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Policy and Advocacy Specialist

Date: 01-Aug-2022

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 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.





Plan International Philippines is looking for a Policy and Advocacy Specialist who will support the implementation of Plan International Philippines’ influencing strategy and help deliver Plan International’s national, regional, and global advocacy on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), UNCRC, CEDAW, Climate Change and COP 21, and other international commitments.


Further, as the Policy and Advocacy Specialist:


  • You will assist and coordinate with program teams in the development of position papers, statements, and necessary information and education materials for policy advocacy.
  • You will serve as the organization’s point person in advocacy networks and in similar consortia.
  • You will identify advocacy opportunities and activities at the national and local levels, and coordinate with key actors to maximize their engagement.
  • You will coordinate with local partners to help sustain the advocacy efforts of trained youth advocates in their communities.
  • You will support the Influencing and Communications Team in influencing activities; content development and production; raising the awareness of the public and target actors about Plan International’s work and securing their support and/or active involvement.
  • Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization. In exceptional cases, you will be asked to support emergency response activities in the communities covered by Plan International.





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


  • Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Development Communication,
  • Political Science, Public Administration, or any related course
  • Relevant experience in policy advocacy, and work with government agencies and civil society.
  • Relevant experience working with children and young people.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven excellent critical and analytical thinking skills.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in the use of various information, communication and technology tools.
  • Experience in INGO work is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be based in the Philippines and a Filipino national.
  • This role is primarily office based but will require fieldwork in various program areas.




Location: Makati City, Matro Manila, Philippines

Reports to: Influencing and Communications Manager

Flexible working arrangements

Competitive compensation package (local T&C)

Deadline of applications: August 15, 2022


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.