Title: Development Education & Advocacy Officer
Reporting to: Head of Development Programmes
Closing Date: 6th February, 2015
Start Date: March 2015
Founded over 75 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organisations in the world. We work in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty.
Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries, through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives, by:
Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.
Established in 2003, Plan Ireland is a dynamic organisation that supports Plan’s work worldwide, with a particular focus on West Africa.
Development Education (DE) is a core element of Plan’s strategy to increase public awareness of aid and development. Plan aims to influence public perception and build a constituency support of development through communication using positive messaging that bring a greater understanding of the reality of life in developing countries and build an understanding of global interdependency. The Plan Ireland DE programme engages with schools, civil society organisations and communities through a range of interactive methodology and curriculum development.
Advocacy became integrated into Plan’s work in 2003 with the adoption of a human rights-based approach, Child Centred Community Development (CCCD). This commitment to advocacy was further set out and strengthened in the 2010 Programme Guide. This focus on advocacy as a means to drive sustainable change reflects the greater emphasis placed upon policy, advocacy and campaigns work in recent years by the development sector as a whole. Plan’s advocacy is free from political or religious bias and, in line with the CCCD approach, and is based on international human rights law and standards.
The primary purpose of this role is to further Plan’s development education and advocacy engagement in Ireland, with a focus on issues that affect children in the developing world.
The development education aspect of the role involves engagement with the public through schools, third level institutions, societies, adult education groups, networks, etc. The aim is to inform as many people as possible about Plan, its work and the issues faced by children in developing countries. The successful candidate will have full responsibility for the development education function.
In terms of advocacy Plan seeks to highlight the issues that affect children. To enable this we call on our own experience, our learning and try to use this to bring about change in thinking, policies and legislation. The advocacy component will endeavour to ensure that Plan Ireland’s voice is heard nationally and internationally, inside and outside of Plan.
Person specification and attributes/requirements for the role:
This document is not intended to be an exhaustive job description. It serves only as an overview of the role. A more detailed job description may be provided in due course.
To apply: send CV with cover letter, including a response to each filter question (below) to HR@plan.ie. Closing date, 6th February, 2015. To discuss the role feel free to write to Barbara Scettri, Head of Development Programmes, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must have a valid work permit at the time of applying to enable them to work in Ireland.
Garda/police checks and clearance are essential prior to job offer as part of Plan Ireland’s child protection controls.
Plan regrets that only short-listed candidates will be contacted in response to applications.