Project Manager – NORAD End Child Marriage at Plan International

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  • Company: Plan International
  • Location: Uganda
  • State: Uganda
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: NGO Jobs in Uganda


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 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

The NORAD End Child Marriage Project, will work to ensure that children, adolescents girls and boys aged 10-18 years and young women and men 19 to 24 years old stay in school, are protected against child marriage and empowered to enjoy their sexual reproductive health rights in societies where gender equality is realised.Young women and men will also be reached with economic livelihood activities to boost their savings, income earning capacities and economic security. This is a five year project funded by NORAD and implemented in the four districts of Nebbi , Pakwach , Zombo and Adjumani .


The Project Manager is directly responsible for the management of The NORAD-End Child Marriage Project, and accountable for project results delivered using gender transformative approaches in line with the project proposal, Country Strategy Plan and donor requirements. He/she is responsible for overall coordination and management of all programmatic and financial aspects of the project in accordance with the proposal. He/she is accountable for all project procurements, partnerships, human resource and administration. He/she will propose modifications to plans as necessary, and may contribute to development of additional donor proposals

Dimensions of the Role

  • Project implementation planning and management in coordination with project partners
  • Project budget and procurement management
  • Project monitoring, evaluation, learning and documentation
  • Project partnership Management, networking and advocacy
  • Project risk management
  • Human resource management and development
  • Ensure Plan’s Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and Guidelines are adhered to in project implementation.



The Project Manager has the following accountabilities ;

  1. Provide overall technical vision, leadership, and project management, ensuring an integrated vision among different components of the project delivering the project objective using gender transformative approaches.
  2. Provide leadership in developing and implementing timely, quality quarterly and annual implementation plans and budgets.
  3. Prepare, submit and disseminate quality annual, periodic reports (both narrative and Financial) to donor as per donor requirements and project monitoring and evaluation plan.
  4. Provide effective coordination and management of partnerships as well as with all other actors with a focus on achieving desired results in line with desired project impact.
  5. Ensure that all assistance is technically sound and appropriate and reflects the project’s strategic long-term vision, desired impact, cost effectiveness and sustainability.
  6. Support timely strategic and proper coordination of communications with Plan International staff, partners and all other stakeholders to ensure smooth running of the project
  7. Ensure effective project budget utilization, management and monitoring of partners, including timely accountability of the funds in line with accounting policies and procedures of Plan International.
  8. Manage project resources including procurements efficiently and effectively in accordance with Plan International Uganda policies and guidelines and in accordance with grant conditions.
  9. Supervise technical thematic staff recruited for effective implementation of this project and provide leadership to the project team including mentorship and coaching to enhance staff and partner capacity for effective implementation of the project
  10. Represent and link Plan International Uganda and the project externally with partners, government and other agencies/alliances at district and national level on policy and advocacy and other project related issues as required in consultation with National Program Manager Child Protection and Head of program.
  11. Ensure effective risk management in the implementation of the project to minimise their occurrence and possible effects on the project in line with Plan International Risk Management policy
  12. Ensure all project documentation is organised and well maintained for accountability purposes, aiming for having a well-articulated model of the program.
  13. Organise regular performance review meetings to assess progress, but also to agree on and communicate any changes in strategy with the key project stakeholders
  14. Ensure Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and guidelines are adhered to in project implementation.


Key relationships

High Level Contact:


The Project Manager will report to the National Program Manager – Child Protection for all guidance in the implementation, overall supervision and delivery of the project.

The project Manager work in close collaboration with:

Programme Area Manager -Nebbi for all operational, requirements

National Programme Manager – Education on strengthening and delivering the education component of the project.

National Programme Manager – Economic Empowerment on strengthening and delivering the livelihood and VSLA components of the project

Gender Equality Specialist on strengthening Gender transformative approaches for the project

Grants & Compliance Manager on donor compliance and coordination of donor communications

Country Finance Manager on budget and expenditure tracking

Country CSO Strengthening and Partnership Manager on CSO capacity building and partnership management, MOUs and annual contracts

MER Manager – for M&E support, Research, Evaluations and documentation

External :

  • Project partners
  • Government at different levels
  • CSO and Networks that support achievement of project outcomes
  • Children
  • Community members


Technical expertise, skills and knowledge



A Post-Graduate Degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, Social Work, Development Studies, Education, Development Economics, Human Rights  or any other related field and  first degree in a relevant field.

Additional training at Post-Graduate level in project planning and management is required.

Knowledge & Experience

  • At least 7 years’ experience in working with adolescents/youths with a minimum of three years’ experience in management of Sexual Reproductive Health, Child Protection, Education, Livelihood, Social norm change, Ending child marriage and Gender related interventions, preferably with an International Non-Governmental Organization
  • Experience in policy and advocacy issues for young people and knowledge of coalitions and networks is an added advantage
  • Experience in managing consortiums of partners and implementing projects through partners with a strong component on capacity building for SRHR, Child Rights and CSO strengthening.
  • Experience managing large, complex donor projects, such as USAID-funded contracts, SIDA, MFA, EU,NORAD etc. at senior technical management  level
  • Proven success collaborating with diverse stakeholders including local governments, community leaders, donor officials, NGOs, and UN agencies
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills in English


  • Excellent project management and team leadership skills
  • Partnership management and capacity building of partners
  • Knowledge on gender transformative programing
  • Knowledge of Gender related policies and strategies
  • Advocacy and Networking
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical and communication (verbal and written) skills.
  • Knowledge in implementation of rights based programming including principles of gender equality
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in report writing and budget management
  • Demonstrated problem solving, analytical, and evaluative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work cooperatively with partners
  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures, ability to lead and motivate people to work in teams.
  • Ability to develop synergies and integration of different project.
  • Cultural sensitivity and working with diverse teams



  • Proven computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft software including MS Word processing, Power point presentation, Excel spread sheets, e-mail and web based research.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required timeframe

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

  • Field based with regular travel throughout project location and occasionally outside the country.

Level of contact with children


High level: Frequent interaction with children

As a Child Centred Development organisation, Plan International Uganda strives to ensure that children are kept safe in all the areas we operate. The organisation further has a Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy that every staff is required to sign. As a result, this position comes with additional responsibilities for safeguarding children and young people :

Additional Responsibilities:

Children & young people safeguarding Policy Responsibilities (mandatory for all staff)

  • Adhere to the Children & young People safeguarding Policy, Code of Conduct and reporting any CYSP issues.
  • Responsible for the implementation of the CYSP 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 off and have signed and returned a copy of the children & Young People safeguarding policy. Inform the partners, visitors and associates that they must comply with the CYSP policy in all contacts and communications with children during their visit.

Method of Application

Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here Closing Date : 22 Jan. 2021