The International Rescue Committee 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, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The IRC Iraq program was established in 2003 and is currently operating programs in 14 governorates in the Kurdistan Region and south central Iraq with an annual budget of over $30 million. Working in coordination with the humanitarian community, the IRC's assistance programs for Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq, includes both camp-based and urban-based refugee and IDP assistance. The IRC Iraq supports IDPs, returnees, host communities and Syrian refugees across 14 governorates in Iraq with activities focused on education, protection and rule of law, women’s protection and empowerment, child protection and livelihoods activities. The IRC Iraq’s country office is based in Erbil, with field offices in Mosul, Kirkuk, Ramadi, Duhok and Baghdad and program offices in Sulaymaniyah, Salah al-Din and Karbala governorates.
Children and their families living in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria have been exposed to levels of adversity that threaten their development and jeopardize the future prosperity and stability of the societies in which they live. Research shows that the development of basic skills can help promote resiliency and, for the most vulnerable children, help mitigate the negative effects of conflict and crisis. But such care and education are unavailable to many children. Ahlan Simsim’s theory of change is based on the idea that Sesame Workshop’s signature culturally relevant, localized production approach, with its engaging Muppets and other elements, coupled with the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC’s) expertise in delivering services to people affected by conflict and crisis, will enable the creation of a scalable, replicable intervention for early childhood programming to help a generation of conflict-affected children achieve their developmental potential.
In Iraq, high-quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs have the potential to provide the foundation for children 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.
Brookings/Real-time Scaling Lab Summary
As part of the second phase of the Millions Learning project, the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution and the Ahlan Simsim program are collaborating to establish a Real-time Scaling Lab that will support the process of scaling the Ahlan Simsim program in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. The Real-time Scaling Lab is not a physical space but rather a process to learn from, document, and support the adaptation and implementation of a multi-component solution that uses proven techniques to measurably transform children’s learning and social-emotional skills. The Real-time Scaling Lab will utilize a reflective, adaptive learning approach to expand and deepen the impact of the Ahlan Simsim program as well as to share lessons learned regionally and globally. The process of establishing the Real-time Scaling Lab and observing how policymakers, practitioners, and funders identify, adapt, and implement this innovative solution will be rigorously documented so that the process itself can be replicated across the program’s geographic priority countries (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria). Lessons drawn from the Ahlan Simsim Real-time Scaling Lab (as well as similar Real-time Scaling Labs that Brookings and partners implement in other countries) will help inform future national, regional, and global policy regarding large-scale improvements in quality education, especially in humanitarian settings.
The Scaling and Learning Manager will be the project focal point for Country level Scaling and Learning related to the process of expanding and deepening the impact of – or “scaling” – the Ahlan Simsim solution. The position will be the focal point for documenting an adaptive learning, iterative change process with support from the Ahlan Simsim regional team and the Brookings Institution. This will include co-designing and co-facilitating in-country workshops over the course of two years with the goal of continuously adapting the Ahlan Simsim solution to expand and deepen its’ impact in each country, as well as feeding into a global publication drawing insights from across the Millions Learning Real-time Scaling Labs.
The Scaling and Learning Manager will be responsible for the following key objectives:
- Serve as the person responsible for knowledge management for Iraq country program
- Support the ECD Coordinator to oversee and support Real-time Scaling Lab.
- “Tell the story”Of how the Ahlan Simsim program scaled in neighborhood country, including capturing key decisions, opportunities, and challenges faced by relevant actors
- Capture the details of how the Real-time Scaling Lab approach functioned and how it supported the Ahlan Simsim scaling process
Specific responsibilities will include:
- Support work in coordination with the governance unit on political economy analysis (PEA) for country context and other background research.
- Capture key decisions, opportunities, and challenges that actor in relevant partner and government organizations take related to ECD scaling goals;
- Attend and document key scaling-related events and meetings as decided in coordination with the ECD Coordinator
- Proactively share lessons learned within the regional country program as well as with regional stakeholders to assist decision-makers in identifying, adapting and scaling other evidence-based ECD solutions.
- Conduct background research on previous and ongoing efforts related to ECD service delivery in Iraq, including desk review of project documentation, conducting key stakeholder interviews, and attending related meetings and events;
- Contribute to planning, participate in, and document semi-annual in-person convenings in Iraq as well as smaller period in-person and virtual meetings.
- Support implementation of the Iraq scaling plan aligning relevant Knowledge Management and Information gathering priorities with the ambition and focus of the scaling goals;
- Complete and submit periodic “research and documentation tools” (created by Brookings) on the Microsoft Teams platform, including but not limited to: Core Ingredients Checklist, Scaling Lab Quarterly Report, and Scaling Plan Guidelines.
- Work closely with the regional team and Brookings to develop an overall lesson learned document on the Real-time Scaling Labs’ experience that could feed into IRC’s partnership management system and ensure scaling plans and needs are consistent with PEERs processes and procedures; and
- Contribute to planning, and actively participate in and document, global cross-lab workshops and virtual meetings to share lessons and insights with other Real-time Scaling Labs.
- Ensure and provide monthly progress reports and
Manage and oversee the Ahlan Simsim scaling design, planning, and implementation:
- Lead and facilitate the evidence-based scaling efforts on a country level from planning through adaptation to scale.
- Cultivate a shift in mindset towards system thinking and scaling within the team and with partners.
- Work with the ECD coordinator, ECD team, and Regional Partnership & Scaling Advisor to develop scaling plans and budgets.
- Coordinate with the technical, M&E and research focal points in the team to ensure that iterative scaling cycles are integrated into all aspects of the work.
- Coordinate with the partnerships IRC staff to ensure scaling is rooted in the IRC partnerships management system.
- Ensure close coordination with the technical team on a country and regional level to facilitate the development of adaptable and scalable AS models/packages.
- Ensure the rollout and implementation of all tools that aim to track, assess, and document scaling by coordinating with IRC team and partners for realizing a learning and adaptation strategy.
- Lead on regular operational plan meetings to ensure alignment and progress on scaling activities.
- Plan for and materialize an iterative scaling process whereby change and adaptations are driven by real-time data collected throughout the lifecycle of the AS program.
- Conduct background research on previous and ongoing efforts related to ECD service delivery in X country, including desk review of project documentation, national strategies, conducting key stakeholder interviews, and attending related meetings and events.
- Support work in coordination with the governance unit on political economy analysis (PEA) for country context and other background research.
- Develop proposals, presentations, and briefs on an ad hoc basis.
Conduct a quality review of all documents related to scaling including the outputs shared by the team and scaling partners.
- Ensure scaling plans and implementation are consistent with PEERs processes and procedures.
- Monitor Ahlan Simsim partner performance and achievements against targets.
- Review and support Ahlan Simsim partners to develop proposals, scale and advocate for integration of ECD into proposals and other humanitarian response programming.
Ensure proper relationship building and management with key stakeholders and partners:
- Facilitate Social Network Analysis and advocacy workshops on a country level.
- Cultivate and manage all relationships with key local stakeholders in close coordination with the ECD coordinator.
- Ensure proper flow of information between the IRC and partners.
- Ensure partners’ feedback is taken forward in all aspects of the project whether in technical, scaling, partnerships, RMEAL etc.
- Identify ECD champions within different partner organizations and work closely with them on all the aspects of scaling.
- Hold collaborative design meetings to ensure that scaling activities and workplans are addressing the partner’s ECD-related needs.
- Coordinate with the RMEAL team to develop a continuous capacity building plan for the scaling partners to ensure the adaptation of their existing monitoring systems.
- Engage, act on behalf of Ahlan Simsim and collaborate closely with ministries reflecting scaling and partnership strategy.
- Ensure approvals and necessary documentations are obtain for implementation of scaling pathways.
Generate evidence-based learnings based onfor scaling:
- “Tell the story” of how the Ahlan Simsim program scaled in X country, including capturing key decisions, opportunities, and challenges faced by relevant actors and documenting the piloting of the scalable models developed for each scaling pathway.
- Document and share learnings with country and regional teams to facilitate cross-national and cross-country data-driven learnings.
- Facilitate and document key scaling-related events and meetings as decided in coordination with the ECD Coordinator.
- Proactively share lessons learned within the country program as well as with regional stakeholders to assist decision-makers in identifying, adapting, and scaling other evidence-based ECD solutions.
- Participate in Scaling community of practice within the IRC and with the wider scaling community.
- Participate in regional scaling and partnership check-ins to facilitate cross-learnings..
- Work in close coordination with the ECD coordinator to ensure learnings from scaling are embedded within the country strategy.
- Coordinate with the RMEAL team on a country level and regional level to ensure alignment on the AS learning agenda.
Lead and coordinate advocacy efforts as they relate to scaling:
- Develop policy goals in close coordination with ECD coordinator, key partners, and IRC staff.
- Coordinate the development of the advocacy plan with the support of the ECD coordinator and advocacy advisor.
- Identify Decision makers and influencers for each policy goal in close coordination with ECD coordinator and Advocacy advisors on a country and regional level.
- Facilitate and oversee the implementation of the advocacy plans.
- Maintain proper data collection for advocacy indicators.
- Ensure advocacy activities are conducted in close coordination with the partners.
- Work closely with the regional partner to support advocacy efforts and coordination of coalitions.
- Support regional advocacy efforts by participating in different coordination groups, workshops, and conferences.
- Create a link and close collaboration with INGOs, International donors and LNGOs to prepare and execute regular advocacy workshops and events.
Key Working Relationships:
- Position Reports to: ECD Coordinator
- Position indirectly reports to: Regional Partnership and Scaling Advisor
- Position supervises: Consultants where needed and relevant
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
- Internal: Regional Partnership Director, regional, country, and HQ staff for the Ahlan Simsim project; technical unit staff (Education, Research Learning and Evaluation, Health, Violence Prevention and Response, Economic Recovery and Development, Governance, Gender Equality); Grants Management staff, ECD coordinators
- External:Brookings Institution staff, NYY, Sesame Workshop staff; Government officials; Implementing partner organizations; Community representatives
- Bachelor degree in social sciences, international development, Education or other relevant related field;
- At least 5 years of experience working in partnership with Government, civil society organizations (CSOs), or other local organizations at an international nongovernmental organization (INGO) or similar organization; minimum 3 years in a managerial level.
- Based in Iraq, deep knowledge of the country context;
- Experience facilitating or co-facilitating workshops and meetings; comfortable managing group dynamics, leading workshops and activities, and keeping agenda on track and directed at end goals;
- Experience in managing or co-managing multi-stakeholder initiatives, capacity to understand and adapt to different institutional cultures, and relational ease with both high level government representatives and technical staff;
- Knowledge and practical application of scaling literature and systems change processes is preferred;
- Strong interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills;
- Strong planning, organizing, and team-building skills;
- Strong analytical and writing skills;
- Ability to adapt workshop content to group dynamics, environment, and feedback;
- Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and manage work plan and timeline with minimal oversight;
- Ability to periodically travel domestically and internationally;
- Regular access to high-speed internet for conference calls and document sharing;
- Knowledge of early childhood development or education in Iraq country is a plus; and
- Fluent in written and oral Arabic and English required.
- Standard office work environment
- Travel required 40%
The position will be based in Baghdad, Iraq with frequent travel to field sites. Occasional travel to other governorates may also be required.
Standards of Professional Conduct:
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including maternity leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Attention Returning National Candidates:
IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs. We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, IRC has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply.
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The closing date is: 6-October-2021