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Department & Location Plan International African Union (AU) Liaison & Pan Africa Program Office – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Reports to (position): Program Manager – PASAP


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.

Plan International AU Liaison and Pan Africa Program Office is based here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Plan International has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the AU and has signed the host agreement for this AU Liaison and Pan Africa Program office with the Ethiopia Government.

Plan’s Liaison office to the AU and Pan Africa Program is aligned with Plan International’s strategy One Plan One Goal pursuing contact with key decision-makers who can support the realization of lasting change for children. The Pan Africa/AU Liaison office contributes to a lasting environment in which the rights of children and youth are respected, protected, and fulfilled. The office will realize its interventions within the AU and its Agencies and Mechanisms across Africa through the One Plan AU Strategy. Accordingly, the office will promote child rights and child protection, education, youth empowerment/employability, striving for non-discrimination, equality and inclusion as well as ensure child participation. The office is actively involved in:

  1. Improving implementations of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) and all other relevant AU resolutions on the promotion and protection of child rights.
  2. Enhancing international law and policy development on child rights and child protection.
  3. Mainstreaming child rights at the AU, particularly into other human rights processes.

The Pan Africa Program Intern will support the AU Liaison and Pan Africa Program Office to develop, manage and coordinate the administrative, financial, logistics and information support systems for the Pan Africa Program/AU Liaison Office team of Plan International, support Plan International AU Liaison Office‘s work related to meetings/events. The Child Rights Intern is a member of the Pan Africa Program/AU Liaison Office Team.

Key Accountabilities:

Supporting the Plan International Liaison Office’s work related to meetings/events

  • Support the Office in meetings of the AU related to the issues of Child Rights, Child Protection, Education and Youth empowerment/employability.
  • Support the office in meetings of the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) networks operating at the AU on the issue of Child Rights, Child Protection, Education and Youth empowerment/employability.
  • Support Plan’s involvement related to the Day of the African Child at the AU.
  • Provide logistical, organizational, planning and administrative support for the Plan Pan Africa Office related to events and meetings and possibly minute-taking of any Team or external meetings involving the Pan Africa Program/AU Liaison Office happening in Addis Ababa
  • Supporting the projects of Plan International AU Liaison and Pan Africa program Office
  • Support the implementation of projects, including providing logistical and coordination support to project related meetings and events; and assisting with documentation and dissemination of project documents etc.

Supporting the ACERWC sessions at the AU

  • Provide support for the production and dissemination of the session documentation.
  • Provide support for the dissemination of the ACERWC messages into a wide range of communication forums, including newsletters, press releases and social media activity.

Supporting the Pan Africa Office on Information Sharing

  • Support information sharing and coordination between the pan-African program/AU Liaison office and Plan International and other related offices.
  • Support the office to ensure the AU is regularly provided with new information from Plan International
  • Support for the management/information sharing  of (administrative, finance, research and communications) activities carried out or supported by the Pan Africa/AU Liaison Office
  • Following up with country programs, RO and other Plan Office as the need arises

Logistics – Facilitate Travel, Meetings and Trainings

  • Support any Plan staff coming to/going from Addis Ababa on missions with the AU (such as drafting invitation letters, booking meetings, supporting staff with logistics, etc)

Support the Pan Africa Office with its External relationship with service Providers

  • Follow up on consultants and contractors of the Pan Africa Program/AU Liaison Office to ensure high quality service delivery

Key experiences to be gained:

  • Be involved in the front line of work at the AU  on the rights of the child, particularly around, Protection , Education and Youth empowerment/employability
  • Be part of a truly Pan-Africa advocacy and campaign team.
  • Experience all dimensions of advocacy, communications, programme and Administration.
  • Connect with AU staff, AU Member State representatives and Civil Society in their different functions
  • Connect with Plan staff around the world in their different functions. Enhance your networking, advocacy and communications skills


  • The internship shall be for six months in the first instance and can be renewed for a maximum of six more months if the need arises.


  • Monthly Internship allowance will be provided


  • A minimum of first degree in Law or Social Sciences from a University.


  • An understanding and commitment to child rights
  • Fluency in English and Ability to speak and communicate in French language is an asset
  • Good understanding of Child Rights and NGO Liaison requirements with the AU/UN.
  • Excellent planning & organizational skills, team-working ability, including the capacity to work effectively with people from many different backgrounds.
  • Computer literacy skills.

Level of Contact with Children: Very low frequency of interaction

NB. Potential candidates will be required to declare any potential points for conflict of interest e.g. a relative working for Plan etc, as well as sign onto the Plan International Child Protection Policies.

Location:  Will be within Plan Pan African Program/AU Liaison Office which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Closing date for submission of applications is July 27, 2017.

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