SEL Specialist at International Rescue Committee (IRC)


SEL Specialist at International Rescue Committee (IRC)


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid, relief and development nongovernmental organization. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution or natural disaster. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities where it resettles refugees and helps them become self-sufficient. Composed of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, international development experts, health care providers, and educators, the IRC has assisted millions of people around the world since its founding in 1933.

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND, MBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Location: Borno
  • City: Maiduguri
  • Job Field: Education / Teaching, NGO/Non-Profit 

Job Overview/Summary:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), in partnership with Plan International, the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Inclusive Development Partners (IDP), and the Restoration of Hope Initiative (ROHI) is implementing activities under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funding for the Opportunities to Learn (OTL) activity in Nigeria. Under OTL, IRC and its consortium partners will work with students, teachers, community-based organizations, local government education authorities (LGEA) state education authorities, and the private sector to design, implement, and scale lasting results that foster a healthier, better-educated population by improving learning outcomes for Borno and Yobe’s most vulnerable children and youth.

The SEL specialist under the supervision of the school and safety protection lead will:

  • Lead the integration of SEL into access to quality education, TPD, and education actors’ capacity-building activities.
  • Identify gaps in social, emotional, and behavioral atmosphere of the school and classroom, and develop plans of action around priorities.
  • Work in partnership with various stakeholders, including students, parents, community organizations and mental health providers to update and adapt SEL “kernels of practice” for publication, training, and dissemination.
  • Stay current on best practices in social and emotional learning, learning differences,
  • Consult with principals and staff concerning social social-emotional learning needs of students.
  • Guide designing social-emotional learning integration into the school.
  • Provide professional development to support the social-emotional learning curriculum and instruction by using best practices, including research on learning theory and content standards.
  • Support the integration of school-wide social and emotional learning education throughout school.
  • Provide social and emotional learning education workshops for parents and the community.
  • Provide technical support and modeling of social and emotional learning lessons to whole classes and small groups in accordance with the curriculum.
  • Present professional development for school staff on social and emotional learning for students and on district SEL program goals and report requirements.
  • Provide SEL professional development and training for schoolteachers and facilitators.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Competency profile

  • Experience in management of a team.
  • Excellent analysis and reporting skills.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Punctuality and respect for applicable rules and procedures.
  • Ethical and transparent decision-making.
  • High regard toward preserving the confidentiality of work-related information and data.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of local communities and customary rules.
  • Independent work, i.e., with minimal supervision and under pressure.
  • Self-motivation, goal/result-orientation, and teamwork.
  • Flexibility, creativeness, tolerance, and maturity.
  • Computer/IT literacy (OS Windows/Vista/Linux, MS Office, Internet etc.)

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s in counseling, social work, psychology, or education; Master’s preferred.
  • Five years of experience in education.
  • Experience working on social, emotional, and behavioral support programs.
  • Training in trauma-informed practices and/or restorative practices and experience teaching a social emotional curriculum to students.
  • Classroom teaching or school-based management experience highly preferred.

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