Project Officer at Plan International Rwanda: (Deadline 5 September 2022)
Career Opportunities: Project Officer-The future is green (44362)
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 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.
|Reports to:||Programme Manager- The Future is Green! Promoting Youth Agri-preneurship in Rwanda.|
|Office location:||Country Office||Travel required:||Occasional travel to the PUs (Programme Units).|
|Geographical scope of role||Rwanda|
|Effective Date:||August, 2022||Grade: TBD|
Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organization working for a better life for all children. We are independent of the 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’s operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to reach our target of 100 million girls.
Plan International Rwanda Strategy statement.
Our global strategy has a specific focus on girls, as they are often the most marginalised 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 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.
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The purpose of the position is to support “The Future is Green! Promoting Youth Agri-Preneurship in Rwanda” Project in its implementation and evaluation in the areas of operation (Gatsibo, Bugesera and Nyaruguru districts respectively). The Project Officer will support the implementation of the project in order to achieve its objectives as well as communicate Plan International’s aims of supporting vulnerable and excluded young people, and particularly young women, to realise their full economic and social rights.
The priority of the project will be for rural young men and women in Gatsibo, Nyaruguru and Bugesera to be economically integrated in the agri-based sector through employment and sustainable entrepreneurship. Through this, we aim to enhance their agripreneurship skills and improve their resilience and those of their communities towards economic and climate shocks.
management scope, reporting lines, key relationships
Reports to: Programme Manager
Level of contact with children
- Low contact: No contact or very low frequency of interaction.
- The position holder will work in an office environment with 40% field travel to the project areas of operations.
Accountabilities and MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES
Planning, coordination and implementation:
- Schedule activities and facilitate youth mobilization to participate in project activities.
- Supervise and lead project activities as per Detailed Implementation Plan.
- Coordinate partner activities on youth coaching and mentoring sessions for identified youth.
- Promote rural youth engagement in the market-oriented agriculture
- Build the capacity of youth on entrepreneurship.
- Manage relationships with project stakeholders including delivery partners
- Together with the Programme Manager provide technical expertise on youth development approaches to delivery partners to ensure activities are meeting their intended outcomes, objectives and achieving impact.
- Ensure that monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reports are prepared and submitted to expected standards.
- Take lead in developing project activity plans.
- Work together with delivery partners to ensure that key project activities including training are implemented in line with the standards required.
Support Project MERL Activities
- Lead on reviews and ensuring that information from the M&E report is used to further develop the project with support from the Program Manager.
- Compilation of evidenced based reports, collation of lesson-learning, good practice and success stories.
Budgeting and Financial Management
- Participate in financial planning and phasing, administer and monitor expenditures against budgets.
- Track, in liaison with Project Accountant the project implementation expenditure levels and manage work plans and budgets and project audit recommendations.
- Manage the budget reporting, requests and process payment requests for project activities.
Relationship management and partnership working
- Participate in country sector specific forums and county/regional levels as will be appropriate.
- Manage partners’ expectations in terms of the support that Plan International Rwanda can provide, enhance accountability & transparency mechanisms.
- Ensure that all project partners and stakeholders are kept regularly informed about the progress of the project.
Logistical and Administrative support
- Coordinate project logistical and administrative support as necessary.
Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI)
- Understand and put into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC).
- Ensure that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in day to day work.
- Ensure that Plan Rwanda contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted.
Leadership and BUSINESS management COMPETENCIES
- Courageous in taking a lead, focused on Plan International’s purpose and making the most effective contribution within my own work context.
- Behave in line with our values and safeguarding practices, inside and outside work.
- Challenge their own attitudes, unconscious bias and behaviour and speak up when they see wrong doing, especially by those who use their power over others to create fear or abuse.
- Understand and adhere to the policies, processes, practices and standards relevant to their own work and keep their knowledge and skills up to date.
- Honest and efficient in use of resources, including own time.
- Take responsibility for your own performance and development: reflecting; seeking and listening to feedback; learning from mistakes; finding people or resources to help them learn.
- Constructive and optimistic in facing setbacks, challenges and change, using own initiative to analyse issues and improve things.
- Good team player, communicating effectively and being open and supportive towards those around them.
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COMPETENCIES
- Be aware of the values and the global strategy and understand why Plan International’s purpose is so important in advancing children’s rights and equality for girls globally. Understands and applies the principles of safeguarding and protection of the vulnerable populations with which Plan International works.
- Be aware of the different structural and governing elements, including national organizations, global hub, regional hubs, country offices, liaison offices, members assembly, international board, and the leadership team. Are aware of Plan International’s main sources of funding and know where to find company information.
- Be aware of the processes, institutions and organizations that shape the development and humanitarian context. Understands their local operating environment, demonstrating political, social and cultural awareness.
- Apply the Code of Conduct principles to the work activities.
- Contributes to their individual accountability plan and understands how they contribute to the team and organizational plan.
- Be aware of the procurement procedures relevant to their role and responsibilities.
- Know the resources required for the role. Manages his/her own workload, avoiding under or overcommitting to delivery activities.
- Aware of the project that Plan International delivers directly and through partner organizations.
- Aware of the project management procedures relevant to their role.
- Understands their responsibilities, level of decision making and how their role contributes to the wider team.
- Understands the importance of high-quality data and the implications of poor data. Understands what data Plan International needs to inform decision-making. Interprets a range of sources to inform evidence-based decisions relevant to their role.
Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Required Professional Experience:
- At least 3 years relevant work experience.
- Business oriented mind set.
- Track record demonstrating high integrity, reliable and dependable.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Networking and influencing skills.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Qualifications/ experience desirable:
- Bachelor’s degree in economics, development and business studies.
- Strong skills in collaboration with local leadership and stakeholders.
- Ability to implement community participation strategy in the improvement of Youth Economic Empowerment.
- Ability to work with a quality assurance team in economic development.
- Ability to facilitate implementation of projects for the improvement of youth empowerment especially in the off-farm sector.
- Should be computer literate in word, excel and PowerPoint.
- Demonstrate problem solving skills.
- Ability to work under minimal supervision
- Understanding the youth empowerment models.
- Fluency in the English language is essential (written and spoken).
- Knowledge of French is desirable.
Plan International’s Values in Practice
We are open and accountable
We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organization by being open, honest and transparent. We hold ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others, while doing what we say we will do.
We strive for lasting impact
We strive to achieve a significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative.
We work well together
We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organization, including our sponsors and donors. We actively support our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners.
We are inclusive and empowering
We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge inequality in the project and our workplace. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.
Location: Country Office
Type of Role: Project Officer
Reports to: Program Manger
How to Apply
To apply please click on the “Apply” button below not later than 05/09/2022
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