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Child Protection Project Manager

Date: 04-Jun-2021

Location: Chiure, Mozambique

Company: Plan International

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



The purpose of this role is to coordinate and manage the Child Protection program funded by The Dutch MFA through the Dutch Relief Alliance in line with international best practices and relevant guidelines. The post holder is expected to have strong Child Protection background and knowledge and ability to manage budgets, donor reporting, and procurement requirements, among others. 


Key relationships 
•    Key Internal Contacts: DRM, Education project, Child Protection, Business Development Department, logistics team, HR, Finance

•    Key External Contacts: CP Sub Cluster, Protection cluster and GBV sub-cluster, DPGCAS and SDSMAS


High contact – the job responsibilities of this position require the post holder to have frequent contact to low contact with children. It is expected that children shall be protected at all times.


•    Typical Office environment with 50% travel.


Project Management
•    Provide guidance and support to the implementing project team, in all phases of the project cycle
•    Develop an activity implementation plan with the project team
•    Lead/organize regular monitoring visits and if required project action plans revisions and modifications
•    Responsible for the development of all narrative and financial report (with support from Grants Officer and finance department and technical review by CPiE Specialist in line with donor and Plan’s requirements  
•    Ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations
•    Monitor budget and ensure adequate burn rate with support from Emergency Response Manager and CPiE Specialist.
•    Working with M&E Officer to, ensure adequate data capturing of project beneficiaries
•    Lead on coordinating NFI distribution, ensuring data is collected and shared in a timely manner and feedback on distribution is collected
•    Establishing safe spaces, hiring and training staff and volunteers, and put in place monitoring mechanisms to ensure quality. 
Information and Coordination
•    Liaise and provide project updates and reports on a frequent basis and whenever required and agreed as per FAD and Situation Reports 
•    Organize and attend regular meetings with project stakeholders as necessary 
•    Represent Plan International Mozambique in coordination meetings as designated by line manager


Human Resource Development
•    Develop Job Descriptions for project staff and partners as needed and support recruitment. 
•    Provide regular capacity building/trainings and supervision to project staff in the areas of child protection. 

Resource Mobilization
•    Support resource mobilization efforts of proposal writing and related engagement. 
•    In collaboration with M&E Officer, Communications Officer and CPiE Specialist, develop project briefs, lessons learnt and best practice documents that could feed into new projects idea
•    In collaboration with M&E and project officers, support assessments and other project documentations, that could possible feed into project development.

Dealing with Problems
•    Ability to manage competing priorities and expectations from internal and external stakeholders and remain calm and resilient in the face of pressure.
•    Manage multiple and work with distant colleagues to form a virtual efficient administration team;
•    Use Plan procedures to settle conflicts among colleagues; 
•    Resolve problems that are not covered by established process. 
•    Analyse possible causes of problems and suggest solutions to get them resolved. 
•    Refer, whenever necessary, the case to the Humanitarian Programme Manager for consideration.

Communications and Working Relationships: 
•    Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact
•    Plan Mozambique Humanitarian Response Unit
•    Various departments within Plan Mozambique (HR, Finance, Admin, Programmes etc)
•    Surge team


Reporting (but not limited to)
•    Supports in reporting process, in particular quarterly and annual reports, to the RO including timely submission of all required reports and implementation of follow-up actions and recommendations; 

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 behaviour 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.


•    Knowledge of programmes according to Plan International’s Programme Quality and Influencing Policy procedures;
•    Seeks opportunities to reflect on and learn from all work, programme and project activities;
•    Understands digital enablers to improve team performance and working practices.
•    Encourages digital behaviours through role modelling, the personal development processes 
•    Critically appraises and interrogates data to identify anomalies and patterns. Analyses and interprets a range of evidence to inform decision making and implement actions Translate the interpretation and implications of data into language that is accessible and relevant for staff;
•    Know-how of financial activities that comply with donor and organisational requirements, considering: waivers, permissions, document management and auditing.
•    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 in terms of funding and governance and awareness of Plan's purpose, values, and global strategy.

Qualifications/ experience essential:

•    At least 5 years’ experience in  Child Protection or Gender Based Violence programming 
•    Proven experience of budget management and ability to develop project catch up plans and expenditure
•    Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork and planning skills with proven ability to function effectively with multiple counterparts in private, public and NGO sectors. 
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Portuguese
•    Knowledge and skills: General knowledge and understanding of Humanitarian Principles, CPIE Minimum standards, Gender Based Violence in Emergencies Guidelines, Core Humanitarian Standards, SPHERE  and other relevant international standard for humanitarian response
•    General implementation experience in a managing role in humanitarian response
•    Ability to work effectively with diverse international teams.
•    Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
•    Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office


•    Bachelors’ degree in Psychology, Development Studies, Project Management, Social Science
•    Related field and experience at an NGO (at least 3 years) humanitarian response experience a plus. 
•    Experience with project management and donor compliance
•    Experience implementing complaints and feedback mechanisms into a response 
•    Experience of community-based protection mechanisms, outreach activities and awareness raising



•    Mastery of the approaches to humanitarian/programme/project logic, trends in own and related fields of work and a range of effective strategies, approaches and practices;
•    Advanced 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;
•    Shapes strategy, policy, standards and plans related to own field(s) of expertise, clearly aligned with our purpose, relevant needs and stakeholder interests;
•    Ensures that strategy, policy, standards and plans related to own field(s) of expertise are based on rigorous internal and external evidence, including examples of effective practice;
•    Assesses effectiveness to improve evidence and quality by designing appropriate measures and assessment methods, using on-going monitoring and assessment to improve project design and implementation, initiating research and conducting evaluation, assessing the results and sharing learning.
•    Understands the rationale for and practical implications of key programming and influencing principles including being rights-based, stimulating gender transformative change, using participatory approaches, working in partnership and being evidence-based;
•    Strong in using social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., for Plan’s work and increase Plan International Mozambique visibility.
•    Programme management skills with excellent grasp of programming concepts
•    Communication skills;
•    Excellent organization and planning skills and ability to resolve problems constructively;
•    Computer literate, with strong knowledge of MS Office applications, spread sheets, database programs, and statistical software packages;
•    Flexibility, persistence, and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team;
•    Ability to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges;
•    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 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.
•    Strategic thinker
•    Team player
•    Strong experience in report writing;
•    Ability to prioritize work effectively for execution with limited resources;
•    Ability to work independently without close supervision; 
•    Strong Communication skills;
•    Strong Advocacy skills
•    Proficient in computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications.
•    Excellent English and Portuguese oral and written skills required.


•    Creates strong sense of purpose and commitment within own part of the team and with stakeholders
•    Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour 
•    Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism/integrity 
•    Strategic thinking and effective contribution to own work and Organisational development. 
•    Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations
•    Strong emotional intelligence including self-awareness. 
•    Leads by example to motivate high performance of others
•    Very strong commitment to continuous learning 

Location: Chiure - Cabo de Delgado

Contract: Fixed Term


Plan is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply. 
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Child Protection Policy. 
As an international child-centered 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