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Job Title: Regional Lake Chad Programme Manager
: Abuja - Travel required Frequent
Type of Role: Five-year fixed term contract
Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organization committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice. We actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives. We support children to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
The protracted crisis in the Lake Chad Basin region remains one of the most severe humanitarian emergencies in the world, affecting the North East of Nigeria, the Far North region of Cameroon, the Lake region of Chad and the Diffa region in Niger. More than 17 million people are living in the affected areas across the four countries. 10.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance to survive, more than 6 million of them are children. The crisis has unfolded in a region beset by chronic fragility where poverty, underdevelopment, gender inequality, unemployment and a lack of prospects for young people fuel extremism. This is compounded by environmental degradation and the impact of climate change.
The Lake Chad Programme (LCP) is a joint initiative from Plan International’s Country Offices (COs) in Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria, as well as Plan International’s West and Central Africa Hub. It was established to address the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin through an integrated and regional programme approach. The LCP has matured in the last two years, building on a clear regional programmatic vision with solid experience and observable outcomes in the areas of Education in Emergencies (EiE), Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE), Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Livelihoods.
Taking into account the protracted nature of the crisis, a new Lake Chad Programme Strategy (2018 - 2023) was developed and endorsed, outlining Plan International’s bold ambition to transform the life of girls and their families in the Lake Chad Region. It moves beyond a humanitarian vision towards a full spectrum programme, working at the nexus of humanitarian and development efforts to promote children’s rights and gender equality. This approach recognizes the importance of meeting immediate humanitarian needs while tackling the developmental deficit of the region which is both a contributor to and an outcome of the crisis.
The postholder will provide:
External: Position Plan International and its Lake Chad Programme as regional leader for promoting gender equality and protecting girls’ rights in the Lake Chad region
Internal: Strategic leadership to ensure the implementation of the Lake Chad Programme Strategy (2018-2022) across Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria
WACA Regional Program Department & Plan International Nigeria Programme Department, Plan International Niger Programme Department and Plan International Cameroon Programme Department, based in the Country Office of Plan Nigeria in Abuja
Matrix management with Strong reporting line to the Country Director (CD) of Plan Nigeria and a dotted reporting line to the Lake Chad Steering Committee, composed of the Country Directors of Plan Cameroon, Plan Niger and Plan Nigeria as well as the Regional Head of DRM of Plan International in West & Central Africa.
Dimension of the Role
The post-holder will head the Lake Chad Unit including line management responsibility (direct and matrix) for the Lake Chad Unit staff (6 people)
The post-holder will lead on a potential extension of the Lake Chad Programme into Chad
The post-holder will have budget responsibility for the regional ‘Fad Open To All’, any regional projects as part of the programme portfolio as well as for the specific budget lines across the 3 countries related to the Lake Chad Programme Unit
The post-holder will represent Plan International in external fora at national, regional and global level
The post-holder will be part of the Regional Lake Chad Steering Committee and the Regional Lake Chad Oversight Group
Support Country Offices in the operationalisation of the Lake Chad Programme Strategy by working in close cooperation with the Emergency Response Managers (ERMs) and Head of Programmes to ensure that all projects are following the overall programme outline and logic.
Support programme integration across the three countries by moving from a coordinated to an integrated regional programme approach
Coordinate the interphase with Country Offices on the management of the Nexus between humanitarian and development programme
Project oversight for regional projects which are part of the Lake Chad Programme including implementation of regional activities
Provide guidance and in-country support to the Emergency Response Managers, Head of Programmes and Project Implementing teams in Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria
Provide input for the preparation of narrative reports in line with donor’s and Plan’s requirements and rules and regulations
Participate in regular monitoring and if required programme/action plans revisions and modifications and facilitate that relevant stakeholders (COs as well as NOs) are informed in due time on progress and related delays and/or modifications.
Engage and build relations with key actors/stakeholders and donors of the programme
Support resource mobilization for Country Offices and National Organizations at concept note and full proposal level by providing project design support and cross border information related to the Lake Chad Programme.
Support CO resource mobilization teams and related NOs on securing funds for continuous programme scale up through providing lessons learnt and project related contextual information.
Lead proposal development for regional projects which form part of the Lake Chad Programme
Ensure that new intervention ideas are in line with overall programme and donor priorities.
Provide programme presentations to COs, NOs and donors to enhance resource mobilization
Learning and Capacity Building:
Develop and implement a dedicated Lake Chad Learning agenda, outlining the scope, the objectives, the expected outcomes and the processes of learning within the programme.
Ensure learning across the 3 Country Offices with a specific focus on gender-transformative programming, regional programming as well as full spectrum programming
Orient/guide the respective project teams of Plan International in Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon, on key international humanitarian standards like Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS), Sphere Standard, CPMS and INEE.
Provide orientation and guidance on key processes in developing and implementing emergency response projects and proposals to the project teams
Ensure that project designs are informed by needs assessments and contextual analysis
Linking project teams to DRM related training opportunities within and out of the region
Research, Policy and Advocacy:
Develop a regional influencing strategy for the Lake Chad Programme
Lead on regional research and advocacy initiatives to position Plan International and its Lake Chad Programme as regional leader for promoting gender equality and protecting girls’ rights in the Lake Chad region
Drive learning, knowledge management and policy impact by authoring, commissioning and contributing to publications, policy documents, briefing notes and other resource materials ensuring that Plan International has distinct knowledge and evidence on gender transformative programming in emergencies and full spectrum programming
Representation and Partnership:
Represent Plan International and the Lake Chad Programme at relevant clusters, working groups, and other fora, especially at regional and global level.
Identify opportunities and establish dialogue towards partnerships with other agencies, especially at regional level to support consortia building, joint advocacy activities, etc
Support the development of Plan International’s profile in gender equality programming in emergencies, particularly in regards to girls
Engaging and building relations with key actors/stakeholders of the programme with a specific focus on regional actors like ECOWAS, the Lake Chad Basin Commission, etc.
Organize and attend regular meetings with donor and other key stakeholders (i.e. UNHCR, UNICEF, UN OCHA) representatives to update and exchange information on overall programme’ s implementation status/progress thus ensuring external exchange and networking
Dealing with Problems:
The post is a key linkage/coordination point between global programme work (IH/NOs), the implementation of the Lake Chad Programme strategy at WACAH and CO levels. For this reason, the post holder must be able to manage relationships well with different parts of the organizations, including conflicting priorities and ad hoc request.
Given the wide scope of responsibility and limited resources, it’s essential that the post holder is able to stay on top of a variety of work, make clear prioritization and be creative in making use of internal (and external) resources (people/funding) to