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Senior Health Advisor

Plan Canada


Organization: Plan International Canada
Reports to: Director, Global Fund Unit
Location: Toronto (Mount Pleasant & Eglinton) or Ottawa

About You

Are you passionate about equal rights for all children and equality for girls? Are you an experienced international health expert with expertise in TB, HIV/AIDS and/or Malaria, including working with excluded groups in developing countries? Have you managed a small team of health experts? Are you a trusted and approachable leader with a collaborative working style? Do you have a strong track record in bolstering the technical capacity of partners, staff and local organisations in the health sector while further commitments to gender equality? Are you able to successfully balance competing priorities, and encourage creative problem solving?


Why a career with Plan?

A career with Plan International Canada offers individuals a meaningful experience that drives professional development and a rewarding opportunity to use their skills and talents to help make a difference in promoting child rights to end child poverty. Are you ready for an opportunity to join one of the largest International NGOs in the world, creator of the award winning “Because I am a Girl” global movement, working to end gender inequality and promote girls’ rights? Employees at Plan International Canada’s National Office strive to make a difference in the lives of children and their families through sustainable, child-focused community development.

Our unique culture fosters a supportive, flexible workplace where employees are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. As a member of a diverse, dynamic, high-performing team, each Plan employee is driven to learn, valued for their contribution and approaches and excited to make an impact. We are proud of our award winning corporate culture validated by our Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice award for 2015 and 2016 and Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures since 2012.

Join our high performing team and change your career…change the world!


The Organization

Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan International strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Because I am a Girl is Plan International’s global movement to transform power relations so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive.

Plan Canada’s Toronto and Ottawa-based offices undertake fundraising, donor engagement advocacy and public outreach initiatives that support programs that are implemented in more than 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. Plan has a dedicated staff of over 300 employees whose role is to support quality programming in the areas of health, education, water and sanitation, economic security, gender equity, child protection and participation, and humanitarian assistance. Further information can be found at:

The Position

  • Provides leadership to technical advisors specializing in Malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS, who in turn ensure quality assurance and support to a large portfolio of Plan Canada’s Global Fund projects in Africa and Latin America;
  • Provides regular feedback, coaching, performance management to team members;
  • Supports the gender transformation process of the Global Fund portfolio of projects;
  • Builds positive relationships with Regional Offices, Plan field offices, donors and other partners;
  • Contributes to business development efforts related to the Global Fund, medicine donations and related funding and ensures that project design meets Plan International Canada’s standards for gender equality;
  • Provides best in class technical support throughout the project management cycle- from start- up workshop, work planning, baseline reports, donor progress reports;
  • Networks with key stakeholders including Ministry of Health, The Global Fund Secretariat, Country Coordinating Mechanism, Local Fund Agent, other NGOs;
  • Directly provides support to certain assigned projects and undertakes monitoring visits to project sites as required;
  • Identifies and contributes to knowledge management initiatives including research, presentations of project findings, conference abstracts and presentations to further internal learning, sharing and cross-learning with other internal teams
  • As a member of the Global Fund Unit leadership team at Plan Canada proactively identifies areas for innovation, improvement and organizational learning.

What does success looks like?

    • The portfolio of projects will receive a strong performance and rating from The Global Fund in his/her annual or semi-annual review process.
    • The portfolio of projects have strong strategies to further gender equality, good evidence of results and reductions in TB, malaria and HIV at scale and with lasting impact.
    • Good practice and innovation from projects is documented and shared externally through recognised publications, conferences, and internal forums
    • The Global Fund Unit team is performing efficiently, effectively with good communication.
    • Positive relationships with Regional Offices, Plan field offices, donors and other partners will have been established to enable to Global Fund Unit to manage and grow its projects and improve impact, especially for women and girls.

As our ideal candidate you will have:

    • Post graduate degree in development, health or other relevant discipline
    • Minimum 10 years’ experience in health programming; with at least 4 years gained overseas;
    • A solid track record of providing health advise, including projects related to HIV, Malaria or TB preferably ideally with direct experience with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria;
    • strong connections to relevant health and disease specific networks, communities of practice, in Canada and overseas
    • Experience     in     knowledge     management,     including     publications,     conference presentations, and institutional learning
    • Excellent written and oral skills in English and French , and/or Spanish an asset
    • An aptitude for team leadership and problem solving;
    • A solid understanding of gender barriers in the health sector and a commitment to addressing those barriers
    • A proven track record as a strong leader and team player in cross-functional working groups;
    • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) and relationship management skills;
    • Excellent computer skills using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Power Point) and internet use
    • Business acumen and the ability to influence others by fostering strong business relationships
    • A flexible and adaptable work style; open to collaboration with strong personalities and professionals; thrive in a fast-paced evolving work culture
    • A passion for mission driven work and personal values aligned with those of Plan International Canada’s corporate values


How to apply:

To express interest in this exciting opportunity to join a dynamic organization and a high performing team please forward your CV and covering letter, outlining your skills, experience and salary expectations to by February 2, 2018. Please reference Senior Health Advisor, Global Fund Unit, in the subject line.

Plan International Canada is an inclusive workplace, and is committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

Consistent with our Child Protection Policy the successful candidate must receive clearance by a police background check, including the vulnerable sector screen. Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the work term. Proof of eligibility will be required.

Plan International Canada sincerely thanks all applicants for their expressed interest in this opportunity however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Thank you for your interest in a career at Plan




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