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Director Of Programmes Beirut

2021-05-30 06:01:34
Director Of programmes Beirut
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 Director of Programmes provides strategic leadership for Plan... International’s development and humanitarian programmes in Lebanon, overseeing programme strategy, technical support, programme effectiveness, knowledge management and learning and overall programme implementation. The Director of Programmes is responsible for leading a large technical and programmatic team in designing, planning, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating gender transformative programme interventions and partnerships. S/he is accountable for the overall performance of the Programmes Department, and ensures that the thematic Country Programme teams work in an integrated manner to optimize the impact of the programme portfolio in line with the Country Strategy.


Under the direct supervision of the Country Director and being part of the Country Management Team (CMT), the Director of Programmes is in charge of overseeing Plan International’s programmes in Lebanon. S/he works closely with the BDM, Advocacy & Influencing, Finance, Operations and HR Department to ensure all programmes are designed and managed in an efficient and quality manner. S/he supervises a large team of specialists and managers, leading on programme management, technical design, MERL and other. S/he is also responsible for developing Plan’s strategic partnerships with local, national and international actors, in addition to donors. As part of the CMT, the Director of Programmes also covers for the Country Director when S/he is unavailable. The Director of Programmes will also represent the CO on the LHIF Programme committees.


Programme Strategic Direction (20%)

? In close coordination with the CD, lead on the development of an ambitious Country Strategy based on strong analysis of gender power relations and child rights issues.

? Lead on the country annual planning and quarterly reporting process in coordination with the Finance and Operations Manager.

? Ensure that monitoring, evaluation, research and learning plans support the Country Strategy delivery.

? Oversee the design of development and humanitarian programs that are gender transformative and aligned with the Country Strategy.

? Explore funding opportunities in coordination with the BDM and support proposal development in line with the agreed strategy.

? Assist the CD in the development and regular updating of an appropriate emergency preparedness plan and ensure that disaster risk management is integrated in Plan International Lebanon programs.

? Ensure that appropriate coordination is achieved between Programmes and Influencing initiatives in line with Plan’s global Programme and Influence Approach

? Support the Transitional Director on programmatic areas of interest outside of Lebanon as required (inc. Syria Advocacy & Influencing).

Programme Management and Delivery (20%)

? Oversee the management of Plan Lebanon’s programmes, ensuring response activities are child-centered, participatory and gender-transformative, in line with Plan International’s standard policies and procedures.

? Ensure efficient and fully compliant financial management in the allocation/budgeting, disbursement and accounting for all resources allocated to programmes.

? Monitor programme performance and budget utilization and advise on corrective measures.

? Ensure that all project expenditures are on time and according to the budget, and oversee and guide any budget re-phasing and reallocation exercises as required.

? Lead delivery of Plan’s humanitarian response during emergencies in a timely and professional manner.

Programme Quality (20%)

? Ensure the quality of programmes is in line with Plan International global quality standards, sustainable development goals, Country Strategy, and local sectoral plan.

? Ensure relevant policies, in particular gender equality and child & youth safeguarding, are embedded within the programme cycle.

? Ensure that partners and relevant stakeholders have appropriate capacity strengthening opportunities both on project management and technical areas.

? Ensure the development and implementation of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) frameworks at all levels.

? Establish a system to document and promote programme learning and development.

Representation and Partnerships (20%)

? Provide strategic oversight in the identification and engagement of partners in line with Plan’s International partnership principles and strategy.

? Provide oversight in the development of standards and guidelines for partnership management, and ensure that they are regularly updated, understood and reflected in practice.

? Build relationships with Plan International National Offices (NOs) and Country Offices (COs within the MEESA region) to highlight impactful projects for scale up and expansion.

? Engage with relevant humanitarian fora and clusters in-country, ensuring appropriate information is provided in a timely basis (e.g. LCRP)

? Engage with government actors, donors and key stakeholders for collaborative working relationships to position Plan International Lebanon as a leader in achievement of girls’ rights.

? Participate in Plan Lebanon’s CMT, the regional SMT and the oversight group for Syria.

? Engage with MEESA’s Regional Hub, Global Hub and other platforms as needed.

People Management & Development (20%)

? Develop and manage a high performing team that delivers excellent Programme work, using child-centred, participatory and gender-transformative approaches in line with Global and the Country Strategy.

? Manage individuals across the programmes team to ensure full development of potential through induction, mentoring, coaching, training and performance management, ensuring compliance in all core policy areas.

? Support staff to understand and comply with the organizational vision, mission, strategic direction and other organizational policies, including on Gender and Child Safeguarding.

Dealing with Problems: “Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis & creative thinking required to solve them”.

? Responding to multiple demands from various stakeholders and meeting various deadlines.

? Being updated on approaches in development and humanitarian organizations.

? Being able to and innovative in solving problems in an unpredictable environment.

? Working effectively with people of wide and various backgrounds.

Other Responsibilities:

Success Metrics: No violations of the corporate standards and policies.

1. Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

2. Complies with corporate policies and standards: Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, IT Policy, Anti –Fraud and Corruption Policy, Confidentiality Policy, Code of Conduct, Whistle Blowing, HR Policies and Procedures.

3. Ensures commitment to Plan’s position on promoting girls’ rights and gender equality, and integrating this into all aspects of work.


Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of:

? The context in Lebanon, particularly on issues affecting the rights and well-being of children and young people, especially girls and young women;

? Programme management, including for large multi-sectoral projects;

? The donor landscape in Lebanon, in addition to donors’ strategy and requirements;

? In-depth knowledge on different types of partnerships and civil society strengthening and capacity building.

? Civil society in Lebanon, in particular local and national NGOs working on child rights and gender equality.

? Humanitarian principles and “do no harm” approach.

? Agendas in complex and protracted development and humanitarian landscapes.

? Gender and inclusion and global/local development issues, with particular knowledge in girls’ rights and child rights, feminist movements, the key actors and institutions, and the power dynamics involved.

? Mastery of key gender inequalities, gaps, barriers and opportunities at the national, regional and global level and gender and inclusion in programs, and especially for children and girls.

? The main Plan sectors, including Child Protection, Gender-Based Violence, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Education and Youth Economic Empowerment.

Qualifications and Experience

? A Master’s Degree in Social work, International Relations, Development or similar

? 7-10 years of demonstrated experience in programming in humanitarian/refugee setting; experience of development and humanitarian issues affecting children and families preferred.

? Strong programmatic background with proven experience in understanding and management of areas such as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; Child Protection; Education; etc.

? Senior Leadership and management experience on Project management including planning and scheduling, process design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation, preferably in an INGO Environment.

? Experience overseeing MERL systems, frameworks and procedures.

? Experience managing, coaching and mentoring teams, including senior staff.

? Ability to lead programme managers and staff to design and implement evidence based solutions for gender transformative programmes, and to provide monitoring and quality assurance support to the programme areas.

? Ability to influence power holders about the need for and benefits of addressing gender equality and inclusion, including being able to offer a range of evidence based solutions.

? Mastery of the ability to analyze the social and political structures, dynamics and power relations that enable/exclude girls and boys from enjoying the fulfilment of their rights and equality.

? Experience working with institutional donors such as EU, ECHO, SIDA, DFAT, BPRM, etc.

? HEAT – Security training


? Strong financial and operational skills.

? Strong organizational abilities; able to prioritise and manage short-term and continuing projects across diverse themes despite competing deadlines.

? Strong commitment to child safeguarding policies both inside and outside the workplace, and experience working with children in a development environment.

? Ability and experience in adapting to systems & processes

? Strong character traits, including team work, striving for high performance, emotional stability, resilience, adaptability, and ability to handle stress, strong initiative and self-motivation, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty and physical fitness to travel are essential.

? Excellent relationship building skills – networking, influencing and stakeholder management skills

? Excellent written and oral communication skills, with excellent command of spoken and written English and Arabic.


We are open and accountable

1. Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.

2. Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.

3. Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.

4. Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.

5. Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

1. Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.

2. Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.

3. Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.

4. Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

1. Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.

2. Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.

3. Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.

4. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

1. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential

2. We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace

3. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.


Medium level


• In-country travel is estimated at 30%.

• Regular international travel may be required (as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted)

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Type of Role: Programmes

Reports to: Country Director

Grade: E

Closing Date: 8 June 2021

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
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