Project Officers- Lego ECD Covid 19 Project at Plan International

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Location: LIRA KAMULI NEBBI, Uganda

Company: Plan International

The Organization

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 PROFILE

Title Early Childhood Development Project Officer- Let’s Keep Playing Project
Functional Area Early Childhood Development
Reports to Early Childhood Development Project Coordinator
Location Lira, Nebbi, Kamuli Travel required Yes
Contract duration 1 year
Effective Date November 2021 Grade

role PURPOSE

Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organisation 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 78 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Plan International Uganda is looking for Three Early Childhood Development Project Officers to manage day to day implementation of an 18 MonthsLet’s Keep Playing Project funded by the LEGO Foundation. The project will cover 5 districts in Uganda (Nebbi, Lira, Alebtong, Kamuli, and Buyende). The project is aimed at supporting Early Childhood service providers especially Caregivers and parents promote playful experiences for children aged 3-6 years that are joyful, meaningful, socially interactive, actively engaging, and interactive to support their needs while at home due to Covid 19 pandemic. The project goal is to see every child inspired by playful learning, in every setting, every day in the home and in the community

Dimensions of the Role

  • The Project Officers will ensure that project activities are implemented in a timely and efficient manner in a bid to contribute to improved Early Childhood Development in the communities targeted by the project.
  • He/she will directly implement project supported interventions to achieve the set objectives and targets.
  • S/he will closely work with and support project stakeholders including ECD Care givers, Parents, and Community leaders to support implementation of project activities.
  • Support distribution and safety of play materials to all targeted children and households.
  • Support in organising roll-out events and trainings for Care givers, Parents and Community leaders.
  • Manage and maintain project records especially enrolment/ attendance registers and distribution lists.
  • Mobilize and educate parents and community members to participate in project interventions within the ECD centers, homes and at community level.
  • Coordinate with all the key partners in the district to enhance mutual support and establish a strong networking framework.
  • Support the documentation and sharing of learning, knowledge and experience generated from Plan Uganda’s project interventions as widely as possible.
  • Prepare and submit weekly and monthly reports to the project Coordinator.
  • Support consultants or Resource persons hired to provide various services.
  • Conduct regular supervision and monitoring of Project activities
  • Performs additional duties as requested.

Child Protection and Gender Equality & Inclusion

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

High Level Contact:

Internal:

  • Program Area teams, and other focal points implementing similar projects.
  • Country Office teams supporting implementation of project activities

External:

  • District stakeholders, other partners and communities supporting implementation of project activities.

Leadership and BUSINESS management COMPETENCIES

Leadership COMPETENCIES

  • Set and communicate ambitious but realistic work goals and priorities, explaining how these contribute to Plan International’s purpose.
  • Set high standards for self and others’ behavior, 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.
  • Hold self and others to account for what we have agreed, dealing with poor performance quickly, firmly and constructively.
  • Create a positive team spirit, helping people work well together, to reflect and continuously improve the efficiency and quality of what we do.
  • Collaborate with team members, colleagues and partners in finding creative solutions to problems by sharing information, experience and ideas and actively seeking their input.
  • Motivate and developing others by taking an interest, giving constructive feedback and praise, ensuring they are properly trained and helping them utilize their potential.
  • Accept change and support others in adjusting to it, helping them understand.

BUSINESS management COMPETENCIES

  • Understand relevant sectoral context including how the sector operates in terms of funding and governance and awareness of Plan’s purpose, values, and global strategy
  • Manage 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
  • Manage activities and resources including skills in strategic thinking, planning and organising, financial planning and monitoring, negotiation and programme and project management
  • Manage 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.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education/Early Childhood Care and Development, Child Development and Children’s Ministry, and Social Sciences, Project Management and any other relevant course.
  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience implementing and/or managing community led programs for children 0-8 years.
  • Excellent writing, facilitation, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent command of the English language.
  • Strong drive for results and ensuring timely delivery of program outcomes
  • Knowledge on inclusive programming approaches.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft office programs including MS Excel, MS Word and MS Power Point.
  • Strong skills in teamwork and networking.
  • Good communication skills (written and oral).
  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills in multi-cultural contexts
  • Familiarity with project locations.

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.

Physical Environment

Works in the Office and field as required- will require personal protective equipment to guard against Covid 19.

Level of contact with children

High level contact with children.

Location: LIRA , KAMULI, NEBBI

Type of Role: 1 YEAR FIXED TERM RENEWABLE

Reports to: PROJECT COORDINATOR

Grade: C1

Closing Date: 21ST SEPTEMBER 2021

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.

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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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