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Gender & Influencing Specialist (IPADEV)


Gender & Influencing Specialist (IPADEV)

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 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.

role PURPOSE

The post holder will actively champion and contribute to Plan International’s gender transformative programming and inclusion policies through capacity building of staff and partners at all levels within the IPADEV project.

  • Lead the delivery of robust gender equality assessments and strong analytical skill, especially in the application of ‘Gender Transformative Marker’ and understanding of project cycle management empowerment are essential to provide relevant technical guidance.
  • Support and coordinate IPADEV project gender equality advocacy and influencing agenda which combines high quality programmes and bold, credible influencing to catalyse large-scale transformative change for children, especially girls and young women.
  • Ensure Project staff and key partners have the tools, skills and capacities to fulfil core gender equality and transformative standards relevant to the needs of the beneficiaries and operating context. This includes providing training, mentorship and ongoing capacity development for staff and partners.
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Contribute to regular project narrative reports and communication materials in a timely manner, ensuring that implementation of gender transformative programming is clearly articulated and supported with high

Accountabilities

  • Work closely with Local NGOs, CSOs, CONIWAS, analysing internal and external evidence and data to build IPADEV thought leadership, establish clear policy positions and use these to identify opportunities to challenge and strengthen policy and legal frameworks at national, regional and international levels.
  • Analyse political environments and stakeholders in order to identify the most strategic targets who can bring about the change, including government, civil society, and local/religious leaders.
  • Identify strategic communications channels and outlets that can best influence IPADEV targets and bring wider attention to chosen issues.
  • Work with IPADEV team to use Plan International’s expert voice, evidence-based positions, and illustrations of successful programme interventions to inform and engage policy makers via key media and social media outlets.
  • Supports staff in defining SMART gender performance objectives for the purpose of gender sensitivity assessment.
  • Ensure all staff on IPADEV are trained on WASH Gender Programming
  • Ensure all staff know and utilize Plan’s gender analysis tools
  • Identify and share experiences on gender programming
  • Actively participates in the regional and national WASH gender network;

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.

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Key relationships

  • The Gender and Influencing Specialist reports directly to the Project Manager (IPADEV)
  • S/He works closely with :
    • other IPADEV team members
    • Programmes department
    • Business Development,
    • Communications department,
    • Human Resource department,
    • other departments’ managers.
  • S/He will represent the IPADEV project in Gender and Influencing related network

External

  • Partners at national level: Gender Specialists/points persons within other INGOs;
  • Governmental structures mainly Ministry of Gender to share best practices and to identify/implement opportunities for collaboration e.g. advocacy, research, etc.
  • National technical networks.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Qualification and Experience

  • A Masters degree in Gender Studies, Development Studies, Sociology
  • Ideally minimum of 5 years solid experience in gender issues in the NGO/voluntary sector
  • Experience of developing and implementing Gender strategies
  • Experience in influencing and advocacy
  • Understanding of contemporary WASH issues in Ghana
  • 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.

Knowledge

  • Good knowledge of women rights issues at country level and globally, and instruments
  • Good knowledge of children rights, the CRC and other relating right instruments,
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the links between gender equality and children rights
  • Knowledge of Gender analysis programme frameworks and their applications to child rights programming
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Skills

  • Good training and presentation skills
  • Technical and research skills in gender equality with a focus on girls human rights,
  • Good gender analysis skills,
  • Ability to provide guidance to research and policy development
  • Good English and French, written and verbal skills
  • Ability to build internal and external networks
  • Good organisational and project management skills

Behaviours

  • Provides strategic leadership in the country
  • Promotes innovation and learning
  • Communicates effectively and enthusiastically
  • Behaves consistently in his/her approach to work and decision-making

How to Apply for Gender & Influencing Specialist

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Closing Date: 14th December 2022

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