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Job Description

The Organization

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 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.


The post holder will responsible for Co-coordinating and monitoring infrastructure development in the WWA intervention areas viz., Hawassa, Adama and Kombolcha Industrial parks & the surrounding Host communities.  Planning and supervising proper implementation of infrastructure renovation activities in collaboration with partners to ensure compliance with design, specifications and standards.

The role has no direct reports. However, the job holder will have frequent contact with various stakeholders and park community. As the program has plans to implement most needed infrastructure renovations in partnership with other collaborators for the target groups (host community and factory workers living in these community), it requires the infrastructure Specialist-IS to conduct critical needs assessment (in collaboration with the community coordinator and technical coordinator in respective industrial parks) and implementation of cost effective but impactful infrastructures.

The IS conducts needs assessments, prepares plans including Bills of Quantities (BOQs) for each infrastructure need jointly identified & selected with key program stakeholders and once approved by the responsible person in PIE. Follow up the proper implementation of approved BOQs.


  • Prepare BOQs for each infrastructure activity identified and selected and prepare specification and bid documents-where applicable;
  • For each BOQ approved, mobilize key stakeholders and service providers as per Plan International Ethiopia’s standard procedures for proper & timely implementation of planned activities;
  • Ensure that the selected activities on infrastructure are implemented as planned (in time, quantity and quality).
  • Review and recommend the completion of infrastructure activities to effect payment.
  • Execute and facilitate processes that lead to the commencement of infrastructure activities.
  • Document government standard designs, specification and bill of quantities.
  • Modify standard designs for according to the site setting as and when necessary for the proper execution of the project.
  • Examines project designs and specifications and estimates quantities of material, manpower and commodities, etc… necessary to start-up planned construction activities.
  • Monitor and supervise infrastructure undertaking of WWA and ensure that the works are executed to the standard and as per the contract agreement through frequent visits.
  • Participate in evaluation of infrastructure development projects jointly with stakeholders and partners.
  • Ensure the use of take-off-sheets and verify take-off sheets and payment certificates in consultation with the CO Construction Supervisor.
  • Submit periodic reports for status of infrastructure activities for the chief of party and relent stakeholders and the PA as well.
  • Perform any other duties assigned in him as deemed necessary by his immediate supervisor.

Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI)

  • Understand and put into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC).
  • Ensure that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in day to day work.
  • Ensure that Plan Ethiopia contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted.



  • Courageous in taking a lead, focused on Plan International’s purpose and making the most effective contribution within my own work context.
  • Behave in line with our values and safeguarding practices, inside and outside work.
  • Challenge own attitudes, unconscious bias and behavior and speaks up when they see wrong doing, especially by those who use their power over others to create fear or abuse.
  • Understand and adhere to the policies, processes, practices and standards relevant to own work and keeps their knowledge and skills up to date.
  • Honest and efficient in use of resources, including own time.
  • Take responsibility for own performance and development: reflecting; seeking and listening to feedback; learning from mistakes; finding people or resources to help them learn.
  • Constructive and optimistic in facing setbacks, challenges and change, using own initiative to analyze issues and improve things.
  • Good team player, communicating effectively and being open and supportive towards those around them.


  • Are aware of the values and the global strategy and understands why Plan International’s purpose is so important in advancing children’s rights and equality for girls globally.  Understands and applies the principles of safeguarding and protection of the vulnerable populations with which Plan International works.
  • Are aware of the processes, institutions and organisations that shape the development and humanitarian context. Understands their local operating environment, demonstrating political, social and cultural awareness.
  • Are aware of the different structural and governing elements, including national organisations, global hub, regional hubs, country offices, liaison offices, members assembly, international board, and the leadership team. Are aware of Plan International’s main sources of funding and knows where to find company information.
  • Applies the Code of Conduct principles to their work activities.
  • Works in accordance to the policies and procedures relevant to their role and responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of programmes according to Plan International’s Programme Quality and Influencing Policy procedures, the grant agreement process, the cost recovery process, and apportioned costs;
  • Understand relevant sectoral context including how the sector operates in terms of funding and governance and awareness of Plan’s purpose, values, and global strategy.

Job Requirements

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge


Qualifications/ experience essential:

  • BSc Degree in Civil Engineering, in Construction technology and management or related fields
  • Five Years of prior experience in related position and at least 3 years in managerial or supervisory roles
  • Certified in Microsoft Office (e.g. Excel, Access, Word, and Outlook), and graphic designs
  • Proficiency with multiple computer operating systems and software applications including AutoCAD
  • Proven ability to prepare clear, concise reports with graphics; extraordinary attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills demonstrated both verbally and in writing. Ability to communicate with international visitors in English.
  • Ability to work independently and be a team player
  • Ability to document, archive, and share information
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff members and the industrial park community.
  • The ability to multi-task and work under pressure.
  • Ability to operate in an interactive, fast-paced, culturally diverse environment.
  •  Accomplish other duties as assigned by her/his line manager


Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation by being open, honest and transparent. We hold ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others, while doing what we say we will do.

We strive for lasting impact

We strive to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative.

We work well together

We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organisation, including our sponsors and donors. We actively support our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners.

We are inclusive and empowering

We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge inequality in our programmes and our workplace. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential

This position is only open to Ethiopian Nationals, who must be eligible to live and work in Ethiopia.

Please note that:

  • Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • We are not accepting CVs that are not sent through the indicated links.
  • Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
  • Female candidates are highly encouraged to Apply

More information about Plan International can be found on http://

References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plans Child Protection Policy. Plan operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all persons meeting the skills and experience required.

As an international child centered community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realization 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. 

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