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 85 years, and are now active in more than 80 countries.
The Advocacy and Influencing Officer will be responsible for coordinating and following up with the She Leads team on the implementation of the Girl and young women lead advocacy initiatives; in addition to supporting in the development of the overall advocacy and influencing messages for the National Coalition to be developed in the third year of the project.
DIMENSIONS OF THE ROLE
Under the direct supervision of the Gender Project Coordinator and the overall guidance of the Advocacy, Communication and Influencing Manager, the Advocacy and influencing Officer will be in charge of designing, following up on the implementation of the advocacy and influencing activities under the She Leads Project. This position will help to drive change at the local level and would also contribute to it at the regional level.
Advocacy and Influencing
• Under the overall guidance of the advocacy and Influencing manager, and the project coordinator, lead the technical implementation of a comprehensive advocacy and influencing plan for the National Coalition with all consortium members that will be developed under the She Leads Project.
• Support in the technical oversight on the Girls & Young Women groups (GYW) training and advocacy initiative.
• Ensure effective communication with the GYW groups established and trained to implement the GYW advocacy initiatives
• Work closely with the GBV-SRHR team and especially the She Leads Project team to ensure comprehensive and complementary messages and activities
• Ensure the participation and involvement of relevant stakeholders in project advocacy activities, including the Technical and Steering Committees team, so that the process is inclusive, participatory and transparent
• Under the overall guidance of the Advocacy, & Influencing manager, get updated on various influencing, advocacy and communications strategies and approaches especially in the field of gender Equality and women empowerment and meaningful youth engagement and provide guidance to the she-leads project team and beneficiaries.
• In coordination with the Advocacy, Influencing and Communication department support in the development of key messages for the national coalition and consortium members.
• Work closely with the Advocacy, Influencing and Communication department to ensure that all advocacy initiatives are in complimentary with the she-leads statements and branding.
• Contribute to ensuring that all the She Leads team in Plan Lebanon and consortium parterners share the same understanding and dissemination of messages
• Maintain coordination and communication within partner staff on the She Leads for ensuring the quality of processes and outputs.
• Working effectively with people of wide and various backgrounds
• Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
– Internal: She Leads team, GBV & SRHR Team, Advocacy, Communications and influencing team
– External: Partners, partners’ staff working on the same project and consortium members
TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of:
• The context in Lebanon, particularly on issues affecting the rights of girls and young women.
• Local laws in Lebanon relating to human rights, children’s rights and gender equality.
• Plan International, the brand, what we do and what we don’t;
• Strong experience in gender equality and gender-transformative programming and influencing;
• Documented experience in advocacy, lobby, communications and campaigns work with international actors
• Adherence to Plan International’s Child Safeguarding Policy, Code of Conduct/Prevention of Sexual Abuse & Exploitation (PSEA), and other relevant humanitarian standards and policies.
Qualifications and Experience
• Minimum 3 years of experience working in lobbying and advocacy, and meaningful youth participation in an NGO/INGO.
• Experience in networking with CSOs
• Bachelor degree (master’s degree is an asset) Political Science, International Affairs and Development, Communication, Mass Media, Journalism, or similar is preferable
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Strong commitment to safeguarding and gender policies both inside and outside the workplace.
• Strong character traits, including team work, striving for high performance, emotional stability, resilience, adaptability, and ability to handle stress, strong initiative and self-motivation, cultural and gender sensitivity
• Strong understanding of child rights, gender equality and development issues
• Knowledge in digital communication and social media.
• Strong networking, advocacy and campaigns skills.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, with excellent command of spoken and written English and Arabic
PLAN INTERNATIONAL’S VALUES IN PRACTICE
We are open and accountable
• Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
• Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
• Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
• Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
• Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people
We strive for lasting impact
• Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
• Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
• Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
• Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
We work well together
• Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
• Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
• Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
• Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
We are inclusive and empowering
• We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
• We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
• We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.
LEVEL OF CONTACT WITH CHILDREN
High contact with youth groups
• In-country travel is estimated at 50%.
• Regular international travel may be required.
Type of Role: Advocacy & Influencing/ Gender
Reports to: Project Coordinator – Gender
Closing Date: June 4, 2023
Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.
We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
Plan International 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 foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.
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. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.
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