Plan International Vacancy for a Policy & Advocacy Specialist – Deployment Roster

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 are recruiting to fill the position of:




Job Title: Policy & Advocacy Specialist – Deployment Roster
Req ID: 22782
Location: Nigeria
Reports to: Emergency Response Manager
Emergency Roster

  • The Emergency Roster is a database of pre-selected deployable internal and external candidates who have the appropriate skills and experience to support emergency preparedness and response. It also stores information on these candidates.
  • The purpose of the roster is to ensure that we have the right people in the right place and the right time with the right skills.
  • Roster Members are expected to deploy to an emergency response within 72 hours or once an entry visa is received.
  • A Roster Member is selected from the Emergency Roster as and when a roster request is received from one of our country offices.


  • The Policy & Advocacy Specialist will deploy, often at short notice, to support a CO responding to a particular emergency.
  • They will lead the development and implementation of policy and advocacy positions related to the crisis.
  • The staff member will lead coordination on policy and advocacy work across the organisation related to a particular crisis.
  • In addition, they will identify and ensure strong representation with external fora.

Key Tasks

  • Ensure all policy and advocacy work and products have a clear focus on addressing the specific needs of young girls, adolescent girls and young women.
  • Develop an appropriate policy and advocacy strategy together with policy positions on specific issues.
  • Advise the CO on applicable international, regional, national, and local level legal and policy frameworks applicable to issues observed in the crisis
  • Identify and represent Plan International within key external fora, and through developing, maintaining, and leveraging relationships as deemed strategic (UN, Clusters, HCT, Government, Donors, Peer agencies).
  • Support operational research and subsequent writing of influencing papers, including policy briefs, op-eds, and internal briefing notes and talking points.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Experience in developing policy positions and tailored advocacy messages in humanitarian crises.
  • Substantive knowledge and experience in gender and emergencies.
  • Knowledge of key National, Regional, and International legal and policy frameworks that may be applicable for use in policy documents.
  • Experience in developing and implementing a strategic advocacy plan to promote and achieve identified policy priorities.
  • Knowledge of potential entry points in humanitarian contexts for advocacy at all levels and on a variety of issues that will likely be relevant to girls in emergencies.
  • Experience building and maintaining strategic relationships and of representation with a wide range of external stakeholders


  • Good knowledge of the CHS.
  • Strong writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to think strategically in the short, medium, and long-term
  • Skills in coordinating and facilitating advocacy implementation efforts by a large group of actors
  • May be required, to work during late hours, weekends and holidays in order to ensure timely delivery of programmes.
  • Language skills desirable ( for example English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic)

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply


Application Deadline: 23rd August, 2018.

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