Influencing Specialist

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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 position holder will be responsible to provide support for influencing and  communication department in executing the humanitarian influencing and advocacy communication strategies in line with the country strategic plan priorities and global strategy with the aim of attaining gender justice for girls, adolescent girls and young women at humanitarian settings. 

Develop Strategies, Guideline, and Operational Plans and Review Periodically (30%)
•    Assess and manage the risks of humanitarian influencing strategy as part of an emergency response,
•    Develop guidance note on developing a humanitarian influencing strategy
•    Conduct humanitarian policy and political analysis in development and humanitarian context to inform on influencing strategies and outcomes.
•    Manage the reputational risks to avoid potential damage to Plan International image and reputation using accurate information in Plan International influencing, allowing its own practice by analysing inconsistent circumstances of risks.
•    Develop strategies, guidelines, and operational plans through major partners and stakeholder’s engagement.  
•    Review and update strategies, guidelines and operational plans in light of both national and international developments. 
•     Produce new material – e.g policy briefs and analysis from needs assessments or original research and sharing with key stakeholders.
•    Maintain a list of known opportunities and upcoming events where advocacy messages can be used and decision makers can be targeted.
•    Develop and execute annual plan in collaboration with major partners and stakeholders
•    Develop Memorandum of Understandings and facilitate the execution of humanitarian operations
Carryout Advocacy Outreach (20%)
•    Conduct policy analysis and integrating conflict sensitivity and contribution to peace in its strategies and throughout the humanitarian programme cycle – project design, partnerships, implementation, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
•    Identify and influence major stakeholders and partners  
•    Coordinate the delivery of internal and external policy and advocacy briefings and materials
•    Gather selected relevant studies already conducted by other partners / stakeholders
•    Develop key influencing/advocacy messages, defining effective tactics and leveraging the influencing strength to mobilize support for desired change
•    Think creatively and come up with ideas about potential advocacy entry-points on ERM specific priorities
•    Develop action plan to engage major stakeholders and partners locally and internationally.
•    Identify gaps and maintain good working relationships with critical partners and stakeholders  
•    Rollout campaigns and organize events (national and international level) (20%)
•    Work closely with the Programme and Business development team to ensure influencing is evidence-based and the Programmes and influencing approach is applied (lessons from the field, case studies, and research when needed).
•    Build effective internal and external working relationships.
•    Arrange and conduct planned campaign  
•    Schedule and carefully coordinate campaigning events  
•    Organize targeted events in collaboration with targeted partners  

Partnership Management (20%)
•    Establish and maintain formal and informal relationships with external stakeholders, including organizations and individuals, involved in humanitarian and other analysis related to the context of Ethiopia as considered relevant for CO needs in conflict sensitivity; ensure the incorporation of key research findings and recommendations; facilitate collaborative and/or applied research, preferably from the beginning of the research cycle, to advance contextual understanding, conflict sensitivity, and peacebuilding for Plan International Ethiopia;
•    Identify plausible partnership engagement modalities
•    Building relationships with those in power and those who have less power, but have similar goals like Plan International with the aims of strengthening their power,
•    Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanour toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
•    Be clear about the value Plan International brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates Plan’s unique value as a partner. 
•    Monitor and influence policy processes in order to identify emerging opportunities for policy and advocacy work through the National Development Plans and the Sustainable Development Goals
•    Establish clear lines of accountability for influencing
•    Conduct monitoring and evaluation of partnership programs implementation 
•    Review the impact of partnership effectiveness periodically  
    Public Mobilization (5%)
•    Develop updates on current events which are of interest to Plan International Ethiopia Strategic focus. 
•    Identify processes, events, institutions and other influential platforms relevant for identifying opportunities for campaign activity and partnerships. 
•    Organize effective consultations forums and events with wide range of stakeholders including relevant key government officials. 
•    Perform any other duties within the scope of the position as assigned by the supervisor
•    Secure support of critical professional support of available 
•    Lobby the key targets along with building and working with coalitions

Planning and reporting (5%)
•    Track progress in order to adjust the Humanitarian Influencing Strategy and report how the objectives of the strategy are achieved,
•    Develop an M&E framework for influencing from the outset, including in emergency and humanitarian settings.
•    Work with colleagues in Influencing and Communications and MEAL to do the annual, quarterly and other plans as necessary for the department and the unit. 
•    Work with Program, Partnership, HR and other relevant teams to respond to various relevant requests and support in reporting.
•    Work with the Influencing and Communications department and other relevant departments to make sure that PIE’s annual, quarterly and other reports are done on time and to the desired quality. 
Qualifications/ Experience Essential:
•    Minimum of 5 years relevant experience for master holder and 8 years for BA holders
•    Experience in developing and implementing influencing and campaign strategies 
•    Familiarity with government structures and policy decision making process and Experience in strategic engagement, public mobilization, and Knowledge of human right issues

Location: Country Office

Type of Role: Influencing Specialist – Humanitarian

Reports to: Head of Influencing and Communications

Grade: D1

Closing Date: 19 November 2021

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.

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