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Technical Advisor - Early Childhood Development

Closing: Sep 2, 2022

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Published: Aug 23, 2022 (2 months ago)

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Master’s degree (preferred) in Human Rights, Social Sciences or equivalent, with professional training on child rights programming and gender
At least 7 years’ experience in design and implementation of ECD programming in a reputable organization and in both development and humanitarian contexts



Master’s degree (preferred) in Human Rights, Social Sciences or equivalent, with professional training on child rights programming and gender
At least 7 years’ experience in design and implementation of ECD programming in a reputable organization and in both development and humanitarian contexts

KRA 1: Thought Leadership & Strategy Design

Act as a thought leader in Early Childhood Development, contributing to the development and adaptation of new strategies at both Organisation and Intervention levels:
Liaise with the HoPDQ and the MERL Manager to commission relevant and insightful research studies, including support for any research required to contribute to situational analysis from a ECD perspective
Initiate and participate in the process of programmatic gap analysis at the Country Office and Programme Area level and ensure that the findings from the analysis are documented and shared with management and staff
Regularly review the results of PIU’s research, monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities to identify key insights, develop theories of change (both new and improved) and act as a valued advisor on how to design impactful interventions
Drive the pursuit of innovation as a result of lessons learned; ensure that effective strategies are institutionalised within PIU and widely disseminated externally (within Uganda and with partners and Plan International colleagues at regional and global levels)Provide ECD technical support to the Country Management Team in formulating country and specific policies, strategies and goals on ECD; includes developing tools for staff and partner capacity assessment / training needs analysis
Work closely with the Country Programme Team to coordinate programme interventions, promote learning and review progress against the delivery of the Country Strategy
KRA 2: Project Design & Planning
Lead new programme design for ECD work, actively supporting business development to develop new proposals and liaise with donors:
Support the Business Development Team in mapping the donor landscape and proactively building relationships with current and potential donors in the ECD space; personally build relationships with strategically significant donorsPlay a proactive role in the development of project concepts and high quality project proposals; support the integration of ECD into proposals for other technical areas (e.g. Gender & Inclusion, Education, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Protection for Violence)Support the development of detailed implementation plans and budgets; ensure that there is clarity over what activities will be managed by the PD&Q team, and what will be managed by the Programme Implementation teamIn collaboration with MERL and Project Managers, devise effective monitoring frameworks that will support quality assurance of projects and yield important insights on how to drive beneficial change for vulnerable children and youthSupport the Annual Planning and Budgeting process
to ensure plans and budgets are contributing to the achievement of the Country Strategy, particularly in the area of ECD
KRA 3: Communicating for Influence
Lead PIU’s influencing efforts on Early Childhood Development, aiming to promote child rights, gender equality, with a focus on effective systems and structures for early learning and gender responsive parenting and caregiving; ensure the development and implementation of an innovative influencing strategy:Participate in stakeholder analysis from an ECD perspective, identifying groups and individuals whose cooperation is necessary for the success of PIU’s ECD strategy and interventions; ensure that clear goals for stakeholder mindset or behaviour change are definedParticipate in the generation of innovative ideas for influencing and strategic communication and subsequent formation of strategies for PIU as a whole and for each intervention / projectMap and meet potential partners, collaborators and networks, fostering collaboration on influencing and advocacy initiatives; represent PIU in national, regional and global fora on ECDLead PIU’s representation with relevant Government Ministries, technical networks and working groups, and with other NGOs and CSOs working in the areas of ECDProduce high quality documentation on ECD interventions to promote country profile, business development, replication and scaling up of successful models; consolidate progress for Quarterly, Annual and other relevant reportsLiaise with other offices in Plan International – including National Organisations, Global Hub and Regional Hub, and other Country Offices for sharing, learning and collaboration on ECD work.
KRA 4: Ensuring Impactful Implementation
Advise the Country Management Team (CMT), Project Managers and Programme Area Managers to ensure quality implementation of all ECD related projects and components:Once a project is approved, work collaboratively with the Programme Implementation Unit, including Project Manager and Partnership Manager to ensure that start-up processes effectively incorporate input from PD&Q and understanding of the programme design, including supporting the onboarding of Partners; in particular, provide support with capacity assessments and development of capacity-building plans / training curriculaDevelop and disseminate technical Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), guidance on programme models, assessments, educational materials and trainings to enhance the capacity of both staff and partnersParticipate in the implementation of each project’s monitoring framework, including:
  • Supporting baseline and evaluation studies
  • Conducting agreed reviews and visits
  • Reviewing programme reports
Collaborate closely with the Programme Implementation and MERL team to track progress against outcomes, indicators, milestones and targets and to identify opportunities for improvement in a blame-free spirit of academic enquiry:
  • If desired results have been achieved, initiate strategies for widespread awareness-raising
  • If desired results have not been achieved, support the implementation team to adapt their approach
  • Periodically review theories of change, revising as appropriate
Monitor project implementation against the agreed ECD policies and SOPs, providing advice and guidance as necessary to assure project quality; escalate any concerns to the accountable managerKRA 5: Leadership & Capacity BuildingLead all who are involved in ECD work (staff, consultants, partners) in a manner that empowers them to contribute effectively towards achievement of PIU’s ECD strategy:Ensure that PIU’s ECD work is resourced with the expertise necessary to deliver on strategic & project goals through a combination of recruitment and management of staff and procurement of consultantsLead and coach the team towards high standards of performance through clear roles & responsibilities and provision of appropriate support; coordinate effectively with others to ensure high performance within PIU’s matrix operating structureFoster an inclusive environment by implementation of policies and ways-of-working that provide for diversity and equal opportunities and utilisation of a leadership style that will drive employee engagementActively support technical teams, project teams and partners to access regular capacity building on ECD, through direct training support, identifying learning and training opportunities, and acting as a mentor and role modelCollaborate with government ministries, partners and training colleges to design curricula and deliver training; support data collection to evaluate the extent to which participants have applied learning in their work and facilitate ongoing improvement as requiredEnhance the capacity of Plan International Uganda staff and partners in gender transformative programming, lobbying & advocacy, and localization of gender sensitive issues to ensure effective implementation of programmes at all levelsKRA 6: Safeguarding, Gender Equality & InclusionEnsure that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

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