Head of Business Development, Communications and Campaigns – Malawi

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.


The Opportunity

As the Head of Business Development, Communications and Campaigns, you will build strong donor relationships in country and foster strategic relationships among stakeholders to ensure Plan is a go-to partner in Malawi. You will provide strategic leadership of live bids whilst working with the Programme team to design all new projects and ensure that high quality proposals are delivered by the Country Office (CO) in a timely manner.

In this role you will also oversee and strategically manage the Communications and Campaigns department of the CO. You will aid in increasing and maintaining the visibility of Plan International Malawi by ensuring that our goals are articulated to and understood by key stakeholders such as governments, partners, communities and donors. You will also ensure that Plan International’s flagship #GirlsGetEqual campaign is pitched at the most strategic level in country, particularly within Government and the development partner community, and is embedded within programming and influencing work.


The Individual

We are looking to recruit a strategic and proactive individual who has at least 10 years of professional experience in the international development sector, of which at least seven years have been spent at a Senior Management level. You will have experience in leading Programme development for a diverse portfolio of donors to drive programmes and you will have a good understanding of the role of the Private sector in development. You will also have good experience in leadership communications and campaigns in support of girls’ rights.

To be successful in this role you will have the ability to lead diverse teams and have excellent people skills. Your communication skills will be clear and effective in order to build relationships and influence others. You will promote teamwork and cooperation and you will also demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and integrity.

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Location: Lilongwe, Malawi


Type of Role: 3 year FTC


Reports to: Country Director


Salary: Competitive salary and package available


Closing Date: 1st December 2020


Anticipated 1st round which will consist of a written assessment in English: Friday 4th December


Final round interview anticipated: 10th December


Start date for the role: January 2021


Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.


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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