PlayMatters Education Officer at International Rescue Committee February, 2022

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Requisition ID: req24162

Job Title: PlayMatters Education Officer

Sector: Education

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kasulu, Tanzania

Job Description


IRC Summary

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education, and power.

Project Background

PlayMatters (2020-2025) is an education initiative funded through a $100 million grant from the LEGO Foundation. The program reimagines childhood for 800,000+ refugee and host-community children across Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda – children whose education and social development has been affected by displacement and trauma. Building on children’s amazing resilience and a growing evidence base supporting Learning through Play methodologies, PlayMatters cultivates holistic learning for children ages 3-12+. PlayMatters is led by the International Rescue Committee and includes Plan International, War Child Holland, Innovations for Poverty Action, the Behavioral Insights Team in partnership with the LEGO Foundation. 

Position Overview

IRC is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic PlayMatters Education Officer to carry out PlayMatters activities in refugee camps and host communities in Kigoma region. The PlayMatters Education Officer will be responsible for supporting the PlayMatters Manager in ensuring that PlayMatters consortium and IRC staff identify, engage, and influence key education partners in Tanzania responsible for promoting learning outcomes for refugee and local children ages 3 to 12.  The PlayMatters Education Officer will work with a team of officers to ensure all project activities are carried out in a timely manner. The PlayMatters Education Officer will represent the PlayMatters in relevant camp-based stakeholder meetings and PlayMatters project coordination meetings.

Roles and Responsibilities

 Program Implementation

  • Assist in implementation of Learn through Play (LtP) content piloting activities targeting educators, community leaders and caregivers in the refugee and host communities, including logistical arrangements, coordination with relevant stakeholders, and facilitation of all pilot activities;
  • Support the development/adaptation of LtP content, such as workbooks, activity cards, etc., for educators, community leaders and caregivers in refugee and host communities through participatory and consultative processes, including participation and engagement in consortium-wide, multi-country content development committees (CDC);
  • Support the delivery of Training of Trainers (ToTs) / trainings to educators, community leaders and caregivers in collaboration with district and ward education officers, community development officers, school administration, and consortium staff, using a cascade model;
  • Provide technical support on LtP to target user groups (educators, community leaders and caregivers) through regular mentoring and coaching;
  • Work closely with the M&E team to implement mechanisms and processes for data collection, data review and learning during piloting process so that user groups’ feedback can be utilized to continuously adapt LtP content;
  • Assist in adaptation,  development and roll-out of LtP monitoring tools;
  • Engage with field level coordination leads, implementing partners, teachers, parents, and children through structured co-creation processes;
  • Support and oversee the implementation of LtP activities in refugee and host community schools and facilitate exchange of learning and standard methodologies;
  • Monitor project implementation, track progress and achievements and produce quality reports;
  • Assist to develop meaningful procurement, activity, spending plans and stick to them to avoid any over and underspending;
  • Support the PlayMatters Manager as a focal person in all matters related to PlayMatters project in the field.
  • Work closely with HR and the Education Protection Officer to ensure all violations of the Teacher Code of Conduct and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse are properly reported.

Representation and Partnership

  • Support coordination and participation in monthly camp-based Education Working Group meetings, providing minutes to the regional Education Working Group;
  • Represent IRC Tanzania in meetings with regional project team and meetings with other consortium members;
  • Ensure the PlayMatters project is integrated and coordinated with other IRC sectors.

HR Management

  • Ensure adherence by staff to IRC’s Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures and the IRC way.
  • Report any violations of the IRC Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, The IRC Way, and Child Safeguarding Policy as per the IRC Tanzania reporting mechanism;
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by your supervisor.




  • Degree in Education or Psychology from a recognized institution;
  • Minimum two years’ work experience in program implementation.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies

  • A commitment to IRC’s mission and humanitarian principles;
  • Receptive to building and maintaining positive relationships with people from all backgrounds, genders, cultures, and viewpoints;
  • Experience working with refugee communities desirable;
  • Knowledge of Education in Emergencies;
  • Experience working with children, preferably in a teaching capacity;
  • Experience in planning and delivering training;
  • Experience in community mobilization and coordination.
  • Highly collaborative and consultative approach;
  •  Good IT skills: knowledge of MS Word; Excel and Outlook required;
  • Swahili and good English written, and oral skills required.  French and Kirundi a plus.

Standards for Professional Conduct

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

Gender Equality

IRC 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 parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

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 law.

 Warning : 

Please note that the IRC does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fee). IRC does not request any information related to bank accounts. If asked of any payment please contact [email protected].


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