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VAGA : Gender Specialist, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

  • Cidade: Bissau
  • Estado: Guiné-Bissau
  • País: Guiné-Bissau
  • Criado: 27/11/2020 23:15
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Location: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
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 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Title:    Gender &Inclusion Specialist
Functional: Area    Programs
Reports to:    Program Support and Strategy Manager
Location:    Bissau – Guinea-Bissau
Travel required:    Extensive
Effective Date:    January 2021
Grade    D2


Working in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan aims to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalised with high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits  by increasing its income, working in partnership with others and operating effectively.

Child Protection and Gender Specialist is technical support position aimed at improving Plan International Guinea-Bissau’s gender transformative and inclusion projects and programs, particularly using the Child Centred Community Development (CCCD) approach.

The specialist will be responsible for facilitating capacity building of staff, local partners, including communities with whom Plan Guinea-Bissau works for the effective implementation of all Plan Guinea-Bissau gender transformative and inclusion policy. The specialist responsibilities includes developing initiatives and strategies that will ensure quality of the fulfilment of child rights and specially girls right in a gender transformative and inclusion approach.

The position ensures Plan International Guinea-Bissau attains the vision of becoming a leader and center of excellence for Gender equality through organizational practice, profile and programming in the country; that gender inclusion particularly girls’ issues are mainstreamed in PU level plans and programs in the country and that the ‘Because I am a Girl’ (BIAAG) and Girls Get Equal campaign is translated into effective and innovative programs and other initiatives benefiting children across the country.

The function exists to support Plan International Guinea-Bissau mission three key functions: deliver quality programmes for children, develop and strengthen its partnership strategy in gender transformative and inclusion, but also to support the diversification of funding sources to resource Plan’s ambition in the country.

Dimensions of the Role

  • Report to the Program Support & Strategy  Manager of Plan International Guinea-Bissau;
  • Understand program systems and processes for compliance and management information;
  • Management and support of all Rights of the Child and gender inclusion processes  within Guinea-Bissau
  • Management and support of all Gender Transformative Program processes within Plan International Guinea-Bissau
  • To acts as adviser to programme support and strategy at Plan International Guinea-Bissau and support the realization of Plan GNB CS objectives.
  • To ensure the delivery of programmes as per PII processes and standards
  • The holder of this position will be actively traveling to the field to provide support and suppression to programme coordinators,  PUM managers and  partners  to deliver projects
  • Works closely with other technical advisors, projects managers, PIIA Managers to ensure timely delivery of projects.
  • Respect the child protection policy
  • Respect Plan`s gender policy
  • No position reports to this post


To build and strengthen relationships and capabilities of communities and partners to develop gender transformative and inclusion initiatives that translate to gender transformative programs and deliver it in child centered community development approach (CCCD) in Plan operational areas in Guinea-Bissau.

  1. Strategy and Programming
  • Assist the Country Management Team (CLT) with the design, monitoring and evaluation of strategies for gender transformative partner development in order to ensure sustainable child and gender centered community development interventions
  • Contribute to overall policy directions on local partnership.
  • Undertake appropriate research on effective methodologies for involving local partners, including communities for the attainment of the gender transformative and inclusion quality service delivery.
  • Participate in the development, review/revision of the Country Strategic Plan (CS).
  • To lead the development and delivery of a Gender and Inclusion audit across the Country as well as a subsequent follow up action plan
  • To develop and deliver a country gender and inclusion strategy including a business plan for the country implementation of BIAAG.
  • Provide technical support to PUs for Gender and Girls Gets Equal (GGI) campaign initiatives
  • Contribute to the development of a country Gender transformative program framework as well as a country GGI business plan.
  • Contribute to other Plan WARO strategy development and realization in the area of Gender equality and Inclusion mainstreaming
  • Support the development of strategies to ensure Gender equality is mainstreamed in Plan Guinea-Bissau HR, culture and other organizational processes and maintain gender sensitivity towards staff and Plan associates.
  • To support and deliver knowledge sharing strategy to ensure that lessons learned are published and distributed widely.
  • Develop concept notes and proposal related to gender transformation and inclusion.
  1. Partners capacity building and learning initiatives
  • Identify training needs of partners, develop strategic training plans and facilitate the training process using appropriate methodologies that ensures participation.
  • Provide technical support to frontline staff countrywide in the development of country program (CPs) and project outlines (POs) consistent with the CCCD approach for implementation.
  • Participate in the development of action plans and budgets and provide assistance to implement them.
  • Develop and coordinate initiatives in the Gender and Inclusion Domains/sector in an integrated manner for learning and sharing with other stakeholders within and outside Plan International Guinea-Bissau.
  • Prepare and submit quarterly work plans detailing tasks (including monitoring plans) to be undertaken and indicators of performance and prepare progress reports.
  • Participate in regular Technical Support Team meetings to discuss work progress and develop appropriate strategies to ensure that set project objectives and program goals are achieved.
  • Keep close contact with officials of relevant  Ministries to work on  with government policies in  gender equality and inclusion developments within and outside the country;
  • Keep the Program Support Manager (PSMS) and the Country Director (CD) up to date on all matters relating to Gender inclusion domain/sector that could impact Plan International Guinea-Bissau programs.
  • Actively participate in and contribute to regional, sub-regional and national networks and alliances on partnership development and other initiatives in the light of the CCCD approach.
  • Assist the PSMS in preparing required reports and other documentations as may be required by the Country Management Team (CLT).
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the PSMS or Country Director, from time to time.
  • To inform, motivate and advise Plan International Guinea-Bissau CO and PU staff on gender issues
  • To serve as a champion for gender equality, practice and effective programming among staff and volunteer in the Country.
  • Provide regular, timely progress reports on role performance indicators as agreed with the supervisor.
  • Represents Plan at a high level through conferences, commissioned papers, articles and media interviews in the Country and beyond on child protection and gender related issues;
  • Increased and effective coordination with NO’s, other RO’s and other organizations to attract the resources and talent required for the Country to attain the vision of Gender transformation in Plan.
  • Liaise with external organizations on behalf of Plan on  Gender and Inclusion work;
  • Ensure timely and accurate briefings, reports and gender related data are provided as required
  • 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.

Key relationships

  • There is high and direct contact with the Country Management team including Program Unit Managers and other Plan Guinea-Bissau Technical Advisors.
  • Maintains high contact with the Gender  Advisors and Inclusion in other COs, RO and IH
  • Maintains high contact with PUs gender focal points;
  • Maintains high contact with the gender and inclusion Networks and provide necessary support in developing policies;
  • Maintains high contact with Ministries, UN agencies and others CBOs.

Indicators of success

  • Improve the quality of Plan’s programs by providing ‘state of the art’ technical knowledge
  • Provide support to program unit staff in implementation of program of activities for the year
  • Develop and maintain good relations with the government bodies and national and international organizations/institutions intervening in the domain so as to influence national policy make Plan a recognized voice in the domain in the country.
  • In collaboration with program units staff prepares gender transformative and inclusion sections of annual operational plan for all country sites;
  • Project and program monitoring and evaluation;
  • Community capacity strengthening in  gender equality;
  • The adequate integration of Gender transformative in other domains for a harmonious development of the child;
  • The effective and efficient implementation of gender and inclusion programs and projects;
  • Rights of the Child and protection  program budget expenditure as per the annual plan
  • Regular monitoring of Gender and Inclusion  program and reports to PSMS or CD

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Dealing with Problems:

  • Ability to solve problems and thinking strategically;
  • Introducing innovations for programs design ;
  • High degree of complexity in resolving a wide range of challenges;
  • Providing leadership and advice;
  • Key challenges include dealing with different/conflicting demands from a diversity of stakeholders and responding to tight deadlines;
  • Work with CLT members, PIIAM staff and others specialists;
  • Engage with donors and represent the organization in a professional manner which reflects positively on Plan as an organization;
  • Capability to understand and assimilate the complexity of Plan’s program development and systems and procedures and  organisational structures decision-making processes;
  • Capable of building positive working relationships with others;
  • Skills to manage external relations in dynamic and sometimes unpredictable operating environment
  • Adherence to policies and procedures, and promoting a culture for delivery of results, both short and long term.
  • The post holder will demonstrate the ability to solve the challenges through innovative and strategic thinking. The incumbent should be able to demonstrate high degree of prioritization;


  • Bachelor’s Degree/ Master in social sciences, law, sociology; anthropology or related field.
  • Preferably with experience in proposal development,
  • Good level of French or  English, both oral and written is an advantage
  • Public relations and representation skills at an advanced level.
  • High Proficiency in computer software particularly Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Access, Word and accounting software packages.
  • Demonstrated track record of writing project proposals


  • Conceptual and analytical skills.
  • Coaching, training and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to maintain effective and satisfactory working relationships with people from diverse cultures across all levels of the organization.
  • Capacity to work under pressure, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet inflexible deadlines.
  • Proficiency in computer software particularly Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Access, Word and accounting software packages.
  • Positive attitude, desire to be a part of a diverse team,
  • Knowledge of Project management including planning and scheduling, process design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills. Able to communicate clearly with internal and external stakeholders as a representative of Plan, including proven networking skills.
  • Understanding how to effectively represent the organization;


  • Capacity to work under pressure
  • Excellent written and oral communication, representation and influencing skills
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and good team player
  • Flexible to change
  • Communicates constructively and humbly in a way that builds credibility to other Plan offices and Plan’s external stakeholders
  • Develops, motivates, coaches and promotes high performance in Child Protection and Gender equality
  • Works in a participative community approach


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 organization for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

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

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

  • We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
  • We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.

Responsabilidades em relação a política de proteção da criança e igualdade de género

  • Respeitar a política de Proteção de crianças da Plan (CPP) e o Código de Conduta da Plan em todas as atividades relacionadas com a sua função,
  • Respeitar a política de igualdade e equidade de género em todas as atividades e programas da Plan:
  • Disseminar a politica de proteção da criança no departamento ou na comunidade a que esta afeto,
  • Disseminar a política de igualdade de género
  • Denunciar todos casos ou suspeitas de abuso na criança de que tomar conhecimento

Physical Environment

 Based in Plan International GNB Country Office (Bissau), the post holder will make frequent field visits whenever necessary

Level of contact with children

Medium contact: medium frequency of interaction with children.

Submission of applications

All applications must be submitted on the digital platform. Access link:

The deadline for submission of applications will be until December 15, 2020

The female candidates are highly encouraged.

Office: Guinea Bissau Country Office

Location: Bissau, Guinea Bissau

Operating languages: Portugues, English & French

Employment status: Full time

Type of Contract: Local

Deadline for submission:15/12/2020

 Female applications are highly encouraged


More information and how to apply at :


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