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Head of Risk at Plan International

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Plan International

Date: 16 Jan 2024

Location: Globally 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 85 years, and are now active in more than 80 countries.


The Opportunity

We are currently recruiting for a Head of Risk to join Plan International’s Governance and Executive department. This is a fantastic opportunity to lead on embedding strong risk management culture on a global scale and to play a key role in decision making and influencing at a senior level.


A priority focus for the department is supporting greater global management coherence and excellence across the global organisation. To address this, the Risk & Insurance team is dedicated to driving an enterprise risk management culture and providing a quality and seamless experience to our key stakeholders.


This post will drive a transparent, accountable and risk aware culture which supports risk-based decision making to improve our organisational risk maturity. The post holder will deliver a strategy for strengthening risk management across the global organisation including optimising our approach to risk transfer through the procurement of insurance.


This post advises management on the transfer of risk through insurance and manages the global risk portfolio so that it delivers the benefits management, and the Board are seeking, is cost effective and meets or exceeds legal requirements and standards of good governance and insurance management within the sector.


The post holder is responsible for decision making in relation to both strategic and operational risk management and reporting including advising management on global risk remediation plan and the procurement of a global insurance programme.


The post holder is responsible for managing a budget of approximately $900K and delivering risk and insurance services through direct line management of a team of three staff.


You bring;

  • Experience in risk management, insurance or audit in an international organisation, acting as the subject matter expert on enterprise risk management and global insurance
  • Experience providing risk management advice internationally on a diverse range of issues.
  • Understanding of the risk and insurance issues affecting international organisations.
  • Experience providing support to senior governance bodies and senior executive leadership across various country and cultural contexts
  • The ability to manage complexity with a high degree of coherence and clarity
  • Comfort taking accountability for a wide range of strategic and operational decisions
  • Skills and creativity to solve complex problems across an organisation
  • Influencing and relationship building skillsy
  • Negotiating and influencing skills
  • The ability to develop efficient and effective risk, compliance or governance systems and processes that are user-friendly and fit for purpose
  • Strong drafting skills and powers of analysis with excellent attention to detail including when under pressure.
  • Highly effective prioritisation
  • Effective leadership skills


Please follow this link for a full role profile; Head of Risk Role Profile (2023).docx


Location: The location of this role can be flexible where Plan International has an office* that can employ on behalf of the Global Hub and you have the pre-existing right to work and live.

Type of Role: Permanent or maximum fixed term contract as per employing office’s standard terms and conditions.

Reports to: Director of Governance and Executive

Closing Date: Monday 5th February 

Applicable locations include: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe


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.


Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates.