Plan is a federation of different legal entities operating in many different countries in the world. The global organisation of Plan comprises 21 National Organisations, Plan International, Inc. and their subsidiaries. Plan’s field operations are run by Plan International, Inc. (PII) principally through branch offices. Plan’s headquarters in the UK is run through PII’s subsidiary Plan Limited.
Various bodies perform different decision-making roles in the organisation:
International Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer
Global Management Committee
National Directors Team
Country Management team
The Members’ Assembly is Plan’s highest decision-making body and is made up of the member National Organisations. Delegates from the National Organisations attend Assembly meetings twice each year.
One of the main tasks of the Members’ Assembly is to elect the Board of Directors of Plan International, Inc. which reports to and is accountable to the Members’ Assembly. It also sets high-level strategy and direction for the global organisation, approves the financial budgets and audited accounts. Read the Bylaws of Plan International, Inc. (119kb | 26 pages).
The International Board of Plan International, Inc. is elected by the Members’ Assembly. Members of the International Board of Directors are all volunteers. The International Board is comprised of up to 10 people, the majority of whom must also sit on National Organisation boards.
The Board is accountable to the Members’ Assembly for all its decisions. It approves policy and procedure in line with the strategy and global policies approved by the Members’ Assembly, and monitors compliance by National Organisations and PII staff with global standards. Board approved policy and procedure is then implemented by management.
Engaging with young people at all levels of decision making is key to Plan’s approach. At a global level, in delivering our Youth Strategy, Plan’s Global Youth Advisory Panel meets regularly via teleconference and once per year in person. Youth Advisory Panel delegates are invited to attend the Members’ Assembly twice each year. Plan offices are also encouraged to establish Youth Advisory Panels - currently 25 of our 50 offices have Youth Advisory Panels.
International Headquarters is the strategic centre of Plan, service provider to the field and also coordinates and supports National Organisations. Plan’s International Headquarters is managed by the Chief Executive Officer who is personally accountable to the International Board of Directors.
The National Organisations (NOs) are Plan’s main fundraising arm. They perform a vital role in development education by engaging with sponsors and governments in their respective countries. Increasingly they play an important role in advocacy, being the voice of Plan in their countries and holding duty-bearers to account.
NOs are separate legal entities with their own Board and governance mechanisms. They are accountable to their donors through their national regulators and directly through their individual national complaints mechanisms.
All NOs are members of PII who are entitled to nominate delegates to sit on the Members’ Assembly of PII and through a system of weighted voting, elect Directors to the International Board.
NOs are managed by their own National Director (ND) who is accountable to their individual Board for their operations of their NO.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is personally accountable to the International Board of Directors for the management of day-to-day operations and decisions within the executive management of the organisation.
The CEO has no line management responsibility over any of the National Organisations (NO) or National Directors (ND) but operates as a point of liaison and contact with NDs.
The Executive Team is the main team within IH, meeting quarterly and comprising of PII senior management.
The Executive Team is the decision-making forum by which PII senior management approves policy and practice relating to operational functioning of PII. It is responsible for implementing of policy in alignment with the strategic policies of the Board of Directors.
The Global Management Committee (GMC) acts as a team to discuss and endorse strategy and policies that affect both PII and the NOs, which may be subsequently presented to the International Board and Members' Assembly. The GMC also decides on policies and decisions that affect all parts of the organisation but which do not require Board approval.
The National Directors Team (NDT) comprises of 21 NDs. It is an information forum only, and is designed to share best practices and learning between NDs. NDT decisions are not binding, as it has no decision-making powers over individual NDs.
Regional Offices (ROs) are branch offices of PII so do not have a separate constitution or governance model outside of PII. They are headed by a Regional Director (RD) who is line managed by the Deputy CEO.
Plan has 4 ROs: Americas, Asia, East and Southern Africa and West Africa. They are responsible for managing Country Offices in their region.
Country Offices (COs) are set up as branches of PII and have no separate Board and have no separate governance structure from PII. They are line managed by the RD and Deputy RD of their appropriate region. COs are responsible for all operations within the CO and programme unit (PU).
The Country Management Team (CMT) is usually comprised of the CO senior managers: Country Director, Finance Manager, Programme Support Manager, Sponsorship and Grants Support Manager, and Human Resources Manager.
The CO is responsible for ensuring they have an updated Country Strategic Plan (CSP) that is approved through line management via the Chief Operating Officer (COO). All CSPs must be in line with the Plan Strategic Objectives approved by the Members’ Assembly and the vision and mission of Plan.
Programme Units (PUs) are the smallest organisational unit in Plan and are most often located within the communities where we work.
Programme Units are run by a PU manager who is personally responsible to the Country Director. PUs are the operational units which manage programmes on the ground or liaise with partner organisations in the field. They are an integral part of the CO structure.