Head of Influencing & Communication

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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 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

This role will drive strategic development for Plan International Ethiopia country strategy and lead the design, review and implementation of a corresponding Influencing and Advocacy strategies taking a cross organizational approach. The incumbent will deliver positive policy and legislative changes that lead to an improved environment for girls and young women. These in turn lead to the delivery of PIE’s Country Strategy and Plan’s Global Strategy. S/he will lead the development of key advocacy messages leveraging our influencing strength to mobilize support for change in Ethiopia.

Key relationships
•    Country Leadership/Management Team members, Programme leadership, both development and humanitarian,  Internal technical networks as relevant
•    Global and Regional functional and thematic leads, Functional departments Heads at PIE, Plan Inc. National Organizations, Plan Inc. Liaison Offices
•    Partners (i.e. different Government agencies at federal, state and local level), Senior contacts at corporate sector, UN, donors, embassies, INGOs, etc., Consultant, Relevant global and regional forums , Corporates and foundations in Ethiopia,  National and Local authorities, Other INGOs and NGO forums

Requirement : Master’s degree in Communications, Advocacy or a related field with at least 10 years of experience in NGO sector, or demonstrated equivalent combination of education and experience.

Location: Addis Ababa

Type of Role: Head of Influencing and Communications

Reports to: Country Director

Grade: E

Closing Date: 18 July 2021

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

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. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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