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Plan International recruits 01 Regional Gender and Inclusion Specialist

Plan International recruits 01 Regional Gender and Inclusion Specialist

Date: 23-Aug-2019

Location: Nairobi, 110, KE

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 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

role PURPOSE

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 its 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 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Plan believes that gender equality and inclusion are central to advancement of children’s rights and equality for girls and a world in which all children especially girls and young women realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan aims to actively promote gender equality and inclusion in every sphere of its programmes, partnerships and organisational culture.

Plan recognizes that targeted and strategic investments in the promotion of gender equality and inclusion can improve the quality of our work, as a core part of our programme and influence approach, and significantly contribute to poverty reduction and the realisation of human rights. Adopting a gender transformative approach ensures that our work results in positive changes and sustainable outcomes for girls and for everyone. We work together with girls, boys, women and men to achieve these objectives.

The role will seek to help countries to think and pursue improvements in gender transformative programming. It seeks to empower country teams to build confidence in internalising and demystifying gender transformative approaches using available programme tools within Plan. It will provide advisory and technical support to countries on gender transformative approach across all areas of Plan’s programme work. The Adviser will work with country programme teams and gender focal points to ensure that Plan’s programming in the region effectively integrates gender transformation as a core part of the Programme and influencing approach, and becomes well known for quality, innovation and results.

The role will also support the integration of gender-transformative approaches in the transformation processes across the region and in building Plan’s reputation in the region as a thought and practice leader on children’s rights and equality for girls.

 

This role, which replaces the former Regional Gender Specialist role that became vacant in 2017, and has been revised to suit current needs.

 

Dimensions of the Role

 

  • Works with country programme teams in the RESA and ME region to enhance staff understanding of Plan’s gender transformative approach and its integration across core areas of the organisations programme and influence work.
  • Support and prompts capacity-building efforts across the countries in the region to enhance Gender and inclusion analysis and integration in all areas of programming and influencing work.
  • Work with COs to build a clear and consistent vision, message and coherent approach to gender transformative work across programme and influencing work in the region.
  • Provide simplified analysis of key programme information to facilitate monthly and quarterly review of country performance and support on gender and inclusion work.
  • Supports countries in the integration of gender transformation in country transformation processes including strategy development, implementation and monitoring.
  • Support country and regional management teams to build Plan’s reputation in the RESA-ME region as a thought and practice leader on gender-transformative programming and influencing.
  • Closely interact with Regional Leadership Team on matters pertaining to Gender Transformative programming and analysis.

Accountabilities

 

Capacity building

  • Help countries to in the RESA-ME region to internalise, demystify gender transformative programming and build the confidence of country programme staff in utilising the available gender-transformative tools.
  • Support programme teams across the region to develop a clear vision, consistent message and coherent approach to gender transformative programming in alignment to global guidance.
  • Support Disaster Risk Management teams to mainstream gender-transformative programming disaster preparedness planning and response.
  • Work closely with COs, NOs and GH programme staff in connecting and consolidating learning around the rights of girls, boys and young people to inform future programme development.

Programme Development

  • Provide advice and support to countries, Regional Hub influencing and Disaster Risk Management teams in developing evidence-based advocacy strategies targeting key institutions and power holders building on gender-transformative experiences from our work in development and humanitarian settings.
  • Provide support to relevant country technical/thematic advisers to ensure that they are able to provide introduce and apply Plan’s gender transformative marker across all programmes with a focus on the rights of girls and young women.
  • Act as a focal point from the RESA-ME region on Gender and Inclusion and contribute regional perspectives and experiences with other parts of the organisation.
  • Working closely with country programme teams and gender advisers, consolidate our knowledge and experience on gender transformative programmes for effective engagement at country and regional level platforms, generating and sharing learning on emerging knowledge and practices.
  • Work with the influencing teams in the region to connect with feminist and girls’ movements and strengthen Plan’s profile among donors, governments, partners and other CSOs as a thought leader on gender transformative programming.
  • Help to identify research topics on gender transformation and the establishment of positions to advocacy efforts in the region in collaboration with Plan’s Liaison office at the Africa Union, regional influencing team and country programme teams within the framework of the Pan African Advocacy strategy.

 

Change management

  • Work closely with the regional change partner to drive change management programming in line with global guidelines and regional transformation agendas.

 

 

Additional tasks

  • Support the DSRs on any other related programme tasks assigned

Key relationships

Internal

  • Directors of Sub Regions
  • Country Directors
  • Regional Hub Management Team
  • CO Heads of Programmes
  • CO Gender Focal points
  • PII Gender and Inclusion Team
  • NOs Programme staff
  • AoGD leads
  • Regional M&E staff

Technical expertise, skills, knowledgE, EXPERIENCE AND BEHAVIOURS

 

Knowledge and experience

  • Proven experience and technical competence in gender equality/justice with ability to apply underpinning knowledge in the context of programming in the RESA-ME region.
  • Sound understanding and commitment to gender equality, inclusion and children’s rights within Africa, and the work of non-governmental organisations and other players in the sector.
  • Experience in analysing, designing, monitoring and evaluating of gender and inclusion projects.
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and delivering successful advocacy and influencing strategies particularly at sub regional and regional levels using regional and international legal frameworks in support of children’s and women’s rights.
  • Demonstrable understanding and 5-10 years of direct experience of working in similar role in both development and humanitarian contexts.
  • Experience in providing advisory support to both senior managers and project staff and well-developed ability to facilitate learning and knowledge management.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of feminist approaches to supporting program quality in all its dimensions, including program design and development, monitoring, evaluation and learning, partnership, gender mainstreaming, achieving advantage through influence and ensuring impact at scale.

Skills

  • Strong interpersonal, diplomacy, negotiation and team engagement skills.
  • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills and demonstrable ability to think strategically, innovatively and practically to improve programme quality.
  • Flexible and creative approach in recognising and responding to challenges and opportunities, coupled with a drive to achieve results.
  • Strong facilitation skills  and ability to represent Plan at a strategic level and in high-profile spaces
  • Strong influencing skills especially in dealing with country management teams and advisers/managers in PII
  • Ability to network effectively and develop a wide range of relevant contacts.
  • Influential communicator with excellent written English and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in computer skills and use of Microsoft applications.

 

Behaviours:

  • A value-driven individual committed to uphold Plan’s values and adhere to its code of conduct, policies on safeguarding and sexual harassment.
  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity, gender issues and commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender, diversity, children’s rights in all aspects of Plan’s work.
  • Proactive, self-motivated, enthusiastic and diligent team player able to work under pressure within tight deadlines and with minimum supervision.
  • Good work methods to ensure timely delivery of results and to find creative solutions deepen the gender and inclusion work in RESA-ME with a focus on girls and young women.

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

Typical office environment in the RESA regional hub

Level of contact with children

Low contact: No contact or very low frequency of interaction.

 

Location: RESA

Type of Role: Specialist

Reports to: Sub Regional Director – Southern Africa

Grade: F

Closing Date: 9th September 2019

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