Country Director

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Country Director

  • Post Date:October 5, 2021
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  • Career Level Director
    Qualification Master’s Degree
    Experience 10-15 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

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. 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 Zimbabwe commenced operations in 1986, 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 Malawi programming context.

Plan International Zimbabwes country office is located in Harare and we have ten sponsorship supported Programme Implementation areas in Mutoko, Harare (Epworth), Bulawayo, Tsholotsho, Mutare, Mutasa, Chipinge, Chiredzi, Mwenezi and Kwekwe districts and grant funded programmes in 30 districts. At present the country office implements a viable portfolio of approximately 20 million Euros per annum.The funding portfolio includes sponsorship income (19%) and grant income (81%) from bilateral and multilateral donors.

Plan International Zimbabwe’s current work is implemented in five Program Areas (PA) – Chiredzi, Kwekwe, Bulawayo, Manicaland and Harare. The current PAs include two peri-urban parts of Bulawayo and Harare.

Plan International Zimbabwe has embraced a partnership model and currently works with over 20 partners with whom it implements projects but also has other non-contractual partnerships with NGOs and government departments.

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.

For a detailed job description, please click on the below link: https://planinternational.sharepoint.com/:w:/s/planetapps/Operations/HROD/Talent_Acquisition/EQPnMc0NcEZEoEZneLXVOAwB3FQ2TJeUf_YO5M-dlE0TEw?e=yAwse8

Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Type of Role: 5 year Fixed Term Contract
Reports to: Director of Southern Africa Sub-Region
Closing Date: 15th October 2021
Anticipated 1st round interview: 26th and 27th October

Competitive salary and package available

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International 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 foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

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 their understanding of these recruitment procedures.