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General Counsel

Date: 22-Nov-2022

Location: Flexible, Flexible

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 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.

 

The Role

 

This is an exciting opportunity to join Plan International’s Global Leadership team as General Counsel, directing and overseeing the global legal function.

 

The General Counsel is accountable for delivering an effective legal advisory function to PII and managing legal risk appropriately. This includes the provision of high quality advice, support and representation to Plan International’s leadership on legal and regulatory issues affecting its operations in the UK, the US and the other jurisdictions in which Plan International operates, furthering the delivery of Plan International’s strategy and ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements by Plan International and its subsidiaries. 

 

Reporting to the CEO, the General Counsel advises Plan International globally, including its International Board and Members’ Assembly, Executive Team, Country Offices, Regional Offices and Liaison Offices.

 

Ideal applicants will be qualified as a lawyer in the UK or the US with significant post qualification experience, including in house. Highly experienced at providing legal advice in house and internationally on a diverse range of complex issues you have a thorough understanding of the legal and corporate governance issues affecting international not for profit organisations.

 

The General Counsel is responsible for managing a highly pressurised team and excellent leadership, management and people development skills are essential, alongside the ability to communicate effectively with, and influence those over whom the Counsel has no direct responsibility.

 

Please follow this link for a full role profile; General Counsel JD.docx

 

Location: The location of this role can be flexible where Plan International has an office* that can employ on behalf of the Global Hub and you have the pre-existing right to work and live.

Type of Role: Permanent or maximum duration of fixed term contract

Reports to: CEO

Closing Date: Tuesday 6th December

 

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.

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