Employment at Plan International Malawi


Head of Programs

The Role
As Head of Programs you will provide strategic leadership in Program Management within Plan Malawi through the execution and reviews of the Country Strategy. You will be responsible for leading the program team in designing, planning, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating program interventions. You will also be accountable for overall performance of the Program Department at Country Office and Program Areas/field operations to ensure that Plan Malawi delivers quality programs in accordance with child rights principles and strategies.
You will directly oversee Program Strategy and technical support, program effectiveness, advocacy and influencing, knowledge management & learning and program delivery in the country (PAs and outside PAs through grants).
You will become a member of the Country Management Team (CMT) and provides high-level, strategic leadership to the office as a whole, working collaboratively with other CMT members to meet the country objectives.
Do you have what it takes?
In order to succeed in this challenging and varied role you will require demonstrable knowledge of managing multiple, multi-sectoral development programs including disaster response and large and complex budgets.
Demonstrable knowledge of the donor/grant management requirements and key issues in development regarding Global Goals (SDGs),CEDAW and UNCRC particularly around child rights with a focus on girls.
Excellent knowledge of strategic planning process.
Knowledge of effective participatory MER systems and processes.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation and public speaking.
Behaviours (Plan International’s Values in Practice)
We are open and accountable
Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people.
We strive for lasting impact
Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
We work well together
Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
We are inclusive and empowering
Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
Location: Based in Lilongwe, Malawi, with 50% travel to the field
Type of Role: 5 year Fixed term Contract
Reports to: Country Director
Salary: circa $60,000 USD per annum plus benefits
Closing Date: Wednesday 17th May 2017
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plans Child Protection Policy.
As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan is fully committed to promoting the realization of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.
Plan 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. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
Plan operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.

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