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Senior Emergency Response Manager - Central Sahel Response (Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger)

Date: 16-Feb-2021

Location: Multiple locations, Mali

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.

 

 

The Central Sahel Region has suffered decades of violent conflict and climate change and has become one of the largest humanitarian crises worldwide with 13.4 million people in the three countries (one person in five)  now needing lifesaving assistance and protection; amongst whom are 7.4 million food insecure people (phase 3+), 888,000 severely malnourished children, 1.6 million internally displaced people (IDPs), and 291.000 refugees. DonoPler interest is slowly increasing, and a recent inter-ministerial pledging conference has created a crucial opportunity to kick-start effective and concrete efforts to better protect populations affected by conflict.

 

Women and girls of the Central Sahel experience some of the highest rates of recorded Gender-based violence in the world. 76% of women and girls in Niger are married before the age of 18 and Burkina Faso and Mali are also in the top 6 countries in terms of prevalence of child, early and forced marriage. In Burkina Faso, female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage have both increased in correlation with the rising physical and food insecurity. In Mali, 1,443 cases of sexual violence were reported between January and August 2020, of which 13% were committed by armed groups. While evidence is currently limited, surveys have shown that across the Sahel, intimate partner violence (IPV), the most common form of GBV, has increased on average by almost 12% due to COVID-19, with child marriage, FGM, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and trafficking also likely to rise in the region due to the pandemic. This violence causes immediate harm and has intergenerational impact; for instance, between January and August 2020, the GBV Sub Cluster in Mali reported nearly 100 children born as a result of rape.

 

Against this backdrop, Plan International is scaling up its response in the three countries of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger with a view to maximize impact at scale for target communities.

 

 

The Opportunity

 

We are recruiting for a Senior Emergency Response Manager who will provide oversight, strategic development and management of the scale-up of the CSR in the three countries. You will support the development of a robust emergency setup based on an appropriate needs analysis and with an integrated program approach. You will act as the strategic lead expert in emergency response for the Central Sahel Response Coordination and provide training and support on the key aspects of Emergency Response scale-up mechanism.

 

You will provide technical support and guidance in developing preparedness in country programmes ahead of emergencies and in the development of emergency response strategies and technical SOPs/guidelines.

 

Ensuring appropriate programme quality standards are used in the design and implementation of programmes, particularly SPHERE and its companion guides (such as Child Protection Minimum Standards and Minimum Standards for Education Preparedness, Response and Recovery (INEE)) and the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) will be imperative. Updating different Plan Entities and donors will be a key part of this role.

 

 

The Individual

 

With significant experience of managing emergency programmes in a variety of humanitarian crises and of key practice and standards for humanitarian response such as SPHERE and CHS you will have significant knowledge of humanitarian response, child protection and disaster risk reduction.

 

Conversant with the international humanitarian architecture, particularly related to coordination and funding you will have demonstrated prior experience of engaging with the humanitarian coordination system and local, regional and global levels.

 

Fluency in English is essential and the ability to work in at least one other international language, for example French, Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic would be advantageous.

 

Please follow this link for a full role profile: https://www.dropbox.com/s/smx58lbwt2c8lj1/Sr.%20ERM%20CSR.docx?dl=0

 

 

 

Location: Mali, Burkina Faso or Niger. Preferred location to be based from: Niger

Type of Role: 12 month fixed term contract

Reports to: Director, Sahel Sub-Cluster

Grade: F

Closing Date: Sunday 7th March 2021

 

 

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

 

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.