Regional People & Culture Director West and Central Africa (WACA) at Plan International

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Plan International was founded over 75 years ago with a mission to promote and protect the rights of children. The organisation was set up by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge in 1937, with the original aim to provide food, accommodation and education to children whose lives had been disrupted by the Spanish Civil War. Langdon-Davies conceived the idea of a personal relationship between a child and a sponsor – a model that puts the child at the centre, and remains the core of what we do. Today, Plan International is a global organisation that is active in over 70 countries to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. Who We Are We work with communities around the world to end the cycle of poverty for children. We work with communities around the world to end the cycle of poverty for children. Founded over 70 years ago, Plan is a nearly $800 million organization often ranked among the top 10 international development agencies by reputation, size and scope. We work side-by-side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children, developing solutions to ensure long-term sustainability. Our level of community engagement, long-term outlook and constant focus on the needs and priorities of children is unique among international development organizations. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities for generations to come and range from clean water and health care programs, to education projects and child protection initiatives. Community by community, Plan works to promise futures that are worthy of all children’s potential. Our Vision Our vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Our Mission Plan strives to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of vulnerable children in developing countries by: Enabling children, their families and their communities to meet basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies; Fostering relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries; and Promoting the rights and interests of the world’s children.

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Location: Not specified
  • Job Field: Human Resources / HR 

The Opportunity

Plan International embarked on an ambitious and exciting strategic change initiative to make the organization more transparent, legitimate, and agile. Strengthening our People and Culture processes is one of the key enablers in attaining our strategic goals.

The role of Regional P&C Director will provide strategic leadership and direction to the People and Culture function across the region, building a globally integrated and appropriately contextualised P&C function. Key to the role will be continuing to build a high performing P&C team, adopting a culture of continuous improvement and coordinating strategic workforce planning and talent development and management. You will provide strategic People and Culture business partnering to the Regional Director and leadership team and provide a people management perspective for key change initiatives and actions, contributing to the contextualisation and implementation of Plan International Inc strategic initiatives, and support business change activities across the region.



  • Significant professional expertise and in-depth knowledge acquired through professional qualifications, inherent understanding, and substantial relevant experience in developing and embedding people, capability, and organisational / Human Resources practices.
  • Fundamental understanding and extensive experience of working in strategic and operational aspects of people, capability, and organisational / Human Resources practices (i.e. employee engagement, total rewards, workforce planning, talent acquisition & management, employee relations, etc) in a leadership role in large, geographically dispersed, matrix organisation and ability to plan and prioritise work within the context.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment, and to anticipate, manage and conclude competing priorities ensuring maximisation of regional/ P&C specialist area effectiveness.
  • See Business Management and Leadership and P&C Technical Competencies
  • Fluent French and English


  • Portuguese language skills
  • Experience of working in non-profit sector
  • Masters in human resources, or related field
  • Understanding of P&C implications of working with young people, partners, and volunteers.


  • Understanding Plan International in context Business Competency, aligned to ‘We are open and accountable’ Leadership Competency, Maintaining professionalism.
  • Working well together: Listening to colleagues, stakeholders, and partners with humility, sharing information and listening to their input, being open to feedback, aligned to Managing people and relationships business competency.
  • Adapting and coping in challenging and changing environments
  • Self-awareness, aligned with Plan International Leadership Competency ‘I see and develop myself as a leader’.
  • Motivating and influencing others, and working with others, aligned to ‘We work well together’ Leadership competency, and Business Management competency ‘Managing People and Relationships’:
  • Working with others, managing people, and promoting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Delivering results: Planning and managing resources, projects and partnerships for the effective and efficient delivery of results, aligned to the Leadership Competency ‘We strive for lasting impact. Ensuring a realistic budget is in place for the team and our activities, aligned with business priorities and including planned change (We are open and accountable).


  • Customer Focus: Ability to understand the needs of various stakeholders and focus on continuously improving the stakeholder experience.
  • Business Acumen: Ability to understand influence, and translate key business drivers, priorities, and demands of various stakeholders in a globally diverse organization.
  • Critical Thinking: Ability to conceptualize, apply, analyse, synthesize, and evaluate information.
  • Versatility: Collectively through a Global network of People and Culture utilize molt-faceted skills sets to perform a wide variety of role/ specialisations.
  • Steward of the Culture, Agility and Change Orientation: Ability to nurture and act as a champion of an agile organisational culture of high performance, inclusion, innovation, and engagement. Ability to anticipate challenges, comfortable with change and shifting priorities, able to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty.
  • Data Savviness: analyse and communicate strategic insights and trends to influence & support business decision making for different stakeholders and audiences.
  • Creativity & Innovation: create diverse solutions and ideas and take constructive criticism to further stretch the imagination of what is possible.
  • End to end process design: Customer and stakeholder centric design of processes rather than internal focused.
  • Technology savviness: Affinity with technology and how to use digital tools to improve executional excellence

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