Plan International NGO Jobs – Project Coordinator

Job Title:   Project Coordinator
Organisation: Plan
Project Name: Grow Smart
Community Led Action for Children (ECCD)
Funding Source:
Cooperate XXL Lutz
Duty Station: Uganda
About Plan:
Founded 75 years ago, Plan
International is one of the oldest and largest child centered development
organizations in the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa,
Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out
of poverty. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their
full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan is
independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.
About Cooperate XXL Lutz Project:
Plan Uganda has been awarded a
grant by the Plan Germany National Office (supported by cooperate XXL Lutz) to
implement a project on Early Childhood Development using Plan’s model of
“Community Led Action for Children (CLAC). The project to be implemented in 15
targeted communities in Kamuli District aims at combating the detrimental
consequences of malnutrition in the early years such as stunting, death of
children (boys and girls), illness and impaired cognition and consequentially
enhance the fulfillment of the health, education, protection and participation
rights of young children in the target communities.
Job Summary: The Project
Coordinator will take lead of the Grow Smart Community Led Action for Children
(ECCD) project in Kamuli.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Actively
    facilitate planning, review and feedback sessions with management
    structures and other stakeholders, including caregivers, community health
    worker, volunteers, etc.
  • The
    incumbent will organize and actively participate in ECCD program /project
    research, assessments or evaluations undertaken in the operation areas as
    may be deemed necessary.
  • Regularly
    collect and analyze data to identify, document and disseminate key
    learning /best practices through photos, video clips, interviews, and most
    significant change stories from parenting program and ECCD Centers
  • Routinely
    share project information to contribute to quality sponsorship
    communications, such as the Program Area Updates (PAU), Development
    Education & Communication (DEC) among others.
  • Ensure
    the project interventions and activities are closely aligned and
    contributing to the Plan Uganda country programs, including promoting and
    supporting integration with Plan’s sponsorship commitments and Child
    Centered Community Development Standards, child protection, gender among
  • Identify
    and establish a supportive relationship with community volunteers,
    champions or leaders from within target communities to foster the
    awareness and sensitization on the importance of ECCD.
  • Build
    community capacity through empowerment Village Savings and Loan activities
    for household Village Savings & Loan Association (VSLA).
  • Proactively
    encourage and facilitate the inclusion of the most marginalized households
    and children within the GS CLAC project and maintain information on
    sponsored families/children participating in the project
  • Organize
    and provide supportive supervision and mentorship, and on-the-job training
    to trained CHWs/positive deviant volunteers and ECCD caregivers during
    home visits and PD hearth sessions.
  • Actively
    participate in community and district level forums to ensure visibility of
    ECCD and its integration into meeting agendas. Use these forums to
    sensitize key community and district stakeholders on ECCD.
  • Engage
    the community in mobilizing and leveraging resources to enhance desirable
    ECCD outcomes specifically through support and facilitation of community
    contributions to create a conducive environment to positive ECCD outcomes.
  • Organize
    and directly facilitate trainings, on job mentoring sessions and other
    capacity building initiatives for ECCD caregivers, PD volunteers and other
    Stakeholders targeted in the program;
  • Ensure
    Plan’s Child Protection Policy and Guidelines are adhered to in project
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Plan International Project Coordinator vacancy
    should hold a degree in Project management, Social Sciences, Social Work,
    Education, Nutrition, Public Health or any Health-related discipline.
    Possession of a Post-graduate training in Public Health or Project
    Management or certificate / diploma in ECCD is an added advantage
  • At
    least three years’ experience with ability to work in rural community set
    up in Kamuli District—including community mobilization, demand creation
    for services, and direct engagement with community members.
  • General
    technical knowledge of issues related to maternal and child health and
    nutrition and ECCD is highly desired.
  • Proven
    ability to facilitate trainings and other events.
  • Working
    knowledge of Child centred pedagogy and child friendly school environment.
  • Awareness
    of current issues in the field of development, Education for All (EFA),
    Nutrition and ECCD.
  • Use
    of participatory approaches and rights based programming.
  • Possess
    the ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Ability
    to ride a motorcycle with valid riding permit.
  • Excellent
    oral, written, and presentation skills in English.
  • Ability
    to travel to the field up to 60 percent of the time.
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding of the Ministry of Health’s community health
    service provision in maternal and child health and nutrition, nutritional
    counselling and health talks, child immunizations, treatment of childhood
    illnesses, etc
  • Excellent
    budget management and documentation skills (e.g. photography, case
    studies, reporting writing, filming maintaining database).
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their electronic copies (of not more than
2MB) of letters of application, together with updated CVs which should include
the contact telephone numbers, copies of relevant certificates, names and
contact details of three references plus salary history should be included and
sent to:
Country Human Resources Manager
Plan Uganda
Email to:
Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply. Only Short-listed
candidates will be contacted. Please consider your application unsuccessful in
case you do not hear from us by 30th March, 2015.
Deadline: 16th January, 2015.
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