Career Opportunities: Technical Advisor on Women's Empowerment and Family Promotion (41377)
Requisition ID 41377 - Posted 11/10/2021 - Country (1) - Gender
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.
Senior Technical Advisor- Women, Girls’ Empowerment and Gender Equality
Nature of the job
Secondment at the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion
Head of Programmes
Matrix Report Line
PS - MIGEPROF
MIGEPROF Office-Kigali, Rwanda
Geographical scope of role
Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organization working for a better life for all children. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation. Our purpose is to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
Our global strategy has a specific focus on girls, as they are often the most marginalized and most often left behind. We have committed ourselves to the ambitious target of reaching 100 million girls over 5 years, to ensure they can learn, lead, decide and thrive. This is our contribution to reaching the sustainable development goals, and the goals on gender equality.
The position holder will be contributing to advocate for Plan International influencing asks toward the advancement of children rights and equality for Girls including different framework such as the Girls Get Equal Campaign and specific Call to Action (CtA) for girls’ rights promotion targeting policy and decision-makers during high level influencing events.
The main objective of the Senior Technical Advisor is to provide technical advice, support the implementation of Plan International Influential asks toward children right advancement and equality for girls in high-level advocacy spaces as well as provide support to MIGEPROF and its partners in ensuring smooth planning, programming, implementation and timely reporting of gender equality promotion and women’s empowerment initiatives. This will also involve capacity-building support to the partners and strong collaboration and linkages to facilitate learning and effectiveness for all stakeholders in Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE).
management scope, reporting lines, key relationships
Reports to: Head of Programs for Plan International Rwanda with a dotted line reporting to PS MIGREPROF
Direct reports: N/A
- Head of Programs for Plan International Rwanda
- Gender Advisor for Plan International Rwanda
- Functional departments Heads at PIR
- PS MIGEPROF
- MIGEPROF Partners
- Plan International Rwanda implementing partners
- National and Local authorities
- Other INGOs
Level of contact with children
- Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children
- The position is typical office environment
Accountabilities and MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES
Planning and integration
- Contribute to girls’ and young women’s transformational leadership and empowerment commitments
- Ensure gender advocacy actions including Plan International influencing asks are embedded in MIGEPROF’s plans to work with others to challenge negative gender norms and sexual and gender-based violence hindering gender equality and empowerment of girls and women.
- Embed and align Plan International gender equality and inclusion framework such as the Girls Get Equal campaign and influencing asks, call to action in MIGEPROF planning, gender agenda including in high level influencing space.
- Contribute to MIGEPROF’s and its partners’ operational plans and assess their interventions in regard to the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment.
- Ensure that the gender agenda including girls ‘rights, issues are consciously embedded in all programmes, policy of MIGEPROF and its partners.
- Initiate and suggest gender equality and girls, women empowerment initiatives to the management of MIGEPROF
- Participate and contribute to the development of the national and other strategic documents on girls, women empowerment, gender equality, and inclusion promotion, women’s rights, fight against gender-based violence against women and girls such as child defilement and it outcome including teenage/early pregnancy, etc.
- Assist the Ministry in designing frameworks and wide action plans for the implementation of international and regional GEWE commitments;
- Provide strong technical inputs in implementation of women and girls national mentorship programme;
- Support the Ministry to operationalize and influence Rwanda Women Leaders Network on embedding gender responsive agenda including critical girls’ issues (child defilement, early pregnancy);
- Identify strategies to further promote participation of girls and women in decision making especially at local government level
- Support the implementation of Plan International girls programming: The Girls Get Equal Campaign, Girls Takeover, and Plan International influencing asks aligned to the girls’ right promotion.
- Contribute to the analytical work of the existing gender and girls, women empowerment policies and programs and assess their relevance and alignment to the national priorities;
- Participate and identify opportunities for the formulation of GEWE related bills, policies, plans, and programmes;
- Provide technical guidance and advisory services on critical issues to accelerate GEWE based on evidence-based analytical work;
- Develop high-level policy briefs to be used by the Ministry in high-level forums to move GEWE to influence policy dialogue;
- Support efforts to formulate GEWE sensitive programs that are responsive to the needs of targeted beneficiaries;
- Provide systematic guidance and support to the Ministry to ensure effective implementation of GEWE policies, programs, and strategies;
- Support the National Women Council to mobilize young women and women to exploit existing economic and financial opportunities;
- Provide systematic guidance and support to the Ministry to ensure implementation of international and regional gender equality commitments including those targeting girls ‘right advancement;
Partnership, networking, and influencing
- Maintain an up-to-date understanding of the performance of partners and advise the MIGEPROF on the remedial actions that can be taken.
- Support and strengthen the partnership, networking, influencing between MIGEPROF and Plan International Rwanda on children's rights advancement and Equality for Girls.
- Build and strengthen links with networks of women to learn and share from knowledge gained, propose best practices and programs based on researched mechanisms
- Develop mechanisms to strengthen strategic partnerships with various stakeholders on girls, women empowerment
- Develop and maintain up-to-date analysis of the global emerging issues on gender equality and women empowerment, develop mechanisms for stakeholder’s dialogue on those issues;
- Strengthen network with key actors to advance GEWE in Rwanda;
- Develop and maintain a good relationship with International and Regional GEWE actors and intergovernmental bodies;
- Provide technical advice and support to government institutions in developing mainstreaming strategies that put girls and women at the center of everything
- Facilitate capacity building initiatives of partners and actors in gender mainstreaming and analysis
- Provide technical support in mainstreaming gender and girls, women empowerment initiatives across sectors and work with gender machinery institutions to ensure gender and family are mainstreamed in District development plans and in their annual performance contracts.
Coordination, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting
- Support MIGEPROF and partners in developing, monitoring, and reporting frameworks to follow up on the implementation of the GEWE interventions
- Strengthen MIGEPROF partners’ accountability and learning through regular follow-up, coaching, and capacity building through Gender Equality and Women Empowerment sub-clusters
- Contribute to the implementation of reporting obligations, documentation of good practices, and submissions for regional and international GEWE commitments;
- Participate in organizing high-level policy, strategic meetings, and events related to women empowerment & gender equality like the CHOGM women side event, CSW, International Women`s Day, International Rural Women’s Day, 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence, etc
- Support the active participation of Plan International Rwanda in the High-level policy, meeting, and event related to girls, women such as the CHOGM, International Day of the girls Child, 16 days of activism and International Women ‘Day, etc.
- Participate in the coordination process and supervision of all interventions related to gender equality and women empowerment;
- Facilitate coordination and documentation of women’s economic empowerment initiatives and best practices in consultation with the National Gender Machinery Institutions.
Leadership and BUSINESS management COMPETENCIES
- Set high standards for self-behaviour, inside and outside work. Championing our values and commitment to rights, gender equality, and safeguarding. Supporting the health, well-being, and both physical and psychological safety of our staff, including their safety to speak out.
- Hold self to account for what we have agreed, dealing with a poor performance quickly, firmly, and constructively.
- Create a positive team spirit, helping people work well together, to reflect, and continuously improve the efficiency and quality of what we do.
- Collaborate with team members, colleagues, and partners in finding creative solutions to problems by sharing information, experience, and ideas and actively seeking their input.
- Accept change and support others in adjusting to it, helping them understand.
- Motivating and developing others by taking an interest, giving constructive feedback and praise, ensuring they are properly trained, and helping them develop their potential.
- Positive about change and supporting others in adjusting to it, helping them understand.
- Understands fundamental issues and root causes: Understands the development and needs of our Primary Impact Groups from birth to adulthood, the root causes of the issues affecting them, and the key actors most relevant to their interests and therefore to our work
- Understands key programme and influence principles: Understands the rationale for and practical implications of being rights-based, gender transformative, participatory, working in partnership; evidence-based, and working to strengthen civil society.
- Understands a range of strategies and approaches: Understands approaches to programme/project logic, trends in own and related fields of work, and a range of effective strategies, approaches, and practices.
- Analyses issues and evidence in context - Builds the evidence base by analysing issues in their context, using appropriate methods and relevant data sources.
- Shapes strategy, policy, standards, and plans clearly aligned with relevant priorities and stakeholder interests and based on rigorous internal and external evidence
- Designs effective programmes and projects with clear and measurable objectives contributing to overall outcomes, appropriately resourced, mainstreaming gender and inclusion and participatory approaches, and engaging with and influencing relevant actors and stakeholders.
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COMPETENCIES
- Understand relevant sectoral context including how the sector operates in terms of funding and governance and awareness of Plan's purpose, values, and global strategy
- Manage legal and reputational risk including risk assessment, communication, risk management, and reporting in full compliance with risk-related standards, including in areas such as Child and Youth Safeguarding and Protection, Gender equality and inclusion, Counter Fraud, Safety, and Security
- Manage activities and resources including skills in strategic thinking, planning and organising, financial planning and monitoring, negotiation and programme, and project management.
Technical expertise, skills, and knowledge
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Qualifications/ experience essential:
- A Bachelor’s degree in nursing, midwifery, public health, or other clinical or related disciplines with nursing or social sciences background is required.
- At least 3 – 5 years experience implementing and/or supporting reproductive health programs
- Proven experience working with and for adolescents and young people, and track record of successful implementation of similar programs in Rwanda.
- Experience to mentor health providers using competency-based approaches; experience of training health workers on clinical aspects related to ASRH, peer education, etc.
- Ability to work with senior MOH officials, executives of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business community, and senior members of the donor community on ASRH/FP matters.
- Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the Rwandan healthcare system
- Ability to coach, mentor, and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff in ASRH
Qualifications/ experience desirable:
- Ability to work independently and under pressure
- Willingness to work overtime as required
- Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in English and Kinyarwanda. The knowledge of the French language is an added value.
- Strong skills in word processing, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint Presentation.
- Ability to travel nationally (frequently)
Plan International’s Values in Practice
We are open and accountable
We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organization by being open, honest, and transparent. We hold ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others while doing what we say we will do.
We strive for lasting impact
We strive to achieve a significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused, and innovative.
We work well together
We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organization, including our sponsors and donors. We actively support our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities, and our partners.
We are inclusive and empowering
We respect all people, appreciate differences, and challenge inequality in our programs and our workplace. We support children, girls, and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.
Reports to: HoP
Closing Date: 25th October 2021
Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.
We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
Plan International 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 foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights, and inclusion.
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. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
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