Members of the Board of Directors

Organisation : Plan International Australia

Location : Melbourne (Southbank)

Work Type : Part-time

Profession : Board & Committee Members

Sector : Humanitarian

Salary Type : Volunteer

Application Closing Date : 30 Oct, 2018

About the Role

  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • One of the oldest and largest children’s development and humanitarian organisations
  • Be part of a powerful global movement championing children’s rights & gender equality

Plan International Australia is looking for up to three new Directors and a potential Chairperson to replace the current Chair when his term expires. We are looking to recruit at this point in time because we have Directors completing their maximum terms. In our experience it is better for new Directors to come on in a cohort so that they can learn and assist each other.

In particular we are looking for three suitable candidates with skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • international development, humanitarian or DFAT experience;
  • advertising, PR and/or brand background; and
  • legal backgrounds or advocates with a commitment to child rights, human rights and gender equality. Experience in government relations a bonus.

Must be a leader in their field and have a demonstrated commitment to gender equality and human rights. GAICD preferred.

The ideal candidates will also be able to demonstrate a commitment to our values, have a good understanding of the challenges that face the for-purpose sector and a demonstrated commitment to supporting not-for profits at the highest level.

As a Board member, you will be responsible for supporting the organisation to develop and oversee implementation of our ambitious vision. You will contribute expertise and advice to the CEO and senior leadership team across matters including operations, finance and risk, challenges, governance, fundraising, communications and media, business and planning.

Plan International Australia is a company limited by guarantee. Board members need to meet all statutory obligations of company directors. The Board delegates all management responsibilities to the Chief Executive Officer, who has wide management authority, which is limited and guided by the organisation’s policies, the Board and sub-committees of the Board.

Plan International Australia’s Board meets five times a year plus sub-committee meetings in between. The role is a volunteer one, though costs of travel and accommodation to attend meetings – mostly held in Melbourne- are covered. Every three years the Board visits the work in the field as part of its governance oversight. A Director may be required to travel (expenses covered) to attend International meetings of the governance body twice a year.

 For more information about the role and function of the Board please see the supporting materials attached. If this role resonates with you, and you have the skills and experience that we need please follow the instructions to apply.

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Plan International Australia

Plan International Australia is a member of a global federation and is a secular and independent development and humanitarian organisation. As one of the oldest, largest and most experienced organisations in our field we know that there is nowhere in the world where girls are treated as equals. We work alongside children, young people, supporters and partners to tackle root causes of the injustices facing girls and the most marginalised children.

We care deeply about what we do and are big-hearted about it. Our passion is to be positive, courageous, bold, forward-looking and supportive.

Apply for this Job

Position Description : Plan ANO Role Function of Board

For details concerning this role, please contact


Phone : 03 9672 3600

Email :

Plan International Australia is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an inclusive workplace culture that embraces and celebrates equality and diversity.  We welcome applications from all sectors of the community because we believe diverse opinions, mindsets, backgrounds and lived experiences will enrich our team and best represent our beneficiaries and partners across the globe.  We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Send your application and CV to using the subject line: Board Member application. Applications must be submitted by 30 October 2018. Please use this email for requests for information.


Further details regarding the role and function of the Board is available on our website:


Plan International has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is a child safe, girls’ rights organisation.

As part of our screening process in support of the safeguarding of children, candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory National police Check, sign our Safeguarding Children & Young People Policy and Code of Conduct, Statutory Declaration and where necessary, complete a Working with Children Check.

Gerry Hueston, Chairperson:

Please quote in application: Members of the Board of Directors via Pro Bono Australia.


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