Director Of Sub-Region (SACIM)

Plan International

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…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Nepal
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 3-4 years
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    Job Category Communications | Public Affairs
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    Job Qualification : Related Field
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    Posted Date : Mar 20, 2022

Job Description

Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organisation working for better lives for all children. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation.

Our purpose is to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

About Plan International in the APAC Region

The Asia Pacific (APAC) Region consists of one Hub office, over 2,000 staff, and a budget of approximately 140 million Euros.

The region is currently split into two sub regions, each led by a Director of a Sub Region (DSR), both of whom report directly to the Executive Director – Asia Pacific, and Gender Transformative Policy and Practice. However, there is currently a transformation process underway, which may lead to the change of the makeup of each of the sub regions.

The APAC Hub office, of which the DSR’s are part of, provide overall support to the entire region in a number of functions, which include, among other things – Influencing, Disaster Risk Management, Finance, Security, and Human Resources.

About the Role

The Director of Sub-Region will be accountable towards coherent and consistent implementation of Plan International’s purpose and ambition across the sub-region, in line with Plan’s values-based leadership, underpinned by feminist principles. They will ensure quality, aligned strategies are developed and resourced for all countries in the region and programmes delivered with the expected impact. As a member of the regional hub management team and of the regional leadership team, they will have specific accountabilities to drive elements of the regional hub plan.

Leadership, People and Culture

  • Accountable for overall delivery of Plan International’s strategic goals, meeting Plan International Standards, and ensuring alignment to PI purpose and values in a portfolio of countries through line management of Country Directors.
  • Accountable to ensure that the overall long term workforce requirements for the sub region are defined, overall talent, in line with capabilities needed, is identified and actively managed; and that the region as a whole has sight of the requirements, plans and talent to deliver longer term objectives of the region.
  • Be a role model in driving positive culture change across the organisation, consciously embracing and personifying the values-based leadership framework under pinned by feminist principles, holding self and others accountable for behaviors, drawing on strengths and reflecting on areas of self-development. Be intentionally aware of the impact and power, purposeful and visible about changing the organisational culture and our internal power dynamics and empower teams to live and participate in the culture as a group.

Strategy and Business Management

  • Ensure that Country Offices have ambitious, impactful, and achievable country strategies that are aligned to the global strategy and connected to other countries’ and are driving future focused change in country office structures, capabilities and culture to ensure Plan remains relevant and sustainable and delivers increased impact in a rapidly evolving region.
  • Raise Plan International’s profile through effective influencing and advocacy, working with the regional influencing team in line with the Strategy. Being an ambassador for the subregion and the region and representing Plan International at appropriate regional events and on regional bodies.
  • Proactively identify and mitigate risks, (including reputational, operational and safety and security) resolve recurrent/systematic challenges within the sub-region and across region.
  • Lead on specific region-wide priorities and initiatives and contribute to regional wide decision making
  • Build and maintain effective relationships within the Regional Leadership Team, Global Hub, functional leads, and National Organisation representatives to ensure courageous and innovative solutions to challenges are taken forward.
  • Build influential relationships internally across Plan International to strengthen a culture of collaboration, resource sharing, partnership, and learning within the region and at the global level. Build relationships externally with peers in other organisations and representatives in the region to create opportunities to further Plan’s mission and strengthen Plan’s reputation.

Corporate Governance

  • Oversight on performance on programme delivery and compliance, across the sub-region, against Plan International’s policies and management standards, key performance indicators and legal/ regulatory requirements.
  • Regional Risk management and maintaining risk registers to identify and mitigate relevant business, strategic, financial, legal, safety, security, reputational and project risks, by undertaking regular reviews and assessments to manage risks appropriately in context, taking professional advice or escalating where appropriate.

Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion

  • Ensure that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
  • While these points are framed as accountabilities, the Director of Sub-Region will support country directors to identify and resolve challenges and work with other parts of the organisation to protect countries from excessive or unmanageable risks.

Required Qualification & Experience

Values based leadership behaviours – Strategic Leadership Level Competencies

  • Drive progress in the area of responsibility by setting and communicating an ambitious but realistic strategy, and ensuring it is appropriately resourced.
  • Use own behaviour to role model the culture change we need, upholding our values and accelerating progress towards gender equality inside Plan International, with our partners and in wider society.
  • Ensure effective delivery by leading through others, working closely with our support functions, keeping abreast of what is going on in the own business unit or function and responding quickly if problems arise.
  • Make timely decisions, even in uncertainty and when information is imperfect. Manage opportunities and risks and adjust actions as situations unfold and we learn more.
  • Grow the professional and leadership capabilities we will need in future by developing the skills and potential of our workforce and coach teams to act in turn as developers of other people.
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively with large and diverse groups of people, giving them the understanding and motivation to succeed and involving all staff in reflection, innovation, and improvement.
  • Build strategic relationships with key leaders, experts, and stakeholders across the Plan International family and externally, navigating political and power interests and negotiating positive outcomes.

*These behaviors are specifically aligned to feminist leadership principles.

Business Management Competencies

1. Organisational Understanding

Understanding of Plan International’s purpose, values, strategy, funding sources, organisation, governance, types of programmes and can clearly articulate Plan’s purpose to staff. Has a thorough understanding of the country/Regional context and adapts activities and practices to take account of the political, financial, social, and cultural context in which we are working.

2. Risk Management

Exemplifies strategic risk management has a track record of identifying and mitigating relevant business, strategic, financial, legal, safety, security, reputational and project risks, regularly undertaking and interpreting risk assessments and actively managing risks appropriately in context, engaging with relevant stakeholders in Country, Region and Global Hub on a regular basis and taking professional advice and escalating where appropriate.

3. Managing People and relationships

  • Track record of leading a major business unit or function, setting its structure and processes, defining future workforce requirements and talent management, promoting diversity in the workplace, and reshaping the workforce to meet strategic needs.**
  • Proven ability to build influential relationships internally to strengthen a culture of collaboration, resource sharing, partnership, and learning within the region and at the global level.**

4. Business Delivery

  • Business acumen and proven experience of delivering organisational strategic plans, aligned to team and annual plan, incorporating innovation and avoiding duplication of work activities.
  • Knowledge of programming in challenging environments and ability to effectively work through partners and proven networking and negotiations skills. Ability to assess safety and security risks to ensure programmes are delivered with minimizing threat to people, programmes and property and in compliance with Plan policies.
  • Optimising and managing resources to achieve agreed team or project objectives on-time and within budget, reviewing and adjusting plans if required and ensures compliance with organisational or donor requirements.
  • Solid Financial management experience, including understanding relevant funding sources, revenue cycles, budgeting and cost estimation, balance sheets, return on investment etc. Efficiently and effectively uses financial systems to report, monitor and forecast the financial position and work plans adjusted based on regular review.

Other Knowledge and Skills

Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of:

  • International conventions on child rights and gender equality as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Plan International, the brand, what we do and what we don’t.
  • Gender equality and gender-transformative programming and influencing.
  • Community-based development and long-term social change.
  • The social-economic issues in the region that are affecting the rights and well-being of children and young people, especially girls and the most vulnerable.
  • Transparent and accountable financial, asset and resource management.
  • Donor compliance requirements.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Well-developed political acumen.
  • Able to lead, inspire and motivate people.
  • Dealing with ambiguity.
  • Managing vision & purpose.
  • Innovation management.
  • Strong business acumen with an understanding of performance reporting tools and methodologies.
  • Delivers results by regularly monitoring performance, anticipating problems/obstacles and implementing effective contingency plans.
  • Methodical and organised self-starter who can deliver results with minimal supervision and direction.
  • Communicates effectively and persuasively with all staff and stakeholders (both verbal and written).
  • Considers commercial implications of decisions.
  • Negotiates to deliver key results for the cluster.
  • Strong problem-solving capabilities.
  • Can effectively manage conflict.

We invite you download the job profile which outlines Plan International’s vision and indicates the responsibilities, skills, competencies and knowledge requirements of this position**.**

Plan International Director Sub Region – Job Profile

Location: Island Nations and South Asia (Philippines, Indonesia, East Timor, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pacific program – which consists of the Solomons, PNG, and Fiji)

How to Apply

Closing date: 13th April @ 23:59 GMT

Please click on the link here to be redirected to the Red Sea site. For this role, kindly submit an MS Word version of your CV and a cover letter detailing your motivation and how you are suited to this role.

Please note that the interview dates for this role will be confirmed with you should your application be successful.

Red Sea is committed to meeting the standards set out in their Equality and Diversity recruitment policy; this includes not discriminating under the Equality Act 2010 and building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce in encouraging equality and diversity.