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Gender and Influencing Specialist

Date: 06-Aug-2022

Location: Accra, Ghana

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.




Gender, Inclusion and Influencing Specialist 

Functional Area

Programs Department

Reports to

Head of Programs and Influencing


Country Office

Travel required


Effective Date

04 -11-2020





To actively champion and contribute to Plan International’s Gender Transformative programming and inclusion policies through capacity building of staff and Partners at all levels.

To contribute to and lead aspects of Plan International Ghana’s Country strategy development and implementation; research, advocacy and influencing work, and to provide technical support to effectively integrate Gender equality and inclusion into Plan International Ghana’s Programmes and projects.   

Dimensions of the Role

Actively champion and contribute to Plan International gender transformative programming and inclusion policies through capacity building of staff and partners at all levels.

  • Leads aspect of Plan’s International Ghana’s country strategy development and implementation; research, advocacy, and influencing work, and to provide technical support to effectively integrate gender equality and inclusion into Plan International Ghana’s Programming and projects.



  • A. Gender Transformative and Inclusion Analyses and Programming Lead the delivery of robust a Gender Equality Assessments to refine and validate all Plan International Ghana’s Country Strategies, programming, annual plans, and projects to deliver Gender transformative and inclusive programming and results. Strong analytical skills, especially in the application of “Gender Transformative Marker” and understanding of project cycle management empowerment are essential to provide relevant technical guidance.
  • Support and coordinate Plan International Ghana’s gender equality advocacy and influencing agenda which combines high quality programmes and bold, credible influencing to catalyse large- scale transformative change for children, especially girls and young women.
  • Lead and coordinates the implementation Plan International’s Girls Get Equal campaigns at relevant levels, including sub regional, national and local levels.
  • Lead the periodic Gender Equality and Inclusion Self-assessment at Country level; and support country management team (CMT) to implement and monitor same
  • Roll out Plan International’s Planting Gender Equality 2.0 (or its updated version) at the country, field and Partner levels;  
  • Ensure Plan International staff and key partners have the tools, skills and capacities to fulfil core Gender Equality and transformative standards relevant to the needs of the beneficiaries and operating context. This includes providing training , mentorship and on-going capacity development for staff and Partners.
  • Contribute to regular project narrative reports and communication materials in timely manner, ensuring that implementation of  gender transformative programming is clearly articulated and supported with high quality data, results and lessons.
  • Work with program staff and technical advisors to identify the technical support needs of the project and ensure this support is provided.

Performs any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.  forms B. Partnership, communication, Coordination and Influencing Policy

  • Foster and maintain productive and professional relationship with and between all stakeholders (children, girls, young women, government, private sector and non- profit  etc,) to embed gender equality. Leverage partnership and evidence produced under the and through programs and projects to inform policy, advocacy and influencing efforts.
  • Lead the analysis of political environments and stakeholders in order to identify the most strategic targets who can bring about the change, including the private sector government, civil society and local/ religious leaders
  • Coordinate an provide technical support to project managers of Plan International Ghana to effectively embed gender equality and transformation into all projects.
  • Support the identification of strategic communications channels and outlets that can best influence targets and bring wider attention to chosen issues
  • Work with Plan international programs / project teams to use Plan International experts voice, evidence, - based positions, illustrations of successful programme interventions to inform and engage policy makers via key media and social media outlets.   
  • Ensure best practice and lessons learned especially related to gender equality and inclusion are documented shared and integrate into programming and used to inform policy and advocacy efforts.
  • Be active participant and contributor in the regional gender network as well as in pertinent national gender Networks / platforms / coalitions that are pertinent;
  • Support performance on Gender Equality Plan International Ghana Gender Training / Induction Plan
  • All staff and key Partners of Plan International are trained on Gender Transformative Programming
  • All project staff and partners know and utilise Plan Gender Analysis tools , including Gender Marker
  • Plan international Ghana identifies and shares experiences on Gender Transformative Programming
  • Staff are able to define SMART gender transformative performance objective for the purpose of gender sensitivity assessment.


Communication and Working relationships

  • Internal the Gender Advisor reports directly to the Head of Programs and Influencing (Strategic);
  • S/He works closely with :
    • other specialists in Programme department,
    • Communications unit
    • Human Resource department,
    • MERL unit

other departments’ managers.

  • S/He will represent the CO in all Plan Gender and Inclusion related network



  • Partners at national level: Gender Specialist points persons within other INGOs/ Networks/coalition,
  • Governmental structures mainly Ministry of Gender, children and Social Protection  to share best practices and to identify/implement opportunities for collaboration e.g. advocacy, research, etc.
  • National technical networks


Dealing with Problems:

Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them.

  • Exhibit a good sense of judgment and responsibility in performance of duties
  • Works with minimum supervision
  • Strategic thinking, listening and negotiation,
  • Informs, motivates and advises staff on gender issues,
  • Be a champion for gender equality and inclusion practice and effective gender transformative programming among staff and Partners. Create and strengthening the capacity of all staff, Associates and visitors to prevent and respond in a timely, effective, safe, comprehensive and confidential manner to all complaints, allegations and incidents on Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse.


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

[This section refers to people inside and/or outside of the organisation that the post-holder needs to have contact with, and why. This should include virtual presence.]

  • High contact with media partners to ensure Plan communications and Gender activities meet the required standards of the organisation
  • Low contact with Gender related service providers for the provision of communication/PR items that would ensure Plan receives value for money.
  • Has high contact with all country office and program unit line managers and technical staff to support effective timely and quality communications and PR activities
  • Maintains high contact with other staff from the program unit and country offices to offer support for understanding, informing, influencing or reasoning on administrative related activities


Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

[This section details the skills, knowledge and expertise the postholder will be required to demonstrate in doing the job well.

This should include clear levels of technical expertise and skills that support our work at national, international, and global level.]


Gained through education, training, & experience

Qualification and Experience

  • A Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Development Studies/ Planning, Sociology
  • Ideally minimum of 5 years solid experience in gender issues in the NGO/voluntary sector
  • Experience of developing and implementing Gender strategies
  • Experience in advocacy and influencing
  • Understanding of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and other human rights instruments.


  • Good knowledge of women rights issues at country level and globally, and instruments
  • Good knowledge of children rights, the CRC and other relating right instruments,
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the links between gender equality and children rights
  • Knowledge of Gender analysis programme frameworks and their applications to child rights programming


  • Good training and presentation skills
  • Technical and research skills in gender equality and Inclusion with a focus on girls, women and human rights,
  • Good gender analysis skills,
  • Ability to provide guidance to research and policy development
  • Good English and French, written and verbal skills
  • Ability to build internal and external networks
  • Good organisational and project management skills



  • Provides strategic leadership in the country
  • Promotes innovation and learning
  • Communicates effectively and enthusiastically
  • Behaves consistently in his/her approach to work and decision-making


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


Physical Environment

May be “typical office environment”; note if heavy lifting, climbing, excess travel, etc.

Travel requirements

This position entails a minimum of 60% travel both within and outside the country


Level of Contact with Children:

Low contact:              No contact or very low frequency of interaction

Mid contact:               Occasional interaction with children

High level contact:    Frequent interaction with children


High level contact: The job responsibilities of this position require frequent contact with children and it is expected that children shall be protected at all times.






Signature of Employee:







Signature of Line Manager:



Location: Country Office- Accra

Type of Role: Gender

Reports to: Head of Programs and Influencing

Grade: D1

Closing Date: 12th August, 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.