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Director of Influencing & Program - Asia Pacific

Date: 15-Jun-2022

Location: Flexible within APAC, 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 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 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. 

 

In this exciting senior leadership role, you will work as part of Plan International’s Asia Pacific (APAC) Regional Hub, and lead a team of over 15 to ensure that the region is aligned with and helping to fulfil the organization’s global and regional strategies through the delivery of high-quality gender-transformative influencing and program development and quality support.

 

Some, but not all, of the accountabilities that you will be responsible for include:

 

  • Lead the development and implementation of the regional influencing strategy and work plan, while ensuring that its aligned to global and regional priorities
  • Build strategic networks and working relationships with internal and external stakeholders and allies including donors, government representatives and other civil society organizations,  
  • Ensure that Plan International Asia has a strong reputation as a girls’ rights thought leader and is leading change with and through regional multilateral platforms, working groups and alliance
  • Provide strong leadership on both regional research and regional communications and campaigns  
  • Ensure effective communications capacity to respond to disaster emergencies in coordination with disaster response colleagues. 
  • Work collaboratively with Plan’s Country Offices to ensure that that they are receiving effective influencing and program support, as well as additional support in regard to transformation priorities, country strategy reviews and development, and other key activities
  • Maintain a high-performance culture across regional influencing and program functions with a focus on problem solving, driving changes and identifying best practices and flagship initiatives that advance girls’ rights and gender transformation,
  •  As a member of the Regional Leadership Team, contribute to the development of regional strategies, priorities, and objectives informed by strong political and situational analysis,
  • In collaboration with other senior leaders, ensure that Plan International standards of quality are being achieved and Plan International’s key policies and procedures are being followed.
  •  As a senior leader, serve on relevant global and regional working groups to improve global connectivity and to be an internal advocate for country office influencing and programming support and coordination needs, 
  • Manage a high performing team that delivers against Plan International’s strategic goals and measures, while also demonstrating behaviours consistent with Plan International’s values and behaviours
     

 

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?


In this role you should have the ability to drive Plan International’s programme and influencing work in APAC, setting overall direction, leading a high performing team, and ensuring accountability for meeting demanding targets and maintaining alignment with the global strategy

 

You should be able to set priorities aligned with multiple stakeholders and provide strategic leadership to people and programs without close day-to-day supervision. 


You should be an experienced external influencer and capable of representing Plan International externally at the highest levels


You will understand and drive efforts to deliver positive change for girls through influencing, program leadership, campaigning and communicating at the regional level. 

 

You should be passionate, and have the ability to lead popular mobilization and digital campaigning efforts in Asia Pacific

 

You should have a strong appreciation and understanding of the issues concerning the NGO sector in Asia-Pacific both development and humanitarian

 

You should embrace leadership in the global south and understand social movements and power dynamics in the countries of Asia Pacific

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For a detailed job description which includes the full list of accountabilities and requirements, please click on this link:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/yso18bazm0upf42/JD%20APAC%20Director%20for%20Influencing%20and%20Program%20june%202022.pdf?dl=0

 

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Location:         Flexible (within an Asia Pacific country office)
Type of Role:   Three Year Fixed Term contract 
Reports to:      Executive Director, Asia Pacific
Remuneration: Competitive salary and package available (local T&C may apply)
Closing Date:    08 July 2022

 

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If you obtain the role in your home country, it will be a national staff contract position under competitive local terms and conditions, and no expat benefits will be available.

The contracting body will be the relevant Plan office, on their terms and conditions.

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. 

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.