Location: Globally flexible, Flexible

Company: Plan International

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 85 years, and are now active in more than 80 countries.


The Opportunity


Plan International’s global strategy prioritises humanitarian scale-up. To respond to the growing unmet needs in emergencies and to strengthen the speed, quality, relevance, and appropriateness of our humanitarian work, we have recently created four new global humanitarian capability units, including the new Global Rapid Response and Readiness Unit.


As Head of the Rapid Response and Readiness Unit, you will be responsible for building sufficient levels of readiness and preparedness across the organizations; lead, coordinate, and support humanitarian emergency response operations and provide practice leadership on anticipatory action. You will directly line manages a team of deployable managers/officers/ specialists and matrix manage a team of deployable technical specialists.


In addition, you will lead the internal coordination with operational support functions hosted within other departments in large-scale disasters. The Head of the Global Rapid Response and Readiness Unit will play a leading role in drawing lessons from Plan International’s experience and good practices from the sector and others and use these to provide direct support to Country Offices and National Organisations in real time, closer to the point of impact to scale up humanitarian assistance, save lives and raise more resources.


The post holder will play a catalyst’s role to strengthen learning, provide practice leadership and advocate for agile procedures, policies, and guidance to ensure timely emergency response. Externally, the post-holder will represent Plan in high-level humanitarian global fora and ensure representation of appropriate staff in relevant forums on humanitarian response, preparedness, readiness, and anticipatory action.


Please follow this link for the full role profile: Head of Rapid Response and Readiness Unit – JD.docx


Location: The location of this role can be flexible where Plan International has an office* that can employ on behalf of the Global Hub and you have the pre-existing right to work and live. If you are based in the UK this will be according to our hybrid working policy which we are happy to share. Re-location to Nairobi, Kenya may also be considered.


Type of Role: Permanent or maximum fixed term contract


Reports to:  Global Humanitarian Director


Closing Date: Monday 18th September


Anticipated 1st round interview: 25th  September and 2nd October.


*Applicable locations include: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe


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