Country Director

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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

This is an exciting time for Plan International as we implement our global strategy for 2017-2022 and anticipate the new global strategy to come. Our global strategy defines who we are, why we exist, the change we want to see in the world and how we will contribute to making change happen. It underpins everything we do, guiding all our work in all parts of the federation.

To achieve greater change in children’s lives we are dramatically transforming how we operate, and we need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to steer our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to transform the lives of 100 million girls globally.

Plan International Bangladesh commenced operations in 1994, helping vulnerable children, young people and their families to break the cycle of poverty. The current strategy, which will end in 2022, is focussing on three main areas of programming including Inclusive Quality Education, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender Transformation being a key cross cutting issue relevant for the Bangladesh programming context.

Plan International Bangladesh country office is located within Dhaka and we have 12 sponsorship supported Programme Implementation areas in 6 districts and grant funded programmes in 61 districts. At present the country office implements a viable portfolio of approximately €20 million of which over €16 million is from institutional and corporate grants and around €4 million from individual fundraising. Plan International Bangladesh has embraced the partnership model ways of working and currently works with over 40 partners at both local and national levels.

This portfolio includes sponsorship and grants from the bilateral and multilateral donors, including relationships with key bi-lateral donors (e.g. Canada, USA, UK, Germany and Sweden), multi-lateral donors (e.g. EU, ADB, UNICEF and UNFPA) and corporate funders (e.g. Johnson & Johnson). Plan Bangladesh has also been heavily involved in running humanitarian programs responding to the Rohingya refugee crisis and to seasonal flooding and cyclone events.

The Country Director is accountable for the management and leadership of a team of approximately 350 staff with a Country Leadership Team of seven members, all of which report directly to the Country Director.

As part of the broader organisational effort to transform Plan International Bangladesh to achieve greater impact, Plan International Bangladesh has been going through a transformational change and strategy development process. This ongoing process requires leadership of the Country Director and experience in change management.

The organization is committed to meeting safeguarding expectations across all its operations and will expect the country director to ensure all incidents regarding child abuse and sexual harassment are reported and effectively managed.

Do you have what it takes?

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 programing 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.

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