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Head of Counter Fraud at Plan International

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian non-profit organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood, and enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We believe in the power and potential of every child, but know this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Head of Counter Fraud

Location: Flexible (Nigeria)
Functional Area: Global Assurance
Reports to: Director of Global Assurance
Travel required: Up to 50% Travel (typically planned in advance and flexible)
Grade: 5

Role Purpose

  • This post will help ensure that the incidence of loss of funds and resources from fraud, corruption, mismanagement and criminal activity is robustly addressed and the risk is as far as possible minimised.
  • In doing so, reputational risk will be reduced, and sponsors and donors continue to regard Plan International as a well managed, ethical and accountable organisation.

Dimensions of the Role and Key Accountabilities
Dimensions of the Role:

  • Leads Plan International’s Counter Fraud Unit (CFU)
  • Acts as the Global Functional Lead for Counter Fraud, providing pro-active and reactive services to help reduce losses from fraud and corruption
  • Manages 4 staff directly and oversees a wider cadre of c.120 staff globally (the Fraud Faculty) who assist CFU on specific assignments
  • Provides the International Board, the Executive Team and operational management with advice, guidance and support on counter fraud
  • Builds networks and links in with counter fraud professionals in other INGOs
  • Represents Plan International in professional practice bodies and fraud related conferences and events


  • Maintains and develops Plan International’s Counter Fraud Framework
  • Ensures allegations and incidents are investigated to professional and international standards
  • Provide training programmes for all staff on fraud awareness and prevention
  • Maintain and provide investigation training for the Fraud Faculty
  • Carry out fraud exposure analyses
  • Support management in the resolution of incidents
  • Provide regular reports to the International Board and Executive Directors
  • Work with other risk and control resources to identify and help implement effective fraud reduction controls and practices
  • Uses experience to make effective decisions taking account of context and situation.
  • Provides practical solutions to fraud related problems
  • Can pursue a line of reasonable action even when faced with competing pressures
  • Owns resolutions to problems working within agreed timeframes
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion 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

  • Excellent proven experience in the field of counter fraud
  • Awareness of current best practices in investigation techniques
  • Awareness of global standards and legislation around fraud and corruption
  • Understanding of the role and approaches of the international development sector


  • First rate investigative ability with proven track record
  • Experience of crime/loss prevention
  • Analytical skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills including report writing
  • Can manage indirect staff
  • Able to offer practical solutions to management to help resolve incidents including in crisis situations
  • Perseverance, resilience and tenacity
  • A high standard of both written and spoken English. French/Spanish language an additional advantage.
  • A recognised qualification in fraud investigation (e.g. ACFE) would be an advantage although not essential


  • Ability to work in partnership with others both internally and externally
  • Flexibility of approach, ensuring application of skills is relevant to situation and context
  • Adapts well to different environments and situations
  • Cross-culturally agile and gender sensitive
  • Aware of impact on others and uses impact to create a positive working environment
  • Commitment to development and humanitarian values and standards

Key Relationships

  • Liaises closely with other risk and control related staff across Plan
  • Communicates at all levels within Plan International
  • Ability to communicate within a multicultural organisation, recognising legal, cultural and ethnic variations and practices


  • Communicate with other professional bodies, e.g. law enforcement agencies
  • Other NGOs

Plan International’s Value in Practice
We are Open and Accountable:

  • We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation by being open, honest and transparent.
  • We hold ourselves and others taccount for the decisions we make and for our impact on others, while doing what we say we will do.

We Strive for Lasting Impact:

  • We strive tachieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and tsecure equality for girls.
  • We challenge ourselves tbe bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative.

We Work Well Together:

  • We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organisation, including our sponsors and donors.
  • We actively support our colleagues, helping them tachieve their goals.
  • We come together tcreate and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners.

We are Inclusive and Empowering:

  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge inequality in our programmes and our workplace.
  • We support children, girls and young people tincrease their confidence and tchange their own lives.
  • We empower our staff tgive their best and develop their potential.

Level of Contact with Children:

  • Low contact – No contact or very low frequency of interaction.

Application Closing Date
1st April, 2022 (12:00pm GMT).

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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