New Job Opportunity at Plan International: National Malaria Coordinator

  • Company: Plan International
  • Location: Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia
  • State: Lusaka
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: NGO Jobs in Zambia

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. 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. In Zimbabwe, we have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 31 years.

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity. Plan International Zimbabwe is recruiting a suitably qualified candidate to fill the following position;

Plan Zimbabwe – Job Description

PositionNational Malaria Coordinator


Department & LocationProgram Support, Harare Country Office



Reports to (position):Program Support Manager (PSM)


Purpose:This post is needed in order to provide leadership and technical guidance in the reduction of malaria morbidity and mortality in the highest malaria prevalence districts of Zimbabwe, within the framework of National Strategic Plan for Roll Back Malaria (NSP-RBM).

Dimensions of Role

  • Reports to the PSM and provides specialist guidance and support on malaria programming in line with the approved Country Strategic Plan and relevant policies
  • Has no delegated authority to approve Program Outlines and payments
  • A member of the Program Leadership Team (PLT) and advises the PLT on country malaria programming issues
  • Represents Plan at national stakeholder forums/networks, consultative sessions, or conferences on malaria program initiatives

Typical Responsibilities

Operations and program management

  • Overall responsibility for effective management of malaria programs in accordance with set procedures, systems and guidelines.
  • Responsible for training and resourcing existing health structures, strengthening community groups
  • Developing information, education and communication materials with children and communities
  • Initiate and maintain regular, minuted project team meetings.
  • Reporting in line with the donor contracts and compliance requirements.
  • Ensure monitoring systems are in place and that project reviews are carried out periodically in conjunction with the team, local stakeholders and project partners.
  • Responsible for capacity development and training of all staff on malaria.
  • Carry out representation with other NGOs, UN agencies, local and national government bodies, donors and other relevant parties
  • All relevant parties are kept informed of Plan activities as appropriate (e.g. donors, health authorities etc.)
  • Provides coverage for other malaria grant funded posts when needed and carry out any other responsibilities as requested by the Immediate Supervisor
  • All key stakeholders participate effectively in malaria program planning and implementation as appropriate
  • Draw up plans, proposals and budgets for new projects/extensions of projects in conjunction with the relevant team, medical and financial staff.
  • Proactively contribute towards the development of malaria program strategies.


  • Familiarity with donor compliance issues, ensuring all projects are compliant with these and Plan procedures.
  • Appropriate administrative, financial and logistical Plan systems/procedures are in place, maintained and adhered to so that all support functions are carried out effectively and efficiently.
  • Plan complies with all legal and bureaucratic requirements in country on malaria programming
  • Responsible for the preparation of projected expenditures quarterly.

Overall responsibility of the malaria project financial management in line with approved project proposals.

Child Protection & gender equality mainstreaming

× Promotes and abides by Plan policies and procedures including but not limited to: Gender equality mainstreaming, child protection, Code of Conduct and the related mandatory reporting responsibilities

Dealing with Problems:

Application of knowledge required for the role, complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them.

  • Ability to think strategically, recognize program and persuade colleagues of malaria program opportunities that Plan should exploit
  • High degree of capacity to resolve a wide range of challenges related to malaria programming
  • Providing leadership and advice on malaria programs

Communications and Working Relationships:


  • PLT members to facilitate timely decisions on major issues related to malaria programming strategy and implementation
  • Program Units: provide technical advice to field staff on malaria programming and learn from their experience at community level
  • Functional networks within Plan


  • Development stakeholders at national and provincial levels to share fitting practices and to identify/implement opportunities for collaboration in malaria programming
  • National technical networks on malaria

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


  • A Degree in Environmental Health or equivalent qualification
  • Additional qualifications and experience in project management, report writing and social/community development skills will be an added advantage
  • First-hand knowledge of Zimbabwe National Malaria Control Programme.
  • A minimum of 3 years practical experience working with rural communities
  • Experience of donor liaison
  • Ability to work with teams, communicate and coordinate with government departments and other agencies at various levels.
  • Experience in financial, budget and administrative management or related issues
  • Knowledge of strategic planning processes and theories of child-rights programming
  • Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development


  • Proven ability to develop project proposals and concepts
  • Excellent networking and partnership building skills
  • Research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good communication, facilitation and report writing skills
  • Strong team-building and motivational skills
  • Strong negotiating, strategic thinking and influencing skills
  • MS office skills


  • Demonstrates clear respect to all and especially children without discrimination
  • Ability to develop, motivate and coach and mentor others
  • Promotes high-quality malaria programs
  • Having initiative and able to work independently
  • Promotes innovation and learning within the malaria field
  • Communicates clearly and effectively on malaria program issues
  • Confident in taking initiative and exploring new opportunities
  • Assertiveness and shows cultural sensitiveness