Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Regional Advocacy Specialist

Working in over 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan International’s mission is children’s rights, with a special focus on girls and disadvantaged children. Our goal is to reach as many children and young girls as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalised, with high-quality programmes that deliver long-lasting benefits.
We are looking for dynamic individuals with a good understanding of trends in the development and humanitarian sectors and a proven ability to engage and influence key audiences, to fill in the roles described below.
The Role
The Regional Advocacy Specialist will lead on the advocacy ambition, providing strategic and technical support and leadership to Plan International’s advocacy work in the region. The position provides support to Plan International’s global advocacy campaigns and policy engagements, including “Because I am a Girl” (BIAAG) and other major campaigns as needed.
The person will lead on advocacy work designed to strengthen the systems of guarantee for children’s rights in the region as well as provide advocacy support during major humanitarian emergencies such as conflicts, food crisis and population displacement. The role will further support the development of current advocacy work, guide the Country level teams in planning and achieving advocacy related projects and objectives, as well as identify additional advocacy opportunities relevant to Plan International’s work.
The Person
You will have a track record of influencing policy, particularly in child rights and gender equality at national and international levels and a proven ability to build networks with diverse partners in pursuit of common goals. Substantial experience in influencing and negotiation, including an ability to deal with people at all levels with credibility, tact, and diplomacy; convene groups; forge consensus and drive activities are essential skills for the role.
You will have a First Degree in International Development, Communications, Politics or International Relations. A Master’s Degree in a relevant field is desirable.
Documented experience in advocacy and lobbying work with international actors and in implementing and monitoring child rights in a national /international context is required. You will additionally have experience in partnership management and project management.
In depth knowledge of current arguments around sustainable development and child rights is essential, as is an ability to think strategically, analyse complex information and offer creative, practical and high-impact solutions.
Location: The post holder will be based in any of the countries where the Regional Office has a presence within East, Central and Southern Africa.
For full Job Descriptions and specifications for the above positions, please go to:
Contract Period: Fixed Term 3 years

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The position title should be clearly indicated within the email subject. Applications should be sent
References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plan International’s Child Protection Policy. Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all persons meeting the skills and experience required.


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