Programme Development & Quality Manager
Plan International (Plan International)
Location: Beirut (Lebanon)
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Job Description

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.

Role Purpose

The Programme Development and Quality Manager will lead on the development of high quality programmes that deliver lasting impact for children, especially girls, based on data and evidence gathered from Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL). He/She ensures that programmes are designed and developed in accordance with the Country Strategy, proposal packages are submitted to donors in a timely manner, and partners are identified and engaged throughout the process in line with Plan International’s partnership principles. The position is also responsible for ensuring the quality of programmes, incorporating research and best practices to inform the quality of our work.

Dimensions of the Role

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Programme Director, the Programme Development and Quality Manager will work closely with a variety of functions to ensure appropriate development and quality planning of projects and programmes, including the MERL Coordinator, Technical Specialists, Programme Managers and Finance unit amongst others. He/She will also liaise regularly with Plan International’s National Offices (fundraising offices in the Plan International Federation) and relevant donors as required.


Donor and Partnership Engagement:

  • Actively engage with Plan International’s National Offices (fundraising offices in the Plan International Federation) to share updates, fundraising needs and priorities;
  • Ensure adequate mapping of key in-country donors and potential funding opportunities for Lebanon, and update the mapping on a regular basis;
  • Support engagement with donors on a regular basis in coordination with the Programme Director and Country Director;
  • Monitor and analyse project portfolio and funding opportunities (pipeline) and coordinate strategic decision making for new funding opportunities in alignment with country and sector strategic priorities;
  • Ensure adequate mapping of potential partners including UN agencies, INGOs, local NGOs, CBOs, private sectors, academic institutions, etc.;
  • Support engagement with potential partners and their assessment prior to initiating a partnership.

Programme Design and Planning:

  • Support MERL initiatives including assessments, baseline studies, research studies and evaluations in coordination with relevant MERL focal points and technical specialists;
  • Develop programmatic objectives and frameworks for Plan International Lebanon in line in consultation with technical focal points;
  • Support the development and update of the Country Strategy as needed, in line with national priorities and Plan International’s global frameworks, and in consultation with technical focal points and in coordination with the Programme Director;
  • Support the development of the annual plans and budgets as needed, based on consultations with relevant team members;
  • Lead on the development of successful concept notes and grant proposal packages based on evidence and needs assessments, in line with the Country Strategy and in accordance with donor requirements and guidelines – through close coordination with Programme Director, M&E, technical focal points and Finance Manager, as well as relevant National Offices;
  • Work with Programme Managers and the Country Finance Manager on developing effective and efficient budgets in line with planned interventions and the annual budget.
  • Assure that proposals developed and submitted to a donor are gender-responsive in nature.

Quality Assurance:

  • Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place for appropriate analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy;
  • Ensure internal lesson learning and experience sharing across programmes takes place and is integrated into programme planning;
  • Ensure that gender-responsive and age-appropriate feedback and complaints mechanisms are in place;
  • Support the development of technical tools and materials in coordination with relevant technical focal points;
  • Promote inter-sectoral coordination to ensure a comprehensive and/or integrated response is provided to issues addressed in programmes.

Coordination and Communication

  • Provide updates and reports to Plan Lebanon’s management team, Global Hub, relevant National Offices and donors;
  • Liaise and coordinate with Programme Managers (CP, GBV/SRHR, Education, Livelihoods) as needed;
  • Support Plan International Lebanon’s relationships with relevant government ministries, UN organizations, INGOs and national NGOs as needed;
  • Represent Plan International Lebanon with donors as needed;
  • Participate in relevant coordination entities;
  • Attend regular calls, meetings, etc. as required by Plan International.

Human Resources

  • Manage a small team as needed and support them through appropriate coaching, mentoring, training and development;
  • Support in identifying staffing needs for programmes and recruiting qualified staff as needed.

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.

Knowledge, Skills, andBehaviours

Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of:

  • The context in Lebanon, particularly issues affecting the rights and well-being of children and young people, especially girls and young women;
  • The donor landscape in Lebanon, both from a development and a humanitarian perspective;
  • The Civil Society environment in Lebanon with a focus on local and national organisations working on child rights and gender equality;
  • The sectors of Child Protection, Gender-Based Violence, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Education and Youth Economic Empowerment;
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Research and Learning concepts and approaches.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in programme development and monitoring;
  • Master’s degree in political sciences, international relations, social sciences or another related field;
  • Strong experience in Project design and planning, both on programmatic and financial levels;
  • Experience of managing and working within teams;
  • Experience working with donors such as the EU, SIDA, DFAT, DFID, GFFO, BMZ, UN OCHA, BPRM, DfID, etc.;
  • Experience working on projects targeting adolescents and youth, especially adolescent girls and young women is preferred;
  • Experience working on projects in partnership with international, national and local NGOs is preferred.


  • Excellent knowledge of Arabic and English is mandatory;
  • Excellent ability to write proposals, reports, briefing papers and research in English;
  • Excellent skills in project design, time management, and problem solving;
  • Good facilitation skills and ability to deliver briefings and trainings;
  • Demonstrated ability to network and liaise with government structures, UN, coordination mechanisms and donors;
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise and coordinate with teams from different sectors to address issues affecting children and youth in a multi-sectoral approach;
  • Flexible work attitude and ability to work independently within a small team;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a diverse and cross-cultural audience.

Plan International’s Values in Practice

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.

Level of Contact with Children:

Low level


  • In-country travel is estimated at 30%.
  • Occasional international travel may be required.


Type of Role: Programme Quality

Reports to: Programme Director

Grade: D1

Closing Date: 9 July 2020

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

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.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation 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 will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.

About Plan International

Founded in 1937, Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.


We strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We engage people and partners to:

  • Empower children, young people and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability.
  • Drive change in practice and policy at local, national and global levels through our reach, experience and knowledge of the realities children face.
  • Work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and to overcome adversity.
  • Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood. 


To fulfil the promise of the 2030 Global Goals, our 5-year Global Strategy is designed to deliver significant change for girls and boys, putting a special emphasis on gender equality. 

We see clear links between fulfilling children’s rights, achieving gender equality and ending child poverty. Every girl and boy has the right to be healthy, educated, protected, valued and respected in their own community and beyond. 

We support these rights from when children are born to when they reach adulthood. We work to ensure that girls and boys know their rights, and have the skills, knowledge and confidence to fulfil them. This approach inspires and empowers children and communities to create long-lasting change.

Girls have the power to change the world. Our ambition is to work beside them and together we take action so 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive.

Our global advocacy work not only focuses on international policy but also ensures national governments can meaningfully implement and uphold laws that advance children’s rights and gender equality at community level.