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Plan International USA Public Health & Hygiene Specialist (Covid-19 Response) in Woking, United Kingdom

Public Health & Hygiene Specialist (Covid-19 Response)

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Location:Woking, UKM, GB

Company:Plan International

The Organisation

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

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Plan International’s global strategy applies a full spectrum approach where Disaster Risk Management (DRM) is an integral part of everything the organisation does for children and girls, especially in fragile settings. A new DRM vision was developed in 2018 highlighting Plan’s ambition of becoming a global leader and the NGO partner of choice for promoting gender equality and protecting girls’ rights in disaster and conflict settings, working at the nexus of development and humanitarian efforts.

The Opportunity

Plan International is stepping up its work on supporting vulnerable communities in our programmes in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

As Public Health & Hygiene Specialist you will be responsible for building capacity of Plan International country offices to ensure public health activities are well integrated to all aspects of Plan International’s Disaster Risk Management work and programming. The emphasis will be on having inclusive gender and age friendly Public Health and Hygiene strategies, especially for adolescents, and how to adapt these to follow infection prevention measures and in-country restrictions. In light of the current travel situations, this position will be a remote one.

The Person

In order to succeed in this role you will need to be a creative problem solver who has a broad knowledge of the humanitarian sector and has experience working during public health emergencies. A degree or equivalent training/experience in Public Health or medical sciences is preferred

Demonstrable experience of integrating gender and child friendly approaches in humanitarian programmes. With experience and adherence to working with humanitarian Standards (Sphere, CHS etc). As well as previous experience of implementing humanitarian programmes, particularly of implementing Public Health and Hygiene activities in emergency response.

Skilled in developing guidance notes and tools for use by country office staff globally, as well as implementing PSEA activities and training is essential. As well as experience of developing and conducting capacity building programmes.

With ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships; managing self in a pressured and changing environment; motivating and influencing others

Able to communicate clearly and effectively in English as well as either French or Spanish

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Location:Flexible Location as this is a remote position (Preferably contracted from Global Hub, Woking or where Plan International has a legal entity and you have the pre-existing right to live and work). Employment terms will be based on local conditions.

Type of Role: 6 Month Fixed Term Contract

Reports to:Emergency Response Specialist


Closing Date: Thursday 9 April 2020. To start as soon as possible.

Interviews to take place via Skype.

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.