Plan International Gender Advisor Jobs vacancy in Kenya 2012

Gender Advisor
Re-Advertised
Plan is an international humanitarian child centered community development organization, without religious, political or government affiliation.
Plan started its operations in Kenya in 1982 and is committed to protecting and promoting child rights, and to improving the lives and futures of poor children, their families and communities through a child-centred community development approach.
Plan International (in Kenya) is recruiting for a Gender Advisor based at the Country Office.
This position reports to the Strategic Program Support Manager. Plan believes that gender equality is central to achieving our vision for change, a world in which all children, both girls and boys, realize their full potential and societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Achieving Gender equality is therefore a core objective of Plan’s work as an organization dedicated to child rights.
The purpose of this role is to provide strategic leadership and technical support in the integration and mainstreaming gender in all the programs as well as in the organizational practices.
 
Dimensions of Role
  • Promotes gender equality as outlined in the Plan’s policy on Gender Equality: Building an equal world for all children;
  • Builds greater gender awareness and enhanced commitment by management to equip Plan staff (Country and Program Unit levels) with skills and knowledge to facilitate gender –sensitive and rights based program development and practice;
  • Facilitate Gender Capacity Building Programs (as part of the Global Gender Equality Capacity Building Program) for Plan staff and partners so as to ensure equality for girls and boys is realized through Plan’s programs:
  • Participate in Plan Regional, Global and external gender network or platforms for sharing, learning and action planning;
  • Develops a shared understanding across Plan of the linkages between gender equality, human rights and Plan’s Centered Community Development Approach to addressing child poverty;
  • Ensures gender analysis becomes an inherent part of country strategic planning, as well as program design, implementation, M& E and institutional learning;
  • Plans and support field level staff in the implementation of Plan policies, programs and projects that actively promote gender equality;
  • Advises Extended Country Management Team on gender issues
  • Participates in national stakeholder forums, consultative sessions, or conferences to profile Plan’s work and influence policies to ensure gender equality;
  • Facilitates and participates in gender related research, documentation and advocacy at Program unit National, Regional and International levels;
Typical Responsibilities
  • Develop innovative programs and processes of engagement that contribute to gender equality between girls and boys and women and men locally and institutionally;
  • Facilitate gender training programs that enhance capacity of Plan staff and partners to acquire knowledge and for undertaking gender analysis and come up with programs for influence social change at family, community and institutional levels.
  • Support staff to the design and localize gender analysis tools for effective engagement with children and communities;
  • Follow-up monitor or asses programs from a gender perspective and see how they are impacting girls and boys and women and men;
  • Develop a small annual budget to support gender activities of national significance and internal organizational learning;
  • Support in the implementation Plan global gender policy and mainstreaming of gender in all country programs at national and Program Unit Level;
  • Initiate organizational gender audits at Country office, PU level and encourage all new projects to undertake similar actions providing technical advice;
  • Participate in national, regional and global gender related advocacy campaigns such as the ‘Because I am a Girl’
  • Foster and build strategic partnerships and alliances for effective integration of gender in programs and influencing policies and practice;
  • Provide technical support and oversight to Program Unit staff for design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of gender related projects;
  • Support grants team in the review of project reports before they are submitted to donors
  • Identify best practices in gender programming and facilitate experiences sharing and learning between Program Units;
  • Facilitate and participate in research and documentation best practices
Knowledge
  • A degree in Law or Gender Studies and/or Social Sciences from a reputable institution;
  • At least 5 years’ experience in gender and development from a reputable organization;
  • Understanding of integrated development issues and critical analysis of child poverty from a gender perspective
  • Knowledge of Gender and Development and evolution of Women and Development and feminist theories;
  • Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development;
Skills
  • Excellent analytical, synthesis and presentation skills
  • Gender Analysis frameworks and tools
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication
  • Strong planning and organizing
  • Strong lobbying, negotiation and advocacy
  • Excellent analytical, synthesis and presentation
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication
  • Strong planning and organizing
  • Strong lobbying, negotiation and advocacy
  • Strong research and documentation
  • Partnership building and networking
Behaviours
  • Acts with high degree of integrity and professionalism.
  • Positive Disposition – Builds relationships and relates to people in a friendly, open and accepting manner
  • Innovation and committed to learning
  • Communicates clearly and effectively
  • Results oriented
  • Respect for human rights
  • Passionate in dealing with gender issues
  • Confident in taking initiative and exploring new opportunities
  • Assertiveness and willingness to engage with and confront cultural challenges
  • The position will be based at the Country Office and level of contact with children is medium
Plan Kenya is a development organization uniting people to advance the rights of all children.
Accordingly, employment is subject to our child protection standards including appropriate background checks and adherence to our Child Protection Policy.
For more details on how to apply, please visit http://www.plan-international-kenya.org/jobs/
The vacancy closes on 30th November, 2012.
Vacancy open to Nationals Only.
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