Girls Programme Specialist
Location: Toronto/Canada; Woking/UK; NYC/USA or DC/USA
Last Date: September 5, 2011
Girls Programme Specialist
Toronto/Canada; Woking/UK; NYC/USA or DC/USA. Alternative locations will be
About this Position:
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 in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. As
part of a global campaign on girls and gender equality (Because I am a Girl/BIAAG),
Plan aims to take action in a cohesive way to achieve lasting impact on the
lives of girls. This involves the implementation of sound gender equality
programming on girls’ rights and the development of a gender equality programme
framework. This post will support the Programme Pillar of the BIAAG Campaign
to build and maintain Plan’s reputation for innovative and results-based models
of gender programming and practice that empowers girls to recognise and realise
their rights and enables progress towards a more gender-equal world. This
building programmatic excellence in gender equality and girls’
rights programmes which can inform the campaign’s communication and fundraising
activities, as well as global advocacy engagement. For more information about
the Because I am a Girl campaign see:
Provide thought-leadership and technical guidance for the BIAAG
Campaign on gender equality and girls’ rights programming, in line with the
Because I am a Girl theory of change. Ensure that Plan grows its reputation as
a quality programmatic leader in the area of girls’ rights programming and
Identify, expand and bring to scale a body of good practice programmes and
projects on girls’ rights and gender equality which reflect sound quality,
innovation and sustainable results.
Integrate action-based research within Plan’s BIAAG programmes to ensure
robust programme-led evidence which can inform the BIAAG campaign.
Plan’s Girls’ Innovation Fund under the oversight of the Innovation Fund
Steering Committee. This is an internal flexi-fund which supports innovative
girls’ programming, with a strong component of programme-led research, and
holds potential for replication and scalability. Draft and ensure broad
dissemination of the Innovation Fund call for proposals. Ensure that
programmes adhere to high practice standards, and support all donor compliance
measures in terms of robust monitoring, research and evaluation reports.
the global BIAAG programme reference group
to become an effective community of information sharing and
exchange on BIAAG programming. Ensure that the membership (list-serve)
remains up to date, and members are actively engaged. Ensure coordination and
coherence with the other pillars (Girls’ report, Communications, Advocacy) of
the BIAAG campaign.
Support the finalisation of the Gender strategy which includes the BIAAG
programme strategy. Ensure that the BIAAG Programme Guidelines reflect Plan’s
programme priorities, and include appropriate technical guidance for countries
on BIAAG programme quality standards, results indicators and
methodologies/standards of implementation.
Support the finalization and roll-out of the global BIAAG Monitoring and
Evaluation framework including key objectives, results and indicators for the
programmatic work under the BIAAG campaign. Ensure that the BIAAG programme M
& E framework effectively assesses changes among rights holders (especially
girls), duty bearers and civil society organizations at outcome and impact
levels. This includes the development of appropriate monitoring tools,
including a BIAAG programme results framework and situation analysis baseline
that appropriate tools and standards for programme consultation with girls are
created. Lead the integration of girls’ consultation processes within the
BIAAG global survey to set the campaign baseline and identify priorities and
targets for the programme pillar of the campaign.
current in external research and programme practice on girls’ human rights.
Maintain a detailed understanding of key girls rights programme players,
including INGOs, UN bodies, think tanks, academic and research institutions,
organisational learning and sharing systems on BIAAG programmes are in place.
Update the BIAAG programme mapping initiative--develop and disseminate key
case studies on programmatic best practice and lessons learned. Set up and
manage a database which houses critical information on BIAAG programmes that
is both user-friendly and accessible by global staff.
Provide briefing papers and speaking notes on Plan’s programme experience in
girls’ rights to ensure effective representation in advocacy, communications
and other influencing opportunities. Represent Plan at strategic global
opportunities where relevant.
Knowledge, Skills, Behaviors, and Experience Required:
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the links between
gender equality, children’s rights and international development programme
Demonstrated understanding girls’ rights issues, relevant
programming (and advocacy), and knowledge of key global players.
Knowledge of gender analysis programme frameworks and their
application to child-rights programming.
Knowledge of programme design, monitoring and evaluation.
Ability to develop and communicate programme theoretical concepts
and to apply these to practical solutions in gender equality and children’s
Ability to design, monitor and evaluate girls’ rights programming
based on sound analysis, policy and programme practice, with a strong gender
Ability to build internal and external networks.
Strong gender analysis skills
Organizational skills and administration of complex budgets
Strong conceptual skills and strategic capacity
Confident public speaker with ability to influence audience
around girls’ human rights.
Information gathering, assessment and presentation skills
Fluent in English (both written and verbal). Capacity in French
and/or Spanish will be considered an asset.
Self-driven, organized and results-oriented.
Good listening skills and capacity to work effectively with
Ability to work in a matrix environment, and facilitate the
linkages of relevant expertise—including capacity to work collaboratively and be
supportive of multiple team members.
Strong team-work, influencing and motivational skills.
Extensive experience in leading programme initiatives on gender
equality in a large, global organization.
Experience in working strategically with institutional partners,
donors and INGOs.
Technical and research experience in gender equality, preferably
with a focus on girls’ human rights.
Programme management experience, including demonstrated
experience in fulfillment of donor compliance measures (narrative and financial
Minimum 5 years experience working the area of gender equality
(preferably with a focus on girls).
Educated to Master’s degree level.
How To Apply:
for this role please forward your cover letter and resume by
September 5th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please reference Girls
Programme Specialist in the subject line. Plan sincerely thanks
all applicants for their expressed interest in this opportunity; however only
those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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