Plan International is an independent global child rights organisation committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised children and their communities to be free from poverty. By actively connecting committed people with powerful ideas, we work together to make positive, deep-rooted and lasting changes in children and young people’s lives. We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind. For over 80 years, we have supported girls and boys and their communities around the world to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights, free themselves from poverty and live positive fulfilling lives.
DIMENSIONS OF THE ROLE
Under the general direction and guidance of the Director of Programme Strategy, Quality and Development s/he will ensure influencing/advocacy and right based approach to programming are incorporated in the design and implementation of all projects. The position holder will coordinate all advocacy work in the Country Programme and act as the liaison with influencing partners at National level. S/he will also ensure coordination of capacity development in influencing and RBA for project implementation in order to contribute to Plan Kenya’s strategic areas of distinctiveness and the Global goal and ambition of impacting lives of 100 Million girls by 2022. The position holder is expected to provide technical support to project staff to ensure programme and influencing objectives are successfully achieved, with frequent visits to the field to support high quality programme implementation.
She/he shall also provide leadership in the implementation of the Country’s Advocacy and Child Rights strategy and monitor its effective roll-out and represent Plan Kenya in forums and working groups, including collaboration with and participation in Plan CR global networks. She/he will support the overall country strategic intent to focus on ensuring that the most marginalised children achieve their rights to learn, lead decide and thrive.
Strategic Planning and Programme Development (30%)
Lead the engagement of Plan Kenya in tracking implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
Policy review and development support (20%)
Keep updated and analyse the GOK’s policies and how they might impact Plan Kenya’s work on child rights and advise management accordingly. Support civil society strengthening to hold duty bearers accountability to policies, including through participation in relevant national level working groups, forums and coordination meetings.
Help to clearly articulate the CR advocacy messages for the Kenya country programme and develop advocacy plans for implementation at national, PU/County and community level.
Represent and advocate for Plan with regional and international agencies, donors, Kenyan Government, NGOs and others as required.
Act as focal point within the Country Office on national, regional and global child rights research initiatives, ensuring coordination of the various stakeholders.
In collaboration with the M&E Manager, Learning and Innovation Advisor and Communications Manager, ensure active dissemination of programme findings and lessons learned through the production of high technical quality lessons learned documents and their effective dissemination to key stakeholders inside and outside the organization.
Represent Plan Kenya in national forums and advocacy platforms and support development of treaty reports (UPR,CEDAW, CRC, ACRWC etc)
Programme Quality (20%)
Support capacity development of the implementing staff in the PUs in influencing and RBA and in providing timely, relevant, accurate input on overall technical aspects of project proposals and reports. The position will be required to travel occasionally for field support
Assist in the development of tools for project staff and partners to improve the quality of influencing and Rights Based Approach to programming. Where necessary provide technical training for project staff and partners as required (child rights programming and the role of duty bearers, investment in children, etc.)
Review relevant monitoring reports to donors to ensure that technical issues are well articulated and reports are of acceptable quality before submission. Provide support where necessary to improve report writing skills.
Provide input on partner selection, and provide technical coaching of partners in CR, including sharing of relevant publications, tools and training opportunities.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (15%)
Support the M&E team in developing tools and monitoring influencing and child right activities
Contribute to the documentation and sharing of information and knowledge in influencing and RBA
Staff Management and leadership (10%)
Provide supervision and support to the Programme Coordinator, Child and Youth Safeguarding and participation
Provide thought leadership in influencing and child right programming in the organization
Support communication department in running the global and national level campaigns eg “Girls get Equal”
Participate actively in programme meetings, planning and review activities, providing enhanced insight into child rights programming.
Actively participate in key relevant internal meetings such as Programme Review Meetings, Advocacy and Communications or area-based meetings as required. Participate in any donor visit to project(s) within the country office portfolio, as required.
Live Plan Values.
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 staff engaging directly:
Technical Specialists for Health, Education, Child Protection, Advocacy & Influencing Advisor; Nairobi Programmes Coordinator; Head of M&E Manager; Communications Manager; Global Working Group on CR, Programme/Project Managers and Area Programme Managers
Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
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
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
Frequent travel to Plan programme areas and occasional travel outside the country.
Level of contact with children
High level contact: Occasional interaction with children.
Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.
References will be taken and background and Anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plan International’s child protection standards including appropriate background checks and adherence to our Global Policy on Safeguarding Children and Young People.
Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all persons meeting the skills and experience required.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested and qualified? Go to Plan International career website on jobs.plan-international.org to apply