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Head of Protection from Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse

Date: 02-Aug-2019

Location: Woking, UKM, GB

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.



Plan International has a zero-tolerance policy towards violence against those we serve (children, young people and adult beneficiaries) by our staff, associates and visitors. We are fully committed to providing a safe, protective and supportive environment for all and promoting their welfare, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other differences.


Plan International has progressively evolved an intersectional approach to safeguarding and fully recognizes the impact and implications of privilege, power and bias on the implementation of safeguarding and creating a safeguarding culture.


We understand that strengthening our approach to safeguarding and preventing sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse (PSHEA) requires that we recognise the structural inequalities within the organisation, in our own social spheres (staff and partner staff) and within the communities where we work that contribute to inequality and discrimination. 


Consequently, we are taking a firm stand in rooting out the causes of abuse of power, looking at how it manifests itself and how we contribute to the problem, intentionally or unintentionally and what we can do to address it.


The Opportunity

As the Head of Protection from Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse (PSHEA) you will work closely with the Director of Global Safeguarding to strengthen the organization’s PSHEA and safeguarding culture – your focus will be on ensuring an appropriate culture and that PSHEA procedures, processes and policies are consistent, in line with sector best practice and embedded with the organisation in a manner which achieves sustainable culture change.


The Individual

You will have substantial demonstrable experience in PSHEA, Safeguarding and Gender Based Violence preferably in an international development setting, embedding culture change management, working with the concepts of organisational cultures. You will have developed processes and policies relating to PSHEA, managed policy breaches, investigations, case management and risk management structures.

With strong technical PSHEA knowledge and experience you will provide solid project management, process design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to inspire and influence, while considering cultural and language differences. You will be self-motivated with excellent prioritisation skills and a flexible, resilient approach.

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Role: 2 Year Fixed Term Role

Reports to: Director of Global Safeguarding

Location: Global Hub, Woking (approximately 25 minutes from London Waterloo)

Salary: Competitive

Closing date: 23 August 2019


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.