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Plan International Jobs: Gender-based Violence Specialist 2021

Job Title: Gender-based Violence Specialist (Marawi Response Project)

Organization: Plan International

Location: Iligan City, Philippines

The Organization 

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. 


Plan International Philippines is currently implementing the US-AID funded Marawi Response Project. The main goal is to support the integration or return of internally-displaced people (IDPs) from the Marawi Crisis. 

The Gender-based Violence (GBV) Specialist will take the lead in gender equality and women’s empowerment aspects of the project. S/he will be responsible for developing and implementing context-sensitive strategies to improve awareness and understanding within communities on woman’s rights and services available to support women on gender-specific needs. This will involve engaging and collaborating closely with community-level youth groups and local governance units supported by the broader project.  

Further, as the GBV Specialist: 

  • You will build the capacity of program staff and community groups to conduct safe and confidential referrals to available services for survivors of violence.
  • You will coordinate with health programs to ensure quality health referrals for survivors of violence.
  • You will ensure the inclusion of women and youth in all strategies and program activities, providing technical support to Workforce Readiness and Economic Development components as needed.
  • You will monitor and follow up on the project’s Gender Action Plan and Gender Blueprint, ensuring gender is incorporated in all teams’ work and providing refresher training for staff and partners.
  • You will represent Plan International in meetings/fora where the incumbent’s expertise will be of use, including DRR Network Meetings, Community of Practice on Community Engagement, and UN cluster meetings.
  • Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization. In exceptional cases, you will be asked to support emergency response activities in the communities in your assigned covered areas. 


To be successful in the role you will need among other things: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Social Work, Gender and Development, Women and Development, Gender Studies, or any related field. A Master’s degree in related coursework is preferred.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years’ experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating projects that strengthen civil society and women’s protection and empowerment.
  • Relevant experience in implementing projects with a focus on peacebuilding, conflict management, social cohesion, and/or women’s protection and empowerment.
  • Excellent knowledge and appreciation of local dynamics, challenges, and successful approaches in Mindanao, Philippines.
  • Extensive experience liaising with institutions and civil society organization/s focused on gender programming; previous experience and an existing network of contacts in the Philippines preferred.
  • Previous experience on USAID projects preferred.
  • Fluency in Filipino and English (written and spoken).
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the Philippines without restrictions. Local applicants are preferred.

Location: Iligan City

Type of Role: Project-based (13 months)

Reports to: Gender and Social Cohesion Lead

Flexible working arrangements

Competitive salary package (local T&C) 

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

Equality, diversity, and inclusion are 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 organizational 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 organization, 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 applicant’s 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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