The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international NGOs, provides relief, rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable people and communities in over 40 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in six regions in Ethiopia, implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery, and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.
IRC is seeking an Education Officer for a five–year Project, “Play Matters”, funded by the LEGO Foundation. The Education officer will be a part of the larger Play Matters initiative to increase play-based learning opportunities for nearly 1 million pre-primary and primary school-aged refugee and host community children impacted by the humanitarian crises in East Africa and living in Ethiopia and Uganda. This project aims to build children’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative skills through play in their homes, schools, and communities and will be implemented in partnership with War Child, Plan International, Ubongo, Behavioral Insights Team and Innovations for Poverty Action.
The Education officer will be responsible for ensuring that the Play Matters consortium and IRC staff identify, engage, and influence key education stakeholders in Ethiopia responsible for and engaged in promoting learning outcomes for refugee and local children ages 3 to 12. This includes collaboration with the government, UN and other humanitarian coordination decision makers, education implementing partners, and large-scale development initiatives to improve learning through play.
The Education officer will be co-managed by the Camp Manager and Play Matters Education Manager at the field office level, with additional technical oversight from the country-level Play Matters project team; Work closely with the camp-based education officers from RRS, SCI, WEO specialists/Experts and other implementing partners to integrate Learning through Play (LtP) into existing preschool, primary school, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALP) and child friendly space activities targeting children in refugee and Surrounding host community.
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