Program Coordinator/Sponsorship

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The Organisation

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.

This multi sectoral role will lead the sponsorship funded program in such a way that ensures sectoral integration among projects to maximize impact in the sponsorship target areas through complementarity. The post holder is responsible for the delivery of results in line with pre-agreed program plans and objectives and oversees program implementation at all stages throughout the project cycle.

Dimensions of the Role

  • Management of the SPAD budget at the program area level
  • Responsible for project design, overseeing implementation and monitoring (where appropriate with the participation of sponsored children) in these relevant stages of project management while ensuring quality program delivery;
  • Ensures integration as well as smooth teamwork within and across other programs (including sponsorship operation) at the program area level;
  • Key components of the position are regional advocacy and networking, strategic thematic area planning, developing and strengthening partnerships, and mainstreaming of child focus local programming;
  • Ensure versatile partnership based on mutual accountability through collaborative engagement for the achievement of results;
  • Accountabilities

  • Ensure the technical soundness, appropriateness and general quality in project design and planning

  • Provide leadership into the project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; ensuring the alignment of sponsorship processes with program implementation

  • Make systematic assessment whether the outputs, outcomes and impact of program interventions and activities in the program area are leading to desired change as stipulated in the theory of change;

  • Prepare and develop annual work plans and project plans in consultation with appropriate stakeholders;
  • Develop concept notes and proposals in collaboration with PA and CO team for solicited and solicited funding opportunities;
  • Ensure effective and efficient management of financial resources through reviewing project budgets,monitoring expenditures, and implementing cost control measures
  • Ensure research and learning in close collaboration with MERL team
  • Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
  • Essential
  • Bachelor or MA degree in project management, development studies, rural development, Sociology, Economics with at least 3 years of relevant experience  for MA and  5 years  for BA degree, of which two years’ experience should be in NGOs;
  • Demonstrated experience in the management of integrated multi-sectoral projects;
  • Proficient in computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications
  • Desirable
  • Multi-sectoral Knowledge
  • Knowledge of Plan’s sponsorship programs is a desirable
  • In-depth knowledge of project cycle management and child focused 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;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation
  • Strong negotiation, influencing and problem-solving skills;
  • Numeracy and the ability to interpret financial data, in order to understand budgetary processes including planning, monitoring and reporting.
  • Strong ability to analyse information and evaluate options including planning and report writing skills;
  • A predisposition to collaborative and positive engagement with functions in the organisation
  • A commitment to communicate in a timely manner.
  • Relates to people in a friendly, open manner and engenders trust from other staff;
  • Creates strong sense of purpose within organisation and with stakeholders;
  • Humble, supportive, ethical and service oriented;
  • Promotes innovation and learning;

Location:  Awassa, SNNP

Type of Role:  Sponsership

Reports to:  Program Area Manager 

Grade:  D1

Closing Date: 13 May 2022

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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