Project Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Dhanusha
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JOB OPPORTUNITY

Project Specialist: Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Development (YEED) project

Number of Vacancies: 1
Functional Area: Learn and Earn (Climate Crisis/Disaster Risk Management and Gender as a cross cutting)
Reports to: Regional Manager, Regional Office- East, Janakpur
Location: Dhanusha – Regional Office (East)
Travel required :Frequent
Grade:D1
Type: Fixed-Term Employment until August 2025 based in Regional Office-East (Dhanusa)

Purpose : MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT

Young people, especially young women, in Sindhuli and Dhanusha districts of Nepal pursue decent work opportunities of their choosing, whether wage employment or self-employed.

The Specific objectives/outcomes of the project are:

Outcome 1: Young people, especially young women, have access to gender responsive, decent work places and training institutes
Outcome 2: Young people, especially young women, build on and develop their skills for wage or self-employment opportunities
Outcome 3: Families and communities adopt positive norms and practices supporting young people, especially young women, for SOYEE training enrolment and pursuing wage or self-employment opportunities

ABOUT PLAN INTERNATIONAL

Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners in over 75 countries. Our programs are underpinned by a core of defined values, including transparency and accountability, team collaboration, inclusion and integration, as well as the overall ambition to empower girls and young women as legacy.

Plan International has been working in Nepal since 1978 and developed a strong reputation as a respected development and humanitarian actor helping marginalized children, their families and communities to access their rights to health, education, economic security and protection. Through the support of local partners, Plan International works in 11 districts in Nepal.

Plan International Nepal has a vision for 2030 as “an inclusive, just and safe society where all girls and young women enjoy their rights and live in freedom”. This is coupled with the ambition of taking action so that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive as “Girls and young women in all of their diversity reach their full potential as equal and active citizens” by 2023. The country strategy is put into action through the implementation of three interrelated program areas defined as follows:

LEARN: the “Education and Skills and Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (SOYEE)” program aims to assist vulnerable and excluded girls and young women in adapting and thriving in a changing climate;

LEAD AND DECIDE: the “Youth as Active Drivers of Change and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR)” program aims to empower girls and young women in leading change, having control over their bodies and making informed decisions; and
THRIVE: the “Early Childhood Development (ECD), Child Protection and Child Poverty” program enhances vulnerable and excluded children, especially girls, to be valued and cared for without discrimination, fear and any forms of violence.

Plan international Nepal seeks candidates who practice feminist leadership, promote diversity, actively seek innovative solutions for problems, courageously and respectfully share their opinions and ideas, break down barriers and engender cross-department collaboration, practice active listening, maintain confidentiality, build trust and are passionate about children’s rights and equality for girls.

ROLE PURPOSE

The Project Specialist is overall responsible to lead and oversight the Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (YEED) project. The key role of this position is planning, budgeting, capacity building, documentation, reporting, quality assurance and partnership management. The Project Specialist will play a vital role in developing and facilitating private sector actor’s engagement to achieve the specified outcomes of the project. The position holder will be the focal person for the smooth implementation of the project. S/he will responsible for representation and networking with donor, government (local, province and federal), likeminded organization and different department of Plan International Nepal. This position requires ensuring compliance of organization and donor including project environment impact assessment (PEIA), resilience measurement, climate crisis, disaster risk management and humanitarian response (as when required).

Description

DIMENSIONS OF THE ROLE

General: The Project Specialist reports to the Regional Manager. The position holder will be based in Regional Office- East, Dhanusha with frequent travel to project area (Dhanusha and Sindhuli).

Partner Management: Ensure effective project implementation, ensure technical and managerial support to partners, and act as liaison between partner organizations and Plan International Nepal on a regular basis. Where necessary provide capacity building directly or by involving the appropriate department (either technical or support), carry out partners’ assessment as required by the projects and organization, make necessary capacity building plan and ensure its implementation. Identify best practices, problems and issues in project implementation and work for way forward for the improvement.

Budget Management: Ensure budgets are phased and include appropriate WBS and program codes, follow up with transaction reports on bi-weekly/monthly basis to ensure adequate burn rate aligning with the time spend.

Staff Management / Coordination: Coordinate and hold regular review meetings across sectors to avoid duplication of effort and to keep all key staff up to date. Ensure staffing is appropriate to reach project goals and their Level of Effort (LOE) is coded appropriately per the budget.

Representation: Work with private sectors, local, province and federal levels government and other agencies, as relevant, to ensure Plan is compliant with all requirements. Ensure Plan International Nepal’s voice is heard at relevant forums. Represent Plan in disaster risk management and climate crisis forums as required at provincial and local government level.

MER: Ensure proper Project Implementation Guideline, M&E plan, data base and Quality Benchmarks are in place, understood and being used. Frequent field visit in project areas.

Reporting: Ensure donor/NO/ Plan reports meet time and quality standards.

Coordination and Networking: Liaise and coordinate with stakeholders, implementing partners and the government to maximize the results intended through this project.

Other: Other tasks as requested by Regional Manager and concern department.

ACCOUNTABILITIES

Project Management

  • Project Specialist is responsible for planning and support to partners to prepare annual detailed implementation plan including realistic phased budget outlining major activities and timeline for the funds allocated in required planning templates provided by the Organization/NO/Donor.
  • Identify risks and challenges in project implementation and partnership and develop mitigation measures.
  • Revise the budgets during budget forecast and on exchange rate fluctuations as per organizational procedures. And prepare/revise POs aligning with the revised budget.
  • Monitor project implementation to track progress against plan and per technical benchmarks and recommend corrective measures
  • Reviews the project’s BvA and transaction reports and report on any glitches identified.
  • Support partner organization and Project officer in all stages of project implementation including developing eligibility criteria, participant selection, aptitude test and vocational skill training
  • Accompany partner organization forming good working relationship with the players of the private sectors providing vocational skill sectors so as to create employment opportunities for the training graduates.
  • Together with the partner organization and players of the vocational skill institutions, develop a mechanism/process for the continuous recruitment of disadvantaged young women in the workforce of the job market.
  • Ensure that all training packages are market oriented and reflect the priorities aligned with market survey.

Establish and nurture partnership with implementing partners and private sector

  • Develop and nurture collaboration with the trade union, FNCC, CTEVT Hotel Association Nepal.
  • Liaise with government, civil society organizations and private sector agencies in promoting youth employment.
  • Support in Skills and Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (SOYEE) portfolio
  • Supports and is responsible for the partnership management in terms of compliance, zero tolerance Policies, audits and management response, identification of capacity gaps and recommends for improvements.
  • Understands partnership from both the perspectives- as an implementing partner and as a supporting partner to handle the partnership issues.
  • Identify gaps in partner’s governance and staff capacity and develop areas of improvement and its monitoring mechanism
  • Ensure partner staff receives adequate training and support to deliver projects, including but not limited to, thematic/ technical trainings, PMD Pro tools and guidance on Plan’s project cycle procedures

Ensure effective monitoring, accountability and knowledge sharing among partners and beyond

  • Responsible for timely monitoring of the project activities in the field and prepare the report.
  •  Update programmatic and financial progress reports in SAP.
  • Prepare and submit reports as per the donor and Plan’s mandate.
  • Ensure that project learning is captured and included reflected in improved project delivery and shared with the Plan International team.
  • Ensure outcome level data is tracked and available to inform future program and influencing.
  •  Work closely with Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning department and also with Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Coordinator at Regional Office to ensure that implementation of activities is done in line with M&E requirements. This include ensuring that links exist with reporting requirements, data management, documentation of best practices, case studies and learning.
  •  Provide technical support to Partner NGOs to make best use of data in their project planning process through input, analysis and utilization of data.
  • Identify best practices, problems and issues around project implementation and works toward finding solutions for improvements, documenting, disseminating them.

Mainstreaming Plan’s corporate policies in Implementation

  • Ensure risks associated with Safeguarding Children and Young People are identified and mitigation measures placed during implementation of project activities.
  • Ensure Anti-fraud, Anti-bribery and Corruption policy is clearly articulated to partners and necessary checkpoints are in place to prevent breach.
  • Ensure value-based leadership is practiced by partner/s’ staff
  •  Ensure all Plan’s mandatory corporate policies are abided by during implementation.

Influencing, Campaigns and Communications

  •  Represent Plan in different networks and maintain organisation’s professional image.
  • Contribute to develop priority of the district/local level on influencing and campaigns ensuring harmonisation with global/national priority campaigns in collaboration with Influencing, Campaign and Communications department.
  • Lead evidence-based lobby and advocacy within the project scope in planning and delivering campaigning and advocacy work and ensure that Project plan include influencing objectives.
  • Be innovative to conduct campaigns at local level and advocacy for disability and social inclusion, ending child, early and forced marriage and other relevant issues affecting children within the project scope

Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) 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.

KEY RELATIONSHIPS

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

Educational Qualifications and work experience

Essential

  • Master’s Degree in development-related field, preferably, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Gender & Development, resilient livelihood with 3-4 years of experience in TVET, Livelihood, Entrepreneurship and experience of coordination, liaison and networking with private sector organizations working in skill development and job placement sector.
  •  Bachelor degree in development related sector with 5 years’ experience in the TVET sector, climate resilient livelihood, disaster risk management, environment impact assessment and entrepreneurship with 4-6 years of experience
  •  Good knowledge and experiences of market analysis, job placement linking with TEVT.
  • Experience in capacity building, training and facilitation.
  • Strong knowledge on coordination and collaboration with provincial, local government
  •  Understanding of disaster risk management, climate crisis and humanitarian programming linking with all three tiers of government plan, priorities, strategies
  • Commitment to children’s rights, particularly on the rights of girls and young women and men.

Knowledge

  • Proven knowledge of youth employment issues and contemporary practices in Nepal, Asia and across the world
  •  Clear understanding of governments policies, programs and priorities related to youth employment
  • Understanding and knowledge of government private sector policies and programs in vocational/skill training and job placement
  • Basic program management knowledge.
  •  Knowledge & understanding of Plan’s vision, mission values.
  • Clear knowledge and understanding of gender transformative agenda and its application in the rural context.
  •  Understanding project development and management in participatory process.
  • Conflict sensitive project management.
  • Different options and possibilities of program and financial operations.

Skills

  • Operational planning & execution
  • Analysis & reasoning
  • Managing ( in some posts) , motivating and coaching people
  • Managing work relationships ( internal/external)
  •  Communicating, one to one, in groups both in writing, verbally, presentations and reports, in English, Nepali and relevant local languages.
  • Preparation and management of budgets and assessment of financial implication in work situations
  • Facilitation, negotiation and networking
  •  Persuasion and ability to influence
  • Ability to problem solve, handle setbacks and pressure
  • Ability to use basic office electronic equipment & computer applications

Behaviours

  • Demonstrable high degree of professional maturity and integrity
  • Willingness, flexibility and ability to work to work independently.
  • Ability to apply good judgment and professionalism in the resolution of work related problems
  •  Commitment for gender transformative programs, and sensitivity to children and disability issues
  • Willingness, ability and commitment to build and nurture team
  • Commitment to Plan’s values including the rights and needs of children, particularly girls.

PLAN INTERNATIONAL’S VALUES IN PRACTICE

We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  • We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
  • We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

  • Based in Regional Office- East, Dhanusha with travel to programme districts as required.
  • Able to work in difficult circumstances
  • Work with multi-culture and multi-lingual staff/team members

LEVEL OF CONTACT WITH CHILDREN

Medium level: Occasional interaction with children

Say Yes ! To Keeping Children and Young people safe and Protected.

Application Deadline: Thursday 15th of September 2022

Source: Kantipur Dainik, 2 September, 2022

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