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Programme Specialist

Date: 11-Feb-2021

Location: Makati, Philippines

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 Programme Specialist will provide overall support to the Deputy Country Director (DCD) in the oversight and management of Plan’s portfolio of projects, support programme development/resource mobilization, and grants management activities.


Further, as the Programme Specialist:


  • You will oversee Plan’s performance monitoring system for its portfolio of projects.
  • You will design and manage Plan’s knowledge management system.
  • You will support the Grants Team and its efforts to lead fundraising/proposal development processes within Plan Philippines
  • You will provide support in ensuring the effective management of Plan’s grant portfolio.
  • You will coordinate with the Communications and Advocacy Team to identify opportunities for the Programme Team and Programme Areas to support Plan’s advocacy and communication strategy and efforts.
  • You will facilitate internal communications and coordination of team meetings.
  • Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization. In exceptional cases, you will be asked to support emergency response activities in the communities in your assigned covered areas.




To be successful in the role you will need among other things:


  • Graduate in a relevant degree and professional experience, with experience in the development sector a plus.
  • Sound analytical and problem-solving capability; ability to influence others’ behavior through effective relationship building; thorough current knowledge and understanding of relevant policies, frameworks, etc.
  • Strong experience in writing technical documents, preferred.
  • Experience or desire to work with children and communities for child-related programs and projects would be preferred.
  • Fluency in English and Tagalog: oral, written, and spoken.
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the Philippines without restrictions. Local applicants are preferred. 


Location: Country Office (Makati City)

Type of Role: Fixed term (two years)

Reports to: Deputy Country Director for Programmes

Flexible working arrangements

Competitive salary package (local T&C)


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


Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Plan International 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 foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.


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 their understanding of these recruitment procedures.