Country Director

Plan International - Location: Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia, Lusaka

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Country Director

This is an exciting time for Plan International as we embark on a new strategy for 2017-2021. Our global strategy defines who we are, why we exist, the change we want to see in the world and how we will contribute to making change happen. It underpins everything we do, guiding all our work in all parts of the federation.


To achieve greater change in children’s lives we will dramatically transform how we operate and we need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to steer our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to transform the lives of 100 million girls globally.


The role of Country Director is a truly influential position that comes with full accountability for Plan International’s operations and results. You will help to realise our vision by shaping and implementing Plan International’s strategy at a country level. Your talents as a leader and communicator will inspire Plan International employees and volunteers while engaging partners, government, local communities and our other stakeholders. And, on an operational level, you will bring a focused approach to key responsibilities such as risk management, income growth, the disbursement of project funds and the oversight of projects.


As Country Director you will lead a high performing team to deliver Plan International’s programme and influencing work, creating positive change for girls through advocacy and campaigns and ensuring that we are able to respond to the emergency and development needs of the most marginalised children.


You will drive transformative change, ensuring that the country operating model is fit for purpose, that we have the right funding mix to achieve our ambition and our organisational values are truly embedded.


With a demonstrable commitment to gender equality, you will lead by example in ensuring gender equality is evident in everything we do, working with your team to build a culture that ensures we are champions for girls and gender equality.


Plan International commenced operations in Zambia in 1996 delivering programmes to help marginalised children, their families and communities to access their rights to survival, protection and participation. At present Plan International Zambia implements a portfolio of approximately 7.6 million Euros every year. This includes grants from both bilateral and multilateral Donors e.g BMZ, DANIDA, NORAD, Netherlands (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), SIDA, USAID, IFAD, UNHCR & UNICEF. Plan International Zambia currently has programme operations in four provinces and supports a DRC refugee response programme in Mantapala camp in Nchelenge district, Luapula province.


The Country Director is accountable for the management and leadership of a team of over 130 staff with a Country Leadership Team of thirteen members, seven of which report directly to the Country Director. As part of the broader organisational effort to transform Plan International Zambia to achieve greater impact, Plan International Zambia will be going through a transformational change and strategy development process in the second half of 2019.


The Individual


As Country Director, you will have strong people management skills, be adept at developing people, building relationships, and creating a strong sense of purpose and collaboration for all those around you. You will bring genuine passion, determination, and fresh thinking to our work – with the aim of expanding both our reach and our impact, and making change work for millions of children, particularly girls.


Your deep understanding of child rights and gender in development and knowledge of the concepts of sustainable community development and of participatory approaches and practice in development interventions will be essential.


Min education
Primary school
Required experience
4 Years
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Plan International

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