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 is looking for a Legal Counsel to join our Legal team, which is located within Plan International’s Global Hub. The Legal team helps drive good governance and decision making by providing global insights, thought leadership and technical expertise for governors, leaders and staff as they strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
As Legal Counsel you will engage at all levels of the organisation across a broad range of complex legal issues, in order to meet the needs of Plan International’s programming offices for safe and compliant operations. You will work directly with our regional and country offices, as well as senior stakeholders within the Global Hub’s globally located and multidisciplinary business units. Legal Counsel will coordinate legal advice from various firms on UK, US and foreign law issues, and use your technical and professional legal expertise as an entry point to problem-solve more broadly.
We are looking to recruit a lawyer qualified in the UK and/or the US, or a lawyer who has admission and good standing with a comparable bar association in a common or civil law jurisdiction.
You will have a demonstrable ability to use legal skills to solve problems and identify and implement pragmatic solutions. You will be able to give legal advice internationally on a diverse range of issues and you will also have experience in one or more of the following areas of law: general corporate, commercial/contract, restructuring, employment, finance, charity/not-for-profit, intellectual property or dispute resolution.
To be successful in this role you will be a highly professionally and creative problem solver who is constructive and positive in their approach. You will be self-motivated and highly organised and you will be a collaborative team player.
Location: Hybrid working: some remote working and 1-2 days per weeks at PII’s Global Hub offices in Woking, UK. Individual should have the right to live and work in the UK.
Salary: Plan International offers a competitive package in the context of the sector with an option of flexible of working hours. We will be happy to disclose the salary and applicable benefits to applicants as part of this process, however, please kindly note that this will vary according to the location of the appointed candidate and therefore, it is not possible to include full details here
Type of Position: Permanent
Closing date: 30th October 2021
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.