Senior Advisor, Strategy and Engagement

Plan International


Senior Advisor, Strategy and Engagement

Date: 30-May-2023

Location: Flexible – New York or Woking, UK

Company: Plan International

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 80 countries.

The Opportunity

The Senior Advisor, Strategy & Engagement will provide strategic counsel, including special project management and engagement support to the Chief Strategy & Engagement Officer (a new role, which is primarily externally facing) and the expanded Strategy & Engagement Department (12 functional teams, approx. 125 staff). The role will lead in the day-to-day coordination, including driving enhanced collaboration of the Strategy & Engagement Department with its refreshed remit to 1) position Plan International as a global lead in girls rights and girls in crisis, 2) drive the organisation to diversify and grow its income, and 3) to drive the organisational alignment on the global strategy.

The Individual

Essential requirements;

  • Ability to think critically and to research and analyse complex information.
  • Ability to assess risks, issues and opportunities with a high degree of coherence and clarity to solve complex problems and innovate.
  • Experience of planning and prioritisation of projects and work programmes to achieve quality outcomes and benefits within agreed timelines.
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to report and resolve risks, issues and dependencies.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and strength in forming relationships and supporting colleagues to deliver on their commitments within corporate policies, values and established good practice.
  • High degree of cultural sensitivity within a global context.
  • Ability to communicate with clarity and effectiveness to different audiences, using a range of media.
  • Experience of providing professional advice and guidance to leaders within an organisation of comparable complexity.
  • Staff management and motivation skills.
  • Experience of working within an iNGO.
  • Experience of working within a global organisation.

Please follow this link for a full role profile; Senior Advisor Role Profile.docx

Location: Woking, UK or New York, USA preferred but other locations 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 may also be considered.

Type of Role: Permanent

Reports to: Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer

Closing Date: Sunday 18th June, 23.59 BST

*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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