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Change Partner – West Africa

The Organisation Our purpose is to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries. Our global strategy has a specific focus on girls, as they are often the most marginalised and most often left behind. We have committed ourselves to the ambitious target of reaching 100 million girls over 5 years, to ensure they can learn, lead, decide and thrive. This is our contribution to reaching the sustainable development goals, and in particular the goals on gender equality. Our organisation is transforming itself to meet this enormous challenge everywhere we work. We need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to lead our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to reach our target of 100 million girls. The Opportunity This is an exciting time for Plan International, as we embark on a new strategy which places an increased focus on girls’ rights with an ambition to take action so that 100 million girls can learn, lead, decide and thrive. The new strategy will dramatically transform how we operate – from implementing excellent gender-transformative development programmes in our communities in support of our ambition, to modernising our operating models, to stepping up bold, credible national and global influencing, informed by cutting edge evidence from our work in communities. As Change Partner, your objective is to accelerate the adoption of our global strategy and the achievement of our strategic ambition and goals.  Our approach to implementation is ‘leader-led’ and Change Partners will work closely with our senior teams to support the design and implementation of the transformed organisation. The Change Partner’s focus will be on ensuring structured change, guided by Plan International’s change framework, and with an emphasis on ensuring the outcomes and benefits of change are delivered.  Also central to our change philosophy is the engagement of our people as the creators and owners of the transformation solutions.  Additionally, there will be a focus on ensuring that our values and behaviours are embedded in everything we do.   Do you have what it takes? In order to succeed in this challenging and varied role you will require extensive change management planning and implementation experience, preferable on a global basis, with significant experience in at least one of the following core business disciplines: OD and Change, HR or project management. You will be self-motivated, with high drive to achieve results and able to work with high degree of autonomy. Strong business acumen with an understanding of performance reporting tools and methodologies and strong influencing and negotiating skills with well-developed political acumen will be essential. You will be collaborative in your approach and culturally aware, adapting your own behaviours and style in light of cultural environment. A skilled coach you will have the ability to motivate others and drive engagement without direct line management. The ability to clearly articulate messages to a variety of audiences (both written and verbal) will be key and you will be fluent in English and French. Type of Role: 2 year fixed term contract Location: West Africa, preferably in Dakar, Senegal however other locations within the region where Plan International has a legal entity will also be considered Salary: Competitive salary and benefits Reports to: Head of Organisational Development and Change Management Closing Date:  Sunday 23rd September Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early. Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted. A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Child Protection Policy. As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with. Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.  Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.