Gender Equality and inclusion Advisor

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Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.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. 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 75years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization (non-profit) 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 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Plan International has been operating in Rwanda since 2007. And over the past ten years, we have had an extensive portfolio that covers a variety of interventions (Right to protection, Right to Youth Economic Security, Right to access quality and inclusive education and Right to Early Childhood Care and Development) in both development and humanitarian contexts. We are actively present in 3 districts of Gatsibo, Nyaruguru and Bugesera and six refugee camps. In all our interventions, we pursue our deep-seated change to achieve our ambition, which is “Together, we take action so that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive. We are a strong global civil society actor that resonates with all those who want to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. We are also scaling up our reach to more parts of the country given the growing partnerships and grants portfolio.

Gender Equality and inclusion Advisor  

Purpose:

  • The Gender equality and inclusion Advisor will provide effective capacities and technical guidance in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of gender programs and BIAAG 2.0 Movement. This include capacity building in terms of training of both Plan and partner staff on how to mainstream gender equality and inclusion across the organization and in programs. The job holder will contribute to   designing , implementing, monitoring and evaluating  programs and projects with regards  to gender equality and inclusion policy

Dimensions of Role:

  • The post holder will report to the program Support Manager at Country office. One of his/her direct report is the BIAAG 2 movement consultant and he/she will have dotted line technical supervision to all Gender related projects Personnel as well as Sexual and Gender Based Violence Unit in Camps. 
  • The post holder directly manage the Gender program budget. However, The Head of program can delegate specific authority and responsibility in regards to Gender and inclusion program

Location:

  • Based in Country Office with travels to sites

Typical Responsibilities - Key End Results of Position:

Contribute to designing Plan International Rwanda Gender equality and inclusion Programs/Projects.

  • Ensuring  that the Gender equality and inclusion Program is aligned to Plan’s Global Gender Equality and Inclusion policy
  • Supporting the designing and localization of gender sensitive packages and delivery systems at the community level
  • Ensuring  that the development of the program is done in collaboration with PUs and communities
  • Ensuring community involvement in the conceptualization, development, management, monitoring and evaluation of Plan Gender equality and inclusion Programs and projects
  • Participating in community needs assessments with regards to gender equality and inclusion
  • Leading the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of gender development programmes and project and to mobilize resources,
  • Together with communication team,  report on Plan’s success stories and lessons learnt
  • Work with the programmes/projects team to define outcomes and related indicators

Implementation of the BIAAG 2.0 Movement 

  • Advocacy and promotion of Plan’s mandate and mission on girls rights
  • Effective management of the country BIAAG-related programs and ensure they contribute to achieving country, regional and global BIAAG movement results
  •  Manage the programmatic aspects at the CO level of Plan’s Because I Am a Girl campaign, working closely with the Program Quality Team and communication team through the BIAAG task force;
  • Develop practical approaches and tools to for PUs and CO staff to use in implementing, monitoring and reporting on country BIAAG related programs and provides quarterly updates to PU and PU, CO, RESA or any other on the progress/outcomes of these programs;
  • Develop strategic programmatic partnerships on BIAAG with key stakeholders in the country

Networking and Resource Development

  • Advocacy and promotion of Plan’s mandate and mission on girls rights
  • Effective management of the country BIAAG-related programs and ensure they contribute to achieving country, regional and global BIAAG movement results
  •  Manage the programmatic aspects at the CO level of Plan’s Because I Am a Girl campaign, working closely with the Program Quality Team and communication team through the BIAAG task force;
  • Develop practical approaches and tools to for PUs and CO staff to use in implementing, monitoring and reporting on country BIAAG related programs and provides quarterly updates to PU and PU, CO, RESA or any other on the progress/outcomes of these programs;
  • Develop strategic programmatic partnerships on BIAAG with key stakeholders in the country
  • Establishing   in-house networks to enhance integration of Gender with other domains
  • Establishing Partnerships with NGOs and government entities to increase local resource  mobilization and long term sustainability
  • Documenting  achievements and best practices in Gender programming for internal and external circulation
  • Developing and strengthening collaborative relationships at national, provincial and district levels in Gender
  • Keeping  track of the development and continued review of Gender  policies
  • Participating in workshops, conferences at both local and international forums

Establish and implement standards of accountability, effectiveness and efficiency for the Gender

Equality and inclusion Program

  • Build the capacity of Plan’s International Rwanda program staff and partners to design, implement and monitor gender transformative programs based on Plan’s programme and influence quality
  • Ensure that Tackling exclusion and gender inequality are utilized by plan staff in designing, implementing and monitoring programs and proejcts.
  • Provide guidance on the use of performance indicators and evaluations to reflect progress towards equality outcomes and impacts throughout the life of the program
  • Assist in the design of gender analysis to assess gaps between men and women in Plan zones of interventions and provide recomemendations for the way forward;  
  • Ensuring  that accountability standards of effectiveness and efficiency are established and monitored
  • Ensuring  that Budgets are spent according to the Program operational Plans
  • Assisting  in the development and management of Gender related grants
  • Ensuring  that evaluations of projects are done regularly to improve program Planning

Dealing with Problems:

Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them.

  • The Gender Advisor will prove enhanced ability to implement a human rights and child based approach to support Plan programmes and policies. This translates in very practical terms into supporting the design and implementation of national SDG-based poverty reduction strategies that reflect the needs of marginalized and vulnerable groups; and the capacity to engage them more fully in the development processes that affect their livelihoods and their lives. Particular emphasis is hereby put on the economic, social and political rights of women and the poor.
  • Among the expected results are the following:
  • Improved information base for gender equality and inclusion in the promotion of human rights through a better understanding of the importance of research for pro-poor/ gender sensitive policy development and the systematic collection of data disaggregated for all demographics including sex, age and data on socio- economic conditions of females  and males
  • Improved and increased interventions that directly support women (political, economical and social empowerment), such as access to finance, information, training etc;
  • Systematic approach to the country  for long-term capacities of staff and implementing partners to HRBA and gender mainstreaming developed and implemented; and
  • Enhanced partnerships and resources for the promotion of gender equality and human rights.

Knowledge, Skills, Behaviours, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:

Knowledge

Gained through education, training, & experience

Educational Qualification and Experience

  • A Postgraduate/Master’s degree in Gender Studies or other related fields
  • At least  5 years’ experience and skills in networking with local and international NGOs and agencies,  ministries and other partners
  • 3-5 years experience at management level
  • Experience in related field will be an added advantage.

Skills Specific to the Post

  • Excellent knowledge of the human right based approach to development
  • Good budgetary and financial skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Development and use of training tools
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and do multi tasks
  • Excellent Communication verbal and writing skills
  • Good skills in proposals development and projects reporting
  • Computer knowledge- Microsoft word, excel, the outlook

Behaviors (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 organization 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 maximize 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.

Communications and Working Relationships:

Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact

  • The Gender Advisor will maintain regular contacts with:
  • PUs to ensure consistency and efficiency in program implementation
  • Refugees Camps to provide technical support on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence response
  • Communities- to get feedback on the impact of programs and to ensure that programs and activities are implemented as per guidelines and for the targeted beneficiaries.
  • Government entities, International and Local NGOs implementing health and health-related programs and water and sanitation programs for policy guidance, information exchange and sharing of best practices.
  • Regional Office for technical support and program guidance.

He/she must use a Communication style appropriate to the audience and a sense of in-house customer service. 

Level of Contact with Children:

  • High level: Frequent interaction with children in and outside schools

Please send your updated CV and one-page cover letter in English to: Plan.Applications@plan-international.org the closing date for applications is July 23, 2018.

Please note: plan international will consult beyond your listed referees for the sake of the safety of children

Female candidates are encouraged to apply