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Senior Advisor

Date: 17-Apr-2021

Location: Woking, UK

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.


Since adopting our global strategy, 100 Million Reasons, our global work to advance children’s rights and equality for girls has had unprecedented impact. We have been transforming our operations at the Global Hub to be the best possible partner for the 8,000+ staff who work in our country offices, and working to become a more agile, efficient and accountable organization.


We have improved our mechanisms for collaboration, transparency and data-gathering and disaggregation. The transformation has increased the number of decisions to be taken close to the point of impact and distributed power more widely throughout the organisation. We have made significant progress towards greater localisation and developing industry-leading equality, diversity and inclusion best practices.


To bring about lasting change, we have to live our values. We are committed not simply to telling the world we are the go to organisation on girls’ rights, but to embedding justice and equality in all that we do. 


Will you join us?


The Opportunity


As the Senior Adviser to the Executive Director Resources, also working closely with the Directors of Organisational Effectiveness and Governance & Executive.


This is a new role and it is expected to be varied and exciting. You will directly contribute to a range of initiatives transforming our operations at the Global Hub as we work towards becoming a more agile, efficient and accountable organisation and the best possible partner for the 8,000+ staff who work in our country offices.


The Individual


We are looking to recruit an energetic team player with demonstrable experience of planning, research and analysis to support projects and work programmes associated with business improvement and organisational development. You will have the ability to think strategically and operationally and to analyse and present complex information to inform leaders and decision makers. To be successful in this role you will:


  • Have solid research, analysis, report writing and presentation skills
  • Be experienced at working with subject matter experts and supporting and influencing business leaders
  • Have a good, broad understanding of core business functions and processes, particularly those relating to Finance, People & Culture, IT, Risk, Governance and Corporate Services
  • A positive, innovative and solution-focused approach
  • Experience of working within a complex, global and/or humanitarian organisation
  • Have well-developed cultural sensitivity and a passion for the Plan International purpose, with an understanding of our commitment to development and humanitarian values, standards and child protection.


For the full job description, please click here.


Location: Global Hub Offices in Woking (COVID restrictions permitting) with home working flexibility.
Type of Role: Permanent
Reports to: Executive Director - Resources
Salary: £36,000 - £47,000
Closing Date: Sunday 23 May 2021


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

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 his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures. 

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.