She Leads Advocacy Advisor at Plan International

Plan International was founded over 75 years ago with a mission to promote and protect the rights of children. The organisation was set up by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge in 1937, with the original aim to provide food, accommodation and education to children whose lives had been disrupted by the Spanish Civil War.

The Opportunity

Plan International is seeking a Youth Advocacy Advisor to manage the youth advocacy, activism and network building component of a multi-country programme, She Leads, and ensure alignment to Plan International’s global youth advocacy and movement building efforts through its Powering the Movement strategy.

She Leads is a strategic partnership between Defence for Children – ECPAT the Netherlands (DCI-ECPAT), African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Plan International Netherlands, Terre des Hommes the Netherlands (tdh) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Equal Measures 2030 is a technical partner. The She Leads consortium brings together child rights organisations, feminist/women’s rights organisations, and GYW-led groups and aims to increase sustained influence of girls and young women (GYW) on decision-making and the transformation of gender norms in formal and informal institutions.

The geographic focus of the programme is East Africa (Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya), West Africa (Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia) and the Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan). In addition to programming in these countries, a considerable part of the programming will be done at regional level, targeting regional institutions and other stakeholders operating at regional level.

The consortium aims to achieve this goal by working through three interrelated domains: central to the She Leads programme is the enhancement of collective action of girls and young women in a gender-responsive civil society (civil society domain), support by increased acceptance of positive social gender norms (socio-cultural domain) and by enabling meaningful participation of girls and young women in decision-making by political institutions (institutional domain).

She Leads adopted 10 shared principles that are based on feminist leadership and meaningful youth participation. Several of these principles focus on Girls’ and Young Women’s autonomy and meaningful participation in decision-making, on equal partnership and the values each consortium organisation brings to the partnership, on decentralized decision-making and mutual accountability and transparency, and on inclusiveness and collective care and wellbeing. The dimensions and accountability of the role are guided by these principles.

The Youth Advocacy Advisor will be managed by Plan International’s Head of Youth Movements, with a dotted line to the Plan Netherlands International Advocacy lead. The role will involve being the lead person responsible for managing a multi-year girl and youth engagement strategy, facilitating cross-partner and country youth advocacy and network building efforts, ensuring meaningful global youth advocacy and building a strong, collaborative network of youth partners. The role will liaise with youth advisors from consortium partners and work across Plan International offices from country to regional and global levels. It will involve building strong relationships with youth partners and identifying and cultivating relevant external relationships such as with regional and global young feminist networks and organisations.

The role will have no budget responsibilities but there will be a need to coordinate with offices to secure budget for relevant project activities. Given the scope of the programme and engagement both with consortium partners and external stakeholders and given the sensitivity of potential activism issues and speaking truth to power in a time of closing civic space, there is a high degree of risk to manage. The Advisor will be able to analyse and manage medium level partnerships, reputational and safeguarding risks and make informed, risk-based decisions, knowing when to seek strategic guidance from the Head of Youth Movement or relevant teams such as Safeguarding.

About You

A strong understanding of feminist movements in Africa and the Middle East and experience designing advocacy and campaign strategies and, ideally advocating at different levels will be essential in this role.

  • You will have proven experience building networks and working with multiple partners in a participatory way and of working across diverse groups, cultures and languages.
  • Experience working with adolescent girls and young people, including applying youth-friendly methodologies and participatory approaches to co-designing projects and of designing engaging and dynamic virtual spaces and workshops is key. Given the nature of this role you will also have practical experience of safeguarding and risk management practices.
  • Your organisational and project management skills combined with a curious and strategic mind, a positive and visionary perspective and the ability to work with others as equal collaborators will ensure success in this role.
  • Excellent English and either working level French or Arabis will be essential.

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