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Director of SAHEL West Africa Region

Date: 06-Aug-2019

Location: Mali, Niger, Togo, Benin or Bu, OUB, BF

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 embark on a new 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 will dramatically transform 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. 

 

The role of Director of SAHEL Cluster is a truly influential position. You will be responsible for leading and managing the Country Directors within the SAHEL Cluster - Mali, Niger, Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso - ensuring that each Country Office has a quality strategic plan in place to deliver Plan International’s strategic ambitions, and enabling high performing teams to work together to deliver strong performance against agreed key result areas.

 

As party of your role you will build and maintain constructive relationships with National Organisation representatives and donors ensure that Country Offices within your region have a robust grant acquisition strategy place. In order to achieve our ambitious global strategy, the region has been progressing transformation plans. As Director of Sub Region you will work closely with Country Directors to ensure that change is implemented effectively, meeting the agreed objectives.

 

Do you have what it takes?

 

To be successful in this role you will require courageous and inspirational leadership skills, a drive that delivers results and the ability to build strong and constructive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. Change leadership and transition management will be critical to be successful in this role.

 

Your deep understanding of child rights and gender in development and knowledge of the concepts of sustainable development goals, Community-based development and long-term social change will also be important.

 

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.

 

Appreciation of the historical, security context, political environment, economic, social/religious and humanitarian context in the SAHEL or a comparable environment would be highly advantageous 

 

As a global organisation, working across multiple countries around the world, diversity is at the heart of our values of working well together and being inclusive and empowering.

 

 

We are fully focused on equality and strongly encourage female leaders to join our team

 

Please follow this link for a full role profile and person specification:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/g7m4cm032ya5tao/DSR%20SAHEL%20Role%20Profile.pdf?dl=0

 

Location: This role can be based in Mali, Niger, Togo, Benin or Burkina Faso

 

Type of Role: Five year fixed term contract

 

Grade: Competitive

 

Closing Date: Sunday 1st September 2019

 

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

 

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.

 

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. 

 

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.