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Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Officer

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 provide SRHR technical guidance for the effective implementation of the MUNDZUKU project and contribute to improving and sustaining the quality and impact of the SRHR-related programming and influencing activities. The post holder will directly work both with the Project implementation partners, government institutions, and communities to ensure that the project is implemented and meets the key deliverables in SRHR component on time and on defined quality. The post holder will coordinate activities with the Project Manager on a regular basis and will liaise with Plan Country Office Gender Specialist.

 

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 fulfilment of sexual and reproductive health and the rights of young people aged 10-19.

 

MANAGEMENT SCOPE, REPORTING LINES, KEY RELATIONSHIPS


SCOPE
Work closely with NO colleagues, including the Regional Technical Specialist – SRHR and Gender, to advance the ambition of the project. The incumbent will also support strategic relationships with stakeholders, including government officials, community leaders, and development partner staff, to position Plan International as an influential leader in SRHR in name of Plan International Mozambique.

 

Direct reports: No direct reports, but has work relationship with volunteers and community leaders.

Key relationships 
Internal

  • Project Manager and team members
  • ME Officer;
  • Other project staff and Plan International at CO;

External

  • Government services providers;
  • Community leaders;
  • Children, Adolescents and Youths (CAYs) in all their diversities.

 

LEVEL OF CONTACT WITH CHILDREN
High contact: Interaction with Sponsorship children and their caregivers 

 

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
•    Typical Field work environment with 30% office work.

 

ACCOUNTABILITIES AND MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Liaise with implementing partners (ASSOCIATION MAHLAHLE, LAMBDA, and AMODEFA) for promoting the SRHR within the "My Body, My Future" project (MUNDZUKU), with the aim of enabling CAYs in all their diversity, especially teenage girls to enjoy and fulfill their sexual and reproductive rights.
  • Test and rollout Plan International's guidance and tools for advancing key components of SRHR for CAYs in all their diversities which include those related to: 1. SRHR education, information, and skills-building; 2. Quality Adolescent and Gender Responsive SRHR services; and 3. Community and societal support for SRHR.
  • Work alongside other Plan project staff and implementing partners working for MANDZIKU project to provide advance deeper technical support on gender-transformative SRHR. 
  • Support the development of training manuals, guidance documents, and toolkits on adolescent SRHR.   
  • Development of capacity building plans and providing training, coaching, and mentorship on gender-transformative SRHR to program staff and implementing partners in MANDZIKU project. 
  • Identify and build opportunities and, as well as strengthening project partnerships to advance adolescent SRHR and gender equality in the project areas. 
  • Map and analyze operational contexts and trends to inform programme development and improving upon our SRHR practice in MANDZIKU project intervention area.
  • Establish regular contact and maintain credibility and good relations with partners, stakeholders, and communities where the project is implemented and contribute to the establishment of networks on SRHR for advocacy and influencing.
  • Monitor activities implementation through regular visits, meetings with community and other stakeholders and make informed decisions as necessary.
  • Ensure the collection of quality data to inform the ME database.
  • Support 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.
  • Document 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 and facilitate consistent learning and sharing of good practices among staff and partners. 
  • Identify any potential issues or risks that could affect the progression of the project and communicate these items with the Project Manager.
  • Performs any other duties within the scope of the role as assigned by the line manager.

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 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 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 

  • 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 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;
  • 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

  • Degree in Public Health/ Social Sciences/Education/or equivalent in a related discipline;
  • Minimum of 5 years of proven experience within the development sector in SRHR (experience in both development and humanitarian setting desirable).
  • Strong expertise in gender-transformative programming and a good understanding of intersectionality and inclusion.
  • Experience in capacity development of project and partner’s staff and strong facilitation and training skills.
  • Experience in working for an international organization and with local partners. 
  • Ability to plan work and meet deadlines when working under pressure.
  • Fluency in English and Portuguese, both written and spoken; ability to speak local languages (Bitonga and Chitwa) is an asset.
  •  Experience in design of IEC and training materials
  • Expertise in the facilitation of training for communities’ members, children, services providers (education, health, etc.).
  • Familiar with National Policies on SRHR for CAYs and networks:
  • Expertise in advocacy and influencing on inclusive SRHR;
  •  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 analysis oriented to results.


TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES
Knowledge:

  • Advanced knowledge of the rationale and practical implications of being rights-based and gender transformative.
  • Good communications skills in Portuguese, English (speaking and writing), and Local languages spoken in Jangamo district.
  • Skills
  • Excellent organization and planning skills and ability to resolve problems constructively;
  • Computer literate, with strong knowledge of MS Office.
  • 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.
  • Strong skills in facilitation and negotiation.
  • Strategic thinker
  • Team player
  • Ability to prioritize work effectively for execution with limited resources;
  • Ability to work independently without close supervision; 
  • Strong Communication skills;
  • Excellent in Portuguese local language oral and written skills required.

Behaviour

  • Helps others to recognise and manage stress by showing empathy, prioritising workload, and role modeling 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 

 

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.