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Job Vacancy: Regional Learning & Development Advisor (REF. ROA 181)

Plan International, Regional Office for the Americas (ROA) is currently looking for a: Regional Learning & Development Advisor (REF. ROA 181) The position will be located in any country where Plan have offices, under a local contract following the local laws and regulations.

Plan International, Regional Office for the Americas (ROA) is currently looking for a:   

Regional Learning & Development Advisor (REF. ROA 181)

The position will be located in any country where Plan have offices, under a local contract following the local laws and regulations.

This post will also be advertised externally. A full Job Description is attached.

About the Role

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

The purpose of this role is to contribute to building individual, organizational and partner capability and knowledge to meet current and strategic requirements, and create a learning culture to embed capability development.

The post holder will be managed by the Learning and Development Manager based at International Headquarters in Woking with a dotted line to the Regional HR Business Partner.

Dimensions of Role:

Key business areas managing and supporting implementation of regional learning and development plans and programmes,

including delivery and evaluating learning impact for Regional staff; working closely with Learning & Development Managers, Regional Human Resources Partner,

Country Office Human Resources Managers and subject matter experts. This role will not have any direct reports and no direct budget responsibility.

Typical Responsibilities - Key End Results of Position:

Designing and coordinating the implementation of regional learning plans and programmes including delivering,

communicating and evaluating learning to meet strategic and operational priorities for key clients and stakeholders.

Work closely with Regional Human Resources Partner and Country Office Human Resources Managers to facilitate and co-ordinate the creation and review of regional learning development plans; including working with the Learning & Development Advisors to identify key Global, Organisational and/or

Regional development themes.

Oversee and coordinate the implementation of agreed regional learning and development plans; recommending suitable learning options to meet individual, team, country or regional requirements, considering appropriate delivery channels (for instance 70/20/10 principle)

Collaborate with the Regional Human Resources Partner to implement, deliver and evaluate Global talent management and learning and development initiatives and programmes.

Partner with relevant subject matter experts and third parties, to input into the development and review of interventions and ensure content of courses and modules are relevant and up to date and available in English and Spanish.

Draw insights about external learning and training marketplace from relationship with external providers, INGO’s, relevant partners and experts and keep them informed of Plan International’s  learning and training initiatives for potential knowledge and information sharing

Support delivery of a learning approach relevant to diverse group and individual requirements

Continually seek ways to improve learning and development activities to best meet individual or managers requirements

Moderate i.e. manage and administrate the day to day running of the  learning  and content management system’s within PlanInternational

Capture and analyse data from learning and development events to support the evaluation of initiatives in the immediate and longer term

Pilot and evaluate learning and development initiatives for effectiveness, organisational relevance and efficiency, and continually seek ways to improve learning activity

Manage and develop internal facilitator’s capability to meet short and long term learning and development priorities

Maintain a database of course owners and facilitators

Manage the accreditation and completion process of learning

Promote the learning and development offerings though creative and impactful internal communications and publicity

L&D component of special strategic projects is supported with technical advice

Support the wider team in projects and initiatives

Dealing with Problems:

Achieving actions through others whom the post holder has no authority
Co-creating materials/solutions to meet identified needs
Contingency planning in logistical arrangements for Learning & Development events and responding effectively to problems and difficulties as they arise
Planning and scheduling own work, interpreting instructions and selecting appropriate methods and tools for delivery
Communicating clearly the risks associated with poor Learning & Development practices highlighting risks to organisation reputation

Knowledge, Skills, Behaviors, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:


Child rights-based  programming and approaches( desirable)
Analysing and prioritising learning and development needs to facilitate and co-ordinate the creation and review of regional / country

learning development plans

Adult learning theories and supporting technologies with an understanding of instructional design
The differences between and potential benefits of a variety of learning delivery channels (70/20/10 principles for example)
Managing rollout and logistics of large scale learning events – face to face and on-line
Facilitation models and styles to manage and optimize a learning event
Application of diversity and inclusion principles and research within managing and implementing learning and development programmes and offerings

Co-reviewing and feedback on programme design in collaboration with Learning & Development Manager
How to identify, evaluate and demonstrate tangible business and performance benefits from learning interventions
ROI analysis; demonstrate ROI by analyzing the total investment to develop, produce and deliver programmes 
Working with learning management systems


Project management skills (Desirable)

Facilitation skills

Consultative skills

Well organised with the ability to manage multiple priorities

Developed relationship management skills, including the ability to manage and influence diverse and stakeholder group

Excellent stakeholder management skills and the ability to build solid relationships with colleagues at all levels and provide

support at a distance

Networking skills

Coaching skills

Working level of competency in MS Office, Blackboard Collaborate,  LMS’s and CMS’s (ideally Moodle)

Time management

A strong communicator in English (and French/Spanish as appropriate within region)

CIPD Learning and Development (or equivalent) desirable


Motivate the community members, and encourage them to actively and regularly participate in the community.

This requires a range of activities including recognising active contributors, supporting less confident users and

modelling good behaviours

Is future-focused, inquisitive and open-minded; seeks out evolving and innovative ways to add value to the organisation

Demonstrates the ability to analyse and understand data and information quickly. Uses information, insights and knowledge in a structured way to identify options, make recommendations and make robust, defendable decisions

Demonstrates the ability to influence to gain the necessary commitment and support from diverse stakeholders in pursuit of organisation value.

Works effectively and inclusively with a range of people, both within and outside of the organisation.

Demonstrates determination, resourcefulness and purpose to deliver the best results for the organisation.

Shows courage and confidence to speak up skillfully, challenging others even when confronted with resistance or unfamiliar circumstances.

Works with everyone in Human Resources & Organizational Development / Learning & Development team to achieve team shared goals, tackle challenges and

celebrate successes

Listens to and values the perspectives of others and challenge their own to get the best outcome for team and organization

Seeks feedback from others in order to learn and improve

Physical Environment and Demands:

Typical office environment

Travel to face to face meetings and workshops as required

Level of Contact with Children:

Low:     No contact or very low frequency of interaction

Next Steps

Please forward all applications to with the reference ROA 181

Your application should include:

A covering letter

A comprehensive CV

Details of 2 referees

For internal applicants, your most recent performance appraisal

The closing date for applications is October 24th, 2016.

Please quote reference: ROA 181 – Regional Learning & Development Advisor

Only applicants with valid work permit in the country of residence will be contacted for interviews.

References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plan`s Child Protection Policy. Plan operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.