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Youth in Emergency Programming and Influencing Specialist, Central Sahel

Date: 03-Jan-2022

Location: Niamey, Ouagadougou, Bamako, Burkina Faso

Company: Plan International

The Organisation


Plan International strives to advance children’s rights and equality for girls all over the world.

As an independent development and humanitarian organization, we work alongside children, young people, our supporters, and partners to tackle the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood and 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. For over 80 years, we have been building powerful partnerships for children, and we are active in over 75 countries.


The Opportunity


The compounded impact of escalating conflict and insecurity, climate change and weather extremes, and Covid-19 is devastating communities across the Sahel sub-region and driving needs to unprecedented levels including for youth. During a conflict or disaster, a young person’s educational, social and emotional development may be interrupted. Emergencies can cause health problems and lead to new impairments, rupture families and social networks, expose young people to new risks, and restrict access to vital goods and services. They may find themselves taking on adult roles too early. They are often targeted by parties to conflict.


Against this backdrop, Plan International is scaling up its response in the countries affected by humanitarian crisis and in triple nexus context with focus on the three countries of Burkina-Faso, Mali, and Niger with a view to maximize impact at scale for target communities in different sectors including education, child protection, economic security, WASH, health including sexual reproductive health and rights, community engagement and accountability.


The Youth in Emergency Programming and Influencing Specialist will engage with the most vulnerable young people through their youth activism associations in the humanitarian response in order to support the scale-up of the Youth Challenge Fund, to work with young people, especially young women, to ensure that they benefit from economic opportunities and are committed to strengthening social cohesion between different communities, displaced persons/refugees, and finally ensure that the voices of youth, adolescents' girls and young women in crisis are amplified.


Do you have what it takes?


You will domesticate a Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action in the Sahel context by transforming humanitarian action by youth and for youth through the development and the implementation of key advocacy messages for working with young and adolescents in humanitarian action in link with regional and CO advocacy and Influencing departments


You will mainstream young people integration into the five humanitarian programme cycle impact area: youth people in needs assessment and analysis, youth people in strategic planning, youth people and resource mobilization, youth people and implementation and monitoring, youth people in operational peer review and evaluation


You will Increase Youth in humanitarian engagement with strategic policy and evidence advocacy including building strategic partnership to allowance funding opportunity


You will lead the information collection on the various dedicated and self-organized youth engagement platforms, such as youth advisory mechanisms, youth co-decision boards, youth parliaments and formal youth constituencies, for partnerships and engagement purposes

You will scale up Youth Challenge Fund implementation in humanitarian, triple nexus context including young people’s livelihoods, employability and life skills by building / reinforcing networks of young activism in the Central Sahel and humanitarian countries offices through the identification of existing groups of young activists and offer of training opportunities, webinar, online meetings, cross-country digital campaign


You will operationalize the Skills and Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (SOYEE) strategy for implementation and project design purpose at Country Office level in humanitarian context


You will ensure Child and Youth Safeguarding components are mainstreamed in all youth engagement and youth economic empowerment programmes/projects in emergency by identifying the range of risks that arise for children and young people in all their diversity, as well as the impact that the programs and projects might have when they aim to challenge and change social norms and gender dynamics and implement effective risk reduction and mitigation measures


For a detailed job description, please click on the below link: Youth in Emergency Programming and Influencing Specialist


How to apply?


This is local contract position open to all applicants with no restriction to the nationality. The successful candidate can be based in one of the Central Sahel Program Countries (Burkina Faso, Mali or Niger).


Females’ candidates are highly encouraged to apply.


To apply, click on the link and send by 31st January 2022 your application with:

  • A comprehensive cover letter
  • A comprehensive and clear CV that includes the contact of two of your references, one of whom should be your current employer.


Location: Mali, Niger or Burkina

Type of Role: Local contract based on the country of local local labour law

Reports to:  Sahel Program Manager

Grade: D2 – Country local competitive salary scale with applicable benefits

Closing Date: 31st January 2021


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

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

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. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation 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 will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.