Country Director

Plan International, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th December, 2017

Job Description

Plan International is evolving in response to shifts in international development and humanitarian response. We are doing this so we can continue to make a stand for children’s rights.

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 believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. Having identified girls as the most marginalised group, they will be our ongoing focus as we work towards helping 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive within their communities.

As we embark on this ambitious and exciting journey, we are recruiting for talent across the globe.

If you are passionate about advancing children’s rights and equality for girls, and if have a proven track-record of successfully leading a country through periods of transformation, we’d love to hear from you.

The Opportunity:

As a Country Director in Pakistan, you will be Plan International’s lead representative with authority over all activities taking place there – especially with regard to our transformation work. In order to fulfil our mission of promoting girls’ rights across the region, we need someone who will be an effective director in times of change to ensure staff are engaged with our ambition and equipped to achieve it.

You will be expected to develop strategies at country level that are aligned with Plan International’s global vision and purpose within the context of that country, in relation to children’s rights.

You will lead a highly motivated team (our team comprises of over 220 staff) and ensure legal compliance, implement a well-funded programme, be ready and able to respond to emergencies and development needs of the most marginalised children, especially girls.

Plan International Pakistan’s Country Strategic Plan (2016-2020) has six key focus areas:

  • Health
  • Learning
  • Livelihoods
  • Water and sanitation
  • Child and gender rights
  • Disaster risk management

The key challenges for the Plan International Pakistan Country Office are to develop and run effective programmes in an increasingly volatile, disaster prone and insecure environment.

Do you have what it takes?

  • In order to succeed in this challenging role, you will need demonstrable experience in leading a country office(s) through significant change while effectively delivering strategic and large programmes.
  • Experience within large and complex humanitarian responses is advantageous.
  • You will need to have strong influencing skills, and the ability to represent Pakistan at a senior level.
  • You will also require a working knowledge of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, Minimum Standards for Prevention and Response to Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies, Sphere and the Red Cross/ NGO Code of Conduct.
  • Prior experience of working with major donors such as DFID, EU, USAID, ECHO, DIPECHO.
  • Excellent written skills in English for the development of proposals and the review of reports. Urdu (or Hindi) language skills are an advantage.

Our organisational values are designed to help everyone who works with us achieve our ambitious goals for children, especially girls.

  • We are open and accountable
  • We strive for lasting impact
  • We work well together
  • We are inclusive and empowering


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