Gender Equality and Inclusion Specialist

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  • Added Date: Friday, 28 April 2023
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Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances childrenโ€™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 girls 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 childrenโ€™s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for โ€“ and respond to โ€“ 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.


Title: Gender Equality and Inclusion Specialist
Functional Area: Program Strategy Unit
Reports to Head of Programmes
Location: Country Office, Yaoundรฉ

Travel required: 30%

Grade: D1


The gender equality and inclusion specialist will work with the programs and operations teams to deliver Plan Internationalโ€™s commitments on Gender equality and Inclusion to transform the life of girls and their families as set out in the global and Country Strategy for Cameroon in line with 200 million reasons. The post holder will provide technical leadership on programs and operations maximizing on the opportunities presented by Planโ€™s strategy to design and implement pertinent and context specific approaches on gender transformation through the nexus of humanitarian and development efforts to promote childrenโ€™s rights and gender equality. Also, the incumbent will ensure that Planโ€™s country strategy and commitments on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) is institutionalized.
Under the general guidance of the Head of Programmes (HoP), the Gender and Inclusion Specialist will position Plan International as NGO partner of choice for promoting gender equality and protecting childrenโ€™ rights through programming and evidence-based influencing work.

Dimensions of the Role

1. Provide leadership within and outside Plan International on Gender programming, design, implementation and monitoring as well as develop clear and realistic conceptual thinking, guidance, tools, and build capacities
2. Acts as a key member of the Country Leadership Team, providing effective gender equality and inclusion guidance for all programs and operations.
3. Responsible for technical leadership on gender equality and inclusion across Plan International Cameroon programs, functions and operations.


Technical: Program Design

1. Responsible for development of technical guidance, checklists and tools on gender equality and inclusion for all programs; thematic and sectoral areas that support project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting.
2. Responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the Gender Transformative Protocol of Cameroon.
3. Provide a thorough internal and external gender equality and inclusion analysis to support strategic plan review and program review work.
4. Conduct regular Gender equality and Inclusion reviews to inform the management on areas of progress, challenges, opportunities and recommendations.
5. Support staff to develop gender transformative projects and programs in line with Plan International Cameroon Country strategy.
6. Facilitate development of gender transformative approaches and program models applicable to the context of Cameroon.
7. Responsible for conducting Gender Equality and Inclusion self-assessment and review as a basis to develop Gender equality and inclusion policy and Action Plan and monitor implementation of the same.
8. Promote feminist leadership and advice management in introducing gender sensitive HR systems and work place culture.
9. Develop easy to use relevant tools and guidance on gender transformative work throughout the project cycle.
10. Contribute in the development of specific gender equality and inclusion messages for communications for attitudinal and behaviour change on gender equality.
11. Team-up with SHRH program Lead to strengthen our program for girlsโ€™ rights to decide.
12. Promote and lead the understanding of global policies on GEI and vulgarize the use of the Gender Transformative Marker
13. Supports DRM Manager in designing proposals and implementing projects for diseases-related emergencies

Technical: Capacity building of staff and partners

1. Develop a comprehensive staff and partners capacity building plan and content on gender equality, Inclusion, Gender Transformative Approach and feminist leadership appropriate for all categories of staff and partners.
2. Pilot gender transformative initiatives for scaling up and influencing.
3. Responsible for development and implementation of capacity building, training, coaching, learning plan on gender equality, inclusion and gender transformation for all Plan International Cameroon staff and partners.
4. Applies/introduces innovative approaches and good practices to build capacity of partners and stakeholders and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable project results.

Portfolio Management

1. Budget management: the post may have budget oversight responsibilities
2. Ensure administrative and project management and follow up selection of implementing partners
3. Put in place a monitoring and evaluation mechanism for activities and prepare annual reports (GEI, GGE)
4. Tracking and monitoring of all project contracts for timely and effective execution, including tracking of instalment payments by the Projects Managers
5. Conduct periodic field monitoring visits for information triangulation, provision of on-the-spot technical support to field project coordinators/ managers,
6. Review all project reports as per the quality reporting guidelines, ensuring all reports are submitted on time.
7. Review of TORs for various project activities while ensuring that such activities aligned with the overall project strategy, as well as demonstrate value for money (the focus should not be about increasing burn rate, but rather, focused on meeting the overall project goals, in alignment with our CS).
8. Ensure the end of project closure with the GTM analysis, as a means to enhance effective project closure on gender transformative approach.
9. Liaise with other partners to identify areas for lobbying and advocacy and work with them to develop action plans/initiatives to address the gender-based issues
10. Lead the celebration of important events, IDG, 16 Days Against GBV DACโ€ฆ.as well as leading girls advocacy campaigns in collaboration with influencing and communication unit
11. Preparing, commission, review reports, case studies, videos and learnings in line with Knowledge Management

Proposal writing

1. Monitors CS program objective achievements and provide advice to CLT, BD, HoP, PIM and Program Implementation and influence Areas on programmatic gaps as well as Resource Mobilization strategies or funding opportunities to achieve the goal
2. Develop high quality proposals in collaboration with BD, project managers and other heads of impact areas according to sound child rights situation analysis, Planโ€™s CS objectives and Global Strategy priorities.
3. Support the BDM and Project Manager to conduct the Gender Transformative analysis during the design phase of the project with the Gender Transformative Marker tool


1. Proactively identify relevant networks, forums, and platforms on gender equality and represent Plan International Cameroon at national, regional and global level.
2. Strengthen Planโ€™s representation in various forums and platforms
3. Position Plan International as the leading organization for girlsโ€™ rights in the country
4. Secure strategic partnership with key partners girlsโ€™ rights and demonstrate aggressive fund raising
5. Influence government and strategic stakeholdersโ€™ gender-based issues in our areas of operations including other influencing initiatives in the Country Strategy

Ensures that Plan Internationalโ€™s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan Internationalโ€™s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Dealing with Problems/Risks

1. Support staff on how to deal with resistance challenging social norms.
2. Analyse feedback from staff and stakeholders on the issue of gender transformation approaches to identify risks and mitigation measures.

Key relationships:
Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact;
1. A member of the Country Leadership Team: collaborating with other functions โ€“ Influencing & Communication, sponsorship, finance, SRHR, programs, operations to ensure that gender equality and inclusion are embedded in all processes and procedures.
2. Regionally; A member of the WACAH Gender and Inclusion Network meeting: supporting colleagues and drawing on the support they can offer.
3. Globally; Relates to International Gender and Inclusion group (GIG) for technical support on Global Policy, best practices and standards.

1. Member of the country Gender Thematic Group (GTG) for mutual learning exchange, represent and profiling Planโ€™s work in the area.
2. Member of the Gender Based Violence Country Cluster
3. Establish working relationship with Government institutions, especially ministry of Women Empowerment and the family

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Relevant knowledge and experience;

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โš ๏ธ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฐ: ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐–!

1. A post graduate degree in Social Sciences development study or related field
2. A professional qualification and membership in related associations and societies.
3. Experience in Gender Equality and inclusion, diversity programming with orientation to various sectoral programs (Education, Livelihoods, protection etc..).
4. Clear exposure to Emergency contexts and emergency response programs.
5. Demonstrated relevant progressive experience in similar posts with International NGO
6. Deeper understanding and technical knowledge of the various global discussions and standards on Gender equality and Inclusion, Human rights and Child Rights frameworks and trends.
7. Demonstrated mastery of CEDAW regulations and reports pertaining to Cameroon.
8. Strong knowledge of the Rights of Child.
9. Experience managing a large child-centered and community-based programs for an international NGO.
10. Demonstrated knowledge about gender and development, and demonstrated experience and proficiency in managing programs that mainstream and promote gender equality at all levels.


1. Excellent written and spoken English and French skills
2. Experience in planning, design and implementation of integrated humanitarian and development programmes
3. Strong advocacy, influencing, and negotiating skills to bring about change and providing support from a distance
4. Excellent skills in writing funding submissions
5. Strong analytic skills and critical thinking.
6. Able to work with a wide range of staff across offices and departments
7. Communication โ€“ excellent negotiation and influencing skills in multi-cultural contexts


1. Strong networking skills required for building partnerships with government both locally and nationally.
2. Ability to build and foster collaborative working relationships with diverse stakeholders including project staff, local government representatives, local donor representatives, etc.
3. Ability to monitoring project results and expenditures against work plans
4. Analytical, report writing and editing skills
5. Strong facilitation skills
6. Strong negotiating, facilitating and influencing skills.
7. Budgeting, financial management skills.


1. Behaves consistently in approach to work
2. Strongly drives performance forward in area of the business for which they are responsible together with the team
3. Balances future vision with practical delivery
4. Build and promote effective team and collaboration
5. Develops mutual trusting relationships with complex partnerships that have excellent business outcomes
6. Sets a strong learning culture within the organisation
7. Remains calm and positive under pressure and in difficult situations
8. Aware of impact on others and adjusting own behaviour accordingly
9. Tolerant of difference - cultural sensitivity in relation to its impact on HR

Plan Internationalโ€™s Values in Practice

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

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

We work well together
1. Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
2. Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
3. Develops trusting and โ€˜win-winโ€™ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
4. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

5. Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
6. Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
7. Develops trusting and โ€˜win-winโ€™ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
8. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

Physical Environment
This post is based in Country Office.

Travel: Approximately 30% to Program Areas and Project Offices and other travel when required

Level of contact with children

Mid Contact: Occasional contact with children

Closing Date: May 12th, 2023

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

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 applicantsโ€™ 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 applying, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organization 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 will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organizational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girlsโ€™ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.

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