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4 Aug 2023

Head of Inclusive Quality Education at Plan International

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Job Description

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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 85 years, and are now active in more than 80 countries.


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan has 85 years of experience and works in more than 75 countries across the world. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters, partners and host government.

Our work supports marginalised children and youth, especially adolescent girls, to grow up physically and mentally healthy and ready to shape their future. We create an enabling environment and empower girls to be active drivers of change in realising their rights. We have committed ourselves to the ambitious target of reaching 100 million girls over 5 years, to ensure they can learn, lead, decide and thrive.

Plan International has been working in Tanzania since 1991. Currently Plan International Tanzania (PIT) operates in eight geographical regions; Geita, Mwanza, Mara, Morogoro, Pwani, Rukwa, Katavi, and Kigoma on different projects funded by different donors including sponsorship. We aim to support creating an enabling environment where girls, adolescent girls, and young women are safe, valued, equally cared for, and have equal opportunities. PIT will contribute to the global strategy by aiming to reach directly 2 million Adolescent Girls and Young Women over the period of the Strategic Plan – 2022-2026 and to reach an addition of 5 million beneficiaries through different interventions.


The Head of Inclusive Education (IQE) will be responsible for the design and implementation of key program strategies that target inclusion of all children and specifically focus on girls and children with disabilities that are significantly underserved. S/he will bring to the role experience of delivering high quality programmes and technical support on Education with the understanding of principles, practices and policy priorities related to Education in Tanzania and demonstrate the experience in applying evidence-based methodologies with regards to Education and other relevant child focused programming. S/he will demonstrate an ability to design, test and roll-out technical education tools and package, to build design and facilitate trainings, fostering relationships with internal and external stakeholders with a focus on inclusive quality education and ensure deprived children will attend quality basic education and demonstrate wellbeing.

The Head of IQE will work closely with project leads (Grants) and sponsorship project (SPAD), the Government, especially Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST) and President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (PoRALG, Councils and implementing partners to ensure that inclusive in education is well accommodated throughout the program design cycle. To achieve this, the Head of IQE will provide trainings and support capacity development activities for program staff, government education department staff, heads of schools and implementing partners and provide constant feedback to the program team to ensure an inclusive intervention are well implemented and encourage transformative change within the education sector.

This role is based at the Country Office and reports to the Team Leader of Program Quality.

Dimensions of the Role

  • Support programs team to design and implement activities that are inclusive with a result-based model;
  • Partner with the MoEST to ensure policies, materials and curriculum development accommodate students with varied learning needs,
  • Work with local government and local NGOs through training and capacity building on inclusion activities and approaches
  • Strengthen capacities of program staff in applying social inclusion strategies to the design, implementation, and evaluation of pilots and activities;
  • Review and ensure that core instruments, tools and modules are sensitive to social inclusion principles;
  • Document the process, results, lessons learned, and key recommendations of inclusive education.
  • Provide technical leadership to guide education project design so as to promote equitable participation & outcomes for children most affected by inequality and discrimination,
  • Technical support to the education staff in addressing barriers to equity both in access and learning in schools and to
  • This position has Matrix reports related to Education sponsorship and grants and will manage a modest department budget of a minimum of 100,000 euro.
  • The position reports to the Team Leader Program Quality (TLPQ).


Programme strategy development:


  • Lead in further design of the Education programme for Plan International Tanzania as prioritized in the Country Strategic Plan;
  • Develop all components of the Education programme to be aligned with government and donor priorities, as well as the priorities of the children and communities where Plan works;
  • Identify key implementing and strategic partners working in the field of education with whom Plan can work to leverage meeting its CSP objectives;
  • Design evidence-based education projects which are in line with Plan’s rights-based approach and CSP, for both sponsorship and grants;
  • Seek out innovations that can be used in the education space, including the use of ICT4D;
  • Work closely with the Head of MERL to ensure that all project plans are complete with outcome level monitoring and evaluation plans;
  • Continuously learn from implementation to feed into further strategy development, documenting learnings for both internal and external use;
  • Develop programme strategies through participatory processes, including in liaison with other Heads of Programs so that integrated programming can be achieved.
  • Promote/support application of Plan’s global programme quality policy and framework, global M&E standards and Plan International Tanzania’s M&E vision in its Country Strategic Plan 2022-2026.
  • Ensure programme integration both within and between different Programmes to arrive at a holistic, coordinated approach at the community level.


Implementation and management

  • Oversee programme management for all Education related projects;
  • Coordinate and direct program planning processes to ensure integration of programs, proper understanding of program goals and objectives, and engagement and buy-in of key stakeholders;
  • Develop and oversee programme implementation strategies, including partnership frameworks, protocols and agreements, and capacity building of partners as potentially identified;
  • Ensure that programme implementation is responsive to communities, authorities and partners and consistent with Plan’s programme guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan;
  • Integrate sustainability, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate
  • In coordination with the MERL department, ensure that Project Managers have access to and are appropriately using routine monitoring and periodic assessment / survey data;
  • Ensure programme implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to achieve the desired impact;
  • Draft and/or review scopes of work to hire and manage technical consultants, including review for technical capacities and contract budgets;
  • Support and maintain systems to ensure effective and transparent use of financial resources and timely, accurate and informative reporting in compliance with donor regulations;
  • Support all Project Managers/ PUMs in effective budget management, including accurate spending forecasts, expense monitoring, etc.;
  • Review and approve activity plans or monthly spending projections, according to project budgets and annual spending projections;
  • Support and where possible, improve operational systems and structures to ensure effective administrative and logistics support for programs;
  • Lead the programme team in implementation of all Education projects.

Resource Mobilisation

  • High quality concept notes and proposals are developed and submitted to donors
  • Effective linkage and relationship established and maintained with National Offices, internal and externals donors and development partners through fast and speedy communication as well as seeking of new opportunities in liaison with the Business Development Unit
  • Good relationship established with new/ existing proposed partners for upcoming resource mobilisation opportunities.


National Advocacy & representation

  • Effective linkage with government’s relevant departments and ministries and strategic networks are established and maintained to ensure influence at national and regional level;
  • Represent Plan International Tanzania in various forums (meetings, conferences, etc.) and during partner and donor representative in-country visits related to education;
  • Strategic representation of Plan in relevant platforms and technical groups
  • Programme advocacy and communication strategy including necessary materials developed and used at different levels to do evidence-based advocacy to mainstream Plan’s programme, interventions, strategies or activities with support from the Communications department
  • Representation ensured in different government non-government technical committees and Plan role recognized as important credible partner.
  • Active in different networks and leads different technical and networking initiatives to raise profile of Plan
  • Meaningful strategic partnerships established
  • Plan’s programme features in different media like print, electronic and social.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key contacts including National-level Tanzanian government officials, donor representatives, INGO and national NGO representatives, and relevant UN agency representatives.
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with sub-grantees, National authorities and other stakeholders


Capacity Building, Training and Technical Support

  • Provide coaching, mentoring and capacity building to staff implementing education projects;
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect in which team members strive to achieve excellence, and look for ways to complement and contribute to each other’s efforts;
  • Work closely with the HR department to hire, orient and supervise new team members as necessary;
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews and follow-up on annual performance objectives and plans.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance, look for ways to innovate, and reach objectives
  • Contribute to country team-building and staff development efforts, and support the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
  • Ensure programme staff compliance with the Plan International Tanzania policies and related procedures.


  • Assist with timely and high-quality narrative reporting to donors (monthly, quarterly annual and final) in conjunction with the thematic project teams/coordinators
  • Facilitate timely and quality development of all quarterly and annual corporate reports;
  • Ensure reporting on best practice and learning for reflection through quality documentation.


Compliance to Global Polices

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEIP) 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 Plan and Partner’s 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


Communications and Working Relationships:


  • This position works closely with Thematic Sector Heads (High)
  • This position works closely with the Operations department (Medium)
  • This position works closely with all Project Managers related to Education (high)
  • This position works closely with the Business Development Unit (medium)
  • This position works closely with the Head of Field Implementation and PUMs (high)
  • This position works closely with the Programme Communications Coordinator and M&E



  • This position represents Plan International Tanzania in all education related external representation.


Knowledge, Skills, Behaviours, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:



  • Bachelor’s degree in education, Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
  • At least 7 years’ experience working on gender transformative and social inclusion education sector programming
  • Demonstrated track record of promoting inclusive education including familiarity with best practices and tools to improve learning outcomes for learners
  • Experience supporting government counterparts or other implementation partners to mainstream inclusion in education programs
  • Experience with 2-3 donors implementing programmes
  • Experience in development education programmes and projects, including translating design into solid implementation with sound results;
  • Experience in planning and facilitating training/workshops on education project design and reviews;
  • Experience in writing/ contributing significantly to successful grant proposals;
  • Fluent written and spoken English language skills required.
  • Experience with rights-based approaches to education.
  • Experience managing staff, including demonstrated experience in staff training, coaching and mentoring.
  • This position requires high computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  • Ability to multitask and work under pressure with minimal supervision



  • Experience working with children and understanding their special needs.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.


  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work under multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated versatility, and integrity
  • Fluent spoken and written English and Kiswahili
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Good problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent negotiation and networking skills with media and relevant stakeholders


  • Hardworking with capacity to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Honest, integrity, open and transparent personality.
  • Working towards achieving a team goal
  • Be able to Respect all groups of people in the community and culturally sensitive
  • Persuasive and able to work with different cultural settings
  • Motivated, energetic and strives to develop and support others
  • Result oriented and a team player
  • Working for the best interest of the organisation and children
  • Appreciate of child rights and gender equality


Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.


Physical Environment

  • Low contact:     No contact or very low frequency of interaction
  • The position requires regular field travels, at least 30% of the work time


Level of contact with children

Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children during reflection meetings, evaluations, and research


Location: Dar es Salaam

Reports to: Team Leader Program Quality

Closing Date: 11th August, 2023

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Closing Date : 15th August, 2023.

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