Civil Society Strengthening & amp; Partnerships Specialist

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

A strong, empowered civil society that provides leadership opportunities for young women and girls is a necessary ingredient for Plan International to achieve its goals and objectives at every level; from programs to advocacy to media outreach to brand awareness.

The purpose of this position is to provide strategic direction and technical assistance to Plan International’s work to strengthen civil society for the promotion and protection of the rights of girls and young women throughout the Americas region. The position will play a key role in ensuring that Plan International’s work for gender transformation is informed by and delivered with and through local civil society partners while simultaneously strengthening the role of civil society in the countries in which we work.

Technical assistance/project support (80%): The position will primarily provide technical support for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of CSS projects in America.  Includes especially those supported under the SIDA CIVSAM Framework .

Strategic direction (20%): Working as part of the Americas region Gender-Transformative Program and Influencing Team, this position will help ensure that civil society strengthening goals and civil society context analysis are included in the Americas country and regional strategic planning processes. S/he will also be an active part of one or more of Plan International’s global thematic working groups (the Areas of Global Distinctiveness) to ensure that global priorities are reflected in Americas civil society work and that the Americas context is taken into account in setting global priorities. This position will work in close collaboration with Plan International Sweden (SNO), the Global Hub partnerships counterpart and the team of CSS advisors based in the other geographic regions.

Apply before July 2nd, 2019



Dimensions of the Role

  • Sida-funded and other CSS projects and initiatives in the Americas region are receiving the technical assistance in the area of civil society strengthening and partnerships they need to meet objectives, meet donor requirements and in line with Plan International policies and priorities.
  • Plan International is actively monitoring and analysing civil society space and the overall enabling environment for civil society across the Americas and is able to adapt its programs and strategies accordingly – and to support its CSO partners to adapt.
  • The Americas region (and the COs within it) are linked to global networks and working groups; and global networks and working groups are being informed by the civil society context and experience in the Americas.
  • Area of Responsibility: Civil society strengthening, partnership.
  • Budgetary authority: None
  • Networks: AoGD representation (most likely LEAD), regional girls’ movement working group, SNO, global, regional and CO counterparts.



  • Provide technical support for CSS project delivery across the Americas prioritized country offices – ensuring quality management and implementation of Sida projects in line with Plan International’s policies and donor requirements/guidelines.
  • Support the development and implementation of guidelines and standards for CSS, including work with CSOs as well as informal civil society group and networks. Particular emphasis will be given to groups and networks led by young women and girls working for gender equality.
  • Monitor the environment for civil society across Americas and ensure analysis is shared with CSS projects and initiatives and relevant networks.
  • Identify promising practices in CSS work and translate them into effective models and methods sufficient to bring greater scale and reach to the work.
  • Support the development and roll-out of new models and methods to effectively engage girls’ led gender quality movements as part of existing or new program initiatives and ensure the coordination with other corporate initiatives.
  • Maintain effective, equitable relationships with key organizations in the Sida-funded grant projects and civil society movement strengthening initiatives at CO-level in collaboration with key CO-staff.
  • Support relationship-strengthening between CO/CSO partners and relevant duty bearers and stakeholders in the government, UN organizations and other institutions focusing on civil society related issues.
  • Support Plan International staff engaged in CSS projects and identify needed capacity building in line with the Plan International global guidelines as well as the Sida related policies.
  • Represent the Americas region on one or more AoGD working group.
  • As requested, contribute to CO and RO strategic plans and reviews.


  • Leads knowledge management and learning in civil society strengthening, and ensures that learning from the countries feeds into global processes and vice-versa regarding Sida framework initiatives. This includes promoting cross fertilisation between the Sida framework and other initiatives.
  • Provides support to the integration and effective implementation of Plan Internationals new policy Building Better Partnerships.
  • Supports and contributes to the development and implementation of CO and RO influencing plans and activities.
  • Together with the Regional Research and Learning Lead, identifies research and learning initiatives that can help Plan International and its civil society partners to navigate controlled political environments and shrinking civil society space.
  • Supports relevant quality assurance mechanisms in relation to civil society strengthening and partnerships and in line with donor requirements in place – in close collaboration with SNO and the team of Civil society advisors

Key relationships


Post holder will work closely with the Country Directors, Country Management Teams and country advisors.

For fundraising purposes and grants management, the post holder will build and maintain close relationships with NO colleagues.


Engage externally with relevant actors and coordinate Plans work with other international/regional institutions and agencies, technical networks, regional government bodies, consultants, academy, consortium partners, regional network, and donors.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Knowledge and experience

  • Bachelors and preferably a graduate degree in social or political sciences, gender studies, international relations or other relevant discipline
  • Knowledge and professional experience in the areas of civil society strengthening, child rights governance, child participation and gender analysis
  • Demonstrated technical advisory expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of programming for civil society strengthening
  • 5+ years’ work experience in the Americas that includes a combination of supporting civil society organisations, organizational development, advocacy and/or working with children and youth around child rights
  • Experience in results-based project management and the use of problem analysis, logical frameworks and theory of change to design interventions
  • Experience in the use of rights-based monitoring and evaluation models
  • In depth knowledge of gender equality and girls’ rights challenges and opportunities in several Asian contexts
  • Knowledge on gender mainstreaming approaches, such as gender transformative approach.
  • Demonstrated facilitation and training experience



  • Excellent communication skills, including virtually, across different cultures and across generations
  • Context analysis skills to understand how context and stakeholders’ interests influence the partnership and our ability to achieve mutual goals
  • Able to learn quickly and adaptive to new and different perspectives
  • Influencing, representational and advocacy skills
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written Spanish and English.