Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian non-profit organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood, and enable children to prepare for - and respond to - crises and adversity. We believe in the power and potential of every child, but know this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Gender in Emergencies Specialist - Regional Lake Chad Programme
Nigeria (Field or Capital level)
Type of Role: 13 month contract
Reports to: Regional Lake Chad Programme Manager
Dimensions of the Role
- Plan International has full-fledged Country programmes in three out of four affected countries in the Lake Chad Basin. Since 2016 Plan International is coordinating and harmonizing its response to the Lake Chad crisis through the Lake Chad Programme, currently coordinated by the Lake Chad Programme Unit.
- Taking into account the protracted nature of the crisis, Plan International developed a new 5-year programme strategy for the Lake Chad Region.
- This new Lake Chad Programme Strategy, outlining Plan International’s bold ambition to transform the life of girls and their families in the Lake Chad Region. It moves beyond a humanitarian vision towards a full spectrum programme, working at the nexus of humanitarian and development efforts to promote children’s rights and gender equality.
- Under the general guidance of the Lake Chad Program Coordinator, the Gender in Emergencies Specialist will position Plan International as NGO partner of choice for promoting gender equality and protecting girls’ rights in the Lake Chad Basin through programming and evidence-based influencing work addressing the needs of girls, adolescent girls in particular, within the Lake Chad Basin
The role is expected to:
- Provide leadership within the Lake Chad Programme on Gender programming, developing clear and realistic conceptual thinking, guidance, tools and build capacities. In addition, provide technical advice to our Country Offices in Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and the whole Lake Chad programme in ensuring Gender is incorporated in a meaningful way in to the design, implementation and monitoring of all our projects.
- Provide gender expertise within the LC Programme for strategical analysis, gender assessments, capacity building, proposal development as well as gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation.
- Contribute to shape the programme vision for the Lake Chad Programme focusing on girls’ rights and gender equality in line with 100 Million reasons
- Use the results of the Research on “Adolescent Girls in the Lake Chad Crisis” to develop programmatic guidance and to strengthen our influencing work around adolescent girls
- Provide learning for the organisation on who to operate on the humanitarian-development nexus, achieving our purpose of advancing children’s rights and equality for girls
- Support the Lake Chad Programme and the country offices in Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria in the development of projects that are consistently gender aware and show a strong contribution to gender transformative programming and girls’ rights.
- Engage actively in the Gender in Emergencies working group to strengthen Plan Internationals ability to implement gender transformative programmes and ability to identify and address the needs and rights of girls in emergencies.
- Support the Lake Chad Programme to develop gender transformative indicators its Results Framework.
- Support technical specialists to conduct gender analysis in their sector specific needs assessments.
- Undertake gender assessments and analysis
- Support country responses to ensure Gender is considered in all aspects of their work.
- In collaboration with sector leads develop programme models and case studies on gender transformative programmes to support the Lake Chad Programme replicate and scale-up good practice
- Provide technical assistance to COs and NOs to develop high quality gender transformative project proposals and provide strategic leadership on advancing gender equality across the humanitarian and development portfolio.
- Be deployed as a technical advisor within the Lake Chad region to support the design and integration of gender equality targeted actions, to lead on gender mainstreaming throughout the humanitarian response as well as build staff and partner capacity.
- Research, policy and Advocacy
- Support learning, knowledge management and policy impact by authoring, commissioning and contributing to publications, policy documents, briefing notes and other resource materials ensuring that the Lake Chad Programme has distinct knowledge and evidence on gender transformative programming
Representation and Partnership:
- Represent Plan International at relevant clusters, working groups, and other events related to gender
- Identify opportunities and establish dialogue towards partnerships with other agencies
- Support the development of the Lake Chad Programme’s profile in gender equality programming in particularly in regards to girls
Learning and Knowledge Management:
- Support the capacity building of staff to understand and use the concepts around gender equality who can then create, deliver and monitor programmes that contribute to gender transformative work.
- Provide coaching and mentorship to program staff and partners to ensure gender is integrated in program strategies and plans.
- Support the development and implementation of skills development workshops ensuring gender is core to the modules developed.
- Document lessons learned from projects to support the Lake Chad Programme continuously learn from its programmes.
Dealing with Problems:
Plan International’s Values in Practice
- The post is a key linkage/coordination/interface point between the three implementing COs, the Lake Chad Programme Unit. For this reason, the post holder must be able to master and manage relationships well and respectfully in regards of different needs with different stakeholders, including conflicting priorities and ad hoc request.
- Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young Peopleand Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
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:
- We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
- We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
- We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.
- Country Directors of Plan Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon
- Lake Chad Programme Manager (very close collaboration/coordination)
- DRM/ERMs of Plan International in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, other members of the Emergency Response country teams where required, technical Specialists in WARO and International Headquarters (IH) and the Country Protection teams as appropriate
Technical Expertise, Skills And Knowledge
- Other agencies and stakeholders related to the intervention or decision makers (i.e. national governments).
- University Degree or appropriate work experience in a field relevant to the position
- Significant experience in planning, design and implementation of integrated humanitarian programmes
- Significant experience in vulnerability and gender analysis and tackling gender inequality and exclusion
- Significant experience of working in a range of humanitarian contexts (in particular in protracted crisis)
- Proven experience of leading gender programming and mainstreaming gender
- Experience in working with children and girls’ rights
- Experience on capacity building of staff on gender
- Knowledge of international humanitarian standards and codes of conduct
- Strong analytical skills: secondary/primary data analysis
- Advocacy, influencing and negotiating skills, experienced in gaining commitment from a wide range of people, bringing about change and providing support from a distance
- External representation and communication skills
- Strong English and French language skills
- Flexibility to travel within the Lake Chad region, within security limitations set by Plan International.
- Experience conducting humanitarian assessments - including gender analysis through the use of participatory methodologies - and revising monitoring and evaluation tools to capture gender equality considerations for different sectors
- Experience in implementing GBV programmes
- Strong team player, staff capacity building and motivation skills in teamwork and networking
- Excellent skills in writing funding submissions and donor reports.
- Be up to date on relevant global policy and programming relating to gender equality.
Grade: E (salary circa $55,000 US)
Application Closing Date
26th April, 2019.
First round of interviews: 13th May 2019 via Skype.
How to Apply
Interest and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online