Plan International USA (Plan) is part of a global organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters, and partners to:
- Empower children, young people, and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability.
- Drive change in practice and policy at local, national, and global levels through our reach, experience, and knowledge of the realities children face.
- Work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and to overcome adversity.
- Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood.
We see clear links between fulfilling children’s rights, achieving gender equality, and ending child poverty. Every girl and boy has the right to be healthy, educated, protected, valued, and respected in their own community and beyond. We support these rights from birth to adulthood, working to ensure that girls and boys know their rights and have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to fulfil them. This approach inspires and empowers children and communities to create long-lasting change.
In 2016, Plan was active in 71 countries, and our programs reached more than 32 million children, directly impacting almost 70 million people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Program activities ranged from training health care workers and constructing health care facilities, to setting up water systems and building latrines, to working with children and families to improve early childhood care and development practices and outcomes. For more information visit, www.planusa.org.
Position: CBCP in Emergencies Project Manager
Job Location: Plan International Headquarters/Regional/National/Country Office (preferably home country of candidate)
Team: Disaster Risk Management
The CBCP in Emergencies Project Manager will sit within the Resilience Practice Area at Plan International USA. This person will be responsible for the administration, technical leadership, implementation, and reporting for Plan International’s USAID/OFDA grant improving the protective environment for children, young people and their families affected by conflict and disaster through strengthened community-based child protection approaches in line with the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action. They will also contribute significantly to inter-agency work as part of the Community Based Child Protection in Emergencies Task Force under the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.
The CBCP in Emergencies Project Manager is responsible for the implementation and final deliverables of Plan International’s OFDA grant improving the protective environment for children, young people and their families affected by conflict and disaster through strengthened community-based child protection approaches in line with the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action on behalf of the inter-agency Community Based Child Protection in Emergencies Task Force under the Alliance for Child Protection Humanitarian Action. The Project Manager (PM) will be based in their home country, Washington, DC or London, and travel up to 40% to pilot countries.
Implement the OFDA Grant
- Establish a review committee of representatives from the Community Based Child Protection in Emergencies Task Force (CBCP in Emergencies TF) and other relevant initiatives that will provide technical guidance, feedback and revision of various deliverables, participate in data gathering, etc.
- Develop a work plan in coordination with Plan International
- Develop criteria for selecting pilot countries in coordination with Plan International and the review committee
- Collect and synthesize existing tools, evaluation reports, donor reports and other key resources on CBCP and other sectors using community based approaches to develop a database on key resources and a synthesis on key research and lessons learned in collaboration with/building on the work of War Child Holland
- Liaise with ongoing initiatives strengthening community based approaches, evidence generation, evaluation, etc. and foster a collaborative environment
- Work with the Assessment, Measurement and Evidence Working Group to design data collection processes and participatory approaches for engagement with pilot countries
Design the Field Guide to Strengthening Community Based Child Protection
- Deploy to pilot countries to design and validate “key considerations” for strengthening CBCP
- Develop final “key considerations” and “how to guides” through participatory approaches that engage pilot countries, field based coordinators, academics, and practitioners.
- Provide capacity building opportunities to pilot countries through deployments to roll-out the draft Field Guide and develop in-country action plans
- Monitor and provide technical support to the implementation of country action plans.
Provide Capacity Building Opportunities to Practitioners
- Develop a CBCP training package to accompany the Field Guide in collaboration with the Learning & Development Working Group inclusive of
- Face-face Training of Trainers
- E-learning Modules
- Broadly test and disseminate training and Field Guide through deployments to provide training, online webinars and dissemination via websites, and via global events and meetings (regional and global events)
- Work with the Assessment, Measurement and Evidence and the Learning and Development Working Group to design a feedback mechanisms for future testing, study, and finalization of the Field Guide and training package
Networking and Representation
- Co-lead the CBCP in Emergencies Task Force as part of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action as Plan International’s representative.
- Liaise with and participate in various initiatives on CBCP and bring key stakeholders and organizations together for collaboration and coordination
- Participate in the revision process of Standard 16 (CBCP) in collaboration with the Child Protection Minimum Standards Working Group
- Support the submission of timely donor reports (narrative, budgetary, etc.)
- Design monitoring and reporting methodologies
- Provide regular updates to the Senior Director of Resilience at Plan International USA on the status of the project
- Support the communication with USAID/OFDA (provide regular updates on project progress and achievements, organise workshops in the USA to present the guidance and related tools, etc.)
- Work with Compliance, Operations & Awards to ensure compliance with award terms and conditions including any sub-awards issued under the award
Build Technical Expertise of Plan International’s in CBCP
- Identify opportunities to build capacity of Child Protection in Emergencies practitioners in CBCP which may include: support to proposals including CBCP interventions, provide trainings both face-face and via webinar, support the development of Plan International’s CBCP strategy in emergencies, etc.
Dealing with Problems:
- Excellent risk-assessment and management is required to support decisions that may require overcoming attitudinal, systemic and physical barriers
- Management judgment will be required to negotiate and influence inter-agency task force members at the global, regional and country level
Communications and Working Relationship:
Key Internal Contacts
- The successful candidate will work regularly with the Global Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) Unit at Plan International Headquarters.
- The candidate will lead the CBCP project in collaboration with the CPiE technical team and utilize technical guidance from team members.
- The candidate will contribute to Global CPiE pieces of work as appropriate.
Key External Contacts
- Inter-agency forums and groups such as the Working Groups and Task Forces within the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, the Child Protection Area of Responsibility, the Community Based Child Protection Exchange, the Inter-agency Learning Initiative on Community Based Child Protection, the CPC Network, the UNHCR Community Based Protection Exchange, etc.
- Other agencies and groups relevant to community based approaches and actions.
- Reports to the Senior Director of Resilience at Plan International USA
- Technical guidance from the Global Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist at Plan International Headquarters
- When working in Plan International Country Office, may have dotted line reporting to Emergency Response Manager or designate.
Education and Experience:
- At least 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience with international organizations in Child Protection in Emergencies and demonstrated expertise in implementing CBCP
- University degree in social work, psychology, social sciences or related field
- Experience in developing, methods, tools and programs/interventions – including capacity building approaches (training, coaching/mentoring, remote supervision, participatory learning approaches, etc.)
- Strong research and analytical skills with experience in participatory and inter-agency approaches
- Experience in grant management, spending and procurement planning, monitoring and reporting, etc. (preferably with USA donors)
- Creative, thinks outside the box to solve complex problems
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
- Knowledge of the Child Protection Minimum Standards and their role within the child Experience working at an inter-agency level
- Experience in developing inter-agency pieces of work and ability to distil various viewpoints into cohesive guidance
- Familiarity with multi-sector approaches to programming
- French, Arabic, or Spanish speaking/written skills
- Previous experience with USAID, OFDA, BPRM, or other USA donor
- Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership and is able to support and train local and international staff and also able to work with disaster affected communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.
- Excellent negotiation, representation, skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a very sensitive environment.
- Strong organizational and work prioritization skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines
- Proven ability to solve problems independently without direct supervision.
- Good facilitation skills and ability to deliver induction briefing/training.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels, and to maintain this under pressure.
- Commitment and adherence to humanitarian values and standards
- Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to Plan International’s core values and humanitarian principles including awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity
- Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive under pressure.
- Experience working in conflict or emergency-affected areas
- Ability to work in multiple locations and on the move
Physical Environment and Demands:
- Majority of the time in typical office environment with limited heavy lifting, and walking/climbing. Extensive travel, sometimes to hazardous environments and at short notice.
- Periods of intense work such as working in multiple locations and while on the move and/or long hours.
Plan International USA has two offices, located in Washington, DC and Warwick, Rhode Island. It is part of the global federation, Plan International, which is comprised of collaborative partnerships between 21 national offices and 51 country offices. Plan International USA is registered 501(c)(3) and has an independent Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors of Plan International USA also participate in global federation governance through membership on the federation’s Members’ Assembly and International Board.
The Plan USA Program Team works in direct partnership with the Regional and Country Office staff contributing expertise in business development, program design and implementation. The Program Team helps to manage, monitor and evaluate all US-funded programs, as well as reporting back to donors on the progress of program initiatives.
We aspire to five core values that help us define our culture and to inform our business decisions: Accountability, Passion, Integrity, Respect, and Excellence - AsPIRE. Plan expects all staff to exhibit and embrace these values in every part of their work lives.
We are committed to adhering to Plan’s Child Protection Standards and protecting the wellbeing of children in any situation that may arise. The protection of children is everyone’s responsibility.