Early Childhood Development Centre Coordinator, Plan International Vacancy in Ethiopia 2021

Hawassa, Ethiopia Plan International Ethiopia

Early Childhood Development Centre Coordinator

Date: 29-Oct-2021

Location: SNNP PA, Ethiopia

Company: Plan International

The Organisation


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

The ECD Centre Coordinator is responsible for overall management of ECD Center staffs, providing any and all support necessary to ensure successful implementation of ECD Activities. The position plays a key role in ensuring project activity strategies and best practices are shared across field teams, mentor and coach the staffs of the centre. The ECD centre Coordinator will also Provide oversight the in internal and external representation activities, communication and knowledge management initiatives, as well as budget management, donor reporting and program development opportunities as required.

  •  Ensuring that facilities meet compliance standards and government regulations
    •    Record, monitor, review and report incidents involving children and staff, and where necessary take action to reduce risk.
    •    Ensure all activities comply with Occupational Health and Safety regulations and other relevant statutory requirements and guidelines.
    •    Ensure the provision of a quality early childhood program which meets the needs of the children attending the Centre in line with the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standards.
    •    Manage the implementation of relevant service development and improvements in partnership with clients, the community, funding bodies and staff at a local level and Industrial park staff.
    •    Ensure that all activities are managed in accordance with funding requirements, meeting government regulations, contractual obligations and National Quality Standards.
    •    Ensure a safe, caring and stimulating environment exists for all children as well as ensuring the health and wellbeing of each child is a priority.
    •    Responsible for ensuring the efficient functioning of the service including the performance of staff, the quality of care and compliance with Local, State and federal Government guidelines, policies and regulations.
    •    Respond to enquiries, orientate and enrol new families and maintain proper registration.
    •    Ensure that the Child Care Centre building, grounds and equipment are maintained to a high standard of safety, cleanliness and repair.
    •    Manage the implementation of quality and risk management plans and systems and ensure that operational audits and actions are undertaken to achieve compliance with relevant service standards.
    •    Ensure the maintenance of legislated rights to confidentiality and privacy for children, families and staff.
    •    Ensure the provision of high-quality client  service respecting the diversity and complexity of child and family needs in accordance with relevant service standards and government regulations 
    •    Actively liaise with both internal and external services and networks to ensure the service is well placed within the early childhood profession.
    •    Establish sound working relations with key stakeholders (government and non-government) 
    •    Maintain effective monitoring systems to identify changes in children’s needs and report on emerging gaps within current project.
    •    Organize in relevant staff recruitment, induction, training and supervision.
    •    Prepare reports for relevant service for the government, Management and relevant funding bodies as require
    •    Support community-managed play-based, gender responsive early learning opportunities for children 
    •    Facilitate links between community-based programs and formal pre-primary and primary services including resources, oversight and support to formal and community-based ECD. 
    •    Establish process for licensing and certification and develop and implement communication and dissemination plan to promote service to workers and HIP Investors
    •    Cascade an outreach Campaign to local communities to create community-buy and ownership of Centre.
    •    Ensure an integrated set of child care, maternal support and early education support to female HIP workers, their children and the wider community.
    •    Ensure the establishment of center management committees 
    •    Ensure effective and efficient management of financial resources, including review and check project budgets, monitoring expenditures, and implementing cost control measures. 
    •    Ensure the project is implemented in compliance with donor/grant requirements
    •    Establish implementation plan using Plan International’s Structural Quality Dimensions Checking
    •    Prepare and share quality project reports as per donor requirements and the project monitoring & evaluation plan to the CO ECD technical lead
    •    Ensure all project level project documentation is filed and organised for accountability purposes
    •    Ensure project learning and achievements are documented and disseminated widely in the region
    •    Ensure mid –term and final project evaluation take place
    •    Manage and monitor partnerships with implementing organisations, including to ensure efficient utilization and timely accountability of funds allocated to implementing partners 
    •    Ensure adequate stakeholder consultation and participation at all stages of the project implementation
    Qualification Essential
    •    Bachelor degree in Social sciences, Social Work, Environmental Health, Public Health, or other related field 
    •    At least 2- 3 years of professional experience in implementation of ECD or ECD-related interventions/programs
    •    Ability to demonstrate integrity, responsibility, respect and innovation in all aspects of the position.
    •    Able to supervise and delegate duties to staff and volunteers.
    •    Ability to identify health and Safety issues pertaining to the work environment.
    •    Ability to ensure confidentially, professionalism and discretion is maintained
    •    Ability to work with children to maximise their potential
    •    Strong conceptual, verbal, and written communication skills; both in English & Amharic
    •    Ability to initiate and organize work while establishing priorities in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment to meet deadlines with attention to detail;
    •    Ability to develop strong trusting relationships and sound partnerships with local government and Non-Government actors in the sector in order to gain support and achieve results;
    •    Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities;
    •    Ability to be flexible and interpersonal skills to interact with employees at all leve
    •    Proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Location: SNNP PA

Type of Role: Early Childhood Development Centre Coordinator 

Reports to: ECCE specialist-Country Office

Grade: C2

Closing Date: 07 November 2021


Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.


We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.


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