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.
About the role
Plan International West and Central Africa is looking for a Regional Head of Humanitarian Preparedness & Response to provide strategic humanitarian leadership across the West and Central Africa region. The post holder supports Country Offices ensuring humanitarian preparedness and response activities are of high quality and position Plan International as a leading agency working on humanitarian crises and with a specific recognition of our girl’s focus.
The position will develop strong relations with regional networks, regional UN and donor offices and represent our humanitarian work across these fora. A key aspect of the engagement will focus on influencing and ensuring the specific needs of girls are clearly considered and addressed in humanitarian activities.
Supporting Country Directors, the position will ensure that Country Offices have the right technical capability and where needed will support the professional development of Plan’s staff across the region. The position will provide strategic guidance and support to the regional leadership team, supporting high-level decision making.
Dimensions of the role
Responsible for overseeing and supporting 14 Country Offices in the West & Central Africa region to implement the humanitarian component of the Global Strategy. The role will proactively engage with a range of regional humanitarian networks, donors and peer agencies building Plan International’s profile as a humanitarian agency. The role will support the ongoing strengthening of humanitarian action within the plan and will participate in global-level meetings and networks. This role will support Plan International’s Programming and Influencing portfolio with a focus on the humanitarian agenda across the region working closely with the other colleagues in the RH Programming and Influencing unit and across COs.
The post is a key linkage/coordination point between global humanitarian work and implementation at the country and regional level
The post holder manages a team of regional specialists and project coordinators (including a DRM Specialist specializing in preparedness, an Education in Emergencies specialist and a deployable Gender in emergencies Specialist) and has indirect oversight of a significant humanitarian budget managed by individual Country offices.
The post holder is expected to deploy (sometimes at short notice) as Emergency Response Manager to support Country Offices in the region to respond to new crises.
Technical Expertise, Skills and Knowledge
Plan International’s Values In Practice
We are open and accountable
We strive for lasting impact
We work well together
We are inclusive and empowering
Location: Plan International office location in the West and Central Africa region: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
Reports to: Executive Director West and Central Africa, with a matrix reporting line to Global Humanitarian Director
Travel requirements: 50% both within and outside the region, often in hardship locations and sometimes at short notice to support initial response start-up.
How to apply
Closing date: 13th August 2023
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