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Gender, Child Protection and safeguarding Coordinator

Date: 05-Sep-2022

Location: Maroua, Cameroon

Company: Plan International

The Organisation

 

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. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

 

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.

 

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

 

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.

ROLE PROFILE

 

Titre:

Gender, Child Protection and safeguarding Coordinator

Functional Area:

Humanitarian Response – Disaster Risk Management

Reports to:

Project Manager

Location:

Maroua

Travel may be required:

Yes, with travels in the Mayo sava, Mayo Tsanaga and Logone-et-Chari divisions   40% field and 60% office

Effective Date:

October 2022

Type of contract:

Fixed Term employment

Grade:

C1

For: National

Duration: 12 Months, Renewable based on performance

Purpose: 

How does this post support Plan’s strategy and mission?

Under the supervision of the Project manager. The role holder is responsible for strengthening gender and inclusion and child safeguarding awareness and implementation in the GAC project implemented in the Far North of Cameroon; including the management, and implementation of gender equality and child protection policies, systems, and procedures to ensure that safeguarding and feminist principles are = at the heart of the GAC project.

 

The Gender, child protection and safeguarding Coordinator will also lead the implementation of CP and GIE activities of GAC project. He/she will provide technical support to project staffs and implementing partners to ensure that child protection, safeguarding and gender concerns and needs are being addressed.

 

The post-holder will furthermore support the implementing team in their daily work to ensure that affected population, vulnerable children and youth refugees, particularly girls, IDP and other receive safe, inclusive and quality humanitarian assistance.

 

She/He will ensure the Plan International’s gender transformative and inclusive approach is imbedded in all project activities, and that we generate and use learning.

 She/he will be responsible identifying and implementing training packages for partners, and in collaboration and coordination with the Gender & Inclusion specialist in Yaoundé. She/he will ensure that a gender equality and inclusion lens is applied to all capacity development modules and project resources.

 

This position requires dynamism, initiative and managerial ability to implement strategies and action plans to ensure that the GAC project is gender transformative and risk-sensitive.

 

 

 

Dimensions of Role:

 

Program Development and Quality Implementation:

Provide technical support for managing child protection, safeguarding, gender and inclusion in the project activities. This will also include (and not limited) working closely with Project Manager for regular project monitoring and analysis, for the contribution on the project design and/or modification to ensure the integration of child protection, gender and safeguarding aspects as per quality’ requirement.

 

 

Representation and Advocacy: Promoting power and youth leadership, particularly girls, to shift norms and behaviours, to allow public opinion to see girls, boys and young people as critical drivers of systemic change and create lasting change. She/he will identify good practices of refugee and IDP-led organizations and use those for advocacy and influencing. She/he will lead all gender equality advocacy and Gender in Emergencies external communication, including advocacy and representation at regional and/ or community level (Meeting with partners, government / tierce’s, donor and initiatives on community-based interventions)

 

 

Key Tasks and responsibilities

 

  • Ensure that the project is implemented with the feminist principles at the forefront of everything we do
  • Develop gender strategy and gender action plan for project roll out;
  • Ensure the integration of Child protection, safeguarding, gender and inclusion components in the project activities
  • Contribute to project reporting, including on the production of technical narrative analysis of CP/Safeguarding and gender aspects of the GAC project.
  •  Ensure that gender transformative change outcome is reflected in all project documents.
  • In coordination with the Project Manager, represent Plan International to local or external stakeholders (local Government, Traditional Authorities, partners, and the target communities).
  • Ensure that all CPIE, safeguarding and gender equality related activities have a clear focus on addressing gender inequalities and discrimination, gender norms and the specific needs of youth, adolescent girls and young women

 

  • Carry out assessment and complete documentation related to assessments, incident allegation reporting and case management, plans, needs assessments, risk assessment and mitigation efforts in a timely and ordered manner.
  • Compile documentation to be retained confidentially and/or shared in support of strategic activities, support to partners, advocacy, or team communication, according to established guidelines, policy and Plan international requirement
  • Ensure the management of GAC project in line with the donor, Plan International and humanitarian Child protection standard and approaches, including Gender, safeguarding and PSEA project requirement
  • In charge of sharing project information and reports to external or internal stakeholders and coordination working group (CP WG, SGBV WG, donors etc.)
  • Ensure the capacity building of project staff on child protection, safeguarding, gender and inclusion or SGBV areas
  • Build the capacity of project staff  on gender equality and feminist principles 

                                                      

  • Management of the safeguarding, child protection, gender and inclusion project’s focal points
  • Provide input to the development of orientation and training materials for community facilitators, staff and other partners and stakeholders;
  • Ensure quality and technical support to project implementation, monitoring & evaluation
  • Under the coordination of the CPIE Specialist, contributes to develop child protection strategy within assigned office and provides for local adaptation and implementation of strategy and action plan, including engagement with all relevant partnership and program support teams and colleagues. Contributes towards continual improvement of strategy and plans of action.
  • In collaboration and coordination with the CPIE specialist and safeguarding officer of PIIA, conducts regular assessments to identify child safeguarding risks as well as guide partners in conducting assessments at the local program level. Performs child protection and child safeguarding assessments, mapping exercises and evaluates external country/sub-county level data to inform next steps. Conducts GBV risk mitigation activities and interventions, gender security audits identified in risk assessment in collaboration with local partners

 

  • Contribute to the identification of best practices and lessons learned to strengthen the implementation and ensure adherence to quality standards in the implementation of child protection, safeguarding, gender and inclusion of project.
  • With support from M&E, collaborate with the project team, children, young people and other stakeholders to define, implement and monitor child-friendly, accessible and confidential safeguarding feedback and monitoring mechanisms.
  • Promote education and child protection analysis focusing on issues of gender, inclusion, disability, protection…
  • Develop and ensure dissemination of messages on child protection, safeguarding, gender equality to clients in the community for risk prevention and mitigation; gender norms; life skills; sexual and reproductive health; preventing the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Ensure that all data is disaggregated by sex, age and disability for children, adolescents and school-aged youth to inform and improve the quality of project intervention including regular analysis on trends

Coordinate and collaborate with the CNO GE Advisor on key project pieces, such as ideas for strengthening project implementation using the feminist principles, identify capacity building support or mentorship opportunities that would benefit project staff and R/IDP-led organizations, etc.

 

Key Performance Targets

 

•           Ensure that project staffs, volunteers’ community meet quality indicators including child and community participation, gender equality, safeguarding concerns

•           A contextualised tool, standards, policies that has been piloted, revised, documented and is ready to be implemented in interventions.

•           Children and caregivers report increased trust in community mechanisms to prevent, mitigate and respond to child protection, safeguarding and gender issues.

• Community mechanisms/groups demonstrate increased capacity, sustainability and ownership

 

Dealing with Problems:

•           The role requires an ability to analyse challenges and to empower staff to work in partnership with children, youth and communities.

 

 

 

Qualification & Experience

 

  • The qualified candidate will be a gender equality and child protection in emergencies professional with relevant =degree in social studies discipline, gender equality, human rights, development studies – specializing on gender and development or social development related discipline.At least 3 years’ experience in project management cycle in emergency contexts.
  • Good knowledge of project cycle management and reporting, also the feedback mechanism.
  • Technical qualifications in gender, child protection, PSEA relevant safeguarding specialization.
  • Knowledge of women’s and children’s rights, women’s and girls’ empowerment, and gender justice.
  • Experience and knowledge of Child Protection, Gender and Safeguarding program design and implementation including monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience supporting gender equality and, inclusion in international organizations. 
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and delivering workshops and trainings on gender equality that are participatory and needs based. 
  • Experience of working with refugee and other vulnerable groups including children, adolescents, youth and vulnerable adults.
  • Experience in managing and leading teams of people.
  • Experience in coordination, representation, and technical assistance provision at the level of working groups/task force or equivalent.
  • Experience in managing grants and donor’ reporting requirements such as ECHO, UNHCR, UNICEF, FNUAP, SIDA, GAC, etc.
  • Standard IT skills

 

Skills

  • Demonstrated effective communication, analytical, innovative and problem-solving skills
  • Proven capacity to train, coach staff and provide supportive supervision
  • Effective team management skills across several locations and operating in a cross-cultural structure
  • Good knowledge of CPIMS, Gender, Safeguarding and the CHS.

Strong team management, staff capacity building and motivation skills in teamwork and networking.

  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating in difficult working conditions
  • Knowledge in Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, Inter-agency Guidelines on GBV, PSEA, Psychosocial Support, Gender and mainstreaming child protection.
  • Knowledge of child protection, gender and safeguarding database information management
  • Excellent written and oral skills in French. Knowledge of English is an added value.

 

Behaviours:

 

Striving for high performance

 

  • Drives performance forward in areas of CPIE, Safeguarding and gender for which he/she are responsible
  • Create a strong sense of purpose within own part of the business and with stakeholders
  • Cultural, Conflict and gender sensitivity traits
  • Commitment to the understanding of child and youth rights, Plan International’s aims, values and principles and humanitarian standards as Sphere Charter and Code of Conduct

 

Influencing and communication

 

  • Effective communicator using clear messages drawn from Plan’s work
  • Ready to work to influence leaders in governments and others key stockholder in area communities

 

Building effective teams and developing people

 

  • Support learning and a sense of mutual purpose in diverse teams
  • Set a strong learning culture in their part of the organization;
  • Use opportunities across Plan and outside to develop others

 

Self-awareness and resilience

 

  • Remain calm and positive under pressure and in difficult situations
  • Plan own learning and development
  • Has a positive impact on those around them,
  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism/integrity.
  • Strategic thinking and effective contribution to own work and Organizational development.
  • Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations.
  • Strong emotional intelligence including self-awareness.
  • Leads by example to motivate high performance of others.
  • Very strong commitment to continuous learning.

 

Physical Environment and Demands:

 

  • Based at Maroua, with extensive travels in the Logone-etChari, Mayo sava and Mayo Tsanaga division to project sites,
  • Exposed to varied weather conditions during field work and to working in conflict area
  • Willingness to work long hours, weekends and holidays in order to ensure timely delivery of programs, and to travel to field sites for program activities in.

 

Key working relationships:

  • CP and Safeguarding lead at CO
  • Gender Equality and inclusion specialist at CO
  • CPiE Specialist at Maroua
  • Project Manager at Maroua
  • Safeguarding officer at Maroua
  • Project Manager of GAC project at Maroua
  • Implementing partner

 

Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

  1. Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  2. Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  3. Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  4. Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  5. Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  1. Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  2. Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  3. Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  4. Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  1. Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  2. Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  3. Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  4. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

 

We are inclusive and empowering

 

  1. Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  2. Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  3. Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  4. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

 

Level of contact with children

weak Contact: The job responsibilities of this position will not require the post holder to frequently have any one-to-one contact with children.

 

 

We strongly encourage female applicants.

Location: Maroua

 

Closing Date: 18th September 2022

 

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.

 

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates. 

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