Director of Programmes – Malawi

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.

The Opportunity

As the Director of Programmes, you will lead the development, design and implementation of an ambitious Country Strategy by setting overall direction and leading a high performing team. You will ensure that programme, influencing work and projects are focussed on gender transformation and equality for girls. You will strategically build relationships and represent Plan at a national level among Government, local and international society.

In this role, you will ensure accountability for meeting demanding targets and maintaining alignment with Plan’s global strategy. You will drive efforts to deliver positive change for girls through advocating, campaigning and communicating at a national level. Equally, you will also ensure the country-programme operating model is fit for purpose, there is the right funding mix to achieve Plan’s ambition, key business processes are in place and organisational values are embedded in all programming work. You will lead a motivated team, ensure programme compliance, and be ready and able to respond to emergency and development needs of the most marginalised children, especially girls.

The Individual

We are looking to recruit an individual with a Master’s degree in any development field of study with over 10 years’ experience in managing complex and diverse programmes leading multiple highly specialized and non-specialized teams. You will have proven experience of exercising leadership functions with increasing responsibility in an international environment related to development. You will have a demonstrable understanding of child rights and gender in development concepts and you will also have knowledge of sustainable community development and participatory approaches and practice in development and humanitarian contexts.

To be successful in this role you will have knowledge of programming in challenging environments with a good understanding and appreciation of the historical, security, political environment, economic, social/religious and humanitarian context in Malawi or a comparable environment. You will have significant experience of working with diverse teams and building strong relationships with people located across the world and you will have excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will have significant experience of information management and reporting and you will also have expertise and experience in leading the development of an organisation-wide complex and diverse annual budget.

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Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

Type of Role: 3-year Fixed term contract with the possibility of extension

Reports to: Country Director

Salary: Competitive salary and package available

Closing Date: 6th December 2020

1st round interview: Anticipated 14th and 15th December

2nd round interview: 11th January 2021

Start date for the role: February 2021

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

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 his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation 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 will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.