Monday, October 31, 2016

Plan,ECD Program Officer Jobs in Rwanda

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian not for profit organization 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 its girls who are most affected.
Working together with children, young people, our suppo
rters 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 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
Plan International has been working in Rwanda since 2007 with a major focus on four country programs:  Right to Access Quality and Inclusive Education, Right to Early Childhood Care and Development through United Communities, Right to Youth Economic Security through Active Citizenship and Right to Protection. Plan currently operates in Gatsibo, Kayonza, Rwamagana, Bugesera and Nyaruguru. Plan International Rwanda has entered into partnership with UNHCR and other partners to implement Sexual & Gender Based Violence Responses and Child protection in all Refugees Camps across the country.
"Plan International, Rwanda is deeply committed to realizing children’s rights as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and National Integrated Child Rights Policy– including their rights to protection and freedom from abuse and exploitation. We therefore have an unequivocal child protection policy and zero tolerance to any form of child abuse and exploitation. All who work for us, represent us and visit with us, are expected to abide by our child protection policy and related procedures during their engagement with us. Help us maintain a child safe environment".
To facilitate the implementation of its activities, Plan International Rwanda is inviting applicants from suitably qualified Rwandan nationals to fill the following vacant position:
Position: ECD Program Officer     
Grade: Level D1
Type of appointment: Fixed term project contract  
Duty Station: Global Communities, ISVP Twiyubake Program – Kigali  
Deadline for applications: 10th November 2016
Job summary:
Plan International Rwanda, in partnership with Global Communities, is contributing to implementation of the USAID-funded Improved Services for Vulnerable Populations (ISVP) program to: a) Identify and serve 250,000 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and other vulnerable individuals; b) Reduce the economic vulnerability of 50,000 households; c) Increase parenting skills and health-seeking behaviors; d) Respond to the unique needs of young children and adolescents; and e) Develop family, community and government capacity that facilitates transition to Rwandan ownership. ISVP program will be implemented in 15 targeted districts of Rwanda.
Plan International Rwanda is seeking a highly experienced and motivated Early Childhood Care and Development (ECD) Program Officer who will oversee and coordinate the implementation of the ECCD program interventions for each geographic zonal area.  The ECCD Program Officer will be responsible for increasing family and community capacity to care for young children. S/he will support ECCD centers to improve operations by carrying out assessments, facilitating participatory planning and actions to mobilize local resources, and support facility improvements.
Dimensions of Role:
This is a full time position, contingent on the ISVP program sub-recipient grant. The ECCD Program Officer reports directly to the Education Program Manager at Plan International Rwanda with dotted line reporting to Global Communities.
The goal of the ECCD Program Officer is to support the achievement of the ECCD objectives of the program, keeping in close communication with Global Communities as he or she does so. The incumbent will work in collaboration with a broad range of ISVP/Twiyubake program staff, including the Zonal Managers, the Manager of the Gender Technical Team, and other technical teams in overseeing and coordinating ECCD activities within each defined zone.
Key Responsibilities
The ECCD Program Officer:
  • Provides training, technical assistance and support to frontline teams to implement ECCD programming.
  • Works closely with clinical and community-based service providers and local authorities to help parents and guardians build their parenting skills and enhance their care and responsiveness.
  • Scales up flexible models for playgroups to create quality, sustainable child care that enables parents and guardians to engage in livelihood opportunities.
  • Builds capacity of selected ECCD sites and provides temporary staff, training and equipment to strengthen local management.
  • Works to engage both men and women as providers and seekers of comprehensive care and support.
  • Ensures program integration by linking ECCD centers with local health centers through referrals, awareness raising activities, and trainings for Community Health Workers.
  • Ensures all ECCD programming is community based and child rights are embedded in program activities.
  • Ensures child protection and water and sanitation are promoted in ECCD centers and intervention areas.
  • Supports monitoring and evaluation of ECCD related programming.
  • Oversees ECCD budgets and expenditures of the program and tracks progress to ensure alignment with the program goals and deliverables.
  • Produces briefings, reports and other ECCD program-related data/information to show program results, challenges, progress and impact.
Indicators of Success
  • Effective program learning system is in place with a strong monitoring and evaluation plan for ECCD programs.
  • ECCD interventions align to larger project interventions and compliment activities in key programmatic areas such as child protection and gender equality.
  • Implementation of ECCD activities across all geographic zones is tailored and well-coordinated.
  • Access to and utilization of community services is strengthened and initiated by care givers.
  • Technical guidance to implementing local entities is appropriate and timely.
  • Capacity of local ECCD centers is assessed and training gaps are identified and addressed through capacity building.
  • High quality and timely program reports are provided to Global Communities on a regular basis, as required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Required to Achieve Program Objectives
Skills, Knowledge and Competencies
  • Mastery and deep understanding of ECCD principles including how to support caregivers to increase knowledge, skills and attitudes regarding child development and protection, and the care and treatment of OVC and communities to grow and learn in how to support their vulnerable children and families
  • Demonstrated capacity in linking ECCD interventions to health, gender, and child protection program interventions
  • Strong program management expertise
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to design and deliver training to support and enhance organizational capacity development in ECCD
  • Deep understanding of the development and use of M&E tools in the ECCD and Education field
  • Understanding of how to build local networks that are effective and sustainable
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the generation of reports that are comprehensive and timely in their submission 
  • Demonstrated capacity to assess best practices and document lessons learned  
  • Strong proficiency using Microsoft Office, Outlook and the internet
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development, Education or a related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working with communities, parents and other caregivers, and children and youth
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working with bilateral organizations or INGOs
  • Minimum of 3 years in the management of staff and organization development
  • Exhibit strong commitment to children and youth, and their welfare
  • Be a team player with strong mentoring and coaching skills
  • Serve as a highly effective networker
  • Exhibit accountability, passion, integrity, respect and excellence at all times  
How to Apply  
  • Please do apply online using this link.
Your application should include (in one file document):
  • A covering letter (ii) A comprehensive CV (iii) Details of 3 referees, one of whom should be your current Deadline for applications is Thursday 10th November 2016 @ 5pm.
Please note that applications which do not meet the specified minimum requirements or are received after the closing date will be rejected. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Qualified Women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply for this position. All application materials will not be returned.

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