Gender Coordinator

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Location: Accra, Ghana

Company: Plan International

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.

Job Description     

Position Gender Equality Coordinator Grade C2
Summary Description of the SHOW Project Second Costed Extension to COVID-19 pandemic (CE2) As an extension to the Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women & Children (SHOW) Project, the SHOW Costed Extension to COVID-19 is a 12 month project aimed at increasing demand for COVID19 prevention messages, ensure continuity of services and improve access and utilization of essential health services by women of reproductive age (WRA), adolescent girls, newborns and children under 5 living in poverty, with high vulnerability on the Demand side. On the Supply side it aims at an improved delivery of quality essential health services to WRA, adolescent girls, newborns and children under 5 living in poverty, with high vulnerability.    
Department & Location Programmes –  Tamale Date July 2021
Reports to (position): Project Manager, SHOW Project
Purpose:  How does this post support Plan International’s strategy and mission? To lead, co-ordinate, facilitate and provide technical support in alignment with Plan International’s Gender Equality Policy and the project Gender Equality Strategy and to provide technical support to the project team, local partners and other stakeholders on mainstreaming gender equality in the implementation and management of the Strengthening Health Outcomes of Women and Children (SHOW) Project.

 

Dimensions of Role:

Financial measures or statistics relevant to post such as budget; list of direct and indirect reports

Area of Responsibility – Project districts
 
Typical Responsibilities – Key End Results of Position:

“What” is done and “why”, but not “how”; include indicators for success

  • Supports the Project Manager and all other project team members to integrate gender transformative actions in the design, management and monitoring of the SHOW project.
  • Leads in the development and implementation of the project GE Strategy and actions on Unpaid care work, women and girls’ participation in decision making and the equitable distribution of household works between men and women and between boys and girls;
  • Leads in developing all project audience specific trainings (project staff, partners, government and community stakeholders, health professionals, managers and frontline workers etc.), guidelines, resources and other collateral for the effective mainstreaming of GE in all activities;
  • Leads in the implementation of all gender transformative actions aligned with project GE strategy.
  •  Ensures timely implementation of gender transformative activities in the project
  • Conducts community visits to monitor the promotion of gender transformative actions in the SHOW project activities in the project districts to ensure quality supervision and monitoring, leading to improvement in programme delivery and submits reports of such visits
  • Provides gender-related inputs to the project team for compilation of best practices and project outcomes as part of contractual reports;
  • Provides top quality analysis and integration of gender in all SHOW project documents, promotional materials and other strategic documents;
  • Under the direction of the Project Manager, facilitates capacity building of partners (Women’s Rights Organizations); GHS, NGOs, CHVS, Mother Support Groups, VSL Groups, Daddies Clubs, religious and traditional leaders, families and communities etc. on gender equality, power related dynamics of households and shared household responsibilities to ensure quality and timely delivery of the project activities relating to the empowerment of women and girls, male engagement and gender-responsive MNCH service delivery;
  • Provides technical support to revise, develop and contextualized training and IEC materials
  • Collaborates with the Monitoring and Evaluation team to monitor GE related indicator, analyze and report on progress in terms of achieving result.
  • Facilitates building of partnerships, networks, coalitions and alliances with other stakeholders in the area of gender equality particularly at the project level;
  •  Collaborates with other project teams in and outside Plan International Ghana to ensure effective integration of other ongoing sector programmes such as, Health, Water and Sanitation, Child Protection and Household Economic Security Programmes in SHOW project activities, where feasible;
  • Ensures gender equality considerations are mainstreamed in the Child protection and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities, where applicable;
  • Complies with Plan International’s Child Protection Policy at all times to prevent children from all forms of child abuses
  • Performs any other duties that may be assigned to support the achievement of organizational goals relating to gender transformative actions.
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Dealing with Problems:

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

  • Ability to identify needs and provide timely and appropriate technical support in the area of gender equality promotion for the implementation of the SHOW project for maximizing results;
  • Ability to advise on appropriate gender sensitive indicators in the performance measurement framework and support in the monitoring and reporting of programme results and objectives against agreed indicators;
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision as well as part of a complex multi-sectoral, geographical and technical team;
  • Ability to analyze issues, risks and emerging opportunities for appropriate and responsive decision making and to strengthen and support delivery of tasks that meet organizational GE requirements.

Communications and Working Relationships:

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

  • There is a  high contact with community members, children and other stakeholders to develop and implement the SHOW project activities;
  • There is a high  contact with Ghana Health Service and other government functionaries towards the implementation of the project’s gender responsive service delivery objectives and outcomes (supply side interventions);
  • There is a high contact with project partners (Women’s Rights Organizations) in the implementation of all project demand side/community based initiatives;
  • There is high contact with other CSO networks and alliances in relevant geographic areas for collaboration in GE especially in the area of Unpaid Care Work Divide; 
  • Maintains high contact with staff working on the SHOW project activities to offer support for understanding and implementation of gender related activities;
  • There is a low contact with other Plan International staff to support them with understanding of gender and their support in the implementation of related activities.
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Knowledge, Skills, Behaviors, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:

Gained through education, training, & experience

Qualification and Experience

  • First degree in Social Sciences or related field, background in Gender Studies or a related field will be an asset;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a similar position in an international organization similar to Plan International;
  • Demonstrable experience and technical skills of developing and implementing gender transformative and gender integrated strategies and programmes;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results based management and reporting
  • Demonstrable experience in advocacy, especially around gender related issues;
  • A thorough understanding of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other human rights instruments;
  • A thorough understanding of the various tools and techniques for mainstreaming gender in a project cycle including gender analysis, programming, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Knowledgeable in the overall  gender and related landscape of Ghana including key issues, policies, programmes and activities;
  • Knowledgeable in the relationship between gender and MNCH issues and on Unpaid Care Work divide and how they affect women and girls.

Demonstrated behaviors needed by the position holder to successfully perform the role:

  • Develops, motivates, coaches and promotes high performance by project staff, partners’ staff and collaborators on gender equality promotion.
  • Teamwork.
  • Demonstrates strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Supports in the development of grants proposals.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Works in a participative community approach.

Skills Specific to the post needed to put knowledge into practice.

  • Good knowledge of the health system in Ghana.
  • Strong knowledge of the national women’s/gender machineries of Ghana (government and other statutory institutions, policies, programmes etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of the rights of children and women.
  • Possesses good analytical and writing skills.
  • Strong team-building and motivational skills.
  • Strong negotiating, facilitating and influencing skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, database, internet.

Physical Environment and Demands:

May be “typical office environment”; note if heavy lifting, climbing, excess travel, etc.

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Travel requirements

This position entails 60% travelling within communities in the Northern, North East and Savannah regions.

Level of Contact with Children:

  • Low contact:     No contact or very low frequency of interaction
  • Mid contact:     Occasional interaction with children
  • High level:        Frequent interaction with children
  • High contact: The responsibilities of this position require the post holder to have frequent one-to-one contact with adolescent boys and girls. It is expected that extra care shall be taken to protect children at all times.

Location: Tamale

Type of Role: Gender

Reports to: Project Manager

Grade: C2

HOW TO APPLY

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Closing Date:19th July 2021

Equality, diversity and inclusion is 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 organizational 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 organization, 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.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. 

In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.

By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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