills and Competencies: Proven skills in curriculum development, particularly in teacher training curriculum and/or relevant subjects required. Strong knowledge in social and emotional learning and/or child psychology/child development preferred. Strong written communication skills

Language Skills: Fluency in English required; proficiency in French and Arabic is desired/an advantage.

Working Environment: Up to 30% travel may be required.  This position will be based in New York, New York.


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