Executive Assistant

The Organisation


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.

Job Description                                                                             

Position Executive Assistant Grade C2
Department & Location  Administration – CO Date December, 2020
Reports to (position): Country Director  
Purpose:  How does this post support Plan’s strategy and mission?  

Provide secretarial, clerical and administrative support to CD and Managers at CO level in terms of management of over-all schedule of Plan International Ghana, protocol with international and national authorities, organization of the international visits, and organization of CO-level events. As a learning objective, the post holder will be exposed to other basic administrative tasks including but not limited to procurement, inventory etc.


Dimensions of Role:

Financial measures or statistics relevant to post such as budget; list of direct and indirect reports


  • The post holder will not have any direct report, but s/he will have occasional intern to manage.
  • The post holder will not manage a specific budget assigned to him/her, but will indirectly manage the budget in relation to the tasks assigned to her/him.
  • The post holder will project the professional image of Plan to the external partners.
  • The post holder will likely be called upon for different committees at CO level.



Typical Responsibilities – Key End Results of Position:

“What” is done and “why”, but not “how”; include indicators for success


  • To organize the Country Office Management Team meetings (Preparation of the schedule, agenda, minutes, and the follow up of action points from meetings)
  • To manage a proper filing system for incoming and outgoing mails and other documents for the Country Director’s Office.
  • To manage the work appointments of the core management members – especially CD which reflect the priority of the organization.
  • To manage the overall monthly schedule of Plan International Ghana that will inform the maximization of the logistics.
  • To support the management of international visits and national-level events held at CO level.
  • To serve as the first physical contact for visitors to the CD’s Office.
  • To support the management team with the management of protocol in a professional manner and ensure open communication with different key stakeholders.
  • To support the mechanism of administration (procurement, inventory and contract management) in relation to the executive secretariat service.



Dealing with Problems:

Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them


  • The post holder will not manage specific budget and will not approve any budget.  S/he will, however, make decisions on his/her own on the following issues;
    • Managing travel and other schedule of the CMT members and deal with the competing priorities.
    • Handling of confidential information
    • Answering  telephone calls and handling difficult calls.
    • Attending the requests from visitors


Communications and Working Relationships:

Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact


  • High contact with visitors at CO level and partners
  • Medium contact with external staff (IH, WACA) working with plan International Ghana staff
  • Medium contact with partners to help the management preparing correspondence, report and presentation



Knowledge, Skills, Behaviors, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:

Gained through education, training, & experience


  • First Degree in Management Studies, Administration or any related field and at least 3 years of experience in a similar role.
  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems
  • Computers skills (Word, Excel, Power point)
  • Fair level of spoken and written English skills
  • Excellent writing and editing skills


Physical Environment and Demands:

May be “typical office environment”; note if heavy lifting, climbing, excess travel, etc.


Typical office environment, but the position requires up to 10% of travel within the Country mainly for the CMT related activities.



Level of Contact with Children:

Low contact:     No contact or very low frequency of interaction

Mid contact:     Occasional interaction with children

High level:        Frequent interaction with children



Low contact: the job responsibilities of this position requires occasional or low frequency contact with children in Plan’s program.

Location: Accra

Type of Role: Administration

Reports to: Country Director

Grade: C2

Closing Date: 23rd December 2020


Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.


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.


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