Requisition ID: req2740
Job Title: Education Intern - Early Childhood Development
Employment Category: Intern
Employment Type: Part-Time
Location: USA-New York, NY - HQ
Background/IRC Summary: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
Job Overview/Summary: The IRC Education Unit currently has programs in conflict and post-conflict contexts in over 20 countries around the globe. Our programming approach is one that promotes and supports the realization of the rights of children and young people. Currently, our programs include formal and non-formal education and life skills training for children and youth ages 0-16, with a focus on psychosocial well-being and cognitive development.
The IRC believes that high quality early childhood development (ECD) programs provide the foundation for children’s future academic success, health, prosperity, and well-being. A large body of scientific evidence emphasizes the need for increased investment in early childhood, particularly for children experiencing conflict, crisis, and displacement; these children are extremely vulnerable to the long-lasting effects that prolonged stress has on the developing brain. The IRC implements a number of ECD models, from home-based parenting coaching sessions to half-day preschool classes, in Africa and the Middle East.
In December 2017, Sesame Workshop and the IRC were awarded the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural 100&Change grant to make real progress toward improving early childhood outcomes in humanitarian crises. With the extraordinary investment of $100 million, our partnership will transform the language, early reading, math, and social-emotional skills of a generation of children ages 0-8 affected by the Syrian war. This project, called Sesame Seeds, will focus on children in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria over the next 5 years, combining the depth of in-person services (reaching 1.5 million children) with the breadth of mass media (reaching 9.4 million children).
Major Responsibilities: The Education Intern ECD will be based at the IRC headquarters in New York and will report to the Education Technical Advisor for Curriculum Development. The Intern will provide programmatic support to the Education Team, particularly those focusing on Sesame Seeds content development. The Intern’s activities may include the following:
Draft lesson plans and other content for Sesame Seeds programming
Conduct research and write literature reviews on various topics within education, particularly education in emergencies and/or ECD
Update and manage external communication materials
Perform other technical assignments as requested
Learning Outcomes: An internship with the IRC’s Education Team provides practical experience working at a large humanitarian aid NGO and offers opportunities for learning technical and skills required for a role in the international educational development sector. Learning outcomes from this internship include:
Increased knowledge of education in emergencies (EiE), country-specific programming, and early childhood development (including social-emotional learning, literacy, numeracy), and safe learning environments
Experience developing programmatic materials for a variety of users and contexts
Facilitation and presentation skills
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Bachelor’s degree required
Matriculating graduate-level student in International Affairs, International Education, or relevant field
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
Demonstrated interest in education in emergencies and early childhood education
Ability to work two days each week
Ability to write for a classroom – lesson plans or other teaching/training materials
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Computer skills: MS Word, Excel, and statistical database software (STATA, SPSS)
Classroom teaching experience preferred
International experience a plus