This is an exciting time for Plan International as we embark on a new strategy for 2017-2021. 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 will dramatically transform 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.
The role of Country Director is a truly influential position that comes with full accountability for Plan International’s operations and results. You will help to realise our vision by shaping and implementing Plan International’s strategy at a country level. Your talents as a leader and communicator will inspire Plan International employees and volunteers while engaging partners, government, local communities and our other stakeholders. And, on an operational level, you will bring a focused approach to key responsibilities such as risk management, income growth, the disbursement of project funds and the oversight of projects.
As Country Director you will lead a high performing team to deliver Plan International’s programme and influencing work, creating positive change for girls through advocacy and campaigns and ensuring that we are able to respond to the emergency and development needs of the most marginalised children.
You will drive transformative change, ensuring that the country operating model is fit for purpose, that we have the right funding mix to achieve our ambition and our organisational values are truly embedded.
With a demonstrable commitment to gender equality, you will lead by example in ensuring gender equality is evident in everything we do, working with your team to build a culture that ensures we are champions for girls and gender equality
Plan International commenced operations in Cambodia in 2002 and since has been supporting children, especially the most marginalised, to realise their full potential. With an increasing focus on the remote communities in the northeast of the country, our work helps more than 600,000 children to access education, clean water and sanitation, health, sustainable livelihoods and protection. Since 2002 Plan Cambodia have received a number of awards both certificates and development medals) from Line Ministries.
At present Plan Cambodia implements a portfolio of approximately 11 million USD every year of which 70% is from grants from both bilateral and multilateral Donors e.g. UNICEF, WFP, WSCC, GSF, KOICA, SIDA, BMZ, DFAT and 30% sponsorship. Plan International Cambodia currently has programme operations in 4 Provinces, Siem Riep, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri and Tboung Khmum.
The Country Director is accountable for the management and leadership of a team of over 160 staff with a Country Leadership Team of 10 members, 5 of which report directly to the Country Director.
As part of the broader organizational effort to transform Plan International Cambodia to achieve greater impact, Plan Cambodia will be going through a transformational change and strategy development process in the second half of 2019. This process will require leadership of the Country Director and strong experience in change management.
Do you have what it takes?
As Country Director, you will be adept at developing people, building relationships, and creating a strong sense of purpose and collaboration for all those around you. You will bring genuine passion, determination, and fresh thinking to our work – with the aim of expanding both our reach and our impact, and making change work for millions of children.
Your deep understanding of child rights and gender in development and knowledge of the concepts of sustainable community development and of participatory approaches and practice in development interventions will be essential.
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.
You will have proven networking and negotiation skills with governmental and non-governmental actors including strong diplomatic and communication skills, including through mass-media in order to influence decision-makers and key stakeholders.
Appreciation of the historical, security context, political environment, economic, social/religious and humanitarian context in Cameroon or a comparable environment.
Please follow this link for a full role profile and person specification;
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Type of Role: 5 year fixed term contract
Reports to: Director, South East Asia
Proposed start date: October 2019
Grade: Competitive salary and benefits package
Closing Date: 15/04/2019
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.
As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.
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. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation 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 will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.