Education Technology Innovation Specialist
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Position : Education Technology Innovation Specialist

J ob Description

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.

Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.

At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster.

IRC leads the way from harm to home.


One of the impacts of COVID-19 is that an unprecedented 1.6 billion students across the world have been out of school; however, 258 million children were already out of school before the pandemic.

Half of these children live in crisis-affected countries. And while progress has been made towards achieving universal education over the past twenty years, these last mile children remain largely out of reach.

In response to this crisis, the Nigeria country team in coordination with the Education Global Research & Innovation Priority (GRIP) at Airbel Impact Lab and the Education Technical Unit will implement an innovative program in a number of crisis-affected contexts that reaches last-mile children and parents and caregivers, providing them with quality education solutions.

Unlike other emergency-constrained contexts, Nigeria has a large commercial EdTech market with solutions that address many of the infrastructure characteristics that we would normally consider unique to the humanitarian context.

This results in a large portion of existing commercial EdTech solutions with potential to serve humanitarian needs. This is the result of Nigeria’s large market economy and because most of the country (including urban areas) face similar baseline constraints as humanitarian contexts such as intermittent power, connectivity, and insecurity.

Due to this intersection, many EdTech companies already build with these conditions in mind as part of their commercial strategy.

Building for these conditions is not a humanitarian issue, so new solutions usually don’t need to be built up from the idea stage.

In Nigeria we will work with market ready companies with dual-use commercial applications to generate solutions for the humanitarian education context.

Job Overview / Summary

The IRC is seeking to hire a full time Education Technology Innovation Specialist (Edtech) in Nigeria to launch projects across our portfolio of the education Global Research & Innovation Priority (GRIP).

Our multi-disciplinary teams build, facilitate and contribute on projects that span research and ideation through to prototyping, piloting, evaluation and scaling.

Our solutions are co-created in partnership with colleagues and partners from the regions where we work.

You must be comfortable in a fast paced, collaborative and flexible working environment to help to manage the diverse, multi-disciplinary work.

Experience of working in cross-functional teams is essential.

We are looking for a self-motivated, highly organised individual with an eye for detail to support the process for developing exciting new educational programming in Nigeria, scope existing solutions globally and locally, and manage existing GRIP initiatives in country.

The successful candidate will report to the Education Coordinator in Nigeria and coordinate with the global Education GRIP Led to support delivery of the programs.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing a number of programme budgets, project / resource management and reporting.

Major Responsibilities

  • The Innovation Specialist (EdTech) will be an integral part of the Nigeria Country team, and will work collaboratively with the Airbel Research & Innovation team and the Education Technical Unit (TU) at various stages of innovation and research.
  • EdTech solution scaling and thought leadership
  • Oversee EdTech pilots in coordination with the technology, education and humanitarian partners, while building roadmaps to scale
  • Ensure solutions identified have global relevance and opportunities for replication and scale
  • Support further understanding of localized student and teacher needs for education, preferably in humanitarian contexts
  • Landscape existing EdTech solutions in the global and local markets
  • Regional innovation partnerships & convening
  • Build and maintain a network of innovation process and education solution partners who can support the development of new educational products and services.
  • This includes individuals, collectives, implementers, consultancies and startups.

  • Work with local innovators in Nigeria, the Airbel team and other key internal & external stakeholders (remote and / or in person) to plan, facilitate and synthesize design sprints, incubators and accelerators to spur innovative projects, while ensuring alignment and synergies across projects and with broader GRIP strategic goals.
  • Lead a humanitarian EdTech challenge prize from inception & design to mentoring & pilots with the selected edtech partners.
  • Program & Project Management
  • Manage delivery across several projects with multi-disciplinary teams that include education, technology, design, innovation, implementation and research expertise.
  • Support the recruitment and hiring of team members and consultants as may be needed.
  • Ensure that projects are delivered to agreed goals, on time and on budget. Oversee program budget and ensure targets are being met within the team.
  • Support the projects procurements activities in collaboration with the Supply Chain team.
  • Actively participate in continuous improvement activities eg. retrospectives delivery team meetings.
  • Clear monitoring and reporting (monthly, quarterly and annually) against program level deliverables and KPIs.
  • Business development
  • Support business development through scoping proposals prior to inception.
  • Attend and represent IRC at meetings and events.
  • Program Development
  • Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development :
  • Required for all positions with supervisory responsibility, if special considerations are needed (e.g. remote management), make this additive to the base language here.
  • Hire, supervise, and build the capacity of team members in relevant technical and management competencies.
  • Develop and implement remote management capacity building approaches to build the strengths of the team in Syria.
  • Coach, train, supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting annual performance objectives, providing regular and timely positive and constructive performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
  • Approve and manage all time, attendance and leave requests to ensure adequate departmental coverage; ensure monthly, accurate timesheet submission and carry out probationary reviews.
  • Hold high-quality meetings with each direct report on a regular and predictable basis, at least monthly.
  • Provide a measurable development plan including on-the-job learning with the aim of strengthening technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing guidance on career paths.
  • As required identify staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
  • Promote and monitor staff care and well-being. Model healthy work-life balance practices. Support appropriate interventions in response to identified staff care needs of both national and international staff.
  • Look for opportunities to support staff in their career growth, where appropriate. As part of succession plan and nationalization goals, identify, train and develop capability and capacity of national staff to successfully transition role and responsibilities, by the end of assignment.
  • Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures, and communicates through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations.
  • Research, Learning and Analysis
  • Coordination & Representation
  • Key Working Relationships

  • Position Reports to : Education Coordinator
  • Indirect / Technical Reporting : Edu, TA, Airbel lab
  • Position directly Supervises : N / A
  • Key Internal Contacts : M&E, Grants, HR, Supply chain and Finance
  • Country Program :
  • Region / Global :
  • Required profile for job ad : Education Technology Innovation Specialist


    Education / Work Experience :

  • Preferably master’s Degree in Education Technology, Bachelor’s Degree in Education, international Development, or related field.
  • 4-5 years of experience delivering projects and programs ideally in NGO or social enterprise settings.
  • Experience of working with cross functional digital teams.
  • Experience of delivering innovation projects (ideally education technology and innovation ones) end-to-end, on time, on budget and to a high quality.
  • Experience of financial management at project and program level.
  • Good understanding of, and experience with, project planning software and a range of cloud-based technologies (esp Asana, Mavenlink, Hubspot & Excel)
  • Enjoys collaborative working, flexible structures and working with a geographically dispersed team.
  • Ability to multi-task and move quickly between projects through effective prioritization.
  • Organized and with excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to apply a diversity and inclusion lens and approach to work.
  • Cares about the mission and goals of the IRC.


  • Preferred experience working in education in humanitarian contexts.
  • Preferred experience creating or incubating digital solutions.
  • Experience of working on projects with a diverse range of non-profit, commercial and entrepreneurial stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated Technical Skills :

  • Demonstrated Managerial / Leadership Competencies : N / A
  • Languages :
  • English
  • English
  • Hausa or Kanuri is desirable
  • Computer / Other Tech Requirements :
  • Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Add position-specific (e.
  • g. accounting software, statistical software, etc.).

  • Ability to Travel : 30% of time if applicable
  • Job criteria for job ad : Education Technology Innovation Specialist

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