Regional Gender in Emergencies Advisor

Date: 8 Sep 2023

Location: Asia region (Plan's operation), Bangladesh

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 80 countries.





Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners. Working in over 80 developing countries across Asia Pacific, Africa and the Americas, Plan International relentless in driving change to advance children’s rights and equality for girls by working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners. Plan aims to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalized with high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits by increasing its income, working in partnership with others and operating effectively. With the new ambition in the updated Global Strategy in 2022, Our Ambition from now to 2027 is to see All Girls Standing Strong Creating Global Change.


Through Disaster Risk Management programing, we build communities’ resilience and support children’s right to dignity and protection before, during and after disasters and conflicts. Responding to the needs of adolescent girls – who are among the most at risk when disasters strike – is a key focus of our work. Aligned with the Global Strategy 2022 – 2027, Plan International will Scale up humanitarian impact. We will become the leading organisation for girls facing crisis or disaster.  We will enhance our systems, processes, and ways of working so we can respond quickly and effectively to any emergency.  We will adopt a humanitarian-development-peace nexus approach that will allow us to work well together, and better coordinate our efforts in protracted crises and fragile contexts. We aim to be a global leaders and the NGO partners of choices for girls in humanitarian crisis.


The work of the Regional Gender in Emergencies Advisor (RGIE Advisor) is to support and work closely with the Head of Disaster Risk Management and APAC DRM team and Regional 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 RGIE Advisor 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 in APAC region to 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 programme 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.


The role of RGIE Advisor will be under supervision of the Head DRM of APAC with dotted line to the   Regional Gender Transformative Program and Policy Lead  and close coordination with the Global Hub Gender in Emergencies Advisor. Lastly, this post holder is expected to be deploy to Country Office during the early recover or during recovery phase to support Country Office in APAC in his/her capacity as technical advisor that includes lead the Gender Rapid Analysis process.


Dimensions of The Role:

  • Leads capacity building efforts across the countries in the region on gender in emergencies
  • Provides direct technical support in the field on gender in emergencies
  • 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 APAC region.
  • Provide analysis of APAC’s DRM portfolio from a gender & inclusion perspective to inform strategic discussions and support provided to country offices.  
  • This post covers 15 countries in the region with supervision of Regional Head of DRM
  • Expected to be deployed in the early recovery or during recovery phase to support COs in his/her capacity as technical advisor


Key Responsibilities

Programming (30%)

  • 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.
  • Support country office teams to build action on a strong gender analysis and implement quality humanitarian programming that adheres to the IASC Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action, GBV Guidelines, PSEA in humanitarian response and the Sphere Standards related to gender and inclusion.
  • Support country office teams on the use of the IASC Gender and Age Marker, and on Plan’s Gender Transformative Marker.
  • Participate actively in Plan’s Global Gender in Emergencies working group, and contribute to the development of guidance notes and tools to strengthen Plan Internationals ability to implement gender transformative programmes and ability to identify and address the needs and rights of girls in emergencies.
  • Participate actively in Plan’s APAC Regional Gender and Inclusion Network in order to foster relationships with the CO gender advisors as well as DRM counterparts
  • In collaboration with sector leads develop programme models and case studies on gender transformative programmes in emergencies to support COs replicate good practice learned from other Plan International programmes
  • Work closely with Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) teams to ensure girls and women are fully participating in feedback and complaints mechanisms, in a way which is meaningful to them and respects their dignity (back and forth, and feedback used to improve program design on an equal basis as those of boys and men)
  • Support advocacy teams in developing strategies to influence different actors for responses build around the gendered impacts of crises
  • Provide a quarterly analysis of the humanitarian portfolio in APAC from a gender and inclusion perspective, to identify trends, strengths, and weaknesses, to inform strategic discussions and support needs.


Emergency preparedness and response (30%)

  • Deploy to support humanitarian programme design and review in Plan International Country Offices as well as to breaking emergencies to provide technical input and guidance including lead the RGA process
  • Provide technical guidance on gender in the CO Emergency Preparedness Plans, ensuring that they are based on a strong gender & inclusion analysis.


Learning and Capacity Building (35%)

  • Support the capacity building of staff to understand and use the concepts around gender in emergencies who can then create, deliver and monitor programmes that contribute to gender transformative work.
  • Provide coaching and mentorship to program staff and partners to ensure gender is integrated in program strategies and plans.
  • Support the development and implementation of skills development workshops ensuring gender in emergencies is core to the modules developed.
  • Document lessons learned from programmes to support the organisation continuously learn from its programmes. 


Representation and Partnership (5%)

  • 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.
  • Support the development of Plan International’s profile in gender equality programming in emergencies, particularly in regards to girls


Additional tasks

  • Support on other gender and inclusion priorities, as assigned.
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) 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





  • Advanced degree in social work, social sciences, gender, protection or similar
  • 5 or more years of experience in similar positions providing technical expertise on gender and inclusion in emergencies, managing gender-based violence projects, etc, in several different countries and contexts (including sudden onset, slow onset and protracted emergencies)
  • Proven knowledge of global principles and guidance on gender in humanitarian action, including SGBV and PSEA
  • Strong knowledge of the situation of girls and women in Asia and the Pacific region
  • Previous experience in Asia and the Pacific region
  • Sound grasp of intersectionality & feminism, and a passion for dismantling patriarchy
  • Specific knowledge on the different needs of girls and boys in emergencies and the particular risks facing girls
  • Familiar with humanitarian programming and inter-agency coordination systems
  • Strong knowledge of safeguarding and PSEA mechanisms
  • Ability to establish child and girl-friendly spaces and conduct RNA and focus groups with girls.
  • Ability to use participatory methods to engage with community members on sensitive issues
  • Ability to mainstream gender in design, management, monitoring and evaluation of emergency programs in line with SPHERE and IASC standards
  • Ability to contribute to or lead the development of gender in emergency-related funding proposals
  • Ability to train staff on how to practically integrate gender into response programming and preparedness planning, piloting and refining GiE training tools
  • Ability to conduct gender analysis in humanitarian contexts and ensure that humanitarian projects are at least gender aware/sensitive
  • Ability to serve as a gender Advisor on emergency assessment teams, assisting emergency teams to design and initiate emergency response programs which appropriately address gender considerations and promote the protection and empowerment of women and girls
  • In-depth understanding of how gender, age, and other socio-cultural factors (ethnicity, disability) intersect to affect access to rights.
  • Fundamentals of gender-responsive and inclusive M&E (sex-disaggregated and gender-sensitive indicators and qualitative indicators on social norm change) to inform programming decisions.
  • Excellent command of English, both speaking and writing
  • Ability to work under pressure and with a minimum supervision & work in a multicultural environment



Closing date for applications:   8 October 2023


Reference & background checks will be performed for successful candidates including clearances on child related offences in conformity with Plan’s Child Protection Policy. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



Location:         Plan International Country Office in Asia region  

Type of Role:   24 Months (1 December 2023 – 30 November 2025)

Reports to:      Regional Head of Disaster Risk Management; with matrix line management to the Regional Gender-Transformative Program and Policy Lead

Closing Date:  8 October 2023


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