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Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization 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.

Plan International Malawi commenced its work in 1994 and currently supports programmes in 13/28 districts. Plan International Malawi currently has an approved country strategy (2017-22) Core sectors of programming include Sexual reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), Gender transformation, Resilience, Humanitarian response, Protection from all forms of violence and Inclusive quality education.

Other cross cutting issues such as Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE), Menstrual Hygiene management (MHM), Engagement of young people and groups of young women.

The vacancies below are in our Resilience and Humanitarian Response Program in Machinga and Mangochi districts.

Position: Gender and Protection Officer (2 posts)

The incumbent will report to the Project Coordinator and will support the implementation of gender and protection programme activities.

The main aim of this position is to support developing community-based protection practices, programs, and activities and mainstream gender in all programming focusing on resilience building.

Duties and Accountabilities

  • Support Gender and Protection program and the communities to implement protection, GBV and gender related projects and activities.
  • Conduct capacity building trainings for staff and communities in implementation of minimum standards and various SOPs on gender and protection
  • Coordinate and monitor all gender and protection activities in the field, ensuring quality implementation and achievements of results by communities.
  • Undertake regular travels to field locations to conduct monitoring visits, activities and/or provide technical support to the communities.
  • Ensure smooth implementation of the direct implementation components of the gender and protection program including complaints and feedback mechanism
  • In case of delays and concerns relating to implementation, raise red flags to the relevant stakeholders.
  • Attend the field coordination meetings in collaboration with the other program teams.
  • Any other gender and protection activities as requested by the supervisor.
  • Provide advice and support to the Project Officers and communities in the project design to ensure that all project proposals have been designed with gender sensitive approaches, and the needs
    of women, girls, boys and men have been clearly considered and included in the design and during the whole project cycle.
  • Support the program team on establishing a gender-sensitive accountability mechanism for beneficiaries.
  • Contribute to the gender and protection mainstreaming efforts for the other sectors (i.e. livelihoods, health and WASH).
  • Support in developing training materials, modules and material for sessions, oversight on whether staff and mainstreaming gender by appropriately apply the skills acquired through trainings, include planning, evaluative monitoring and reporting.
  • Support capacity building of the office staff and community members in the fields of gender and protection mainstreaming.
  • Support partners NGOs in maintaining a safe and confidential record keeping system and making sure referral of cases are confidential, safe and in a timely manner;
  • Support/help to prepare partner organizations monthly reports and specific reports on programme related topics.
  • Review and improve the quality of organization’s existing data collection tools/databases/reporting templates on gender and protection specific activities.
  • Provide support in reviewing monitoring and evaluation reports as well as conducting gender and protection related assessments.
  • Ensure close coordination with the M&E team to report quality data for gender and protection related outputs.
  • Provide assistance in data collection, compiling lessons learned, establishing indicators to support knowledge sharing
  • Update internal documents regarding gender and share those with the team and stakeholders
  • Keep track of gender and protection related issues in the district; and inform the team on changing vulnerabilities.
  • Write success stories related to program and project developments as they relate to gender equality and protection issues.
  • Support the line manager in developing technical materials, SOPs, capacity building and tools.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • University Degree and relevant work experience with an NGO with a focus on gender
  • 2 years of experience in gender programming, including significant experience on GBV, women’s voice and/or economic empowerment
  • Proven skills in partnership building, influencing and negotiation with a range of actors
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills;
  • Effective procurement and contract management skills;
  • Excellent skills MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Power point;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to multi-task;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities

How to apply

Send your application to:


clearly indicating on the subject the name of the position you are applying for. Include a CV and copies of certificates in your application.

Deadline for receiving applications is MONDAY, 31st MAY, 2021.

Plan International appreciates all applicants but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Plan is an equal opportunity employer.

Plan International takes seriously its policies on safeguarding children and young people and workplace safeguarding and will undertake robust formal and informal measures to undertake robust background checks specifically attributable to these two areas.


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