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International Rescue Committee Teaching and Support for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) and English L in New York, New York

Requisition ID:req7051

Job Title: Teaching and Support for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) and English L

Sector: Education

Employment Category: Consultant

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: New York, NY HQ USA

Job Description

The IRC delivers a wide variety of youth-focused programming in more than a dozen US cities and in Europe. Program models include after school and weekend homework help and tutoring, summer learning programs, wellness groups, social emotional learning (SEL)-supportive sports/exercise programs, college and career access and success, and leadership and civic engagement programs, and technical assistance to educators and other partners.

As the evidence for the positive role that social emotional learning can play in promoting positive youth outcomes in education and beyond continues to grow, so too are local IRC office’s efforts to increase integration of SEL and social emotional asset development (SEAD) into programs. However, these teams lack tools that are targeted to the population that IRC programs serve (refugee and other displaced youth) and the programming contexts in which they operate.

Project description:This project seeks to develop a toolkit that provides practical guidance for IRC offices in Resettlement & Integration contexts on integrating SEAD into direct service youth programs.

This toolkit will:

  • Target the complex, age-appropriate social emotional needs of adolescents and older youth

  • Ensure culturally and linguistically diverse groups of English Language Learners (ELLs) and Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) have equal access to SEL through effective use of differentiation, scaffolding, and other best practices;

  • Recognize and support a range of program models, including creating healing learning spaces, strategic integration of low-cost, targeted activities, and teaching SEL curricula;

  • Target an audience of IRC staff, and the trained educators and volunteers who are planning and delivering programming.

The project is being led by the Technical Advisor for Education & Youth in US Programs, in consultation with a four-member field staff advisory group and a Design Research consultant. The project seeks support from experts in the fields of teaching youth who are both SLIFE and ELLs, and in social emotional learning/asset development for youth/positive youth development.

Timeline:Estimated deliverables due date is December 15, 2019. It is expected that the consultant contract will range from 7-11 days of work.

Consultant role:The role of the SLIFE/ELL consultant is to ensure that the toolkit integrates theory, evidence, and best practices for working with SLIFE/ELL youth in a manner that is practical and accessible for staff at a variety of levels, and promotes highly effective programming. The consultant will support toolkit content development. Pending the outcome of a design research process and toolkit co-creation workshop, deliverables are tentatively expected to include:

  • Insight and recommendations based on knowledge and experience related to the overall approach, specific strategies, and associated tools in the toolkit

  • Review of SEL resources identified for appropriateness and relevance to SLIFE/EL youth and recommended adaptation techniques

  • Feedback on the toolkit components and its design, such as scopes & sequence, unit plan & lesson plan adaptation protocols and templates

  • Selected written content

  • Planning & workshop design and facilitation for one in-person workshop with the project leader and field staff advisory group


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in Education

  • Demonstrated expertise in the field of teaching SLIFE students

  • At least 3 years’ experience teaching diverse immigrant youth in formal US school settings, including students affected by forced migration, ELLs and SLIFE

  • Knowledge of social emotional learning theory and strategies preferred

  • Experience delivering out-of-school time youth programs in a nonprofit environment ideal

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Able to travel to attend several in-person meetings in Manhattan, NY

To apply: Please apply via Cornerstone including a resume and statement of interest.