Plan International – Innovation Technical Lead.

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Location: Flexible, Flexible

Company: Plan International

The Organisation


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 a leader in the global movement for girls’ rights, our ambition is to take collective action so that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive. These ambitions require that we work in new ways and unleash our full creative potential.

Plan International has built an Innovation Team that has the expertise and skills to nurture creativity and help existing teams to develop innovations in the areas of programming, influencing, fundraising and operations. A Global Innovation Fund has been created to invest in the central innovation capabilities and in the innovation projects it supports; this investment is currently €3m per annum. The team is deployable to where it is most needed and guides projects from the early stages of identifying a challenge statement through to the realisation of scalable impact for girls. This team is creating an enabling environment for innovation to flourish, including a network of innovators, skills building in “design thinking” methodologies, an ecosystem of relevant partners and thought leadership in innovation for social impact.

Plan International is seeking an Innovation Lead, an experienced innovation practitioner with a unique blend of technical skills that will help maximize the impact of our innovation capability across the organisation.

The Innovation Lead will lead and successfully deliver innovation projects; to incubate and accelerate disruptive projects to deliver gender-transformative impact in line with our global strategy, 100 Million Reasons. The Innovation Lead will share and amplify the learning and results from these projects and contribute to the development of the Girl-Centred Design methods. To succeed in this role, the post holder will need to demonstrate in-depth expertise and experience in innovation for social impact, with a specific focus on working with girls and young women in developing work and humanitarian contexts. Fluency in English and another Plan language are required for this role (French, Spanish, or Arabic). 

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Location: The location of this role is flexible and could be based at the Global Hub in Woking, UK, Nairobi, Dakar, Niamey, Bogota or Sao Paulo. Other locations where Plan International has an entity may also be considered. Applicants must have the pre-existing right to work in the location. Those locations closest to the point of impact are preferred. 

Type of Role: Permanent

Reports to: Head of Digital and Innovation

Salary: We will be happy to disclose the salary and applicable benefits to applicants as part of this process, however, please kindly note that this will vary according to the location of the appointed candidate and therefore it is not possible to include full details here.


Closing Date: Sunday 28th February

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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