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GFFO Regional Protection in Emergencies Specialist

Date: 14-Jan-2021

Location: bogota, Lima, Quito, Colombia *

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 CCPiE specialist will be responsible for supporting the implementation of Protection in Emergency and Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE) activities in the frame of current projects in implementation under the Regional Response Program for the Venezuelan Crisis and support, and contribute to the development of the Regional Strategy for the Venezuelan Crisis.


Under the supervision of the Regional Program Coordinator, the CCPiE specialist will ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the program management, delivery, and accomplishment of project goals and objectives. The CPiE specialist will also assist ERM in developing quality and successful PiE and CPiE funding proposals for donors as per donors’ requirements and support grants coordinators and M&E in producing the donor reports.


Dimensions of the Role


  • The Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist will be responsible to advise and provide technical support for the implementation and monitoring of PiE component of the Regional Programme Response and to regional projects under the Strategy (2020-2023) in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, considering elements of Gender Equality in Emergency (GeiE), SGVB and SHRR.
  • S/he will need to co-ordinate with the Project Coordinator and the Regional Program Coordinator for the Venezuela Crisis and other Emergency Response team members relevant to the technical sector, to ensure a rapid, proportionate and effective response, especially to define the actions plans to start the implementation of the present project.
  • S/he is expected to strengthen the PiE capacities of Plan’s Country office in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and local partners in Venezuela.
  • S/he will need to ensure the response to immediate protection issues with simultaneous consideration of longer-term needs and possible scenarios.
  • This position will report directly to the Venezuela Response Regional Programme Coordinator and Regional GFFO Project Coordinator
  • Number of posts with direct technical advice and supervision: to technical peers and Protection teams in each CO.
  • Fixed-term contract to be extended up to 2 and a half years.
  • The position will represent Plan International at regional level and before the regional coordinating mechanisms related to the Protection Sector.
  • The Specialist will need to take a very active role in technical coordination, support, and advocacy with the country-specific protection coordination group and other stakeholders and technical agencies relevant to the sector.




  1. Assessment
  • Review and assess CPiE actions being implemented in the four countries and ensure/lead an assessment of the current situation; ensure assessment finding and documented, determine priorities and strategies according to context.
  • Set up systems for situation monitoring concerning child protection in areas affected by emergency.
  • Provide technical assistance to country-based CPiE teams in the field, with a big focus on coaching on the ground and technical supervision
  • Develop capacity building plans and provide training, coaching, and mentorship on CPiE to country program staff and partners
  • Ensure that PLAN’s child protection assessment activities are coordinated with other Plan’s programmatic areas, protection actors, stakeholders, and Governmental and non-Governmental agencies (and military where present).
  • Identify potential partnerships to implement recommendations, assess potential partners where available or make recommendations on how to fill gaps.


  1. Program Design
  • Define aims and objectives of the overall child protection response.
  • Ensure that the different capacities, vulnerabilities and coping mechanisms of girls and boys are considered and analysed.
  • Ensure the effective planning, implementation and coordination of child protection programming
  • Contribute to the development of staffing plans to implement CPiE program activities
  • In collaboration with national and international child protection actors, map current institutional response capacities.
  • In coordination with child protection actors, develop a realistic evidencebased, child protection program plan, including both programmatic and advocacy activities (results-oriented).
  • Design the most appropriate child protection interventions based on the outcomes of assessments and the context.
  • Ensure that issues of gender, education, DRR, and conflict sensitivity are factored into the program design.
  • Ensure PLAN’s guidelines and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action are considered and any deviation documented.


  1. Response Management and Implementation


  • Ensure that effective planning, implementation, and coordination of inclusive child protection programming that address the key child protection needs and barriers identified as well as child protection mainstreaming.
  • Work closely with the relevant implementation manager(s) to ensure that the implementation of relevant activities are planned and implemented in a phased and prioritized manner in full consultation and coordination with all relevant agencies both governmental and non-governmental.
  • Provide technical guidance and direction to PLAN for effective planning, implementation, and monitoring of agreed child protection plans.
  • 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.


  1. Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning


  • Work closely with the monitoring and evaluation team, design and develop appropriate monitoring, evaluation and learning systems for child protection interventions, ensure links to report requirements, build the capacity of CP and M&E staff to collect quantitative and qualitative data and to document key learning from the child protection response.
  • Evaluate the implementation of PLAN child protection activities and draft recommendations for improved program design
  • Draft child protection intervention reports to serve as standalone deliverables or to be included in larger emergency response reports for both donor and internal purposes.
  • Disseminate learning as appropriate among PLAN staff, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure early and rigorous implementation of quality and accountability mechanisms, as well as feedback from the relevant stakeholders, is considered throughout all phases of the response.


  1. Information and Co-ordination


  • Provide regular updates to the Regional Program Coordinator and emergency team on progress, priorities, and constraints – verbally and in writing on an agreed frequency.
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant UN agencies and NGOs at regional level
  • Actively contribute to regional CPiE Coordination Mechanisms
  • Contribute to relevant global advocacy and policy objectives with documented learning and evidence
  • Engage and follow up with relevant implementation manager(s).
  • Provide brief updates and reports on sectoral activities/strategies to donors and other stakeholders.


  1. Communication


  • Work with Plan’s communication team to support accessible publishing and dissemination of articles, case studies, success stories and presentations highlighting work in CPiE


  1. Human Resources and Administration


  • Coordinate and/or implement training and briefing of PLAN staff, partners, and other key stakeholders on child protection and/or related issues, Plan’s child protection policy and code of conduct.
  • Identify the staffing needs for the child protection response and support the recruitment process for these staff.
  • Comply with Plan International policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct and other HR policies and procedures.


  1. Dealing with problems.


  • The post-holder will make rapid assessments of situations and then make judgements for the organisation on strategic choices and action often with inadequate information
  • The job requires decisions to be made on the basis of assumption and experience, as little hard information will be available.  Decisions need to be context specific and there will often be no precedents to draw upon.
  • Management judgment will be required to negotiate and influence local Plan teams to take steps to respond in ways that may be new or worrisome in contexts that are stressful to all involved
  • Decisions may affect the lives of thousands of disaster-affected children, millions of dollars, the security of staff, and the profile of Plan across the humanitarian sector and media.
  • Excellent risk-assessment and management is required to support decisions that may require overcoming attitudinal, systemic and physical barriers



Technical expertise, skills, and knowledge


Essential Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years (of which at least 2 in the field) of progressively responsible professional experience in child protection in emergencies work.
  • Demonstrable technical expertise in implementing community-based child protection responses.
  • Experience with participatory learning approaches.
  • Experience of conducting child protection assessments in emergency contexts.
  • Experience of training on child protection technical areas with a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, Sphere and the Red Cross/ NGO Code of Conduct. Requires general finance, administration, information management and telecommunication skills and proficiency in information technology/ computer skills
  • University degree in social work, social science or another related field.


Essential Skills and Behaviours

  • Demonstrated ability to network and liaise with major food assistance donors including
  • Excellent project design, participatory monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Excellent communication skills: well-argued plans for the response that can be justified and delivered, persuasive of others.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership and is able to support and train local and international staff and able to work with disaster-affected communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.
  • Excellent negotiation, representation, skills, and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a very sensitive environment.
  • Ability to operate at advanced levels of authority and manage significant activities, budgets, and resources to produce and take responsibility for results
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines, and work cooperatively.
  • Proven ability to solve problems independently without direct supervision.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational and work prioritization skills and attention to detail
  • Good facilitation skills and ability to deliver induction briefing/training.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels, and to maintain this under pressure.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision from line manager.
  • Well planned and organized even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative and decision making with competent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Language skills desirable (English and Spanish working knowledge)



  • General knowledge and understanding of CPiE minimum standards
  • Experience as a coordinator for a multi-donor programme/project preferred
  • Well-organized style even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative and decision making with competent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent and creative leadership skills would be necessary to make strategic choices on activities with limited resources and with possible difficult access to beneficiaries.
  • Previous working experience in humanitarian action in Venezuela or Peru
  • Valid HEAT/SAFFE training is and advance.

Location: Peru, Ecuador or Colombia

Type of Role: Fixxed term, for up to 2 years of contract

Reports to:  GFFO Program Coordinator

Grade:  D2

Closing Date: 27th of January 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.