Senior Education Manager – Research job at The International Rescue Committee

Vacancy title:
Senior Education Manager – Research

Jobs at:

The International Rescue Committee

Deadline of this Job:
31 January 2023

Duty Station:
Within Tanzania , Dar es Salaam , East Africa

Date Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2023 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Scope of work
The Senior Education Manager for Research forms the backbone of the PlayMatters country-based research team for IRC. She/he will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of multiple IRC-led research projects in Tanzania within the PlayMatters consortium and collaborating with other PlayMatters research staff from Consortium Partners (War Child Holland, IPA, and Behavioral Insights Team). With technical guidance from the PlayMatters Deputy Project Director of Research (based in Kampala) and the Principal Investigators for each study, the Senior Education Manager for Research will coordinate in-country activities related to research design, IRB clearance, stakeholder engagement, enumerator training, data collection, and data analysis processes. He/she will be responsible for assuring the quality and ethical implementation of in-country PlayMatters research studies and will also serve as the main point of contact in-country on matters relating to PlayMatters research, including liaising with the Program Management Committee, Content Development Committee, MEAL and policy/advocacy teams as needed.

The Senior Education Manager for Research is part of the Education Programme team in Tanzania. He/she will report to the PlayMatters Technical Lead.

Major responsibilities
1. With the close collaboration and supervision of the Principal Investigators (for IRC-led studies), coordinate all aspects of the implementation of designated IRC-led research project/s, including:
• Country-level development and submission of research applications, ethics submissions, and protocols for research projects.
• Conduct or supervise country and community-level participatory consultation with stakeholders and participants at all stages of research planning, preparation, implementation, and dissemination, including coordination and alignment of these activities with other PlayMatters consortium members to avoid overburdening participants.
• Coordinate with colleagues from the PlayMatters MEAL team and, as appropriate, align research and MEAL data collection and analysis activities;
• Country level work-planning, budgeting, and reporting on PlayMatters research projects
• Selecting and hiring local research assistants and enumerators.
• Undertake travel to field locations where required and if possible to consult with colleagues and stakeholders, provide training and technical support, and oversee quality assurance
• Managing and reporting on adverse events and serious adverse events related to implementing the research project according to data management protocols

2. Competency and capacity-building of local research team in research methods, research ethics, the research protocol, data management, and child safeguarding with PlayMatters regional team.

3. Supervision and coordination of the tasks of the local research team including:
• Regular supervision meetings and performance appraisals
• Scheduling and coordination of data collection including managing logistics such as transport, work schedules, resources required
• Support and coordination for data management
• Monitoring of quality of data collection, adherence to participatory and ethical practices, and intervention fidelity

4. Overseeing data entry and data set cleaning if needed.
Participating in regular research supervision and coordination meetings with PlayMatters regional research team and IRC’s Research & Innovation department.

5. Supporting or leading write-up and submission of academic manuscripts, book chapters, conference presentations, or other publications related to designated research projects.

6. Communicating key information from the research in a simple, clear, effective way to stakeholders that are non-researchers including community members and participants.

7. Serving as the main point of contact in-country on matters relating to PlayMatters research, including liaising with the Program Management Committee, Content Development Committee, MEAL and policy/advocacy teams as needed.

Please note that the above mentioned list is not exhaustive.

• A Masters or doctoral degree in Education, Psychology, Social Sciences, International Development, or Social Sciences-Related discipline.
• At least five years’ experience leading and/or coordinating field-based/community-based research with human subjects in a relevant field (i.e. psychosocial support, education, child protection).
• Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written).
• Proven track record in implementing research activities for human subjects research projects.
• Proven track record in qualitative and quantitative data management for human subjects research projects.
• Proven track record in implementing mixed methods research design.
• Experience in capacity building and supervising staff.
• Ability to communicate the principles of research to others in a simple, clear, effective way.
• Ability to critically reflect on research implementation progress and collaborate with stakeholders to keep research on track and of high quality.
• Proactivity and ability to operate independently.
• Demonstrated ability to manage and analyse data using SPSS or similar data analysis software
• Demonstrated ability to conduct presentations and facilitate workshops.


• Strong (creative/interactive) training skills.
• Strong supervision, coaching and communication skills.
• Strong planning skills
• Able to quickly and with attention to detail identify needs / gaps and work towards solutions.
• Cultural sensitivity.
• Results-oriented.
• willing and able to travel regularly.


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