United Kingdom
Salary will vary based on location. The salary for an appointed candidate based in the UK will be in the range of £80,000 - £95,000
Contract, Full-time
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 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


The Opportunity

The Director of Organisational Effectiveness will play a key role in raising the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of Plan International’s operations, globally, by strengthening core integrating systems, processes and capabilities, across all support functions and across Global Hub, Regional Hubs, Country Offices, and National Organisations where relevant.

Working with other Directors, including the  Executive Director of Resources to identify organisational improvement opportunities across key global functions, you will play a key role in helping to increase our impact for children and in particular girls, who are so often left behind.

You will lead on a range of organisational performance improvement interventions and initiatives and support other global operational and functional leaders to execute appropriate solutions, integrating and streamlining processes and approaches to strengthening capabilities across the organisation.

You will develop and introduce an integrated portfolio view and approach and track the progress, risks and measures of all interventions and initiatives towards appropriate solutions.

Immediate priorities include;

  • Reviewing current key organizational change projects and improvement plans to assess interdependencies and overall coherence, identifying risks and opportunities and make tactical as well as strategic recommendations and support any immediate or medium term steps for improving our approach to accelerate and increase the likelihood of success,  impact and business benefits 
  • Support the organisation to identify opportunities to simplify and more effectively prioritise and sequence initiatives taking into account resource constraints and operational realities; 
  • Assess and make recommendations in relation to business preparedness for an ERP roll out, and support initiatives including changes in priorities to make improvements. 
  • Support relevant Executive Directors in developing and implementing a portfolio view and approach to managing key change projects and improvement plans. This approach should take into account the current strategy (2017-2022) and the process currently underway to update the global strategy (for 2022-2027)
  • Support the leadership to bring a focus on organizational efficiency and effectiveness within the strategy update (process already underway), to enable us to meet our ambitions to maximise our impact for children and girls and ensure we are agile, legitimate, efficient and effective as an organization and have the resilience to stay the course.


About You

With significant professional expertise and in-depth knowledge of transformative change management and process improvement acquired in core functional areas such as Finance and HR you will have a fundamental understanding of the strategic and operational aspects of large, geographically dispersed, complex organisations.

Your ability to plan, prioritise and deliver work within diverse contexts including where resources are significantly constrained will be imperative.

An experienced facilitator and highly collaborative team member, you will have strong stakeholder management and negotiation skills, strong soft skills and the ability to lead through influence

A strategic and creative problem solver, you are adept at developing and implementing simplified, lean and efficient systems, processes and decision-making frameworks.


Location: Flexible where Plan International has a legal entity and the applicant has the pre-existing right to work and live may be considered. Those locations closest to the point of impact are preferred. 

Type of Role: Two-year fixed term contract

Reports to: Executive Director of Resources

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

Closing Date: Monday 15th March


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

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.

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Refreshed on: 09 March 2021
Closed date: 15 March 2021
Tags: Intl Development, Operations