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Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organization committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice.

We actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives. We support children to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

In Mozambique, we are working to eradicate early marriage and early pregnancy through projects that focus on adolescent girls in Inhambane and Nampula. These projects are programmed along our three strategic pillars: Girl Education, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, and Youth Economic Empowerment. Our work is gender transformative and includes influencing work at national and sub-regional level.


The Healthy Women and Girls (HWG) is a gender-transformative Project that aims to improve Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal and Neonatal Health in undeserved populations of Moma, Mogovolas and Nampula city in Nampula province of Mozambique. The Project adopts a holistic approach that seeks to address both the demand and supply-side barriers to access quality Sexual and Reproductive Health/Maternal New-born Health (SRH/MNH) services through a two-pronged approach. On the demand-side, the Project increases the power of women and adolescent girls to make informed decisions and take actions regarding their marriage/union and SRH (1100). On the supply-side, the Project improves access to gender-responsive and adolescent-friendly SRH/MNH services and referrals (1200).

The Deputy Project Director contributes to the strategic objectives of Plan International by ensuring the effective, timely and coordinated implementation of the Health Women and Girls (HWG) project implemented in Nampula province, focusing on the demand side coordinating the activities across three districts. The deputy Project Director oversees the coordination of program planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the demand side.

Dimensions of the Role

  • The DPD’s primary responsibilities is to support the project’s Director in conducting day to-day operations of the demand side interventions for the HWG’s ensuring that the objectives of the project, with respect to all components, are met in an efficient, effective and financially prudent manner taking into account the donor’s regulations; ensuring synergies and an integrated vision among different project areas and stakeholders with focus on the demand side of the project.


  • Support for high quality, results-oriented project planning, implementation and reporting in compliance with donor, and government.
  • Support in the implementation and maintenance of monitoring and evaluation tools and frameworks including baseline, end line and evaluations reports.
  • Work with demand side program staff and technical advisors to identify the technical support needs of the program and ensure this support is provided.
  • Actively monitors the project implementation through field visits, exchange of information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential risks and work for timely decisions to resolve issues in collaboration with the team.
  • Ensures proper management of financial resources and assets in line with Plan International policies, institutional and corporate donor requirements, including working with the finance team to monitor and manage foreign exchange fluctuations and ensure adherence to donor compliance requirements.
  • Ensure execution of the project in accordance with approved work plans and budgets.
  • Create management systems and processes consistent with the project’s needs.
  • Prepare high quality programmatic and financial reports for donor, government and the country office as required.
  • Ensure effective and efficient use of all project resources.

Synergy, Communication and Coordination

  • Foster and maintain effective and professional relationships with and between all stakeholders.
  • Lead knowledge development and sharing
  • Foster strong coordination/collaboration among the team members through regular coordination meetings/program reviews, joint field visits and action planning.
  • Ensure productive relationships, synergy and good communications with and between all stakeholders.
  • Document and share the best practices and lessons learned, and monitor the integration of these into programming.
  • Carry out other assigned duties deemed relevant.

  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Key relationships

  • The Deputy Director will report to the Project Director.
  • Works with the projects teams
  • Works closely with Field Officers
  • ME Advisor

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge


  • Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in mass communications, social sciences, community development or in a related development field or evidence of equivalent knowledge gained through experience;
  • At least 08 years of demonstrable project/program management experience and with a strong and demonstrated capacity for organization, management and with excellent reporting skills;
  • Experience managing communication for behaviour change programmes, including development of communication strategies, communication action plans, communication monitoring and evaluation frameworks and tools;
  • Relevant experience in project documentation, including development of success stories, case studies and the overall knowledge management systems;
  • Demonstrated experience in working in close collaboration with media, especially community radios and CBOs;
  • Extensive knowledge of the health system in Mozambique considered an asset;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing program budgets and donor compliance;
  • Knowledge and experience in management using Results Based Management models;
  • Ability to integrate the latest knowledge and best practices into program design;
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively without the need for close supervision;
  • Strong knowledge of the Child Rights programming is preferred but not essential;
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, database, internet;
  • Ability to travel regularly within Mozambique, and internationally as required;
  • Experienced in networking with NGOs, local government partners, and local community-based organizations.

Location: Nampula, Mozambique

Reporting into: Project Director

Salary: Competitive

Closing date: 29/09/2019.

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Child Protection Policy. 

As an international child-centered community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. 

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.

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