Title Champions of Change Associates (2 positions)
Functional Area Programmes
Discipline/field Child Protection
Specialism Gender & Child protection
Reports to Child Protection Specialist
Location Hargeisa, Somaliland Travel required Yes
Geographical scope of role Somalia / Somaliland
Effective Date September,2021 Grade:   B  


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 its 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 77 countries.

Plan international has opened an office in Somaliland and started programmes that focus on child protection, education and youth economic empowerment programming both humanitarian and development setting, working with/through partners and providing technical support to INGOs, Somaliland NGOs and the Government of Somaliland in Plan’s areas of expertise

The champion of change associates are responsible to work closely with the partners and Plan Somali/Somaliland program team for the implementation, coordination and systematic process of building capacities of young adolescent to scale up the champion of change for gender equality and girls & boys’ rights model. He/she is key for building young boys and girls to promote gender equality as part of efforts to end child, early and forced marriage, FGM and other harmful traditional practices. The position collaborates with Plan’s global champion of change programme as well as the global Girls 2030 team.

The Champions of Change for Gender Equality and Girls’ Rights programme, active in 41 countries, aims to advance gender equality through youth engagement. The programme aims to empower girls and engage boys to identify and challenge harmful traditional practices, negative masculinities that perpetuate discrimination and inequality.

management scope, reporting lines, key relationships

The champion of change associates will be based at the Country Office and S/he will uphold Plan’s Core Values, promote mission and vision, programme principles (transparency, gender equality and diversity) to enhance programme impact, and be committed to child protection and respect for human rights.

Reports to: Child Protection Specialist.

Key relationships:


Plan International staff including; Head of Mission, CP Specialist, Finance, HR, and Regional/Global Hub staff as appropriate


Project partners, Government of Somaliland officials, and other agencies and groups working in the child protection sector in Somaliland

Level of Contact with Children:

The position will be based in the Country Office and frequent travel to the Field Sites and the incumbent will give strategic direction on programme level of contact with children will be occasional.

Physical Environment

This position is based in Hargeisa with frequent travel to field sites and partners’ offices in the country.

Accountabilities and MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Provide guidance and support to the local partners for the implementation of the champion of change model and its different components, including training of mentors and facilitators, coaching and mentoring, regular monitoring and supervision of the programme.
  • Support the partner to roll out structured champion of changes sessions of the selected young boys and girls
  • Support the empowerment of girls and female youth through training, group formation and peer-to-peer dialogues
  • Promote the commitment of boys and male youth to gender equality through training, group formation and peer-to-peer dialogues
  • Establish inter-generational dialogues and community level advocacy on gender equality
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer actions organised by the girls, boys and youth.
  • Link up with civil society organisations that advocate for legal and policy change for gender justice
  • Identify and establish mentorship pregame that to provide individual programme to the members
  • Facilitate the champion of change manual
  • Organize and attend follow up meetings of the programme
  • Be responsible to organize capacity build trainings to the partner and other project actors
  • popularize the champion of changes model to existing networks and organizations working in the sector
  • Document the best practices, lessons learnt and challenges of the COC model
  • Produce and disseminate the project visibility materials
  • Develop detailed monthly workplans with budget
  • Support the Champions of Change in their process of reflection about the achievements and challenges along the way.
  • Assist the child protection specialist for submitting quality donor report of the project
  • Attend youth platforms, the child protection cluster meetings including GBV and CWG meetings
  • Support the partners to organize events for raising awareness, community mobilization and campaign’s
  • Where challenges arise, ensure that these are flagged early, communicated to the CP Specialist and addressed in an appropriate way.
  • Coordinate situation and needs assessment in the project sites to determine needed interventions within the context of operations of Plan international.

Business Management competencies

  • Requires good communication skills and judgement to negotiate with project staff, and partners.
  • Good communication skills with fluency in written and spoken English and Somali
  • Ability to work under pressure and willingness to work flexible hours when necessary.
  • Well planned and organized even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative and decision making with competent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong analytical and financial interpretation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Committed, honest and transparent
  • High degree of confidentiality and integrity

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Qualifications/ experience essential:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in areas of Community Development, Social Work, Law, Psychology, Human Rights or related fields.
  • 2-3 years’ work experience in child protection and gender programming
  • Knowledge of transformative gender inequality approaches and their application within children’s rights-based approaches to development
  • Strong facilitation and training skills to take a team through full of the implementation of the champion of change model
  • Experience working with children in emergency situations
  • Experience of working with community committees and commitment to working through systems of community participation
  • Understanding of protection concerns for children in emergencies.
  • Ability to write clear, well-argued case reporting and project reports.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ethical sensitivity and ability to empathize with children and their careers
  • Experience in community mobilization and conducting outreach activities

Qualifications/ experience desirable:

Minimum standards for child protection in humanitarian action, gender mainstreaming.

Languages required

Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Somali

Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

  1. Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  2. Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  3. Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  4. Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  5. Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  1. Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  2. Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  3. Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  4. Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  1. Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  2. Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.

7.Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.

  1. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

9.We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential

10.We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace

11.We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.


Please fill out the online application and enclose your CV and cover letter.

Three professional references at least with institutional email should be included into your CV.

Please Note that Plan International Does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment Agents

Application deadline   14, Sept, 2021

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