Plan International Project Lead - Mothers United Innovation Jobs in Kenya

Plan International Project Lead - Mothers United Innovation Jobs in Kenya

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We believe in the power and potential of every child.

But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity.

We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Role Purpose

Plan International is independent child rights and humanitarian organization 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.

Plan International has set a goal of reaching 100 million girls and to achieve this goal it will not be done through business as usual.

We are challenging ourselves to find new and impactful ways of tackling gender inequality and working with girls to find new ways to protect their rights.

This means new types of programming, new bold ways to influence those with power, and new business models for Plan International and the sector we have purposed to Innovate.

With Funding from Plan International Innovation Fund, the main purpose of this position is to manage an innovative project working with young mothers in informal settlements with limited skills and education.

The aim is to unite them through a sustainable work-focused cooperative to help them grow their income and take care of their children.

As project lead, you will lead the creation and testing of a prototype cooperative model for young mothers.

Dimensions of the Role

The Mother United Project Lead will be responsible for leading the Mothers United innovation project.

Through the Innovation Fund, Plan Kenya received funding to prototype a cooperative model for young mothers over an 8-month period in Kayole.

The project will work with young mothers currently employed as domestic workers and small-scale traders and test how a cooperative group could help provide them with a consistent source of income, build their skills, provide a support network and safe day care services for their young children.

During the prototype phase, the project seeks to learn from different models and approaches, and the learnings will pave the way for a pilot project to test further viability of the model proposed.

The role of the Mothers United Project Lead will be to:

  • Take the overall lead for the project and manage all project resources
  • Act as product owner for the cooperative model being developed and tested
  • Lead additional design research working closely with young mothers and other stakeholders in Kayole
  • Supervise the work of other project staff e.g. design research
    agency and community mobiliser.
  • Work closely with the Global Hub Innovation Team to ensure the project is delivered in line with our global guidelines
  • Responsible for the overall project budget
  • Provide regular progress reports to the Area
  • Manager and the Innovation Team at Global Hub
  • Play an active role in the Plan
  • International’s Innovation community sharing learnings, best practice, and celebrating progress made by other people and teams

    Accountabilities
  • The overall design of the cooperative model, including rapid prototyping
  • Continuous evaluation and learning on the cooperative model being tested
  • Project deliverables, including final concept design and evaluation assessment
  • 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.
  • INGOs/NGOs/Implementing partners/Civil society organizations - Coordination on key project activities
  • Beneficiaries – Young mothers and their children - Engagement and participation in project activities.

    Technical Expertise, Skills and Knowledge
  • Experience of using human-centered design methods and design thinking to create a product/service in a developing world context
  • Experience of working with disadvantaged people in the informal settlements, such as Kayole
  • Knowledge of cooperative models and their success factors
  • Strong communication skills to articulate innovation approaches and concepts internally and externally
  • Participatory methods and safeguarding standards, particularly when working with vulnerable women and children
  • 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 organization for all children, girls & young people
  • 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 maximize long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 14th September 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; Plan International Project Lead - Mothers United Innovation Jobs in Kenya

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