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SRHR Programme Advisor - West and Central Africa

Date: 01-Aug-2022

Location: Flexible, Togo

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.


The Opportunity


This post is part of the global SRHR Hub team, and contributes to global SRHR initiatives and programme and influence work. It supports the linkages between country programmes and the regional level, and links to the global SRHR network, supporting the development and delivery of quality technical standards, models, frameworks and external influencing efforts. It supports cross-organisational networking by sharing information and providing peer support.


It also provides technical support on sexual and reproductive health and rights programming to country offices in West and Central Africa (WACA), with a particular focus on a new EU-funded project in six countries (“My Health, My Rights: Promoting Universal SRHR of vulnerable adolescents in West Africa”). The role has a thematic focus on programmes strengthening Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and age- and gender-responsive SRH services. It provides technical services to Plan International and its partners for capacity development, and quality project monitoring, evaluation and research for SRHR.


The role thus has a triple mandate:

  • Global technical work and programme support to country offices (30%)
  • Direct technical support to the EU programme in six country offices in WACA (50%)
  • Work closely with the West and Central Africa (WACA) Regional SRHR Specialist to promote organisational learning and technical excellence in the region, and support exchange between country, regional and global levels (20%)


The Individual


  • Qualified to at least university-level degree and have considerable work experience in SRHR
  • Strong technical knowledge and understanding of the concept of sexual and reproductive health and rights and its application in development and/or humanitarian programming targeting vulnerable and excluded children, adolescents and youth; and practical experience in applying these concepts in projects and programmes
  • Experience and ability to apply a range of evidence-based strategies and approaches to provide children, adolescent, youth with quality comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), and strengthen access to the full range of age- and gender-responsive SRH services, and practical experience in providing technical support and advice to field staff.
  • Strong understanding of the concept of gender equality and its relationship with sexual and reproductive health and rights, and personal commitment to gender equality and inclusion
  • Understanding linkages between gender-based violence, harmful practices, SRHR and social and gender norm change, as well as their practical implications for programme interventions
  • Ability to use evidence, data and analysis to make choices and drive change
  • Understanding and application of principles and quality standards of programme and project design, and results-based monitoring and evaluation
  • Strong communications and knowledge management skills, and ability to share knowledge and learning from activities and evaluation, especially through supporting active networking internally and externally and the development of knowledge products
  • Ability to use our digital environment and tools to access information and to communicate and network with others
  • Ability to adjust approaches, communication style and behaviour to work effectively across cultures and with diverse stakeholders and communities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to nurture fruitful relationships, and work in a flexible, networked way with effective internal and external stakeholder engagement
  • Strong initiative with the ability to work independently and solve problems with limited supervision
  • Excellent command of English and French, both speaking and writing. Portuguese language skills would be an asset.
  • Experience working in at least one West African country context


Please follow this link for the full role profile; SRHR Advisor WACA.docx



This position may potentially be based in any of the following countries:


  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Togo
  • Sierra Leone


Applicants are expected to have the right to work in the country in which they wish to be based.


Type of Role: Two year fixed term contract. Employment will be via the Country Office in the base location and national terms and conditions will apply. 

Reports to: SRHR Hub Lead

Closing Date: Friday 19th August


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.