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VAGA : Plan International – Health Specialist, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

  • Cidade: Bissau
  • Estado: Guinea-Bissau
  • País: Guinea-Bissau
  • Criado: 01/10/2019 19:25
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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.


Title: Health Specialist

Functional Area: Programs

Reports to: Program Support and Strategy Manager

Location: Bissau – Guinea-Bissau

Travel required: Extensive

Effective Date: September 2019

Grade: D2


[A concise statement, capturing the primary reasons that this role exists and a clear articulation of the context of the role. How will this role contribute to creating lasting change for children?]

Working in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan aims to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalised with high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits  by increasing its income, working in partnership with others and operating effectively.

Health Specialist is technical support position aimed at improving Plan International Guinea-Bissau’s community based health program that is aligned with organization gender transformative approach, particularly using the Child Centred Community Development (CCCD) approach.

The specialist will be responsible for facilitating capacity building of staff, local partners, including communities with whom Plan International Guinea-Bissau works for the effective implementation of all Plan Guinea-Bissau Health program. The specialist responsibilities includes developing initiatives and strategies that will ensure quality of the fulfilment of child rights and especially girls right in a gender transformative and inclusive approach.

The position ensures Plan International Guinea-Bissau attains the vision of becoming a leader and center of excellence for preventive Community Health through organizational practice, profile and programming in the country; that gender inclusion particularly girls’ Health issues are mainstreamed in PU level plans and programs in the country and that the flagships project like PIMI, vaccination / immunization campaigns  are  translated into effective and innovative programs and other initiatives benefiting children across the country.

The function exists to support Plan International Guinea-Bissau mission three key functions: deliver quality programmes for children, develop and strengthen its partnership strategy in gender transformative and inclusion, but also to support the resource mobilization for Health programmes to meet Plan’s ambition in the country.


Dimensions of the Role

  • [This section provides a summary of the size and authority of the post. It covers the size of the budget held, the numbers of direct reports, other key stakeholders who may depend on it, the type of communication required, the external representation involved and the reach of the role.]
  • Report to the Program Support & Strategy  Manager of Plan International Guinea-Bissau;
  • Understand program systems and processes for compliance and management information;
  • Management and support of all Health programmes within Guinea-Bissau
  • To acts as Health adviser to programme support and strategy at Plan International Guinea-Bissau and support the realization of Plan GNB CS objectives.


  • To build and strengthen relationships and capabilities of communities and partners to develop health program initiatives that translate to gender transformative programs and deliver it in child centered community development approach (CCCD) in Plan operational areas in Guinea-Bissau.
  • Strategy and Programming
  • Assist the Country Management Team (CLT) with the design, monitoring and evaluation of strategies for Health to partner development in order to ensure sustainable child and gender centered community development interventions
  • Contribute to overall policy directions on local partnership.
  • Undertake appropriate research on effective methodologies for involving local partners, including communities for the attainment of the Health service delivery.


Partners capacity building and learning initiatives

  • Identify training needs of partners, develop strategic training plans and facilitate the training process using appropriate methodologies that ensures participation.
  • Provide technical support to frontline staff countrywide in the development of country program (CPs) and project outlines (POs) consistent with the CCCD approach for implementation.
  • Participate in the development of action plans and budgets and provide assistance to implement them.
  • Develop and coordinate initiatives in the Gender and Inclusion Domains/sector in an integrated manner for learning and sharing with other stakeholders within and outside Plan International Guinea-Bissau.
  • Prepare and submit quarterly work plans detailing tasks (including monitoring plans) to be undertaken and indicators of performance and prepare progress reports.
  • Participate in regular Technical Support Team meetings to discuss work progress and develop appropriate strategies to ensure that set project objectives and program goals are achieved.
  • Keep close contact with officials of Ministry of Health to work on  with government policies community, preventive and inclusive helath developments within and outside the country;


Key relationships

  • There is high and direct contact with the Country Management team including Program Unit Managers and other Plan Guinea-Bissau Technical Advisors.
  • Maintains high contact with the Health in other COs, RO and IH
  • Maintains high contact with PUs Health focal points;
  • Maintains high contact with the Health Networks and provide necessary support in developing policies;
  • Maintains high contact with the Ministry of Health, UN agencies and others CBOs.


Indicators of success

  • Improve the quality of Plan’s programs by providing ‘state of the art’ technical knowledge
  • Provide support to program unit staff in implementation of program of activities for the year
  • Develop and maintain good relations with the government bodies and national and international organizations/institutions intervening in the domain so as to influence national policy make Plan a recognized voice in the domain in the country.
  • In collaboration with program units staff prepares Health sections of annual operational plan for all country sites;


Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

  • Dealing with Problems:
  • Ability to solve problems and thinking strategically;
  • Introducing innovations for programs design ;
  • High degree of complexity in resolving a wide range of challenges;
  • Providing leadership and advice;
  • Key challenges include dealing with different/conflicting demands from a diversity of stakeholders and responding to tight deadlines;
  • Work with CLT members, PIIAM staff and others specialists;



  • Bachelor’s Degree/ Master in areas of  Health, Public Health, social sciences, sociology; anthropology or related field.
  • Preferably with experience in proposal development,
  • Good level of French or  English, both oral and written is an advantage
  • Public relations and representation skills at an advanced level.
  • High Proficiency in computer software particularly Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Access, Word and accounting software packages.
  • Demonstrated track record of writing project proposals



  • Conceptual and analytical skills.
  • Coaching, training and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to maintain effective and satisfactory working relationships with people from diverse cultures across all levels of the organization.
  • Capacity to work under pressure, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet inflexible deadlines.
  • Proficiency in computer software particularly Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Access, Word and accounting software packages.



Closing Date: 
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 Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.

As an international child centred 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. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation 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 will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.




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