Job Opportunity : Gender Equality and Inclusion Specialist

Job Opportunity : Gender Equality and Inclusion Specialist

Gender Equality and Inclusion Specialist

Date: 25-Sep-2020

Location: Yaounde, CE, CM

Company: Plan International


Plan International is an independent non-profit development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. 

We believe in the power and potential of every child. However, these are often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. In addition, it is 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. Moreover, 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 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.




Gender Equality and Inclusion Specialist - Cameroon nationals ONLY

Functional Area


Reports to

Program Implementation Manager


CO, Yaoundé

Travel required


Effective Date






The gender equality and inclusion specialist will work with the programs and operations teams to deliver Plan International’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 100 million reasons. The post holder will provide technical leadership on programs and operations maximizing on the opportunities presented by Plan’s strategy to design and implement pertinent and context specific approaches on gender transformation through the nexus of humanitarian and development efforts to promote children’s rights and gender equality. Also, the incumbent will ensure that Plan’s country strategy and commitments on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) is institutionalized. 

Under the general guidance of the Program and Implementation Manager (PIM), the Gender and Inclusion Specialist will position Plan International as NGO partner of choice for promoting gender equality and protecting children’ rights through programming and evidence-based influencing work.


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
Acts as a key member of the Extended Country Management/Leadership Team, providing effective gender equality and inclusion guidance for all programs and operations.
Responsible for technical leadership on gender equality and inclusion across Plan International Cameroon programs, functions and operations


Technical: Program Design
  • 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.
  • Provide a thorough internal and external gender equality and inclusion analysis to support strategic plan review and program review work.
  • Conduct regular Gender equality and Inclusion reviews to inform the management on areas of progress, challenges, opportunities and recommendations.
  • Support staff to develop gender transformative projects and programs in line with Plan International Cameroon Country strategy.
  • Facilitate development of gender transformative approaches and program models applicable to the context of Cameroon.
  • 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.
  • Promote feminist leadership and advice management in introducing gender sensitive HR systems and work place culture.
  • Develop easy to use relevant tools and guidance on gender transformative work throughout the project cycle.
  • Contribute in the development of specific gender equality and inclusion messages for communications for attitudinal and behaviour change on gender equality.
  • Team-up with SHRH program Lead to strengthen our program for girls’ rights to decide.
  • Promote and lead the understanding of global policies on GEI
Technical: Capacity building of staff and partners
  • Develop a comprehensive staff and partners capacity building plan and content on gender equality, Inclusion appropriate for all categories of staff and partners.
  • Pilot gender transformative initiatives for scaling up and influencing.
  • 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
Portfolio Management
  • Budget management: the post may have budget oversight responsibilities
  • Ensure administrative and project management and follow up selection of implementing partners
  • Put in place a monitoring and evaluation mechanism for activities and prepare reports
  • Lead the celebration of important events, IDG, DAC….as well as leading girls advocacy campaigns in collaboration with influencing and communication unit
  • Preparing, commission, review reports, case studies, videos and learnings in line with Knowledge Management
Proactively identify relevant networks, forums, and platforms on gender equality and represent Plan International Cameroon at national, regional and global level.
Strengthen Plan’s representation in various forums and platforms

Ensures that Plan International’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 International’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.

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


Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact;

  • A member of the Extended Country Management Team: collaborating with other functions – Influencing & Communication, sponsorship, finance, SRHR, programs, operations to ensure that gender equality and inclusion are embedded in all processes and procedures.
  • Regionally; A member of the WACAH Gender and Inclusion Network meeting: supporting colleagues and drawing on the support they can offer.
  • Globally; Relates to International Gender and Inclusion group (GIG) for technical support on Global Policy, best practices and standards.
  • Member of the country Gender Thematic Group (GTG) for mutual learning exchange, represent and profiling Plan’s work in the area.
  • Establish working relationship with Government institutions, especially ministry of Women Empowerment and the family


Relevant knowledge and experience;
  • A post graduate degree in Social Sciences development study or related field
  • A professional qualification and membership in related associations and societies.
  • Experience in Gender Equality and inclusion, diversity programming with orientation to various sectoral programs (Education, Livelihoods, protection etc..).
  • Clear exposure to Emergency contexts and emergency response programs.
  • Demonstrated relevant progressive experience in similar posts with International NGO
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated mastery of CEDAW regulations and reports pertaining to Cameroon.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and French skills
  • Experience in planning, design and implementation of integrated humanitarian and development programmes
  • Strong advocacy, influencing, and negotiating skills to bring about change and providing support from a distance
  • Excellent skills in writing funding submissions
  • Strong analytic skills and critical thinking.
  • Able to work with a wide range of staff across offices and departments
  • Communication – excellent negotiation and influencing skills

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


We are open and accountable
  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people
We strive for lasting impact
  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together
  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering
  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.


This post is based in CO.

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


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Mid Contact: Occasional contact with children


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