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PMO Programme Manager

Date: 23-Sep-2022

Location: Woking, UK

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 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.


The Opportunity


Programme Y.O.D.A is an organisational change programme through which we will change our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, revise our processes and working practices in relation to Finance, Grants, Programmes and Projects and Supply Chain Management, and develop a new Project Management and Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (PMERL) solution. 


The Programme is already underway, and we are seeking an exceptional PMO Programme Manager with proven experience of working in a large, complex programme environment to support the team to design and deliver the best possible solution for our global team and the children and girls we serve.


The PMO Programme Manager will be a key member of the Change Leadership, bringing focus to the importance of effective programme management in the delivery of exceptional organisational benefits.  The role will provide senior, specialist Programme Management leadership for critical projects / incidents on the programme where the Programme Director, Functional Leads, Pillar Leads and PMs require additional skilled support to overcome issues or challenges.


The PMO Programme Manager will work under the overall direction of the PMO Lead and the Programme Director in developing Programme Y.O.D.A.’s Project Management Capability and Community, working to improve capability of both internal and external Project Managers on the Programme. 


About You


The successful candidate will be a highly organised and customer focused individual with a strong track record of delivering quality programmes on time, within budget and for ready business acceptance and to enable benefit realisation.


Key requirements for the role include proven experience of complex, global programme delivery, programme planning, assurance, analysis and reporting within a complex (ideally, global) operating environment.


Additionally, they will also have:

  • The ability to provide delivery support to multiple projects and stakeholders at one time
  • Proven incident management skills
  • A highly organised approach with the ability to work under pressure to achieve deadlines and meet stakeholder expectations
  • Proven experience of assessing, analysing, managing and reporting on complex risks and high value budgets
  • Good people and team management skills, ability to build, lead and develop high performing teams.
  • The ability to manage and present information using a range of tools including MS Project, Excel, Jira, Trello & PowerPoint
  • Formal project management certification; ideally P3O, PMP, Agile or Scrum



Please follow this link for a full role profile:  Y.O.D.A. PMO Programme Manager (Sept 2022).docx

More information about Programme Y.O.D.A can be found here: Programme Y.O.D.A | Plan International (


Please respond to the requirements of the role in your cover letter.

Only CVs and cover letters in English will be accepted.  


Location: Woking, U.K. (Hybrid working)


Plan International's Global Hub is based in Woking, Surrey, which is approximately 25 minutes from London Waterloo.


Type of role: 2 year Fixed Term Contract

Salary: £55,000 - £60,000 per annum

Closing Date: 9 October 2022


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.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates.