Communication and Advocacy Assistant, Assistante Communication et Plaidoyer, Maroua, Plan International

Communication and Advocacy Assistant, Assistante Communication et Plaidoyer, Maroua, Plan International

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Date: 08-Feb-2022

Location: Maroua, Cameroon

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.



Communication and Advocacy Assistant-Maroua

Functional Area

Communication and Advocacy

Reports to

Communication and Media Officer



Travel required

Within the Far North Region.

May extend to other regions of Cameroon when need be

Effective Date


The purpose and dimenSion of the role

Plan International Cameroon is presently responding to the humanitarian crisis in the Far-North region of Cameroon through numerous programs and projects aimed at improving the lives of refugees, IDPs and host populations affected by the armed conflicts in the Lake Chad sub-region. There is a high need for Communication with Donors, Resource Mobilization, Social Mobilization, Media Relations, Influencing and Advocacy, Communication with Communities (CwC), and Communication for Community Engagement.

As such, the role of the Communication and Advocacy Assistant is critical to implement the Communication Plan for the project “Improvement of Education for Nigerian Refugee Girls in Far-North”, and to support the operationalization of the Communication Plan for Plan International’s Program Influencing and Implementation Area Office in the Far-North region of Cameroon. The role is also essential for the capturing and documentation of the project’s successes and challenges via fact sheets, case studies, stories, testimonies, quality pictures and videos, media products, articles, etc. The role will also support the implementation of Advocacy and Behaviour Change actions to promote the children’s rights, especially their rights to education, in the projects areas.


Communications and Media Relations

Support the development and quality implementation of PIIA’s Communication, with a focus on the project’s Plan.

Carry out regular field trips to cover project activities, interview stakeholders, and produce compelling stories, testimonies, articles, etc., to be published.

Take quality pictures and short videos to accompany write-ups and to be saved in the media bank.

Identify frontline media outlets and suggest initiatives to promote the activities and impact of Plan International’s work in the Far-North region.

Support the development of Media Kits and invitations to media for the coverage of project activities.

Track the project’s exposure and report concerns.

Support effective internal communications

Prepare presentations and reports where need be.

Support the quality realization of all other communication activities of the PIIA.

Visibility and Branding

Identify the visibility and branding needs of the project, propose corresponding actions, and support the implementation of the actions.

Ensure the correct use of Plan International’s identity and that of the donors.

Ensure the quality production of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials.

Ensure the quality branding of project activities (meetings) and Non-Food Items (NFIs).

Advocacy and Behavior Change Communications (Influencing)

Support the development and implementation of effective advocacy and behavior change actions to promote the rights of children and youths, especially girls.

Support the mobilization and empowerment of youths as champions of change for girl’s rights promotion.

Work with the Communication Officer and program staff to develop engaging messages and IEC materials to support advocacy and behavior change campaigns.

Support the Communication Officer to identify and engage working relationships with local media (community radios, TV, etc.) to support the mobilization of stakeholders.

Identify and create talking points/Q&As for potentially sensitive issues affecting girls’ education.

Carry out any other action as assigned.

Key relationships

Works with Maroua-PIIA Communication and Media Officer to develop and implement the Communications & Advocacy Plans for the project and that of the PIIA – High

Attends meetings with the project’s stakeholders and make relevant reports and write-ups – High

Represents Plan International at external forums as assigned – Medium

Liaises with program partners – Medium

Collaborate and consult with colleagues at the PIIA and CO, as assigned- Medium

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge


People Skills: Ability to work under little guidance and as a team player who demonstrates good interpersonal and leadership skills.

Communication Skills: Have good writing and oral communication skills.

Integrity: Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to Plan International’s values and humanitarian principles.

Resilience/Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to operate effectively under extreme circumstances, including stress, high-security risks and harsh living conditions. Works and lives in a flexible, adaptable and resilient manner.

Awareness and sensitivity of self and others: Demonstrates knowledge and sensitivity to gender and diversity. Ready to live and work in diverse cultural contexts in a culturally appropriate manner.

Work style: Is well planned and organized even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative and decision making with competent analytical and problem-solving skills.

Knowledge and skills: knowledge of the Humanitarian principles, general finance, administration, information management skills and information technology/ computer skills.

At least 1 year of experience working in the domain of communication and media.

Multiple language skills desirable

Technical Competencies required for this position

University Degree in Journalism, Communication or equivalent experience

At least 1 year of experience working in journalism, communications, media, or Public Relations

Good understanding of the print, radio, television and online media

Posses skills in photography

Fluent written and spoken English and/or French. Knowledge on an additional working language is an advantage.

Working experience with or in collaboration with an NGO, UN agency, or equivalent, is preferred.

Ability to work under little supervision and as a team player.

Ability to operate effectively in stressful situations, including working overtime.

Gender awareness and cultural sensitivity.

Good time management and problem-solving skills.

Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to Plan International’s values and principles;

Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.

Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.

Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.

Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.

Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.

Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.

Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.

Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.

Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.

Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.

Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.

Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.

Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.

Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

Physical Environment

Work under pressure to produce results

Work outside in an extremely hot and/or humid climate

Keep to strict deadlines

Travels (planned and unplanned)


High level: Frequent interaction with children

Your application should include:

A cover letter

A comprehensive CV including details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent supervisor

Location: Maroua, Far-North region, Cameroon

Closing date: 28th February 2022

Plan International Cameroon operates in an equal opportunity environment and actively encourages diversity.  Only applicants in English or French will be considered, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Plan International has Safeguarding and Gender Equality and Inclusion policies that are an integral part of the recruitment

Location: Maroua

Closing Date: 28th February 2022

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International 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 foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

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. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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