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VACANCY: Regional Sexual Rights and Reproductive Rights (SRRR) Program Specialist - Plan Region of the Americas (ROA)

The position can be based in any of our ROA countries, but preferably in Panama or any of our 6 priority countries for the SIDA framework program (Bolivia, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala) Please note that the position will be hired under a fixed term contract until July 1st 2018 (with possibility to be extended) following local conditions according the labor law of the country hiring the candidate.

The position can be based in any of our ROA countries, but preferably in Panama or any of our 6 priority countries for the SIDA framework program (Bolivia, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala)

Please note that the position will be hired under a fixed term contract until July 1st 2018  (with possibility to be extended) following local conditions according the labor law of the country hiring the candidate.

A full job description is attached.

The Organization:

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

For over 80 years actively working in around 50 developing countries, Plan International has been breaking the cycle of child poverty.  And because no country’s or community’s needs are the same, everything we do—from strengthening healthcare systems to improving the quality of education, to advocating for increased protection and beyond—is built with and owned by, the community.  The result is a development approach designed to improve the lives of the youngest members of the community for the longest period of time.  Using this approach, in 2016, Plan directly impacted 69 million people, including 32 million children, in 52 developing countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And its 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.

Purpose:

The purpose of this position is to provide regional leadership and strategic direction for Plan’s gender-sensitive and transformative Sexual and Reproductive Rights programs in the region of the Americas (ROA). The post holder will be responsible for providing strategic leadership for Plan’s SRRR programming in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a particular emphasis on the strengthening of youth networks engaged in advocacy for the guarantee of SRR; on supporting the implementation of a regional advocacy strategy for the prevention of and attention to teenage pregnancy; and for the promotion of quality, rights-based comprehensive sexuality education (in and out of school), including through the identification of replicable/scalable and effective models and innovative practice. 

He/she will serve as the region’s principal point of contact for SRRR programming in the twelve countries in which Plan works in the region and the interlocutor between regional and global processes.

The position will provide technical support for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of quality SRRR programs across the region and coordinate regional knowledge management in this area. The position will also plan and drive the up-scaling of Plan’s SRRR work in the region, through securing strategic partnerships, resource mobilization/grants acquisition, knowledge management and organizational learning, evidence-based advocacy and external representation in regional as well as global forums.

Dimensions of Role:

The position will provide technical coordination for the SRRR – youth networks component of the SIDA-funded regional program including management of the partnership relationship with REDLAC, ensuring quality management and implementation of the regional project, providing support to and articulation with the national projects that are linked to the regional initiative. 
The position will support the broader civil society strengthening objective of the SIDA-funded regional program, with particular emphasis on support for the strengthening of REDLAC and the development of guidelines and standards for working with youth networks and groups, in collaboration with the Plan SNO CSO strengthening advisor.
The position will co-lead the regional-level work identified in the regional advocacy plan 2015 – 2020 directed at the prevention of and attention to teenage pregnancy, with emphasis on pregnancy amongst girls under 15 years
The position will provide strategic leadership for the identification, up-scaling and resourcing of effective models for the promotion of SRRR, with emphasis on rights-based sexuality education.
The position will provide strategic, demand-driven support to the Country Offices (COs) to strengthen learning, program quality and reach.
The position will represent Plan within relevant forums and networks of key regional-level players (including donors, strategic and organizational partners) in the field of SRRR, in order to increase Plan’s visibility in the area and position the organization as a partner of choice.
Project Budget managed by the position: approximately 45000/year directly managed, 82,000/year managed through SIDA project implementing partner.
Staff reporting  to the position: None

Typical Responsibilities - Key End Results of Position:

Responsible for the implementation of the “Joining voices for our Sexual And Reproductive Rights” component of the SIDA funded regional program, ensuring quality implementation and achievement of the project objectives and results; quality management of the relationship with the implementing partner; coordination of the inter-country Committee of Adolescents and Youth and effective coordination/articulation with the national youth SRR projects. 
Co-leads the development and roll-out of guidelines, tools for strengthening of youth-groups and networks, and provides support for their appropriation and mainstreaming in projects working with youth and their organizations.
Co-leads the implementation of the regional advocacy plan for the prevention of teenage pregnancy, including support for the research component, preparation and facilitation of youth in decision-making spaces and representation in regional forums and mechanisms. 
Identifies and implements actions for the scaling up, sustainability and funding of the regional SRRR initiatives, including Plan’s model/materials for CSE and support for youth networks.
Leads regional level knowledge management and learning in SRRR, and ensures that learning from the region feeds into global processes and vice-versa

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

Knowledge and experience

Minimum Bachelors and preferably a Masters in social sciences, public health education or similar
Knowledge and professional experience in the  area of sexual and reproductive rights and health, and gender equality
Demonstrated managerial or senior level technical advisory expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of SRR programming
Experience (at least three years) in results-based project management or other logical frameworks, baseline studies and rights-based monitoring and evaluation models
Experience working with community organizations, preferably youth organizations, including work to strengthen youth networks and strengthen youth citizen participation
Demonstrated facilitation and training experience
Knowledge of human rights based approach, children and youth rights issues and the Latin America and Caribbean context.
 

Skills

Influencing, representational and advocacy skills
Communication with and engagement of adolescents and youth
Excellent communication skills, including virtually, across different cultures and across generations
Strong analytical and writing skills.
Excellent command of Spanish and English, both spoken and written

Behaviours

Promotes and facilitates teamwork, provides vision and strategic leadership
Flexible, adaptive while maintaining the big picture
Culturally sensitive, gender-sensitive and inclusive
Assumed responsibility for actions and the results of these
Innovative, entrepreneurial and pro-actively takes the initiative to identify new opportunities

Physical Environment and Demands:

The position is flexibly based in the ROA region, within a Plan International Office and in addition requires extended travel to Plan field offices (up to 50%).
The position-holder will therefore be:
Holder of a valid passport with the ability to travel internationally
Eligible to work in one of the thirteen countries in which Plan has operations in LAC

Level of Contact with Children and Youth:

Moderate:     Moderate frequency of interaction

Closing Date: September 1st  2017.

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

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A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Child Protection 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.