Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Gender and Emergencies

Looking for a Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor to strengthen our strategy in supporting young girls in crisis.

Job Description

Plan International Australia’s Commitment and Mission
Plan International is a global not-for-profit, working to change the world so that all children can live happy and healthy lives, and so that girls in all their diversities can take their rightful place as equals.
At Plan International Australia, we celebrate diversity. We deeply believe all different opinions and experiences will enrich our team and represent our beneficiaries and partners across the globe. Our commitment to an inclusive workplace culture means we embrace working with all sectors of the community.
Be the change you want to see
For 85 years we’ve worked hand-in-hand with local communities, so babies can survive their first 1000 days, so children can learn in safe environments, so girls can strive for work outside the home, so young people can speak up for their rights. We know that girls are the most marginalised by poverty, and for too long have been held back from reaching their full potential. This is why we work with all children to solve poverty but especially girls. We have a long history, but our approach is new. We’re secular, and we view the children, families and local communities we work with as our partners and our equals.
Possibility. Opportunity. Equality. Partnership. Love. Humanity. This is what we stand for.
The Opportunity at Plan International Australia
Our Partnerships & Influence Team is searching for a Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor to support the team. This role centres specifically around support centering young people, particularly girls and women affected by crisis. You will lead, advise and support PIA programs & influence through researching, project managing and supporting strategies on key issues related to gender equality in emergencies.

Your approach will entail building coalitions for change and collaborating with partners; including our Country Offices and Global Hub, local partnering agencies within the Asia Pacific region, as well as Australian development sector partners and allied organisations working on similar issues.
Together with leaders across the organisation, you will ensure the adoption of safeguarding policies and intersectional feminist leadership principles, and you will support young people, particularly girls, in all their diversity in their peacebuilding efforts, education opportunities and transformative systems change for peace.
Please note this is a part-time role on a 12 month contract, with the possibility of extension.
What you’ll do
  • Coordinate key strategic policy, research, evaluations, learning and advocacy activities that influence and practice related to gender and emergencies
  • Centre the voices and experiences of young people in gender and emergency practice
  • Develop and maintain strong partnerships and relationships with identified external stakeholders in the development sector, DFAT and government space to build support for change
  • Strengthen the evidence base for Gender and Inclusion in Plan programs and policies
For a full description of your role, please refer to the Position Description as attached to the Role Advertisement on our Careers page:
What you’ll bring
  • Demonstrated experience developing advocacy strategies and influence systemic change in policy and practice
  • Knowledge of international standards in development and humanitarian situations
  • Experience working with young people and supporting youth-driven advocacy
  • Excellent research, policy analysis and writing skills, as well as program development, evaluation, project proposal and budget preparation skills
Working at Plan international Australia
What this opportunity will mean for you:
  • Salary of 85K - 92K
  • Purposeful work, joining an organisation that is passionate about what they do
  • Hybrid working culture and an office based in Melbourne CBD (Southbank) with the option of remote work flexibility
  • Salary packaging
  • Genuinely flexible leave and working arrangements, such as inclusive parental leave
  • Committees, events, team activities and network opportunities with a range of initiatives to get involved in
  • An Employee Assistance Program to support your mental and social wellbeing
How to apply
Email us with a copy of your updated CV and a cover letter clearly stating how your skills and experience meet each of the selection criteria as listed in the Position Description.
Include the title of the role in the subject line and email to [email protected]
Apply before COB Tuesday 05 July 2022!
Our commitment to you…
If you are wondering whether this role is for you, however you believe in yourself and know you have what is needed to fulfil this role, please apply anyway.  At PIA we believe in looking for skills and abilities that new team members can bring and add to our culture. Even if you don’t wholly fit the criteria, we still want to hear from you!
Equal Opportunity Employer
Plan International is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to being a child-safe organisation. We are dedicated to working people from all sectors of the community, and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.
Please note: We make hiring decisions based on your skills, experience, and passion. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any adjustments you may need throughout your interview.
Also note: In instances where Plan International Australia selects a candidate based overseas, Plan International Australia will seek to work with the Plan International office in the candidate’s country of residence so that a contract can be issued locally in the candidate’s country of residence. The role, however, would report to PIA and be part of the Plan International team. A salary will be offered in accordance with the PIA award.
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. As part of the screening process, candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory National police Check, sign our Safeguarding Children and Young People policy and code of conduct, and where necessary complete a Working with Children Check.
Join Plan International Australia and help create justice for children and equality for girls.