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Jordan: Gender/ SRHR Specialist (36682)

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Jordan: Gender/ SRHR Specialist (36682)

Deadline for application: 
02 Oct 2019
Country(s) that the job is based in: 
Plan International
Job type: 

The Organization:
Plan International works in 70 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas promoting child rights and lifting millions of children out of poverty. Plan’s Global Strategic Goals (2017-2022) is to advance Children’s Rights and Equality for Girls ad our Ambition is, “together, we take action so that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive”. Our aim is to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalized through high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits to children and their communities by working in partnership with others and operating effectively. Plan International is a global federation and it has been working in Jordan since 2016, collaborating with national and international partners to support the recovery and resilience of the Syrian refugees and Jordanian host population by providing Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), child protection, and women’s empowerment services in both host communities and refugee camps.

Purpose: How does this post support Plan’s strategy and mission?

Plan International in Jordan is seeking to recruit an experienced Gender/SRHR Specialist to support the ongoing and planned projects at Plan International Jordan. To reach this objective, Plan International will respond in the programmatic area of Gender and SRHR specifically to 1) improve the protective environment for children, adolescents and youth within the targeted areas 2) to lead on the case management technicalities with the partner 3)to increase awareness on protection, Gender specifically the SRHR related issues and positive parenting skills of mothers, fathers, and caregivers 4) to increase knowledge and skills of adolescent boys and girls on protection and gender-responsive approaches and practices. The Gender/SRHR Specialist will be based in the main office in Amman and will be responsible for supporting designing and following-up with the technical aspects of the projects implementation, strengthening the referral system as well as providing capacity building, technical expertise and follow up on Plan´s volunteers in host communities, staff and partners on Gender & SRHR referrals and gender responsive services. Furthermore, he/she will provide technical assistance on Gender & SRHR programming and activities, working on mainstreaming activities with other sectors. The post holder will assure quality of programming, adequate coordination and communication on Gender and SRHR activities as well as he/she will ensure that Plan International Gender and SRHR support meet the inter-agency guidelines for case management and the minimum standards for child protection and Gender Based Violence in humanitarian actions.

Dimensions of Role:

  • Communicate effectively within Plan International in Jordan Head Office and with peer partners, agencies and related stakeholders. The post holder will support leading on Plan International Gender and SRHR components of the project including mainstreaming activities with other sectors, support the case management and strengthening the referral system, through their staff and focal points from other Gender/SRHR service providers;
  • Interfacing with other programme team members from Plan International also by contributing towards the capacity building of Plan Internationals staff and community volunteers including stakeholders and Gender/SRHR service providers within host communities
  • Contribute to coordinate and support the coherent and effective implementation of the SRHR Gender components of Plan International’s humanitarian response activities, using a results-based approach incorporating creativity, innovation, and responsiveness to the needs, and thorough monitoring and reporting in order to ensure proper programme development as well as Quality Management.

In Collaboration with the Technical Team Lead/ Senior CP Specialist, CP/GBV Specialist and field teams, the SRHR/Gender Specialist will be responsible:

  • To ensure SRHR cases including children at risk are identified in a safe and confidential way in accordance with the referral pathway and through the enhanced capacity of SRHR Gender service providers, and received individual case management support by ensuring standard tools, procedures and SOPs are in place and adhered to by field team members;
  • To coordinate with other SRHR Gender service providers and partners on case management services including strengthening and implementation of referral pathway system for safe identification and referrals;
  • To support mainstreaming and inclusion of SRHR and Gender related issues in ongoing programming.

Support in Programme Design, Development and Implementation:

  • To support in leading rapid and detailed child-led SRHR risk mapping and Gender safety audit assessments in new target areas; identify barriers and risk faced by girls and boys and determine priorities, immediate activities, and required resources;
  • To provide timely feedback on the ongoing activities and propose amendments as needed and way forward/mitigation measures to challenges faced;
  • To contribute to proposal development (narrative and budget) by providing relevant inputs on SRHR and Gender related aspects in close coordination with the technical unit and project management team as well as engaging in resource mobilization efforts to support joint programming;
  • To contribute to the development of the SRHR/Gender program strategic direction for responding to the needs of women, girls, boys and men;
  • To provide technical support to revise and develop contextualized training and IEC materials and coordinate/facilitate the use of these materials during training and community awareness sessions on SRHR and Gender;
  • To promote male involvement strategies in SRHR Gender programming and support the identification of promising practices on male involvement in prevention and response;
  • To perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop Plan programs;

Monitoring, Implementation and Reporting:

  • To work closely with Plan International Jordan’s Project teams to ensure that implementation and monitoring of activities are implemented in a coordinated and phased manner, in accordance with Plan International’s guide lines, best practices and policy;
  • To ensure that ethical, confidential and sound data collection and information management systems are in place for appropriate SRHR Gender analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy in accordance to Plan International´s Data Security Policies;
  • To identify and raise technical challenges partners face in the delivery of Gender relevant activities and services and propose tools and mechanisms to overcome them in a timely manner;
  • To lead the development and facilitation of trainings/workshops for Plan community volunteers as well as relevant partner staff and service providers on Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and reporting systems and approaches focusing on Gender related topics;
  • As required, to provide technical support through developing sessions to support the implementation of the project’s activities, such as, adolescent girl programming, disability inclusion and approaches to outreach etc. (or any other relevant topic as identified together with Plan International technical team) including adaptation and upgrading of Gender evidence-based tools and systems;
  • To lead and support the development of M&E Framework and monitoring & evaluation plan for SRHR Gender related activities and indicators and ensure adherence to the plans and systems;
  • To develop and roll out training plans and facilitate trainings for the community volunteers and Gender/SRHR service providers on monitoring, referring and reporting Gender related cases based on the assessed needs in collaboration with the technical unit;
  • To support and monitor the referrals of cases as per the inter agency SOPs and referral pathways;
  • To plan and undertake regular monitoring visits and meetings with relevant actors in the targeted areas in assessing the protection trends, patterns and advise on the prevention and response strategies;
  • To support the analysis and reporting on programme and project progress and trends in terms of achieving results, using existing monitoring and evaluation tools and introducing new mechanisms and systems; identify constraints and resource deficiencies, and recommend corrective action;
  • To consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of field teams; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to Plan International management and liaising with stakeholders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment for Plan programs;
  • To coordinate and support timely delivery of quality project and financial reporting and ensures adequacy with finance and activities;
  • To lead the development and implementation of regular, participatory assessments/feedback and complaint surveys and mechanism with and for affected communities in accordance to Plan international regulations, Child Protection in Emergency Minimum Standards, Core Humanitarian Standards as well ensuring the alignment with already established systems and policies available in the camp;
  • To provide inputs and consolidate weekly, monthly and quarterly progress reports on the protection related activities, training and meetings and contribute thigh-quality Plan International and donor reports on activities, indicators and achievements, as well as best practices and lessons learned;
  • To maintain effective and efficient oversight, quality control and reporting systems and processes that ensure regular field monitoring and modifications as required.

Coordination and Communication:

  • To attend regular calls, meetings, etc. as required by Plan International;
  • To coordinate with the Communication Coordinator to ensure that all media related activities are in line with the Do No Harm approach and interagency guidelines and to support resource mobilization efforts by contributing to proposal preparation and development of communication and advocacy materials and related engagements;
  • To share relevant information with the teams in accordance with confidentiality regulations and policies; establishing and supporting the development and revision of the proper and sound documentation and data filing system;
  • To regularly attend relevant meetings, Case Management meetings at appropriate levels to contribute to the coordinate of case management responses across agencies at field level;
  • Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including donors (if required), government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
  • In line with Child protection and Gender Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Gender based Violence in Emergencies, consolidate existing assessments on the Gender situation and/or work with relevant agencies and the displaced and host populations to conduct relevant participatory analyses of Gender.

Human Resources – Staff supervision and Development

  • To maintain open and professional relations with all the team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions and different task assigned to them;
  • To coordinate and/or implement training and briefing of Plan International partners in Host communities, and other key stakeholders on SRHR/Gender and/or related issues;
  • To lead and support the orientation, on-going development/training and capacity building of SRHR/Gender Service Providers as well as Plan International Staff and partner staff, when required on SRHR/Gender referrals and gender responsive services on Gender related activities;
  • To ensure refreshers and learning sessions are carried out as needed;
  • To ensure that all Plan policies are upheld including Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings, Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, Gender Case Management Standard Operating Procedure and Core Humanitarian Standards Grant Planning & Implementation;
  • Ensure timely completion and submission of regular program and staff reporting and annual performance reviews, as appropriate;

In order to succeed in this challenging and varied role the successful candidate must have or be:

Technical Qualifications and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in Social Work, Social Sciences, Psychology, Public/Community Health, Human Rights or another related field;
  • Minimum of 6 years (3 in the field) of progressively responsible experience in implementing protection/ Gender Based Violence and/or Women´s Empowerment and/or Reproductive Health programs, preferable social work and/or case management in humanitarian, post-conflict recovery and/or development settings;
  • Sound knowledge of gender issues in humanitarian and/or development settings, particularly Gender, including relevant international human rights, principles and established international standards (ex: CPMS, INEE, Sphere, SGender, etc.);
  • At least 3 years of direct experience in working with and providing services to children and adolescents at risk of abuse, exploitation and violence, providing gender-sensitive and child-friendly counseling services, and/or developing/implementing referral pathways and case management systems;
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building trainings
  • Previous experience in emergency preparedness and response as well as prior trainings in gender and Gender issues and their application in humanitarian, conflict, recovery and development settings;
  • Experience working with case files and databases and providing regular documentation preferred
  • Strong experience in SRHR and Gender in humanitarian or refugee settings, community-based child protection and child and youth participation required;
  • Strong understanding of gender and ability to engage on gender equality issues;
  • Good Experience in utilizing internationals tools such as: Gender Standard Operating Procedures; Gender Information Management System; IASC Gender Guidelines; IASC Gender Handbook; Gender Coordination Handbook; WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies;
  • Prior experience in counselling and psychosocial support will be an asset;
  • Experience in developing methods, tools and programs/interventions in collaboration with government agencies, civil society, and private organizations/institutions.
  • Experience of conducting assessments in emergency contexts.
  • Experience of training on relevant technical areas with a variety of audiences.
  • Experience of managing grants and donor’ reporting requirements of DG-ECHO is preferable;

Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:


  • Excellent understanding of Protection/Child Protection and Gender in emergencies programming
  • Experience designing and rolling our trainings to diverse audiences;
  • Experience working with partners to implement programming desired;
  • Strong knowledge and experience in training with good facilitation skills and ability to organize and implement trainings on sensitive topics;
  • Strong knowledge in planning, monitoring, evaluating programs and ongoing developments in evaluation tools and processes for protection projects;
  • Knowledge and experience in M&E and participatory learning approaches.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with very good command of spoken and written English and Arabic:
  • Excellent interpersonal qualities and the ability to work with people from a range of backgrounds, promote teamwork, flexible and able to handle pressure and conflict well in a calm and constructive manner;
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision from line maager and under pressure with competing priorities and deadlines and communicate clearly and effectively at all levels;
  • Excellent negotiation, representation, and facilitation skills and the ability to work comfortably in a very sensitive environment;
  • Strong organizational and work prioritization skills and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work cooperatively.
  • Proven facilitation skills and demonstrated experience in leading joint group efforts;
  • A passion for mission driven work and personal values aligned with those of Plan International’s purpose and values;
  • Commitment to Plan’s Global Gender Equality and Inclusion policy which states that the core objectives of Plan International work is to achieve gender equality, promoting gender justice, realising girls’ rights and fostering an inclusive society;

Behaviours (Plan International’s Values in Practice)

  • Strong commitment and adherence to humanitarian values and standards;
  • Focused and striving for the delivery of programme;
  • Cross-culturally agile;
  • 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 with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to Plan International’s core values and humanitarian principles;
  • Resilience/Adaptability and flexibility: ability to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including stress. Works and lives with a flexible, adaptable and resilient manner;
  • Awareness and sensitivity of self and others: demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity. Have experience and the ability to live and work in diverse cultural contexts in a culturally appropriate manner. Has a capacity to make accurate self-assessment particularly in high stress contexts and situations;
  • Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive under pressure.
  • Preparedness to work in uncertain security environments

Dealing with Problems:

  • Excellent risk-assessment and management is required to support decisions that may require overcoming attitudinal, systemic and physical barriers;
  • 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 taken based on 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 judgement will be required to negotiate and influence COs’ 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, security of staff, and the profile of Plan across the humanitarian sector and across media.

Level of Contact with Children:

High contact – the job responsibilities required from this position frequent and direct contact with children. It is expected that children shall be protected at all times.

We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people.

We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
  • Demonstrates high degree of accountability and commitment to organizational values and commitments to children’s rights, gender equality, inclusion among others

How to apply:

Please Access the role here:

Type of Role: 12 months fixed term contract

Location: Plan's office in Jordan - Amman

Reports to: Technical Team Lead/Senior CP Specialist

Closing Date: 2nd of October 2019

Female candidates are encouraged to apply

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 Child Protection Policy.

As an international, child-centered community development organization, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realization 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 organization, 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.

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