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.
A strong, empowered civil society that provides leadership opportunities for young women and girls is a necessary ingredient for Plan International to achieve its goals and objectives at every level;
from programs to advocacy to media outreach to brand awareness.
The purpose of this position is to provide strategic direction and technical assistance to Plan International’s work to strengthen civil society for the promotion and protection of the rights of girls and young women throughout the Americas region.
The position will play a key role in ensuring that Plan International’s work for gender transformation is informed by and delivered with and through local civil society partners while simultaneously strengthening the role of civil society in the countries in which we work.
Technical assistance / project support (80%) : The position will primarily provide technical support for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of CSS projects in America, especially those supported under the SIDA CIVSAM Framework, Including the development support and follow up of priorities or thematic issues in the CSS SNO Team localised in ROA, as defined in the annual Plan.
Strategic direction (20%) : Working as part of the Americas region Gender-Transformative Program and Influencing Team, this position will help ensure that civil society strengthening goals and civil society context analysis are included in the Americas country and regional strategic planning processes.
S / he will also be an active part of one or more of Plan International’s global thematic working groups (the Areas of Global Distinctiveness) to ensure that global priorities are reflected in Americas civil society work and that the Americas context is taken into account in setting global priorities.
This position will work in close collaboration with Plan International Sweden (SNO), the Global Hub partnerships counterpart and the team of CSS advisors based in the other geographic regions.
Dimensions of the Role :
Sida-funded and other CSS projects and initiatives in the Americas region are receiving the technical assistance in the area of civil society strengthening and partnerships they need to meet objectives, meet donor requirements and in line with Plan International policies and priorities.
Plan International is actively monitoring and analysing civil society space and the overall enabling environment for civil society across the Americas and is able to adapt its programs and strategies accordingly and to support its CSO partners to adapt.
The Americas region (and the COs within it) are linked to global networks and working groups; and global networks and working groups are being informed by the civil society context and experience in the Americas.
Area of Responsibility : Civil society strengthening, partnership.
Budgetary authority : None
Networks : AoGD representation (most likely LEAD), regional girls’ movement working group, SNO, global, regional and CO counterparts.
Provide technical support for CSS project delivery across the Americas prioritized country offices ensuring quality management and implementation of Sida projects in line with Plan International’s policies and donor requirements / guidelines.
Support the development and implementation of guidelines and standards for CSS, including work with CSOs as well as informal civil society group and networks.
Particular emphasis will be given to groups and networks led by young women and girls working for gender equality.
Monitor the environment for civil society across Americas and ensure analysis is shared with CSS projects and initiatives and relevant networks.
Identify promising practices in CSS work and translate them into effective models and methods sufficient to bring greater scale and reach to the work.
Support the development and roll-out of new models and methods to effectively engage girls’ led gender quality movements as part of existing or new program initiatives and ensure the coordination with other corporate initiatives.
Maintain effective, equitable relationships with key organizations in the Sida-funded grant projects and civil society movement strengthening initiatives at CO-
level in collaboration with key CO-staff.
Support relationship-strengthening between CO / CSO partners and relevant duty bearers and stakeholders in the government, UN organizations and other institutions focusing on civil society related issues.
Support Plan International staff engaged in CSS projects and identify needed capacity building in line with the Plan International global guidelines as well as the Sida related policies.
Represent the Americas region on one or more AoGD working group.
As requested, contribute to CO and RO strategic plans and reviews.
Leads knowledge management and learning in civil society strengthening, and ensures that learning from the countries feeds into global processes and vice-
versa regarding Sida framework initiatives. This includes promoting cross fertilisation between the Sida framework and other initiatives.
Provides support to the integration and effective implementation of Plan Internationals new policy Building Better Partnerships.
Supports and contributes to the development and implementation of CO and RO influencing plans and activities.
Together with the Regional Research and Learning Lead, identifies research and learning initiatives that can help Plan International and its civil society partners to navigate controlled political environments and shrinking civil society space.
Supports relevant quality assurance mechanisms in relation to civil society strengthening and partnerships and in line with donor requirements in place in close collaboration with SNO and the team of Civil society advisors
Knowledge and experience
Bachelors and preferably a graduate degree in social or political sciences, gender studies, international relations or other relevant discipline
Knowledge and professional experience in the areas of civil society strengthening, child rights governance, child participation and gender analysis
Demonstrated technical advisory expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of programming for civil society strengthening
5+ years’ work experience in the Americas that includes a combination of supporting civil society organisations, organizational development, advocacy and / or working with children and youth around child rights
Experience in results-based project management and the use of problem analysis, logical frameworks and theory of change to design interventions
Experience in the use of rights-based monitoring and evaluation models
In depth knowledge of gender equality and girls’ rights challenges and opportunities in several Asian contexts
Knowledge on gender mainstreaming approaches, such as gender transformative approach.
Demonstrated facilitation and training experience
Excellent communication skills, including virtually, across different cultures and across generations
Context analysis skills to understand how context and stakeholders’ interests influence the partnership and our ability to achieve mutual goals
Able to learn quickly and adaptive to new and different perspectives
Influencing, representational and advocacy skills
Strong analytical and writing skills.
Excellent command of spoken and written Spanish and English.
Location : Panamá, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti , Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Paraguay or Brazil.
Type of Role : Programming & Influencing
Reports to : Head of Gender Programming & Influencing
Grade : E
Closing Date : July 2nd, 2019
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.
As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse.
That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.
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.
We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation 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 will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.