Gender in Emergencies Specialist
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Over the past five years, complex and rapidly escalating crises have caused an unprecedented need for humanitarian assistance in Niger. Attacks, kidnapping by terrorists and other armed groups coupled with internal conflicts along the frontiers with Mali, Burkina Faso and Nigeria have led to the death of hundreds of civilians and paramilitary and over 60,000 internally displaced persons (IDP). Since 2017 the same attacks in neighboring Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria have caused an influx of refugees as well as Niger national returnees from the countries. According to the UNHCR, in August 2020 there were over 227,816 refugees; 265,522 IDPs: 34,300 returned Niger nationals from Nigeria and 3,637 asylum seekers in Niger. Human rights violations are rampant, especially gender-based abuse of girls and young women. A Food insecurity and malnutrition crisis is gathering momentum in the communities, followed by the impact on COVID-19 from March 2020 on the economy and on access to basic services. As if that was not enough, during the months of August and early September 2020, heavy rains and floods have swept across many parts of these Regions, destroying fields, washing away livestock, damaging houses and killing people. According to OCHA Niger, by 30th August 2020 over 280,000 people (32,450 households) were affected by the floods. (Evidence makes us believe that the number has doubled since then). Niger has thus become a melting pot of complex and multidimensional crises. The regions of Diffa, Tillaberi, Maradi and Taoua are the hardest hit by all these crises except the floods which had a more devastating effect on Niamey the capital city with children, girls and women taking most of the punch.
Almost all the UN agencies involved in humanitarian or development work are represented in Niger with WFP, UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR, OCHA. Plan International is a member of a network of over 60 International NGOs. The government has put in place many politico-military measures to increase security and protection of civilians but this remains an increasing uphill task. In fact, some of the measures drastically thwart humanitarian action (ex the mandatory use of military escorts).
Plan International has been providing humanitarian assistance in Diffa and Tillaberi since 2017. The lack of experienced DRM personnel and the difficulty to hire from outside has however affected both the quality and the timeliness of the interventions. Diffa, at the border with Niger 1,300 km away from Niamey, is part of the Lake Chad Program with a full-time ERM and over 50 staff engaged 100% on Emergency Response. Tillaberi is two hours away from Niamey, as well as Taoua and Maradi (700 km away) are part of the Sahel Program, with mainly development programs but increasing humanitarian projects. There are no dedicated Response staff. The Niger Country Office has one dedicated DRM Manager whose capacity needs to be strengthened. With the advent of COVID-19 an ERT was set-up but composed only of staff experienced on development work.
The work of the Sahel Gender and Inclusion in Emergencies Specialist is to support and work closely with the ERM and the Program development and influencing team in providing technical and strategic support for Plan International Niger’s work on gender equality and inclusion in disaster preparedness and response. The Sahel Gender in Emergencies Specialist ensures that Plan International Niger’s disaster risk management programming and influencing contributes to Plan International’s Global Strategy of gender transformative programming, and becomes well-known for quality, innovation, scalability and results.
The role will seek to help Niger pursue improvements in gender-sensitive and gender transformative programming in humanitarian settings. It seeks to build capacity and confidence in country teams on internalizing and demystifying gender transformative approaches using available program tools within Plan International.
He/She will provide:
advisory and technical support to the Program development and implementing teams on gender and inclusion in emergencies,
support the integration of gender transformative approaches in the Sahel humanitarian response
support staff and partners capacity building
support to identify donors and help develop winning proposals to fund our response programs
technical support ensuring that Plan International Niger is recognized for quality, innovation and results
building Plan’s reputation as a thought and practice leader in gender transformative humanitarian programming in Niger.
1. Sahel Gender and Inclusion in Emergencies Specialist
a. Leads Plan International Niger’s team capacity building efforts to enhance gender and inclusion analysis and integration in disaster preparedness and response work.
b. Conduct Gender need assessment exercises
c. Develop guidelines notes and tools to strengthen Plan Internationals ability to implement gender transformative programs and ability to identify and address the needs and rights of girls in the Sahel emergency
d. Represent Plan International with relevant national and international stakeholders including donors and relevant clusters
e. Contribute to Disaster Preparedness Plan update
f. Contribute in the design of projects and the development of proposals for emergency response projects
g. Contribute to building staff and partners capacities in Gender in emergency transformative approaches
h. Develop lessons learned from programs to support the Niger team continuously learn from its programs.
Three months starting as soon as possible (December 1st, 2020)
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