Country Director - Ethiopia

Plan International
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Consultant (Short term)

About Plan International

Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organisation working for better lives for all children. They are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation. Their purpose is to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan International has been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Their global strategy has a specific focus on girls, as they are often the most marginalised and most often left behind. The organisation has committed itself to the ambitious target of reaching 100 million girls over 5 years, to ensure they can learn, lead, decide and thrive. This is their contribution to reaching the sustainable development goals and in particular the goals on gender equality.

Plan International is transforming itself to meet this enormous challenge everywhere they work. The organisation needs bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to lead their country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow them to reach the target of 100 million girls.

Plan International engages people and partners to:

  • Empower children, young people especially girls and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability;
  • Drive change in practice and policy at local, national and global levels through our reach, experience and knowledge of the realities children face;
  • Work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crisis and to overcome adversity;
  • Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood
  • Work with communities and national institutions/organizations to build their capacities and enable them to be active drivers of the change they desire.

The Role

As a Country Director, you will drive Plan International’s programme and influencing work, setting overall direction, leading a high performing team, ensuring accountability for meeting demanding targets and maintaining alignment with the global strategy. You will be deeply comfortable with leading transformative change, have a demonstrable commitment to gender equality and relish the prospect of representing Plan International to the highest levels of government, civil society, the media and international media.

You will understand and drive efforts to deliver positive change for girls through advocating, campaigning and communicating at a national level. Equally, you will ensure the country operating model is fit for purpose, we have the right funding mix to achieve the organisation ambition, key business processes are in place and organisational values are embedded in everything they do.

You will lead by example in ensuring gender equality is evident in everything Plan International do from staffing to programing and influencing, to ways of working. You will work with your team to bring about the right culture that ensures that the organisation champions for girls and gender equality. You will lead a motivated team, ensure legal compliance, and be ready and able to respond to emergency and development needs of the most marginalised children, especially girls.

Currently, the country office implements a viable portfolio of approximately Euro 20 million/annum. This includes sponsorship and grants from both bilateral and multilateral donors. The organisation currently employ approximately 200 staff with a Country Leadership Team based in Addis Ababa; 8 staff report directly to the Country Director.

As part of the broader organizational effort to transform itself to achieve greater impact, Plan International Ethiopia is going through transformational change and strategy development process. This process requires the leadership of the Country Director and experience in change management. The organization is committed to meeting safeguarding expectations across all its operations and will expect the Country Director to ensure all incidents regarding child abuse and sexual harassment are reported and effectively managed.

Technical Expertise, Skills and Knowledge


  • Proven experience of exercising leadership functions with increasing responsibility in an international environment related to development.
  • Proven understanding of “child rights” and “gender in development” concepts and the promotion of girls’ rights in the context of relevant International Conventions (Convention of the Rights of the Child, Convention for the Eradication of Discrimination against Women) and the Global Goals (SDGs).
  • Experience and understanding of the concepts of sustainable community development and participatory approaches and practice in development interventions.
  • Knowledge of the requirements of donor compliance and financial management
  • Knowledge of programming in challenging environments with good understanding and appreciation of the historical, security context, political environment, economic, social/religious and humanitarian context in Ethiopia or a comparable environment.
  • Proven skills in the development and management of effective and motivated teams, including distance management.
  • Proven networking and negotiation skills with governmental and non-governmental actors.
  • Strong diplomatic and communication skills, including through mass media in order to influence decision-makers and key stakeholders.
  • Excellent English and written and verbal communication skills.


  • Relevant University degree in development, social science, business administration or related field.
  • Knowledge of the geopolitical factors affecting child poverty in the country and the political, social, and environmental opportunities for change is an advantage.
Closing date: 
5th June 2020