Zolberg-IRC Fellow: Learning Innovation Fellow

  • Remote
  • Applications have closed

The Learning Innovation Fellow will help drive innovative learning initiatives, including Virtual Reality and Microlearning training pilots. This Fellow will design and carry out staff and user experience interviews, contribute to research tools and pathway prototyping, and facilitate a VR pilot as a key focal point. The work will influence the scaling, delivery and impact of these initiatives across the organization. This is an excellent opportunity for a student interested in gaining or advancing learning design and UX experience.

The learning and development initiatives the Fellow will work on include:

  • Virtual Reality Pilot – VR is an emergent technology that is being explored as a critical tool in humanitarian response. From simulating potential experiences humanitarians might face in field settings, to simulating anticipated responder behaviors, VR represents a unique space to better engage and prepare staff ahead of emergencies. Your role will be to support the delivery of the IRC’s first VR pilot centered on a safety and security training simulation. The work on this pilot will include supporting the configuration of and remote management of VR headsets, conducting user experience interviews, gathering and analyzing participant data including video, photos, and survey data, and providing general pilot set-up support to participants as needed. Upon the conclusion of the pilot, you will develop a report containing results, conclusions and recommended next steps for additional pilots and/or program roll-out.
  • Microlearning Pilot – The Talent Management Team is exploring how we best reach our staff around the world with meaningful learning experiences. Numerous variables must be considered when developing and delivering learning content, including: time staff have for learning, digital literacy, language fluency, access to platforms, knowledge of options. As the UX Fellow, you will identify and test existing options for delivering microlearning to our staff, and/or develop a new approach for delivery of microlearning.

Student skill-sets sought:

  • Experience conducting qualitative research through literature review and stakeholder interviews
  • Strong analytical, reflexive, and “out of the box” critical thinking skills.
  • Theoretical interest in humanitarian organizational composition, and technologies of humanitarian response.
  • Excellent English language and writing skills
  • Knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic a plus
  • Familiarity with innovative learning programs a plus

Work Environment: This fellowship will work directly with the IRC’s Talent Management team.  This fellowship is remote.

Fellowship Length: Fellowships are 20 hours/week from mid-February – mid-May 2022.

How to apply: The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Please submit one PDF document containing a cover letter, CV/resume and two work samples (writing and/or design portfolio – 5 pages maximum per sample) to Catherine McGahan, McGahanC@newschool.edu.

Interviews will be conducted the first week of February.

Requirements: Students must be a matriculated graduate or PhD student at The New School.

Team: The mission of the Talent Management team is to take the IRC’s people to the next level. The team is responsible for improving the productivity of IRC staff by providing tools, processes, and guidance for effective staff and leadership development, performance management, onboarding and orientation, and quality individual and team learning.

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