Regional Policy and Advocacy Specialist

Full Time Oti Region Plan International
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State: Oti, Ghana
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 23/04/2021
Qualification: Degree
Work Experience: 3 Years
Career Level: Mid-level
Industry: NGO

This is a 6 months’ contract opportunity to cover a maternity leave

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.

The Opportunity

This is an exciting time for Plan International as we implement our global strategy for 2017-2022. Our global strategy defines who we are, why we exist, the change we want to see in the world and how we will contribute to making change happen. It underpins everything we do, guiding all our work in all parts of the federation.

To achieve greater change in children’s lives we are dramatically transforming how we operate, and we need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to steer our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to transform the lives of 100 million girls globally.

The role of the Policy and Advocacy Specialist is to contribute to regional level influencing in order to positioning Plan International as a go to organisation for girls’ right in the region and achieve significant improvement of policy & legal framework design, implementation and monitoring as part of the overall influencing work in West and Central Africa.

The Policy and Advocacy Specialist will be guided by the Pan African Advocacy Strategy (PAAS) and the Global Advocacy Strategy (GLAS) priorities especially areas related to Ending Child Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM)/FGM and Girls in Emergency. The role will also analyse regional policy frameworks and identify gaps, opportunities and trends to advise on Plan International positioning on emerging issues related to girls’ rights.

The role of Policy and Advocacy Specialist will ensure support to country offices, regional hub on strong advocacy and policy analysis, strategic guidance to advance children rights and equality for girls. This will consider the specific context of WACA with multiples crises and humanitarian needs, peacebuilding, resilience and development interventions. Strong policy analysis and guidance should inform high quality and impactful advocacy engagement at regional and CO level. This role will build on CO’s, NO’s experiences to scale up good practices, build capacity and transfer competency as well as learning from the huge potential at CO level.

Because West and Central Africa is largely made up of countries and regions with multiple crises, the person should have strong technical, human skills in advocacy and policy analysis in humanitarian, peace and security.

Do you have what it takes?

As policy and advocacy lead, you will be expected to lead policy analysis initiatives, advocacy planning, implementation work in humanitarian and development context at regional level and ensure high quality influencing plans are in place across all COs to support Plan International ambition in the region.

You will maintain an effective influencing network internally and externally across the region. This role will provide a thought leadership briefing, analysis and recommendations to the Executive Director WACA/YEM&C and the RH Leadership Team on issues affecting girls and young women to further position Plan International as a go to organization and a partner of choice for children rights and equality for girls.
You will produce robust policy analysis and support the development and implementation of WACA focused Girls in Crisis and humanitarian Advocacy Priorities (30%)
You will provide technical assistance and strategic guidance to WACA Country office to amplify girls’ rights with strong advocacy at all levels: community, local, national and regional
You will influence partner with key stakeholders around the region (UN agencies, NGOs, donors) to defend girls’ rights and improve policies for girls in humanitarian and development context
You will support the implementation of the new Global Campaign at regional and country level

For a detailed job description, please click on the below link: WACA Regional Policy and Advocacy Specialist

How to apply?

This is a 6 months fix-term contract opportunity to cover a maternity leave. Females’ candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

To apply, click on the link and send by 16th April 2021 your application with:

A comprehensive cover letter
A comprehensive and clear CV that includes the contact of two of your references, one of whom should be your current employer.

Location: based in any West and Central Africa Country

Type of Role: 6 months fix-term contract

Reports to: Programs and Influencing in Humanitarian and Development

Grade: E – Competitive local contract and salary scale

Closing Date: 16th April 2021

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.

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