Head of EU Partnership team
PLAN INTERNATIONAL EU OFFICE
Status: Full-time (5 days/week, 37.5 hrs.)
Duration: Permanent position
Preferred starting date: 2nd November 2019
Deadline: 18th August 2019
About Plan International
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. We believe in the power and potential of every child and in gender equality. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it is girls and young women 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 all children and especially girls. We are active in over 80 countries across the world.
The purpose and ambition of Plan International EU Office is to advance children’s rights, equality for girls and youth in particular in the EU’s external action. In line with Plan International’s Global Strategy, One Million Reasons, and the EU Office’s 5-year strategy, we will contribute to ensuring that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive. We work with the EU in its three roles as a donor, policy-maker and promoter of human rights.
The Head of the EU Partnership Team will coordinate outreach and support, informing decision-making and prioritisation of programme influencing and resource mobilisation initiatives, in-line with the EU Office (EUO) and Global Hub strategies.
The purpose of the role is to support the Plan International EUO objectives as set out in the 5-year strategy 2017-2022. She/he will deepen partnership relationships with the EU institutions. The head of the partnership team will provide strong and effective leadership to the EUO Partnership Team thus to the EUO and Plan International in general. This person will play a critical role in supporting the strategic leadership role of the Head of Office / EU Representative of the EUO.
Over the years, Plan International has scaled up its humanitarian work and operations, and is now recognised as one of the global leaders in child-centered DRM, based on Plan International’s gender transformative approach. Plan International works in partnership with the world’s largest humanitarian donors, including for example, the EC Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) through the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) of nine Plan International National Organisations (NOs) with ECHO.
Plan International EU Office acts as the Global Account Management (GAM) holder for ECHO and DEVCO/Trust Fund on behalf of Plan International. As such, the EU Office oversees the overall engagement strategy with ECHO, DEVCO, EEAS and other EC Director-Generals and steers the fundraising process, aiming to maximize the income’s potential for Plan International as a whole and to influence the EC around Plan International priorities and approaches.
The post holder will consult, cooperate and capitalise on existing organisational strengths; will be expected to have leadership qualities to effectively represent Plan International externally, and she/he will lead and facilitate internal processes.
- Contribute to the overall partnership development between Plan International and the EU institutions (in particular the EC), by leading the strategic engagement on the working areas of the partnership team:
- Contribute to implement EUO office’s strategy;
- Establish productive, professional relationships with strategic partner organisations;
- Lead the development and implementation of EUO’s funding strategy and its learning cycles;
- Coordinate involvement of National Organisations, and Liaison, Country Offices & Regional Office if appropriate, to develop beneficial partnerships with the EU, to facilitate strategic discussions regarding opportunities and as well as to mitigate risks for Plan International when appropriate;
- Lead to reinforce strategic partnerships between Plan International and the EU institutions involved in humanitarian aid and peace-building, both at Brussels and at Country Office (CO) levels;
- Supervise and steer the engagement approach with ECHO of lead NOs & COs in respective countries/regions;
- Monitor and analyse relevant EU humanitarian aid trends and donor intelligence [i.e. the triple nexus, Grand Bargain, securitization of migration, etc.], and provide strategic advice on how to create/pursue partnership opportunities with the EU;
- Develop/fine-tune systems and tools for disseminating /sharing information, communicate and engage with the EC on strategic/policy and operational issues as relevant across the organisation;
- Provide on-going direction/oversight to ensure engagement plans are implemented effectively by partnership team members and other relevant entities within Plan International;
- Identifies and secures external opportunities to advance children’s rights, with a particular focus on the rights of girls and young women who are most often left behind;
- Represent Plan International in key partnership fora, networks, conferences etc.
- Develop effective systems and processes to support efficient implementation & management of humanitarian, peacebuilding and other relevant grants:
- Lead the efforts to ensure greater collaboration among European NOs holding a FPA with ECHO and COs in countries of ECHO operations and EU Delegations;
- Monitor, analyse and report on FPA requirements, application and implementation procedures, and provide technical support to NOs to comply with those at all stages of Project Cycle Management;
- Manage and coordinate the overall implementation of the ECHO GAM’s operational plan, by ensuring to achieve the objectives of the approved Business Case, which includes to implement efficiently a coordination system among NOs aiming to maximize funding opportunities and institutional learning by developing features on the basis of experience, expectations and performance of the accounts;
- Provide advice and support on proposal development and grant management as per needed and required;
- Steward particularly the work of the Partnership Coordinator in developing and disseminating capacity-building tools, compliance tools as well as preparation and facilitation of inception workshops and trainings;
- Steer the work of the ECHO GAM Technical Committee, by ensuring the application of the principles of the GAM and adapting to changes and raising needs as appropriate.
- External Networking & Outreach
- Represent and profile/position Plan International as a leading humanitarian and peace-building actor in relevant NGO networks, such as VOICE [in particular the FPA Watch Group and DRR Resilience Working Group] and other relevant networks;
- Represent Plan International and EUO at meetings or events with EU institutions, in particular the EC, and other external stakeholders as relevant;
- Represent the EUO in networks and meetings within Plan International as relevant to the role and as mandated by the Head of Office/EU Representative;
- Participate in training and other activities as required;
- Perform other tasks as per requested by the Head of Office/EU Representative;
- Ensure that all tasks undertaken on behalf of Plan International, either externally or internally, are executed in accordance with the overall aims of Plan International and in line especially with organisational values, policies and procedures.
- Internal Management/Coordination and Leadership
- Creation and stewarding of new frameworks, procedures, standards and/or systems that are needed to improve Plan International’s capacity to work with strategic partners at scale;
- Lead internal efforts to resolve cross-cutting issues relevant to EU engagement;
- Lead on delivering effective internal communications across EUO and the organisation in general, such as contributing to the EUO Management and Coordination meetings by strategic inputs and deliverables from the partnership team perspective as well as to the EUO Board Meeting;
- Provide inspiring and dynamic leadership and direction to her/his partnership team;
- Lead change and promote a culture of collaboration and knowledge-sharing, results and influence through partnerships and forward-thinking within the partnership team while contributing to the overall EUO strategy and Plan International in general;
- Act as a leader and role-model of the organisation’s values and purpose;
- Be a dynamic and proactive member of the Plan International EU Office Team;
- Ensure that internal and external relationships are well managed and are constructive/productive.
1. Knowledge & Experience
- At least 5 to 7 years professional related experience;
- Understanding of the EU institutions and its decision-making processes;
- Good knowledge of the EU’s interests, external relations policies and trends;
- Solid experience in leading institutional donor strategies, including the EC;
- Proven track record in raising significant funds from major institutional donors, including the EC;
- Experience of managing EC grant contracts is an asset;
- Experience in managing diverse team members;
- Network/relationship management experience, preferably with EC personnel (with personnel of other EU institutions will be an asset);
- In-depth understanding of issues relating to humanitarian and protracted crises and emergency response in complex and less complex environments;
- Proven experience on child rights, child protection and particularly gender in emergencies;
- Proven experience with a diverse, international, multisector/multicultural/multilingual environment;
- A passion for understanding and demonstrable commitment to women rights and human rights-based approaches, gender equality and inclusion, as well as the role of girls, children, young women and young people as agents of change.
2. Skills & Personal Qualities
- Fluent in oral and written English and working knowledge of any other language will be considered as an asset;
- Excellent communication, networking, collaboration, consensus-building and interpersonal skills;
- Self-starting and self-organising skills, capability to work equally autonomously and as part of a team, and to lead others when required;
- Highly positive and proactive with high-level influencing and negotiating skills;
- Intuition for success and demanding of consistently high standards;
- Strong strategic skills, including leading development of partnership strategies;
- Strength in forming relationships and motivating colleagues around implementing strategies;
- Strong communications, influencing and persuasion skills;
- Effective relationship management skills at a senior level;
- Strong, organisational abilities, presentation and negotiation skills;
- Commitment to Plan International values and purpose;
- Constructive, collaborative and diplomatic approach;
- Capacity to work in a multi-cultural environment;
- Ability to prioritise tasks, meet deadlines and work independently and perform well under pressure;
- Willingness to travel, including to remote and conflict areas if necessary.
Based in: Brussels, Belgium (Plan International EU Office, Galerie Revenstein 27, 3rd floor.)
Duration: CDI (Belgian permanent contract)
Status: Full-time (5 days = 37.5 hrs./week)
Salary: Based on experience
Benefits: 20 legal holidays + 4 PLAN holidays, pension scheme, life assurance cover, hospitalization and outpatient cover, meal vouchers, work-related public transport costs
Travel: Yes, travel might be necessary depending on need, within or outside Europe, including to projects and operations
Reporting: The position reports to the Head of Office/EU Representative, Plan International EU Office
How to apply
If you meet the skills requirements above and are interested in applying for this post, please send your CV (no Europass) and cover letter in English to EUORecruitment@plan-international.org with “Application: Head of EU Partnership Team” in the subject.
Deadline for applications is the Sunday 18th August 2019 at 23:59, Local Time in Brussels, Belgium.
Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy. 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 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 is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities or members of other underrepresented groups to apply.