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Country Director Thailand

Date: 14-Jan-2023

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Company: Plan International



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 its 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.






This is an exciting time for Plan International Thailand as we seek to recruit our first Thai National Country Director  while also implementing our global strategy for 2021-2024. Our global strategy defines who we are, why we exist, the change we want to see in the world and how we will contribute to making change happen. It underpins everything we do, guiding all our work in all parts of the federation.


To achieve greater change in children’s lives we are dramatically transforming how we operate, and we need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to steer our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to transform the lives of 100 million girls globally. 


Plan International Thailand commenced operations in 1981, helping vulnerable children, young people and their families to break the cycle of poverty. 


Plan International Thailand commenced a transformation plan in 2022, encompassing three main areas – phase-out of sponsorship in Thailand, the exploration of a local entity, and the development of a Mekong cross-border programming and influencing hub, with a research capacity.  



The transformation considers the following dimensions:

•    Strengthen the capacity on programming, influencing and research on cross border issues in the Mekong region with Thailand as a net-receiving nation.
•    Increase Plan’s relevance and distinctiveness to decision makers, institutions and the public as a leader in championing girls’ and young women’s rights;
•    determine the delivery model, structure, staffing and support systems to suit the needs of a transformed entity.

A transition Strategy has been developed to guide operations over the coming years.  The strategy works in four programmatic areas that have been identified as critical needs by the children and youth (CAY), and especially girls, among Thailand’s most vulnerable populations of migrant and stateless families as well as marginalized CAYs:

•    Development of potential and leadership of children and youth in leadership change; 
•    Protection of children from all forms of violence; s
•    Skills and opportunities for youth employment and entrepreneurship; 
•    Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. 



The Country Director is accountable for the management and leadership of a team of approximately 50 staff with a Country Management Team of 6 members.





You have the motivation to be the first Thai National Country Director of Plan Thailand, as part of our increased efforts of localisation in Asia Pacific


As a Country Director, you will drive Plan International’s programme and influencing work, setting overall direction, leading a high performing team, ensuring accountability for meeting demanding targets and maintaining alignment with the global strategy.


You will be deeply comfortable with leading transformative change, have a demonstrable commitment to gender equality and relish the prospect of representing Plan International to the highest levels of government, civil society, the media and international media.


You will understand and drive efforts to deliver positive change for girls through advocating, campaigning and communicating at a national level. Equally, you will ensure the country-operating model is fit for purpose, we have the right funding mix to achieve our ambition, key business processes are in place and organisational values are embedded in everything we do. 

You will lead by example in ensuring gender equality is evident in everything we do from staffing, to programing and influencing, to ways of working. You will work with your team to bring about the right culture that ensures we are champions for girls and gender equality. 

You will be committed and passionate in ensuring that Plan Thailand is well established within the local context, ensuing its long-term viability in the country.

You will lead a motivated team, ensure legal compliance, and be ready and able to respond to emergency and development needs of the most marginalised children, especially girls


For a detailed job description, please click on the below link:

Location:  Bangkok, Thailand
Type of Contract:  Local 3 Year Fixed Term Contract (no expat benefits available)
Reports to:  Director of the Mekong
Compensation:  Competitive salary and package available 
Closing Date:  14 Feb 2023


This is a Local Contract, and is reserved for Thai Nationals


Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People 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. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation 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 will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.