Technical Advisor, Education and Technology

Tags: Covid-19 English
  • Added Date: Wednesday, 02 September 2020
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 30 November 2020

In 2019, the IRC reached over 1.6 million children in 20 countries with education programs. We ensure that even the hardest to reach children in the most challenging places are able to go to school and thrive. The IRC defines success with six education outcomes from infancy to young adulthood, ensuring results for all girls and boys, regardless of age. These outcomes are: Access to safe, functional and responsive education, across all ages; Early childhood learning and nurturing care; Primary school-aged learning; Post-primary learning; Safety in school; and Gender equality across all education outcomes.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IRC country programs have needed to quickly shift the way we deliver services to our beneficiaries. The Education unit at the IRC is working with the Lego Foundation to deliver a groundbreaking audio initiative currently called Play Well. The Education Technology Advisor will produce the strategy and guidance for distribution and scale, lead conversations with country teams and form relationships with telecoms and distribution partners. This role is both strategic and operational.

The Advisor will provide leadership for identifying, refining, designing, overseeing the development, and monitoring the use of innovative ICT content across 4 countries. This position will provide technical guidance and support to country program staff and production teams on the appropriate use of technology to advance the goals of the project.

In addition to the Play Well project, the Advisor will provide technical assistance to additional field projects across countries that are similarly aiming to reach children and youth through distance learning.

Major Responsibilities:

Play Well Project

โ€ข Serve as the lead ICT solutions expert for the project by coordinating with the project staff to conduct assessments focused on distribution options, analyze results and recommend educational technology interventions to advance project goals.

โ€ขReview technologies and distribution approaches appropriate for specific project contexts (Uganda, Tanzania, Colombia and Lebanon) that will include the use of audio, and can include SMS, and Web-based applications, particularly in the context of distance learning.

โ€ขLiaise with the private sector as appropriate to engage them in supporting project ICT initiatives around distribution.

โ€ขEstablish criteria for selecting private sector partners and assist in assessing and negotiating partnerships.

โ€ขProvide recommendations for the incorporation of various technological solutions in the project in cooperation with technical partners.

โ€ขBuild capacity of country teams to support their execution of the projects

Other Support to IRC Field Projects:

โ€ขSupport field staff in the development of an education technology approach appropriate to clientsโ€™ distance learning or remote support needs

โ€ขCoordinate and help country programs to develop a roadmap of short- and long-term ICT solutions

โ€ขAssess the risk of using the different technology in conflict/crisis contexts

โ€ขSupport proposal development by working with country offices to identify technology requirements and integrate technology into program solutions

โ€ขSupport the field to assess and then develop partnerships with education technology providers such as Telecom, ICT Service Providers, and other technology companies to customize the solution based on specific requirements

โ€ขProvide support to develop staffing plans, budgets, work plans, and M&E frameworks

โ€ขProvide ongoing support in monitoring project progress to inform troubleshooting and course correction discussions

โ€ขWork with project M&E team to use technology for the monitoring and measurement of the technology programs.


โ€ขBachelorโ€™s Degree in Education Technology or Education, Masterโ€™s Degree Preferred

โ€ขAt least five years of experience managing and/or advising on education technology use in projects, ideally in low-resource and/or conflict or crisis-affected contexts

โ€ขHas knowledge and experience in the design and implementation of a range of education technology tools and applications including app-based learning, mobile learning and Interactive Radio Instruction

โ€ขStrong knowledge in areas of formal and nonformal primary education, emergency education, and teacher support and development

โ€ขStrong knowledge and experience with project start up and management

โ€ขExperience with proposal development of large scale projects across a wide variety of public and private donors preferred

โ€ขProven ability to operate in a complex organisation, across functions and countries and work on own initiative and collaboratively as part of diverse teams

โ€ขExcellent communication skills, cultural sensitivity, flexibility, ability to improvise, team player.

โ€ขFluency in spoken and written French required; proficiency and/or fluency in English preferred

Special requirement:

โ€ขUp to 30% travel for 2-3 weeks each time to assigned countries and there may be some exposure to risk, within the confines of our security policy

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