ROLE PROFILE

TitleProject Officer-Partnership Plus
Functional AreaProgram
Reports toProject Manager
LocationNyaruguru Program Unit, Gatsibo Program UnitTravel requiredOccasional
Effective Date1st February 2023GradeC1

ROLE PURPOSE

Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organization working for better life for all children. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation. Our purpose is to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Our global strategy has a specific focus on girls, as they are often the most marginalized and most often left behind. We have committed ourselves to the ambitious target of reaching 100 million girls over 5 years, to ensure they can learn, lead, decide and thrive. This is our contribution to reaching the sustainable development goals, and in particular the goals on gender equality. Our organization is transforming itself to meet this enormous challenge everywhere we work. We need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to lead our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to reach our target of 100 million girls.

Our organisation is transforming itself to meet this enormous challenge everywhere we work. We need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to lead our program units which represent our point of contact with girls, their families and their communities.

Dimensions of the Role

The post holder will effectively facilitate the implementation of the REAL Father initiative project in Rwanda and build meaningful relationships among the multiple stakeholders in the community development process. He/she will ensure the maintenance and strengthening of linkages, networks and collaborations between Plan International and the community interests, groups, local governments and other NGOs within their area.

management scope, reporting lines, key relationships

Report to: Real Father’s Project Manager

Direct Report: None

Key Relationship

Internal:

External:

Physical Environment

  • One project staff will be based at Nyaruguru PU, and another at Gatsibo PU

Level of contact with children

  • Medium

Accountabilities

Key Responsibilities

Implement the overall project activities which are fixed-term not limited to:

  • Participation in project-related budget and programmatic preparation;
  • Participation in project review workshops;
  • Participate in the mentors’ training
  • Ensures that project administrative processes are carried out in conformity with the agreed standards and policies, to ensure alignment to the project objective;
  • Responsible for the introduction of the project to the key stakeholders within the PU
  • Responsible for the recruitment of young fathers who will participate in the project
  • Responsible for the selection of mentors who will implement the REAL father initiative in the intervention zones
  • Act as the focal point person for the project within the assigned sector(s);
  • Facilitate project evaluations
  • Assist, supervise and mentor mentors
  • Assist in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project;
  • Document lessons learnt, success stories and/or challenges about the project;
  • Ensures services are gender-sensitive and child/youth-friendly.

Empowerment and sustainability

  • Training of mentors including friends of family (Inshuti Z’Umuryango) and local leaders who will deliver the REAL father initiative
  • Regular field visit to support mentors
  • Support the adaptation of the REAL father manual to local context

Community mobilization and facilitation

  • Facilitate project design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in the assigned area of operation
  • Facilitate the integration of program and ECD activities in the field

 Coordination and Networking

  • Establish good working relations with children, families, community leadership, community-based organizations (CBOs), government extension staff and other stakeholders at ward and village levels
  • Participate in stakeholder meetings and networks at ward and village levels

Child Protection

  • Promote child rights-based programming at the field level
  • Report all incidents and concerns on child abuse
  • Ensure all partners and other relevant stakeholders, including children and communities are trained and have access to the child protection policy

Learning and knowledge management

  • Sharing; learning; best practices
  • Contribution to initiative/research

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Essential

  • Degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Administration Sciences, Education, Gender studies, conflict management, and other related fields
  • Minimum of 2 years of extensive experience in development work at the grassroots level.
  • Experience in emergence/relief programs will be an added advantage.
  • Computer literacy in Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with USAID-funded projects preferred
  • Experience with gender transformative programming preferred
  • Experience with research, monitoring and evaluation preferred

Skills Specific to the Post

  • Communication skills
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skill
  • Willingness to work extra hours
  • Willingness to live and work with the rural community
  • Demonstrated training skills
  • Time management skills
  •  Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural environment
  • Willingness to work with communities at all levels.
  • Strong team-building and motivational skills
  • Strong negotiation, facilitating and influencing skills
  • Strong command in Kinyarwanda and English languages
  • Experience in facilitating training

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.

Leadership Competencies

  • Setting high standards for self and others’ behaviour, inside and outside work. Championing our values and commitment to rights, gender equality and safeguarding. Supporting the health, well-being and both physical and psychological safety of our staff, including their safety to speak out.
  • Holding self and others to account for what we have agreed, dealing with poor performance quickly, firmly and constructively.
  • Creating a positive team spirit, helping people work well together, to reflect and continuously improve the efficiency and quality of what we do.
  • Collaborating with team members, colleagues and partners in finding creative solutions to problems by sharing information, experience and ideas and actively seeking their input.
  • Motivating 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 supporting others in adjusting to it, helping them understand

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COMPETENCIES

  • Understands relevant sectoral context including how the project operates in terms of funding and governance and awareness of Plan’s purpose, values, and global strategy.
  • Manages legal and reputational risk including risk assessment, communication, risk management and reporting in full compliance with risk-related standards, including in areas such as Child and Youth Safeguarding and Protection, Gender equality and inclusion, Counter Fraud, Safety and Security
  • Managing activities and resources including skills in strategic thinking, planning and organising, financial planning and monitoring, negotiation and programme and project management
  • Managing people and information including skills in assessment and coaching, evidence-based management, communication skills, both speaking and writing, and digital working, including personal digital skills

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