Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people affected by war or disaster to survive and rebuild their lives. We commit to stay as long as we are needed, helping survivors to heal, recover and rebuild their communities to be stronger, more stable and more democratic. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. Building local capacity and self-sufficiency—and promoting human rights, participation and accountability—are at the core of all of our innovative programs. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
Education is one of the IRC’s five organizational outcomes, and the Education Technical Unit (TU) is at the center of designing evidence-based program models, developing essential instructional content and conducting cutting-edge research on educational outcomes that span access, skills and safety. During the last five years, the Education TU—in tandem with Child Protection colleagues—has developed a wealth of content as part of the overarching Healing Classrooms and Families Make the Difference models. Healing Classrooms encompasses the IRC’s approach to create safe and nurturing learning environments, while the Families Make the Difference model is designed to increase caring and responsive relationships between children and their caregivers. Both approaches include original teacher and facilitator training resources, instructional videos, parenting skills curricula, and extensive social-emotional learning, reading and math lesson plans. One example of this content is the Safe Healing and Learning Spaces Toolkit, which was developed in-house and reflects the different types of materials that are being produced.
We believe, however, that we can be more effective in our training and instructional materials by better understanding and differentiating our users, harnessing digital and interactive learning technology and making the content more accessible to education and child protection colleagues around the world.
To help us move in this direction, we are looking for an Interactive Learning Specialist to work in consultation with the TU to:
- Review our current approach to adult learning and training, including hard copy training materials, e-learning site http://www.healingclassrooms.org and instructional videos (such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrAOWHYP4HU) from a user experience perspective
- Assess the various interactive digital learning platforms and content management modalities in the market place, the strengths, limitations and costs of each given the diversity of contexts and users with which the IRC works
- Develop a strategy document that includes:
- Recommendations for ways to enhance access to and impact of our products using digital and interactive technology
- Options for pursuing these recommendations that include vendors, technical requirements, and projected costs.
- Propose and assist in the creation of a prototype using one or more of the platforms to demonstrate the functionality and how it could strengthen our current approach.
This consultancy would be from Nov 15 2016 – Jan 31 2017, comprised of approx. 45 working days.
- 5+ years of experience in interactive and digital learning and/or user experience design; familiarity with knowledge management a plus
- Understanding of adult learning theory and best practices and utilizing digital training methodologies
- Proven experience in training/learning across cultural contexts and languages, particularly Arabic and French language contexts and low- internet bandwidth environments
- Familiar with the key themes and challenges of education in emergencies and child protection
- Creative, strategic and user-centered thinker – able to consider multiple constraints and opportunities when defining solutions
- Proactive in seeking input
- Excellent written and verbal communication