Deputy Country Director Programmes

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 18 March 2019
  • Vientiane, Laos
  • Closing on 7 April 2019
  • Current

Job Description

The Opportunity

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 DCDP is a truly influential position. You will help to realise our vision by supporting the Country Director in 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 DCDP 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.

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 Laos since 2008 supporting children, especially the most marginalised from ethnic communities in mountainous terrains to realise their potential. Plan Laos focuses on public health, education, ASRHR and youth employment solutions and plays a leadership role in civil society alliances on adolescent girls (with UNFPA) and nutrition (SUN CSA).

Our work helps more than 50,000 children annually to access education, clean water and sanitation, health, sustainable livelihoods and protection.

Plan International Laos implements a portfolio of approximately 7 million Euro every year of which 92% is from grants. This includes grants from both bilateral and multilateral Donors e.g. EU, DFAT, UN. The DCDP will also directly line manage 9 staff members.

As part of the broader organizational effort to transform Plan International Laos to achieve greater impact, Plan Laos will be going through a transformational change and strategy development process in 2019. This role is key in supporting the Country Director in leading Plan Laos through this change management process.

Do you have what it takes?

As DCDP , you will have strong people management skills, 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, particularly girls.

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.

Please follow this link for a full role profile and person specification below;

Type of Role: 2 year Fixed Term Contract with scope for extension

Location: Vientiane, Laos

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package

Reports to: Country Director

Closing Date: 7th April 2019

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Child Protection 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.

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.

About the Organization

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.

More information

DCD JD Final.docx

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