Recruitment: Apply For Plan International Recruitment 2021

Recruitment: Apply For Plan International Recruitment 2021

Plan International is a non-profit development and humanitarian organization that promotes children’s rights and gender equality. From infancy to maturity, we support children’s rights and provide opportunities for children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and hardship. We believe in every child’s power and potential, but we also recognize that poverty, violence, exclusion, and discrimination frequently stifle it.

Plan International is looking for people to fill the following positions:

Specialist in project and program management

Protection from Violence and CP Technical Specialist

Project and Program Management Specialist is a job title.

Nigeria (Flexible place, where PII resides)

The Opportunity

  • Working in 54 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Americas, with a total annual budget of approximately $1 billion, Plan International’s stated Global Strategic Goal is to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalised, with high-quality programmes that deliver long-lasting benefits.
  • Plan International has implemented a global Programme and Influence Quality Policy that ensures programme quality is at the heart of everything we do. It is supported by quality procedures and policies, which focus on how the Plan designs and implements all of its programme work at the strategic and operational level.
  • In this role as the Project and Programme Management Specialist, you will lead and continue to develop the quality procedures for project management, which will have a major impact on all of Plan’s Country Offices.
  • The position will work as part of the Project and Funds team working directly with countries to strengthen project cycle management, generating good practice, and coordinating resources to meet needs.
  • The position will also support the development of training materials for new end-to-end business and system processes for project management across the organisation.

Role Purpose

  • Working in 54 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Americas, with a total annual budget of approximately $1 billion, Plan International’s stated Global Strategic Goal is to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalised, with high-quality programmes that deliver long-lasting benefits.
  • Plan International has implemented a global Programme and Influence Quality Policy that ensures programme quality is at the heart of everything we do. It is supported by Programme Quality Procedures, which focus on how Plan designs and implements all of its programme work at the strategic and operational level.
  • This position will lead and continue to develop the quality procedures for project management, which will have a major impact on all of Plan’s Country Offices.
  • The position will work as part of the Project and Funds team working directly with countries to strengthen project cycle management, generating good practice, and coordinating resources to meet needs.
  • The position will also support the development of training materials for new end-to-end business and system processes for project management across the organisation.

Dimensions of the Role:

  • Leads the process of reviewing and embedding procedures and guidance for project cycle management across Plan International, at both the strategic and operational levels.
  • Works with country offices to effectively implement project cycle management through the provision of direct and remote support to strengthen capabilities. This can be done through delivering a range of training options, including direct training, peer-to-peer support, setting up support networks, online blended options, documents, etc.
  •  Coordinates with other departments, functions, and offices to identify and address challenges for achieving high levels of project management, and to align and streamline procedures and guidance.
  • Engage other GH functional teams in understanding and supporting quality project cycle management particularly around programmes including M&E, Disaster Risk Management (DRM), Partnerships, Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Finance.
  • Works on the design, build, and roll-out of an organisation-wide strategic ERP, MERL, and Data system in order to adequately include programme and project management for country offices within those systems.
  • Contributes to ongoing work and new initiatives by the Projects and Funds Unit and the Programme Delivery & Resources department.
  • Engages with external forums and debates in the field of project management.

Accountabilities
Strengthen Operational Level Project Cycle Management:

  • Lead the process of reviewing and continually improving guidance & tools for the project management cycle, including the roll-out and revision of the Project Management Manual and associated supporting packages (e.g., Minimum Standards framework, Project Management competencies framework)
  • Identify challenges, pain points, and barriers to effective project cycle management and work with relevant functions to identify timely solutions and build them into relevant procedures and training.
  • Lead on Project Management capability strengthening across the organisation including developing, delivering, and evaluating the in-house Project DPro course and other training packages.
  • Lead on development and alignment of tailored training packages for country offices around strengthening programme and project delivery.
  • Responsible for ensuring consistency and integration of approaches with functions including M&E, Disaster Risk Management (DRM), Partnerships, Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Finance.
  • Liaise with National Organisations to gather input to ensure collaboration, support, and buy-in.

Support the strengthening of country office and partner staff capabilities around project cycle management:

  • Lead diagnosis, design, and implementation support (both remotely and in-country) on project management as part of the overall package of support to country offices.
  • Coordinate a network of colleagues from across Plan International to share good practices and learning, and to continually improve Plan International’s approach to project cycle management.
  • Provide support to Plan International offices to understand and implement quality project cycle management.
  • Using a range of training solutions, facilitate, or organise the facilitation of, learning events, workshops, online courses, case studies, etc.

Design, build, and roll-out of an organisation-wide strategic ERP, MERL, and Data system for programme and project management:

  • Testing the new application against previously agreed system requirements
  • Working with the internal team and third-party application developers to plan and manage the ongoing development of the project management application
  • Working with the internal team to successfully deploy the project management application globally, providing business-level guidance
  • Develop training materials for the rollout and provide support to that rollout
  • Manage the ongoing functional support for the application

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Make significant contributions to the work and initiatives of the Projects and Funds Unit and the wider Programme Delivery & Resources Department
  • Engage with external stakeholders and forums to learn from and contribute to debates on managing programme and project quality.
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion 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:

  • This role will engage strategically across functional and geographical boundaries throughout the organisation.
  • On a day-to-day basis, the postholder will work closely with members of the Project & Funds team and Deliver, Performance and Accountability Directorate. Key internal stakeholders will include staff working in Plan International who are collaborating on strengthening project cycle management and related initiatives.

The Individual

  • This is an important role that will engage strategically across functional and geographical boundaries across the organisation. Therefore, you will be required to have demonstrable experience in managing NGO programmes in the implementation locations both at strategic and operational levels.
  • As well as experience developing global procedures and guidance for NGO programme management, building capacities in programme management through direct and remote support.
  • You will need to be proactive, positive, and results-focused with strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • With strong collaboration and networking skills, you will need to influence, engage and build cooperation across multiple stakeholders with different perspectives.
  • Committed to maximising the quality of NGO programme work, as well as to Plan International’s mission, values, and approach to Child-centered Community Development

Technical Expertise, Skills, and Knowledge
Essential:

  • Experience in managing NGO programmes in the implementation locations, at the strategic and operational level
  • Experience in developing global procedures and guidance for NGO programme management
  • Experience in building capacities in programme management through direct and remote support
  • Knowledge and/or experience in establishing strong global networks and internal communications
  • Knowledge and/or experience in coordinating with multiple stakeholders, with different perspectives
  • Highly positive, proactive, and results-focused
  • Strong planning and organisational skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent influencing, communication, and facilitation skills
  • Strong collaboration skills, able to build cooperation and negotiate compromises
  • Able to build and maintain strong working internal and external relationships
  • Good attention to detail and excellent written English
  • Committed to maximising the quality of NGO programme work
  • Committed to Plan’s mission, values, and approach of Child Centred Community Development
  • One additional Plan language to a working level e.g. French or Spanish

Desirable:

  • Understanding of the major thematic areas of Plan International’s programming, as well as Plan’s rights-based programme approach of Child Centred Community Development
  • Understanding of working with different funding models, such as child sponsorship, institutional funding, corporate funding, and others
  • Understanding of Plan International’s organisational structures, procedures, processes, and systems
  • An established and strong network of contacts within the sector

Physical Environment:

  • Hybrid working, both home and office working
  • Global role, requiring some international travel

Level of Contact with Children:

  • Low contact: No contact or very low frequency of interaction

PLAN International’s Values in Practice

  • Plan International creates a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation by being open, honest, and transparent. We hold ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others while doing what we say we will do.

Plan International strives for lasting impact:

  • Plan International strives to achieve a significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people and to secure equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused, and innovative.

Plan International work well together:

  • Plan International succeeds by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organisation, including our sponsors and donors.
  • Plan International actively supports our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities, and our partners.

Plan International is inclusive and empowering:

  • Plan International respects all people, appreciates differences, and challenges inequality in our programmes and our workplace.
  • It supports children, girls, and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.
  • It empowers our staff to give their best and develop their potential.

Salary
Plan International will be happy to disclose the salary and applicable benefits to applicants as part of this process, however, please kindly note that this will vary according to the location of the appointed candidate and therefore, it is not possible to include full details here.

Application Closing Date
Sunday, 31st October 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Job Title: Technical Specialist, Protection from Violence and CP

Location: Flexible, Travel required (when this is possible) TBD
Functional Area: Programme and Influence
Reports to: Protection from Violence Hub Lead (dotted line to SNO)
Effective Date: Until June 2024
Grade: TBD
Type of Role: Fixed term contract until the end of June 2024
Reports to: PfV Hub Lead

The Opportunity

  • Plan International’s global strategy: 100 Million Reasons (2017–22) prioritises protection from violence as one of its key thematic areas, reflecting the increased focus on youth. Protection from violence includes the area of child protection as well as the Plan’s programming and influencing work with and for young people, with a focus on young women up to the age of 24. Within our Protection from Violence work, Plan International promotes a system strengthening approach, with holistic interventions encompassing prevention and response in support of improved systems for protecting children, adolescents, and youth.
  • At the global level, Plan will focus on developing good practice models for country-level programming and influencing, tools and guidance, capacity-strengthening initiatives as well as generating research and evidence which supports Plan’s gender-transformative approach.
  • A comprehensive global training package has been developed over the past 2 years with the participation of child protection practitioners from Plan and partners.
  • It is now time to roll this training package out and to ensure that it is part of a wider capacity strengthening and learning agenda within the Protection from Violence area. You will lead this work.
  • Given current COVID-related restrictions, you will carry out most of these actions through online platforms, including the first phase of the rollout of the CP training package. In the future, travel will be required in order to support Training of Trainers (ToTs) and training at regional and country levels.
  • The position will be placed in the Protection from Violence Hub within the Gender Transformative Policy and Practice department at Plan’s Global Hub.
  • It will be part of the PfV Hub, taking part in ongoing work, including meetings and work planning. It will report to the PfV Hub Lead and work in close collaboration with the Child Protection in Emergencies Lead.
  • Close collaboration is needed with Plan International Sweden for the 20% of time dedicated to technical support to countries in the SIDA Civsam framework.
  • You will support the design and implementation of a global capacity strengthening framework, including the piloting and roll-out of Plan International’s new comprehensive full-spectrum Child Protection capacity strengthening package.
  • You will design the capacity strengthening plan and M&E framework and coordinate and grow the Child Protection and Protection from Violence learning offer to meet professional and development needs.
  • In addition, you will support the selected Country Office’s in the full program cycle; including planning, implementation, and evaluation of Child Protection-related programs.

Role Purpose

  • 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. 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.
  • Plan International’s global Strategy: 100 Million Reasons (2017–22) prioritises protection from violence as one of its key thematic areas, reflecting the increased focus on youth. Protection from violence includes the area of child protection as well as the Plan’s programming and influencing work with and for young people, with a focus on young women up to the age of 24.
  • Within our Protection from Violence work, Plan International promotes a system strengthening approach, with holistic interventions encompassing prevention and response in support of improved systems for protecting children, adolescents, and youth.
  • At global level, Plan will focus on developing good practice models for country-level programming and influencing, tools and guidance, capacity-strengthening initiatives as well as generating research and evidence which supports Plan’s gender-transformative approach.
  • A comprehensive global training package has been developed over the past 2 years with the participation of child protection practitioners from Plan and partners. It is now time to roll this training package out and to ensure that it is part of a wider capacity strengthening and learning agenda within the Protection from Violence area. The incumbent will lead this work.
  • Given current COVID-related restrictions, this role will carry out most of its actions through online platforms, including the first phase of the rollout of the CP training package. In the future, travel will be required in order to support Training of Trainers (ToTs) and training at regional and country levels.
  • The position will be placed in the Protection from Violence Hub within the Gender Transformative Policy and Practice department at Plan’s Global Hub. It will be part of the PfV Hub, taking part in ongoing work, including meetings and work planning.
  • It will report to the PfV Hub Lead and work in close collaboration with the Child Protection in Emergencies Lead. Close collaboration is needed with Plan International Sweden for the 20% of time dedicated to technical support to countries in the Sida Civsam framework.

The purpose of this position is to:

  • Support the design and implementation of a global capacity strengthening framework that will include the roll-out of Plan International’s new comprehensive full-spectrum Child Protection capacity strengthening package.
  • This will include the development of and implementation of the capacity strengthening plan and M&E framework, as well as to coordinate and grow the CP and PfV learning offer to meet office and individual professional and development needs, building internal and linking with external learning and training opportunities; (80%)
  • Support selected COs in the full program cycle; including planning, implementation, and evaluation of CP-related programs, including the development and testing of programming tools and documenting lessons learnt from Civsam supported programs. (in coordination with SNO)1 (20%)

Accountabilities
Learning & Development
Capacity strengthening framework:

  • Design, implement and measure a capacity-building framework, including carrying out a capacity gaps assessment. Design a capacity-building strategy and evaluation framework, based on the findings of the assessment, and support PfV and CPiE networks to include this in work plans and strategies at global, regional, and country levels.
  • Support COs to properly resource for and implement capacity building initiatives through guidance and tools, identification of regional capacity-building focal points, develop a directory of capacity building tools for CP practitioners.

On the Child Protection training package:

  • As part of the capacity-strengthening framework, lead the development, design, and implementation of the multi-year rollout plan for the capacity building package in close collaboration with the PfV core group and network as well as the CPiE lead and network. The pilot countries will include, but not be limited to, some of the countries included in the Sida Civsam framework.
  • Lead the launch of the global CP training package; ensuring participation of CO colleagues across development and humanitarian settings and partners and ensuring buy-in from managers
  • Support and coordinate the continuous review and update of the comprehensive global CP package; including technical review, ensuring incorporation of learnings and adjustments throughout and after the pilot.
  • Support cohorts to adapt materials and training modules to specific needs, as for example online platforms and remote training.
  • Support ROs and COs to conduct capacity gaps assessment and develop capacity building plans as well as to roll out their own training at region and country level. The specialist will function as a mentor and coach during online training periods for the different training cohorts.
  • Ensure the build-in of continuous evaluation of the progress of learning of the participants in the training and tracking of self-evaluations.
  • Design and implement a socialisation plan for the training package to ensure that the training package is known and available to everyone internally and widely externally

On Learning and Knowledge Management:

  • Coordinate actions related to the learning agenda for the network – identify external learning opportunities aligned with the CP training package in order to offer a comprehensive learning package within the PfV area, including the CPiE network. Develop a learning agenda and work plan and use feedback to monitor performance in order to meet the PfV network members’ expectations, working with others as appropriate
  • Work with the PfV Hub and CPiE team to develop and roll out a regular schedule of learning activities in different formats as part of the learning agenda (including, for example, courses, webinars, external learning opportunities, newsletters, etc.) for technical staff. Ensure regular monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the different learning resources.
  • Set up and manage a mechanism for peer support between professional staff, particularly focused on learning exchange and capacity development in CP, including mentoring and coaching as well as peer-to-peer exchanges.
  • Provide advice to management and technical professionals on professional growth and development in relation to Protection from Violence and child protection.
  • Participate in relevant initiatives, technical networks, and communities of practice that aim to share lessons, good practices for programme learning.

Programme Support and Development:

  • In coordination with Plan International Sweden, support selected COs in the full program cycle; including planning, implementation, and evaluation of CP-related programs, including the development and testing of programming tools and documenting lessons learnt from programs within the SIDA CIVSAM framework.

Key Relationships

  • Working with the colleagues of the PfV hub, including the Policy and Advocacy Lead and Hub Lead, Practice Lead, and Network Coordinator, as well as the CPiE Lead
  • Working with colleagues in the Protection from Violence technical network, core group, and leading the PfV L&D working group, the CPiE network including regional networks, as well as coordination with selected allies and champions of the network.
  • Plan International Sweden PfV/CP colleagues
  • Global Learning and Development team for the definition and implementation of the learning plan and strategies and the design of appropriate approaches to monitoring learning outcomes.
  • Global Communications and Knowledge Management team for design, oversight, and implementation of knowledge management processes and platforms for PfV/CP
  • Global Technical Leads for other thematic areas, coordinators of selected communities of practice, and technical network.
  • Learning and Development Working Group under the Alliance for CP in Humanitarian Action currently co-led by Plan and UNICEF
  • Other relevant actors working with protection-related capacity strengthening initiatives that PI staff and partners could benefit from

Technical Expertise, Skills, And Knowledge
Qualifications / Experience Requirements:

  • Qualified to at least Degree level and/or equivalent work experience in human rights, child rights, child protection, protection, and/or gender studies
  • Proven practical experience working with child protection and gender-based violence in international development and humanitarian settings; preferable direct experiences from working in countries where Plan implements programs.
  • Extensive and proven experience in designing, coordinating, and facilitating learning and capacity-strengthening activities (face to face and online) and strategies with different audiences
  • Theoretical and practical understanding of how to carry out training needs assessments
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring focused on the needs of the individual, future performance improvement, and in creating, inspiring, and nurturing a culture of learning and development
  • Proficiency in the use of digital environments and different platforms for Knowledge/Information Management and learning
  • Proficient in English

Technical Competencies:

  • Understanding of the concept of child protection and protection of youth from all forms of violence and its application in development and/or humanitarian programming targeting vulnerable and excluded children, adolescents, and youth; and practical experience in applying these concepts in projects and programmes
  • Understanding of the concept of gender equality and its relationship with protection from violence, including taking a gender-transformative approach to violence prevention and response, and personal commitment to gender and inclusion
  • Practical experience in providing technical support and advice to field staff and country offices
  • Analytical skill and experience from using rigorous evidence and analysis to make choices and drive change
  • Reflective and proactive in developing and applying own technical expertise, keeping up to date with trends in theory and practice, and learning from others.
  • Understanding of curriculum development and learning methodologies for adult learners, including the development of lessons and learning content for adult learning using learner-centered approaches; course management; monitoring and evaluation of learning outcomes

Business and Management Competencies:

  • Understands Plan International in context, including its purpose, values, and global strategy, and can communicate these to varied audiences
  • Manages activities and resources, including planning and organising, financial planning and monitoring, and programme and project management and monitoring
  • Manages people and information including evidence-based management, communication skills, both speaking and writing and digital working, including personal digital skills
  • Understands Plan International’s core risk-related standards (Child and Youth Safeguarding and Protection, Gender equality and inclusion, Counter Fraud, Safety, and Security) and their implication for their work
  • Communicates clearly, both in speaking and writing, adjusting to the needs and interests of diverse colleagues, partners, policymakers, and communities.
  • Actively builds and maintains collaborative relationships with colleagues and partners, facilitating and negotiating to reach practical solutions for all parties, often without using positional power.
  • Actively promotes diversity, gender equality, and inclusion both internally and externally, challenging self, others and authority when behaviour and decisions are not supporting gender equality, inclusion, and diversity
  • Encourages supports, and coaches colleagues, partners, children, and young people to develop their capability and take more responsibility.
  • Critically self-reflective, both professionally and personally, of own values, biases, and norms in relation to gender and inclusion.

Desirable:

  • Language capacity in one of the following: French, Portuguese, Arabic and/or Spanish will be an advantage.

Application Closing Date
Sunday 7th November 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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