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Country Director, CAR

Date: 04-Jun-2021

Location: Bangui, Central African Republic

Company: 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.



The Opportunity


This is an exciting time for Plan International as we implement our global strategy for 2017-2022. 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 Central African Republic commenced operations in 2014. The current Country Response Plan 2019-2021 aims to ensure that children and youth affected by conflict in the Central African Republic have access to quality education, socio-economic reintegration opportunities and protection against violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect to ensure their well-being through integrated family and community services. Plan International CAR strategically looks at changing the prevalent gender norms affecting girls and young women in crisis by focusses on education in emergencies, gender sensitive child protection in emergencies and food and nutrition security.

Plan International Central African Republic’s country office is located within Bangui, with 5 sub-offices and 2 project offices spread across the various parts of the country (Mambere Kadei, Ouham, Nana Grebizi, Haute Kotto). At present the country office implements a viable portfolio of approximately 25-30M EUR per annum primarily through a hybrid model of direct delivery and working through strategic partnerships.

This portfolio is exclusively grants funded from a variety of bilateral and multilateral donors, including WFP, ECHO and the German and Swedish Government amongst others. Plan Central African Republic has also been heavily involved in running the humanitarian programming responding to COVID-19 in country.

The Country Director is accountable for the management and leadership of a team of approximately 300+ staff with a Country Leadership Team of 10-12 members, all of which report directly to the Country Director.

As part of the broader organisational effort to transform Plan International Central African Republic to achieve greater impact, Plan International Central African Republic is embarking on a transformational strategy development process. This process requires leadership of the Country Director and experience in change management. The organization is committed to meeting safeguarding expectations across all its operations and will expect the country director to ensure all incidents regarding child abuse and sexual harassment are reported and effectively managed.



Do you have what it takes?


As a Country Director, you will drive Plan International’s humanitarian 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 driving for quality results, 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 – in particular girls in crisis – 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 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: Bangui, CAR – Mandatory unaccompanied location

Type of Role: 2 Year FTC

Reports to: Director of Sub Region – Director Coastal West Africa

Competitive salary and package available

Closing Date: The advert will remain open until Plan has identified a successful candidate.

Anticipated interview date - On-going whilst the advert is live


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

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.