Director Sub-Region-Gulf of Guinea and Central Africa

Tags: Environment
  • Added Date: Monday, 31 October 2022
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The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances childrenโ€™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 itโ€™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 childrenโ€™s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for โ€“ and respond to โ€“ 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 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.

The Opportunity

The Director of Sub-Region will be accountable for the implementation of Plan Internationalโ€™s purpose and ambition across the sub-region in line with Planโ€™s values-based leadership underpinned by feminist principles. You will ensure quality aligned strategies are developed and resourced for all countries in the region and programmes are delivered with the expected impact

Key deliverables include;

Strategy realization & operating models: Drive realisation of the global strategy across the sub region in line with global results framework and performance measures. Work towards flexible operating models with a focus on efficiency and impact at scale.

Strengthen Plan International legitimacy: Establish locally led Advisory Boards and Youth Advisory Panels at country level โ€“ or support countries on track to become Members, improving our legitimacy through broad-based membership of Planโ€™s global governance.

Drive performance (Operational excellence & Program quality) based on Plan International management standards and performance measures): Country portfolio management and Strategy alignment. Providing strong oversight of country operations and programs to ensure consistent alignment with operational excellence and programme quality standards. Establish sound management practices consistently applied across the cluster. Ensure consistent use of corporate systems and framework: YODA (Your Organisations Data and Analytics); PMERL (Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning) AoGD (Areas of Global Distinctiveness) to generate quality analysis for continuous improvement.

Values based leadership development, people and culture with feminist leadership principles: Focus on talent management, leadership development programs; promoting gender, equity, diversity and inclusion. Lead capability assessment where needed and ensure the right people in the right places with a focus on Country Leadership Teams and other mission critical roles.

Strategic Partnerships and Local resource mobilization work towards strategic partnerships across Central Africa and Gulf of Guinea: identify and access new funding sources working with Country Officeโ€™s and National Organisationsโ€™s. Lead on establishing supply and demand conversation within the sub region with a focus on delivering on Plan Internationalโ€™s ambition. Lead on identifying programs models and supporting their documentation and scale up.

Representation of Plan International agendas across the sub region in relevant spaces for Advocacy: representing local, regional and global levels (AU, EU, UN etc). Ensure the Global Advocacy Strategy (GLAS) and the Pan African Advocacy Strategy are used across the sub region to guide Country Office influencing strategies and interventions including coordination with Liaison Officeโ€™s to connect with global opportunities.

The Individual

You will have strong strategic leadership, people, financial, organisational development and safety, security and risk management capabilities. A background in business development and good programming and influencing experience to sustain the excellent growth dynamics of the programme and advance public policy in favour of girls is essential in this role.

Please follow this link for a full role profile and person specification; DSR Role Profile Gulf of Guinea and Central Africa cluster.docx

Location: Flexible location in West and Central Africa where Plan International has a legal entity

Type of Role: Five year fixed term contract

Reports to: Regional Director, West and Central Africa

Closing Date: Sunday 20th November

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, girlsโ€™ 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.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates.

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