Education and Genger Equality Specialist

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Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan International is driven by feminist leadership principles and values. We envisage a world in which all children realise their full potential, a vision now shared by the 193 Heads of State and Government who adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. This is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. Its girls who are most affected.  Plan International’s new Global Strategy aims to transform the lives of 100 million girls by implementing an integrated programme and influence approach.

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.

Launched in July 2019, the Gender at the Centre Initiative (GCI) was developed by the G7 Ministers of Education and Development in collaboration with multilateral and civil society organizations committed to advancing gender equality in education. Under the leadership of the Government of France, the G7 leaders recognized the urgency of ensuring that all girls and boys around the world can access a quality education as a fundamental right and foundation for gender equality. The Declaration on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment issued at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Biarritz, France, August 2019, gave new momentum to this global commitment and provided powerful support for the Gender at the Centre Initiative (GCI). The Initiative is rooted in gender-responsive education sector planning (GRESP), an approach which has been developed and implemented by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) in partnership with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO-IIEP) and civil society partners. The Initiative mobilizes additional technical resources to support the leadership of ministries of education and other national actors to advance gender equality in education through sector planning, implementation and monitoring, and through the adoption of cross sectoral approaches. An initial eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa, which include Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, were later invited to join the initiative and further develop its initial design.

The GCI programme will be implemented by the partner countries, with support from a multi-stakeholder partnership which includes UNGEI, GPE, UNESCO-IIEP, UNESCO, UNICEF, Plan International, the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), the African Network Campaign for Education for All (ANCEFA), and the African Union – International Centre for Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA). Together with the G7 donors and participating countries, this partnership of stakeholders forms the GCI Alliance.

Plan International is looking for a highly qualified Education and Gender Equality Specialist to coordinate the Gender at Centre Initiative (GCI) implemented in Sierra Leone and Niger, disseminate and promote the GCI strategy, participate in different strategic discussions with UNESCO, the Global Partnership for Education and other regional education institutions. She /he will also lead on any other education initiative fostered by Plan International WACA and aiming at transforming systems so that girls and boys in their diversities benefit from the transformative power of quality education.

Under the supervision of the Director of Influencing, Partnership and Business Development, the Education and Gender Equality Specialist is responsible for the overall coordination of the GCI project. He / She will ensure the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the GCI, delivery and accomplishment of project goals, objectives and budget. The Education and Gender Equality Specialist will foster lessons learning and sharing of best practices between Niger and Sierra Leone. She/he will participate in the consortium discussions (Plan International-FAWE-ANCEFA), participate in the GCI Alliance annual meetings and any other relevant regional meetings in the sector of gender responsive education. She/ He will work in cross-functional teams to support quality education and gender equality programming and influencing in WACAH.

  • Coordinate the GCI management and technical quality with its focal points in Niger and Sierra Leone
  • Support the capacity building of CSOs and other stakeholders of the project on different thematic including GRESP
  • Internal communications involve with other Technical Specialists, Operations including Finance, HROD in CO and the response area for this response; as well as Country Level relevant programme advisor to ensure consistency of the approach and implementation aligned with country strategy and to source support to response project/programme.
  • Represent Plan in the GCI Consortium and Alliance meetings, and other relevant education meetings within WACA
  • He/she manages the risks related to statutory and donor compliances at the implementation of the projects; takes proactive stances in identifying such risks by working with the technical and design teams.
  • Ensure the project activities integrate a high gender transformative potential, and good practices are captured and used to improve the GCI
  • Participate in strategic discussions/activities/ with UNESCO, the GPE and any other relevant regional education institutions
  • Elaborate orientation notes on education and gender to be used by education projects staffs and partners within WACAH

Accountabilities

 

Programming:

  • Coordinate the management of the GCI, ensuring interventions are in line with Plan International’s standard policies including the Global Policy on Gender Equality and Inclusion and procedures as well as the Minimum Standards for gender in Education (INEE, GRESP)
  • Ensure appropriate implementation of GCI and preparation of quality reports and updates for different Plan Entities and external stakeholders such as donors.
  • Support GCI focal points in Sierra Leone and Niger to ensure projects are implemented on time and the results are of high quality and have direct positive impact on girls’ education and gender equality in education    
  • Train CSOs and staff in key aspects of gender responsive education planning
  • Conduct onsite visits, periodical reporting, on-going documentation and dissemination of experiences on the GCI
  • Contribute in documenting Plan’s experience, lessons learnt and case studies
  • Conduct regular meetings with Niger and Sierra Leone’s staffs and stakeholders of GCI
  • Ensure a Child Centred Community Development Approach ensuring gender equity and social inclusion in all aspects of basic education and learning programmes
  • Support the development of proposals and other program funding submissions to major institutional and other donors.
  • Plan and collaborate on quality education and gender equality monitoring and evaluation frameworks, incorporating best practices from both sectors.
  •  Provide technical advice to country offices and their partners to influence education and gender equality approaches, strategies, programs and policies.
  •  Contribute to the development and dissemination of approaches, policies, innovations and best practices in education and gender equality
  • Plan and conduct the amplification of the voice of girls and youth in holding duty bearers responsible for gender responsive education

Representation & Coordination

  • Represent Plan International in the CSO consortium and meetings with donors
  • Engage with relevant gender responsive education stakeholders ensuring appropriate information is provided in a timely basis (eg 3Ws, 4Ws, 5Ws).
  • Identify opportunities to establish strategic partnerships with other gender responsive stakeholders
  • Participate in the meetings and activities of UNESCO, GPE, GENIE and any other relevant regional institution

  Operational Support  

  • Work with operational functions (finance, HR, logistics) to ensure timely and effective execution of requests

 

Administration and Finance

  • Coordinate management of project funds;
  • Ensure compliance with donor requirements.

Human Resources

  • Ensure clear job descriptions are available and updated as necessary
  • Support GCI focal points to understand and carry out their duties in accordance with Plan International’s values and principles.

 

Information Management 

  • Contribute in reports and communication material design;
  • Timely communicate as appropriate with WACAH  and Country Offices;
  • Ensure appropriate information is shared within the organisation and is uploaded to the organisational intranet.
  • 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.

Key relationships

 

Internal;

  • Focal points of the GCI in Niger and Sierra Leone, Business Development Manager, Grants & Compliance team, Head of Programme development and influencing; Head of Programme Implementation and Quality, Head of Finance.
  • National Offices, Global Hub

External;

  • Government representatives
  • Implementing Partners and other National & Local NGOs and CSOs (related to coordination, queries at implementation, reporting and compliances)
  • Peer agencies.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

 

Knowledge & Experience

 

  • Broad and proven knowledge of gender responsive education, work with CSO and communities to change policies and practices for girls and boys access to equitable education
  • Previous experience of applying relevant frameworks and standards in Education and gender transformative programming
  • Experience of working with adolescent girls and youth groups
  • Ability to undertake strategic and programme planning
  • Proven knowledge in conducting gender responsive  Education needs assessments
  • Proven experience in the design, proposal writing, implementation and evaluation of gender responsive education programme
  • Experience of and demonstrated ability to effectively network with a diverse range of organizations and relevant government departments at all levels
  • Proven experience of incorporating gender issues in to funding submissions.

 

Skills

  • Ability to coordinate and organise within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative and decision making with competent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong team management, staff capacity building and motivation skills in teamwork and networking.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership and is able to support and train staff and also able to work with disaster affected communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.
  • Project management including planning and scheduling, process design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation
  • Good knowledge of and experience in Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies (INEE), Education Cluster Handbook and Gender Responsive Education Sector Planning (GRESP).
  • Knowledge on tackling inequality and exclusion
  • Experience in conducting gender responsive Education needs assessments
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills. Able to communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders as a representative of Plan International, including proven networking skills.
  • Language skills required ( English, French)

    Behaviours 

  • Committed to Plan International’s strategy and values
  • Communicator
  • Team player and relationship builder.
  • Flexible, but with a responsible aptitude to work
  • Have a sense of responsibility and respect for deadlines
  • Able to work calmly under extreme pressure
  • Focused and results oriented

The incumbent should be able to quickly understand and assimilate the complexity of Plan International’s corporate systems especially those that he/she will be working with on a daily basis.

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

 

  • 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.

Physical Environment

The Education and Gender Equality Specialist can be based in  any of the countries where WACAH has its offices but will be responsible to work with Niger and Sierra Leone either remotely or in person, and on any other education program in WACAH

Level of contact with children

Medium contact: medium frequency of interaction

 

Organization chart

Position Title: Education and Gender Equality Specialist.

How to apply?

To apply, please click on the link to apply and send your application no later than April 30, 2021.

Your application file should consist of :

A cover letter •

A clear and understandable CV with the contact of three (3) reference persons, one of whom must be your current employer.

All internal applicants must inform their supervisor before applying.

Location: Dakar

Reporting line to: Director of Influencing, Partnerships and Business Development

Grade: D2

Please note that female applications are highly encouraged.

We will review applications throughout the vacancy period. A series of pre-employment checks up will be carried out in accordance with our internal policy regarding the children and young safeguarding.

The Plan International encourages applications from women, equal access to employment and is committed to the children and young safeguarding and gender equity. It practices zero tolerance to fraud, corruption and harassment.

The candidate appointed to occupy the position will work along with the internal policies and the organizational values.