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PlayMatters Technical Project Coordinator

International Rescue Committee

This is a Full-time position in Kampala posted January 11, 2022.

PlayMatters Technical Project Coordinator Jobs in International Rescue Committee Kampala vacancies in Kampala at International Rescue Committee

# Job Description

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 is being delivered by a coalition with
a track record of thinking and delivering differently. We bring three distinct

1\. 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.

2\. 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.

3\. 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 mobilizing others.

Job Summary

The IRC is seeking a Technical Project Coordinator who will closely work with
the PlayMatters Regional Technical Advisor and other technical staff as well
as the PMC leadership to ensure that the implementation of PlayMatters both
adheres to our approved work plan and responds to contextual factors. The
Technical Project Coordinator will assist in technical aspects of project
management and the coordination of the content development process and
piloting including the planning and oversight of translation, printing, pilot
roll-out, ToTs and coordination with MEL teams. As PlayMatters launches into
its year of iterative content development and testing, the Technical Project
Coordinator will closely work and support the technical advisor on building
the capacity of PMCs in the planning and roll out of the pilots and enhancing
the coordination among the CDCs, the piloting and MEL teams for smooth project
implementation. The Technical Project Coordinator will be responsible for
closely collaborating with the PlayMatters’ regional workstream leads, as well
as the content development teams and PMCs in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Specific Responsibilities:

• Track the content development process including the drafting,
review/revision and approvals and link that process with concrete plans for

• Assist PMCs to set-up processes and requests for translation and printing of
materials; work with the piloting leads to guide and support implementation on
the ground adhering to roll-out plans;

• Provide hands on support with pilot rollouts including ToT planning and
preparations across PMCs as per the work plan;

• Assist PMCs with planning and implementation of the Teacher professional
Development TPD strategy aligning with TPD approaches in each country;

• In coordination with the MEL team, assist the PMCs in tracking progress
against the work plan, documenting challenges and adaptations.

• Assist the PMC leadership to manage the project work plan including needed
revisions and to use other project documents, tools, and resources;

• Support PMC Leads to use project documentation including, but not limited
to, the Gantt and budget to guide their daily work;

• Assist in capacity building of the PMCs to collaborate and coordinate with
each other throughout project implementation;

• Support harmonization of PlayMatters work approaches and best practices
across the PMCs to achieve project outcomes;

• Conduct regular visits to field sites to support teams across the PMCs;

Key Working Relationships:

• Position Reports to: Regional Technical Advisor, PlayMatters

• Position supervises: TBD

• Indirect Reporting: Snr. Technical Advisor, Project Director, PlayMatters;
Deputy Project Director for Operations, PlayMatters.

• Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: IRC country program staff; Regional staff such as Content Advisor,
Policy Advisor, RMEL Advisor, DD for Research, Communications; other technical
units within IRC Education, Health, Violence Prevention and Response,
Economic Recovery and Development, Governance, Gender Equality

External: IRC Research & Innovations leadership, War Child Holland;
Innovations for Poverty Action; Behavioral Insights Team; host government
officials; other consortium partner organizations; community representatives.


• Advanced degree MA from an accredited university in education,
development, social work

• Minimum of ten years of experience in leadership of Education programming,
experience with education programming for refugees and displaced populations

• Significant previous experience implementing education activities in
conflict or crisis situations.

• Experience working in East Africa and/or Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda on
Education programming.

• Strong communication skills and the ability to develop relations with
diverse teams, local counterparts, donors, and other partners.

• Strong communication skills, both oral and written.

• Proficiency in English required. Proficiency in languages of the region
preferred Amharic, Tigrigna, Arabic, Somali, Nuer, Kiswahili, French, etc.

Working Environment:

• Standard office work environment

• Travel required 25-50% COVID and security situations permitting

• Position is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Kampala, Uganda; or Dar Es
Salaam, Tanzania according to nationality of successful candidate

Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the
values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are
Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these
values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from
Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace,
Diversity Equality and Inclusion DEI, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation,
Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Narrowing the Gender Gap: The International Rescue Committee 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 a flexible hour when possible, maternity leave, transportation
support, and gender-sensitive security protocols.

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC
considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex,
color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status,
veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by
applicable laws

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**Closing Date** : 20th Jan. 2022

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