Accountability Advisor The Organisation Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries. ROLE PROFILE Title Accountability Advisor Functional Area Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Reports to Play Matters Program Manager- Region Location Country Office Travel required Yes Effective Date November 2020 Grade E ROLE PURPOSE This position contributes to this goal by leading accountability work for the PlayMatters project across consortium partners and project countries. This position has the overall responsibility of developing and maintaining an accountability framework for the PlayMatters project and advising and supporting consortium partners across project countries to ensure a high level of accountability. Plan International is currently implementing a 5-years multi-country project- Play Matters- Sparkling Life Long learning” seeking to embed play-based learning into education for 800,000 refugee and host children ages 3-12+ in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. The project is implemented by an international consortium consisting of Six partners led by International Rescue Committee (IRC) and funded by the LEGO Foundation. Dimensions of the Role Support program teams across consortium partners and project countries. Develop an Accountability Framework for the PlayMatters project; train and support program staff on child-friendly accountability practices and procedures; support program teams to maintain a high level of accountability for the duration of the project; and regularly receive, analyse, and report on project data related to accountability, working with the consortium’s MEL manager to ensure that feedback is used to learn from and improve on the programme interventions. RESPONSIBILITIES Map out existing accountability practices and procedures across consortium partners, including existing protocols for reporting, escalation, and response mechanisms for serious feedback Develop an Accountability Framework for the PlayMatters project utilizing existing practices and procedures identified (e.g. minimum standards and practices across consortium partners; what data to collect and frequency of collection; how feedback is reported back to communities; consistency checks and benchmark system; etc.) Develop a consortium-wide escalation and response system for serious feedback Deliver training to program teams on accountability practices, procedures, and tools Support program teams to set up and maintain child-friendly and gender-sensitive feedback mechanisms, including training staff on the Plan International Child-Friendly Feedback Mechanisms Toolkit and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Drive forward new ways for program staff to utilize feedback for learning and program improvement/ iteration Regularly receive, analyse, compile, and report on feedback to consortium members through the PlayMatters MEL working group, specifically 1) identifying risks in order to prevent any potential negative impact of program activities, and 2) using data to inform program improvement through recommendations and iteration Report on serious issues (e.g. protection, GBV, PSEA, etc.) as they arise through feedback mechanisms or other means to appropriate focal points Liaise with the Research working group to ensure that accountability and feedback mechanisms and practices are mainstreamed through all research initiatives across the consortium, including control communities not specifically targeted by the PlayMatters project Support external non-consortium partners who take up PlayMatters approaches during the path to scale to ensure that accountability and feedback mechanisms and practices are mainstreamed through related programming Generally, advise, support, and provide technical assistance to Plan International staff and consortium partners across project countries to maintain a high level of accountability and high-quality accountability systems, practices, and procedures for the duration of the PlayMatters project Key relationships PlayMatters Project Managers (Plan International Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia) PlayMatters M&E Coordinators (Plan International Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia) Emergency Response Managers / Program Area Managers (Plan International Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia) PlayMatters Programme Manager (Plan International Denmark) PlayMatters MERL Advisor (Plan International Remote) PlayMatters MEL Working Group Co-Chairs (IRC & IPA) PlayMatters Research Working Group Chair (War Child) PlayMatters Consortium partner focal points (e.g. Project Coordinators and M&E Coordinators) Technical expertise, skills and knowledge ESSENTIAL Masters or Post-graduate certification in Social Sciences, International Development, Education, Humanitarian Response, Monitoring & Evaluation, Accountability, or related field Minimum of 7 years’ experience working in Emergency or development Contexts Minimum of 5 years’ experience working on M&E and Accountability design and implementation Demonstrated experience providing technical support and guidance in M&E and Accountability Full proficiency in English Excellent communication and presentation skills Ability to communicate and work well with others across countries, cultures, and contexts Strong computer skills (i.e. good working knowledge of Microsoft office programs including Excel, Word, Power Point, and Outlook) Strong data analysis and critical thinking skills Strong report writing skills Self-starter who takes initiative and can work independently and under pressure Strong drive for results and ensuring timely execution of tasks Strong commitment to inclusion and equity Strong sense of ethics and integrity DESIRED Field experience working in international emergency and humanitarian affairs Demonstrated experience and knowledge in humanitarian/emergency response and international M&E and Accountability standards Demonstrated experience and expertise in child-friendly and gender-sensitive feedback mechanisms Demonstrated experience working on large-scale, multi-country, multi-partner projects Demonstrated experience in training and capacity-building Demonstrated experience working on emergency programmes in East Africa 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 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. Physical Environment Office environment with 30% of the time travelling throughout Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, subject to Plan International’s travel policies and safety procedures related to COVID-19. Some field work in urban and rural areas in Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia Level of contact with children Occasional interaction with children especially when in the field As a Child Centred Development organisation, Plan International Uganda strives to ensure that children are kept safe in all the areas we operate. The organisation further has a Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy that every staff is required to sign. As a result, this position comes with additional responsibilities for safeguarding children and young people: ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy (SCYP) Responsibilities (mandatory for all staff) Adhere to the Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, Code of Conduct and reporting any Safeguarding issues. Responsible for the implementation of the Safeguarding Children and Young People standards as they apply to area of responsibility plus the development of actions to address identified gaps and monitoring their effectiveness. Ensure that all Plan International partners, visitors and associates in his/her area of responsibility are provided with, are made aware off and have signed and returned a copy of the Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy. Inform the partners, visitors and associates that they must comply with the policy in all contacts and communications with children during their visit. Location: Kampala Type of Role: One year Fixed Term renewable Reports to: Play Matters Program Manager- Region Grade: E Closing Date: 6th November 2020 Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early. Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures. Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas. We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.
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