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- Director, Programme Strategy and Gender (22722), UK (password)

Director, Programme Strategy and Gender (22722)

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 is embarking on an ambitious and exciting change process, to make the organisation more relevant, bold, engaging and effective in a new global context, ensuring we make a stand for all children’s rights, through a focus on girls and other disadvantaged children.

The Opportunity

Managing a team of technical specialists, you will lead the overall strategic development and direction of Plan International’s global programme priorities and gender equality work, ensuring that Plan International is a leader in the relevance, excellence and impact of its programmes worldwide.

In collaboration with other departments and offices in Plan, you will develop and manage a structured and coordinated global model of technical networks that deliver consistent, high quality, and cost effective technical leadership and support to all of Plan International’s programmes.

This is an exciting opportunity to provide substansial thought leadership, expertise and coordination within Plan International’s gender, inclusion, girls focus and overall programme priorities and approaches.

Driving innovation, quality and results by developing global guidance and supporting the scale up of effective programme approaches you will also support resource mobilization for global programme priorities and models through development of concepts and engagement with potential donors.

The Individual

A strong, ambitious and inspiring leader able to balance strategic vision and practical impact with astute political analysis you will be a credible and influential networker, adept at building and sustaining key strategic partnerships on the international stage. Your track record will include developing innovative, impactful and high quality programme strategy within international development and gender equality.

You will have a deep understanding of trends in the development and humanitarian sectors, including in particular the sustainable development goals and their implications. You will bring a keen passion for human-rights based approaches, gender equality and inclusion, as well as the role of children and young people as agents of change.

Please follow the link for a full job description and person specification; https://www.dropbox.com/s/b06qtgzoq1o3cy9/Director%20Programme%20Strategy%20and%20Gender%20JD%20Aug%202017.doc?dl=0


Location: International Headquarters, Woking (approximately 23 minutes from London Waterloo). Other locations where Plan has a legal entity may also be considered although this role must be based from Woking at least 50% of the time. Approximately 30% international travel will also be required.

Type of Role: Permanent
Reports to: Director of International Programmes
Salary: Competitive salary
Closing Date: Sunday 1st October

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Child Protection 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.
Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.

Job posted on 13 September 2017.

Please mention Human Rights Jobs while applying for this position.