Regional Senior Technical Advisor

at International Rescue Committee
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted May 16, 2022
Category Social Services & Nonprofit
Currency UGX


Regional Senior Technical Advisor for Content Development and Management
Sources: IRC

Closing date: June 4, 2022
PlayMatters reimagines childhood for refugees. It will bring play-based learning to 800,000 children across Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania. It will redefine education and cultivate a generation of lifelong builders. PlayMatters is inspired by LEGO Foundation’s call to challenge the status quo, to offer children the quality education they dream of. Children are not gaining the skills they need, teachers are under-supported and parents are overwhelmed. The systems built to serve them are failing them. PlayMatters proudly offers something different. It will be delivered by a coalition with a track record of thinking and delivering differently. We bring three distinct characteristics:

OUTCOMES. Everything we do is fueled by the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and resilience outcomes we seek. We know learning happens when children are at the center and teachers, parents and the system surrounding them embrace children’s agency and have not only skills and resources, but the motivation to drive change.

RESEARCH AND LEARNING. Effective delivery requires both rigor and a big heart. With LEGO Foundation, PlayMatters will generate scientific evidence that can transform our understanding of play and learning for refugees in East Africa and around the world.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP. The LEGO Foundation Humanitarian Initiative offers an opportunity to deliver and comes with the responsibility to lead. Our consortium’s members have a record of mobilizing others.


The PlayMatters STA for Content Development and Management is responsible for four key objectives:

Oversee the development and implementation of outstanding resources and materials for three countries (Uganda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania) that support primary educators, pre-primary educators, caregivers, and communities to integrate LtP practices into their interactions with children.

Provide technical guidance and oversight for LtP program design and field implementation within the region, ensuring that programs are evidence-based, cost-effective and scalable.

Represent IRC and the PlayMatters consortium as the regional LtP technical lead at strategic meetings and events.

• Establish guidance for gender equity standards and disability inclusion across LtP program models, with input from internal and external technical experts

• Provide training and LtP technical support for relevant country and regional staff

• Analyze data from country implementation to inform decisions and report, at a strategic level, different metrics of success in LtP

• Ensure that the PlayMatters senior management from the IRC and partners are aware of successes and challenges, and provide regular updates

• Review and use existing curricula and materials to identify areas for integrating LtP within teaching and learning resources such as existing plans, frameworks, guides, and manuals

• Collaborate with the P&A team to work with SA to ensure LtP is well understood and integrated into policies and strategies as we generate evidence and learning.

3. External and internal representation

• Raise understanding and the profile of the PlayMatters Project within the region, both internally and externally

• Identify and participate in strategic forums in education that offer high value and returns for resources invested

• Stay abreast of the regional policy environment and identify critical entry points for IRC to influence polices to be able to achieve our goals and outcomes

4. Partnerships and Growth

• In coordination with the Project Director and the Technical Director, establish purposeful regional partnerships – to improve the quality and reach of our programs and to reform policies in the sector

• Assist in the writing and development of reports and other documents, for the donor and for internal and/or external audiences

• Maintain strong relationships with internal units focused on partnership and business development

• Develop strong and productive working relationships with consortium partners, both their content team representatives and their broader teams

Key Working Relationships:

• Position Reports to: Technical Director, PlayMatters

Position directly supervises: Regional Curriculum Technical Advisor

• Other Internal and/or external contacts: Members of the Education Technical Unit at the IRC, partner technical leadership, the PlayMatters technical team, country program leadership

Position Requirements

• Master’s degree or PhD in Education or related field

• At least 15 years working in education

• At least 5 years of experience developing content and/or overseeing program design for large-scale programs focused on education or a related field

• Primary or Pre-primary school teaching experience

• Proven ability to provide high-quality technical assistance, guidance and coaching to staff and partners

• Excellent knowledge of pedagogies related to learning through play

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