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Home-based: Advisor, Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups, 2 year consultancy

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Home-based: Advisor, Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups, 2 year consultancy

Deadline for application: 
26 Jan 2020
Plan International
Job type: 

Reports to: Director, Program Technical Quality

Location: Global/home-based, with preference for Toronto or Ottawa (with up to 20% international travel annually)

Status: Full-time, 2 year consultancy

The Position:

The Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups (CAAFAG) Advisor will manage and provide technical leadership to an inter-agency project that aims to strengthen the capacity of field practitioners to better design and implement quality programmes to prevent child recruitment and support release and reintegration of CAAFAG. The position will be responsible for developing, piloting, and disseminating an evidence-informed CAAFAG capacity-building toolkit. You will be expected to develop a technical programme note based on best practices and lessons learned on approaches to programming with girls associated with armed forces and armed groups.

You will collaborate significantly with the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, an inter-agency forum that undertakes operational standard-setting, development of technical guidance, and capacity-building and learning among other work. Plan International currently co-leads the Alliance with UNICEF, who is the permanent co-lead.

The CAAFAG Advisor will work in a cross-functional team environment in Plan International Canada and report to the Director of Program Technical Quality, also based in Canada. The position is expected to work closely with Plan International’s Global Lead for Child Protection in Emergencies, as well as Plan International’s wider child protection in emergencies network. The position will also need to coordinate with Plan International’s Country Offices for the purposes of field travel, data collection, and piloting of tools and other resources. You will be responsible for regularly updating the project’s donor on progress and achievements.

This is a consultancy position for two years. This position may be based remotely (home-based), with preference for candidates to be based in Plan International Canada’s Toronto or Ottawa offices or another global capital. The post holder will be expected to travel several times a year, including to field locations.

Our successful candidate will have excellent technical capacity and significant experience with CAAFAG-related programming, including field experience in programs related to prevention, demobilization, and reintegration. The candidate will have the relevant expertise to lead the development of global capacity-building resources and promote their use by field practitioners. You will excel at building consensus and managing productive relationships with a diverse range of external stakeholders.

What does success look like?

  • Establish an inter-agency and multi-disciplinary reference group composed of program, policy, and research practitioners
  • Conduct desk review, interviews, and additional field research on existing tools, approaches, practices, and relevant capacity gaps
  • Develop and disseminate a technical program note on girls associated with armed groups and armed forces
  • Draft, pilot, and disseminate a CAAFAG capacity-building toolkit to support field practitioners to design, implement, and monitor CAAFAG programming with step-by-step guides, specific tools, training resource pack
  • Undertake project management, including overseeing project workplan and budget and provide quarterly updates and annual report to donor

As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • University degree in a relevant field, such as social work, law, psychology, or development studies or equivalent professional experience
  • Significant field experience in CAAFAG-related programming with UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs, or other institutions, including field experience in humanitarian settings
  • Experience leading or contributing to the development and dissemination of guidance notes, toolkits, training packages, and other capacity-building materials on issues related to child protection in emergencies
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate inter-agency working groups or task forces and achieve progress in line with joint work plans
  • Excellent facilitation skills and experience conducting training of trainers
  • Strong communication, analytical, and writing skills
  • Excellent understanding of gender, inclusion, and child and youth safeguarding considerations in programming
  • Familiarity with results-based management (RBM) and other frameworks related to monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL)
  • Ability to work well under pressure and take initiative with minimum direct supervision
  • Ability to build working relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • A flexible and collaborative work style, with strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Fluency in English, with working proficiency in one or more other language desired (French, Spanish, Arabic)
  • Ability to travel up to 2 weeks at a time (20% per year)
  • A passion for mission-driven work and personal values aligned with those of Plan International Canada’s organizational values

How to apply:

To express interest in this exciting opportunity to join a dynamic organization and a high-performing team, please forward your resume and cover letter to Yang Fu, Child Protection Advisor, yfu@plancanada.ca by January 26, 2020. Please reference CAAFAG Advisor in the subject line.

Plan International Canada is an inclusive workplace, and is committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

Consistent with our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, the successful candidate must receive clearance by a police background check, including the vulnerable sector screen.

Applicants who expect to be based in Canada must be eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the work term. Proof of eligibility will be required.

Plan International Canada sincerely thanks all applicants for their expressed interest in this opportunity. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Thank you for your interest in a career at Plan International Canada!

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