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Disability Inclusion Coordinator

Date: 13-Oct-2021

Location: Inhambane, Mozambique

Company: Plan International

THE ORGANIZATION
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, Nampula and Cabo Delgado 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.

 

ROLE PURPOSE
The purpose of this role is to work both with the Project implementing partners, OPDs - Organization of People with Disability, Government institutions, and Communities to ensure that the project is implemented in line with government relevant policies and meets the key deliverables required by the project within Disability and Inclusion (DI) component on time and on defined quality. The post holder will coordinate activities with the Project Manager on regular basis and will support Plan International Mozambique Country Office in the integration of DI in all CO projects.


About the project
Plan International Finland is setting up a programme called “My Body My Future.” for the years 2022-2025. This Programme is firmly anchored in a human-rights transformative approach in terms of its standards and design, and reflects a comprehensive approach to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). It is composed of an overseas component, involving six projects in six developing countries, Mozambique included; and a domestic component, for activities in Finland. The overseas component focuses more on the sexual and reproductive health theme, while the domestic component has a broader scope of engaging youth and the public on sustainable development and equality for girls.
The Programme involves four Outcome areas: 
a.    Children, adolescents, and youth in all their diversity have the support and the confidence to make informed, responsible, positive, and healthy choices about their SRHR and future - PIMz to lead. 
b.    Children, adolescents, and youth in all their diversity have improved access to quality, inclusive, gender-responsive, and adolescent- and youth-friendly SRHR services, and especially girls most at risk have stronger social protection.
c.    Children, adolescents, and youth in all their diversity live in safe and supportive communities that transform gender roles and challenge harmful social and gender norms and stigma around SRHR.
d.    Children, adolescents, and youth in all their diversity participate and benefit from a vibrant civil society that advocates for increased public investment and improved SRHR policy and promotes equality for and agency of girls.
In Mozambique, the project is called MANDZIKU and the work will draw on elements of the previous project WUTOMI which was implemented between 2018-2021 to challenge gender inequality and social norms that hinder the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive health and the rights of young people aged 10-19.

 

MANAGEMENT SCOPE, REPORTING LINES, KEY RELATIONSHIPS
SCOPE
The post holder will be working with partners, the project manager, and other team members. Will also provide inputs to the country on disabilities and inclusion.
Direct reports: No direct reports. Only provides technical supervisory to the project team and partners.

 

Key relationships 
Internal
•    Works closely with the MERL team, Communication Officer, Program Area Manager and project manager
•    Advises technically on disability and inclusion issues; 
•    Works with Regional Hub/NO colleagues on issues related to disability and inclusion.
External
•    Partner organisations
•    OPDs (Organization of People with Disability);
•    Community leaders;
•    Civil society organizations
•    Youth and youth organisations
•    Consultants, 
•    Government institutions and Academia.


LEVEL OF CONTACT WITH CHILDREN
Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children 

 

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
•    Typical Office environment with 40% travel in Country.

 

ACCOUNTABILITIES AND MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Responsible for promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities, both within the "My Body, My Future" project (MUNDZUKU), with the aim of enabling CAYs, especially teenage girls to enjoy and fulfill their sexual and reproductive rights, which will be implemented by Plan International Mozambique in partnership with: the ASSOCIATION MAHLAHLE, LAMBDA and AMODEFA; and support CO in the integration of DI in all projects including advocacy and influencing activities.
  • Establish regular contact and maintain credibility and good relations with partners, stakeholders, and communities where the project is implemented.
  • Establish a good relationship and collaboration with other organization working in Disability Inclusion including support to ODPs.
  • Integrate the ODPs in the network of CSOs working with SRHR, for advocacy and influencing at the provincial and national level.
  • Selects and compile existing IEC and training materials or design others as deemed necessary.
  • Train Plan project staff, including those from the implementing partners and government, especially service providers from health, education and social affair sectors, and promote other trainings to relevant beneficiaries. 
  • Guides group discussion sessions on DI among project implementors representatives, beneficiary groups (children and their families), and government officers to define challenges, expectations and decide on goals to achieve, while ensuring active involvement of CAYs with disability and their families.
  • Monitors activities implementation through regular visits, meetings with community and other stakeholders and makes informed decisions as necessary.
  • Ensures the collection of quality data to inform the ME database.
  • Supports in preparation of all monthly, quarterly, and annual project work plans and reports as required by Plan International Mozambique and the donor and by other project stakeholders and beneficiaries as appropriate.
  • Documents project implementation and changes generated by the project through success stories, documentaries, Most Significant Changes, booklets, etc and maintains crucial project documents which track project progress.
  • Identifies any potential issues or risks that could affect the progression of the project and communicate these items with the Project Manager.
  • Perform any other duties within the scope of the position as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Reporting 
  • Supports in the reporting process, in particular monthly, quarterly, and annual reports, to the CO 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.

 

  LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES

  • 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 speak up when they see wrongdoing, 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 the 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 

  • Knowledge of programmes according to Plan International’s Programme Quality and Influencing Policy procedures;
  • Seeks opportunities to reflect on and learn from all work, program, and project activities;
  • Understands digital enablers to improve team performance and working practices.
  • Encourages digital behaviours through role modeling, 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.

 

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
Qualifications
Essential

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences/Education/Public Health or equivalent in a related discipline;
  • 5 years of experience in the field of Disability Inclusion working with OPDs, Government institutions at all levels (national, provincial and local levels), Services providers and communities;
  • Experience in design of IEC DI IEC and training materials
  • Expertise in the facilitation of training in DI for communities’ members, children, services providers (education, health, etc.);
  • Familiarity with National Policies on DI and SRHR for CAYs and DI networks:
  • Expertise in advocacy and influencing in DI;
  • Recognized abilities on results-based planning, progress report writing, project activities monitoring, and documentation;
  • Good interpersonal relationship, team working spirit, and conflict resolution;
  • Solid abilities in problem analyse oriented to results;

Desirable

  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences/Education/Public Health;
  • Good communications skills in Portuguese and English.

 

TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES
Knowledge:

  • Mastery of the approaches to humanitarian/program/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 disability and inclusion, clearly aligned with our purpose, relevant needs, and stakeholder interests;
  • Ensures that strategy, policy, standards, and plans related to disability and inclusion 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 ongoing 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.

 

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;
  • 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.
  • 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 Advocacy and influencing skills
  • Excellent English and Portuguese oral and written skills are required.

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.
  • Adapting to local political frameworks and processes including in fragile contexts, conflict or political transitions and changes to national, regional human rights frameworks and mechanisms, and governance processes. 

 

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 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 programs 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.

 

 
 
 

We highly encourage Women to Apply

Location: Position based in Maxixe - Inhambane

 

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.