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Head of Global Hunger Response and Resilience Unit
- Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organisation committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice.
- We actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives. We support children to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind.
- We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 85 years and are now active in over 80 countries.
- Our new global strategy prioritises humanitarian scale up. To address the growing need to respond to humanitarian emergencies and to strengthen the speed, quality, relevance and appropriateness of our humanitarian work, we are creating a new Global Hunger Response and Resilience Unit.
- The postholder leads Plan International’s global work on Hunger and resilience and manages a team of technical specialists. This global unit’s focus is on providing quality support to Country Offices responding to humanitarian crises, ensuring strong programme quality and support to raise more resources. The Hunger and Resilience Unit provides support across the organisation to secure a diverse range of donor funding.
DIMENSIONS OF THE ROLE
- The post holder will lead the overall hunger and resilience programming work across the Plan International federation. They will also lead a unit of technical specialists. They will engage in high level fora and networks both as required.
- Post holder will contribute to marketing and fund-raising efforts to raise resources to scale up our work related to hunger and to ensure the sustainability of the unit.
- The post holder will support country office teams, spending up to 50% of their time in countries responding to humanitarian crises. One single travel / deployment may last up to 4 weeks but could be longer for complex crises.
- The post holder will travel to Country Offices, sometimes at short notice, to provide technical support on hunger related programming. They will provide high level strategic advice and guidance to Country Management Teams and in particular Country Director’s and Directors of Sub Region. They will not hold budget responsibility but will be responsible for leading programme design and implementation, positioning Plan International in front of donors and supporting the development of funding submissions (these may be proposals of multi-million-euro value).
- The post holder has 3 direct reports – i.e., global leads on Food Security and Livelihoods Expert; Cash and Voucher Assistance Specialist and Resilience and Climate Change expert. In addition, the unit also has 3 core deployable positions (2 cash and vouchers, 1 nutrition in emergencies)
- The postholder will develop networks with key food security, nutrition and resilience networks (and work closely with climate, gender, education and child protection experts), with a specific focus on supporting Plan International’s in-country cluster engagement.
- The post holder will regularly deploy to Country Offices to provide technical support and leadership on food security, nutrition and cash during humanitarian crises. Where possible seeking to ensure that this support is recharged to donor grants.
- Leads the assessment of hunger related needs and the design and implementation of programmes when deployed to a Country Office, ensuring a portfolio of high-quality hunger programming.
- Provide country management teams with programmatic guidance and advice to support scale up of humanitarian operations.
- Ensures all hunger and resilience work has a specific gender, diversity, inclusion and climate lens.
- In close collaboration with the Deployment manager ensures that deployable capacity in the Hunger Response & Resilience Unit are deployed 75% of the time, securing 100% recharge, and that technical specialists are providing in country support 50% of their time, also securing significant recharge income.
- Travels regularly to provide in country technical advice and support, raising Plan International’s profile and positioning country offices for funding opportunities.
- In close collaboration with the liaison offices and policy and influencing colleagues across the organisation develops key policy and influencing positions
- Oversees representation of Plan International in the Global Food Security, Nutrition and Early Recovery Clusters, Climate and Resilience forums and identify appropriate colleagues from within Plan International who can take on these representation roles.
- Provides management support to Hunger Response & Resilience Unit team members, ensuring strong Country Office focus.
- Deploys to support Country Offices respond to large scale and complex humanitarian crises and rapid onset emergencies, leading the hunger programming scale up, for up to 1 month at a time.
- Represents Plan International with humanitarian donors, positioning Plan to secure funding.
- Work with National Organisations and Country and Regional Offices to increase the quantity and scale of hunger and resilience related grants.
- Identify and disseminate lessons from Plan’s work on hunger and resilience.
- Identify opportunities and establish dialogue towards partnerships with other humanitarian agencies.
- Support organisational engagement with WFP, positioning Plan International as a key partner.
- As a member of the Humanitarian Department Management team provides input and support to the overall management of the department, supporting or leading management initiatives and processes as required.
- Leads annual workplan development for the unit, aligning with the global strategy.
- Works closely with other heads of unit within the humanitarian department, ensuring teams collaborate in a networked approach.
- Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion 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.
- Regional Heads of Humanitarian
- Directors of Sub regions
- Country Directors
- Global Fundraising Hub
- National Organisations
- UN, AU and EU Liaison Offices
- Country Directors
- Regional Hubs
- Plan International National Organisations
- Climate and resilience practitioners
- Global Food Security, Nutrition and Early Recovery Clusters
- Peer & partner organisations.
- Humanitarian funding donors.
- Academia and think tanks.
TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
- Proven ability to raise resources from humanitarian donors and other sources of funding.
- Significant experience of managing humanitarian or hunger related programmes in a range of different humanitarian contexts.
- Demonstrated experience leading the design and implementation of gender and diversity humanitarian programming.
- Demonstrated experience of key practice and programme standards for food security and nutrition programming.
- Degree or equivalent in food security, nutrition or related fields or appropriate work experience.
- Significant knowledge of humanitarian response and humanitarian coordination mechanisms.
- Proven experience of using humanitarian standards in programme design and implementation.
- Demonstrable experience in advocacy, influencing and negotiating skills, experienced in gaining commitment from a wide range of people and bringing about change.
- Proven ability to network effectively and represent an organisation across a wide range of different stakeholder groups.
- Able to work calmly under extreme pressure and at unpredictable hours during emergency response.
- Ability to work in English. Arabic, French or Spanish is desirable.
- Demonstrable experience of developing food security, nutrition, resilience related programmes.
- Please include those requirements that are desirable.
- Experience of cash and voucher modalities.
- Experience in representing through media interviews. Understanding about climate and resilience.
- Hostile Environment & Fist Aid training.
Closing Date: Monday 21st August
SRHR Network Coordinator
- 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: All Girls Standing Strong (2022-2027) prioritises Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) as one of its key thematic Areas of Global Distinctiveness (AoGDs). At global level, the SRHR Hub focuses on developing programme and influencing models and guidance for country level work, tools and guidance, capacity-strengthening initiatives as well as undertaking advocacy on SRHR for children and youth in all their diversity and generating research and evidence which supports Plan’s gender-transformative approach. The SRHR Hub also coordinates a global network of SRHR technical specialists which includes four active regional networks. The network aims to bring colleagues together to enhance cross-organisational learning, information sharing, highlight best practices, and strengthen capacity building.
- The purpose of the SRHR Network Coordinator position is to support the work of the SRHR Hub to effectively coordinate and administer the global SRHR networks and activities, including supporting the Networks in organising their meeting and other activities as needed. The SRHR Network Coordinator is responsible for knowledge management within the SRHR Hub and wider network, which includes documenting best practice, tracking and managing service requests and supporting the Hub with key administrative responsibilities including reporting, data storage/ management and workplan and budget coordination. The SRHR Network Coordinator will enable the effective use of online platforms and digital tools for the purpose of learning, sharing, information and membership management of the networks. The role will also provide project management support and leadership on special initiatives and bespoke pieces of work related to the learning and development priorities of the SRHR Hub.
- The position will be placed in the SRHR Hub within the Gender Transformative Policy and Practice department at Plan’s Global Hub. It will be part of the SRHR Hub, taking part in ongoing work, including meetings and work planning. It will report to the SRHR Hub Lead and work in close collaboration with the SRHR Hub and Programme Lead and the SRHR regional networks.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES OR MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
Network management and support
- Provide effective coordination of the SRHR Network, including support to four active regional networks of SRHR technical staff, to enhance cross-organisational learning, information sharing and capacity building. This involves:
- Organise bi-monthly meetings for the global SRHR technical group
- Co-facilitating the regional network meetings and providing technical support through digital platforms
- Maintaining and updating an overview and contact details of Plan’s SRHR technical experts and others interested in engaging in the network
- Providing orientation to new technical staff to the network membership, ways of working, and global SRHR priorities and agenda
- Provide support to the organisation of SRHR Steering Committee, Core Group and SRHR Policy & Advocacy working group meetings and activities, and in maintaining the member lists up-to-date
- Set up and maintaining processes and tools to respond to ad hoc requests and feedback from network members to ensure timely support and response, including providing information and connecting colleagues with others that can support their specific needs.
Internal communications and knowledge management
- Manage internal communications on SRHR priorities and agenda, including the development and dissemination of a bi-monthly newsletter, sharing relevant updates and opportunities with the network, and promoting the network’s initiatives and results
- Support the roll-out of an SRHR learning plan, maintain regular schedule of learning offers and formats (incl. e.g. courses, webinars, newsletters etc.) for technical staff and ensure regular monitoring and evaluation of their effectiveness
- Promote best practices in SRHR through development of case studies by working with colleagues at regional and country level and ensure dissemination across the organisation
- Enable the use of knowledge management platforms to maintain and continually update a database of SRHR resources from across the organisation to ensure they are accessible and relevant for the network, and develop new methods and solutions for knowledge management
- Work with the KM Hub to maintain the SRHR Planet pages and libraries and repositories, exploring sustainable and user-friendly solutions
- Support regular evaluation exercises of the network and its users and the production of quarterly and annual reports on the SRHR Area of Global Distinctiveness
- Oversee and develop multimedia tools (videos, podcasts, graphic visuals) for socialisation of SRHR products
- Support the SRHR Hub in analysis, evaluation and collation of insights and learning and help determine appropriate approaches and formats for sharing with technical audiences and external partners
- Lead on documents translation. This includes managing procurement and contractual processes, translation, proof-reading and design.
- Providing support and coordination to ongoing projects related to other SRHR workplan priorities, and support to the deployable team has requested
- Support the monitoring of SRHR Hub action plans and budgets and help with administration tasks as needed
- The SRHR Hub (the Hub Lead/Programme Lead, Policy and Advocacy Lead, SRHR Policy & Advocacy Officer, the L&D Advisor, and the SRHR deployable advisors)
- The SRHR Global Network, including the SRHR Steering Committee, SRHR Core Group and four regional networks
- Global Network Coordinators of other Areas of Global Distinctiveness and Gender and Inclusion, for sharing of good practices and the development of common tools useful for all networks
- Knowledge Management Hub
- Internal Communications, Procurement and Finance teams
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES
Knowledge and experience:
- Qualified to at least degree level and / or equivalent work experience in human rights, child rights, education and/or gender studies (essential)
- Fluency in English, both written and oral (essential)
- Working knowledge in Spanish and/or French (highly desirable)
- Strong digital skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office package and knowledge of Sharepoint (essential)
- Experience in knowledge/information management processes and in coordinating remote (online) learning & development processes and networks (desirable)
- Experience in building relationships and operating in a complex international organization (desirable).
- Good understanding of major concepts and trends in human rights, education and/or gender equality. Experience working on development / knowledge management at the country or community level in the global south is preferred.
- Excellent planning, coordination and administration skills (essential)
- Strong writing and editing skills (essential)
- Able to effectively use platforms for online collaboration (essential)
- Able to work in an international environment, managing different time zones and working with colleagues from different offices (essential)
- Able to network and build working relationships from afar (essential)
- Able to consult, gather and integrate information and feedback into concise products, such as reports and communications material (essential)
- High level of attention to detail and accuracy
- Understands Plan International in context, including its purpose, values, and global strategy, and can communicate these to varied audiences
- Communicates clearly, both in speaking and writing, adjusting to the needs and interests of diverse colleagues, partners, and communities.
- Actively builds and maintains collaborative relationships with colleagues and partners, facilitating and negotiating to reach practical solutions without using positional power.
- Actively promotes diversity, gender equality and inclusion both internally and externally, challenging self, others and authority when behavior and decisions are not supporting gender equality, inclusion and diversity
- Critically self-reflective, both professionally and personally, of own values, biases, and norms in relation to gender and inclusion.
- Open, honest, transparent, and accountable
- Flexible, adaptable and able to take initiative, changing ways of working when needed, and reacting to changing circumstances and priorities positively and proactively
- Supportive of team objectives and willing to be a team player
- Understands and operates in line with 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 wor
Closing Date: 25th August 2023