Senior Research Assistant

IFPRI Jobs - Wed, 2014-11-26 19:28
Summary: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Senior Research Assistant within the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) team of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) program in its Environment and Production Technology (EPTD) Division. This is a one-year, exempt, fixed-term, renewable appointment (depending on project funding and performance) based in Washington D.C. Africa RISING program comprises three research-for-development projects supported by the USAID as part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative. Through action research and development partnerships, the Program will create opportunities for smallholder farm households to move out of hunger and poverty through sustainably intensified farming systems that improve food, nutrition, and income security, particularly for women and children, and conserve or enhance the natural resource base. The three projects are led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in West Africa (Ghana and Mali) and East and Southern Africa (Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia) and by the International Livestock Research Institute in the Ethiopian highlands. The International Food Policy Research Institute leads an associated project on monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment across all the Program countries. To aid with its monitoring activities, the M&E has developed a web-based project monitoring and mapping tool (PMMT). Additional information about the PMMT can be found here . Additional information about the Program can be found here and here . Essential Duties: The M&E team has recently conducted household and community surveys in five of the six Program countries. The SRA will mainly be responsible for assisting the team with compilation of survey documentation, conducting literature reviews, analysis of household and community data, write up of analysis results, and co-authoring research papers. In analyzing the data sets, particular emphasis will be placed on characterization and (early) impact assessment of sustainable agricultural intensification practices being implemented across program countries. In addition, the SRA will assist the team with management and analyses of data collected through the PMMT, and help with the daily duties of data management across the Program. The SRA may also be expected to interact with Africa RISING program implementers in the six focus countries, especially to facilitate project monitoring activities through the PMMT. Finally, the SRA may be required to assist the team with statistical analysis of various household data available in-house. This position may require travelling to one or more of the Program countries to share research finding with program implementers, attend meetings with relevant stakeholders, participate in various policy fora, and interact with research teams on the ground. Required Qualifications : Master’s Degree in international development, development economics, agricultural and applied economics or a very closely related field Significant experience in conducting quantitative household-level analysis in a development context, preferably on the agriculture development sector Experience in survey methodologies, data management, analysis and compilation Fluency in written and spoken English Strong writing skills and capacity to analyze complex phenomena and publish findings in various forms Advanced knowledge of statistical software packages (in particular STATA), good econometric skills and strong familiarity with data production processes. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience in effective interactions and negotiations in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment setting with researchers Willingness to travel to Program countries: Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Tanzania, and Zambia Ability to work independently Good organizational and follow-up skills, to be able to meet deadlines satisfactorily Desired Qualifications Good knowledge of the agriculture and livestock sector and technologies in sub-Saharan Africa Experience with methods of analysis of spatially-disaggregated data (i.e. mapping) Working knowledge of a second language of relevance to the geographic areas of research focus (e.g., French, Amharic, Swahili, or Chichewa)
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Associate Research Fellow

IFPRI Jobs - Wed, 2014-11-26 18:58
Job Summary: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Associate Research Fellow (ARF) for a two (2) year, fixed-term appointment, and renewable depending on performance and funding, for its Program Management Unit of CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets  (PIM).  This position is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C and would involve travel to any of the countries in which IFPRI carries out its research. The ARF will further the analytical work on gender undertaken within the PIM portfolio, with particular focus on how constraints associated with gender affect adoption of improved technologies and management practices, attainment of food security and asset accumulation at the household level, and nutritional outcomes.   Using existing and new large-sample datasets, the Associate Research Fellow will further develop and test the validity of various indicators of women’s empowerment and increase our understanding of the relationship between these indicators and other development outcomes. The ARF will also apply insights from this work to development of indicators of progress in reducing constraints based on gender relevant for tracking the impact of the work of CGIAR in this area. The position will report to the Director, PIM, and work closely with the leader of PIM’s cross-cutting gender research and other researchers contributing to PIM. Please note Associate Research Fellow appointments at IFPRI have a maximum term of three (3) years, inclusive of any approved appointment extensions.   Essential Duties: In close collaboration with colleagues at CGIAR Research Programs PIM, Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), MAIZE, and Humidtropics: Review literature and datasets to identify existing frameworks and evidence on levels and changes in gendered control over agricultural resources and participation in decision-making Assess validity of proposed indicators of progress towards the CGIAR gender and empowerment outcomes and provide recommendations for improvements as necessary Identify data available and data required to track proposed indicators; develop data collection strategy if necessary Analyze relationships between women’s empowerment and other development outcomes such as  technology adoption, nutrition, and food security Author reports, a toolkit, working papers, briefing notes, blog posts, and aco-author peer-reviewed journal articles on (1) methods for measuring the increased control over resources and participation in decision-making by women and other marginalized groups and (2) analysis of the relationship between women’s empowerment and technology adoption, food security, and nutrition Disseminate research findings to the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network as well as other researchers, development practitioners, and policymakers Present results at seminars, conferences, and other relevant forums Required Qualifications: PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Public Policy, Sociology, Demography, or closely related field Demonstrated knowledge of gender issues related to agriculture, food security, and nutrition In-depth understanding of the key issues in measuring women’s empowerment in agriculture 1-2 years of experience (including doctoral research) conducting quantitative analysis of sex-disaggregated data Strong capabilities in quantitative research methods Knowledge of applied econometric techniques and advanced Stata skills Demonstrated ability to produce written technical reports and research publications for peer-reviewed journals Ability to work both independently and with interdisciplinary teams Experience communicating results in multicultural and multi-stakeholder settings Fluency in spoken and written English at a professional level Field experience in a developing country Willingness to travel as necessary   Preferred Qualifications: Survey design and field data collection experience Experience conducting qualitative analysis Knowledge of qualitative research methods Proficiency in a second language 
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Ph.D. graduate assistantship in remote sensing, GIS & environmental modeling - The Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

Indeed Jobs - Wed, 2014-11-26 08:26
Graduate assistantship in the general areas of remote sensing, GIS, and environmental modeling is available, beginning Fall 2015, with Dr....
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Ph.D. graduate assistantship in remote sensing, GIS & environmental modeling - Columbus, OH

Indeed Jobs - Tue, 2014-11-25 11:22
Graduate assistantship in the general areas of remote sensing, GIS, and environmental modeling is available, beginning Fall 2015, with Dr....
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National Consultant Monitoring and Evaluation - Cairo,egypt (source: UNIFEM)

Eldis Job - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:23
Application Deadline: 20 December 2014
Post Level: National Consultant
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Equipe de recherche sur la masculinité - (Un consultant international et Quatre consultants nationaux) - Kinshasa (source: UNIFEM)

Eldis Job - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:23
Application Deadline: 5 December 2014
Post Level: National Consultant
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Gender Advisor, Extractives - Nairobi (source: UNIFEM)

Eldis Job - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:23
Application Deadline: 1 December 2014
Post Level: International Consultant
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Liberia: Public Health Promoter (source: Relief Web)

Eldis Job - Mon, 2014-11-24 18:10
Organization: Oxfam GB
Country: Liberia, Sierra Leone
Closing date: 21 Dec 2014

Salary: 22,421 – 31,945 GBP net per annum pro rata

Contract Type: Fixed Term – up to 4 months, extendable

Hours: Full Time; 40 hours

Location: Sierra Leone, Liberia and multiple others

As part of a global movement for change, Oxfam works together with others to end world poverty, injustice and suffering. As an Oxfam employee, you will join a team of professionals that is part of the international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in 94 countries.

Currently, Oxfam is running an Ebola response programme in Sierra Leone and Liberia providing water and sanitation and social mobilisation to vulnerable communities. The number of new cases is rising and there is an urgent need for Public Health Promoters. They will be required to carry out programme implementation and monitor the effectiveness of activities, make recommendations for actions, ensure that all members of the community, women, men and children are involved in all aspects of the programme implementation through an empowering approach; represent Oxfam GB on technical matters in co-ordination meetings with the government and other key players, and recruit, train and supervise public health promotion staff.

We are looking for someone with knowledge of public health and one or more other relevant areas (e.g. health promotion, community development, education, community water supply); a proven practical experience in developing countries in appropriate community health programmes some of which emergency relief programmes; good knowledge and experience on working with local partner agencies; demonstrated experience of integrating protection, gender and diversity issues into public health promotion; assessment, analytical and planning skills and ability to travel at short notice and to work in difficult circumstances.


How to apply:

Please note that we are also looking for Public Health Promoters to respond to other Emergencies and to add to our PHP Register. We will consider your application for those as well and contact you and let you know if your application has been successful in those cases.

Due to the rapid scale up we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We will only contact those short-listed for the position and may appoint prior to the closing date.

All applications must be submitted through our online system, in English and include an English CV.

For further information about the role and to apply please go to:https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/vacancy/1815/description .

For general enquiries about this role (not to apply), please email hdhr@oxfam.org.uk

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Manchester Region Fundraising Officer (source: Relief Web)

Eldis Job - Mon, 2014-11-24 18:08
Organization: Human Relief Foundation
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 12 Dec 2014

Salary:£18 – 20k p.a. upon achieving monthly targets as set out below (reviewed after 6 months)**HRF**

Purpose: HRF provides emergency relief aid and assistance to ordinary people caught up in extraordinary, life-threatening situations. HRF’s ultimate goal is to save and preserve life.

Job Purpose: The purpose of the job is to co-ordinate HRF’s fund-raising activities and nurture established and secure new fundraising sources in the region

Reporting To: Regional Fundraising Manager

Applications: Please send your CV & Covering Letter to n.tasadiq@hrf.co.uk writing ‘MANCHESTER APPLICATION’ in the Subject Box

Community Fundraising

· To organise and co-ordinate local campaigns, fundraising/promotional activities and events

· To establish, build and maintain relationships with key contacts – including donors, volunteers, local community leaders, mosques, Islamic societies & external organisations

  • To raise funds and awareness from and amongst: schools, businesses, community groups, mosques and the general public
  • To research and identify the region’s donor market’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and use/report findings appropriately

· To develop, revise and implement the local fundraising plan and budget

· To satisfy targets

Events and Volunteers

  • To represent HRF at events in a professional and presentable manner, and do the utmost to promote HRF
  • To attend, promote & raise funds for HRF at any events organised by other organisations/persons
  • To establish, engage and motivate a local team of volunteers to help deliver local fundraising activities and events

General

  • To investigate and implement new ways of increasing funds
  • To support seasonal fundraising and marketing campaigns such as Qurbani, Ramadaan, Winter Clothing and any others

· To keep abreast of changes in the market/environment and accordingly suggest changes to the UK fundraising plan and budget where appropriate

· To co-ordinate plans with other departments, key personnel and volunteers

  • To maintain an organised and accessible filing and documentation system

· To securely log all donations and pledges accurately and ensure that clear records of such donations and pledges are maintained

· To capture details of donors and accurately log onto the Charity's database.

· To fulfil all obligations with regard to the taking of donations

· To participate in meetings associated with work

· Any other duties commensurate with the accountabilities of the post

· To perform appropriate Risk Assessments and adhere to all Health & Safety requirements, Data Protection rules and any other laws and best practice procedures which may be applicable

Regional Fundraising Officer – Person Specification

Essential Qualification & Experience
  • Educated to degree level.
  • Strong experience in fundraising campaigns and events management.
  • Experience of community fundraising and reaching targets.
  • Experience of coordinating volunteers.
  • Experience of staging events
  • Physically active and able to travel and work weekends

Knowledge Skills & Ability

  • Good knowledge of contemporary fundraising techniques.
  • Good knowledge of public and private sector funding sources, structures and organisations.
  • Good knowledge of Charities, HRF, the volunteer sector and the UK Mosque and Islamic organisations/communities

Knowledge Skills & Ability

Skill & Ability
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good report writing skills.
  • Good knowledge of ICT.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Strong persuasive skills.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing deadlines and priorities.
  • Ability to work under pressure and use your own initiative.
  • Ability to multi task and prioritise work.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently.
  • Ability to speak confidently in public.
  • Ability to speak multiple languages.

· Ability to write well

· Ability to work well with a diverse range of people internally and externally

· Ability to think creatively and strategically at all times

· Ability to gain trust and confidence of stakeholders

· Ability to network, establish and maintain key contacts

· Ability to use social media for the purposes of engaging stakeholders

· Willingness and ability to travel and work unsociable hours, including evenings and weekends when required.

· Car owner (or intending to get one) and driver

Commitment

  • Commitment to HRF’s mission, visions and values.

· Hard working and self-motivating.

Desirable

  • Ability to speak multiple south Asian languages and/or Arabic

Please note that we reserve the right to remove this role and advert at any time and also that due to the high volume of applicants, we will be unable to contact those who have been unsuccessful.

Thank You!


How to apply:

Please send your CV & Covering Letter to n.tasadiq@hrf.co.uk writing ‘MANCHESTER APPLICATION’ in the Subject Box

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Zambia: Maternal Child Health Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Eldis Job - Mon, 2014-11-24 18:06
Organization: IMA World Health
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 19 Dec 2014

The Maternal Child Health Advisor will be responsible for leading the integrated effort to reduce maternal child morbidity rates keeping with pursuing the National goals. The program will look to reduce malaria-related morbidity and mortality in up to four provinces in Zambia with a higher malaria burden. The program will aim to increase the coverage and use of life saving malaria prevention and case management interventions in support of the National Malaria Strategic Plan and the National Malaria Control Program.

Duties:

  • Provide advice on how proposed MCH interventions might impact on meeting the MCH morbidity targets
  • Work with provincial and district governments on options to improve MNH organizational structures
  • Assess and identify appropriate interventions to improve the distribution and performance of MNH service providers / workforce
  • Identify and ensure appropriate support provided to demand side interventions to strengthen community participation in MNH services
  • Provide training, guidelines and mentoring support to provincial and district MNH technical teams
  • Contribute to the medium term MNH action plans and expenditure frameworks
  • Communicate with relevant district and community level policy makers and senior officials about MNH programs and related sector reform policy issues, as well as participate in program coordination meetings with government and other donors at the local level
  • Participate in donor harmonization dialogue as required
  • Liaise and coordinate with other technical advisors on all levels of planning and implementation

The position requires a competent and experienced person with the following attributes:

  • Medical degree is a necessary qualification; post-graduate qualifications in maternal and neonatal health, malaria and/or public health
  • Substantial experience in maternal and neonatal health, particularly in areas of policy, management and organizational structure
  • Experience in providing technical assistance to health service managers in a developing country context
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

How to apply:

Please send all responses to the following email address: douglasbennink@imaworldhealth.org

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Uganda: Senior Advisor, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (source: Relief Web)

Eldis Job - Mon, 2014-11-24 18:04
Organization: World Vision
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 05 Dec 2014

This is your opportunity to use your expertise in monitoring, evaluation and research in the WASH field to help improve the lives and futures of some of the world's most vulnerable children.

You can do this by joining World Vision (WV)–a global network of people committed to enhance the well-being and protection of children everywhere by empowering them, their families and communities to overcome the challenges of poverty and injustice.

The Senior Advisor, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learningwillprovide leadership and coordination for the monitoring, evaluation and learning components of the USAID WASH project. The Senior Advisor will develop monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) systems that include appropriate indicators, baseline data, targets and a plan to evaluate performance and produce timely accurate and complete reporting.

We believe that every child is a precious gift to the entire world and that their well-being concerns us all. We will not rest while children suffer in situations that can be changed. We are looking for people who share our beliefs and our passion.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

· Develop the overall framework for project M&E in accordance with the project and document M&E plan.

· Conduct a readiness assessment regarding M&E.

· Identify the requirements for collecting baseline data, prepare terms of reference (ToRs) and commission the baseline survey as required.

· Oversee and execute M&E activities included in the annual work plan, with particular focus on results and impacts as well as in lesson learning.

· Design and implement a system to identify, analyse, document and disseminate lessons learned.

· Consolidate a culture of lessons learning involving all project staff and allocate specific responsibilities.

REQUIRED SKILLS INCLUDE:

  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree or higher in a relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years working in monitoring, evaluation and research in the WASH field, with progressively increasing level of responsibility.
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated expertise in rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and analytical methods including research/study design and implementation, design and data analysis, rapid appraisals, etc.
  • Demonstrated hands-on practical experience setting up and managing MEL systems for WASH programs in developing countries.
  • Excellent report writing, analytical and communication skills, including oral presentation skills, knowledge management and dissemination of research findings (in English).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of management information systems.
  • Travel: 20% Domestic/international travel is required.

If you believe you have the skills and experience to fulfil this vital and challenging role that will enhance the lives of vulnerable children in the Uganda, we'd love to hear from you.


How to apply:

Find the full description and apply online by the closing date 05 Dec 2014. For more information on World Vision International, please visit our website:www.wvi.org.

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Kenya: Team Leader/Health Evaluation Expert (source: Relief Web)

Eldis Job - Mon, 2014-11-24 18:03
Organization: ICF International
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 05 Dec 2014

ICF International is part of DFID’s Global Evaluation Framework. In preparation for an upcoming opportunity to evaluate DFID’s health portfolio in Kenya, we are looking for a Team Leader candidate with the following qualifications:

· At least 5-10 years of experience leading evaluation teams in the area of health (essential)

· Extensive experience working on DFID funded projects (essential)

· Technical expertise in both quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods (essential)

· Technical expertise in the areas of reproductive, maternal and newborn health, family planning and/or health system strengthening (essential)

· Extensive experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in Kenya (essential)

· Fluency in English (essential)

· Proficiency in Swahili (desirable)

· Experience in impact assessments and the Theory of Change (desirable)

· Experience in survey methodology (desirable)

· Experience in statistical data analysis (desirable)

I**CF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) provides professional services and technology solutions that deliver beneficial impact in areas critical to the world's future. ICF is fluent in the language of change, whether driven by markets, technology, or policy. Since 1969, we have combined a passion for our work with deep industry expertise to tackle our clients' most important challenges. We partner with clients around the globe—advising, executing, innovating—to help them define and achieve success. Our more than 5,000 employees serve government and commercial clients from more than 70 offices worldwide. ICF's website is www.icfi.com**


How to apply:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your CV to Nora Loncsar at nora.loncsar@icfi.com with “Team Leader/Health Evaluation Expert” in the subject.

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Haiti: Curriculum Development Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Eldis Job - Mon, 2014-11-24 18:03
Country: Haiti
Closing date: 10 Dec 2014

Curriculum Development Specialist
Pathfinder International, SSQH Project

Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health. We place reproductive health care at the center of all that we do—believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but is critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction. Pathfinder provides women, men, and adolescents with a range of quality health services—from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention and AIDS care and treatment. Pathfinder strives to strengthen access to family planning, ensure availability of safe abortion services and post-abortion care, advocate for sound reproductive health policies, and, through all of our work, improve the rights and lives of the people we serve.

Project Overview

SSQH-CS through its partner Zanmi Lasante Pathfinder is seeking a Curriculum Development Specialist for the USAID/Haiti Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti (SSQH) project. The overall purpose of the three-year (with the option of a two-year extension) Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti (SSQH) project is to improve the health status of the Haitian population. This will be achieved by: (1) increasing utilization of the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population's (MSPP) integrated package of services at the primary care and community levels (particularly in rural or isolated areas); (2) improving the functionality of the USG-supported health referral networks; (3) facilitating sustainable delivery of quality health services through the institutionalization of key management practices at both the facility and community levels; and (4) strengthening departmental health authorities' capacity to manage and monitor service delivery.

Overall Responsibilities

The Curriculum Development Specialist is responsible for the research, development and presentation of training modules in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and Protection (Gender Based Violence and Child Protection) which will then be presented to the MSPP (Haitian Ministry of Health) for approval. Once approved, they will be included in all future CHW (Community Health Worker) formal trainings.

S/he will lead curriculum development efforts in coordination with the SSQH WASH and Protection Advisors, the SSQH Behavior Change Advisor, DINEPA (the local water authority), and IBESR (Institut du Bien-Etre Social et de Recherches).

Specific Responsibilities

The Curriculum Development Specialist will be expected to perform the following activities:

· Research real-time WASH and Protection needs based on findings from recent evaluations completed by Deloitte and SSQH WASH and Protection Advisors

· Meet with DINEPA in order to best understand recommendations based on government norms and technical requirement

· Meet with IBESR (Institut du Bien-Etre Social et de Recherches) in order to best understand recommendations based on government norms and technical requirements

· Produce (1) one training module covering all WASH needs related to objectives of SSQH WASH section program

· Produce (1) one training module covering all Protection (Gender Based Violence and

· Produce (1) one power point presentation with findings and explanation of final modules

· Present the curriculum developed to SSQH and Haitian government officials, and additional partners

· Meet with CDS and Care who are responsible for CHW trainings on reviewing existing CHW training modules

Qualifications

· Advanced degree in Public Health, Community Development, WASH and or Protection context

· Experience developing training modules

· Experience working with government institutions

· Minimum 4 years of relevant professional experience in training module, curriculum development or similar field

· In depth knowledge of health programming strategies

· Experience in working with Community Health models

· Familiarity with Haitian public health system a plus

· Knowledge of health care environment and programs is essential

· Fluency in English and French required

· Ability and willingness to travel to Haiti and travel within departments of Haiti

· Familiarity with the political, social, economic and cultural context of working in Haiti preferred

Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


How to apply:

NB : To apply please send your documents to: ZanmiLasanteDRH@gmail.com with the position as subject before December 10th, 2014. Only the candidates selected will be call for interviews at Zanmi Lasante, Santo 18A.

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Afghanistan: FOCUS Afghanistan Executive Officer (EO) (source: Relief Web)

Eldis Job - Mon, 2014-11-24 18:02
Organization: Focus Humanitarian Assistance
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 29 Dec 2014
Position Summary

Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Afghanistan is seeking a highly motivated and experienced senior executive with outstanding leadership skills for the role of Executive Officer.

The Executive Officer (EO) is responsible for the overall administration and management of FOCUS Afghanistan, including service programmes, external fund-raising, grant management, and business operations. Areas of responsibility include: planning and evaluation of FOCUS Afghanistan’s programmes and operational activities; policy development and administration; personnel and fiscal management; and public relations and external communications. This is a full-time position with accountability and responsibility to the Management Oversight Committee (MOC) through the MOC Chair. The EO will also have a reporting relationship with the FOCUS Global Office in order to fulfill FOCUS global mandate.

Detailed Responsibilities
  1. Programmes: Oversee design, development, delivery and quality of programmes and services.
  2. Develop and facilitate active planning processes in coordination with other FOCUS units directly, as well as through the FOCUS Global Office.
  3. Oversee all programmes, services and activities within Afghanistan, to ensure that programme objectives are met effectively, in a timely manner, and within the approved budget.

2. Financial: Prudently manage the organisation’s resources within budget guidelines and according to applicable laws and regulations.

  • Develop, recommend, and manage annual budget.
  • Maintain and enhance financial policies and procedures for FOCUS Afghanistan’s operations that adheres to all the legal requirements.
  • Submit financial statements to the MOC members periodically as required.
  • Prepare and submit grant applications and funding proposals as appropriate.**3. Human Resources: Effectively manage the human resources of FOCUS Afghanistan according to the approved personnel policies and procedures that are consistent with applicable laws and regulations.** - Administer MOC-approved polices relating to personnel and external consultants, including oversight related to the code of conduct of personnel and consultants.
  • Ensure proper hiring and termination procedures and review and adjust staffing needs and internal structures as required.
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate laws and regulations.
  • Ensure appropriate compensation and benefit structures are in place in order to attract, retain and motivate employees.
  • Ensure that a proper performance management system is in place and is implemented bi-yearly.
  • Build internal capacity, specifically leadership capacity and provide needed professional development training (as required) and other support to paid and volunteer staff.

4. Public Relations: Ensure that FOCUS Afghanistan and its mission, programmes, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image internally and externally. - Develop and oversee administration of an effective communication strategy.

  • Serve as liaison officer with the Afghan community groups and external agencies as it pertains to the activities under the FOCUS Afghanistan ambit.
  • Enhance the image and increase the visibility, outreach and impact of FOCUS Afghanistan.

5. Strategic Planning, MOC Relations, Administration and Support: Oversee the overall operations and administration of the organisation. Advise the MOC on programmatic and operational activities. - Develop organisational goals and priorities annually that are consistent with the overarching objectives and vision of FOCUS Afghanistan subsequent to MOC approval.

  • Facilitate and support the MOC members in carrying out their roles as required.
  • In consultation with the MOC, develop, recommend and administer general day-to- day operating guidelines and policies.
  • Ensure timely submission of FOCUS reports to the Global Office.
  • Develop and maintain strategic and working relationships with the FOCUS Global Office, other FOCUS units, AKDN institutions and key external stakeholders.
  • Represent FOCUS Afghanistan at FOCUS global meetings, conferences and workshops.

6. Resource Mobilization: Ensure that resource mobilization objectives and priorities are achieved.

  • In discussions with the MOC and the Global Office, provide strategic guidance and set priorities and targets for resource mobilization.
  • Oversee and advance the development of new funding streams, as well as diversifying and expanding the donor base.
  • Ensure the highest level of confidence among donors and partners in FOCUS Afghanistan’s operations, relevance and impact.
  • Engage with other FOCUS units and other INGOs in Afghanistan and the region to forge partnerships for resource mobilization.
Qualifications and Expertise
  • Advanced degree in international development with experience in development, disaster management, or related field
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of working experience in a management position or as a senior leader within a corporate, government or non-governmental setting preferably with some international exposure
  • Strong networking/collaboration skills (with AKDN agencies, partnering with Afghan Government organisations, UN agencies, donors, FOCUS beneficiaries and other international and local NGOs)
  • Strong strategic thinking skills
  • Strong project development and management skills including financial analysis
  • Knowledge of cross-cultural issues
  • Excellent organisational, management and follow through skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a matrix organisation
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership and project management skills
  • Demonstrate flexibility, versatility and adaptability in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency
Salary

A suitable salary package will be offered to attract the best candidate, commensurate with experience.


How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their CV via the AKDN Career Center at:www.akdn.org/careers**.**
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Uganda: End of Project Evaluation: Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention among Fishing Communities (source: Relief Web)

Eldis Job - Mon, 2014-11-24 17:59
Organization: Plan UK
Country: Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 04 Jan 2015
Terms of Reference for the End of Project Evaluation of the Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention among Fishing Communities on Lakes George and Edward in Uganda project.
  1. SUMMARY

This tender invites consultants to work on the final end-term evaluation of the current Plan UK and Uganda Fisheries and Fish Conservation Association (UFFCA) project, “Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention among Fishing Communities on Lakes George and Edward in Uganda” project, which is supported by DFID’s Civil Society Challenge Fund. This is a 4-year project which began in 01 August 2011 and completes 31 March 2015

Plan UK and UFFCA are looking for a consultancy team consisting of a lead consultant and his / her research assistants / data enumerators to carry out the Final Evaluation between January and February 2015, with an indicative total budget of 8,000 GBP. The deadline for submitting the final report to DFID is 30 April 2015 (DFID contractual agreement)

The Final Evaluation aims to report on the specific project outcome and output level indicators and to follow up on the progress made from the baseline and mid-term data collection and reports, in order to inform Plan UK, UFFCA and DFID of progress to date and to identify the success of the project in achieving its objectives and influencing a change in approach to HIV and AIDS responses and service provisions within the fishing communities of northern Uganda. The deadline for submitting the application to this tender is Sunday 04th January 2015.We will expect to appoint a consultant in early January 2015 and for work to commence before end of January.

  1. INTRODUCTION

****Plan International (UK)****is one of the leading international, child-centred community development organisations in the world with no religious or political affiliations. It supports interventions in 49 developing countries, benefiting over 11 million children and young people, their families and communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Plan’s work, informed by the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, is based on the recognition of children and young people as citizens with their own rights and responsibilities. In partnerships with them, their families, civil society and government, Plan supports their voices to be heard on issues that affect them, thus building understanding and promoting their rights to participate in and benefit from their societies. Plan UK’s mission is to transform the lives of marginalised children, especially adolescent girls, through our programmes and advocacy.

****Uganda Fisheries and Fish Conservation Association (UFFCA)**** is a private and legally incorporated company limited by guarantee and without share capital working for the emancipation and transformation of poor, vulnerable and marginalized lake dependent communities in Uganda.

In August 2011 UFFCA, with funding from DFID secured by Interact Worldwide – a small, UK-based NGO with a specialist focus on SRHR, began implementing the DFID-funded “****Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention among Fishing Communities on Lakes George and Edward****”. On 1st July 2013, Interact Worldwide formally ceased to exist as a charity in itself and merged with Plan UK, meaning that responsibility for completing and evaluating the project lies with Plan UK.

The projects main focus has been on empowering fishing communities to build mutual support and improving their access to SRH and HIV information and services; and increasing responses to the rights and needs of fishing community members living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) at individual, community and institutional levels. It aims at mobilizing, building the capacities and empowering fishing communities in the four districts to mitigate the impacts of HIV/AIDS by promoting their rights and advocating for services that they are entitled to in order to improve their quality of life.

  1. BACKGROUND

Plan UK and UFFCA recognize the importance of basing programmatic decision-making, as well as advocacy efforts, on solid evidence and strong methodological approaches. We endeavor to draw on existing best practice, learning from experience and sharing with the development community.

The project was guided by a log frame and followed a monitoring and evaluation framework and process, enabling staff to review and assess project implementation and progress, in order to take appropriate action and promote learning.

A mid-term review was completed in May 2013, and provided a review of the project activities to date and progress made towards achieving the specific project outputs and outcomes as compared to the project baseline and targets. The results indicated that UFFCA had been able to mobilise the fishing community members into 11 Project Advisory Committee (PAC) groups, and had empowered these group members to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS by promoting their rights and advocating for the services they are entitled to for improved quality of life. By mid-term review 29,893 fisher folks had been mobilised into PACs, representing 62 percent of a 49,954 target. Gender representation was equally considered with 55 percent females and 45 percent males.

The project has ensured that HIV and SRH services are available to the fishing communities. Through engaging duty bearers at sub-county and district levels, the project has increasingly applied a rights-based approach. These strategies helped in effectively engaging the local leadership and duty bearers with HIV, SRH and rights so that they are able to respond to the needs of the fishing community.

The project is expected to meet the following outputs;

  1. Improved awareness, access to information and knowledge about HIV prevention, SRH and rights among fishing communities
  2. Increased capacity and involvement of community-based institutions i.e. BMUs, PTCs and PLHIV groups and networks in influencing, advocacy and engagement of duty bearers around HIV and AIDS, SRH and Rights in fishing communities
  3. Increased access to and utilization of quality SRH, HIV and AIDS services i.e. prevention, treatment, care and support by fishing communities
  4. Decentralized and National Level Advocacy for HIV and AIDS interventions, SRH and rights in fishing communities undertaken
  5. Increased organizational and technical capacity of UFFCA in programming and engaging with HIV and AIDS, SRH and rights issues in the fisheries sub-sector at all levels
  6. Community generated lessons and stories documented for organizational learning and dissemination for sharing best practice in Uganda.
  7. PURPOSE AND SCOPE

The purpose of the end of project evaluation is to assess the effectiveness of project planning, implementation, how the various interventions contributed towards the project purpose and goal and how lessons can be utilized for future programming. The review will specifically identify project achievements and constraints; assess the key outcomes and/or impact of project interventions, document lessons learned and propose recommendations for improving the development, implementation and management of future programmes.

The evaluation should include both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, using similar methods and tools to the baseline and MTR and following a final agreed sampling strategy to be proposed by the consultant. Recognising resource constraints, the data collection will be conducted in Kasese, Rukungiri, Kamwenge and Rubirizi districts. In Kasese the focus will be in the six fishing villages, in Rubirizi three fishing villages, in Kamwenge two fishing villages, while in Rukungiri one fishing village.

The Final Evaluation should have the following objectives;1. Has the specific project goal and outputs been achieved, in line with the milestones and indicators set out in the DFID log frame? What were the results and impact?

  1. Did the project reach the intended target groups, and how did they benefit? How many beneficiaries, disaggregated by gender, age and PLHIV, PWD status, were reached?
  2. What is the process by which outcomes have been achieved and how effective has it been?
  3. Identify and document lessons learned and include recommendations for any new similar project going forward.

Specifically:

  • Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice; to follow-up on the knowledge, attitudes and practice survey developed for the project baseline and MTR in order to update key output and outcome level indicators. Collect qualitative data and beneficiary feedback on any changes that have occurred as a result of the project. All data, quantitative and qualitative, collected through the assessment must be disaggregated by sex and age.
  • Participation;include examination of the active participation of beneficiaries, including youth, and MARP’s and document what was the impact of their participation. On discrimination and inclusion – who benefitted from the project and who was excluded and why? How was feedback from marginalised / vulnerable groups used by the project to influence the design of activities?
  • Relevance of the project; were the project design and approach appropriate and relevant to situation? Were the activities and outputs of the project consistent with the overall goal and the attainment of its objectives during the entire project cycle? Were the activities and outputs of the project consistent with the intended impacts and effects?
  • Effectiveness of the project;to what extent were the project objectives achieved? What were the significant factors which related to the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives?
  • Efficiency of the implementation against the planned outputs; were the resources used cost effective and properly allocated? Did the project fully represent Value for Money? Were activities undertaken as planned and objectives achieved on time? Could the project have employed more efficient means of implementation?
  • Impact of the project and the extent to which the changes obtained were gender sensitive or transformative, and rights-based. What were the intended and unintended (positive and negative) outcomes and impact of activities linked to each output, measured according to the indicators in the log frame? What real difference have the project activities made to the beneficiaries? How many men and women were affected?
  • Sustainability of the project. To what extent will the project benefits continue after the project has been completed? What are the major factors influencing the achievement or on achievement of sustainability of the project?
  • Lesson’s Learnt. Identify any emerging lessons learnt (specifically in relation to approaches to empowerment and advocacy, equity and gender equality, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation and innovation by UFFCA).
  • Recommendations; review plans for sustainability of activities and make recommendations to Plan UK, UFFCA, Uganda District Authorities, PACs and Community Leaders a on actions to be taken to continue and sustain the benefits achieved for fisherfolk as a result of this project.

The table below details the project outcomes and outputs to be reviewed and assessed in the Final Evaluation, and includes the current log-frame indicators.

GOAL / IMPACTIndicator To contribute to poverty reduction by mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS on fishing communities around the shores of Lakes George and Edward in South-western Uganda in line with The National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV and AIDS 2007/8-2011/12 and National Development Plan (NDP) 2010/11-2014/15 G1. Regional HIV prevalence rate for mid-Western Uganda (includes districts bordering Lakes George and Edward)

G2. National Commitments and Policy Instrument (NCPI) Questionnaires on HIV sector coordination PURPOSE / OUTCOME Indicator To mobilise, build capacity and empower fishing communities to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS by promoting their rights and advocating for the services they are entitled to for improved quality of life P1. No. of fisher-folk participating in community institutions (disaggregated by sex, age and people living openly with HIV)

P2. No of health facilities providing HIV and SRH services in fishing communities OUTPUT 1 Indicator Improved awareness, access to information and knowledge about HIV prevention, SRH and rights among fishing communities 1.1 No. and % of targeted fishing population educated on SRH and aware of their SRH rights 1.2 No. and % of targeted fishing population correctly reporting knowledge on STI and HIV modes of transmission and methods of prevention OUTPUT 2 Indicator Increased capacity and involvement of community-based institutions i.e. BMUs, PTCs and PLHIV groups and networks in influencing, advocacy and engagement of duty bearers around HIV and AIDS, SRH and Rights in fishing communities 2.1 No. of community based groups trained and actively implementing joint action plans 2.2 No. and % of women registered as members of community based institutions (PACS) 2.3 No. of community-based groups participating in rights-based HIV and AIDS advocacy activities 2.4 Number of strategic actions amongst duty bearers with regard to concerns of fishing communities OUTPUT 3 Indicator Increased access to and utilization of quality SRH, HIV and AIDS services i.e. prevention, treatment, care and support by fishing communities 3.1 % of of the targeted population reporting using SRH and HIV services at the local health facilities within the last year 3.2 No. and % of PLHIV engaged with the PACs accessing treatment & related services 3.3 No. of ART Adherence Clubs/Groups formed within PACS 3.4 % of people reporting satisfaction with services 3.5 No. of referrals made to service providers by PACS OUTPUT 4 Indicator Decentralised and National Level Advocacy for HIV and AIDS interventions, SRH and rights in fishing communities undertaken 4.1 No. of strategic actions or policy recommendations around HIV and AIDS, SRH and Rights in fishing communities 4.2 No. of local government districts with HIV prevention plans / programs prioritising interventions in fishing communities 4.3 Number of districts with local government budgetary allocations for HIV targeting fishing communities OUTPUT 5 Indicator Increased organisational and technical capacity of UFFCA in programming and engaging with HIV and AIDS, SRH and rights issues in the fisheries sub-sector at all levels 5.1 Number of staff trained in HIV and SRH&Rs and demonstrating increased knowledge 5.2 Number of staff trained in HIV and SRH&Rs gender, rights, empowerment and advocacy and demonstrating increased knowledge 5.3 Evidence of improvement in management and coordination capacity OUTPUT 6 Indicator Community generated lessons and stories documented for organisational learning and dissemination for sharing best practice in Uganda. 6.1 Number of lessons learnt and best practice documents disseminated 6.2 No. of media pieces mentioning the project 6.3 No. of printed project profile raising materials

  1. ASSESSMENT UTILISATION

The data collected and analyzed will be validated through a stakeholder workshop with UFFCA, District Leaders and PAC representative’s; it will be included in the final report to DFID and will make an assessment of the project according to DFID guidelines on specific output / outcome scores (See Annex 1 – CSCF Evaluation Guidelines), as well as contributing to onward planning and future project design and fundraising by UFFCA.

Plan UK will conduct an assessment of the evaluation report and overall project progress to gather learning and evidence for future programme development and management .

  1. METHODOLOGY

The Final Evaluation will be coordinated by UFFCA with technical guidance and support from Plan International Capacity Building Co-ordinator, based in Uganda, and the SRHR Unit at Plan UK. It is expected that the consultancy team will consist of one lead consultant and his / her research assistants / data enumerators to support the fieldwork and / or data entry. The consultant will use a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, as used in the baseline and MTR

  • KAP survey (Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices) - (a minimal sample size to be identified as a proportion of the target fisherfolk population, the PACs and their members (males and females across the 12 fishing villages)**.**
  • Key informant interviews (District health officers from the four districts, Local leaders / Community Development Officers, UFFCA Staff and Volunteers / PAC leadership).
  • Focus Group Discussions (FGD’s) (Key project beneficiaries / PAC members in groups of 8-10 people).

The consultant is expected to review the project log-frame, the monitoring and evaluation framework as well as the Baseline, Mid-Term Report and annual DFID reports. The consultant is asked to review the baseline and MTR tools and revise these to fulfil the requirements of the Final Evaluation.

UFFCA and Plan will approve the methodology proposed by the consultant, and will assist in selecting an appropriate sample of fisherfolk and stakeholders before commencement of the activities.

The design and implementation of the assessment should consider how beneficiaries including youth (up to age 24) are central to the assessment, that principles of gender equality, including non-discrimination are considered and acted upon throughout, and that the meaningful participation of key stakeholders is promoted in the design and implementation of the assessment. Furthermore, the assessment is required to be conducted in line with Plan International Child Protection Policy and internal guidelines on Child Protection and ethical standards in Monitoring, Evaluation and Research.

The consultancy team will undertake the following tasks as part of the Final Evaluation review:

  • Briefing meeting with UFFCA and call with Plan UK
  • Review background project management and baseline & MTR methodology / tools
  • Finalise methodology for the Final Evaluation and present detailed implementation plan, revised evaluation tools and guidance for data collectors in an Inception report format, for approval by Plan UK and UFFCA
  • Conduct if necessary a training workshop for UFFCA staff on research methodology to support data collection process
  • Provide weekly email updates of progress on the Final Evaluation to UFFCA and Plan UK
  • Conduct field research and data collection
  • Data compilation, develop data screens, data entry and cleaning
  • Data analysis of findings from field research – using SPSS or Epidata or similar quantitative research analysis software – and triangulation of data with qualitative data
  • Prepare a full draft report on the quantitative and qualitative findings, including recommendations for changes in project approaches and priorities for future similar project interventions. The report should meet the criteria included in Annex 1.
  • Incorporate feedback into a revised draft of the report.
  • Present findings to the project stakeholders at the validation workshop and facilitate discussion to reach consensus on findings.
  • Propose specific recommendations for revision following validation workshop.
  • Finalise full Final Evaluation report and disseminate findings to beneficiaries and stakeholders.
  • OUTPUTS

The expected outputs of this assignment are: 1. Detailed Inception Report to outline methodology for the Final Evaluation; including updated data collection tools, guidance for data collection, a detailed work plan and data analysis plan. This should be approved by Plan UK and RODI before field research begins.
· Revised tools for field research that are appropriate for the outputs and indicators from the project logframe and address the specific issues detailed above among the specific target groups.

  • Tools should include questionnaires, key informant interview guides and health facility checklist
  • Draft version of the Final Evaluation report, clearly presented and well written.
  • Presentation of Final Evaluation finding for project stakeholders’ validation workshop
  • All raw data (quantitative data files etc)
  • Full Final Evaluation report, clearly presented and well written, detailing progress against programme outcomes and output indicators from the project logframe. The consultant should present the suggested outline for the report to be approved by Plan UK and RODI before commencing the writing of the report, please see guidance provided in Annex 1.
  • A full printed copy of the final report, and an electronic copy of the report should be provided.
  • Final dissemination of results to stakeholders,
  • The format of the Final Report should be guided the CSCF evaluation guidelines provided in Annex 1. The report is not expected to exceed 25 pages (excluding the annexes).8.TIMING

The work is expected to be implemented through January-February 2014 and be completed by 28 February 2015, allowing time for preparation, field work, writing, feedback and finalisation. The work is expected to last around 20 days. Please note the following timings are suggested as a guideline, and the consultant’s proposal should suggest final timings that include other members of his / her research team.

Activity

Proposed number of days to include;

Background reading, methodology and tools development 3 days

Training and preparation with staff 1 day

Data collection 5 days Data entry and analysis 5 days

Report writing 3 days

Validation workshop 1 day

Finalisation of report 1 day

Dissemination workshop 1 day

TOTAL 20 days**9.**LOGISTICS AND COMMUNICATIONS

The consultant will work with UFFCA staff based in Kampala and Kasese. UFFCA will provide transportation, fuel and a driver for the fieldwork. 5 UFFCA staff will also be available to support the consultant with organising field research.

The consultant will report directly to the UFFCA Executive Director and Plan International Capacity Building Coordinator. The consultant will undertake evaluation tasks in close consultation with the UFFCA Programme Coordinator and Plan International Capacity Building Coordinator, and other members of the staff in the Secretariat.**8.**TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The consultancy will be contracted by Plan UK and will be paid directly by Plan UK on the basis of:

  • Plan UK having reviewed and approved the plan and proposed methodology of the evaluation (50% of costs).
  • Plan UK receiving a copy of the report and final invoice with hard copy receipts for expenses incurred (50%)**9.**SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

The successful lead consultant will have a solid track record on the criteria below, with examples of evidence for each:

Generalq Postgraduate qualification in relevant fields Knowledge & Technical Skills and Experience q Experience in quantitative research methodologies and analysis, and ability to present quantitative data in easily accessible formats

q Experience in using SPSS or Epidata (or similar software)

q Experience in qualitative research methodologies and analysis and participatory research

q Experience in leading a research team

q Experience of use of ethical considerations and methodological measures for conducting research with marginalised and disadvantaged groups, including young people.

q Gender, HIV and sexual and reproductive health & rights

q Current policy developments in Uganda

q Advocacy programmes

q Participatory methods; consultation and facilitation

q Design, monitoring and evaluation of HIV and SRHR programmes

q Familiarity and knowledge of Plan International principles and policies including gender sensitivity and Child Centred Community Development Others q Knowledge of DFID grant requirements and policies

q Track record in writing concise, high quality and accessible research reports

q Spoken and written English and local languages

q Ability to be responsive to client needs; creativity and flexibility toward issues arising / challenges in research implementation**10.**DOCUMENTS TO BE PROVIDED TO CONSULTANT

  1. Project Proposal
  2. Project Log frame, revised versions up to November 2014
  3. Project M&E framework
  4. Baseline report, including tools
  5. Mid-Term Review report and tools
  6. Project workplans
  7. Annual Project Narrative reports
  8. Periodic Narrative reports
  9. Project strategy documents
  10. Policy documents
  11. Budget information
  12. PROPOSAL

We invite interested candidates to submit the following documents:

  1. Expression of interest addressing track record and selection criteria
  2. Technical proposal for the Final Evaluation (maximum 10 pages to cover parts a and b):
  3. Your understanding of the issues to be addressed
  4. The objective of the project and the review
  5. Details of the proposed methodology
  6. Expected composition of the Consultant/Evaluation team
  7. Timetable of activities, including explicit milestones against which consultancy progress can be measured
  8. A description of measurable products, outcomes and benefits of the final evaluation
  9. CVs of the proposed consultants who will conduct the work, explicitly detailing experience in the relevant area.
  10. Contact details of two independent referees.
  11. Financial proposal detailing consultant(s) itemised fees, data collection and administrative costs.
  12. Rate history for similar work to support budget proposal
  13. One recent example of similar evaluation report written by the applicant.

The indicative budget available for consultant fees and associated costs is approximately GBP 8,000.

The deadline for proposals is Sunday 4th January 2015.Please feel free to contact us in case of any clarification question.

Please submit proposals to: Executive Director, UFFCA, Seremos Kamuturaki seremoskamuturaki@hotmail.com

Copy your submission to: Juliet Masika, Capacity Building Co-ordinator, Plan International Juliet.Masika@plan-international.org

Annex 1

Civil Society Challenge Fund

Evaluation Guidelines

February 2014

What is the Civil Society Challenge Fund (CSCF)?

The CSCF is a grant mechanism for ensuring DFID reaches poor and marginalised groups (e.g. disabled, children, women, people living with HIV/AIDS, indigenous people, ethnic minorities) through supporting a more empowered and cohesive civil society (made up of NGOs, religious and community organisations, professional associations and others). The CSCF has operated since 2000. From 2010 to March 2015 the CSCF will have supported a total of 156 projects in Africa, Asia, Americas and the Middle East. The fund closed to new grants in 2011 and all projects will end by 2015. Each year projects end. The Fund provides up to 100% of project funding with a maximum contribution of £500,000 to each project for up to, but no more than, 5 years.

Useful background reading for the evaluation

  • The approved project proposal document.
  • The original project logframe and the last approved project logframe.
  • Annual Project Reports, including financial information.
  • Any case studies produced by the project.
  • Original baseline studies and any subsequent studies to show impact.
  • Other evidence of impact that the project team thinks is important. This could include notes of decisions taken, evidence of policies or programmes that have changed or communication material that may have had an impact on decision-making.

Recommended people to interview

  • Project manager(s)
  • Project staff, including male and female field workers or volunteers
  • Target groups whose capacity is being built by the project (e.g. health workers, agricultural workers, extension workers)
  • Beneficiaries: men, women, adolescent girls and boys, disabled girls and boys, men and women living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Coalition partner organisations familiar with the project and involved, for example, in advocacy
  • Government officials familiar with the project

Report-writing guidance

Recommended length: 25 pages max in plain English. Use Microsoft Word. Arial font 12.

Recommended Format:

  1. Contents Page
  2. Abbreviations and acronyms page
  3. Basic Information (1 A4 page maximum)

(*Project title, Agency name, CSCF number, Country, Name of local partner(s),Name of person who compiled the evaluation report, including summary of role/contribution of others in the team and the period during which the evaluation was undertaken)*

  1. Executive Summary (2 A4 page maximum)
  2. The main report (see below)
  3. Outcome and Output score (see template at Annex A)
  4. Annexes: Include the evaluation terms of reference; names and contact details of the evaluators along with a signed declaration of their independence from the project team; evaluation schedule; people met; documents consulted; statistical data on baseline; end of project survey.

Recommended content for the report

  1. Results and impact of the project:\*Support your findings with examples.*
  2. Consider the stated outputs of the project as laid out in the most recent version of the project logframe;
  3. Based on the evidence you have collected and analysed, to what extent have each of the outputs been delivered and targets/milestones reached as envisaged?
  4. What were the results of the individual outputs? What change was brought about?
  5. Taken together, to what extent did the outputs achieve the desired outcome?
  6. To what extent were the indicators for measuring outcome appropriate?
  7. What evidence is there of impact on the lives of marginalised and poor people as a result of this project?
  8. How did the project assess impact?
  9. Target groups: Support your findings with examples and recommendations.
  10. Which target groups did the project work with? How did they benefit?
  11. What is your evidence that the project reached the intended target group(s) as described? For example, specify any sample surveys used by the evaluator, numbers of people interviewed etc.
  12. Unintended consequences:\*Support your findings with examples and recommendations.*

Explain if the project produced any unanticipated consequences or outcomes that were not intended? For example: Were there any positive unexpected benefits? Did something negative happen as a result of the project?

  1. Risk

Did the project identify and manage risk effectively? Provide examples, and/or recommendations.

  1. Value for money (VfM)[1]:

Evaluate whether the project has been implemented according to principles that support value for money. Provide examples/and or recommendations.

Economy

What has the project management done to buy and use inputs at a value-for-money price? What did the organisation do to drive down unit costs but maintain quality?

Efficiency

How did the project ensure that resources (inputs) were used efficiently to maximise results?

Effectiveness

Do you consider the project has been effective in bringing about the anticipated changes for beneficiaries and target groups?

  1. Sustainability

Do elements (outputs) of this project require future funding and if so has funding been secured?

  1. Lesson Learning on approaches

Are there any useful lessons that can be drawn from this project? Note: evaluators do not have to provide lessons under each area. Focus on what is felt to be most useful.

  1. Approaches to Empowerment and Advocacy

What has worked well?

  1. Equity and Gender Equality

Has the project learned any useful lessons in understanding and address gender inequality? Explain in brief.

  1. Capacity building

What approaches have worked or not worked? What has the organisation learned to apply for the future?

  1. Monitoring

What is the quality of monitoring?

Does a system exist or not?

Consider the accuracy of monitoring data, its flexibility and the use made of it.

Consider if the baseline data is adequate.

  1. Innovation

Are there any innovative aspects of the project identified during the evaluation, if so describe. Support your findings with examples.

  1. Project Accountability (Beneficiary Feedback Mechanisms)

Did the project collect feedback from beneficiaries? If so, describe how. Are there any examples of how the project changed course as a result of feedback from beneficiaries?

  1. Outcome and Output scoring

Please score project performance against the outcome and each output, making a judgement on the actual achievement of expected results using DFID’s five point scoring system:

ScoreDescription of Score A++ Output/outcome substantially exceeded expectation A+ Output/outcome moderately exceeded expectation A Output/outcome met expectation B Output/outcome moderately did not meet expectation C Output/outcome substantially did not meet expectation

Where there has been over- or under-achievement, please explain the reasons. Please state what evidence supports the score.

  1. Contribution to the CSCF Objectives

The CSCF has five broad objectives and these are explained below. Please consider if the project has contributed to these objectives and provide examples to support your conclusions.

CSCF Objective Example 1.Building capacity of Southern civil society to engage in local decision-making processes.

Can you find an example where the project has helped marginalised groups to, for example, voice their concerns to local government departments in relation to their rights? ****2.****Building capacity of Southern civil society to engage in national decision-making.

Can you find an example where the project has helped marginalised groups to, for example, voice their concerns to national government departments in relation to their rights (e.g. through the media or through a more direct engagement)? 3.Global advocacy.

Has the project capitalised on its experiences with marginalised groups to conduct advocacy at a global level (e.g. attended UN forums or participated in global campaigns to project the concerns and views of marginalised groups)? Please provide an example. 4.Innovative service delivery.

Have you identified examples of innovative service delivery pioneered by the project? If so, please explain. 5.Service delivery in difficult environments. If the project is contributing to, or providing services, in a difficult environment, please explain. Provide a few bullet points to explain why the environment is challenging.


How to apply:

The deadline for proposals is Sunday 4th January 2015. Please feel free to contact us in case of any clarification question.

Please submit proposals to: Executive Director, UFFCA, Seremos Kamuturaki seremoskamuturaki@hotmail.com

Copy your submission to: Juliet Masika, Capacity Building Co-ordinator, Plan International Juliet.Masika@plan-international.org

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Uganda: Director, Finance and Operations, Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Eldis Job - Mon, 2014-11-24 17:52
Organization: World Vision
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 05 Dec 2014

This is your opportunity to use your expertise in financial and administrative management of large-scale, complex, international development assistance programs to help improve the lives and futures of some of the world's most vulnerable children.

You can do this by joining World Vision (WV)–a global network of people committed to enhance the well-being and protection of children everywhere by empowering them, their families and communities to overcome the challenges of poverty and injustice.

The Director, Finance and Operations will provide overall leadership to the financial management and administration of the USAID WASH project by promoting financial stewardship and accountability in all project operations.

We believe that every child is a precious gift to the entire world and that their well-being concerns us all. We will not rest while children suffer in situations that can be changed. We are looking for people who share our beliefs and our passion.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Advise the project on resource integration options to meet financial requirements of the grant.
  • Lead the implementation of the project operating budget, monitor actual performance and develop project projections.
  • Plan for and support World Vision internal audit(s) and statutory external audit(s).
  • Assist in the development of financial and administrative policies and procedures to ensure smooth running of the Grant and compliance to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, WV International finance policies, and government and other donor regulations.
  • Ensure competent and motivated staff are hired and retained.

REQUIRED SKILLS INCLUDE:

· Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or other relevant field, or a Bachelor’s or certified accounting degree with 10 years’ experience

· Minimum of eight (8) years’ experience in financial and administrative management of large-scale, complex, international development assistance programs developing and managing large budgets, with relevant IT applications

· Demonstrated experience and skills in developing and managing large budgets

· Familiarity with USG financial reporting and compliance requirements

· Skills and experience in the appraisal and evaluation of proposals and monitoring of grants

· Ability to build finance capacity with partners and WV finance staff

· Strong command of Excel, and knowledge of Sun Systems is preferred

· Demonstrated record of successfully managing grants for donor funded programs is essential

  • Travel: 15% Domestic/international travel is required.

If you believe you have the skills and experience to fulfil this vital and challenging role that will enhance the lives of vulnerable children in the Uganda, we'd love to hear from you.


How to apply:

Find the full description and apply online by the closing date 05 Dec 2014. For more information on World Vision International, please visit our website: www.wvi.org.

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Viet Nam: Finance Director - World Vision Vietnam (source: Relief Web)

Eldis Job - Mon, 2014-11-24 17:51
Organization: World Vision
Country: Viet Nam
Closing date: 07 Dec 2014

This is your opportunity to use your finance and accounting to help improve the lives and futures of some of the world's most vulnerable children.

You can do this by joining World Vision (WV)–a global network of people committed to enhance the well-being and protection of children everywhere by empowering them, their families and communities to overcome the challenges of poverty and injustice.

The Finance Director - World Vision Vietnam will provide overall leadership, oversight and management support to all aspects of the Finance Management of National Office (NO) by promoting financial stewardship, accountability, reliability and accuracy of financial reports and information; develop, define and implement financial policies in compliance with World Vision International (WVI) financial policy & procedures; ensure effective resource acquisition and management, accounting and reporting, utilisation of both sponsorship/non sponsorship private/grant & safeguarding of assets.

We believe that every child is a precious gift to the entire world and that their well-being concerns us all. We will not rest while children suffer in situations that can be changed. We are looking for people who share our beliefs and our passion.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Achieve high performance standards of the Finance department.
  • Conduct performance reviews of direct reports.
  • Quarterly financial review and analysis of the balance sheet, income statement are conducted and feedback provided to relevant stakeholders on the overall performance.
  • Coordinate the audit and finalise the Field’s External Audit report.
  • Review and advise Management on all financial matters.

REQUIRED SKILLS INCLUDE:

  • Advanced degree in Finance and Accounting.
  • In-depth working knowledge of accounting software packages, especially Sun Systems, Vision.
  • In-depth working knowledge of MS Excel. Knowledge of MS Office and Lotus Notes.
  • In-depth working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the WVI FFM.
  • Knowledge of WV operations and programming requirements.
  • Good working knowledge of grant accounting if program has grant funded projects.
  • Ability to review departmental performance against industry standards and benchmarks.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and Ability to lead with transparency and stay accountable.
  • Ability to work with and relate to national staff and expatriate staff from many countries.
  • Ability to train other staff.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Good communication skills.

If you believe you have the skills and experience to fulfil this vital and challenging role that will enhance the lives of vulnerable children in Vietnam, we'd love to hear from you.


How to apply:

Find the full description and apply online by the closing date 07 Dec 2014. For more information on World Vision International, please visit our website: www.wvi.org.

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Benin: Représentant Pays Benin (source: Relief Web)

Eldis Job - Mon, 2014-11-24 17:50
Organization: WeWorld Intervita
Country: Benin
Closing date: 06 Jan 2015

Poste : Représentant Pays BENIN

Réf: 2814/COUNTRYREPBEN/EST

Localité: Benin, Cotonou - BJ

Durée: Contrat à durée déterminée (12 mois).

Postuler avant le: 6 janvier 2015

Date d’affectation: La présence sur place est requise le plus tôt que possible, mais il y a la disponibilité à tenir compte des temps du candidat sélectionné

WeWorld Intervita est une organisation non gouvernementale (ONG) de coopération au développement reconnue par le Ministère italien des Affaires étrangères, non confessionnelle, non politique et indépendante. Née à Milan en 1999, est engagée en Italie, en Asie, en Afrique et en Amérique latine, en faveur des enfants, des femmes et des communautés locales dans la lutte contre la pauvreté et les inégalités, pour un développement durable. WeWorld Intervita travaille en réseau avec d'autres organisations de la société civile pour faire entendre la voix des plus faibles dans l'agenda politique italienne et internationale et est présente dans les principaux réseaux de défense des droits des enfants et des femmes. WeWorld Intervita adopte l'approche des droits de l'homme comme base conceptuelle et méthodologique de ses actions. WeWorld Intervita travaille dans sept pays du Sud du monde en collaboration avec des partenaires locaux en appuyant ou mettant en œuvre des projets visant à: protéger les enfants, assurer leur l'accès à l'éducation, garantir leur santé et celle de leurs mères, promouvoir la participation des enfants, l'égalité des sexes et les droits des femmes. L'éducation et la santé sont des priorités, par conséquent, les projets sont basés sur un programme de parrainage à distance, qui est mis en œuvre dans les écoles maternelles et primaires pour les élèves de 4 à 8 ans.

WeWorld Intervita travaille au Bénin depuis 2008 et est enregistrée dans le Pays depuis janvier 2011 ayant son siège à Cotonou. A l’état actuel WeWorld Intervita collabore avec quatre partenaires locaux dans cinq Départements (Atlantique, Ouémé, Plateau, Zou et Collines) avec le but de soutenir l’accès à l’école primaire, à la santé de base, aux ressources économiques et à la nourriture. WeWorld Intervita ne réalise pas directement les projets, mais cofinance, supervise et appuie les partenaires dans l’exécution des actions.

Objectif

La personne sélectionnée aura la responsabilité de représenter WeWorld Intervita dans le Pays, notamment elle sera chargée de coordonner l’action de l’ong au Bénin, de superviser les activités et campagnes du SAD (soutien à distance = parrainage des enfants), de suivre les relations institutionnelles avec les autorités et les bailleurs, d’assurer l’accompagnement et le capacity building des partenaires des projets, de garantir le respect des procédures adoptées par WeWorld Intervita.

Domaines de responsabilités:

  • Représentation de WeWorld Intervita avec les partenaires, les institution locales, centrales et internationales
  • Monitorage et évaluation des projets en cours et identification des nouveaux projets / partenaires
  • Organisation et supervision des activités SAD
  • Supervision de l’administration et de la logistique

Tâches

  • Supervision de la gestion du bureau local: il/elle supervise l’application des procédures WeWorld Intervita dans la gestion du bureau local (ressources humaines, matérielles et financières) en collaboration avec l’administrateur expatrié, surveille la conformité avec la normative locale en vigueur (par exemple maintien de l’enregistrement par la mise à jour des documents requis, etc.) et assure la bonne organisation des missions que WeWorld Intervita réalise sur place pour des raisons techniques, de communication ou de gestion du SaD.
  • Identification des partenaires et des projets: il/elle identifie des interlocuteurs fiables en leur fournissant le support nécessaire dans l’élaboration des propositions de projet à soumettre à WeWorld Intervita ou à des bailleurs externes afin de garantir le respect des procédures et le correct remplissage des formulaires.
  • Monitorage et évaluation des projets: il/elle visite régulièrement les projets et organise des rencontres avec les partenaires et les acteurs impliqués pour identifier les mesures correctrices au cours de l’implémentation et supervise les partenaires dans la rédaction des rapports narratifs et financiers périodiques et finaux qui seront vérifiés avant l’envoi au siège de Milan.
  • Organisation et supervision des activités SaD (parrainage) : en particulier il/elle doit garantir l’application des procédures de WeWorld Intervita (Manuel SaD) de la part du personnel local et des partenaires, le respect de la planification annuelle et d’éventuelles tâches supplémentaires.
  • Coordination et relations institutionnelles: il/elle gère les relations avec les autorités locales et centrales, assure la participation aux réseaux de la société civile - surtout dans le secteur de l’éducation - et évalue les possibles partenariats avec les agences internationales présentes dans le Pays (participation à appels à proposition, etc.).
  • Appui opérationnel direct à WeWorld Intervita : il/elle appui les missions de monitorage et évaluation périodiques des projets réalisées par WeWorld Intervita ou ses consultants externes et tout autre type de mission organisées sur place (par ex. testimonial, journalistes, etc.).
  • Modèle organisationnel et Code étique: il/elle assure l’application du Modèle d’organisation et du Code étique adoptés par WeWorld Intervita Onlus en conformité avec le décret Dlgs 231/01.

Il est important de souligner que la supervision des processus liés au SaD et à la coordination du siège nécessitent un fort engagement dans la gestion et l’opérativité du bureau.

Expérience et connaissances

  • Expérience dans la gestion et l’implémentation des projets de coopération internationale (5 ans)
  • Connaissance théorique et pratique des outils techniques du secteur (ex. Cycle de gestion du Projet)
  • Compétences linguistiques: excellente connaissance de l’italien (langue maternelle) et du français (parlé et écrit)
  • Solides connaissances de l’outil informatique
  • Connaissance du secteur de l’Enfance et en particulier des droits des enfants
  • Précédente expérience dans le même rôle (Représentant Pays d’une Ong)
  • Gestion des activité SaD (Soutien à distance = parrainage)
  • Connaissance du Pays (Bénin)
  • Elaboration et rédaction de projets pour les principales agences du secteur (UE, ONU, Ministère Italien des Affaires Etrangères, etc.)

Compétences et Capacités

  • Excellentes capacités de communication et de gestion de relations complexes avec les institutions locales
  • Attitude flexible, patiente et constructive
  • Dynamisme et pro-activité pour une efficace résolution des problèmes

How to apply:

Envoyer sa candidature au link suivant

http://lavoro.intervita.it/candidatura.php?id_an=124262&track=

incluant:

  • CV mis à jour
  • Lettre de présentation et motivation
  • E-mail et téléphone de 3 personnes de référence

Nos recherches de personnel sont ouvertes à tout type de candidature, sans aucune discrimination de nationalité, religion, genre, âge et appartenance politique.

Les seules candidatures contenant l’autorisation au traitement des données personnelles en conformité avec le D.Lgs.196/2003 seront prises en considération.

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Kenya: General Manager (source: Relief Web)

Eldis Job - Mon, 2014-11-24 17:48
Organization: Indepth Research Services
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 31 Dec 2014

General Manager Position:

Description

We are an international training and consultancy organization offering technical training and education services designed for individuals, and organizations working in the agriculture, climate change and environment; disaster management; education; food and nutrition; health; humanitarian relief; logistics and telecommunication; recovery and reconstruction; safety and security; water sanitation and hygiene sectors .

  1. Finalize the IRES Short Term and Long Term Business Strategies
  2. Implement the Short Term and Long Term Business Strategies
  3. Increases management's effectiveness by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, coaching, counseling, and disciplining managers; communicating values, strategies, and objectives; assigning accountabilities; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; developing incentives; developing a climate for offering information and opinions; providing educational opportunities.
  4. Develops strategic plan by studying technological and financial opportunities; presenting assumptions; recommending objectives.
  5. Accomplishes subsidiary objectives by establishing plans, budgets, and results measurements; allocating resources; reviewing progress; making mid-course corrections.
  6. Coordinates efforts by establishing procurement, production, marketing, field, and technical services policies and practices; coordinating actions with corporate staff.
  7. Builds company image by collaborating with customers, government, community organizations, and employees; enforcing ethical business practices.
  8. Maintains quality service by establishing and enforcing organization standards.
  9. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; participating in professional societies.
  10. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Skills/Qualifications:

Performance Management, Staffing, Management Proficiency, Coordination, Coaching, Developing Standards, Financial Planning and Strategy, Process Improvement, Decision Making, Strategic Planning, Quality Management, Problem solving

Academic and Professional Qualifications:

  1. MBA in Strategic Management or MA in International Relations
  2. Bachelor of commerce (HR, Entrepreneurship, Marketing or Finance) or Business Administration or International Business Administration
  3. Minimum of C+ in KCSE or equivalent in O-Level certification
  4. Professional certification in Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
  5. Practical use of a Statistical software preferably STATA, SPSS or R
  6. Proficient in use of Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook)
  7. Internet Savvy
  8. At least three(3) years experience in a similar position
  9. Above 35 years.

Remunerations:

  1. Gross salary of KES 100,000 Per Month
  2. Gratuity after successful completion of contract
  3. Basic medical cover

How to apply:

If you meet the above criteria, please send your application and a detailed CV to hr@indepthresearch.org . Note that due to the urgency in recruiting for this position CVs will be evaluated as they come.

Note: use the job title as the subject line in your application email.

Indepth Research Services is an equal opportunity employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Programme Officer (Bids and Multilaterals) (source: Relief Web)

Eldis Job - Mon, 2014-11-24 17:46
Organization: Plan UK
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 08 Dec 2014

What you need to know

The post is Programme Officer (Bids and Multilaterals) and you’ll be in the Programme department.

The bidding for and delivery of commercial contracts forms a key part of Plan UK’s new 5 year strategy (one of 5 strategic objectives). The Programme Officer (Bids and Multilaterals) will be a key player in this drive to enter commercial contracts, often as part of consortia involving organisations from the NGO, private and academic sectors. Being one of a small team of 3, this role is vital in writing successful bids, ensuring systems and processes are in place that will allow Plan to respond to opportunities when they arise and to create other opportunities through networking and research.

It’s a permanent contract, and it’s a full time post at 34.5 hours a week [ – we finish at 4.30pm on a Friday].

We are based in Old Street, London. (Finsgate, 5-7 Cranwood Street to be precise).

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for an individual who has significant experience of work in an International Development fundraising environment and/or experience with commercial tenders. They should have a strong and demonstrable interest in commercial approaches to international development. They will have experience of analysing and synthesising information into concise, persuasive documents within tight deadlines.

Please note: to apply for a position with Plan UK, you must be eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom (in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006). Most importantly, we follow stringent child protection policies and procedures when dealing with applications.

What we offer you

The usual recruitment rate for this post (Grade 3) is £35,224 with future pay progression within the pay band from £35,224 to £37,078.

We have a generous annual leave entitlement which starts at 25 days (plus public holidays) for new starters. It goes up to 30 once you’ve been with us for 6 years.

We match contributions up to 6% on the pension scheme (which you can join once you’ve been with us for 3 months)

We aim to be a family-friendly employer, with enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay, as well as child care vouchers and a flexible working policy.

Even more benefits include season ticket loans, study loans, a healthcare plan, cycle scheme and career break policy.

We would like all applications by 8th December 2014.


How to apply:

Please apply through our website here:

http://careers.plan-uk.org/JobSearch/JobDetails.aspx?pageNav=Featured&page=0&jobID=393

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