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Research Manager

Date: 01-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.


The Opportunity

As the Research Manager you will lead, deliver and support high quality research on Plan International’s focus areas set in terms of the new Global Strategy to 2022 (including Gender Equality, Education, and Youth Empowerment), in collaboration with research team members, researchers from the 50+ Programme Countries, 4 Regional Offices and 21 National Offices, as well as external consultants who may be appointed from time to time.

You will, in consultation with the Director of Research, plan, lead and undertake global research needed in support of the development of guidelines, policy and position papers, programme development and organisational learning; publish in respected journals to inform and improve Plan’s programmes; and use research from across the organisation to increase Plan’s organisational learning and thought leadership in its focus areas both internal and external.


The Individual

With demonstrable experience preferably in research methods, development studies or a related subject.

A good understanding of international development issues and experience of working in international development.

Considerable experience of and skills in qualitative and/or quantitative research

Good project management skills, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work to tight deadline

Excellent interpersonal skills, working with people from different cultures and in different time zones, with integrity and honesty; experience working in a multi-cultural environment

Understanding and commitment to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. As well as demonstrable experience in research ethics and data collection with children and vulnerable people

Fluent in English; excellent English writing skills, for both research and communication purposes.


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Type of Role: Permanent

Reports to: Director of Research and Knowledge Management

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

Salary: Competitive

Closing date: 22 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.