Plan International NGO Project Officer - Child Protection Jobs in Tharaka Nithi

Plan International NGO Project Officer - Child Protection Jobs in Tharaka Nithi


Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organisation committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice.

We actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives.

We support children to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future.

We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Role Purpose

The main purpose of this position is to support and manage the implementation of the project activities in line with the approved project documents to realize Plan International’s country strategy.

The Project Officer is responsible for the conceptualization, development and execution of the project activities as per the approved activity plan for area of responsibility.

The responsibilities also include the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting on the progress of the project activities in line with the detailed implementation plan related to the project.

The Project Officer will also be responsible for collecting project information to build a database of project outcomes during the execution of the project.

Dimensions of the Role

  • The incumbents will report to the Program Manager. As part of the execution of their roles, the Project Officer will be required to hold periodic meetings with relevant project stakeholders to ensure that their feedback and input are incorporated into the project implementation.
  • S/he is the main community mobilizer and the day-to-day face in the field for Plan. The role will require liaison with other project teams to ensure synergy and integration of project interventions. The incumbents will be accountable for the management of the project budget.

    Accountabilities

  • Ensure that the design of projects have a good fit with the country strategy and are technically sound, have a clear logic and a monitoring plan to track the implementation
  • Ensure that the monthly activities and budget plans are implemented as per approved budget and activity lines. Produce monthly and other periodic tracking report on the progress of the implementation.
  • Ensure all project related partner, government and other stakeholder relations are well maintained and also ensure that feedback and input from stakeholder fora are incorporated into the implementation of the project.
  • Work with relevant staff to ensure all logistics and procurement at a local level are done according to Plan and donor policies. This will include the development of procurement plans
  • Periodically review the project outline to ensure that implementation is on course;
  • The incumbent shall play an advocacy role to ensure that respective duty bearers support the project outcomes and objectives and wherever possible, use evidence based reporting to influence their decisions.
  • Ensure a successful closure of the project once it has been completed
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender
  • Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility.
  • This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

    Key relationships

    Documentation and Reporting:

  • Consolidate/write project reports in line with donor requirements and Plan standards and as requested by the Program Manager.
  • Contribute to documentation and sharing of best practices with all stakeholders in for the project outcomes
  • Facilitate and coordinate joint reflection meetings/reflection sessions at County level (among partners).
  • Develop at least two case studies on the project outcomes during the project life and ensure that these are well documented for reference during the evaluation of the project
    Develop a mandatory project summary of all projects s/he
    is implementing.

  • This will submitted together with the project outline and the project completion reports

    Partnership Management:

  • Work closely with project partners to ensure implementation of work plans and act as accounting officers to the project.
  • Be responsible for partnership scoping and keep good records of relevant partners in the areas of operation for possible collaboration and to avoid duplication of resources and effort
  • Engage the relevant county institutions and officials (and community organisations) to garner support for Plan’s work

    Dealing with Problems:

  • Managing community conflicts
  • Managing community/Plan Policy conflicts
  • Maintain good working relationships with other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
  • Negotiating with the respective government departments to ensure that work goes on
  • Managing community attitude towards Plan implementation strategy.
  • Managing donor versus implementation partner timelines and reports

    Communications and Working Relationships:

  • Maintain a high level of external communication/contact at the community, County levels. This is to facilitate the implementation of the project activities effectively.
  • A medium level of external communication with the INGO and high level of communication with LNGO, CBOs partners in the county.

    Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

    Essential

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or Development Studies.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in project management/coordination.
  • Strong Knowledge of community development.
    Conversant with child rights issues and child participatory methodologies.
  • Knowledge & experience with Youth and Children with Disabilities projects will be an added advantage.
  • Knowledge in donor reporting mechanisms (will be an added advantage).
  • Hold personal values, ethics and attitudes which are in alignment with the principles of the Plan’s Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy.

    Desirable

  • Skills in managing project implementation and monitoring is critical
  • Strong report writing skills
  • Community facilitation, networking, partnership development and management skills
  • Good communication, negotiation and advocacy skills
  • Good interpersonal, relationship and team working

    Conflict Management skills

  • Plan International’s Values in Practice
  • We are open and accountable
  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people
  • We strive for lasting impact
  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

    We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

    We are inclusive and empowering

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

    Physical Environment

  • The position requires constant interaction with boys and girls as well as communities and the incumbent will be required to use a motorbike for frequent visits to the field sites for project visit, meetings and implementation.
  • Level of contact with children
  • High level: Frequent interaction with children.

    How to apply

  • Interested candidates should apply online by 30th December, 2018

  • For more information and job application details, see; Plan International NGO Project Officer - Child Protection Jobs in Tharaka Nithi

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