NGO Recruitment’s Fundraising Salary Snapshot 2021

Director of Gender Transformative Policy & Practice

Organisation Name Plan International
Location Flexible location; Asia, Africa, South America, or close to impact points
Date Posted 2021-06-10
Job Type Full-Time
Job Number 708237
  • Drive Plan International's goal to transform 100 million girls' lives
  • Foster global team collaboration with gender equality thought leadership
  • Flexible location; Asia, Africa, South America, or close to impact points


The Organisation

Since adopting the 100 Million Reasons global strategy, Plan International’s global work to advance children’s rights and equality for girls has had unprecedented impact. Plan International has been transforming its operations at the Global Hub to be the best possible partner for the 8,000+ staff who work in its country offices, and working to become a more agile, efficient and accountable organization.
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. It has built powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and is now active in more than 70 countries.

Benefits & Culture         
This is a newly created, highly visible and influential role offering an exciting opportunity to support the delivery of Plan International’s strategic ambition to transform the lives of 100 million girls.

The Role
The Director of Gender Transformative Policy and Practice (GTP&P) leads the global GTP&P function and its associated specialist areas; Protection from Violence, Early Childhood Development, Skills and Opportunities for Youth Economic Empowerment, SRHR and Inclusive Quality Education worldwide. The role provides strategic leadership and expertise across all Plan International’s thematic and cross-cutting work in policy, advocacy, and practice, to tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion, and vulnerability globally, in both humanitarian and development contexts. You will also:
  • Lead and direct the specialist hub priorities to deliver Plan International’s agenda and values
  • Drive the scale-up of effective and evidence-based programme and influencing approaches
  • Promote engagement with donors to mobilise expertise, partnerships and resources
  • Contribute to setting the global research agenda and support on specific pieces of research
  • Build and manage relationships with key external/internal partners
  • Ensure the embedding of global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion

Skills Required
You will be a transformational leader, with country-level international development and humanitarian programming management expertise and proven regional influencing capabilities. You will have led large multi-disciplinary international teams, including in fragile contexts, and have a demonstrated understanding of NGO structures, the girls’ and women’s equality movement, and the UN human rights and humanitarian system. Naturally you have deep knowledge of human rights, child rights, girls’ rights, inclusion and gender equality. In addition, your experience includes:
  • Leadership of programme and influence design, M&E, learning and knowledge management
  • Excellent skills in strategic leadership, collaboration, and teamwork
  • Strong people management skills, including leading leaders
  • Sound diplomatic, networking skills, and experience in the effective use of soft power
  • Ability to work to a high standard and manage stress effectively whilst prioritising multiple tasks
  • Excellent communication, representational and inter-personal skills
  • Proven advocacy and resource mobilisation skills and experience
  • Profound understanding of how developmental and humanitarian issues impact gender equality
  • Demonstrated competencies in MERL and the use of evidence
Please note:
  • Location: home-based, ideally in a Regional Hub such as Kenya, Senegal, Thailand, or in the Americas and Caribbean. Other locations closest to impact points may also be considered.
  • You must have full local work rights for the country you apply to be based in.
  • Fluent English required with French and/or Spanish language skills desirable

If you are passionate about promoting gender equality and you meet the key criteria above, please submit your resume in MS Word and a cover letter to Lois Freeke addressing the skills required and quoting reference #708237, or email:

Please be advised you can upload two attachments, including your resume and covering letter when submitting your application.