Strategy Director

Date: 1 Jun 2023

Location: Globally 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 80 countries.


The Opportunity


The Strategy Director is responsible for the leadership and oversight of Plan International’s global strategy development and alignment across the organization.


Key accountabilities include;


  • Leading on the development of Plan International’s organisational long-term vision of what the iNGO of the future should look like - a vision for the role, shape and size of the organisation that enhances the organisation’s legitimacy and relevance as a global player in advancing Girls’ Rights in the future.


  • Leading a cross-functional team to develop the organisational implications, the roadmap, and business case to implement it.


  • Undertaking ongoing horizon scanning to ensure that globally, regionally, and at the country-office level Plan International is actively preparing for and adjusting to opportunities and threats on the horizon.


  • Engaging with strategy networks within and outside the sector to improve strategy practice and to contribute to the sector’s progress.


  • Overseeing a mid-point review of the Global Strategy including an assessment of the changing context, the performance and progress against the strategy, and any recommendations for if and how Plan needs to correct its course.


  • Developing a detailed roadmap for the current 5-year strategy period and an implementation plan that sets out how and where initiatives are being realised.


  • Defining and leading on a governance structure including reporting mechanisms that enable regular and coherent tracking of progress on the strategy and reporting of performance against it including financial viability.


  • Partnering with teams around the annual planning and budgeting process. Ensure alignment to the Global Strategy.


  • Overseeing the analysis and recommendations on Plan’s global presence (across 70+ countries). This includes the maintenance and development of a global dataset to enable effective decision-making regarding country presence as well as the development of evidence-based recommendations about how the country portfolio could change.


  • Supporting discussions to ensure effective leadership and Board decision-making about the country portfolio.


  • Overseeing collaboration with Finance, Membership Services and other functions, benchmark country office performance internally and identify opportunities to adjust country operating models through effectiveness and efficiency improvements.


  • Leading on or contributing to discrete strategic projects that contribute to realising the Global Strategy and future proof the organisation e.g. strategy support for regional strategies.


The Requirements



  • Good knowledge of and previous experience of developing global strategies and strategic decision making
  • Experience earning the trust of and negotiating with senior colleagues
  • Significant experience in the strategy consultancy or strategy function of a leading management consultancy organisation
  • Good understanding of analytics approaches, capabilities and models
  • Good understanding of working in an NGO (desirable)
  • Good understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges that working in a global federated/membership organisation can bring (desirable)



  • Outstanding strategic and financial analysis and evaluation
  • Business design/ operating model design experience
  • Portfolio management (e.g. managing programmes, projects or ventures)
  • High degree of problem solving and identifying creative solutions
  • Facilitating, influencing and negotiating with senior executives
  • Understanding, building relationships and engaging tactfully across cultures
  • Business improvement or process improvement
  • Executive-level written and verbal presentation skills
  • Project planning and management



  • Ambitious and driven, tempered with effective risk management
  • Takes initiative and navigates through ambiguity
  • Logical and structured in approach
  • Holds a high quality standard and helps others meet standard
  • Comfortable working with and challenging senior managers within a complex governance and management structure
  • Solution oriented and willing to adapt to changes in demands
  • Builds trust and understanding amongst stakeholders



Please follow this link for a full role profile; Strategy Director_ 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 fixed term contract available as per employing entity terms and conditions

Reports to: Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer

Closing Date: Sunday 18th June


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.