Plan International Influencing and Child Rights Advisor Jobs in Kenya

Plan International Influencing and Child Rights Advisor Jobs in Kenya

Plan International is an independent global child rights organisation committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised children and their communities to be free from poverty.

By actively connecting committed people with powerful ideas, we work together to make positive, deep-rooted and lasting changes in children and young people’s lives.

We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind. For over 80 years, we have supported girls and boys and their communities around the world to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights, free themselves from poverty and live positive fulfilling lives.

The Influencing and Child Rights Advisor will play a critical role in ensuring that Plan Kenya continues to be a leading agency in promotion of child rights and is recognised for its role in influencing policies, legislation and partnerships for realisation of child rights in the country.

The position holder has a critical role in ensuring quality in right based programming and promoting collaboration with other civil societies and Government institutions for advancement of child rights.

Dimensions of the Role

  • Under the general direction and guidance of the Director of Programme Strategy, Quality and Development s/he will ensure influencing/advocacy and right based approach to programming are incorporated in the design and implementation of all projects.
  • The position holder will coordinate all advocacy work in the Country Programme and act as the liaison with influencing partners at National level.
  • S/he will also ensure coordination of capacity development in influencing and RBA for project implementation in order to contribute to Plan Kenya’s strategic areas of distinctiveness and the Global goal and ambition of impacting lives of 100 Million girls by 2022.
  • The position holder is expected to provide technical support to project staff to ensure programme and influencing objectives are successfully achieved, with frequent visits to the field to support high quality programme implementation.
  • She/he shall also provide leadership in the implementation of the Country’s Influencing and Child Rights strategy and monitor its effective roll-out and represent Plan Kenya in forums and working groups, including collaboration with and participation in Plan CR global networks.
  • She/he will support the overall country strategic intent to focus on ensuring that the most marginalised children achieve their rights to learn, lead decide and thrive.

  • Guide the roll out of the Influencing and Child rights Policy (30%)
  • Lead the review of Plan Kenya’s and Influencing policy to align it with the global policy on programme and influencing.
  • The position holder will also support development of the country strategy and ensure the influencing agenda is well articulated reaching the 100 Million girls by 2022
  • Support the mainstreaming of Influencing and right based programming across all the thematic areas of Plan Kenya’s work, ensuring collaboration with other technical leads to support quality implementation of the right based and influencing agenda.
  • In addition, ensure all new programmes support the achievement of Plan Global and National strategic and thematic objectives and ensure alignment with the Government of Kenya policies and legal frameworks in child rights.
  • Support the Director of programmes and Business Development Manager (BDM) in analysing opportunities for funding in the areas of influencing and RBA and donor priorities.
  • S/he will also support in building on technical knowledge, personal understanding of the child rights issues and priorities in Kenya, and current/previous programming - develop proposals for new programming in influencing and Child Rights.
  • Ensure that the country programme strategy supports and demonstrates good practice in influencing, advocacy, child participation and child safeguarding.
  • Using a child rights programming lens, ensure that our programming is built around the Global Theory of Change and aligns with Plan’s areas of global distinctiveness.
  • Lead the engagement of Plan Kenya in tracking implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

    Policy review and development support (10%)

  • Keep updated and analyse the GOK’s policies and how they might impact Plan Kenya’s work on child rights and advise management accordingly.
  • Support civil society strengthening to hold duty bearers accountability to policies, including through participation in relevant
    national level working groups, forums and coordination meetings.
  • Help to clearly articulate the CR advocacy messages for the Kenya country programme and develop advocacy plans for implementation at national, PU/County and community level.
  • Represent and advocate for Plan with regional and international agencies, donors, Kenyan Government, NGOs and others as required.
  • Act as focal point within the Country Office on national, regional and global child rights research initiatives, ensuring coordination of the various stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with the M&E Manager, Learning and Innovation Advisor and Communications Manager, ensure active dissemination of programme findings and lessons learned through the production of high technical quality lessons learned documents and their effective dissemination to key stakeholders inside and outside the organization.
  • Represent Plan Kenya in national forums and advocacy platforms and support development of treaty reports (UPR,CEDAW, CRC, ACRWC etc)

    Programme Quality (20%)

  • Support capacity development of the implementing staff in the PUs in influencing and RBA and in providing timely, relevant, accurate input on overall technical aspects of project proposals and reports.
  • The position will be required to travel occasionally for field support
  • Assist in the development of tools for project staff and partners to improve the quality of influencing and Rights Based Approach to programming.
  • Where necessary provide technical training for project staff and partners as required (child rights programming and the role of duty bearers, investment in children, etc.)

    Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (15%)

  • Support the M&E team in developing tools and monitoring influencing and child right activities
  • Contribute to the documentation and sharing of information and knowledge in influencing and RBA

    Staff Management and leadership (10%)

  • Provide supervision and support to the Programme Coordinator, Child and Youth Safeguarding and participation
    Provide thought leadership in influencing and child right programming in the organization
    Lead the Girls Get Equal and other Campaign initiatives in the organization (10%)
  • Together with the communication department and other technical leads, ensure realization of Global and National objectives on the campaigns on Children and Girls Rights especially the ongoing campaign on Girls Get Equal
  • Ensure the Girl Advocates and Young Influencers are well equipped with knowledge and skills on the rights of children and young people to help them effectively engage duty bearers
  • Ensure all the PUs implement a uniform curriculum for young influencers and girl advocates across all the thematic areas of the Country Strategy and the Global Areas of Distinctiveness

    Key relationships

    Key staff engaging directly:

  • Technical Specialists for Health, Education, Child Protection, Programmes Coordinator, Safeguarding Children and young people; Head of M&E Manager; Communications and Media Relations Manage, Global Working Groups on CR and Influencing, Programme/Project Managers and Area Programme Managers

    Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
  • Advanced degree in Social Sciences, Law, Development Studies or related field.
  • A bachelor’s degree with combination of relevant experience and professional qualifications may be acceptable in lieu of an advanced degree
  • Proven experience in advocacy and influencing work at national level.
  • Experience in child rights advocacy assignments at regional level an added advantage
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in girls and child rights programming.
  • A clear understanding of the legislative/budget making processes at both national and county levels.
  • 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.

    How to Apply
  • Interested candidates should apply online by 4th March 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; Plan International Influencing and Child Rights Advisor Jobs in Kenya

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