Plan International

Deputy Chief of Party

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 the national and sub-regional level.

Plan International is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) 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 the 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 DCOP will oversee the Coordination of Field Operations, provide support in the management of sub-grantees, and ensure that activities meet USAID and Plan standards.

The position is contingent upon the award of the project and approval by the donor.

management scope, reporting lines, key relationships Direct reports: Deputy Chief of Party, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, SRHR Specialist, Girl Education Specialist, Gender and Inclusion Specialist, Teacher Professional Development Specialist… Key relationships

Internal • Operations team (Procurement, Logistics, Security) • Internal technical networks as relevant • Global and Regional functional and thematic leads • Functional departments Heads • Plan Inc. US National Organization External • Partner organisations • Civil Society Organizations • Youth and youth organisations • Other INGOs • UN agencies and Cluster and working group members • Subgrantees Level of contact with children

Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children Physical Environment

· Typical Office environment with 20% travel in Country.

Accountabilities and MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES
  • Provides day-to-day leadership and high-quality delivery of the project: field operations, Administration, logistics and procurement.
  • Manages, in coordination with the COP, relationships and work with implementing partner organizations, the donor, and various stakeholders
  • Oversees the development of project reports, annual work plans, and other documents as required by USAID and the Government of Mozambique
  • Maintains a working knowledge of project budgets and expenditure, and assists the Finance and Operations Manager to set up and implement appropriate systems for project financials.
  • Serves as Acting Chief of Party when the Chief of Party is unavailable.
  • Ensures compliance in reporting to USAID, Plan International, Plan US National Office and Government of Mozambique counterparts.
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. ** Leadership COMPETENCIES · Setting and communicating ambitious but realistic work goals and priorities, explaining how these contribute to Plan International's purpose.

· Setting high standards for self and others' behaviour, inside and outside work. Championing our values and commitment to rights, gender equality and safeguarding. Supporting the health, well-being and both physical and psychological safety of our staff, including their safety to speak out.

· Holding self and others to account for what we have agreed, dealing with a poor performance quickly, firmly and constructively.

· Collaborating with team members, colleagues and partners in finding creative solutions to problems by sharing information, experience and ideas and actively seeking their input.

· Motivating and developing others by taking an interest, giving constructive feedback and praise, ensuring they are properly trained and helping them develop their potential.

· Positive about change and supporting others in adjusting to it, helping them understand.

Business Management COMPETENCIES · Articulates the purpose, values, and global strategy to a range of audiences. Can explain how Plan International will deliver on its objectives through the theory of change and communicates the implications for their team.

· Understands the purpose, lines of accountability and decision-making capacity for each structural element of the organisation. Helps their team to understand where they sit within the organisational structure.

· Considerate of the political, economic, social and cultural climate of the local operating environment and the implications for our work and are aware of the local business environment, including financial, employment, and business laws.

· Understands digital enablers to improve team performance and working practices. Encourages digital behaviours through role modelling, personal development processes and capability building. Uses digital and technological tools to support the management of risk, activities and resources, and people and information.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge Qualifications/ experience essential:


  • Minimum eight (8) years of experience in education or related technical areas
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in senior management or leadership positions,
  • Masters’ degree preferred in education, international development or another relevant field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID project management including USAID rules and regulation and reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge about gender and development, and demonstrated experience and proficiency in managing programs that mainstream gender.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables and to track program quality through donor approved monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, such as local NGOs, government officials, donor representatives, local and international staff.
  • Excellent Portuguese and English oral and written communication skills

• Mastery of running program operations in the context of Mozambique; • Understanding of the development needs and their vulnerability 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 • Advanced knowledge of the rationale and practical implications of being rights-based, gender transformative, participatory, working in partnership; evidence-based and working to strengthen civil society.


· Prioritising safety and security under pressure by monitoring security risks; committing resources to ensure safety and security and ensuring organisational protocols are understood and consistently followed by staff · Providing clear direction and support to team members in the event of a crisis.

· Identifying, assessing and nurturing mutually beneficial relationships to engage with and influence key actors and stakeholders, including government, inter-governmental organisations, civil society, youth organisations and the private sector.

· Using on-going monitoring and assessment, working closely with project teams to improve the quality of implementation · Interpreting and contextualising data, assess results and draws conclusions to inform initiatives and clearly communicating the results of evaluation and lessons learned as appropriate.

· Numeracy and the ability to interpret financial data, in order to provide management support to budgetary processes including planning, monitoring and reporting.

· Ability to communicate effectively and build high-performance teams in support of the achievement of organisational objectives.

· Ability to interact and work effectively with others at all levels.

· Good analytical and administrative skills.

· Strong skills in facilitation and negotiation.

· Team player Behaviour

· Acts decisively and adapts plans quickly to respond to emerging situations and changing environments · Helps others to recognise and manage stress by showing empathy, prioritising workload and role modelling self-care in stressful situations · Promotes and guarantees safety and security behaviours and procedures for self and the team.

· Takes the time and patience to understand the concerns of other people and takes care of them as individuals.

· Avoids any negative impact of implementation – Do No Harm · Promote individual and organisational learning through systematic reflection processes, documentation, dissemination and knowledge management.

Plan International’s Values in Practice 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 a lasting impact

We strive to achieve a 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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