Internal Controller

Plan International

Date: 27 May 2024

Location: Lusaka, Zambia

Company: Plan International

Organization Background

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian non-governmental organization 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 its 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 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Working in Zambia since 1996, Plan International Zambia’s development and humanitarian programmes focus primarily on Inclusive Quality Education, Skills and Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Early Childhood Development and Gender Responsive Child Protection. Child protection is key in all that we do. Plan International Zambia has Programme Areas (PAs) in; Central, Luapula, and Eastern Provinces including in Lusaka, where the Country Office is located.

Plan International Zambia is seeking to hire a full time Internal Controller. The job purpose of the Internal Controller is to support the implementation of Plan International Zambia’s Strategy by providing assurance of risk management and monitored controls in country operations.  The monitoring is done through developing and ensuring effective and efficient systems, internal controls, policies and procedures are in place and at all times implemented correctly.  The role reports to the Country Director to be based at County Office in LUSAKA.

Do you have what it takes to be successful in this role?


  • Degree in Accountancy, Chartered Accountancy, Business Administration or related discipline.
  • Professional audit or risk qualifications.
  • A minimum of 4 years work related experience in internal controls, risk or audit role.
  • Membership with ZICA and/or IIA.
  • Understanding of the various Donor rules and guidelines.
  • Experience and knowledge of working in development sector.


  • Fraud examination skills.
  • Auditing and risk management.
  • Familiarity with project management.
  • Development sector donor requirements.
  • Ambitious, realistic and action oriented.
  • Understands a range of strategies and approaches.
  • Analyses issues and evidence in context – builds the evidence-base by analyzing issues in their context, using appropriate methods and relevant data sources.


  • Understanding issues, principles and strategies and their root causes and working with Plan International Zambia’s principles and a range of strategies and approaches to improve outcomes.
  • Understands a range of strategies and approaches to proposal development logic, trends in own and related fields of work and a range of effective strategies, approaches and practices.
  • Plan work, anticipate risks, and set goals within area of responsibility.
  • Team player with problem solving skills, flexibility and adaptability.
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills.

Location: Lusaka, Country Office

Reports to: Country Director

Grade:  D2

Closing Date: 3  June 2024

Plan International provides equal employment opportunities to qualified and experienced women and men, Women are especially encouraged to apply. 

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 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.

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

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