Job: Design Project Manager

Job Overview/Summary: IRC's Airbel Center is looking for a Design Project Manager to support development and testing of a program to improve primary school education and informal learning in refugee settings in Tanzania and beyond. Reporting to the Product Design Lead, the PM will apply strong design and project management skills to ensure successful testing and validation of various mobile based and video-based solutions in the field.

The role will be based in IRC headquarters in New York City with significant travel to camps in Tanzania.

This is a limited-term role with potential for creating a longer-term role either on the core R&D team or in one of programs in the field

Major Responsibilities
  • Work collaboratively with the Project lead, other team members at the Airbel Center, IRC Education Unit, and field staff to manage prototyping, build-out, testing and continuous improvement of solutions to improve primary school education and social emotional learning for people in crisis
  • Participate in different stages of the design research process such as in-person interviews, workshops, ideations, service design, survey design, pilot design and more
  • Drive project progress and coordinate activities of cross functional team members, including high-level planning and detailed short-term activity scheduling.
  • Proactively manage project risks, dependencies, issues, gaps, reporting and resource conflicts.
  • Identify local stakeholders and enlist them in community-based testing and feedback, giving them an opportunity to participate in the innovation process;
  • Engage and facilitate meetings with stakeholders across globally distributed business units, and coordinate stakeholder communications.
  • Ensure that project communications are timely, relevant and accurate, including regular status updates. Quickly channel insights to IRC researchers and implementation partners working remotely
  • Provide input to budget management processes so that expenditure can be tracked and accurate projections can be maintained.
  • Identify opportunities for fundraising and program development to advance project
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