Project Coordinators-RISING Project

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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.

ROLE PROFILE

Project Name

“RISING”: Reaching and Enrolling Out of School Children Including Refugee Boys and Girls in Schools in Uganda

 

Title Education Project Coordinator
Functional Area Programs
Reports to  Project Manager- RISING PROJECT
Location Adjumani Travel required Yes
Effective Date January 2022 Grade  

role PURPOSE

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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.

The Education Project Coordinators will play a key role in providing technical leadership, management and oversight in the implementation of a 4 years large project “RISING”: Reaching and Enrolling Out of School Children Including Refugee Boys and Girls in Schools in Uganda implemented by Plan International Uganda covering Six districts in three regions of the country- West Nile covering Nebbi and Arua, East Central covering Kamuli and Buyende and Northen covering Lira and Alebtong.

 

 

Dimensions of the Role

  • Support strengthening of the local government structures and systems to establish, enhance delivery of quality Primary Education services through project target schools, communities and other partners.
  • Support targeted Primary school structures to provide quality education in line with guiding policies especially enrolment of out of school children particularly girls.
  • Lead on timely and efficient implementation of all the project activities in a bid to contribute to increased enrollment and retention of out of school children, especially girls and marginalized children in the target schools. The Education Project Coordinator will ensure quality, equity and safety of all children in delivery of project activities in their respective districts.
  • Responsible for the delivery of the RISING project results in accordance with Plan International’s values and behaviours, including gender transformative outcomes and Safeguarding of all Children.

Accountabilities:

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  • Ensure high quality collaboration and coordination is maintained for effective and efficient implementation of RISING Project interventions by all stakeholders at the assigned districts supported by Plan International Uganda.
  • He/she will support district and sub district education stakeholders in the assigned districts in the development of work plans, budgets and monitoring tools for all RISING Project interventions supported by Plan International Uganda. He /she will work with the respective district Education Technical working Committees to produce quality reports, data and timely documentation of all RISING Project activities.
  • Support Education stakeholders in assigned districts to mobilize communities and advocate for enrollment and retention of out of school children especially girls in project target primary schools.
  • Play a lead role in collection of RISING Project data including data entry, generate reports and interpret that data to identify strengths and gaps in the delivery of RISING Project activities.
  • Support the districts to conduct planning meetings and come up with ways of addressing the gaps and provide support to district during their supervision and monitoring of RISING Project activities.
  • Support Orientation of key district stakeholders on implementation of RISING Project activities-what it requires , implications, roles and responsibilities-action Plan for the district
  • Support organize and conduct RISING Project reflection and review meetings at team, district and school levels that bring on board different stakeholders.
  • Support project stakeholders conduct quarterly project monitoring and support supervision visits and meetings.

Child Protection Policy Responsibilities (mandatory for all staff)

  • Adhere to the Child Protection Policy, Code of Conduct and reporting any CPP issues.
  • Responsible for the implementation of the CPP standards as they apply to area of responsibility plus the development of actions to address identified gaps and monitoring their effectiveness.
  • Ensure that all Plan International partners, visitors and associates in his/her area of responsibility are provided with, are made aware of and have signed and returned a copy of the child protection policy. Inform the partners, visitors and associates that they must comply with the policy in all contacts and communications with children during their visit.
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) 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:

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The Education Project Coordinators will work in close collaboration with Education stakeholders at District and Sub- district levels, School and community level. The Education Project Coordinators will specifically maintain regular day to day working relationship with education stakeholders at district and school levels in all the assigned districts. The Education will also maintain regular working relationship with other partners Education interventions in the assigned districts to ensure harmonized programming and implementation of education interventions at district and School level.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge:

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  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Education, Development Studies, Social Sciences or any relevant field with wide demonstrated relevant experience working with International Non-Governmental Organisations.
  • At least five years of progressively professional work experience in design, implementation and evaluation of Education programmes. Experience working in international development organization an asset.
  • Excellent coordination and organization skills. Able to work in a matrix environment and keep track of multiple priorities and adhere to deadlines
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in report writing, donor compliance and budget management.
  • Ability to Identify and synthesis best practices and lessons learned to promote knowledge management and sustainability.
  • Ability to work in hard to reach hard to stay areas and familiar with programming for vulnerable children especially young girls and boys.
  • Promotes high performance among project staff and provides vision and direction.
  • Establishes effective partnerships with external stakeholders
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, with ability to work with people from diverse cultures
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft software including MS Word processing, Power point presentation, Excel spreadsheets, e-mail and web based research.
  • Experience of gender mainstreaming gender equality and inclusion in development programming
  • Experience working with Education or Child protection programmes in a humanitarian context.

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

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The Education Project Coordinator will be based in Nebbi, Lira and Kamuli with frequent travel to other assigned districts.

Level of contact with children

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Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children especially during field related visits.

Location:Adjumani

Type of Role: 1 year fixed term

Reports to: Project Manager

Grade: C2

Closing Date: 26th November 2021

N.B. Candidates who have already been vaccinated  for COVID 19 or who are willing to be vaccinated within 3 months of employment have an added advantage if they meet the job requirements.

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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