European Union EU funded Jobs at Plan International – Project Coordinator

Job Title: Project Coordinator
Organisation: Plan International
Duty Station: Uganda
Project: Violence Against
Children Project
Funding Source: European Union (EU)
Reports to: Programme Unit
Manager
About Plan: 
Founded
75 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children’s
development organizations in the world. We work in 50 developing countries
across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions
of children out of poverty. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children
realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and
dignity. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental
affiliations. The organization is an equal opportunity employer currently
seeking to recruit a competent person to lead the implementation of a new Child
Protection Project in Northern Uganda. Project background – With funding from
European Union, Plan International and partner organizations (Uganda Women
Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), Facilitation for Peace and Development
(FAPAD) and Lungs Samaritan Initiative Organization (LSIO), will be
implementing a 3-year project titled, “Combating silent violence against
younger children. The project will cover the districts of Apac, Lira, Alebtong,
Dokolo and Kole in northern Uganda.” The aim of the project is to
strengthen the capacity of families in northern Uganda to care for and protect
children aged 0-8 years against violence through improved relations in homes;
functional community led action for children centers as well as functional
community based child protection structures and systems. A multi-layered
response including the family, community, local governments, central Government
line ministries, other national institutions and Parliament of Uganda will be
involved, in an effort to reduce violence against children in the 5 targeted
districts of Northern Uganda.
Job Summary: The Project
Coordinator will have overall responsibility for delivery of the Violence
Against Children (VAC) project in Northern Uganda covering the above districts.
The core responsibility for the Project Coordinator is to provide overall
technical oversight and management capacity to implement the project. This
includes drawing activity plans, monitoring implementation of activities,
managing relationships with both implementing and strategic partner
organizations, including local/central government and other national
institutions, budget management and tracking, communication and timely
reporting. The Project Coordinator will supervise the project partners in
ensuring effective program implementation and adherence to all EC rules and
regulations and project proposals/contracts. S/he will provide technical
expertise on Child protection and Early Child hood care and development (ECCD);
S/he will provide guidance to various partner organizations on annual,
quarterly and monthly progress reporting. S/he will be based at Plan Uganda
Lira Office but with frequent travel to districts where the project is being
implemented and Country Office.
Key Duties &
Responsibilities:
1. Programmatic leadership, strategic guidance, technical oversight and
support for project planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and
reporting:
  • Develop and periodically review a 3 year
    project implementation plan,
  • Lead the planning and implementation of project
    interventions including development of technical guidance and relevant
    tools
  • Organise and hold regular performance review
    meetings to assess project progress
  • Support partners to prepare annual/ quarterly
    project work plans, budgets and progress reports.
  • Take lead in Preparation and submission of
    concise, high quality and timely quarterly and annual donor reports in
    line with EC guidelines and the project monitoring & evaluation plan
  • Initiate, support and prepare high quality
    documentation and dissemination of project experiences, achievements,
    lessons learnt and best practice to stakeholders
  • Undertake strategic project site visit,
    monitoring, operation research to identify gaps and share findings as well
    as ways of addressing gaps identified.
2. Partnership, Networking and Collaboration:
  • Create and sustain positive working
    relationships with the district local government, line ministries, CSO
    partners and other stakeholders, and also maintain an up to date
    understanding of key thematic development trends on child protection and
    ECCD in the region.
  • Coordinate and supervise partnerships to ensure
    timely and quality delivery of the project results
  • Foster information sharing and learning among
    partners and all stakeholders involved in the project implementation.
  • Provide timely feedback, guide and supervise
    project partners to achieve project goals and targets within budget and
    time line under the overall frame work of project proposal, country office
    CSP and other program strategies
  • Represent Plan Uganda and the project at
    relevant and / or related events/fora to ensure Plan is acknowledged as a
    legitimate partner/actor at all times
  • Participate and contribute in relevant
    networks, alliances, forums, workshops, and meetings at different levels
    in line with project goals and objective.
3. Financial and Procurement Management:
  • Manage the project budget while ensuring
    adherence to the approved budget: necessary approval is sought from donor
    incase of any deviation before such deviations and made; clear explanation
    for all budget variance in line with donor rules and regulations.
  • For all qualifying procurement, knowing and
    respecting authorization limits and donor rules. ensuring adequate
    procurement planning and forecasting, respecting the integrity of
    procurement systems and processes including segregation of duties,
  • Ensuring thorough knowledge and familiarity
    with funding contracts on which budgets are based and the donors
    requirements;
  • Diligent monitoring of budgets by amongst other
    actions, reviewing reports and ensuring adequate forecasting and other
    input from program; understanding of and compliance with Donor rules, Plan
    International policies and procedures, particularly authorization levels, respect
    for segregation of duties.
Qualifications, Skills &
Experience:
  • The candidate should possess a degree in Human
    Rights, Social Sciences or its equivalent and/or related training in child
    protection.
  • At least five years managerial experience in
    implementing child protection programmes and ECCD.
  • At least three years prior experience of
    managing partnerships unwell as implementing donor projects.
  • Knowledge of key donor requirements. 
  • Familiarity with EC rules and regulations is highly essential.
  • Knowledge of the dynamics in Child Protection
    and early child hood development.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work
    cooperatively with partners
  • Proven skills & experience in report
    writing, team management and project management skills
  • Strong analytical skills, strategic thinking
    and advocacy
  • Excellent interpersonal, and communication
    (verbal and written) skills
  • Excellent budget management skills
  • Good working knowledge of MS Programmes
    including MS EXCEL, Word and PowerPoint Excellent skills in documentation
    and report writing
How to Apply:
All
suitably qualified candidates should submit electronic copies (of not more than
2MB) of letters of application, together with a CV. Contact telephone numbers,
copies of relevant certificates, names and contact details of three references
plus salary history should be included and sent to the undersigned.
Country
Human Resources Manager Plan Uganda Email: uganda.recruitment@plan-intemational.org
NB: Qualified female
candidates are encouraged to apply. Only Short-listed candidates will be
contacted. Please consider your application unsuccessful in case you do not
hear from us by 30th January, 2014.
As a
child centered development organization, Plan strives to ensure that children
are kept safe in all the areas we operate. The organization further has a child
protection policy that every staff is required to sign. Potential candidates
will be required to provide information confirming whether or not they have
ever been convicted of any child abuse crimes.
Deadline: 29th
November, 2013

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