Gender-Based Violence and SRHR Specialist

Date: 10 Jul 2024

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Company: Plan International

Role Purpose

Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organisation committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice.

We actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives. We support children to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

The position contributes to this goal by supporting the finance and accounts function in the Ukraine Response Emergency area by ensuring efficiency, effectiveness and value for money transactions.


Dimensions of the Role

The Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Sexual Reproductive Rights (SRHR) Specialist provides technical support and guidance to Plan International's in Poland. A priority focus will be supporting our partners, developing skills and ability to implement GBV and SRHR programmes in a humanitarian crisis and polish context.

You will be responsible for proactive engagement and support to the clusters and working groups in country, supporting an increased focus on GBV and SRHR and alignment with sectoral standards and ways of working. You will build a positive profile of Plan International with donors, UN agencies and support fundraising activities.


  • Ensure that PLAN’s GBV and SRHR assessment activities are coordinated with other Plan’s programmatic areas, protection actors, stakeholders, and Governmental and non-Governmental agencies.
  • Identify potential partnerships to implement recommendations, assess potential partners where available or make recommendations on how to fill gaps.
  • In collaboration with national and international GBV and SRHR actors, map current institutional response capacities.
  • Design most appropriate GBV and SRHR interventions based on the outcomes of assessments and the context.
  • Development of concept notes and proposals, independently and with local partners
  • Ensure PLAN’s guidelines, strategy and the Inter-agency Minimum Standards are considered and any deviation documented.
  • Work closely with the relevant implementation manager(s) to ensure that the implementation of relevant activities is planned and implemented in a phased and prioritised manner in full consultation and co-ordination with all relevant agencies both governmental and non-governmental.
  • Provide technical guidance and direction to PLAN for effective planning, implementation, and monitoring of agreed GBV and SRHR plans, including reviewing of reports for Donors.
  • Develop capacity building plans and provide training, support, and mentorship to Plan staff and partners.
  • Make frequent field visits to all affected areas to monitor the implementation of activities, identify opportunities and constraints and any adjustments needed including additional staffing or staff training or other.
  • Represent PLAN to governmental and non-governmental groups as needed and agreed with the Team Leader.
  • Support the implementation of, and represent PLAN in, GBV and SRHR coordination mechanisms including any relevant cluster/sub - cluster.
  • Provide brief updates and reports on sectoral activities/strategies to donors and other stakeholders.
  • Work closely with the response management in resource mobilization, including development of quality concept notes and proposals and donor engagement.



Key relationships


Head of Mission, Program Team, technical Specialists, and support staff (Finance and logistics); Local project partners; Ukraine Hub and Global Hub relevant teams.


Technical expertise, skills and knowledge


Essential Skills & knowledge

  • University degree in one of the disciplines areas relevant to international development assistance or humanitarian work.
  • Knowledge and experience working in GBV and SRHR settings is required. Experience in refugee contexts is a plus.
  • Deep understanding of the Polish Context, including Refugees Humanitarian Response. 
  • Experience of, and well-developed skills in, staff management, supervision and capacity building.
  • Proven ability on integration of gender and SRHR into programme design and implementation.
  • Solution focused; able to prioritise, deliver on time and cope with ambiguity.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Polish and English.
  • Team player, values interculturality and diversity.




  • Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to Plan’s core values and humanitarian principles
  • Aware of own strengths, weaknesses and pro-active in using feedback and self-development
  • Aware of impact on others and uses impact to create positive climate at work
  • Works and lives with a flexible, adaptable and resilient manner.
  • Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity.
  • Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive under pressure.
  • Willingness to learn and be exposed to new learning opportunities


Essential Behaviours

  • Committed to Plan International’s strategy and values 
  • Experienced with working in collaboration with Senior Management 
  • Team player and relationship builder 
  • Able to work calmly under extreme pressure, volatile & insecure environment and at unpredictable (long) hours during emergency response 
  • Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to work under pressure well
  • Committed to Plan International’s strategy and values
  • Communicator; 
    •    Promotes innovation and learning; 
    •    Communicates clearly and effectively; 
    •    Strong team building and motivational skills; 
    •    Demonstrates clear respect to all and especially children and women without discrimination
  • Involves others in setting and achieving goals
  • Demonstrates honesty and transparency in holding self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and Plan’s standards of behaviour
  • Promotes a strong learning culture in the organization 



Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation by being open, honest, and transparent. We hold ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others, while doing what we say we will do.


We strive for lasting impact

We strive to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative.


We work well together

We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organisation, including our sponsors and donors. We actively support our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners.


We are inclusive and empowering

We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge inequality in our programmes and our workplace. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.


Physical Environment

Typical office environment

level of contact with children

Medium contact: medium frequency of interaction

Location : Warsaw, Poland

Type of Role: Fixed Term contract TBD

Matrix Reporting to: TBD

Closing Date: 31th of July 2024

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis


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 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 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