Malaria Program Officer

Plan operates in 77 countries around the world. It brings its support to millions of children, their families and communities, mainly in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and South America. It implements projects in the Health, Water and Sanitation, Education, Child Protection, Sustainable Livelihood, and cross-cultural communication. Child sponsorship forms the basis of our work with children. Worth to mention, Plan International global ambition is to support 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive!

As part of its commitment to support Plan International Federation reach 100 million girls so to Learn, Lead, Decide and Thrive, Plan International Liberia has developed a Country Strategy for the next five years (2019 to 2024) with specific focus on reaching 600,000 marginalized girls and children all over the country, with a strong commitment to work with partners at various levels to put an end to violence against girls and young women including Child Early Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other norms and practices that hinder their development and empowerment. 

Plan International Liberia is committed to ensuring that Child Protection and Youth Safeguarding, Gender Transformative programming and Influencing are key and an integral part of all its work in the country.

Dimensions of Role

Reports to the Malaria Program Coordinator and provides specialist guidance and support on Malaria programming in line with the approved Program Unit (PU) annual plan and relevant policies
Has no delegated authority to approve Program Outlines and payments;
A member of the Program Unit Management Team (PUMT) and work Closely with the Program Coordinators on programming issues;
Represents Plan at district and County stakeholder forums/networks meetings

Key End Results and typical Responsibilities

  • Overall responsibility for effective and efficient management of the Global Fund Malaria project consistent with the project management cycle;
  • A good understanding of Plan procedures, systems and guidelines;
  • Initiate and maintain regular minutes of 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; 
  • Travel as dictated by the need of the project.

Program Development

  • Facilitate community empowerment and capacity building program activities through linkages and collaboration with partners at grassroots level.  This involves working with communities providing skills and know-how to enable them to spearhead Malaria prevention and control activities;
  • Ensure all relevant authorities are included in the planning and implementation of projects as appropriate;
  • Proactively contribute to programme development and strategy.

Program Management

  • Ensure familiarity with donor compliance issues, ensuring all projects are compliant with these and Plan procedures;
  • Ensure 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;
  • Ensure Plan complies with all legal and bureaucratic requirements in country;
  • Ensure regular communications are maintained;
  • Responsible for the preparation of projected expenditures quarterly;
  • Responsible for accurate budget control and overall responsibility for financial management at the project site in line with project proposals.

Other key deliverables

  • Maintain good inter-team communications, engender good team dynamics, and take suitable action when problems occur;
  • Responsible for ensuring adequate linkages with decentralized agencies of the Ministry of Health;
  • Carry out representation with other NGOs, UN agencies, local and national government bodies, donors and other relevant parties;
  • Ensure all relevant parties are kept informed of Plan activities as appropriate (e.g. donors, health authorities etc.);

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


  • A degree in Environmental Health, Nursing, Health Promotion, Public Health or equivalent qualification;
  • Additional qualifications and experience in project management, report writing and social/community development skills will be an added advantage;
  • Ability to co-ordinate holistic and integrated project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • 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.