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  • Posted: Dec 14, 2020
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  • Plan International was founded over 75 years ago with a mission to promote and protect the rights of children. The organisation was set up by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge in 1937, with the original aim to provide food, accommodation and education to children whose lives had been disrupted by the Spanish Civil W...
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    Director of Program Strategy, Development and Innovation

    ROLE PURPOSE

    Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organization working for better lives for all children. We are independent of 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 operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to reach our target of 100 million girls. 

    In Kenya, Plan International Kenya (PIK) has approximately 38 years of experience in implementing its programme. Currently PIK mainly operates in nine geographical areas; Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Tharaka-Nithi, Siaya, Kwale, Kilifi, Homa Bay and Kisumu.

     

    Plan International Kenya’s strategic goal in the next five years is to end both teenage pregnancies and sexual and gender based violence. We aim to help create an enabling environment where girls, adolescent girls, and young women are safe, valued, equally cared for, and have equal opportunities. PIK will contribute to the global strategy by aiming to reach directly approximately 3 million (tbc) girls and Young Women over the period of the strategy 2021-2025 and to reach an additional beneficiaries through its interventions.

     

     

    Plan Kenya’s redefined strategy represents a strategic shift in focus. The Department leads operationalization of the new program strategy and its focus on gender equality and the empowerment of girls and youth as agents of change. 

     

    The Director of Strategy, program development and innovation (hereafter referred to as the Director of Strategy) reports to the Country Director who provides overall strategic direction, guidance and oversight. As such, the primary responsibility of the Director of strategy is to lead country strategy program design and development and ensure the development of high quality evidence based and innovative programming that is transformative for girls and young women. The role supports Plan Kenya’s strategic positioning with Plan International National offices, partners and donors and leads on project design to ensure that the country office strategy is realised. The role demands dedication to identifying, designing and driving solutions for girls and young women demonstration of thematic excellence and requires an individual that can work on a complex and fast-paced environment. The Director of Strategy provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Plan Kenya’s strategic priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with senior government officials, civil society and other relevant actors. S/he Key to this will be effectively delivering on new/enhanced practice areas for Plan International, including but not limited to movement building, re-engineering civil society strengthening, localisation as well as driving innovations and new product development.

    Working closely with the Country director, the role plays a leading role in identifying, nurturing and strengthening strategic partnerships with government, local, regional and international CSOs, donors in advancing our purpose and our country strategy.

    ACCOUNTABILITIES AND MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

    Strategic Leadership (20%)

    • Provide overall strategic oversight in aligning Plan Kenya’s annual programs to the Global Strategy and Plan Kenya’s five year strategy (2021-2025);
    • Manage Plan Kenya’s engagement and influencing in the strategic repositioning of Plan Kenya as the “to go to” organisation for girls’ rights;
    • Support ownership and commitment to the country strategy through regular and clear communication with all staff, with regular updates on progress;
    • Facilitate the pursuit of thematic and cross-cutting strategic priorities in line with the country strategy;
    • In close collaboration with the Head of Business Development and Director of Implementation and Quality, support change processes and new ways of working to improve country strategy program portfolio design and development;
    • Work to identify strategic opportunities to leverage Plan International position as a champion of girls, to influence and enhance coherence of civil society involvement in driving gender equality and drive the mobilisation of joint coordinated action for girls;
    • Ensure strengthening of linkages between relevant teams at Global hub, pertinent National offices and the Country Office (CO) and strengthen/establish a matrixed coordination function that optimizes on Plan Kenya as a Federation priority country and assures above country learning;
    • Ensure technical advisors engage in larger communities of practice (CoP) both within the Plan federation and in-country and link with relevant and evidence based approaches for delivering for girls and young women;
    • High-level representational role with the government, donors, partners and other stakeholders;
    • Lead the overall development and evolution of the Country development programme within the overarching Country Strategy and their subsequent operationalisation;  
    • Contribute to the development, review and submission of annual plans and quarterly reporting whilst ensuring strategic inputs into annual plans;
    • Model our value-based leadership framework underpinned by our feminist leadership principles;
    • Working with others, build evidence of what works and drives nurturing of related new initiatives and partnerships;
    • Build strategic partnerships to guide alliance building, influencing agenda and new business development.

    Program Strategy, Product Development and Innovation (20%)

    • Drive diversification of PIK’s portfolio whilst ensuring alignment with PIK’s five year strategy and optimal integration with PIK’s sponsorship program;
    • Drives and supports the strategic development of high quality initiatives, projects and innovations and ensure a smooth handover to the program implementation team, as need be;
    • Facilitate engagement of other managers and staff regarding the Country Strategy to ensure maximum understanding and operationalisation of the Country Programmes;
    • Lead in identification of key influencing issues in the Country Programme and with the engagement of programme team and technical advisors design and implementation of relevant strategies to ensure evidence based influencing;
    • Ensure program design and budgets assures proper adherence to MERL framework and embeds appropriate learning questions;
    • Ensure effective working relationships with the Global Hub, National offices and Regional Hub technical advisors, including obtaining/procuring technical support to support program development and/or advocacy efforts;
    • Liaison with designated Plan International National Offices to drive new program development, innovations and product development and solicit input for the same both internally and externally;
    • Fosters humanitarian, development nexus in collaboration with the Resilience & Emergency Response Advisor.
    • Identifying Country Office (CO) models and building evidence of what works to inform influencing approach, drive innovation and inform new areas of program development.
    • Engage with technical advisors and relevant partners to ensure high quality evidence based designs that draw on needs assessments, human centred designs, child safeguarding principles and learning from past programming;
    • Working in close collaboration with the Head of Business development, drive accountabilities within the team to foster new program design, innovations and product development.

     

     

     

    Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI)-5%

    • Understands and puts into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), ensuring that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
    • Leads the orientation of programme staff to ensure that they are properly inducted on and understands their role in upholding Plan International’s safeguarding and GEI policies;
    • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in project design, during implementation and as principles applied in day-to-day work of Programme Strategy, development and Innovation department;
    • Ensures that Plan Kenya contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted. 

    Capability Building and People Management (20%)

    • Provide overall vision and direction to the development programmes team in coordination, planning, prioritization, coaching and supervision;
    • Support staff to understand and comply   the organizational vision, mission, strategic direction and other organization policies;
    • Promote accountability of team members for the department’s work on gender equality and the empowerment of girls;
    • Ensure development programmes team are operating as high-performance teams and have clear accountability lines (direct and matrix);
    • Socialize and nurture Plan Values and Behaviours;
    • Create an enabling working environment across different department unites to foster excellent teamwork and high performing staff;
    • Create a safe working place safeguarding;
    • Oversee the delivery of effective capacity building support in key areas of programme management, finance management, logistics management and human resources management;
    • Establish, communicate and monitor standards of performance and behaviours of the team through development of Individual Accountability Plans (IAP), and key performance indicators (KPI’s) that are agreed annually, and monitored and updated regularly;
    • Support team members to gain the necessary skills through learning and development;
    • Lead the team in line with the Country HR Manual and other guidelines.
    • Conduct performance managment processes of direct and functional reports
    • Model our value- based leadership framework underpinned by out feminist leadership principles

    Working in Partnerships (10%)

    Plan International Kenya engages in strategic partnerships with government, civil society, private sector, academia, youth association, and non-governmental agencies, at all levels so as to work together to ensure gender justice for girls

    • Provide overall strategic oversight in the identification and engagement of partners in a mutually respectful manner, while ensuring Plan’s International partnership principles and compliance.
    • Establish/strengthen networks and partnerships with likeminded organisations for overall enhancement of the programmes and profiling of the organisation.
    • Lead in engaging key networks, movements and alliances relevant to the girls’ empowerment and gender equality.
    • Provide strategic roadmap for the development and implementation of partnerships management standards and guidelines. 

    Advocacy and Influencing (10%)

    • Lead the development of effective and evidence based advocacy strategies that enable girls to Learn, Lead, Decide and Thrive. 
    • Create and support adaptation of initiatives that effectively influence duty bearers, key stakeholders and decision makers to promote and ensure rights of girls.
    • Facilitate the development of high quality publications, media messaging and lnternal/external communications that support Plan's advocacy and influencing work.

    Financial Responsibility (5%)

     

    • Contribute to the coordination in the budget, preparation, consolidation, analysis and timely submission
    • Actively participate in grants opening/launch and closeout workshops/meetings.
    • Provide support for timely project expenditures that are aligned to the budget (within permissible variance limits) and participate in budget reforecasting and reallocation exercises as required
       

            Risk Management (5%)

    • Actively participate in and support programme quality and delivery on programme audit, child protection audit, and gender strategy review exercise and adequate application of management response across all impact areas.
       

    Other Responsibilities (5%)

    • Within the scope of the role, there will be additional assignments as needed.

    Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

    Qualifications/ experience essential:

    • A Master’s Degree in Social work, International Relations, Development or similar field.
    • 10 years of relevant experience in INGO Sector or demonstrated equivalent combination.
    • At least 7 years’ experience in managing development programme in the country with in the INGO sector.
    • Proven experiences and ability to coordinate and collaborate with different civil society and Community based organization. 
    • Demonstrable working experience in development programme. 
    • Knowledge of developmental agendas in complex and protracted development and humanitarian landscape.
    • Experience in context, funding and market analysis.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and authoritatively on area of expertise, and influence others to reach common goals. 
    • Demonstrated track record of proposal writing and budget management
    • Experience in leading team, coaching and mentoring, especially managing a large team.
    • Excellent experience in conflict resolution.

    Languages required

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

    Qualifications/ experience desirable:

    • International experience in managing development programme
    • Experiences in managing Humanitarian response
    • Knowledge of key programme areas such as child protection, education, livelihood and economic empowerment.  
    • Knowledge of development and humanitarian issues affecting girls, adolescent girls and women is preferred.
    • Ability to influence without power

    Plan International’s Values in Practice

    We are open and accountable

    We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation 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 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 organisation, 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 our programmes 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.

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    Resilience & Emergency Response Advisor

    ROLE PURPOSE

    Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organization working for better lives for all children. We are independent of 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 strategic goal is to ensure vulnerable adolescent girls, young women, men and children are supported/ empowered/ facilitated to drive social-economic change and break gender barriers, to enable them access equal opportunities and realize their rights in an enabling environment.

    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 operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to reach our target of 100 million girls. 

     

    Plan International Kenya’s strategic goal in the next five years is to end both teenage pregnancies and violence against children. We aim to help create an enabling environment where girls and young women are safe, valued, equally cared for, and have equal opportunities. PIK will contribute to the global strategy by aiming to reach directly approximately 3 million (tbc) girls and Young Women over the period of the strategy 2021-2025 and to reach additional beneficiaries through its interventions.

     

    With approximately 38 years of experience in implementing its programme, Plan International Kenya (PIK) mainly operates in nine geographical areas; Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Tharaka-Nithi, Siaya, Kwale, Kilifi, Homa Bay and Kisumu.

     

    Due to location, geography and climate variability, Kenya continues to face threats that are eroding the resilience that households caring for children and particularly girls face. Girls continue to bear the brunt of emergencies experienced in the country. Mitigating against climate change and related disasters is critical to improving outcomes for girls and young women. The advisor is responsible for contributing to programme and policy advisory services as well as alignment with our country strategy.

    The Resilience and Emergency Response Advisor serves as the principle advisor for Plan Kenya in DRM, disaster resilience and the linkages between DRM, climate change adaptation, and the nexus between development cooperation and humanitarian response. The role will provide thematic development on DRM in Plan Kenya and will provide technical leadership and oversee the implementation of the country DRM strategy in compliance with the DRM Policy at the Country level. S/he will also provide strategic and operational leadership to DRM and climate change programmes and resilience, strategies, procedures, and structures. The incumbent will lead processes of identifying disaster risks; building community resilience, preparedness and mitigation measures; institutional capacity building; and documentation and sharing of best practices. S/he will provide technical backstopping to Disaster Risk Management and resilience building strategic objectives of the Plan International Kenya Country Strategy so that marginalized adolescent girls, boys and young people enjoy their rights in inclusive, resilient and secure communities. The position will contribute to business development by supporting intelligence gathering, proposal development, advocacy and donor engagement to deliver on Plan Kenya’s bold ambitions for girls and youth in Kenya.

    The incumbent will drive intended results and outcomes for this area of work.  Key to this will be the delivery of related strategies that contribute to the protection of girls and young women in emergencies and in resilience building for the communities Plan Kenya works with. The role will ensure that DRM, climate change and resilience building issues are brought into the mainstream of our country program in the different local and national contexts.

    ACCOUNTABILITIES AND MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

     

    1. DRM strategy design, planning and implementation – 30%
    • Take leadership in defining the DRM and resilience strategy for PIK and provide guidance in development of PIK’s implementation strategy. 
    • Deliver a policy and advocacy strategy that increases Plan Kenya’s advocacy impact for girls and young women in emergencies with the Kenya government and other external stakeholders where necessary;
    • Advocate and negotiate with high level technical experts and government officials, parliamentarians and CSOs;
    • Conduct policy analysis to inform advocacy issues and establish maintenance of dialogue with key decision makers within government;
    • Provide technical expertise in on key thematic areas, as appropriate;
    • In close collaborating with our influencing advisor and communications team, create communications to influence engagement of girls in pertinent policy engagement, and increase in civil society support for protection of girls in emergencies;
    • Analysis of political, social and economic trends and drives formulation and design of relevant DRM and resilience building initiatives;
    • Supports implementation of program strategies related to DRM and that are focused on achievement of results and outcomes for children, especially girls, young women and their families.
    • Lead conceptualization of the CO Disaster Risk Management strategy in line with the regional and global DRM priorities
    • Lead in building CMT and PIK capacity for Preparedness and contingency planning
    • Continuously monitor the national assessment and analysis of disaster risks for contingency preparedness, planning and response.
    • Work with different Plan departments to establish disaster information database covering all possible technical, supply chain , human resource, communications, logistics and other needs for immediate response.
    • Lead the emergency response and resilience initiatives in the country.
    • Work with program teams to provide evidence of emergency and resilience building interventions and best practices through documentation and dissemination of lessons learnt.
    • Represent Plan Kenya in relevant national DRM technical working groups and thematic clusters.
      Leads the CO in identification, prevention and mitigation of disasters and advise the management on the effect of the same on children and especially girls within the operation areas and beyond to facilitate timely decision making on response.
    • Provides effective technical support to project teams in rolling out of DRR and climate change interventions in the Country Office and within sponsorship & grants projects implemented in the Program Units.
    • Identifies and uses multiple sources of evidence, including demographic, vulnerability (consideration of differential impact of crises in relation to gender, age, disability and other groups), multi-hazard risk assessment, political economy, sector-specific, and other assessment data in order to develop robust and comprehensive analysis of risk and need

    2. Program Quality in DRM – 30%

    • Work with programme teams to design and oversee implementation of disaster response programs in line with Plan Global DRM policy, country strategy, national and international emergency standards and guidelines.
    • Drive country office staff capacity in DRM and resilience building programming by providing in-country assistance to build the capacity of teams as well as program and government partners, while keeping abreast of global and emerging evidence with a view to disseminating both internally and externally;
    • Responsible for the design and implementation of high quality and effective resilience programmes.
    • Continuously analyse, compile and share reports from the different agencies and government institutions charged with early warning monitoring and reporting. 
    • Provide technical support and guidance to country DRM team during emergency assessments, related surveys and studies.
    • Provide technical support and back stopping of project activities as may be required;
    • Build an Emergency Response team within the CO that is well prepared to deploy within the country and beyond during emergencies;
    • In close consultation with Program Unit managers, provides timely reports, as may be required on the Plan Kenya’s DRM, climate change and resilience program portfolio, including updates on program/project challenges and successes.

    3. Engagement, Networking and Advocacy 10%

    • Support the creation of strategic partnerships and resource mobilisation strategy to further funding ambition and positioning of Plan Kenya as a key actor in DRM spaces in furtherance to our ambition to protect girls in emergencies;
    • Establish and maintain strategic contacts with agencies in the emergency resilience and climate change including UNICEF, Government, INGOs, Universities, Research Institutions, Donors and Embassies
    • Ensure Plan Kenya representation in key strategic DRR/DRM and Climate change working groups and forums
    • Participate in joint technical coordination, planning and review meetings for DRR and Environment and Climate Change plans and initiatives within the organization and externally including with government
    • Develop and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating for Plan Kenya’s comparative advantage and purpose;
    • Actively participates in DRM and resiliency building eco-systems with the global hub and regional teams as well as within Kenya’s community of practice;
    • Support the identification and systematic inclusion of all key climate change adaptation stakeholders, at national, regional and local levels in DRM/CCA activities. Cultivate and maintain strong professional partnerships in this regard

    4. Capacity Development – 10%

    • Assess and strengthen staff and partners’ capacity in disaster preparedness response and resilience building.
    • Ensure all programme/operations staff are aware of core humanitarian standards (people in aid, sphere, Plan International standards etc.
    • Enhance skills and capacities of staff and partners in DRR and Climate change Adaptation and resilience strategies and successful models in the sector.

    5. Fundraising – 10%

    • Identifies the emergence of funding opportunities and drives project/program design to secure funding for Plan Kenya in DRM, climate change and resilience building.
    • Contribute to the growth of Plan Kenya’s DRM portfolio by directly contributing to Plan Kenya’s proposal development, including the writing, reviewing and/or editing of technical proposals.
    • Work in liaison with the Business Development team to identify funding opportunities and support development of project concept notes and proposals for funding.
    • Participate in Go-No Go Processes, write ups, meeting with prospective donors and submission of concepts/proposals
    • Technically support Business Development team to develop proposals/concepts to prospective donors for DRR and Climate change and resilience building in general
    • Maintain working relationship with strategic donors.

     

    5. Others – 5%

    • Carry out any duties that may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor
    • Participate and contribute in committees and task forces as may be signed from time to time

    Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) – 5%

    • Understands and puts into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), ensuring that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
    • Leads the orientation of programme staff to ensure that they are properly inducted on and understands their role in upholding Plan International’s safeguarding and GEI policies;
    • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in project design, during implementation and as principles applied in day-to-day work of Programme team;
    • Ensures that Plan Kenya contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted. 

    Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

    Qualifications/ experience essential:

    • Masters degree in disaster management, risk reduction, environmental management, climate change and adaptation, agriculture, nutrition, earth sciences, social sciences, urban, regional planning or any other related field.
    • A minimum of 7 years’ experience, three of which are in implementing of disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness, climate change and or resilience building interventions at local or national level, preferably with an International Non-Governmental Organization.
    • Proven experience in disaster risk management, resilience building, girls in emergency and/or humanitarian response with a focus on girls and young women in emergency, in urban contexts as well;
    • Demonstrated understanding of emergency response policy, practice, standards and guidelines in Kenya
    • Ability and experience in coordinating teams during emergency response.
    • Ability to network and maintain good partnerships with emergency technical working groups, clusters, national and county disaster management teams. 
    • Detailed working knowledge in disaster management, risk reduction, resilience building at community and family level and climate change mitigation approaches and its application in development and humanitarian/ emergency projects;
    • Ability to establish and maintain partnership with agencies working in disaster risk management
    •  Proven experience in providing technical assistance to complex DRM, resilience building and climate change adaptation;
    • Commitment to Plan Kenya’s position on promoting girls’ rights and gender equality and integrating all these aspects in their day to day work
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    Qualifications/ experience desirable: 

    • Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in DRR/DRM. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
    • Strong experience and skills in networking and building relations with donors and peer organisations.  Demonstrated understanding of how to position on organisation to be a thought leader and influencer in DRR/DRM. Knowledte or experience in working in emergency/humanitarian response is an added advantage.

    Languages required

    • High level English oral and written communication skills, including representation and liaison skills. Knowledge of Kiswahili an added advantage

    Plan International’s Values in Practice

    We are open and accountable

    We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation 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 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 organisation, 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 our programmes 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.

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    Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Advisor (SRHR)

    ROLE PURPOSE

    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 operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to reach our target of 100 million girls. 

    With approximately 38 years of experience in implementing its programme, Plan International Kenya (PIK) mainly operates in nine geographical areas; Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Tharaka-Nithi, Siaya, Kwale, Kilifi, Homa Bay and Kisumu.

     

    Plan International Kenya’s strategic goal in the next five years is to end both teenage pregnancies and violence against children. We aim to help create an enabling environment where girls and young women are safe, valued, equally cared for, and have equal opportunities. PIK will contribute to the global strategy by aiming to reach directly approximately 3 million (tbc) girls and Young Women over the period of the strategy 2021-2025 and to reach additional beneficiaries through its interventions.

    The role serves as the principle advisor for Plan Kenya’s integrated technical and programme advice in girl and youth focused sexual and reproductive health and rights. The incumbent will use policy and advocacy work to increase support from the Kenya government to enable the country make substantial progress in health with a priary focus on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health ad rights.  S/he will lead the program design, technical strategy, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning of Plan Kenya’s adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health rights (AYSRHR). Working with others, S/he will ensure highest level of technical quality of the SRHR program and related projects. The role plays a critical role in advancing Plan International’s SRHR strategy and will work closely with other advisors in the region and at the global hub to support Plan International’s SRHR program. This requires an individual who is passionate about SRHR, has sound technical knowledge and solid programmatic experience and an appetite for learning and sharing.

     

    The position will contribute to business development by supporting intelligence gathering, proposal development, advocacy and donor engagement t deliver on Plan Kenya’s bold ambitions for girls and youth in Kenya.

    The incumbent will drive intended results and outcomes for this area of work.  Key to this will be the delivery of related strategies that contribute to the elimination of teenage pregnancies and harmful practices that prevent girls from thriving and achieving their full potential. The role will ensure that Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights issues are brought into the mainstream of health and development in the different local and national contexts.

    ACCOUNTABILITIES AND MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

    1. SRHR program strategy design, planning and implementation– 30%
    • Take leadership in defining the SRHR strategy for PIK and provide guidance in development of SRHR implementation strategy. 
    • Deliver a policy and advocacy strategy that increases Plan Kenya’s advocacy impact on adolescent SRHR with the Kenya government and other external stakeholders where necessary;
    • Advocate and negotiate with high level technical experts and government officials, parliamentarians and CSOs;
    • Conduct policy analysis to inform advocacy issues and establish maintenance of dialogue with key decision makers within government.
    • Provide technical expertise in key thematic areas, including but not limited to ICPD Plan of Action for Kenya, Universal Health care, etc
    • In close collaborating with our influencing advisor and communications team, create communications to influence health and SRHR policy, engagement of girls in policy engagement, and increase in civil society support for advocacy on health and SRHR;
    • Provide strategic guidance on policy and practice of Plan’s Programme on SRHR in the context of the national health policies, guidelines, the Global Plan and WHO guidelines
    • Provide technical leadership and guidance implementation of Health, SRHR and WASH programs across the country.
    • Lead in influencing and advocacy on matters related to SRHR/WASH and Health policies.
    • Represent Plan Kenya in relevant national health technical working groups and networks.
    1. Program Quality in SRHR– 30%
    • Drive technical excellence and support project and country teams to develop, monitor and implement girl and client centred SRHR programs that are grounded in global evidence, appropriate and meaningful youth engagement;
    • Provide oversight and technical guidance in monitoring and harnessing learning from implementing SRHR projects across the programme areas.
    • Drive country office staff capacity in SRHR programming by providing in-country assistance to build the capacity of teams as well as program and government partners, while keeping abreast of global and emerging evidence with a view to disseminating both internally and externally;
    • Ensure PIK SRHR programme is aligned to both Global and Regional priorities and the national government policies on SRHR
    • Provide technical assistance to support quality design, implementation, monitoring, learning and evaluation of ASRH programs, including efforts on very young adolescents, strengthening demand and supply of SRHR and age appropriate services.
    • In close collaboration with M&E team keep track on the SRHR projects/components being implemented and advice on the learning outcomes to inform future programming.
      Strengthen the capacity of program implementation teams on ASRHR program to develop and to implement innovative SRHR programme;
    • In close consultation with Program Unit managers, provides timely reports, as may be required on the Plan Kenya’s SRHR program portfolio, including updates on program/project challenges and successes.

         Partnerships, networking and influencing 10%

    • Actively participates in SRHR eco-systems with the global hub and regional teams as well as within Kenya’s community of practice;
    • Establish and maintain strong networks in the sector for policy influencing, implementation and resource mobilization
    • Represent Plan Kenya in relevant national health technical working groups and networks.
    • Support capacity development of CSO partners in Plan policy and position on SRHR
    • Maintain a network of referral partners for provision of SRHR services to PIK beneficiaries

    Resource mobilisation and programme development (10%) 

    • Contribute to the growth of Plan Kenya’s SRHR portfolio by directly contributing to Plan Kenya’s identification of opportunities, proposal development, including the writing, reviewing and/or editing of technical proposals.
    •  Continuously monitor and analyse the emerging SRHR situation in Kenya, donor trends and advise management on potential areas for fund raising.
    • Provide technical input to inform concepts and proposal development on health programming.
    • Advice on the partnership networks for overall enhancement of the SRHR programmes and impact at the different levels of engagement (County, National and Global).

    Risk Management &Financial Responsibility (5%)

    • Monitor programme performance and budget utilization and apply on corrective measures where needed.
    • Support the annual planning process to ensure budget are well structured and effectively managed and utilised
    • Coordinate and support programme quality and delivery on Health projects audits and adequate application of management response across all impact areas.

    Capacity building 5%

    • Periodically assess capacity gaps amongst staff and partners and advise/organize for capacity building.
    • Strengthen capacity of health program staff and partners on current and effective Health interventions, methodologies, policies and guidelines.
    • Identify and advice on learning opportunities for staff development.

     

    Other duties (5%)

     

    • Any other assignment within the scope of work.

    Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) 5%

    • Understands and puts into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), ensuring that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
    • Leads the orientation of programme staff to ensure that they are properly inducted on and understands their role in upholding Plan International’s safeguarding and GEI policies;
    • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in project design, during implementation and as principles applied in day-to-day work of Programme team;
    • Ensures that Plan Kenya contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted. 

    Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

    Qualifications/ experience essential: 

    • A Master’s degree in health sciences (Medicine, Public Health or any other related discipline;
    • At least 5 years of demonstrable experience in adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health rights programs and services health programming, 3 of which must be in advisory/managerial role.
    • A minimum of 7 years’ experience, five of which are in implementing SRHR  at local or national level, preferably with an International Non-Governmental Organization is acceptable in lieu of a Master’s degree
    • Strong and up to date knowledge of adolescent development, policies, family planning and reproductive health principles, programme practices and strategies with proven and up to date knowledge in SRHR professional developments and related issues such as teenage pregnancies, child marriage, age responsive and comprehensive sexuality education as well as meaningful youth engagement in AYSRHR;
    • Have wide range of experience in adolescent inclusive reproductive health programming and be recognized leader in this field with the ability to be strategic, while still being able to manage the day-to-day management of the SRHR
    • Proven experience in providing technical assistance to complex SRHR and health programs
    • Commitment to Plan Kenya’s position on promoting girls’ rights and gender equality and integrating all these aspects in their day to day work
    • Knowledge of health programming issues in the Kenyan context.

    Qualifications/ experience desirable: 

    • Passion for SRHR and a demonstrated commitment adolescent and youth SRHR, elimination of harmful cultural practices, and gender equality
    • Knowledge of concepts and main debates related to the themes of sexual and reproductive health, rights, harmful practices and adolescence and young people.
    • Demonstrated experience in coaching and mentoring staff on health interventions.
    • Experience in designing and technical support/management of public health programme around ASRHR projects
    • Good understanding of country health sector strategies.
    • Demonstrable advocacy experience in national and county level health systems and structures.

    Languages required

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

    Plan International’s Values in Practice

    We are open and accountable

    We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation 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 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 organisation, 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 our programmes 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.

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    Senior Coordinator - Human Resource

    Plan International Kenya Strategy statement

     

    Plan International Kenya’s strategic goal in the next five years is to end teenage pregnancies and as well as sexual and gender based violence. We aim to help create an enabling environment where girls and young women are safe, valued, equally cared for, and have equal opportunities. PIK will contribute to the global strategy by aiming to reach directly approximately 3 million (tbc) girls and Young Women over the period of the strategy 2021-2025 and to reach an additional beneficiaries through its interventions.

    The Senior HR Coordinator will be responsible for developing and implementing Performance Management, Learning and Development and Staff Engagement initiatives that will drive Plan International Kenya’s Country strategy in line with its purpose and Values.  The incumbent will also work with the Country Human Resources Manager to ensure that the HROD services provided meet organisational needs and standards. S/he will also be expected to work in collaboration with Line Managers to ensure that best HR/OD practices are embedded in the organizational processes.

    ACCOUNTABILITIES AND MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

    Learning and Development 20%

    • Contribute to the development of and implement a learning and development strategy that supports the delivery of the Country Strategy.
    • Coordinate annual learning and development planning, budgeting, funding for training and evaluation.
    • Facilitate competency and learning needs assessment processes for staff and prioritize learning and development within the organization.
    • Identify and recommend suitable learning options and channels that meet individual, team and organizational requirements.
    • Ensure personal development plans are in place and implemented in line with the Country strategy; follow-up on progress and return on investment.
    • Coordinate induction and orientation for new staff.
    • Talent management – Support the establishment of a High Potential Program in line with the organizational current and future requirements.
    • Coordinate management & leadership development programs.
    • Internship – coordinate the implementation of graduate internship program when it is in place.
    • Measure and document impact/Return on Investment on L&D programs 

    Performance Management 20% 

    • Coordinate the performance management process to ensure timeliness against the annual performance management calendar
    • Be accountable for the performance management component in the HRIS, generate periodical reports and make recommendations for management decisions and direction
    • Train managers and staff on effective performance management including alignment with the Country Strategy and annual plans, continuous feedback and coaching for performance 
    • Coordinate probation assessments and staff confirmation.
    • Train managers and staff on aligning individual performance with the organizational performance
    • Guide managers and staff towards an accountability culture where outstanding performance is recognized and poor performance is corrected.

    Staff Engagement 20%

    • Lead the preparation for and create awareness of the annual staff engagement survey.
    • Analyse the survey results and coordinate the action planning and feedback processes.
    • Establish and implement staff engagement initiatives and strategies that correspond with the survey results as per available budget.
    • Facilitate the implementation of appropriate change management initiatives; provide advice and support to employees during change to ensures teams that are flexible, positive and open to change.
    • Promote a culture where feedback is appreciated and there is cohesiveness among staff and staff with the leadership.
    • Ensure there is healthy team culture where success is celebrated, people are valued.
    • Establish a mechanism for exit surveys, analyse data and make recommendations to inform organizational practices and policies
    • Ensure there is healthy team culture where success is celebrated, people are valued

    Other HR Responsibilities 20%

    • Contribute to HR Business Development processes including manpower planning
    • Lead the development of job descriptions and job evaluations
    • Act as a link between PIK recruitment processes with the Shared Services Centre
    • Participate in disciplinary and grievance procedures as appropriate.
    • Support staff benefits administration
    • Ensure staff are aware of relevant policies and procedures and implications of not adhering to them.
    • Promote a work environment that demonstrates fairness, openness and equity.

      Financial Responsibility (5%)

    • Staff activity budget e.g. Learning and Development, Staff engagement, Staff care/wellness budgets

    Risk Management (5%)

              Work with the Human Resources Manager to ensure that risks related to Human Resources Management are identified and mitigated

    Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) (5%)

    • Understand and put into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), ensuring that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures;
    • Ensure that Programme implementation staff at the country office and in the field are properly inducted on and understands their role in upholding Plan International’s safeguarding and GEI policies;
    • Ensure that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in project design, during implementation and as principles applied in day-to-day work of Programme team;
    • Ensure that Plan Kenya contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted.      

    Other Responsibilities

    Within the scope of the role, there will be additional assigments as needed

    Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

    Qualifications/ experience essential:

    • A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development or related field.
    • At least 5 years of relevant proven experience in HROD
    • Membership with IHRM
    • Excellent knowledge of training and development, training process and adult learning
    • Ability to negotiate, advocate and influence effectively at all levels of the Country Office and outside of line management relationships.
    • Strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong relationships and networks quickly at every level within the Country Office and outside.
    • Listening, coaching and counselling skills.
    • Ability to support and manage change effectively.

    Languages required

    Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

    Qualifications/ experience desirable:

    Masters Degree in Human Resources Management, Organizational Development or related

    Plan International’s Values in Practice

    We are open and accountable

    We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation 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 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 organisation, 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 our programmes 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.

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    Project Officer - Young Health Program

    ROLE PURPOSE

    Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organization working for better lives for all children. We are independent of 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 operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to reach our target of 100 million girls. 

    Plan International Kenya (PIK) has approximately 38 years of experience in implementing its programme. Currently PIK mainly operates in nine geographical areas; Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Tharaka-Nithi, Siaya, Kwale, Kilifi, Homa Bay and Kisumu.

     

    Plan International Kenya Strategy statement

     

    Plan International Kenya’s strategic goal in the next five years is to end both teenage pregnancies and sexual and gender based violence. We aim to help create an enabling environment where girls, adolescent girls, and young women are safe, valued, equally cared for, and have equal opportunities. PIK will contribute to the global strategy by aiming to reach directly approximately 3 million girls and Young Women over the period of the strategy 2021-2025 and to reach an additional beneficiaries through its interventions.

    Plan Kenya’s redefined strategy represents a strategic shift in focus. The Department leads operationalization of the new program strategy and its focus on gender equality and the empowerment of girls and youth as agents of change. 

    The role of a Project Officer is to manage project and sponsorship delivery at the PU, while ensuring a seamless integration and quality of both deliverables in line with the Country Strategy. The role will design, implement monitor and report on progress of project activities and sponsorship production in line with detailed implementation plan and sponsorship annual schedules. The role is intended to manage partnerships (county government, national NGOs, corporate agencies etc.) and sustain a working relationships with sponsored families and local partners to deliver quality and timely sponsorship communications accompanied with a demonstrated participation of sponsored families and benefitting from the diverse projects supported in the PUs.

     ACCOUNTABILITIES AND MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

    Planning, strategy and policy (20%)

    • Ensure YHP Project is effectively implemented to contribute to the project outcomes and results are realised.
    • Take lead in the implementation of the YHP project in a gender transformative approach as per the country and Global strategies.
    • Facilitate consultation, participation and feedback to the community in relation to Plan programs and policies.
    • Coordinate the development and harmonization of annual and quarterly costed work plans in accordance with Plan’s financial years.
    • Coordinate monthly planning of activities with cluster coordination teams, lead peer educators, VVLPs and implementing partners.
    • Ensure smooth and synergized day-to-day implementation of all YHP field activities.
    • Coordinate weekly review meetings with YHP field teams and implementing partners.
    • Convene agenda-driven monthly coordination meetings with partners.

    Programme and project design and influence (20%) 

    • Ensure effective participation of all YHP project beneficiaries    and communities in project cycle for the achievement of outcomes.
    • Maintain close collaboration with local partners – CSOs, SCHMT, CHMTs, MOH, MOE, Private Sector/Corporates and with various YHP cohorts
    • Support the completion of joint NCD advocacy and influencing strategy with partners
    • Coordinate validation and dissemination of the strategy in consultation with the Project Manager.
    • Train and support youth advocates/peer leaders and support them to participate in relevant forums at local and national level.
    • In consultation with the Project Manager and YHP team, support the drafting of Project Outlines in SAP.
    • Participate in NCD stakeholders’ forums as may be required.
    • Facilitate access to relevant and accurate information on the YHP project to all project stakeholders and partners.
    • Consolidate/write project periodic reports in line with the laid down donor requirements and Plan standards.
    • In liaison with selected implementing partners, the YHP project officer will  identify and earmark various YHP cohorts for capacity building/training.
    • With support from M&E Coordinator, conduct gender sensitive training needs assessment for various YHP cohorts when need be.

    Working in Partnership and resource mobilisation (10%) 

    • Continued participation on flagged business development calls by providing necessary information to qualify proposals for NCD programming as well as Urban programming.
    • Management of identified implementing partners to effectively support YHP project delivery.
    • Track and monitor contractual obligations of all partners including ensuring compliance to the key commitments and achievement of KPIs.
    • Uphold the principles of Building Better Partnerships  
    • Engage and maintain cordial stakeholder relationships throughout the project cycle for effective project delivery and achievement of YHP Project deliverables.
    • Maintain a high level of external communication and contact at the community and county levels. This is to facilitate the implementation of YHP project   activities effectively.
    • Build and strengthen working relations with local structures (local administration, schools among others) and ensure their participation and support to child sponsorship and other program activities.
    • Represent the YHP project in different technical working groups at sub-county level

    Quality improvement and standards (10%)

    • Deliver timely and quality   YHP project deliverables as per monthly and quarterly schedules.
    • In liaison with the M&E coordinator ensure YHP project activities and outputs are regularly tracked towards the realization of results and put appropriate remedial measures to ensure project implementation is on track.
    • Work with the M&E and Research and Learning and Knowledge management team in documenting project best practices and lessons learnt.
    • Facilitate and coordinate joint reflection sessions with YHP Project beneficiaries, and respective cohorts as well as other stakeholders to inform programming/improve on quality of interventions.

    Financial Responsibility (15%)

    • Develop quarterly and monthly activity costed plans and budgets as per donor approved work plan and ensure all activities are on track with appropriate scheduling, quality and timelines.
    • Monitor expenditures by interventions and ensure compliance with approved budget.
    • Review expenditure reports on a monthly basis.

    Risk Management (5%)

    • Develop risk assessments for all projects & sponsorship and put in place mechanisms to mitigate/manage the risks during the implementation phase.

    Capability building and People Management (10%) 

    • Conduct selected implementing partners’ capacity gaps in delivery of YHP project, work and develop capacity building plans for mutual development
    • Coordinate planning, roll out and monitor capacity building plans for various project groups as per plan procedures.
    • With support from M&E Coordinator, conduct gender sensitive training needs assessment for various YHP cohorts when need be.

    Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) (5%)

    • Understands and puts into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), ensuring that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
    • Leads the orientation of programme staff to ensure that they are properly inducted on and understands their role in upholding Plan International’s safeguarding and GEI policies;
    • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in project design, during implementation and as principles applied in day-to-day work of Programme team;
    • Ensures that Plan Kenya contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted. 

    Other duties (5%)

    • As assigned by the supervisor.

    Qualifications/ experience essential: 

    • A Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or Social Studies.
    • A career professional training or certification in Project Cycle Management will be an added advantage.
    • At least 3 years’ experience in projects implementation in urban slums, especially Kibera.
    • Strong Knowledge of community development with focus on Non-communicable diseases and ASRH.
    • Knowledge in donor reporting mechanisms.
    • Evidence of having worked and collaborated with government line ministries, County governments, private sector, communities, young people and other stakeholders in supporting youths from marginalized backgrounds.
    • Knowledge and experience in execution of participatory trainings.
    • Evidence of having worked in Behaviour Change Communication initiatives targeting young people from informal settlements.
    • Understanding and experience in advocacy and influencing.

    Qualifications/ experience desirable: 

    • Strong report writing skills
    • Community facilitation, networking, partnership development and management skills
    • Good communication, negotiation and advocacy skills
    • Good interpersonal, relationship and team working
    • Conflict Management skills

    Languages required

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Kiswahili and English.

    Method of Application

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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