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Sahel Programme Manager

Date: 14-Aug-2019

Location: Bamako, DK, SN

Company: Plan International

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

This is an exciting time for Plan International as we embark on a new strategy for. Our global strategy defines who we are, why we exist, the change we want to see in the world and how we will contribute to making change happen. It underpins everything we do, guiding all our work in all parts of the federation.

To achieve greater change in children’s lives we will dramatically transform how we operate and we need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to steer our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to transform the lives of 100 million girls globally. 

Plan International has a presence of over 40 years in the Mali and Burkina Faso, and over 30 years in Niger, with many of our partner communities affected by these conflicts and protracted insecurity. In addition to its development programs, Plan International has been responding to the emergencies in the three countries, with a focus on education, protection against abuse including Gender-based violence, and provision of Non-food items including dignity kits.

Given the recent escalation of security concerns, the quickly deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger , the proximity, socio-cultural similarities, inter-relation of the situation in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger and the fact that we have been doing major development programs in the three countries who many decades now, Plan International has decided, in addition to the on-going response programs by each Country Office, to put in place a team charged with implementing a multi-country Sahel Program across Burkina Faso, Mali and the part of Niger that is not included in the Lake Chad program.

Do you have what it takes?

The role of Sahel Emergency Response Programme Manager is a truly influential position that will help shape, steer and grow Plan Internationals Programme portfolio across Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Your talents as a leader and communicator will inspire Plan International employees and volunteers while engaging partners, government, local communities and our other stakeholders. And, on an operational level, you will bring a focused approach to key responsibilities such as risk management, income growth, the disbursement of project funds and the oversight of projects.

You will have strong people management skills, be adept at developing people, building relationships, and creating a strong sense of purpose and collaboration for all those around you.

You will bring genuine passion, determination, and fresh thinking to our work – with the aim of expanding both our reach and our impact, and making change work for millions of children, particularly girls.

Your deep understanding of child rights and gender in development and knowledge of the concepts of sustainable community development and of participatory approaches and practice in development interventions will be essential. Experience of working in West Africa would be very beneficial for this position. To be successful in this role you will also require solid programme management experience and significant exposure to business development.

*Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in French is desirable.*

*Applications from female leaders are strongly welcomed*

*All applications must be submitted in English*

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Location: This role can be based in Burkina Faso, Mali or Niger

Type of Role: 2 year FTC

Reports to: Sahel Director

Grade: F – Salary and package competitive

Closing Date: 04/09/2019

Anticipated 1st round interviews: 12th Septmber 2019

*Please submit CV and Cover letters in written English*

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

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation 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 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. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. 

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.