Plan Ghana Recruitment 2011 (3 Vacancies)

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11 Oct, 2011

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Vacancies in Ghana

Project Manager for the Watch Project

Job Title: Project Manager for the WATCH Project for a three year period

The position reports to the Program Support Manager and has a working relationship with the Health Specialist and is located in the Country Office, Accra.

About the project:
The Women and Their Children’s Health (WATCH) project is a three and half year multi-country project supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) under the Muskoka Initiative. The WATCH project is a Community Based Health Intervention to Save Mothers, Newborns and Children and it is being implemented and managed by Plan Ghana. With Plan International in Canada providing technical backstopping

Job Purpose:
The job purpose of the project manager is to lead and provide technical expertise in the implementation and management of all activities under the WATCH project.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Management of the Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health (MNCH) Strategy
  • Facilitate the design, work planning and management of the WATCH Project in 6 Districts in the Eastern and Volta Regions
  • Ensure that the WATCH project delivers high quality programming that is compliant with best practice as outlined by Plan Ghana’s Country Strategic Plan and Ghana Government guidelines and policies on MNCH
  • Liaise with the Ghana Health Service and other relevant stakeholders in project planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Coordinate the activities of local NGO partners working under the project
  • Develop training programs and facilitate the training of professional Health workers, and partners in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service
  • Supervise field based Project Coordinators to deliver all WATCH related activities
  • Facilitate and organize review meetings at the regional and national levels in collaboration with Ghana Health Service on WATCH
  • Ensure Gender and Child Protection is mainstreamed in all WATCH related activities
  • Monitor financial, logistical and reporting aspects of the WATCH project assuring compliance with CIDA’s legal and reporting requirements
  • Ensure effective partnerships and networking in the delivery of the WATCH project activities
  • Establish and maintain productive collaborative relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders, the GHS/MOH, UNICEF, WHO, other donors, and NGOs (at the National level and field level as appropriate) to effectively assure that WATCH’s activities are collaborative and complementary
  • Develop and implement strategies for improved networking by partners and sharing of best practices learned in the course of implementing WATCH activities, in order to accelerate program implementation and impact
  • Contribute to policy working groups/technical committees on the development of guidelines, tools, materials for wider use in the MNCH Sector
  • In collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, be responsible for ensuring planning and ongoing monitoring of the programme against WATCH objectives and planned results
  • Compile, analyze, and disseminate, on a regular basis, reports to Country Management Team on WATCH project
  • Prepare and submit quality and timely periodic donor required reports

 

Required Skills or Experience

  • A university degree in Midwifery or Nursing with a background in Public Health, Health Promotion Sciences, Social Science or development work; or a medical doctor with background in Public Health or Health Promotion Sciences; or equivalent in a related field
  • At least 5 years work experience in Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health with specific experience managing a donor funded project
  • Experience in designing integrated participatory strategies; community mobilization and capacity development; partnerships and networking; advocacy and gender mainstreaming
  • Familiar with structures and operations of Ministry of Health/Ghana Health Service
  • Experience working with Local NGOs, Sub district/District/Regional Health directorate of Ghana Health Service and communities

Knowledge:

  • Knowledgeable of the health system in Ghana
  • Strong competencies to plan, prioritize, and execute autonomously with a strategic approach
  • Good analytical skills
  • Communicates clearly and effectively
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Strong team-building skills
  • Strong negotiating, facilitating and influencing skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet etc
  • Good teamplayer
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work in a participative community approach
  • Motivates, coaches and promotes high performance by team members
  • Open to feedback and willing to try new approaches and processes
  • Promotes innovation and learning

 

Health Specialist

 

This is a middle management position based in the Country Office, Accra. The position reports directly to the Program Support Manager.

Job Purpose:
To lead and provide technical expertise in the design and management of all Health related programming within the organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage the implementation of the Health program section of the Country Strategic Plan to achieve the set objectives in a quality and timely manner to support the fulfillment of the rights of children
  • Provide technical support to Program Unit offices (PUs) in the implementation of all health related programme activities
  • Provide technical support in building the capacity of Community Based Organisations to enhance their capacity and improve their performance
  • Facilitate situational analysis, baseline studies, monitoring and evaluation of health activities in the PUs to identify current situations, future impacts and guide implementation
  • Liaise with grant department in sourcing adequate funds both internationally and externally for the implementation for health activities as outlined in the Country Programme
  • Develop training a programmes, and facilitate training of staff and partners
  • Conduct regular visits to the PUs to provide technical guidance to staff and partners
  • Facilitate building of partnerships, networks coalitions and alliances with other stakeholders
  • Ensure Gender and Child Protection is mainstream in all health related programs
  • Conduct health related research to inform Plan’s advocacy strategy
  • Ensure an effective Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) is in place to support Knowledge Management
  • Participate in, and contribute to regional, sub-regional and national development and other health initiatives
  • Fulfill Plan’s Child Protection Policy at all times to protect children from all forms of abuse

 

Required Skills or Experience

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  • A master’s degree in Public Health or a university degree in Health or Allied Science or equivalent
  • At least 5 years experience as a health staff
  • At least 5 years experience in the civil service
  • At least 5 years experience in a similar role in an international organization similar to Plan

Knowledge:

  • Knowledgeable of the health system in Ghana
  • Seen as a source of health expertise, and proactive in sharing knowledge and advice
  • Strong knowledge of the Rights of the Child
  • Development of wining grans proposals
  • Strong competencies to plan, prioritize, and execute autonomously with a strategic approach
  • Good analytical skills
  • Communicates clearly and effectively
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Strong team-building and motivational skills
  • Strong negotiating, facilitating and influencing skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet etc
  • Good team player
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work in a participative community approach

Attitudes:

  • Develops, motivates, coaches and promotes high performance by Health staff and collaborators
  • Open to feedback and willing to try new approaches and processes
  • Ability to work within multiple teams at country and international levels
  • Promotes innovation and learning
  • Ability to facilitate participative progresses that aim to decision making and agreement

 

3. Communications and Public Relations Specialist

This is a middle management position based in the Country Office, Accra. The position reports directly to the Country Director (CD).

Job Purpose:
To coordinate, advise on and implement communication and Public Relations (PR) programs, projects and activities, and to contribute to Plan becoming a recognized voice for child rights and children’s issues.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop communication and PR strategies and annual plans, to improve communication both internally and externally and to promote Plan to key country audiences
  • Facilitates the creation of a strong professional image of Plan amongst external media to reach the right audience
  • Organize the roll-out of corporate and region-wide initiatives on Communications and PR at country level to promote Plan
  • Develop and manage relationships with national media, journalist networks as well as NGOs and government authorities in the area of communication to ensure Plan communications reach the right audience
  • Contribute to sharing and learning about Plan’s country program work through efficient use of internal and external communication channels and systems to ensure what Plan Ghana does is well communicated
  • Supports measures to strengthen the capacity of staff to communicate using a variety of channels and for different audiences to support the effective dissemination of Plan programmes and projects
  • Ensure gender mainstreaming into communications and public relations activities and maintain gender sensitivity towards staff to avoid discrimination
  • Support/facilitation of media visits at country level to ensure the objectives are well met
  • Produce regular communication materials for use on Plan’s international, internal and external websites (at least one story per month) to tell the Plan Ghana story
  • Develop and ensure the dissemination of press releases, publications, flyers, posters and other PR and information/communication material destined for external audiences
  • Ensures that communication and PR activities meet Plan’s child protection standards and standards for ethical journalism
  • Produces, manages and monitors PR budget of the country office to ensue value for money is attained at all times
  • Efficient management of communication in crisis/disaster situations to create the right environment. Report on emergency/disaster situations according to required standards
  • Build good relationship and networking with media partners for effective collaborations to meet the organisation’s objectives
  • Set up data bank and ensure proper documentation of Plan information which is made available at all times

 

Required Skills or Experience

  • A master’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communications and Public Relations or equivalent
  • At least five (5) years of relevant professional experience including management and implementation of communication strategies, and communications and marketing products, both within the country and across multiple countries, preferably in West Africa
  • Experience in the NGO sector preferably with child rights and community development background
  • Experience of working with local and international media and liaising media activities in a national and regional environment
  • Experience in building individuals and organizational capacity in communications and PR skills
  • Proven experience in a similar senior management level in a reputable international organization similar to Plan

Knowledge:

  • Seen as a source of communication and public relations expertise, and proactive in sharing knowledge and advice
  • Strong competencies to plan, prioritize, and execute autonomously with strategies approach
  • Capacity to prioritize subjects based on an adequate reading of local reality
  • Understands different cultural contexts and marketing/PR realities related to development issues
  • Excellent writing, editing and reviewing skills
  • Communicates clearly and effectively
  • Strong team building and motivational skills
  • Ability to deliver to tight deadlines and budgets
  • Excellent human relations and ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Good training delivering skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet etc

Attitudes:

  • Open to feedback and willing to try new approaches and processes
  • Ability to work within multiple teams at country and international levels
  • Promotes innovation and learning
  • Influencing staff to improve upon communication of what they do

 

 

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit their applications with a comprehensive CV and a copy of the certificate of their highest academic qualification to the address below. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

People and Culture Manager
Plan Ghana
Private Mail Bag
Osu Main Post Office
Accra

Or E-mail to: 
[email protected]

Office Location: No. 10 Yiyiwa Street, Abelenkpe

Plan is an equal opportunities employer, committed to the protection of children and gender equity and our recruitment procedure reflect this. Selected applicants will be expected to comply with the child protection policy of the organization.

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