Plan International Hiring Project Officer

Project Officer-Gender Equality and Inclusion

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Date: 14 Sep 2023

Location: Kilifi & Kwale, Kenya

Company: Plan International


Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organization working for better lives for all children. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation.

Our purpose is to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Our global strategy has a specific focus on girls, as they are often the most marginalized and most often left behind. We have committed ourselves to the ambitious target of reaching 100 million girls over 5 years, to ensure they can learn, lead, decide and thrive.

This is our contribution to reaching the sustainable development goals, and in particular the goals on gender equality. Our organization is transforming itself to meet this enormous challenge everywhere we work. We need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to lead our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to reach our target of 200 million girls.  

With over 38 years of experience in implementing its programme, Plan International Kenya (PIK) mainly operates in 12 geographical areas; Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Tharaka-Nithi, Siaya, Kwale, Kilifi, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Marsabit, Turkana and Tana River.


Plan International Kenya’s (PIK) strategic goal in the next five years is to end teenage pregnancies and end all forms of sexual and gender-based violence against adolescent girls and young women.

We aim to help create an enabling environment where girls and young women are safe, valued, equally cared for, and have equal opportunities. PIK will contribute to the global strategy by aiming to reach directly approximately 2.75 million (children, including girls and young women over the period of the strategy 2022-2026 and to reach additional beneficiaries through its interventions.


Plan International’s Conservation and Sustainable Management of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (COSME) project aims to significantly scale up Plan International Kenya’s current women-led, climate-resilient livelihoods and coastal management project in Kwale and Kilifi counties.

It takes an ecosystems-based approach in partnership with Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) Canada, COSME will also capitalize on opportunities for South-South learning by working between Kenya/Tanzania cross-border communities within the same marine coastal and coastal forest eco-regions.

The project will be instrumental in driving Nature Based Solutions (NbS) for climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation in the selected eco-regions: i) mangrove restoration and conservation; ii) sustainable seaweed farming; and iii) locally-led forest management and conservation. Small-scale conservation agriculture practices will also be deployed to build the resilience of women in selected communities.  

The ultimate project outcome is improved climate-resilient, equitable economies within communities relying on coastal and marine ecosystems.


The Project Officer will work under the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (COSME) project.

Their primary responsibility will be to implement gender transformative climate adaptation and resilience initiatives within the broader scope of the COSME project at the field level.  

The PO will ensure effective partnership management and promote meaningful participation of stakeholders to successfully deliver on the project’s objectives.

His/her role will include, mobilisation of project stakeholders, monitor and report on progress of project activities specifically on issues related to gender equality and Inclusion, SBCC in line with the detailed project implementation plan and to provide administrative and logistical support with all stakeholders for seamless project success. 


Qualifications/ experience essential: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Gender and development, International development, Sociology and other related studies.
  • Technical knowledge of Gender Equality and Inclusion in general, and as it relates to relevant sectors, especially Women’s Economic Empowerment 
  • At least 3 years progressive experience in Gender Transformative and Rights based Approaches into project design, implementation and M&E 
  • Direct project management experience, donor reporting and capacity building, preferably in the Natural Resource management and climate change adaptation.
  • Hold personal values, ethics and attitudes which are in alignment with the principles of the Plan’s values
  • Motorcycle riding skills and experience

Qualifications/ experience desirable: 

  • Strong report writing skills 
  • Documentation of project impact stories of change
  • Community facilitation, networking, partnership development and management skills 
  • Good communication, negotiation and advocacy skills 
  • Good interpersonal, relationship and team working 
  • Conflict Management skills 
  • Ability to understand the cultural context of the coastal communities.
  • Experience in program phase out management

Languages required:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Kiswahili and English.

Click on the link below to access the full job profile
JD Project Officer- Gender Equality and Inclusion.pdf

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 Policy.

Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure SchemeIn 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.

Disclaimer: Plan International is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate applicants on any basis. We also do not charge Job seekers any fees at any point of the recruitment process.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

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