Deadline: 02 May, 2022

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Plan International is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Programme Director.

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


  • Provide overall strategic oversight in the delivery of the country strategy through contribution to the design and management of development and nexus programme that are gender-transformative
  • Lead the overall development and evolution of the country programme within the overarching country strategy and their subsequent operationalisation
  • Model value-based leadership framework underpinned by our feminist leadership principles
  • Ensure that monitoring, evaluation, research and learning plan supports the country strategy delivery
  • Oversee development, review and submission of annual plans and annual/quarterly reporting
  • Oversee the strategic engagement in programme areas and support the representational and operational remits of the programme area managers
  • Build and oversee managerial accountability with particular attention to overall development and nexus programme design, planning, programme delivery, monitoring, evaluations and research at the programme areas
  • Fosters humanitarian, development nexus in collaboration with the humanitarian director
  • Provide overall strategic oversight in the identification and engagement of partners in a mutually respectful manner, ensuring Plan International’s partnership principles and compliance
  • Establish/strengthen networks and partnerships with likeminded organisations for overall enhancement of the programmes and profiling of the organisation
  • Lead in engaging key networks, movements and alliances relevant to girls’ empowerment and gender equality
  • Provide strategic roadmap for the development and implementation of partnership management standards and guidelines
  • Ensure the quality of development programme is in line with Plan International global quality standards, sustainable development goal and government sectoral plan
  • Coordinate with the relevant departments at all levels during programme design, implementation and monitoring
  • Establish a system to promote/document programme learning and development
  • Ensure relevant policies in particular gender equality, child and youth safeguarding is embedded within programme cycle
  • Enhance the capacity of partners and stockholders on programme management
  • Ensure the development and implementation of programme framework, including sector-focused results framework at all levels
  • Seek and promote innovative ideas, approach to ensure programme quality
  • Provide overall vision and direction to the development programmes team
  • Support staff to understand and comply with the organisational vision, mission, strategic direction and other organisation policies
  • Ensure development programmes team are operating as high-performance teams and have clear accountability lines (direct and matrix)
  • Create an enabling working environment across different department that unites to foster excellent teamwork and high performing staff
  • Oversee the delivery of effective capacity-building support in key areas of programme management including, but not limited to, financial management, people management, reporting, etc
  • Establish, communicate and monitor standards of performance and behaviours of the team through development of individual accountability plans (IAP), and key performance indicators (KPI’s) that are agreed annually, and monitored and updated regularly
  • Engage in the performance management of functional subordinates by working closely with the functional subordinate’s line manager
  • Oversee the coordination in the budget, preparation, consolidation, analysis and timely submission
  • Ensure the timely implementation of projects and team budgets
  • Ensure that all grants have opening/launch and closeout workshops/meetings
  • Ensure that all project expenditures are on-time and according to the budget (within permissible variance limits)
  • Oversee and guide any budget reforecasting and reallocation exercises that are required
  • Ensure all projects are implemented as per their detailed implementation plans and use organisation’s MERL system to update progress on implementation
  • Coordinate and support programme quality and delivery on programme audit, safeguarding audit, and adequate application of management response across all impact areas


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, International Relations, Development or a similar field
  • Ten years of relevant experience in INGO or demonstrated equivalent combination
  • Seven years, minimum, of experience in managing development programme in the country within the INGO environment
  • Proven experience and ability to coordinate and collaborate with different civil society and community-based organisations
  • Demonstrable working experience in development programme
  • Knowledge of developmental agendas in complex and protracted development and humanitarian landscape
  • Experience in context, funding and market analysis
  • Ability to communicate effectively and authoritatively and influence others to reach common goals
  • Demonstrated track record of proposal-writing and budget management
  • Experience in leading team, coaching and mentoring, especially managing a large team
  • Excellent experience in conflict resolution
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • International experience in managing development programme
  • Experience in managing humanitarian response
  • Knowledge of key programme areas such as child protection, education, livelihood and economic empowerment
  • Knowledge of development and humanitarian issues affecting girls, adolescent girls and women (preferred)
  • Ability to influence without power

To apply and for more information, click here.

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