Plan International USA Gender Advisor in Kigali, Rwanda
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Location:Kigali, 01, RW
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.
Working in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan aims to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalised with high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits by increasing its income, working in partnership with others and operating effectively.
This job is needed in order to identify and design innovative gender programs through provision of appropriate technical support in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of gender mainstreaming to achieve gender equality in line with Plan Rwanda’s country strategic plan.
Dimensions of the Role
· Reports to the Head of Programs and provides specialist guidance and support on gender mainstreaming and Transformative program activities in line with the approved Country Strategic Plan
· Has no delegated authority to approve Program Outlines and payments
· Has no direct reports
· A member of the Program Leadership Team (PLT) and advises the PLT on gender mainstreaming and Transformative initiatives
· Represents Plan at national stakeholder forums, consultative sessions, or conferences on gender mainstreaming and transformation
· Identify and develop innovative gender specific programs that contribute to social change both locally and institutionally.
· Provide technical support for design and implementation of gender aware and transformative programs, budgets and monitoring and evaluation processes in line with overall Plan Rwanda strategy and objectives.
· Facilitate skills development of Plan staff and partners for gender advocacy at local, national and international level.
· Support the Program Leadership Team in formulating gender aware and transformative policies, strategies and programs
· Provide leadership for Plan’s Planting Equality Gender and Child Rights training program and capacity building support to Plan Rwanda staff and partners to integrate gender in their work.
· Initiate gender audits, reviews and reporting in line with Plan’s corporate requirements
· Contribute to resource mobilization of projected budgets towards Plan Rwanda’s program goals.
· Provide leadership for Plan’s gender related campaigns for example the current Because I Am A Girl campaign
Relationship with Partners
· Foster and build relationships with partners and networks and other government entities that promote advocacy work and accomplishment if Plan’s gender goals
Program Support and Monitoring
· Provide technical support to Program Units for implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting to ensure delivery of gender aware programs in Plan Rwanda
· Support the design or localization of tools and materials for gender aware for use by Plan staff at community level.
· Prepare periodic progress and analytical reports ensuring that management is equipped with the necessary information for appropriate decision making.
· Initiate gender researches and documentation of case studies which have potential to enhance Plan’s gender work.
· Document and disseminate learning from researches and monitoring and evaluation conducted which relate to Plan’s gender work.
Child Protection & gender equality mainstreaming
· Ensure adherence to Plan’s Gender Equality Policy and Plan’s Strategy on Gender Equality and foster a gender transformative organization culture within the organization in line with overall Plan Rwanda strategy and objectives.
· Promotes and abides by Plan policies and procedures on child protection, Code of Conduct and the related mandatory reporting responsibilities
Human Resource Development
· Supports the recruitment of staff with gender responsibilities and ongoing induction, capacity development/ training of Plan Staff and partners on gender related issues in line with Plan Rwanda and the Global Gender policy.
Dealing with Problems
· Ability to think strategically, recognize program and persuade colleagues on gender mainstreaming opportunities that Plan should exploit
· High degree of capacity to resolve a wide range of challenges related to gender mainstreaming
· Providing leadership and a source of expertise on gender mainstreaming
- Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and 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.
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
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.
· PLT members to facilitate timely decisions on major issues related to gender mainstreaming strategies and implementation (High)
· Program Areas: provide technical advice to field staff on gender mainstreaming/Transformation and learn from their experience at community level (High)
· Gender Focal Persons: Provide leadership to gender focal persons and ensure technical support for gender work in Program Units.
· Functional networks within Plan
· Development stakeholders at national and provincial levels to share fitting practices and to identify/implement opportunities for collaboration in gender based programming (medium)
· National technical networks on gender programming (high)
Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
· A degree in Law or Gender Studies and/or Social Sciences from a reputable institution
· At least 5 years experience in gender and development from a reputable organization
· Understanding of integrated development issues and critical analysis of child poverty
· Knowledge of strategic planning processes and theories of gender 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 gender programs
· Having initiative and able to work independently
· Communicates clearly and effectively on gender issues
· Promotes innovation and learning on gender programming
· Confident in taking initiative and exploring new opportunities
· Assertiveness and shows cultural sensitiveness
Typically office environment with 33% extensive travel in program areas and minimal external travel
Level of contact with children
Medium Contact- • The position will be based at the Country Office and level of contact with children is medium
Reports to: Head of Program
Closing Date: 24.02.2019
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.
As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.
Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.
We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.