Deployable Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Specialist

  • Anywhere
Organization: Plan International
Closing date: 12 Mar 2023

Disasters and conflicts threaten children’s rights and damage the societies they live in. Last year alone, Plan International responded to 81 disasters globally to champion and uphold the rights of children, particularly girls, before, during and after emergencies.

To sustain its engagement with children affected by crises, our Humanitarian team is currently recruiting committed humanitarian experts to deploy 9 months of the year to various emergency contexts. This role is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the growth of our Core Surge team and to support children and their communities around the world in building resilience to increasing disaster risks.

The Opportunity

Plan International’s global strategy has placed an increased emphasis on influencing as a key strategy to achieve the outcomes we seek for children in both development and humanitarian contexts. Humanitarian influencing has a critical role to play to ensure children, and particularly girls, realise their rights before, during and after disasters and conflicts, and therefore makes an important contribution to the implementation of Plan International’s Global Strategy. Emergencies provide an opportunity to call on humanitarian actors, including governments, donors and other agencies, to respond effectively to the needs and rights of children, and especially girls, to deliver on commitments and implement policies. Emergencies can also present a window of opportunity for changing discourse and policy.

As Humanitarian Policy & Advocacy Deployable Specialist, your main responsibility will be overseeing the design and implementation of the advocacy strategy for the humanitarian responses that you are deployed to and ensuring that the aims and objectives of these strategies are implemented according to agreed plans

The Requirements

  • Considerable and demonstrable experience in advocacy strategy and messaging development, particularly in humanitarian contexts.
  • Proven experience and highly developed skills in policy influencing at the national level with a range of audiences, including experience in conveying complex messages in politically sensitive environments.
  • Demonstrable and substantive knowledge of current humanitarian issues and relevant legal and policy frameworks.
  • Specific knowledge and expertise on children’s rights and gender in emergencies.
  • Demonstrable commitment to gender equality.
  • An in-depth understanding of the humanitarian architecture, coordination mechanisms and its various working groups, including experience in influencing within these structures.
  • Discretion and sound reasoning in dealing with sensitive matters; ability to independently solve complex and challenging problems.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively and smartly within a complex organisation balancing consultations and coordination with getting things done.
  • Strong networking and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships in a range of cultural contexts
  • Experience managing themselves in a pressured and changing environment.
  • Adherence to humanitarian values and standards.
  • Working proficiency in Microsoft applications and able to effectively adapt to relevant Plan International data systems.
  • Committed to actively upholding Plan International’s vision, values and behaviours and policies, including the Say Yes! To Keeping Children Safe Policy.

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