Head of Internal Communications and Engagement

  • Fixed Term Contract
  • Surrey
  • Applications have closed

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.

Plan International’s ambition is to transform the lives of 100 million girls over the next five years. Our strategy – 100 Million Reasons – sets out a bold path to achieving clear, positive change for vulnerable children, especially girls.

To achieve this ambition, it is critical that staff across the entire organisation fully understand our strategic intent, and are engaged in its realisation. To achieve this, the Head of Internal Communications and Engagement will create and deliver a global internal communication and engagement strategy, which will take a fresh approach to staff engagement and revitalise – and where necessary replace – current channels of internal communication. The focus is on engagement from the ground up.

The Opportunity

You will act as the primary lead for creating and delivering a global internal communications and engagement strategy to accompany the implementation of Plan International’s global strategy ‘100 million reasons’.

‘100 million reasons’ is our blueprint for transforming ourselves so we can make an even greater impact in the lives of children. You will be the primary global contact for all internal communications and engagement, and as such will work with teams and leaders across the whole of Plan International.

Ensuring that the global leadership is actively engaging with staff around the world to bring our strategy to life will be crucial to this role. Equally important is to make a significant contribution to the way all International Headquarters departments engage and communicate with our programme offices.

Critical to the role will be analysing and evaluating the effectiveness of current internal communication channels, including our global intranet platform, bringing them up to date, and introducing new tools to ensure effective two-way communication is achieved across the organisation.

Sitting in the Global Influence and Partnerships Department, the role will manage internal communication colleagues and work closely with them in the rollout of global, regional and country initiatives bringing about greater impact for girls through transformation. The role will also oversee the work of the Leadership Engagement Manager situated in the Executive Office, focusing on engagement with our member organisations and Plan International’s governors.

This role will be vital in amplifying 10,000 passionate staff to inspire each other, in ensuring effective execution of communications activities and facilitating engagement across the organisation, taking into account diverse audiences ranging from headquarters staff to country offices, national organisations and governors.

The Individual

With significant experience in global internal communications and engagement and proven expertise developing and implementing communications and engagement strategies, including staff engagement platform development you will have a strong understanding of executive communications, change management and reputational management.

Skilled in gaining credibility and influence and communicating with sensitivity and political awareness you are adept at building and sustaining strategic relationships.

An effective and motivational leader you will have excellent analytical and problem-solving capability and the ability to prioritise and manage conflicting priorities.

Flexible and resilient, you will remain positive and proactive, adapting to change to maintain progress towards our ambitious vision and goals.


Please follow this link for a full job description and person specification; https://www.dropbox.com/s/uq9em3zskqfzjdn/Head%20of%20Internal%20Comms%20and%20Engagement%20JD.docx?dl=0

Location: International Headquarters in Woking, Surrey

Type of Role: Two year fixed term contract

Reports to: Executive Director of Global Influencing and Partnerships

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: Sunday 14th January


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

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.

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.

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. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. 

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

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