Jobs at Plan International Zambia - 1/19/2016

Job Title: Schools and Community Engagement Officer
 Schools Promoting Learning Achievements through Sanitation and Hygiene (SPLASH II), Zambia
Plan International is a global organization that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Plan works at the community level to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities and range from clean water and healthcare programs to education projects, economic empowerment, child protection initiatives and youth civic engagement. Across program areas, Plan’s activities are guided by a Child-Centered Community Development (CCCD) approach, which is rights-based, holistic, gender-sensitive, and inclusive.
Position Description
Plan is seeking applicants for a proposed Schools and Community Engagement Officer for an anticipated USAID-funded Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) program in Zambia. The officer will report to Plan’s field manager for WASH initiatives centered on school-led water, sanitation and hygiene education, menstrual hygiene management, behavior change, and institutional strengthening. This position is contingent upon award of the project by the donor.
  • Coordinate WASH program activities with district level government, traditional community leaders, school administrators, and parents.
  • Support gathering of detailed and accurate technical deliverables and reports to fulfill USAID donor reporting requirements.
  • Coordinate technical activities with the USAID Zambia mission, partners, sub-recipients, government agencies, international and local NGOs, and community organizations.
  • Ensure the timely and quality completion of program technical deliverables and reports in accordance with USAID guidelines.
  • Liaise and coordinate with other related projects and activities ongoing in Zambia, including Plan’s ongoing programs.
  • Work closely with other project technical experts on all project activities.
  • Ensure Plan’s Child Protection Policy and Guidelines are adhered to during project implementation.
Key Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in International/Community Development or a related field.
  • Progressively responsible, relevant experience working within the WASH sector in Zambia.
  • Significant experience in relevant program management or technical advisory roles in complex WASH projects in Zambia’s Eastern Province.
  • Knowledge of community-level challenges impacting Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene systems delivery.
  • Experience with USAID-funded projects preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge about gender and development, and demonstrated experience working on programs that mainstream gender.
  • Proven leadership, inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, and ability to work within diverse teams.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills; knowledge of Eastern Province local languages, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Chewa and  Nsenga  .
Plan is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
Further, qualified Zambian nationals, including those living in the diaspora, are additionally highly encouraged to apply.
To apply please send a cover letter, USAID 1420 biodata form, and resume in English to Applicants who fail to meet the application criteria may be disqualified.
The deadline for applications is January 29th, 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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