Vacancy!!! Technical Specialist, Protection from Violence and CP at Plan International

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian non-profit organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood, and enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We believe in the power and potential of every child, but know this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Technical Specialist, Protection from Violence and CP

Location: Flexible, Travel required (when this is possible) TBD
Functional Area: Programme and Influence
Reports to: Protection from Violence Hub Lead (dotted line to SNO)
Effective Date: Until June 2024
Grade: TBD
Type of Role: Fixed term contract until end of June 2024
Reports to: PfV Hub Lead

The Opportunity

  • Plan International’s global strategy: 100 Million Reasons (2017–22) prioritises protection from violence as one of its key thematic areas, reflecting the increased focus on youth. Protection from violence includes the area of child protection as well as Plan’s programming and influencing work with and for young people, with focus on young women up to the age of 24. Within our Protection from Violence work, Plan International promotes a system strengthening approach, with holistic interventions encompassing prevention and response in support of improved systems for protecting children, adolescents and youth.
  • At global level, Plan will focus on developing good practice models for country level programming and influencing, tools and guidance, capacity-strengthening initiatives as well as generating research and evidence which supports Plan’s gender-transformative approach.
  • A comprehensive global training package has been developed over the past 2 years with participation of child protection practitioners from Plan and partners.
  • It is now time to roll this training package out and to ensure that it is part of a wider capacity strengthening and learning agenda within the Protection from Violence area. You will lead this work.
  • Given current COVID-related restrictions, you will carry out most of these actions through online platforms, including the first phase of the roll out of the CP training package. In the future, travel will be required in order to support Training of Trainers (ToTs) and trainings at regional and country level.
  • The position will be placed in the Protection from Violence Hub within the Gender Transformative Policy and Practice department at Plan’s Global Hub.
  • It will be part of the PfV Hub, taking part in ongoing work, including meetings and work planning. It will report to the PfV Hub Lead and work in close collaboration with the Child Protection in Emergencies Lead.
  • Close collaboration is needed with Plan International Sweden for the 20% of time dedicated to technical support to countries in the SIDA Civsam framework.
  • You will support the design and implementation of a global capacity strengthening framework, including the piloting and roll-out of Plan International’s new comprehensive full spectrum Child Protection capacity strengthening package.
  • You will design the capacity strengthening plan and M&E framework and coordinate and grow the Child Protection and Protection from Violence learning offer to meet professional and development needs.
  • In addition you will support selected Country Office’s in the full program cycle; including planning, implementation and evaluation of Child Protection related programs.

Role Purpose

  • 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. 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.
  • Plan International’s global Strategy: 100 Million Reasons (2017–22) prioritises protection from violence as one of its key thematic areas, reflecting the increased focus on youth. Protection from violence includes the area of child protection as well as Plan’s programming and influencing work with and for young people, with focus on young women up to the age of 24.
  • Within our Protection from Violence work, Plan International promotes a system strengthening approach, with holistic interventions encompassing prevention and response in support of improved systems for protecting children, adolescents and youth.
  • At global level, Plan will focus on developing good practice models for country level programming and influencing, tools and guidance, capacity-strengthening initiatives as well as generating research and evidence which supports Plan’s gender-transformative approach.
  • A comprehensive global training package has been developed over the past 2 years with participation of child protection practitioners from Plan and partners. It is now time to roll this training package out and to ensure that it is part of a wider capacity strengthening and learning agenda within the Protection from Violence area. The incumbent will lead this work.
  • Given current COVID-related restrictions, this role will carry out most of its actions through online platforms, including the first phase of the roll out of the CP training package. In the future, travel will be required in order to support Training of Trainers (ToTs) and trainings at regional and country level.
  • The position will be placed in the Protection from Violence Hub within the Gender Transformative Policy and Practice department at Plan’s Global Hub. It will be part of the PfV Hub, taking part in ongoing work, including meetings and work planning.
  • It will report to the PfV Hub Lead and work in close collaboration with the Child Protection in Emergencies Lead. Close collaboration is needed with Plan International Sweden for the 20% of time dedicated to technical support to countries in the Sida Civsam framework.

The purpose of this position, is to:

  • Support the design and implementation of a global capacity strengthening framework that will include the roll-out of Plan International’s new comprehensive full spectrum Child Protection capacity strengthening package.
  • This will include the development of and implementation of the capacity strengthening plan and M&E framework, as well as to coordinate and grow the CP and PfV learning offer to meet office and individual professional and development needs, building internal and linking with external learning and training opportunities; (80%)
  • Support selected COs in the full program cycle; including planning, implementation and evaluation of CP related programs, including the development and testing of programming tools and documenting lessons learnt from Civsam supported programs. (in coordination with SNO)1 (20%)

Accountabilities
Learning & Development
Capacity strengthening framework:

  • Design, implement and measure a capacity building framework, including carrying out a capacity gaps assessment. Design a capacity building strategy and evaluation framework, based on the findings of the assessment, and support PfV and CPiE networks to include this in work plans and strategies at global, regional and country levels.
  • Support COs to properly resource for and implement capacity building initiatives through guidance and tools, identification of regional capacity building focal points, develop a directory of capacity building tools for CP practitioners.

On the Child Protection training package:

  • As part of the capacity-strengthening framework, lead the development, design and implementation of the multi-year roll out plan for the capacity building package in close collaboration with the PfV core group and network as well as the CPiE lead and network. The pilot countries will include, but not be limited to, some of the countries included in the Sida Civsam framework.
  • Lead the launch of the global CP training package; ensuring participation of CO colleagues across development and humanitarian settings and partners and ensuring buy-in from managers
  • Support and coordinate the continuous review and update of the comprehensive global CP package; including technical review, ensure incorporation of learnings and adjustments throughout and after the pilot.
  • Support cohorts to adapt materials and training modules to specific needs, as for example online platforms and remote training.
  • Support ROs and COs to conduct capacity gaps assessment and develop a capacity building plans as well as to roll out their own trainings at region and country level. The specialist will function as mentor and coach during online training periods for the different training cohorts.
  • Ensure the build-in of continuous evaluation of the progress of learning of the participants in the training and tracking of self-evaluations.
  • Design and implement a socialisation plan for the training package to ensure that the training package is known and available to everyone internally and widely externally

On Learning and Knowledge Management:

  • Coordinate actions related to the learning agenda for the network – identify external learning opportunities aligned with the CP training package in order to offer a comprehensive learning package within the PfV area, including the CPiE network. Develop a learning agenda and workplan and use feedback to monitor performance in order to meet the PfV network members’ expectations, working with others as appropriate
  • Work with the PfV Hub and CPiE team to develop and roll-out a regular schedule of learning activities in different formats as part of the learning agenda (including, for example courses, webinars, external learning opportunities, newsletters etc.) for technical staff. Ensure regular monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the different learning resources.
  • Set up and manage a mechanism for peer support between professional staff, particularly focused on learning exchange and capacity development in CP, including mentoring and coaching as well as peer to peer exchanges.
  • Provide advice to management and technical professionals on professional growth and development in relation to Protection from Violence and child protection.
  • Participate in relevant initiatives, technical networks and communities of practice that aim to share lessons, good practices for programme learning.

Programme Support and Development:

  • In coordination with Plan International Sweden, support selected COs in the full program cycle; including planning, implementation and evaluation of CP related programs, including the development and testing of programming tools and documenting lessons learnt from programs within the SIDA CIVSAM framework.

Key Relationships

  • Working with the colleagues of the PfV hub, including the Policy and Advocacy Lead and Hub Lead, Practice Lead, and Network Coordinator, as well as the CPiE Lead
  • Working with colleagues in the Protection from Violence technical network, core group and leading the PfV L&D working group, the CPiE network including regional networks, as well as coordination with selected allies and champions of the network.
  • Plan International Sweden PfV/CP colleagues
  • Global Learning and Development team for the definition and implementation of the learning plan and strategies and the design of appropriate approaches to monitoring learning outcomes.
  • Global Communications and Knowledge Management team for design, oversight and implementation of knowledge management processes and platforms for PfV/CP
  • Global Technical Leads for other thematic areas, coordinators of selected communities of practice and technical network.
  • Learning and Development Working Group under the Alliance for CP in Humanitarian Action currently co-led by Plan and UNICEF
  • Other relevant actors working with protection related capacity strengthening initiatives that PI staff and partners could benefit from

Technical Expertise, Skills And Knowledge
Qualifications / Experience Requirements:

  • Qualified to at least Degree level and / or equivalent work experience in human rights, child rights, child protection, protection and/or gender studies
  • Proven practical experience working with child protection and gender-based violence in international development and humanitarian settings; preferable direct experiences from working in countries where Plan implements programs.
  • Extensive and proven experience in designing, coordinating and facilitating learning and capacity strengthening activities (face to face and online) and strategies with different audiences
  • Theoretical and practical understanding of how to carry out training needs assessments
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring focused on the needs of the individual, future performance improvement and in creating, inspiring and nurturing a culture of learning and development
  • Proficiency in the use of digital environments and different platforms for Knowledge/Information Management and learning
  • Proficient in English

Technical Competencies:

  • Understanding of the concept of child protection and protection of youth from all forms of violence and its application in development and/or humanitarian programming targeting vulnerable and excluded children, adolescents and youth; and practical experience in applying these concepts in projects and programmes
  • Understanding of the concept of gender equality and its relationship with protection from violence, including taking a gender-transformative approach to violence prevention and response, and personal commitment to gender and inclusion
  • Practical experience in providing technical support and advice to field staff and country offices
  • Analytical skill and experience from using rigorous evidence and analysis to make choices and drive change
  • Reflective and pro-active in developing and applying own technical expertise, keeping up to date with trends in theory and practice, and learning from others.
  • Understanding of curriculum development and learning methodologies for adult learners, including development of lessons and learning content for adult learning using learner-centred approaches; course management; monitoring and evaluation of learning outcomes

Business and Management Competencies:

  • Understands Plan International in context, including its purpose, values, and global strategy, and can communicate these to varied audiences
  • Manages activities and resources, including planning and organising, financial planning and monitoring, and programme and project management and monitoring
  • Manages people and information including evidence-based management, communication skills, both speaking and writing, and digital working, including personal digital skills
  • Understands Plan International’s core risk-related standards (Child and Youth Safeguarding and Protection, Gender equality and inclusion, Counter Fraud, Safety and Security) and their implication for their work
  • Communicates clearly, both in speaking and writing, adjusting to the needs and interests of diverse colleagues, partners, policy makers, and communities.
  • Actively builds and maintains collaborative relationships with colleagues and partners, facilitating and negotiating to reach practical solutions for all parties, often without using positional power.
  • Actively promotes diversity, gender equality and inclusion both internally and externally, challenging self, others and authority when behaviour and decisions are not supporting gender equality, inclusion and diversity
  • Encourages, supports and coaches colleagues, partners, children and young people to develop their capability and take more responsibility.
  • Critically self-reflective, both professionally and personally, of own values, biases, and norms in relation to gender and inclusion.

Desirable:

  • Language capacity in one of the following: French, Portuguese, Arabic and/or Spanish will be an advantage.

Application Closing Date
Sunday 7th November, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Note

  • Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
  • 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.

 

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