Project Officer (Safe Schools 3)
Plan International
Cotabato City, MAG, PH
5d ago

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization 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.


Plan International is looking for applications for the project, Promoting Safe Schools in the Philippines (Safe Schools - Phase 3).

The project aims to contribute to ensuring girls, boys, and school personnel are safe and resilient to risks and impacts of disasters and emergencies arising from natural and human-induced hazards.

The role of the Project Officer will implement the project activities with key partners from the communities, schools, government units and agencies, and other non-government organizations in the areas covered by the project.

She / He will help build a common understanding of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Climate Change Adaptation, and Comprehensive Safe Schools Framework among the partners at various levels.

This role will be based in Cotabato City, Maguindanao, Philippines, and will cover five (5) municipalities. The project is until mid-2022.

As the Project Officer for the Safe Schools project :

  • You will be tasked to facilitate the implementation and monitoring of project activities in the assigned area / s.
  • You will have the opportunity to establish and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders and duty bearers at the regional, provincial, division, district, city / municipal, school, and barangay levels.
  • You will lead the visioning sessions with the communities, schools, project staff, and partners (government and CSOs) to develop project strategic plan for covered areas
  • You will be assigned to document the project activities, processes, and good practices.
  • You will represent Plan International in relevant networks, communities related to the project.
  • Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization. In exceptional cases, you will be asked to support emergency response activities in the communities in your assigned covered areas.

    To be successful in the role you will need among other things :

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Community Development, Development Studies, Education, other related courses, or has relevant experience and training on Safe Schools, Conflict-sensitive Education, Community Organizing, Community Development, Project Management, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Management, or Climate Change Adaptation.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in community development, community organizing, and implementing projects that are related to disaster resilience.
  • Having experience working with children and schools, and conflict-affected areas is an advantage.
  • Has good verbal and written communication skills. Negotiation and advocacy skills are preferred.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the Philippines. Local applicants preferred.
  • Location : Cotabato City, Maguindanao

    Type of Role : Project-based contract

    Reports to : Project Manager

    Competitive salary and package available (local T&C)

    Flexible working arrangments

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

    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 his / her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

    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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