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  • Posted on: 16 February, 2016 Deadline: 26 February, 2016
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  • Plan International is an independent child-centred international development organisation committed to advancing the rights of children and fight against poverty. Plan has no religious, political and government affiliation. For over 75 years, we have supported girls and boys and their communities around the world to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights, free themselves from poverty and live positive fulfilling lives. Plan currently works in 70 countries including Nigeria.

    Plan International officially started operations in Nigeria in 2014 and works to strengthen and promote the rights of children. Our programme is currently focused on basic education; improve community health services, youth and citizens' participation in governance and creating economic opportunities and livelihoods for the poor, building resilient communities through our emergency and humanitarian response. Plan Nigeria works with communities, civil society organisations, development partner government at all levels and the private sector.

    We are recruiting to fill the below position for a Global Affairs Canada funded MCNH project. strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and Children (SHOW) in Sokoto State:

    Project HR and Admin Manager

     

    Purpose

    • To nsure effective and efficient coordination of office related activities towards implementation of the project and to  provide technical leadership in ensuring that all project administrative processess and reports are in line with policies of Plan Internationa, donor funded and Nigerian laws

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Monthly and quarterly administrative reports in line with established compliance standards.
    • Review of all administrative components of all financial transaction documents before project commitments and payments are made.
    • Development and tracking of all project procurement plans in line with project plans and budgets, ensuring procurement deadlines are met.
    • Work with the Project finance manager in the development  of the monthly and quarterly cash forecasts for the project, including for partners.
    • Set up and management of project administrative file documentation system or the office, including supporting same for partners.
    • Coordinate all HR related matters with support from the Country office including ensuring staff understanding and compliance of tIre Staff and procurement manuals.
    • Oversees Partner’s financial contract process as well as liquidations and reporting in line with donor compliance standards, before further fund advancements.
    • lead on the submission of time sheets for approval and forwarding to Country Office
    • Develop and implement a capacity building plan for staff and partners that includes but not limited to fire safety, office protocols, and procurement policies.
    • Develop and update inventory data base monthly for all project assets including partner assets where applicable.
    • Maintain good working relationship with vendors and consultants.
    • Fulfil Plans Child Protection Policy at all times to safeguard and protect the child at all times without reports or incidents of child abuse.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • A Master's Degree in Business Administration  or other related courses. Any relevant professional Certification and a Masters degree will be added advantage.
    • At least 5 years Practical work experience in managing administrative system for donor funded projects, including familiarity with donor procurement policies and Nigerian laws.

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    Project Finance Manager

     

    Purpose

    • To provide technical leadership in ensuring that all project financial processes and reports are in line with policies of Plan International, donor and Nigeria, including its laws.
    • To provide regular and detailed financial analysis report to inform project management decisions.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Develop and implement financial processes including internal controls for the project.
    • Monthly and quarterly financial reports in line with established compliance standards.
    • Review of all financial transaction documents including tracking of advances before project commitments and payments are made,
    • Review of project budget and contract documentation of vendors amid consultant
    • Coordinate monthly and quarterly cash forecasts for the project, including for partners.
    • Set up and management of project financial file documentation system in the office, including supporting same for partners.
    • Oversees Partner's financial contract process as well as liquidations and reporting in line with donor compliance standards, before further fund advancements.
    • Develop and implement a financial capacity building for staff and partners.
    • Review all time sheets to ensure they ate properly filled,
    • Maintain a budgetary control system to monitor grant budget vs. Expenditure and advise management on variances and corrective actions required to he taken:
    • Respond to grants financial queries in liaison with the Country finance Manager (CFM) and the Project Manager.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • A Master's Degree in Financial Accounting and related Financial/Business Administration courses. Professional accounting certification will be added advantage.
    • At least 5 years practical work experience in managing financial and administrative systems for donor funded projects.
    • A minimum of 3 years' experience in grant financial managenmcnt with donor funded project in Nigeria.
    • Fulfil Plan's Child Protection Policy at all times to prevent children from all forms of child abuses

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    Community Demand Creators

     

    Number of Positions: 4

    Purpose

    • Provide support in the development and implementation of the project's BCC strategy to ensure positive behavioral change for improved demand and utilization of MNCH services within a cluster of Local Government Areas.
    • Work with Gender advisor and M and E advisor to ensure gender equality is mainstreamed at the local level and project outputs are adequately documented to feed into Performance management frame work.
    • Ensure compliance with all donor program and operational requirements.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Supervise and monitor the capacity building of stakeholders and other activities of project partners at community and household levels. in line with project standards.
    • Contribute to the development and review of IEC materials and radio messages, including development of dissemination and monitoring plan.
    • Responsible for ensuring implementation of project engagement strategy with 100 women groups. male champions and traditional/religious leaders.
    • Participate in program research processes in the project.
    • Work with service delivery facilitators to strengthen linkages and ensure alignment of demand and supply side interventions, including addressing demand/supply side issues.
    • Work with and support WDCs and other stakeholders to ensure safe spaces for greater participation of women and adolescent in decision making around MNCH issues, including the development and implementation of advocacy and community mobilization packages and plants and sustainability of community interventions.
    • Regularly support the documentation and review community level data, including collection processes.
    • Responsible for regular and timely updates and reports, including success stories, best practices on demand side activities.
    • Participate in the design and maintenance of SMS platform, ensuring regular communication to identified stakeholders, on MNCH events, issues and activities.
    • Work with Gender advisor in identifying gender barriers to positive MNCH outcomes and addressing them through BCC interventions, including, supporting the gender responsive referral process.
    • Work with VSLA coordinator to implement community component of VSLA strategy.
    • Maintain good relationship with the local traditional and religious leaders, NURTW. Ward development Committees and women and men social groups.
    • Assume any other responsibility as assigned by the Supervisor or the National Project Director.
    • Fulfil Plan's Child Protection Policy at all times to prevent children from all forms of child abuses.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • A first Degree in Social Sciences/Arts or Communication from a recognized higher institution.
    • At least 3 years practical work experience in the area of social and behaviour change communication and public relation of public health programs especially MNCH programs.
    • Experience working with PHC workers, local communities, Ward development communities and social groups.
    • Experience facilitating focus group discussion and other community participatroy processes, including trainings.
    • Knowledge and experience with some donor program frame work and approaches will be an added advantage.

    Languages:

    • Excellent command of English. a working knowledge of French will be an added advantage.

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    Service Delivery Facilitators

     

    Number of Positions: 4

    Purpose

    • Provide support in the development and implementation of the project's strategy to ensure gender sensitive and responsive health facility and community MNCH service delivery within a cluster of Local Government Areas.
    • Work with Gender Advisor and M and E advisor to ensure gender equality is mainstreamed at the local level and project outputs are adequately documented to feed into Performance management framework.
    • Ensure compliance with all donor programs and operational requirements.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Supervise and facilitate the training activities of health service providers including community health workers, in line with project standards.
    • Participate in the development/adaptation of state and local supportive supervisory mechanisms and its implementation including providing feedback to stakeholders.
    • Participate in program research processes in the project, including facility assessments and identification of key needs address service delivery gaps.
    • Work with community demand creators to strengthen linkages and ensure alignment of demand and supply side interventions, including addressing demand/supply side issues at project level.
    • Work with health facilities and partners to develop and monitor facility improvement plans, including application of standard based management and recognition protocols.
    • Contribute to the implementation of a gender responsive emergency transport system at LGA and community levels in conjunction with NURTW, WDCs and other stakeholders.
    • Regularly review community and facility level data, including collection processes to track progress against planned service delivery outputs and outcomes, using RBM methodologies.
    • Responsible for regular and timely updates and reports, including success stories, best practices on supply side activities to inform project programming decision making and advocacy efforts.
    • Carry out regular advocacies to local stakeholders to improve and sustain facility and community MNCH  service delivery.
    • Work with Gender advisor in identifying and updating gender barriers to MNCH service delivery outcomes and addressing them through supply side interventions.
    • Work with M and E unit to ensure relevant and quality information is provided to make evidenced based service delivery decisions at the community, facility and LGA levels.
    • Maintain good relationship with the Primary Health Care Development Agency, local government authorities and stakeholders, including health facility staff.
    • Assume any other responsibilities as assigned by supervisors
    • Fulfil Plan’s Child Protection Policy at all times to prevent children from all forms of child abuses.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • A first Degree in Health related course from a recognised higher institution
    • least 3 years practical work experience in the area of health service delivery programs. especially MNCH programs.
    • Experience working with PHC workers, local communities, Ward development communities and social groups.
    • Good working knowledge of the Nigerian Health system especially at the PHC level.
    • Experience facilitating focus group discussions and including trainings.
    • Knowledge and experience with some donor program frameworks and approaches will be an added advantage.

    Languages:

    • Excellent command of English, a working knowledge of Hausa will be an added advantage.
    • The position will require 50% of time spent its the Local Government Areas and communities.

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    Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor

     

    Purpose

    • Provide leadership in developing mid implementation of monitoring and evaluation plant and corresponding instruments for MNCH project and implementing M&E strategies in compliance with the project management tools and donor requirements.
    • Take the lead in project reviews, assessment including internal data quality assessments, monitoring and evaluations.
    • This position will also be responsible for developing project staffs capacity is the area of progress and data gathering, verification and results monitoring.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Designs, develops and implements the comprehensive M&E framework/strategy, system and quantitative and qualitative tools, with a focus on health management information systems strengthening and incorporating mobile technology
    • Leads regular monitoring data collection, verification, entry, spot checking, analysis, reporting and sharing, ensuring accurate, high quality household, community and facility level data is collected on all PMF (Performance Measurement Framework) indicators on a regular basis and as per agreed framework and timelines
    • Supports, coordinates and follows the development and implementation of Baseline, Midterm, Endline and research studies in order to inform the M&E framework, tools, systems and processes
    • Provides information and feedback to the National Project Manager to inform adjustments in project strategy, and to ensure that the project remains relevant and effective.
    • Share and disseminate best practices on Program related lessons learnt in collaboration with Health Experts in the state.
    • Work with project team members to ensure community level data is collected, analyzed and presented for communities to make informed decisions on MNCH issues.
    • Ensure timely and high quality regular monitoring and evaluation reports are produced.
    • Set up and manage a project knowledge management system.
    • Provide regular and timely feedback on project progress against planned activities, outputs and results.
    • Ensure capacity building by regularly training and mentoring staff and partners for improved program monitoring and evaluation.
    • Provide technical leadership in operational and Programme research processes.
    • Provide overall technical guidance and supervision to the Project M and E coordinators.
    • Develop innovative strategies. including application of IT technology to engage the State Ministry of health Department of Planning, Research and Statistics and PHCDA on MNCH data collection and quality improvement.
    • Establish linkage with M and E units of existing MNCH projects in the state.
    • Fulfil Plan's Child Protection Policy at all times to prevent children from all forms of child abuses.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • A Bachelor's Degree in Statistics or Social or Health Sciences or an equivalent from a recognized university. Master's degree will be an added advantage.
    • At least 5 years practical work experience in Monitoring & of Public Health programs especially MNCH programs.
    • Experience in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation especially in community and household data collection processes. including analysis of large data sets.
    • Experience in application of result based management tools.
    • Experience working with the DHIS 2.0 software is critical.
    • Proven understanding of programming concepts and Human Rights Approaches to Development.
    • Knowledge and experience with Donor program and M&E frameworks and approaches.
    • Thorough experience with the use of technology for data collection including mobiles phones and Global Positioning System (GPS) preferred.

    Languages:

    • Excellent command of English. a working knowledge of French will be an added advantage.

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    Gender Equality Advisor

     

    Purpose

    • Provide technical guidance and support in ensuring project processes, activities and outputs are in line with project Gender Equality Strategies and contribute to Donor and Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development commitment to Gender Equality.
    • This position will also be responsible for developing project and local partner staffs capacity in the area of key gender equality mainstreaming approaches arid tools and management of the an upcoming MNCH project for gender transformative results.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Develop a comprehensive Project Gender Equality Framework and Strategy in line with Plan International and Donor standards.
    • Ensure monitoring and evaluation components in the project adequately capture gender equality indicators.
    • Support the implementation of gender assessments, including providing technical support to facility assessments within the project.
    • Analyze and synthesize the key findings to advise National Project Manager on strategies to ensure positive gender outcomes in MNCH programming.
    • Work with National Project Manager to ensure best practices in male engagement programming strategies are adequately reflected in project activity processes
    • Provide technical guidance and support on engagements with Ward Development Communities (WDC) and other project stakeholders to ensure greater participation of women and adolescents in community decision making processes.
    • Contribute to the reporting process within the project and review of activity and regular reports, including the sharing and dissemination of best practices on gender mainstreaming within the project
    • Contribute to the knowledge management system in a way that documents and establish Plan International Nigeria commitments and expertise in Gender Equality.
    • Provide technical inputs to all activity design and implementation to ensure improvement in social and financial capital for women and adolescent girls.
    • Provide regular and timely feedback on project progress against planned Gender Equality strategies and indicators.
    • Support team members in presentation and engagements at the community level to ensure best practices in Gender Equality are transferred.
    • Ensure capacity building by regularly training staff and partners for improved Gender manistreaming.
    • Develop strong relationships with state partners to provide linkages for sustainability of positive Gender Equality outcomes for girls and women.
    • Collaborates with other Country office Programmes as necessary.
    • Ensures Gender is mainstreamed into all project communities and maintains gender
    • Fulfil Plan's Child Protection Policy at all times to prevent children from all forms of child abuses.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • A Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences/Art with background in Gender Studies or an equivalent from a recognized University. Master's degree will be an added advantage.
    • At least 3 years practical work experience in mainstreaming Gender expertise in Gender Equality in projects especially MNCH programs.
    • proven understanding of Gender programming concepts and community approaches to development.
    • Experience in designing and conducting Gender Equality analysis, including some understanding M and E processes.
    • Knowledge and experience with Donor program and Gender Equality frameworks and approaches
    • Ensures Gender is mainstreamed into all project communities and maintains gender sensitivity within project staff and associates.

    Languages:

    • Excellent command of English, a working knowledge of Hausa will be an added advantage.

    Method of Application

    Applicants should submit their full CV's and a comprehensive Cover letter, setting out your reasons for applying for the post and outlining the qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills that you feel you can bring to the role to: plannigeriajobs@gmail.com

    Note: Only application sent electronically by e-mail with the Job title and location clearly indicated as as the subject mail will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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