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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.
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The position holder will be responsible to support the implementation and realization of the PIE’s strategy through strategically managing and leading the Break free project of the PA aligning to the thematic country program.The post holder is responsible for the delivery of results in line with pre agreed program plans and objectives of the Break Free project and oversees program implementation at all stages throughout the project cycle. The post holder is responsible for ensuring quality program delivery of the overall Break Free project. She/he ensures integration, collaboration, coordination, communication and teamwork within and across other projects/ programs implemented by Plan International Ethiopia. This role will also ensure the implementation of Plan’s policy on Safeguarding children and young people in PIE, focus on advocacy to bring positive social and gender norms, enhancing collective voice, action and meaningful participation of girls and young women as well as working in coordination with Break Free consortium members.
Dimensions of the Role
- Break Free project coordinator will support advocacy works to challenge existing harmful practices and promote positive social and gender norms, promoting access to quality SRHR information, education and services
- Collaborate and support councils, law enforcement and government sectoral offices at regional, zonal and district levels to enable meaningful participation of girls and young women.
- Support and collaborate with Girls and Young Women ( GYW) led CSOs and other CSOs focussing on girls and young women, alliances and networks to jointly work in policy advocacy and promote gender transformation approach
- Responsible for annual plan development, overseeing implementation and monitoring, ensuring effectiveness and efficiency of the project, budget management and quality program delivery of overall Break Free project in Amhara program areas, networking, developing and strengthening partnerships and mainstreaming of child centred community development.
- Since significant part of the project is implemented in collaboration with government stakeholders, creating and nurturing partnership with district, zonal and regional /national levels like Women, Children and Youth Affairs, Regional councils and other partners is key part of the role.
Quality Project implementation, monitoring and reporting
- Ensure the technical soundness, appropriateness and general quality in all aspects of the project cycle.
- Prepare annual work and budget plan of the Break Free project
- Prepare and submit quarterly, annually and terminal report to government and donor on a timely manner
- Lead and facilitate joint implementation plan of the project with relevant government stakeholders
- Directly work towards changing discriminatory social norms and harmful traditional practices such as CM, FGM/C.
- Conduct regular visits to the project sites and provide technical support for community based child protection structures, CC and COC groups and community development facilitators to ensure quality service delivery
- Work hand in hand with relevant government structures at all levels to bring the required change in the life of girls and young women
- Facilitate and support towards enhancing collective voice, actions and meaningful participation of girls and young women, coordinating GYW led CSOs and other CSOs for joint lobby and advocacy
- Facilitate and lead lobby and advocacy activities of the Break Free project at regional and district level.
- Ensure the mainstreaming of Gender and Child Protection in the program areas.
- Ensure effective and efficient management of financial resources.
- Collect, record, document and share best practices of the project for further learning and development and improvement.
- Work with M&E Technical Advisor to ensure relevant and quality project results and data is collected, analysed and disseminated to support evidence based project intervention.
- Facilitate different training, workshop, learning and review meeting forums with government, CBOs and Girls and young women focused CSOs
- Prepare joint monitoring plan of the project with stakeholders
- Facilitate midterm and final evaluation of the project together with the active participation of the concerned partners
Networking and partnership
- Work in close collaboration with Break Free alliance members.
- Ensure complementarity of the Break Free consortium members’ interventions towards a common goal of Break Free.
- Prepare and facilitate joint field monitoring of the project with Break Free members and relevant government stakeholders
- Facilitate review meetings and forums with Break Free members, and other stakeholders
- Represent PIE in different networks, meetings, workshops, forums and trainings with NGOs and likeminded organizations at regional and district level.
- Establish links and good relationships with relevant government stakeholders at all levels.
Capability Building and People Management .
- Provide overall vision and direction to the team (project officer and CDFs) in coordination, planning, prioritization, coaching and supervision.
- Create a positive team spirit, helping people work well together, to reflect and continuously improve the efficiency and quality of what we do.
- Motivate and developing others by taking an interest, giving constructive feedback and praise, ensuring they are properly trained and helping them develop their potential.
- Positive about change and support others in adjusting to it, helping them understand.
- Support project team to understand and comply the organizational vision, mission, strategic direction and other organization policies.
- Ensure the team are operating as high-performance teams and have clear accountability lines
- Socialize and nurture Plan Values and Behaviours.
- Create an enabling working environment across different department unites to foster excellent teamwork and high performing staff.
- Establish, communicate and monitor standards of performance and behaviours of the team through development of Individual Accountability Plans (IAP), and key performance indicators (KPI’s) that are agreed annually, and monitored and updated regularly.
- Support team members to gain the necessary skills through learning and development
- Lead the project team in line with the HR Manual and other guidelines.
- Managing overall budget of Break Free project at the PA.
- Ensure proper budget planning and utilization as well as grant compliance
Child Protection and Gender Equality Responsibilities
- Ensures that the Break Free project implementation is as per the required and expected standards on child protection and gender equality.
- Ensure equal participation and benefit of adolescent boys and girls and children with disabilities in all phases of project implementation.
Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science, Social work, and other related field at least 5 years relevant experience of which at least two years’ experience with NGOs.
- In-depth knowledge of GBV, harmful traditional practices, gender equality, girls right and their relevance in their protection
- Demonstrated experience of working on child protection , gender equality, HTPs, civil society development, lobby and advocacy, behavioural change and communications
- Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of working with the regional and local government sectors.
- Experience with a diverse set of stakeholders at all levels of an organization, including from policy-makers and senior management to local government and CSOs, as well as community leaders and beneficiaries.
- Experience conducting joint supportive supervision with key stakeholders.
- Knowledge of effective participatory monitoring, evaluation and research systems and processes.
- Extensive knowledge of gender equality, child protection, lobby and advocacy, civil society development, government policies, legal frameworks and strategies.
- In-depth knowledge of project cycle management and child centred community development programming
- Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development
- Knowledge of effective participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Research systems and processes
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with colleagues.
- Gender analysis and gender mainstreaming skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation
- Strong negotiation, influencing and problem-solving skills.
- Proficient in computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications
Location: Amhara PA, Bahir Dar
Type of Role:
Reports to: Program Area Manager
Closing Date: August 10, 2022
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