Roving Country Director, Western and Central Africa

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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.

There are 100 million reasons to join Plan International – will you be one of them?

The Opportunity

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Roving Country Director to join our Western and Central Africa Leadership Team.

The Country Director is critical to the overall success of the organisation and the achievement of its strategic objectives, including the delivery of the highest quality gender transformative programmes and courageous local, national and regional influencing. The Roving Country Director position has been created to help temporarily cover occasional Country Director positions across the fourteen countries in the Western and Central Africa region, to ensure that wherever possible the Country Offices have continuity of leadership.

The Roving Country Director will provide highly skilled, experienced, and senior-level management support and leadership to the country offices in the event of unexpected vacancies, in-country senior management team transitions, large-scale emergency responses, and other situations that may require senior leadership support including special assignments critical to the organisational or regional objectives.

You are responsible for ensuring;

  • Our programmes are well funded and growing, our work is recognised locally and internationally and remains relevant to the needs of girls and vulnerable children
  • Our teams are motivated, skilled and relevant and our organisation is effective and efficient, compliant with the policies, standards and expectations of Plan International Inc. This includes effective and up to date risk management relevant to highly complex operating environments.
  • Our work is guided by effective operations, strong financial management of budgets and performance of workplans to create positive change for children, youth and their communities
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in all that we do.

As Country Director, you will coach and develop others, building relationships, and creating a strong sense of purpose and collaboration for all those around you. You will bring genuine passion, determination, and fresh thinking to our work – with the aim of expanding both our reach and our impact in the lives of children, in particular girls.

Please follow this link for a full role profile and person specification; 

Type of Role: 2-3 year fixed term contract

Reports to: Executive Director WACA and Girls, Youth, Power and Action Hub 

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits

Closing Date: Sunday 16th January 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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