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Position: Inclusive Employability Project Manager
Deadline: 21st November 2019
Location: Nairobi, 110, KE
Company: Plan International
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Plan International is an independent global child rights organization committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalized children and their communities to be free from poverty. For over 80 years, we have supported girls and boys and their communities around the world to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights, free themselves from poverty and live positive fulfilling lives.
Plan International has been operating in Kenya since 1982 and to-date continues to work in 19 counties: Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Tharaka Nithi, Siaya, Bungoma, Busia, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, Vihiga, Kakamega, Lamu, Kisii, Migori, Homabay, Kisumu and Marsabit.
Innovation to Inclusion (i2i) is a new project funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) under Aid Connect UK to ensure people with disabilities are engaged in waged employment, particularly in the private sector. i2i is a 44-month project (including an 8-month co-creation period) focused on Kenya and Bangladesh, with a third country potentially to be introduced during project implementation. The project is implemented by a consortium led by Leonard Cheshire together with a diverse and complimentary group of northern and southern actors.
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As a leading organisation for gender equality and inclusion, Plan International works with the consortium members to ensure that the i2i project and its interventions address the specific vulnerabilities, risks and barriers to access facing women with disabilities. In Kenya, Plan International will also deliver a gender-transformative pilot project to support 100 women with disabilities to access waged private sector employment.
Dimensions of the Role
Based in Nairobi and reporting to the Area Manager, Nairobi, the main purpose of the Project Manager is to oversee the implementation of Plan International Kenya’s deliverables under the i2i project, linking closely with the Plan International Kenya Gender Coordinator, other colleagues within the Country Office and in Plan International UK, as well as i2i consortium partners in Kenya.
The incumbent should have good understanding of the interface between innovation and inclusion programming and should be familiar with working with the private sector especially within the areas of business, economic empowerment, partnerships with government, and civil society. Experience working with Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) on social and economic inclusion – particularly of women with disabilities – will be an added advantage. Additionally, s/he will be familiar with managing large donor projects and ensuring compliance with donor guidelines and regulations. The position holder must be willing to adhere to Plan International’s values and sign – and abide by the principles of – the organisation’s policy on safeguarding children and young people.
- Implementation of project deliverables: Technical quality assurance to project development and implementation
Realize implementation phase deliverables:
- Support development of Plan International Kenya Pilot project design on employment inclusion of women with disabilities;
- Support the development and execution of gender analysis for the i2i consortium;
- Support the development of i2i consortium gender mainstreaming strategy;
- In collaboration with the project Gender Coordinator, provide technical gender support to consortium partners, private companies and TVETs;
- Coordinate the realization of i2i project monitoring and evaluation deliverables; including the project baseline and end term evaluation of the project;
- Contribute to the development of a learning paper on what works well in employment inclusion of women with disabilities;
- Lead the technical support on employment inclusion for person with disabilities in the i2i consortia;
- Lead Plan International Kenya’s engagement in the scaling up of the i2i project to a third country
Expertise, skills and knowledge
- Relevant master’s degree in economics, gender, social sciences or international development
- At least 5 years’ experience in project/programme development and/or management in the context of economic empowerment projects/programmes
- Strong understanding of innovation in development and experience of designing and/or implementing innovative approaches
- Experience of working collaboratively with a variety of organisations (private sector, academia and NGOs), ideally including within consortia projects
- Excellent English-language verbal and written communication skills
- Experience in financial, budget and administrative management or related issues
- Understanding of and/or experience of disability-inclusive programming desirable
Skills Specific to the Post
- Strong organisation skills
- Solid writing and reporting writing skills (in English)
- Good Interpersonal / Communication skills
- Good leadership skills