Contract, Full-time

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Job Description

The Opportunity

Are you looking for an opportunity to apply your extensive experience in creating large-scale corporate partnerships to make a real impact in advancing children’s rights and equality for girls? 

This is an exciting time to join Plan International as we implement our global 2017-2022 strategy to transform the lives of 100 million girls.

Our Global Partnerships Team (GPT) are responsible for leading and supporting the cultivation, building and nurturing of strategic relationships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders including private sector, foundations & trusts, the United Nations, international financing institutions, multi-stakeholder coalitions, CSOs and academia. We are seeking to appoint an experienced professional to join this team as Head of Business Development on a 14 month maternity cover contract.

In this important role you will help develop and scale-up key strategic partnership opportunities, exploring areas of collaboration that will result in the greatest transformative change for children.  Reporting to the Global Partnerships Director and managing a team of two, this role will specifically be responsible for driving business development activities and developing new partnership propositions in support of strategic business needs; leading a partnership engagement strategy for Plan’s new global campaign Girls Get Equal, and encouraging cross-organisational alignment around partnership priorities.

As Head of Business Development you will also have oversight of our organisation-wide engagement with the private sector and key foundation and trust partners. While some external representation will be required, this post will largely work internally with Plan Offices, providing support to advance a pipeline of global opportunities with a focus on managing relationships strategically, encouraging alignment with global priorities to ensure that the entire organisation works together to maximise the benefits from these partnerships.

About You

We are seeking to appoint an individual with significant experience working with the private sector to create large-scale corporate partnerships, ideally at the international level.

As Head of Business Development, you will be expected to engage regularly with Plan International’s senior leadership as well as national and country offices and peer organisations. Therefore, high-level communication skills and the ability to build and maintain global strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships will be vital. To be successful in this role you will need the skill to build rapport and network with individuals and groups, facilitating high level meetings and discussions and continually adapting priorities, resources and ways of working

Strong research, project management, presentation and negotiation skills will also be essential for this position.

Experience of working for an NGO and knowledge of international development is desirable but not essential.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake some international travel (up to 10%) in this position

For a detailed job description, please see attached

Location: Global Hub in Woking, Surrey (approximately 25 minutes from Waterloo)

Type of Role: Fixed Term Maternity Cover – Approx. 14 months

Reports to: Director of Global Partnerships

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 9am, Monday 20th May

Interviews: First round interviews are scheduled on Thursday 23rd May and Final round on Thursday 30th May.

Start Date: 5th August 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 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. 

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