Regional Coordinator for Girls Adolescents/ Youth Indigenous Leadership Project

Job Purpose

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

The purpose of this position is to provide strategic direction and technical assistance to the project “School of political empowerment and leadership for adolescents and young indigenous women” which is part of the global programme “Girls Lead”, providing empowerment to indigenous adolescent girls 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 is gender transformative.

Apply by June 24th, 2019 to the following link:

Dimensions of the Role

  • The position is part of the programs quality and impact regional team of Plan International Regional Office of the Americas.
  • Provide regional coordination, guidance and technical support for the implementation of the project “School of political empowerment and leadership for adolescents and young indigenous women” and its different components:
    • project management,
    • planning and conducting trainings and workshops,
    • developing and adapting capacity building materials and methodologies,
    • timely and quality reporting,
    • budget management and
    • M&E activities according to the corporate M&ERL Framework.
  • Manage and strengthen Plan’s partnership with Chirapaq, (Co-responsible for the Commission for Children and Indigenous Youth of ECMIA) and any other national/regional partners and stakeholders to ensure sustainable and quality interaction and relationship; according with Plan’s principles and steps for managing partnerships.
  • Provide technical support to partner organisations, in particular to CHIRAPAQ as responsible for the Commission for Children and Indigenous Youth of ECMIA); whilst ensuring effective cooperation to ensure timely and sound project implementation and reporting.
  • Provide strategic, demand-driven support to Country Offices (COs) from Guatemala and Peru to strengthen learning, program quality and reach on girls and young indigenous women empowerment.
  • Represent Plan within relevant advocacy spaces, forums and networks of key regional/global -level players (including donors, strategic and organizational partners) in the field of indigenous populations particularly girls and young indigenous women.
  • Budget: Managed by the position: approximately 200,000/year directly.
  • Staff reporting  to the position: None



  • Responsible for the implementation of the regional programme “School of political empowerment and leadership for indigenous girls 2018 – 2022” of Plan International ROA funded by Plan International Germany (GNO), ensuring
    • quality implementation and achievement of the project objectives and results;
    • quality management of the relationship with the implementing partner;
    • close coordination of the regional young women indigenous network, and
    • effective coordination/articulation with the nationals focal points programme in Peru and Guatemala, GNO staff and ROAH technical staff.
  • Co-leads the development and roll-out of guidelines, tools for strengthening of and partnering with youth-groups and networks, and provides support for their appropriation and mainstreaming in projects working with youth and their organizations.


  • Identifies and implements actions for the scaling up, sustainability and funding of the regional initiatives, including Plan’s model/materials for Champions of change and support for youth networks.
  • Leads regional level knowledge management and learning in indigenous populations, and ensures that learning from the region feeds into global processes and vice-versa.
  • Keeps an overview on the project implementation components of Peru and Guatemala ensuring technical support on needs basis.
  • Ensure constant and effective communication with Plan International Germany and Regional technical advisors with a view of fostering learning and improving practices.
  • Gathers quality and relevant communication materials (photos, videos, interviews) as requested for Plan International Germany to support awareness raising on international level.
  • Technical expertise, skills and knowledge 

    Knowledge and experience

    • Demonstrated strong knowledge and at least 5 years of experience with indigenous populations of the Americas, their organizations and governance, especially youth organisations as well as advocacy agenda.
    • Preferably, belong to an indigenous people and be young. Demonstrated knowledge of gender equality and rights, indigenous people rights, inclusion, diversity, children’s’ rights as well as youth political participation and engagement. (Including a good understanding of the main international instruments related to human rights, indigenous peoples rights and children’s rights, Montevideo consensus for example).
    • Demonstrated knowledge of indigenous rights and their history, context and background, including particular issues with respect to the realization of indigenous girls’ and young women’s rights.
    • Knowledge of the Project Cycle and the management tools for effective implementation and of rights-based MER frameworks as well as proven track record in narrative and financial reporting and donor compliance.
    • Extensive experience in leading program initiatives on indigenous populations, youth empowerment and gender equality approaches.
    • Experience in working strategically with institutional partners, donors and INGOs.
    • Proven track record in the areas of indigenous youth networks and woman.
    • Ability to articulate and link between Gender Equality and girls rights, particularly indigenous girls and indigenous young women.
    • Builds and maintains effective, equitable alliances and partnerships in the area – both internally (including with National Organizations) and externally – ensuring adherence to Plan’s partnership principles and standards.



    • Intercultural, gender and competencies and skills
    • High-level communication skills and abilities to interact with a range of actors, including women indigenous organizations, indigenous organizations, government representatives, Civil Society representatives.
    • Ability to engage youth in promoting gender equality and inclusion.
    • Excellent skills in partnering with youth by engaging them on equal terms in the steering, monitoring and evaluation of the program as well as advocacy and influencing skills.
    • Facilitation skills to take a team through full proposal development life cycle
    • Proven experience of working effectively with dispersed team members, in a matrix management arrangement, and of working with local teams to build their capacity.
    • Excellent Spanish and fluent English writing skills.
    • Be respectful of the internal organizational processes of indigenous organizations