Country Director, Mali

Plan International
Bamako, Mali
Full time Staff

Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organisation with the purpose to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

About the Country Director, Mail role: 

  • Leadership, management and development of Mali team in full compliance with local laws and Plan International policies and standards.
  • Lead the implementation of the Country Strategy, and the Annual Planning and Budgeting exercise.
  • Ensuring high quality programme work is delivered with the maximum involvement of children and young people as actors following Plan International’s Program Quality Procedures (PQP).
  • Accurate and timely disbursement of the agreed Country Office Budget including all donor commitments.
  • Growing and managing a grant portfolio to ensure that funds are raised in a timely manner for key
    project responses.
  • Ensuring readiness to emergencies is built into all programme planning, and lead emergency response interventions when need arises.
  • Representation of Plan International Mali, its work and its values to the authorities and key decision makers.
  • Maintain good working relationships with Government authorities ensuring the compliance with laws and regulations whilst achieving Plan International’s strategic priority goals.
  • As a member of the Regional Leadership Team, the Country Director of Mali is expected to contribute to the overall learning and strategic direction within the region.


  • Knowledge of programming in complex and protracted environments with good understanding and appreciation of the historical, security context, political environment, economic, social/religious and humanitarian context in Mali or a comparable fragile state.
  • Demonstrable experience of overseeing, managing and disbursing portfolios exceeding US$20,000,000.
  • Excellent written and spoken skills in English and French for the development of proposals and the review of reports.
  • A minimum of 10 years of exercising leadership functions with increasing responsibility in an international environment related to development.
  • Experience and understanding of the nexus concept in development programming and humanitarian response including social cohesion.
  • Proven understanding of “gender equality and inclusion 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).
  • Knowledge of the donor context in the country/region/globally and requirements of donor compliance and financial management.
  • Knowledge of political-economy context and sensitivities; geopolitical factors affecting child-poverty and the political, social and environmental opportunities for change is an advantage.
  • Demonstrable knowledge, because of study, training or practical experience, on the key debates in development and emergency response methods and effectiveness, particularly about rights-based programming for child rights.
  • Experience and understanding of the concepts of sustainable community development and participatory approaches and practice in development interventions.
  • Experience and Relevant University degree in development, social science, business administration or related field.


  • Proven skills in the development and management of effective and motivated teams, including remote management.
  • Effective working with and through partners.
  • Proven negotiation skills with Governmental and non-Governmental actors.
  • Communications, comfortable with the media, presenting and arguing a case
  • Proven analytical skills in isolating priorities and tackling them.
  • Experience of designing, implementing and monitoring transformational programmes.
Closing date: 
30th November 2020