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Regional Learning & Development Adviser

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

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


Regional Learning & Development Adviser



Please note that this position will be based in Colombia, under a local contract following the country labor law. This vacancy is also announced externally. A full job description is attached.



About the Role:

The Learning & Development Adviser 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:

Financial measures or statistics relevant to post such as budget; list of direct and indirect reports


  • 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 L&D Managers, Regional HRBPs, CO HRMs and subject matter experts. This role will not have any direct reports and no direct budget responsibility.


Typical Responsibilities - Key End Results of Position:

What” is done and “why”, but not “how”; include indicators for success


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 HRBP and CO HRMS to facilitate and co-ordinate the creation and review of regional learning development plans; including working with the L&D 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 HRBP 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 French/Spanish as required within region)

  • 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 Plan International

  • 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:

Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them

  • 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 L&D 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 L&D practices highlighting risks to organisation reputation


    Communications and Working Relationships:

    Working contacts inside and outside the organisation; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact



  • Key clients: Learning and Development Managers, Learning and Development Advisors, Regional HRBPs, Country Office HRMs, Subject matter experts and  key stakeholders, Learners.
  • Course owners and facilitators
  • HROD Learning & Development team



  • LINGOs (Learning in NGO’s)
  • Learning & development experts and networks
  • Partners 


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

Gained through education, training, & experience


Knowledge of:

  • 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 HROD 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 contact:     No contact or very low frequency of interaction


Child Protection Policy:

The Child Protection Policy (CPP) is fully embedded in accordance with the CPP Implementation standards as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under the CPP and Code of Conduct (CoC), its relevance to their area of work and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.


Next Steps

Please forward all applications to subject: Regional Learning & Development Adviser

Your application should include:

  • A covering letter

  • A comprehensive CV

  • Details of 2 referees

  • For internal applicants, your most recent performance appraisal


    Closing Date: February 02nd , 2018



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




    A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Child Protection Policy. As an international child centred community development organisation, 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. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further interviews.

    Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.

    Plan  International policies and procedures always ensure the welfare of children comes first.