United Kingdom
£85,000 - £90,000 per year
Permanent, 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 Vision


Plan International’s global strategy applies a full spectrum approach where Disaster Risk Management (DRM) is an integral part of everything the organisation does with and for children and girls, especially in fragile settings. 


Our ambition is to become a global leader and the NGO partner of choice for promoting gender equality and protecting girls’ rights in disaster and conflict settings, working at the nexus of development and humanitarian efforts.


While our emergency response work is driven by the humanitarian imperative and principles, as a global organisation Plan International has invested in three priority focus areas; Child Protection in Emergency (CPIE), Education in Emergency (EIE) and Youth Economic Empowerment in Emergency (YEEIE). 


Plan International has developed a systematic approach to integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into our Country Strategies and promoting a resilience approach to our programmes. Our ambition is to continue to grow the DRM portfolio in this area.


As an organisation we place great importance on contributing to the work and collective learning, strengthened coordination and quality of work in the sector and increasingly take on inter-agency leadership roles within our areas of expertise at a country and global level.


In the last financial year Plan International responded to 171 emergencies of differing scales and significance across 55 countries with a focus on Child Protection and Education in Emergencies programming.

  • 61,258,951 girls, boys, women and men were reached through this work in FY20
  • Spending relating to disaster risk management totalled €175 million in FY20
  • Plan International partnered with 27,600 community organisations, over 3,400 NGO’s and 934 corporate and private sector institutions.


The Opportunity


The Global Humanitarian Director - Preparedness & Response (also known as Disaster Risk Management (DRM) within Plan International) will lead in setting the overall direction in this area, mobilising the different parts of Plan International and leading the implementation of the Global DRM vision across Global Hub, Regional Hubs, Country Offices, and National Organisations.


You will position Plan International as a global leader and NGO partner of choice for promoting gender equality and protecting girls’ rights in disaster and conflict settings, continuously evaluating and increasing the impact of our work.


You will lead a high performing, motivated and skilled team to deliver and support the achievement of the Global DRM vision, acting as a role model to drive positive culture change across Plan International and consciously embracing and personifying our values-based leadership framework underpinned by feminist principles.  


About You


With proven experience in humanitarian programming and in exercising visionary and strategic leadership in aspects of large, geographically dispersed, culturally diverse, complex international organisations you will have significant experience of managing large scale humanitarian response operations in different and complex contexts.


Strong inter-personal skills in stakeholder management, networking, negotiation, diplomacy and communication with the ability to work empathetically and effectively will be imperative as is a track record of developing and leading effective and motivated teams, including distance management and delivering business planning, financial management, improvement programmes in line with organisational objectives. 






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