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Plan International is looking for a gender equality advisor – National vacancy – Cairo, Egypt

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Plan International is looking for a gender equality advisor – National vacancy – Cairo, Egypt

The Organization :

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization 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.

 

The Opportunity :

Reporting to the Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy Manager, the Gender Equality Advisor will be responsible for operationalising Plan’s country and global strategies and policies related to gender equality and SRH. This will include developing innovative programme designs, representation of Plan in relevant forums, providing technical guidance to programme implementation teams & documentation of processes and approaches that Plan uses.

 

Dimensions of Role :

  • This position has no direct reports, but may need to manage short term consultants or interns periodically ;
  • This position has limited budget management responsibilities ;
  • This position supports high quality programme implementation by working with program quality and delivery unit and Program Units ;
  • Represents Plan at national stakeholder forums, networks, coalitions, etc ;
  • Support reinforcement of Gender equality and transformation concepts and mechanisms in/out of Plan ;
  • Support the designing of quality SRH projects that promotes Plan’s country and global SRH strategies, and provide the needed technical support along the projects life cycle.

 

Typical Responsibilities – Key End Results of Position :

Program Design :

  • Lead the design of innovative projects and programs to address community issues in relation to gender equality, gender based violence, SRH and girls’ and women’s rights in collaboration with Programme Unit and relevant departments at the Country Office in line with the Plan Egypt Country Strategy. This will include but not be limited to developing logical frameworks and concept notes.
  • Lead design of gender and SRH program packages, guidelines and manuals that are aligned with Plan Egypt country strategic plans and facilitate operationalization of Plan Egypt’s strategic objectives ;
  • Work with the Business Development unit to raise funds for gender related projects ;
  • Ensure the mainstreaming of Sponsorship commitments, gender transformation standards and any other relevant corporate guidelines in the design of project proposals ;
  • Act as resource person in the organisation for gender equality and keep oneself up to date with developments happening in this field both nationally and internationally.

Strategic Partnership & Policy Advocacy :

  • Develop strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of Plan’s work ;
  • Develop and implement influencing plan which includes partnership mainstreaming in collaboration with PU and Programme Quality and Design Unit (PQ&D) to ensure active, meaningful and continuous relationship ;
  • Develop and implement influencing action plan related to gender equality themes using all relevant tools and techniques. This will include, but not be limited to, developing policy briefs, advocacy messages, organizing conferences and seminars, etc ;
  • Develop routinely and submit progress reports, status updates and briefs on emerging issues to relevant team members ;
  • Lead in formulating country specific policies, strategies and objectives ensuring that they are on accountability for quality programming/gender responsiveness ;
  • Represent the organization at different national, regional and global forums & platforms.

Technical support :

  • Build the capacity of Plan staff, and strategic partners to promote gender equality principles and practices as well as equal rights for children, especially girls, and women ;
  • Provide technical recommendations to improve the design of any project or program to ensure that they are gender transformative and meet the quality standards ;
  • Provide demand driven technical support to PQ&D unit and Program Units and ensure high quality programme implementation. This will include designing, conducting and coordinating training programmes, technical field visits, development and dissemination of guidance material, etc.

Program Reporting and Documentation :

  • Prepare periodic progress and analytical reports ensuring that management is equipped with the necessary information for appropriate decision making ;
  • Initiate gender researches and document the lessons learned and accumulative experience of the gender equality activities, including SRH, which have potential to enhance Plan’s gender work, as well as share and disseminate the information within the impact areas ;

Chair the gender equality thematic network and ensure this platform is best utilized to enhance knowledge management process in Plan International Egypt.

Working Relationship :

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

  • The Program Advisor will report directly to the Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy Manager ;
  • Technical advisors – High level ;
  • BD Manager and Associate : High Level ;
  • Communication Manager –High level ;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation staff – High level ;
  • Project coordinators/managers – Medium level ;
  • Sponsorship staff – Medium level ;
  • Program units staff – Medium level.

 

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

Knowledge :

  • A Master Degree in Social Sciences/gender or equivalent qualification in relevant field ;
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience at a similar level in gender/SRH field ;
  • Understanding of integrated development issues and critical analysis of child poverty ;
  • Knowledge of strategic planning processes and  theories of gender equality and transformation ;
  • In depth Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development.

Skills :

  • Proven ability to develop project concept notes ;
  • Excellent networking and partnership building skills ;
  • Research, analytical and problem solving skills ;
  • Excellent  communication, facilitation and professional writing skills ;
  • Strategic thinking, strong negotiating and influencing skills.

Behaviours :

  • Demonstrates clear respect to all and especially children issues without discrimination ;
  • Ability to develop, motivate and coach and mentor others ;
  • Promotes innovation and learning within the Gender theme ;
  • Communicates clearly and effectively on Gender issues ;
  • Confident in taking initiative and exploring new opportunities.

Dealing with Problems :

Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required solving them :

  • Ability to resolve a wide range of challenges related to gender/child rights programing ;
  • Provide leadership and guidance on child rights and gender approaches.

Physical Environment and Demands :

Typical office environment but with at least 25% time in the field including community visits.

Level of Contact with Children :

High level : Frequent interaction with children.

 

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 with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

 

Type of Role : One year fixed term contract

Location : Country office – Maadi

Reports to : Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy Manager

Closing Date : 6th of March 2019

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