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Regional Gender in Emergency Specialist

Date: 09-Oct-2021

Location: Any WACA City, Benin

Company: Plan International



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.




Through a federation of 72 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, Plan International seeks to a just world that advances the rights of children and equality for girls. Together, we are working to ensure that 100 million girls can learn, lead, decide and blossom.


The work of the Regional Gender in Emergencies Specialist is to support and work closely with the Head of Gender Equality and Inclusion in providing technical and strategic regional support for Plan’s work on gender equality and inclusion in disaster preparedness and response. The Regional Gender in Emergencies Specialist ensures that Plan’s disaster risk management (DRM) programming and influencing around the region contributes to Plan’s Global Strategy of gender transformative programming, and becomes well-known for quality, innovation, scalability and results.


The role will seek to help countries pursue improvements in gender aware and gender transformative programming in humanitarian settings. It seeks to build capacity and confidence in country teams on internalising and demystifying gender transformative approaches using available program tools within Plan. It will provide advisory and technical support to country office staff on gender in emergencies and other DRM action, ensuring that Plan is recognized for quality, innovation and results. The role will also support the integration of gender transformative approaches in humanitarian response, building Plan’s reputation as a thought and practice leader in gender transformative humanitarian programming.




As Regional Gender in Emergencies Specialist:

  • You will lead the capacity building efforts across the countries in the region on gender in emergencies
  • You will work with Country Offices (CO), National Organisations (NO) and the Global Hub (GH) to build a clear and consistent vision, message and coherent approach to gender in emergencies and gender transformative programming in humanitarian settings in WACA.
  • You will provide analysis of WACA’s DRM portfolio from a gender & inclusion perspective to inform strategic discussions and support provided to country offices. 
  • You will work closely with the DRM team and the Gender & Inclusion team, support the development of a portfolio of humanitarian programs that are consistently gender aware and show a strong contribution to gender transformative programming and girls’ rights, including the provision of technical support on project proposal development and results frameworks.
  • You will be deployed to support humanitarian programme design and review in Plan International Country Offices as well as to breaking emergencies to provide technical input and guidance.
  • You will provide coaching and mentorship to program staff and partners to ensure gender is integrated in program strategies and plans.
  • You will represent Plan International at relevant clusters, working groups, and other events related to gender in emergencies, identify opportunities and establish dialogue towards partnerships with other humanitarian agencies.


For a detailed job description, please click on the below link: Regional Gender in Emergencies Specialist




This position is opened for all applicants and females’ candidates are highly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate should be immediately available. To apply, click on the link below and send by July 31, 2021:

Your application should include:


  • A comprehensive cover letter
  • A comprehensive and clear CV that includes the contact of three or four of your professional referees, one of whom should be your current employer.


Females’ candidates are highly encouraged to apply


Location: West and Central Africa with flexibility about the location

Type of Role: 1 Year FTC, renewable based on performance

Reports to:  Regional Head of Disaster Risk Management

Grade: Competitive local contract and salary scale

Language: French and English are compulsory – Portuguese is a nice to have


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.


As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.


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. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. 


Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation 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 will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.