Plan International

Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Specialist

Plan International

Job Description

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 Mozambique we are working to eradicate early marriage and early pregnancy through projects that focus on adolescent girls in Inhambane Sofala and Nampula provinces. These projects are programmed along our three strategic pillars: Girl Education, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, Youth Economic Empowerment and Climate Change. Our work is gender transformative and includes influencing work at national and sub-regional level.

Plan International is seeking a Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Specialist (GIS) for an anticipated USAID-funded Education program in Mozambique. This program will support the result areas of the USAID Mozambique Mission’s Human Capacity strategic goal under the USAID Advancing Girls’ Education (AGE) activity, with the purpose of increasing safety of girls in school through mobilizing communities and to expand girls’ access to quality education and improve learning outcomes for girls in upper primary and secondary grades.

The Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Specialist (ASRHS) will provide technical assistance around ASRH and develop comprehensive strategies for key stakeholders to produce highly effective programs to improve social behavior change around sexual reproductive health. The position is contingent upon award of the project by the donor.


Key relationships

Internal • Project team • Internal technical networks as relevant • Global and Regional functional and thematic leads Youth and Adolescent • Plan Inc. US National Office technical team External • National and Local authorities • Partner organizations • Civil Society Organizations • Girl Movements • Other INGOs LEVEL OF CONTACT WITH CHILDREN

Mid contact: Medium interaction with children PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

• Typical Office environment with 10% travel in Country ACCOUNTABILITIES AND MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

• Technical advising for ASRH activities that support outcomes that contribute to girls’ staying in school • Strengthen capacity for Comprehensive Sexual Education and ASRH access to ensure the effective implementation of AGE interventions • Develop strategies for youth ASRH to produce highly effective programs that measure their success in terms of impact on student learning outcomes • Identify issues related to professional learning and curriculum implementation around ASHR in regards to comprehensive sexual education • Ensure comprehensive sexuality education programs are of professional quality by sharing successes and challenges, remaining open to feedback and applying new learning • Provide technical direction related to policies, training, and teaching methodologies around areas of ASRH • Perform any other duties within the scope of the position as assigned by the supervisor.

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

• 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.

• Ensures that Humanitarian Program staff 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 Mozambique contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted.


• Courageous in taking a lead, focused on Plan International's purpose and making the most effective contribution within my own work context.

• Behaves in line with our values and safeguarding practices, inside and outside work.

• Challenges own attitudes, unconscious bias and behavior and speaks up when they see wrong doing, especially by those who use their power over others to create fear or abuse.

• Understand and adhere to the policies, processes, practices and standards relevant to own work and keeps their knowledge and skills up to date.

• Honest and efficient in use of resources, including own time.

• Takes responsibility for own performance and development: reflecting; seeking and listening to feedback; learning from mistakes; finding people or resources to help them learn.

• Constructive and optimistic in facing setbacks, challenges and change, using own initiative to analyze issues and improve things.

• Good team player, communicating effectively and being open and supportive towards those around them.

Business Management COMPETENCIES

• Understands digital enablers to improve team performance and working practices.

• Encourages digital behaviours through role modelling, the personal development processes • Keeps abreast of internal and external changes or developments and supports their team to adapt accordingly.

• Understand relevant sectoral context including how the sector operates and awareness of Plan's purpose, values, and global strategy.


Qualifications/ experience essential: Qualifications • Minimum of five (5) years of experience developing Health Promotion and prevention outreach activities.

• Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or a related field and a minimum of seven (7) years working in related programs.

• Work experience in social and behavior change of Sexual Reproduction and Health Rights • Experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, such as local partners, government officials and donor representatives.

• Work experience in Mozambique or East Africa is highly required.

• Proficient English and Portuguese oral and written communication skills are essential.


• Excellent relationship building skills – networking, influencing and stakeholder management skills; • Advanced Computer Software skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoints; • Role model our values and behaviors both internally and externally; • Promotes equality, including gender equality, inclusion and girls’ empowerment in Plan’s work and in its work with partners; • Uses creativity to challenge the norm and promote innovation and thinks and acts for the wider organization; • Communicates effectively at a high level and with a range of appropriate styles for different audiences; • Builds capability through knowledge sharing and networking; • Understands fundamental issues and root causes: Understands the development and needs of our Primary Impact Groups from birth to adulthood, the root causes of the issues affecting them, and the key actors most relevant to their interests and therefore to our work; • Understands key programme and influence principles: Understands the rationale for and practical implications of being rights-based, gender transformative, participatory, working in partnership; evidence-based and working to strengthen civil society; • Ability to articulate Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health guidelines in specific context of the programme.


We are open and accountable

We 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 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 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.

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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