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Global Technical Lead - Protection from Violence (Mat cover)

Date: 11-Feb-2019

Location: Woking, UKM, GB

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 Opportunity


This is a fantastic opportunity to work across Plan International in a 6 – 12-month maternity cover position, working to build an organisational consortium to take on global stewardship for the Area of Global Distinctiveness Protection from Violence. This area is concerned with building effective intervention models for violence prevention and response across the organisation, with a particular focus on addressing gender dynamics that drive violence against children.


You will provide interim leadership to the global Child Protection network and lead on developing key global framework documents for the area of global distinctiveness. Once established you will provide support to the global leadership consortium to create and implement a network action plan that includes the development and learning around effective programme models, a research agenda and capability building of the organisation and its staff around violence prevention and response.


The Individual


We will need you to have a sound understanding of:

  • the causes and consequences of gender based violence, gender discrimination, exclusion and inequality and how they contribute to the non-realisation of children’s rights; and how to develop practical strategies to address them
  • the purpose, functioning and challenges of systems that ensure children’s and women’s protection as well as social protection in the diverse contexts where we operate
  • an ability to analyse the social and political structures, dynamics and power relations that enable/exclude girls and boys to/from enjoying the fulfilment of their rights and equality
  • the evolving capacities and developmental stages of children, adolescents and young people and their implication for the effective prevention of violence – with a particular focus on gender based violence and gender dynamics driving violence - and young people’s involvement in it
  • the processes, institutions and organisations that shape the development and humanitarian context and standards within which Plan International operates
  • the implications of working with a rights based approach to development and how to analyse the situation of children’s and particularly girls’ rights in his/her working context


In addition, you will have proven experience developing and applying effective methodologies and strategies for violence prevention – including gender based violence and related sub-areas, ideally in the development, influencing and humanitarian sectors and of applying gender transformative approaches to violence prevention in diverse settings where children and particularly girls are at risk.


You will influence decision makers at various levels using gender transformative tactics and approaches, identify diverse, relevant external actors to work with and understand and apply good principles of project cycle management including monitoring, evaluation and learning.


You will have the ability to plan and effectively and efficiently use financial and other resources within organisational and donor requirements and excellent skills in writing for technical and non-technical audiences.


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Type of Role: 6 – 12 month Maternity Cover (to start April 2019)

Location: Global Hub, Woking UK (25 Minutes from London Waterloo)

Internal secondment by Plan International staff with existing permission to work in the UK would be considered, as would Plan staff currently based in Country and/or National Offices.

Salary: Competitive

Closing date: 3 March 2019



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

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.

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. 

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.