Vacancies at Plan International Zambia - 1/7/2016

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 WASH Field Manager for an anticipated USAID-funded Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) program in Zambia. The position will serve as Plan’s full-time technical lead 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.
  • Lead technical design, oversight, and monitoring of activities for WASH activities.
  • Contribute detailed and accurate technical deliverables and reports to fulfill USAID 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.
  • Supervise a team and oversee implementation of annual program work and plans.
  • Liaise and coordinate with other related projects and activities ongoing in Zambia, including Plan’s ongoing programs.
  • Lead the development of annual work plans and contribute to development of performance monitoring plans. 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
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field required, such as public health, international development, environmental science, planning, engineering or a related field;
  • Progressively responsible, relevant sr. level managerial and technical 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.
  • Expertise in WASH in Schools highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of community-level challenges impacting WASH delivery.
  • Experience with USAID-funded projects (ideally, in a senior technical position) highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge about gender and development, and demonstrated experience and proficiency in managing programs that mainstream gender.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies that employ evidence-based approaches to meet project targets, especially under rigorous timelines.
  • Experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, such as local NGOs, government officials, donor representatives, and international staff.
  • Proven leadership, inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, and ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills; knowledge of Eastern Province local languages, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Chewa and  Nsenga
Country IT Assistant – Country Office – 3 Years Contract (1 position) (Available July 2016)
Reporting to the Country IT Manager at Country Office, He/She supports the effective and efficient management of Plan International Zambia’s IT by coordinating and providing technical support for Country Office users. He/She manages & administers local IT infrastructure and corporate systems under the direction of the Country IT Manager. Conversant in systems analysis, design and project management skills.
Job Responsibilities:
  • Installation, administration and maintenance of Windows 2003/2008/2012 servers
  • Experience in managing and monitoring LAN network infrastructure and connectivity to internet (that includes cables and patch panels, switches, Cisco systems, Routers, Riverbed Web Acceleration, Fibre optic technologies)
  • Provide reliable solutions and first line support and training to end users for third party and corporate systems
  • Implement a resilient end to end system for disaster recovery
  • Carry out regular preventive maintenance of computers and peripheral equipment such as scanners, printers, projectors and other related networking equipment
  • Installation, administration, upgrading, migrations maintenance and support of Corporate Systems
  • Coordination and management of information systems
  • Manage data and applications recovery from various backup locations and media in the event of system failure or natural disaster
  • Implement and administer IT systems, data and network security
  • Implement IT infrastructure security in compliance with organisation’s global IT operating standards, procedures and child protection guidelines
  • Provide technical analysis of equipment breakdowns
Qualifications and Experience
  • 3-4 Years
  • Degree in computer sciences or related IT field
  • Microsoft Certification in System Administration or Engineering
  • Advanced knowledge in Programming languages or Mobile computing
  • Advanced knowledge of Active Directory Infrastructure, Group Policy Objects and  ftp site management
  • Working knowledge in software design and development
  • Advanced knowledge in Windows 7/8/10 Operation Systems and MS Office 2010/2013, MS Exchange and Office 365
  • Be conversant with 64 Bit and 32 Bit computer hardware upgrade/downgrade options
  • Troubleshooting and Problem solving skills
  • Conversant with any Helpdesk call management/logging software application
  • Be conversant with latest world trends in Information and Communication Technology
  1. Finance Officer (Luapula) 1 position ( 3 Year Contract)(Immediate Vacancy)
Reporting to the Finance and Administration Coordinator, the job purpose is to provide effective financial and accounting support in the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of projects and ensure that Plan International Luapula Program Unit  finance records are properly maintained.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following;
  • Processing payments for Luapula Program Unit based on accurately coded and approved payment packages
  • Entering transactions in SAP
  • Preparation of cash flow forecast
  • Preparation of year end schedules
  • Updating all staff advance payments for Luapula Program Unit staff and suppliers in the register
  • Preparation of advance reconciliations
  • Preparation of Finance and Administration Project Outlines
  • Support preparation of consolidated Country financial reports.
Candidates will need to demonstrate possession of:
  • A diploma in accounts or ZICA Technician
  • Excellent financial management skills
  • At least two years proven experience in a similar capacity
  • High knowledge and capability in computer information programs
  • Experience in working for development NGOs will be an added advantage
Preferred Experience:
  • Ability to translate accounting information into a form suitable for digestion by various information users.
  • Good experience and  understanding of  information systems
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 through the email Applicants who fail to meet the application criteria may be disqualified. The deadline for applications is January 29th, 2015. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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