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Communications and Advocacy Officer (Learn and Stay Protected Project)

Date: 02-Mar-2023

Location: Maguindanao del Norte, Philippines

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.




According to Plan International’s Child, Early and Forced Marriage study in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) areas, girls in poor households are often forced to engage in child early and forced marriage as a family’s temporary way out of poverty. The study concluded that dowries from these are perceived as a temporary relief from the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19.


The Learn and Stay Protected Project was designed to lessen the impact of economic and inequality challenges brought by Covid-19 on the education, protection, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) needs of married and at-risk girls and young women, so they can participate in rights-claiming and talk about issues where they feel disempowered, in safe spaces, and with the protection of their families and communities.


In line with this project, Plan International invites competent, experienced, and committed professionals to fill the following position. 


The Communications and Advocacy Officer will contribute to the promotion of Plan International Philippines’ programme and its influencing efforts, and increase digital brand awareness and engagement.


Further, as the Communications and Advocacy (C&A) Officer:



  • You will develop and implement a communications plan for the project.
  • You will co-organize the public project launch event and other high-visibility events.
  • You will lead the conceptualization, planning, and execution of communications and advocacy activities for the project.
  • You will work with a pool of graphic artists and video editors in the production of multimedia content and visibility materials for Plan International Philippines’ key advocacies, campaigns, programs, and projects.
  • You will work with the Communications and Advocacy Unit, and other key staff in documenting, drafting, pitching, and publishing case stories both for internal and external audiences.
  • Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization. In exceptional cases, you will be asked to support emergency response activities in the communities in your assigned covered areas. 





To be successful in the role you will need among other things:



  • Graduate of Mass Communications, Journalism, Development Communication, Social Science, Community Development, or any other communication-related course.
  • At least three (3) years work experience in conducting research, planning, developing, and managing community research and development work-related projects
  • At least one (1) year experience in social media and web writing, content development and production, and maintaining social media accounts (especially Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) and websites.
  • Strong experience and a good understanding of new and evolving technologies and digital platforms. Proficiency in using design and video editing software and tools is a plus.
  • Previous work experience in a similar project or in a non-government organization/s is an advantage.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to relate to people from all backgrounds.
  • Applicants must be based in the Philippines and Filipino nationals.


*This is for anticipated hiring. The project will start in March 2023.


Location: Maguindanao del Norte, Philippines. The project covers the municipalities of Datu Blah, Datu Odin, and Upi.

Type of Role: Project-based (until February 2025)

Reports to: Project Manager 

This role requires fieldwork in the project areas.

Competitive compensation package (local T&C)


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.