Regional Programmes Quality Lead

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Date:  12-May-2021

Location:  Multiple within MEESA Region, Egypt

Company:  Plan International


Regional Programmes Quality Lead

Functional Area (job family/role type) Programme Quality and Influencing
Discipline/field Programme Development
Specialism Programme Quality
Reports to: Executive Director MEESA
Office location: MEESA CO Travel required:


Geographical scope of role MEESA


Effective Date: ASAP Grade: G  



Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organization working for better lives for all children. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation. Our purpose is to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Plan International’s programming within the Middle East, Eastern and Southern Africa (MEESA) region is recognised as being contextually relevant offering community driven solutions that reflect the long-term investments made in the communities we work in. Programming forms the back-bone of our work, informing our related work streams – including influencing, sponsorship; Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL); and girls as agents of change through our Girls’ Get Equal campaign. This role will lead in harnessing PII’s overall programming experiences across the region and assure appropriate inter-facing with all MEESA Heads of Programmes with a primary focus on driving programme excellence, identifying and driving selected regional programme priorities, scaling up models, whilst assuring technical excellence across agreed upon priority areas for the region.
The role will further lead in coordinated programme support from the Regional Hub (RH) to Country Offices (Cos).
Strategic Leadership of programme quality and alignment across the region (50%)
•  Responsible for convening the regional Heads of Programme network, to build synergy and strengthen learning, especially on the Areas of Global Distinctiveness (AOGD) so as to articulate a more persuasive picture of programmes in the region and prioritise improvements in the portfolio.
•  Work with National Office (NOs) and Global Hub (GH) AOGD leads to draw more support and bring more attention where it is needed most, building on strategic priorities that have been agreed upon with COs.
• Effectively coordinate active networking across the region, that enables the mutual support on programming between COs, GH and NO networks to catalyse connections among the capacity that already sits in COs, and afford teams space to develop and showcase their programmatic intelligence to further develop, and empower particular countries or coalitions to develop more specialised capacity that could be shared across the region.
•  Working closely with the Regional Gender and Inclusion Specialist, pursue and maintain effective partnerships that contribute to Plan International’s strategic direction and support reaching breakthroughs for gender equality across MEESA countries.
• Responsible for convening the business development network and supporting BD forum/teams in identifying, and prioritising resource mobilisation for strategically aligned (above country) initiatives as will be agreed upon, while promoting the adoption of innovative tools, approaches and methodologies in programme design processes. Responsible for supporting the development of strategically aligned, multi-country projects or programmes.
• Contribute to the strategy development process for COs by supporting them to integrate best practice and lessons learned in their long term programming work.
•  As a core member of the Regional Leadership and Regional Hub Management teams (RLT and RHMT), lead the discussions on programme quality and alignment.
• Responsible for effective coordination and alignment for programmes support functions in the region including DRM, gender and M&E


Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning: (30%)
• Oversee the implementation and use of the Programme Monitoring, E valuation. Research and Learning (PMERL) system across the regional for storing monitoring data as well as use information more strategically to generate management reports that advance improvements in overall MERL processes and practices Ensure that the M&E lead is supporting COs to generate relevant M&E for evidence based advocacy/influencing at CO, Regional and global level that enables gathering evidence and harvesting learning.
• Champion and support the use of research outputs for evidence to inform positioning and provide thought leadership on girls rights issues across the region for improved programming.
• Harness cross country learning using evidence to build and deepen excellence in specific areas of work that MEESA can be known for.
•    In close collaboration with Head of influencing and the Regional Policy and Advocacy Specialist, contribute to smart choices on what COs could do on research and enable investment in research to be focused above country and well-coordinated to help build a community of practice.
•    Identify, encourage, support HOPs to replicate best programming models/interventions with potential to increase impact but also support to develop other AOGDs where improvements in programme quality are required to enhance our potential for funding and impact and thus offering practical information and specific ways to replicate while assuring our thought leadership.
•    Generate engagement with HOPs, to introduce and share good practice on partnership and civil society strengthening, linking ongoing policy and advocacy work specifically where there is perceived shrinking of civil society space leveraging on the SIDA Civil Society Strengthening project successes and best practice learning.
•    Liaison with the Centres of Excellence (CoEs) and further developing their evolution as spaces for incubating learning, capacity building of country teams, supporting regional influencing and enhancing programme quality.
•    Support country office teams to identify and use appropriate Plan tools for programme development

Capacity building and People Management (20%)
•    Provide overall vision and direction to the team through effective coordination, planning, prioritization, coaching and supervision.
•    Support staff to understand and comply with the organizational vision, mission, strategic direction and organization policies.
•    Socialize and nurture Plan Values and Behaviours.
•    Create an enabling working environment to foster excellent teamwork and high performing staff.
•    Oversee the delivery of effective capacity building support for programme professionals in the region – take an active role in capacity building and talent spotting of programme staff in countries and supporting the matching of opportunities to develop effective programme professionals in the region.
•    Establish, communicate and monitor standards of performance and behaviours of the team through development of Individual Accountability Plans (IAP), and key performance indicators (KPI’s) that are agreed annually, and monitored and updated regularly.
•    Support team members to gain the necessary skills through learning and development.


Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) 
•    Understands and puts into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), ensuring that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
•    Ensures that all staff in the unit/function/department are properly inducted on and understands their role in upholding Plan International’s safeguarding and GEI policies;
•    Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in day to day work.
•    Ensures that Plan MEESA contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted.




Qualifications Knowledge and Experience
•    Masters in social or political sciences
•    Knowledge and professional experience in the area of impact driven programming
•    Demonstrated technical advisory expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of programming for children’s rights.
•    Relevant work experience of advocacy and influence at a strategic level.
•    Experience (at least 8 years) in results-based project management or logical framework, and rights-based monitoring and evaluation models.
•    Knowledge of child and/or human rights-based approach, children and youth rights issues in Africa.
•    Knowledge on gender mainstreaming approaches, such as gender transformative approach.
•    Demonstrated facilitation and training experience.

•    Context analysis skills to understand how context and stakeholders’ interests and our ability to achieve mutual goals
•    Able to learn quickly and adaptive to new and different perspectives
•    Influencing, representational and advocacy skills
•    Strong analytical and writing skills.
•    Excellent command of English both spoken and written advantage – Arabic and Portuguese




We are open and accountable
We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation by being open, honest and transparent. We hold ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others, while doing what we say we will do.


We strive for lasting impact
We strive to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative.


We work well together
We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organisation, including our sponsors and donors. We actively support our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners.


We are inclusive and empowering
We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge inequality in our programmes and our workplace. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.


Deadline: 04th June 2021

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