Organization: International Rescue Committee
Background/IRC Summary: Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, 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.
In February 2016, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Global TIES for Children at New York University (TIES/NYU) launched the Education in Emergencies: Evidence for Action (3EA) partnership—a pioneering initiative that seeks to fundamentally change way the field responds to educational needs in crisis and conflict settings around the world. 3EA now encompasses two programs of work designed to provide the evidence of impact and measurement tools that can improve children’s learning outcomes in crisis-affected contexts around the world.
Within this partnership, we are generating and sharing evidence of what works, as well as how, for whom and under what conditions, to achieve learning outcomes for crisis-affected children; and are seeking to accelerate other stakeholders’ ability to generate evidence in Education in Emergencies (EiE) settings by working with partners to develop a toolkit comprised of high-quality measurement instruments and associated coaching and training materials.
The IRC is seeking a product manager to oversee the development of a number of print and electronic 3EA resources. The product manager will coordinate all of the activities required to create, finalize and disseminate these resources, and serve as the liaison between numerous individuals involved in the design and review of materials, including colleagues at both IRC and NYU, as well as external vendors such as UX and visual designers.
Length of Assignment: 6 months, potential to extend
The product manager’s responsibilities will include:
- Developing clear, logical, actionable work plans for the development of the measurement toolkit and related promotional materials such as brochures, briefs and blogs, including identifying and communicating roles and responsibilities of different actors.
- Liaising amongst different stakeholders involved in product development to cascade and ensure timely completion of workplan tasks.
- Coordinating development, design and review processes, ensuring accurate version control, escalating pressing issues, scheduling and taking notes on calls, and bringing in the right people for the right issues, decisions and final approval.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Senior Policy Advisor, Education
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies Communications Officer
External: NYU Global TIES for Children Measurement and Metrics Initiative Project Director
- Education: Master’s degree preferred
- Work Experience: Project and/or product management with multimedia products
· Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
o Project management experience
o Experience working with multimedia products
o Highly skilled with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Asana, and other project management software
o Highly organized and detail-oriented
o Strong ability to learn quickly and work independently
o Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills, including the ability to understand, translate, and integrate feedback from diverse sectors (e.g., design firms, humanitarian agencies, research institutions)
o Background in education, research, and/or humanitarian work a plus
Working Environment: New York office environment, with flexibility to work remotely in a location with reliable internet access