Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Company: Plan International
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.
Plan International Sierra Leone is seeking to recruit top-notch professionals to fulfil the position of District Project Officer – Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR)to deliver the tasks outlined below:
The Project District Officer will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of activities of the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health project at field district level. The project promotes Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Comprehensive Sexuality Education with the aim to empower girls and boys to decide on their bodies and lives.
DIMENSIONS OF ROLE
The project is a 3-year EU development project that will be implemented with a local partner and will involve social norm change at the community level. The role will contribute to the quality planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of project activities in the project’s operational districts. The role will be supported by the Project Manager.
The District Project Officer will be working with children, teachers, community stakeholders and SRHR service providers, with a particularly focus on adolescent girls in the implementation communities.
- Conduct field visits as required by the project
- Conduct forum discussions in coordination with SRHR service providers/stakeholders at district level for adolescent boys and girls,
- Responsible for mentoring and coaching to young girls in the community
- Support strategies for advocacy and resource mobilization in the SRHR sector
- Support the development of messages for parents/caregivers on supporting their children’s learning, and well-being.
- Support in mobilizing key SRHR actors/partners and participate in sectoral meetings
- Organize district and community level consultations with SRHR stakeholders including Parent Teachers Associations (PTA), School Management Committees (SMCs), Mother’s Clubs (MC), Public Health Units (PHU), teachers and as well as school pupils, and youth groups.
- Hold score-carding activities at chiefdom and district level focusing on child participation with regards to the project, including children with disabilities.
- To conduct regularly coordination meetings (biweekly/monthly) with relevant stakeholders
- To collect relevant project data by using the agreed monitoring tools.
- To provide weekly and monthly monitoring data to the M&E Officer and the Project Manager.
- To timely report any issue with monitoring data collection to the M&E Officer and the Project Manager.
- Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully in their area of responsibility.
- Ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under 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
- Promptly report any safeguarding and child protection issues through the Plan International’s protection and safeguarding focal point.
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Project Manager.
- Operational support staff in the field office
- M&E Officer
- Programmes, Admin & Logs, Finance departments in the Country Office head quarters
- Business Development Manager
- CSE consultant
- Focal Points from 6 other Country Offices also part of the programme
- Local partner district programme officer
- SRHR stakeholders and service providers in the district
- District Council stakeholders
- Community stakeholders
- District Ministries/Government department/agencies
- Teachers and School Management Committees
- Young people
TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, SKILLS, AND KNOWLEDGE
- University degree or its equivalent (from a recognized institution) in the relevant field of Social Sciences, Economics, Development, Gender or other similar,
- A minimum of 3 years working on sexual and reproductive health and rights projects in Sierra Leone
- Experience working with SRHR stakeholders such as PHU officials.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation
- Strong interest and willingness to engage in safeguarding and gender equality related issues to challenge norms and behaviour
- Passion for gender transformative programming, mission-driven work and personal values aligned with Plan International
- Ability to work under pressure, prioritize and meet deadlines
- Ability to coordinate a local partner in the programme
- Experience in data collection within SRHR projects.
- Experience in working with young people especially adolescent girls
- Experience in Comprehensive Sexuality Education
- Experience working in an EU funded Programme
- Experience of working with Award Management Systems
The role will be required to travel to the schools/communities, health centres/ SRHR stakeholders frequently (on a daily basis) to ensure timely support and supervision.
The role will be based in the district office of Plan International in Moyamba and Port Loko district
LEVEL OF CONTACT WITH CHILDREN
High level: Frequent interaction with children
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.
Ensure staff understand Plan International’s commitment to driving a feminist agenda within the organization, and the ambition for gender equality and gender transformative leadership is embedded in our value-based leadership framework.
Plan International’s Values
To apply for this job, kindly click on “Apply”. Your application should include:
- A cover letter
- A comprehensive CV including details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent supervisor
Only short-listed candidates shall be contacted. References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plan International Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy.
Plan International follows an equal opportunity policy and actively encourages diversity welcoming applications from all especially women and people living with disability.
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
Location: Moyamba & Port Loko
Type of Role: District Project Officer
Reports to: Project Manager Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Closing Date: 25th May, 2022
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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