Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organisation working for better lives for all children. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation.
Our purpose is to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries
Our global strategy has a specific focus on girls, as they are often the most marginalised and most often left behind. We have committed ourselves to the ambitious target of reaching 100 million girls over 5 years, to ensure they can learn, lead, decide and thrive. This is our contribution to reaching the sustainable development goals, and in particular the goals on gender equality.
Our organisation is transforming itself to meet this enormous challenge everywhere we work.
We need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to lead our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to reach our target of 100 million girls.
As a Country Director, you will drive Plan International’s programme and influencing work, setting overall direction, leading a high performing team, ensuring accountability for meeting demanding targets and maintaining alignment with the global strategy.
You will be deeply comfortable with leading transformative change, have a demonstrable commitment to gender equality and relish the prospect of representing Plan International to the highest levels of government, civil society, the media and international media.
You will understand and drive efforts to deliver positive change for girls through advocating, campaigning and communicating at a national level. Equally you will ensure the country operating model is fit for purpose, we have the right funding mix to achieve our ambition, key business processes are in place and organisational values are embedded in everything we do.
You will lead by example in ensuring gender equality is evident in everything we do from staffing, to programming 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.
You will lead a motivated team, ensure legal compliance, and be ready and able to respond to emergency and development needs of the most marginalised children, especially girls.
Plan in Bangladesh is currently delivering its 2020-2030 Country Strategy with the vision “We will partner to empower girls and young women, to be heard, to live without fear of violence and to achieve their rights”. The 2020-2030 Country Strategy aims to have impacts in the areas of Children and Youth Leadership, Girls making decisions about their own bodies, and Young Women having control over resources. It will do so through work in Early Childhood Development; Promoting participation of children in young people in governance and decision making; Partnering to realize a violence free environment for girls and young women; system strengthening to ensure children and young people realize their sexual and reproductive health rights; and partnering with public and private sector to create decent work opportunities for young women.
Plan Bangladesh has been through an organizational transformation process, building from a country context analysis and the new country strategy to develop a team that has the right capacities and structures to be able to deliver the strategy and keep Plan Bangladesh relevant for the next decade.
Dimensions of the Role
Plan International’s work in Bangladesh will be focused on gender transformation and will be relevant to the needs of the most vulnerable children, particularly girls
Plan International’s work will be delivered by a motivated and efficient team, skilled in their area of expertise and compliant with the expectation Plan International has of all staff
Plan International’s work will be guided by accurate and timely work plans and budgets that can be used to create impact and efficiency
Plan International’s work will be well funded ensuring sustainability as required
Plan International’s work will aim at influencing key decisions of local, national and international institutions to advance the rights of children, particularly girls
As Country Director you will work collaboratively across Regional and National offices as required:
Child Protection and Gender Equality & Inclusion
Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
Plan International’s Values in Practice
We are open and accountable
We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organization by being open, honest and transparent. We hold ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others, while doing what we say we will do.
We strive for lasting impact
We strive to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative.
We work well together
We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organization, including our sponsors and donors. We actively support our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners.
We are inclusive and empowering
We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge inequality in our programmes and our workplace. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.
Typical office environment with frequent travel. During the current Covid pandemic this has included a good deal of time working from home, dependant on government restrictions and on Plan’s safety assessments about having staff working from offices.
Level of contact with children
Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children
How to apply
Closing date: 4th March 2022 @ 23:59 GMT
Please click on the ‘apply for job’ button to submit your application. For this role, kindly submit a MS Word version of your CV and a cover letter detailing your motivation and how you are suited to this role.
Please name your submitted files with the following reference: PLAN_CDB
Please note that the interview dates for this role will be confirmed with you should your application be successful.
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