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Organisation : Plan International Australia

Location : Melbourne (Melbourne)

Work type : Part-time

Sector : Overseas Aid & Development

Salary type : Volunteer

Application closing date : 7 Aug, 2020

About the role

Plan International Australia is looking for three new Directors to replace retiring Directors whose maximum terms will expire in November 2021.  Recruitment is being undertaken now to help ensure a skills overlap and an orderly and efficient transition.  The successful candidates will assume the key roles of Board Chair and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

The appointees will demonstrate a wide suite of Board skills and experience appropriate to a A$60 million sector leader.

The following specialist skills are also required:

      • The prospective Chair must have a track record in leading organisational change in complex and changing environments and in taking teams with her/him to achieve such transformative change
      • The FARC Chair, along with holding a recognised accountancy qualification, will be an experienced finance leader who combines strong technical financial skills with a commercial approach.

Sector experience as a senior international development/relations or humanitarian practitioner with lived experience in the field will be well regarded, as will a GAICD qualification or comparable.

The successful applicants will join a cohesive and collaborative skills-based Board, supported by an experienced and well-regarded management team.

The ideal candidates will be leaders in their fields who can demonstrate a commitment to our values including gender equality, children’s rights and feminist leadership principles.  Your background will include significant experience and interest in the not-for-profit sector, preferably in an international context. Your value sets and approach will help you slot quickly into the organisation as you learn more about the significant challenges facing the international humanitarian/development sector in today’s environment.

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 the 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 and forward-looking.

As a Board member, you will be responsible for developing and overseeing implementation of our ambitious vision. You will contribute expertise and advice to the CEO and senior leadership team across matters including strategy, operations, finance and risk, governance, fundraising, technology, 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 and are expected to contribute to sub-committees aligned to their skills and interests. The Board delegates operational responsibilities to the Chief Executive Officer, who has wide management authority, guided by the organisation’s policies, the Board and its committees.

Plan International Australia’s Board meets five times a year for a full day each time plus sub-committee meetings (1.5hrs duration) 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.

How to apply for this role?

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 Friday 7th August 2020. Please use this email for requests for information.

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 complete a Working with Children Check.

Gerry Hueston, Chairperson:

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Plan International Australia

Plan International is a global independent development and humanitarian organisation. We work alongside children, young people, supporters and partners to tackle root causes of the injustices facing girls and the most marginalised children.


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. Girls are taken out of school, fed least and last, married as children, intimidated out of public spaces, abused and excluded – just for being a girl. Yet when girls have the same opportunities to thrive, they have the potential to transform their futures, and the futures of those around them.


We also work with boys, recognising that each child faces different barriers and that equality is the key to ensuring all children can thrive.


Our work is driven by communities all over the world. We partner with local organisations who understand how to support change locally and whose work is led by children and girls who are otherwise unheard.  We share knowledge and grow our understanding of the issues facing girls globally across our organisation, our partners and decision-makers, so that we can scale our work and drive global change. We amplify the voices of the girls and young people we work with so that they can create the change they want to see.


We have the backing of Australians who want to see a just world for all children and equality for girls. Australians who know that we also have work to do locally to champion equality for girls if we are to achieve this change globally. Australians who believe that all children everywhere deserve safety, health, education, love, belonging and equality.

Girls. Boys. All Children. 

Stand with us. Stand for equality. 

How to apply

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




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