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Senior Conflict Programme Specialist

Date: 08-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

The Senior Conflict Specialist is a brand-new role within the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) team at Plan International. 


In this role you will provide technical leadership across the organisation on strengthening our approach and work in fragile and conflict affected states ensuring staff at multiple levels (Country Office, Regional Office, Global Hub and Liaison Offices) get the support and guidance needed to position Plan International as an organisation that works in all contexts.


Specifically, the Senior Conflict Specialist will deliver global thought leadership and guidance of working in fragile and conflict affected areas as well as providing management and technical support to countries working in Conflict.


The post-holder will establish and support a technical network across the organization; promote learning and capacity building and generate lessons and learning from Country offices in order to inform and develop global guidance, models and positions for the organisation for working in conflict. 


The Individual

We are seeking to appoint a dedicated and committed Senior Conflict Specialist with significant experience of working in conflict and fragile affected states.


To be successful in this role you will require a conceptual understanding of conflict in work areas and conflict transformation and practical knowledge of implementation of programming in conflict areas involving children.  Knowledge of International Humanitarian Law & armed groups will also be key to success.


The Senior Conflict Specialist will need to demonstrable a commitment to gender equality and a proven ability of using international mechanisms for coordination and funding.



The role requires a confident networker and an independent problem-solver with key contacts in the institutions and understanding of the politics and systems for conflict work internationally.



Ability to speak and work in French and/or Spanish is desirable but not essential.


For a detailed job description for the role, please see:


Location: Based in Woking at Plan International Global Hub or alternatively other locations where Plan International currently has a legal entity and you have the existing right to work may also be considered


Type of Role:  1-year fixed term contract



Reports to: Director of Disaster Risk Management


Closing Date: Thursday 29th August 2019


Salary:  Competitive

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.