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  • Posted: Jul 9, 2020
    Deadline: Jul 24, 2020
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    Plan International was founded over 75 years ago with a mission to promote and protect the rights of children. The organisation was set up by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge in 1937, with the original aim to provide food, accommodation and education to children whose lives had been disrupted by the Spanish Civil W...
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    Innovation Manager

    The Opportunity

    We are seeking an Innovation Manager to work in the Innovation Team in our Global Hub. This role requires an experienced innovation practitioner with a unique blend of creative and technical skills to help us maximise the impact of our innovation capability across the organisation.

    You will be responsible for creating an enabling environment for innovation across the organisation. This will involve the design and implementation of a knowledge management system so previous experience in this area would be beneficial. Furthermore, you will create and implement a communications plan for innovation that will build internal understanding and uptake of innovation principles, methods and tools, as well as creating external awareness of the Innovation team’s capability and opportunities for impactful partnerships.

    You will also be leading innovation projects, which includes planning and resource management, coaching of teams across multiple locations, facilitation of live and virtual workshops, managing multiple internal and external stakeholders, and ensuring quality assurance, legal compliance and project scaleup.

    Reports to Edward Duffus, Head of Innovation

    LocationGH, Bogota, Sao Paolo or Nariobi

    Travel required: Up to 50%

    DIMENSIONS OF THE ROLE

    The Innovation Manager will be responsible for creating an enabling environment for innovation across the organisation. In particular, the post holder will:

    • Lead innovation projects, including planning and resource management, methodological guidance, coaching of project teams across multiple geographies, facilitation of workshops (both live and virtual) with cross-functional teams and partner organisations, contracting and management of consultants, project MERL, safeguarding, quality assurance, legal compliance and data protection, and project scaleup.
    • Design and implement a knowledge management system for innovation at Plan International, including innovation project MERL
    • Create and implement a communications plan for innovation at Plan International that will:obuild internal understanding and uptake of the innovation principles, methods and toolsocreate external awareness of Plan’s innovation capability and develop opportunities for impactful partnerships
    • Create a skilled network of innovators within Plan International that feel inspired and collaborate to identify problems and solutions
    • Facilitate workshops with cross-functional teams and partner organisations throughout the innovation life cycle, from problem identification through to ideationand rapid prototyping

    ACCOUNTABILITIES

    • The Innovation Manager willbe accountable for:1.The delivery of innovation projects that create a measurable impact in support of the global strategy.
    • Innovation knowledge management that provides for the innovation needs across the organisation and maximizes the value of learning from projects in the innovation portfolio
    • Internal and external communications of the innovation capability at Plan International
    • Ensuring that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI), and Data Protection are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

    KEY RELATIONSHIPS

    The role will include close coordination with the following internal teams:

    • Programming, Campaigns, and Influencing teams
    • Global Fundraising Hub
    • DRM team
    • Digital team
    • All support functions including HR, procurement, finance, and legalThe role will include close coordination and relationship building with:
    • Other INGOs and intergovernmental organisations
    • Design, innovation and technology consultancies
    • Public sector
    • Private sector
    • AcademiaThe role will report to the Global Head of Innovation, Edward Duffus.

    TECHNICAL EXPERTISE,SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

    Essential

    • Educated to at least Degree level in a subject relevant for innovation for social impact
    • Demonstrated the ability to lead the deliveryof new offerings that create significant business value, preferably with social impact
    • Expertise in design thinking workshop facilitation, preferably in a developing world context
    • In-depth knowledge of human-centred design and practical experience utilising the techniques in a business context, preferably for social impact
    • Experience with creating and implementing communication plans for internal and external audiences
    • Experience with developing effective knowledge management systems and processes
    • Strong communication skills to articulate innovation approaches and concepts internally and externally
    • Technology-aware and curious about technology trends, without necessarily having deep technological expertise
    • Fluent in English and Spanish/French/Portuguese as appropriate to the location of the roleDesirable
    • Experience working in fragile and low-resource contexts
    • Fundraising in international development
    • MERL for innovation expertise and leadership
    • Experience with building innovation capacity in an organisation, including but not limited to direct skills building and culture change
    • Experience with managing a large community of practice, preferably in innovation or some related discipline
    • Knowledgeof and relationships with innovation practitioners across private sector, academia and preferably the development sector
    • Teaching or coaching skills
    • Participatory methods, particularly involving children

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    Risk and Compliance Manager

    DIMENSIONS OF THE ROLE

     

    While overall accountability of risk management sits with the Country Management Team (CMT), the position holder acts as an extra line of defence to the Country Director (CD) and CMT. She/he measures and test systems, procedures, policies, and controls to ensure they facilitate the achievement of overall goals and objectives of the organisation. The position is required to benchmark risk and compliance standards and procedures against like-minded entities. S/he is a member of the Country Management Team (CMT), providing high-level, strategic contribution to the leadership of the organization.

    The position involves a high degree of complexity in resolving a wide range of challenges. Most challenges typically occur while developing effective and efficient systems, internal controls, policies and procedures and testing their compliance by staff and sometimes dealing with issues of sensitive nature.

    Accountabilities

    Risk Management (30%)

    1. Ensuring training and support of staff in the development of key control standards and to strengthen risk management and compliance
    2. In consultation with the CD, ensures that the CMT reviews the risk register and follows through the implementation of the recommended actions in a timely manner.  
    3. Monitoring the progress of completion of actions and recommends to the CD if further action is required.
    4. Providing quarterly reports to the CMT on risk exposures, effectiveness of mitigating actions and make recommendations.
    5. Continually follow-up the timeliness and effectiveness of management’s actions on the recommendations contained in the risk register and provide regular updates to the CMT on progress of implementation of actions.
    6. Ensuring capacity building and strengthening risk management and compliance for Plan International.
    7. Supervising Risk and Compliance staff on varied audit engagements.

     

    Internal Control Reviews (20%)

    1. Assigning internal audit resources in collaboration with other lines of defence to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in risk compliance and management.
    2. Appropriately define audit scope, objectives and approach for each audit engagement.
    3. Engaging with key stakeholders in planning and delivery of the internal audit processes and procedures
    4. Enforcing a thorough understanding and application of Plan International’s policies and procedures by testing compliance with or suitability of policies.
    5. Perform and/or supervise audit engagements that encompass governance, risk management and internal control assessments to ensure set deadlines are met.
    6. Document process flows and walk through testing during audit engagements and in accordance with the internal audit methodology.
    7. Collaborating with audit clients/stakeholders to analyse and conclude on the design and operational effectiveness and efficiency of the control environment and activities and develop innovative recommendations for correcting unsatisfactory conditions, improving ways of working and achieving value for money.
    8. Developing and maintaining effective communication protocols with key clients and stakeholders specific for each audit engagement.
    9. Manage and review the audit work papers and ensure electronic files are in accordance with the Internal Standards.
    10. Quality control on external audit processes and reports before submission to National Offices and/ or donors.
    11. Monitoring to ensure timely implementation of audit recommendations and management remedial actions. This includes re-testing and timely escalation of unresolved matters where appropriate.   

    Legal (20%)

    1. Ensuring that Plan International management team both in Kenya and Global Hub receive timely, appropriate, professional legal advice and comply with legal requirements.
    2. Ensuring an updated Risk and Compliance system including progress of all litigation matters involving Plan International Kenya.
    3. Ensuring quarterly submission of legal signoff for all cases in the Risk and Compliance system and follow up for quarterly approval by the CD.

    External Grant Audit Review and Partnerships (20%)

    1. Ensuring compliance of grant management activities with key controls contained in the grant management guidelines of Plan International Kenya & donor regulations
    2. Overseeing tracking and recording of Grants and Donor audits’ schedules and ensure audits are done within agreed timelines and reports issued to the donors within stipulated time.   
    3. Ensuring proper records of all donor grants audit and internal assessment reports 
    4. Ensuring periodic pre-audits on grants are carried out prior to the donor audits so that matters arising are addressed in a timely manner.
    5. Reviewing due diligence reports prepared by the grants team and provide feedback on the suitability of the partner.
    6. Assessing compliance with the partnership guidelines of Plan International Kenya

    Fraud Risk Management & Ethics (10%)

    1. Monitoring and supporting the implementation of the Anti-Fraud Policy anchored on zero tolerance to fraud.
    2. Conducting Ad Hoc and investigative assignments where required in line with the stipulated methodology and Counter Fraud Unit timelines.
    3. Overseeing capacity building that ensures that there is adequate knowledge awareness among staff members on matters to do with risk management, fraud, internal controls and global management standards.
    4. Disseminating of conflict of interest, anti-fraud, anti-bribery and anti-corruption policy.

    Reporting (10%)

    1. Preparing annual risk and compliance audit plan including budget.
    2. Ensuring audit reports are timely, factual and concise and provide practical recommendations for areas requiring improvement.
    3. Preparing quarterly briefings and other reports as requested from time to time for the Country Management Team.
    4. Overseeing regular updating of the Risk and Compliance Information System with key risks, controls and actions.

    Other duties assigned from time to time (10%)

    • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

    Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

    Essential

    1. Bachelors degree in Accounting, Management or any other relevant degree. A Masters degree is desirable
    2. Full Professional qualification i.e. CPA (K) and must be registered by ICPAK or equivalent professional bodies
    3. At least eight years’ relevant experience five of which are at a senior level, gained in a closely related field;
    4. Knowledge of auditing and assurance practices and policy issues as they relate to risk management in Kenya
    5. Ability to prepare and present concise oral and written reports
    6. Fluent in English and Swahili
    7. High degree of integrity and professionalism
    8. High level of confidentiality
    9. Sound judgment and decision-making in complex situations
    10. Ability to act as part of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team

    The post holder will demonstrate the ability to problem solve, thinking strategically while introducing innovations as needed to meet the demands of a dynamic and sometimes unpredictable operating environment. He/ She will have a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.

    Desirable

    1. Knowledge of the NGO and donor environment
    2. Ability to build strategic work relations
    3. Good planning and organizing skills
    4. Excellent interpersonal, analytical and communication (verbal and written) skills

    Plan International’s Values in Practice

    We are open and accountable

    • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
    • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
    • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
    • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
    • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

    We strive for lasting impact

    • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
    • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
    • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
    • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

    We work well together

    • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
    • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
    • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
    • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

    We are inclusive and empowering

    • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
    • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
    • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
    • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

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