Mar 2018 Employment Opportunity Plan International for Senior Gender Advisor

 

Job Employment: Plan International for Senior Gender Advisor

 

Job Opportunity: Plan International for Senior Gender Advisor

ROLE PURPOSE

 

The position holder will be responsible for promoting gender mainstreaming in the organization. Her/his role will include working with the leadership of Plan International Kenya to ensure gender balance in all functions including staffing, working with the programme teams to ensure all the new projects are gender transformative and ensuring the organization is gender responsive in line with the Plan Global Strategy.  The position holder will lead the organization’s agenda to ensure gender equality and rights for all children especially girls.

 

Working with the child rights advisor and the advocacy & influencing advisor, the position holder will spearhead the participation of children especially girls in advocacy for realization of rights of children and equality for girl and represent Plan in forums that seek to influence policy makers, and contribute to building Plan’s reputation as a highly respected contributor in the field of gender equality.

 

Dimensions of the Role

 

The Senior Gender Advisor will work as part of a team of specialists whose role is to support Plan’s organizational goal of gender transformative programming.  S/he will be responsible for building the capacity of Plan staff on effectively using a gender lens and systematic gender analysis in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes in Plan Kenya.  The position holder plays a key role in monitoring Plan’s progress on gender equality across the country programme.

 

Accountabilities

 

Guide the strategic planning, design and implementations of gender transformative programmes in the organization

  • Ensure successful design and implementation of gender transformative programmes in Plan Kenya.
  • Provide technical support to all Programme Units on gender transformation project implementation as required.
  • Ensure that agreed monitoring and evaluation activities of regional gender equality at all levels in the organization are high quality and are widely disseminated, including but not limited to baseline survey, mid-term reviews and final evaluations.
  • Build close links with the Project Managers of the Young influencers and other global networks for girls to secure participation for Plan led advocacy with girls.
  • Contribute to development of business to address root causes of gender inequality in Plan is operating areas.
  • Ensure that Plan’s Global Policy and Strategy on Gender Equality are effectively used to guide Plan’s work on gender equality across the country programme.
  • Conduct a Gender Equality Self-Assessment on a regular basis (every three to five years) and develop Gender Action Plans based on the GESA results.

Advocacy and influencing support

  • Support advocacy with external policy makers and other stakeholders on key issues related to girls rights and gender equality in the Country Programme to build Plan’s profile as a thought-leader in this area.
  • Work closely with the Advocacy and Influencing Advisor to proactively identify and utilise opportunities for high impact advocacy and policy engagement on gender equality and girls rights.
  • Contribute to the development of Plan’s communications and media work on relevant gender equality.
  • Represent Plan’s positions on gender equality to key external audiences at the national, regional and global levels, as needed.
  • Develop networks and relationships with key decision makers and influencers for gender equality and girls’ rights in the country.
  • Build Plan’s profile as a respected thought-leader and high-level contributor on girls’ rights and gender equality issues.

Programme Quality

  • Build the capacity of Plan’s program staff and partners in Plan to design, implement and monitor gender transformative programs based on Plan’s programme and influencing commitments.
  • Support field offices’ initiatives to build staff capacity around gender equality across programmes in all thematic areas.
  • Manage Plan’s Gender Equality Capacity Building Program in the country programme, including monitoring of progress and performance, and working with senior management to ensure that program staff have the capacity (knowledge, skills and tools) to effectively support Plan’s gender equality programming priorities.
  • Ensure that the programme and influencing commitments on Gender Equality are utilized by Plan staff in designing, implementing and monitoring gender transformative projects.
  • Together with the Learning and Innovation advisor, facilitate development of a knowledge base for internal and external use by staff and partners.
  • Provide technical support HR Manager on integrating gender equality into performance management systems and organisational practice across the region.

Communications and Working Relationships:

  • Close working relationship with other thematic leads as well as the HR, Advocacy, M&E and Communications teams at CO as well as Programme staff at PU level.
  • Close working relationship with Global and regional Gender Advisor and Gender Equality Specialists across Plan’s for cross learning.
  • Collaboration with Plan’s Global Gender and Inclusion Reference Group.
  • Active engagement with external thought-leaders, influencers, stakeholders and academics.

 

  1. Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) 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.

 

Key relationships

Key staff engaging directly:

Technical Specialists for Health, Education, Child Protection, Advocacy & Influencing Advisor; Nairobi Programmes Coordinator; Head of M&E Manager; Communications Manager; Global Working Group on CR, Programme/Project Managers and Area Programme Managers.

 

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

 

Knowledge and Academic qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in gender studies or a first degree in social science and post graduate qualification in gender studies.
  • In-depth knowledge of the links between gender equality, children’s rights and NGO development and humanitarian programming practice.
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender rights issues in both development and humanitarian contexts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in conducting gender analysis and its application to child-rights programming.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and evaluating high quality programmes with demonstrated impact on improving gender equality or girls’ empowerment.
  • Excellent understanding of relevant policy-making processes and institutions on gender equality.
  • Knowledge of the regional context would be desirable.

 

Skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and able to communicate complex concepts around gender equality and empowerment clearly and concisely, and apply them in practical situations.
  • Demonstrated experience coaching and mentoring field based program staff using a variety of methodologies (workshop based training, appreciative inquiry, etc.) on integrating gender sensitive approaches and considerations into day to day field work.
  • Able to apply gender analysis in the design, monitoring and evaluation of a broad range of programmes to support gender equality and girls’ empowerment goals.
  • Strong project management and leadership skills.
  • Ability to build internal and external networks across countries.
  • Able to collaboratively develop guidelines and standards.
  • Excellent communication skills operating at a distance and across a wide variation in cultures.
  • Excellent command of English, both speaking and writing.
  • Proactive self-starter able to work to deadlines.

 

Behaviours

  • Promotes innovation and learning
  • Inspires trust and support from others
  • Provides vision and direction
  • Communicates effectively and enthusiastically
  • Able create rapport with wide range of groups
  • Self-motivated
  • Good at listening to others and highly respectful of them
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Flexible, adaptive while maintaining strategic and longer term focus
  • Demonstrably committed to Plan’s goals and values, in particular with regard to equity and justice.

 

Plan International’s Values in Practice

 

We are open and accountable

  1. Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  1. Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  1. Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  1. Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  1. Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  1. Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  1. Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  1. Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  1. Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  1. Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  1. Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  1. Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  1. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  1. Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  1. Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  1. Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  1. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

 

Physical Environment

Frequent travel to Plan programme areas sometimes to remote areas, approximately 40% of time and occasional travel outside the country.

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