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Communications and Advocacy Specialist (Move UP 5 Project)

Date: 03-Sep-2021

Location: Makati City, 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 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.




Since 2016, Plan International, Action Against Hunger Philippines, CARE Philippines, and ACCORD Incorporated have been working together through the MOVE UP Project, with support from European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) to contribute to institutionalizing urban resilience and disaster preparedness mechanisms in urban areas in the country. Specifically, the consortium intends to scale up and replicate its Urban resilience model designed for both natural and human-induced hazards.


With the fifth iteration of the program, the MOVE UP consortium will build on its constantly evolving urban resilience model by integrating forecast-based, early action, and rapid response. These added components will augment the current approach in building the resilience capacity of the local government units and the local population who are at risk of disasters.



The Communications and Advocacy Specialist will lead the influencing activities of the project at the national level. S/He will also support the influencing activities of the disaster resilience program of Plan International. He/she will plan, develop and implement an appropriate advocacy strategy for the project with alignment to Plan's Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Influencing plan. He/she will coordinate and communicate with other development networks with key decision-makers, and serves as the liaison with local and national media. This project is for 18 months. This role will be based in Makati City.


Further, as the Communications and Advocacy Specialist:


  • You will develop advocacy strategies in consultation with the Disaster Resilience Program unit.
  • You will collect relevant strategic information using monitoring and evaluation processes and present them for advocacy with policymakers.
  • You will develop, coordinate and lobby to promote more effective policymaking at the national and regional levels where Plan is working.
  • You will organize press conferences and briefings, develop fact sheets and talking points, line up interviews and media-related interviews.
  • You will represent and promote Plan in important events in the community, municipal, provincial, regional and national levels.
  • 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, Development Communication, Journalism, Management or Social Sciences or other related courses. A graduate degree is an advantage.
  • Has at least three (3) years of experience in doing advocacy and communication work.
  • Relevant experience or training on community organizing, community development, program/project management, event organizing, visibility lay-outing, advocacy, and influencing.
  • Previous work experience in a similar project or in a non-government organization/s is an advantage.
  • Has relevant training on project management, advocacy, event organizing, and, community organizing.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and the ability to relate to people from all backgrounds.
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the Philippines without restrictions. Local applicants are preferred.


Location: Makati City

Type of Role: Project-based (18 months)

Reports to: Consortium Manager

Flexible Working Arrangements

Competitive salary package (local T&C)


Equality, diversity, and inclusion are 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 organizational 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 organization, 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 applicant's 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.