Regional People and Culture (P&C) Partner, Middle East, Eastern & Southern Africa Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya

Organization: Plan International

Posted: 21 Dec 2023

Closing date: 12 Jan 2024


Position Title: Regional People and Culture (P&C) Partner, Middle East, Eastern & Southern Africa

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.

About the Regional Hub

Plan International’s Middle East, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Hub has 16 Country Programmes with approximately a budget of Euro 200,000 mil in financial year 2024 delivered through an organisation of 3000 people. The MEESA regional Hub team consists of 34 staff working to support countries in the region. The team is multi-located with most of the staff based in Nairobi, Kenya

Country programmes within the Region are Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The region host the African Union Liaison Office as well as the Global presence in Nairobi.

Plan International is registered in Somaliland and started operations in Somaliland in 2019. With a portfolio of over Euro 6 million, and close to 30 staff, Plan is one of the larger INGOs in the country. Plan International in Somaliland has integrated programmes – development and humanitarian works mainly through partnerships with national organizations

The role

The role has a dual mandate creating a valued contribution to the regional People & Culture team and being a dedicated Country Office (CO) lead in People & Culture for Somaliland.

Reports to: Regional People and Culture Director, MEESA (70%) and Country Director, Somaliland (30%)

As the Regional P&C Partner 70% of your role will be:

  • To acts as a coach and an above country resource to strengthen P&C capacity and capability to deliver their strategic and operational plans; building and strengthening of skills and expertise across the region.
  • Provide P&C business partnering to the Regional Hub (RH) team.
  • To support nurturing of agile organisational culture, sustainability, and effectiveness through our people.

As the Country Office P&C Manager Somalia 30% of your role will be to:

  • Understand and Interpret the Country Office (CO) strategy and Plan International Inc (PII) P&C’s Strategic Plan and priorities to develop and implement CO P&C strategic and operational plans to enhance the Country Office’s performance through our people.
  • Partner with the Country Management Team (CMT) to nurture an agile organisational culture in the CO, underpinned by our values and feminist principles.
  • Lead and manage the P&C function in the Country Office (CO) focusing on responsive and efficient operations and targeted excellence.
  • Build CO P&C capacity and capability to deliver CO strategic and operational plans, through competency assessments, learning and development, performance and talent management, workforce planning, etc.

The role operates in scope of and aligned to,

  • Regional Hub Value proposition and Accountability Framework
  • Country Office Strategy
  • P&C Strategic Plan and P&C Global Frameworks
  • Labour Law, PII policies and procedures and industry best practices
  • High CO Complexity related context for Somaliland.
  • Membership in relevant networks in the country with other INGO's and/or private sector

Other dimensions are:

  • Working as a member of the regional P&C team and the regional P&C network
  • Line management and budget management of the P&C department
  • A member of the Country Management Team in Somaliland
  • Management of sensitive and confidential information
  • Membership in relevant networks: PII Regional and other professional networks

Technical Expertise, Skills, And Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management or related field
  • At least 5 years of Leadership and managerial experience within the INGO Sector
  • Practising Certificate from the Institute of Human Resource Management Kenya (IHRM)
  • Demonstrated ability working in a complex multicultural team environment
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience in leading and managing a team, coaching and mentoring with experience in conflict management.
  • Significant professional expertise and in-depth knowledge acquired through professional qualifications, inherent understanding, and substantial relevant experience in developing and embedding people, capability, and organisational / HR practices.
  • Fundamental understanding and extensive experience in strategic and operational aspects of people, capability and organisational/HR practices in a leadership role and ability to plan and prioritise work within the context.

Languages required

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.


  • Experience of working in non-profit sector
  • A master’s Degree is preferred
  • Fluency in English and additional language either Portuguese / French language is preferred.

How to apply

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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.