Job at Plan International: Nutrition Project Officer (Mahama) (Deadline: 7 July 2017)
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.
Dimensions of Role:
The post holder reports directly to Senior Nutrition Officer. S/he is responsible of overall implementation of the project activities within workplace, collaborates with the partner organization staff at field level and Plan protection coordinator, and reports regularly the project progress to his/her supervisor. This position will be a fixed term contract with possibility to renew (contingent on renewed funding).
Typical Responsibilities – Key End Results of Position:
Implement the overall project activities which include but not limited to:
- Participation in camp budget preparation
- Participation in quarterly project review workshops and in pre-test of monitoring tools
- Ensures that project administrative processes are carried out in conformity with the agreed standards and policies, to ensure alignment to the project objective
- Facilitate information sharing and coordinate activities among project stakeholders/partners at the camp level;
- Prepare project reports in line with agreed budgets and activities;
- Responsible for the field verification of project budget expenditures to ensure that project funds are spent as planned
- Responsible of all activities related to livelihood and Gender in Nutrition Education project
- Promote and abide by internal policies and procedures including but not limited to: Child Plan Protection Policy and Code of Conduct
- She/he will act as the focal point person for the project within the camp.
- Supports project implementation in the camp to be in conformity with WFP and Plan’s standards and policies;
- Facilitate community dialogue sessions and manage community sensitization campaigns;
- Work collaboratively with UNHCR, stakeholders, MIDIMAR, Police, district officials and other partners.
- Supervise nutrition animators work;
- Assist in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the NEC project
- Assist the gender responsiveness and gender mainstreaming components of the project
- Facilitate different trainings of beneficiaries
- Document lessons learnt, success stories and/or challenges about the project
- Facilitate the integration of program and CCCD activities in the field
Indicators for success:
- Effective budget management
- Submission of reports on time
- Strategies of nutrition and livelihood in emergency which promote advanced nutrition behaviors in refugee camps
- Best practices are well documented, shared and supported by research and evaluation studies
- Behavior change of refugees in nutrition sector
- Project objectives achievement
Dealing with Problems:
Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them
The Nutrition Project Officer position involves some degree of complexity in terms of taking decisions such as appropriate or innovative strategies in promoting partnership management in emergency settings. Even though the incumbent duties are checked by his/her supervisor, an error of judgment in developing strategy or incorrect analysis of a specific situation could compromise the integrity and reputation of the organization.
Therefore, the post holder will demonstrate the ability to communicate any challenge faced and thinking strategically while introducing new initiatives or strategy, and in communication and facilitation to meet the demands of a dynamic and sometimes unpredictable operating environment.
The post holder work in collaboration with other program staff in building comprehensive activities with refugee camps. This will encompass strengthening planning, management, adherence to policies and procedures, and promoting a culture for delivery of results, both short and long term.
Communications and Working Relationships:
- Internal to Plan International Rwanda (supervision, sharing; management of program; coaching)
- Work closely with the Protection team, NEC Coordinator and NEC Manager in terms of programming and coordination of interventions – High
- Work with other Program Staff , Monitoring and Evaluation, finance and logistic , gender advisor and the Child Rights Program Manager– High
- Work with the communication person for media purpose and publication of nutrition work – Medium
- External (sharing; learning; best practices; contribution to initiative/research…)
- Liaise with direct partners staff involved in the NEC project – High
- Skills specific to the post
- Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:
- Good facilitation, communication, interpersonal, analytical, and negotiation;
- Good capacity of strategic thinking, networking and making sound judgment and recommendations;
- Ability to organize own work independently and willingness to work beyond normal working hours
- Strong team building and motivational skills
- Communication skills (fluent in English and Kinyarwanda, knowledge of French is an asset)
- Ability to organize and conduct trainings, campaigns and community dialogue
- Team player with good mentoring and coaching skills,
- Highly effective networking and inter-personal skills,
- Timely and effective delivery
- Gain, develop and retain credibility about performance
- Commitment to child protection and participation
- Courtesy, honesty and integrity, effective and clear communication
- Bachelor degree in nutrition science, public health, food science, social science or related fields
- Minimum of 2 years relevant working experience in nutrition education sector
- 1 year Prior experience working with refugees and other vulnerable populations in nutrition related project is an asset.
- Excellent reporting skills and competencies in computer literacy (M-Excel, MS-Word, & Power Point)
- Values and Behaviours:
- We strive for lasting impactWe 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 are inclusive and empoweringWe 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.
- We are open and accountableWe 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 work well togetherWe 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.Physical Environment and Demands:Heavy lifting, climbing, excess travel, etc. this is not a typical office environment with limited movements to Country Office.Level of Contact with Children:Interaction with children/youth in refugee camp settings is high.
Type of Role: Fixed Term, National Position
Closing Date: 5th July, 2017
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Child Protection Policy.
As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.
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. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.