She Leads Advocacy Advisor

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Organization: Plan International
Closing date: 3 Mar 2021

The Organisation

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.

Since adopting our global strategy, 100 Million Reasons, our global work to advance children’s rights and equality for girls has had unprecedented impact. We have been transforming our operations at the Global Hub to be the best possible partner for the 8,000+ staff who work in our country offices, and working to become a more agile, efficient and accountable organization.

We have improved our mechanisms for collaboration, transparency and data-gathering. The transformation has also increased the number of decisions to be taken close to the point of impact and distributed power more widely throughout the organisation.

To bring about lasting change, we have to live our values. We are committed not simply to telling the world we are the go to organisation on girls’ rights, but to embedding justice and equality in all that we do.

Will you join us?

The Opportunity

Plan International is seeking a Youth Advocacy Advisor to manage the youth advocacy, activism and network building component of a multi-country programme, She Leads, and ensure alignment to Plan International’s global youth advocacy and movement building efforts through its Powering the Movement strategy.

She Leads is a strategic partnership between Defence for Children – ECPAT the Netherlands (DCI-ECPAT), African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Plan International Netherlands, Terre des Hommes the Netherlands (tdh) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Equal Measures 2030 is a technical partner. The She Leads consortium brings together child rights organisations, feminist/women’s rights organisations, and GYW-led groups and aims to increase sustained influence of girls and young women (GYW) on decision-making and the transformation of gender norms in formal and informal institutions.

The geographic focus of the programme is East Africa (Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya), West Africa (Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia) and the Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan). In addition to programming in these countries, a considerable part of the programming will be done at regional level, targeting regional institutions and other stakeholders operating at regional level.

The consortium aims to achieve this goal by working through three interrelated domains: central to the She Leads programme is the enhancement of collective action of girls and young women in a gender-responsive civil society (civil society domain), support by increased acceptance of positive social gender norms (socio-cultural domain) and by enabling meaningful participation of girls and young women in decision-making by political institutions (institutional domain).

She Leads adopted 10 shared principles that are based on feminist leadership and meaningful youth participation. Several of these principles focus on Girls’ and Young Women’s autonomy and meaningful participation in decision-making, on equal partnership and the values each consortium organisation brings to the partnership, on decentralized decision-making and mutual accountability and transparency, and on inclusiveness and collective care and wellbeing. The dimensions and accountability of the role are guided by these principles.

The Youth Advocacy Advisor will be managed by Plan International’s Head of Youth Movements, with a dotted line to the Plan Netherlands International Advocacy lead. The role will involve being the lead person responsible for managing a multi-year girl and youth engagement strategy, facilitating cross-partner and country youth advocacy and network building efforts, ensuring meaningful global youth advocacy and building a strong, collaborative network of youth partners. The role will liaise with youth advisors from consortium partners and work across Plan International offices from country to regional and global levels. It will involve building strong relationships with youth partners and identifying and cultivating relevant external relationships such as with regional and global young feminist networks and organisations.

The role will have no budget responsibilities but there will be a need to coordinate with offices to secure budget for relevant project activities. Given the scope of the programme and engagement both with consortium partners and external stakeholders and given the sensitivity of potential activism issues and speaking truth to power in a time of closing civic space, there is a high degree of risk to manage. The Advisor will be able to analyse and manage medium level partnerships, reputational and safeguarding risks and make informed, risk-based decisions, knowing when to seek strategic guidance from the Head of Youth Movement or relevant teams such as Safeguarding.

About You

A strong understanding of feminist movements in Africa and the Middle East and experience designing advocacy and campaign strategies and, ideally advocating at different levels will be essential in this role.

You will have proven experience building networks and working with multiple partners in a participatory way and of working across diverse groups, cultures and languages.

Experience working with adolescent girls and young people, including applying youth-friendly methodologies and participatory approaches to co-designing projects and of designing engaging and dynamic virtual spaces and workshops is key. Given the nature of this role you will also have practical experience of safeguarding and risk management practices.

Your organisational and project management skills combined with a curious and strategic mind, a positive and visionary perspective and the ability to work with others as equal collaborators will ensure success in this role.

Excellent English and either working level French or Arabic will be essential.

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How to apply:

Please visit our website at https://career5.successfactors.eu/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=39793&company=PlanInt for further information and to apply.

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