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Interim Head of Partnerships


Location: Globally flexible, Flexible

Company: Plan International

Job Description

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 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.

The Opportunity

Across every corner of Plan International, partnerships are enabling us to meet our purpose and deliver our ambitious goals. They are critical to delivering quality, evidence-based programme and influencing work at country level, helping us to harness collective influence at national, regional and global levels and providing valuable resources, expertise and networks to advance our strategic goals.

Plan International works in partnership with a variety of organisations at local, national, regional and international levels, these include civil society organisations (CSOs) including children and youth groups, community groups, government institutions, INGOs, the corporate sector, multilateral and bilateral bodies, private and public foundations, and academic institutions.

The organisation’s new global strategy aims to increase our impact, strengthen our legitimacy, and improve our sustainability. Partnerships are at the heart, and we will focus on building strategic, equitable long-term partnerships, both externally and within the Plan family. We will shift power to those we work with and for, creating greater impact through locally-led action complemented with global knowledge, resources and action.

The Partnerships Team (PT) sits within the Strategy & Engagement Department and providing support to Plan offices to maximise partnership activities and outcomes, strengthen partnership practices and to create an effective environment to enable impactful partnerships, on all scales, from local to global. This role will oversee the work of the Partnerships Team, as part of a co-leadership model, and drive partnership engagement opportunities at the global level.

Who are we looking for?

You bring demonstrable relevant experience in a senior level position within an organisation of comparable complexity and proven experience within a diverse, international/multi-sector/multi-cultural/multi-lingual environment.

You are an experienced business partner with expertise in sharing knowledge, recommendations and experience, ensuring a high performing, diverse and ambitious organisation.

Deep understanding of the trends in the development and humanitarian sectors, in particular the sustainable development goals and their implications, and current and emerging trends in INGO partnerships will be essential.

Your passion for, understanding and demonstrable commitment to human-rights based approaches, gender equality and inclusion, as well as the role of children and young people as agents of change will be key in this role.


Please follow this link for a full role profile; Head of Partnership Development Interim.docx


Location: The location of this role can be flexible where Plan International has an office* that can employ on behalf of the Global Hub and you have the pre-existing right to work and live.

Type of Role: 13 month fixed term contract, ideally starting in January 2023

Reports to: Chief Strategy & Engagement Officer

Salary:  We will be happy to disclose the salary and applicable benefits to applicants as part of this process, however, please kindly note that the salary and employment benefits will be set according to your location and therefore it is not possible to include full details here. 

Closing Date: Friday 9th December


*Applicable locations include: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates. 




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