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Program Area Manager (Central Mindanao)

Date: 22-Mar-2019

Location: Cotabato City, MAG, PH

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.


Plan International is one of the oldest and largest international development agencies in the world. In the Philippines, Plan works with children and their families in poor communities with programs covering early child care and development, child and youth engagement, health and nutrition; and child protection.


Plan International invites highly competent, experienced and committed professionals to fill the following position:




The Program Unit Manager oversees the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of regular and donor-funded projects within and outside the program unit, making sure all projects and processes are aligned with the Country Strategic Plan, child-centered community development (CCCD), other Plan internal approaches, as well as compliant with donor regulations. The program unit manager leads the program unit team to deliver sponsorship requirements and ensure that sponsorship is tightly linked to program implementation. The program unit manager is expected to lead any disaster response where necessary.


Some of the key responsibilities are: 1.) Implement program  area programming throughout the project cycle, 2.) Monitor sponsorship growth and manage caseload plan, 3.) Establish and maintain linkages with government, non-government and other relevant groups, 4.) Represent Plan at the Mindanao Humanitarian Country Team, clusters, ARMM-HEART, and other regional and national meetings, 5.) Lead annual individual performance planning with all program unit staff, and, 6.) Manage disaster response, including, but not limited to rapid assessments, distribution of NFIs (whether directly or through partners) or longer term recovery.




  • Bachelors' degree in Social Work, Social Science, Community Development and other related courses. Masters' degree an advantage.
  • Has relevant training on program and project Management, participatory management, facilitation skills, social development, conflict management, security and safety, peacebuilding.
  • Has at least five years' experience in development work and three years' work experience in a supervisory/managerial capacity preferably in an international NGO.
  • Has proven relevant work experience in the application of program operations though partnership with other relevant organizations.
  • Has relevant experience in working in high-risk conflict situations, particularly in the context of Mindanao; work experience in managing an emergency response is an advantage.
  • Is able to exhibit cultural sensitivity, understanding of complex security situation, and flexibility.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the Philippines. Local applicants are preferred.



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 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. 

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.