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Senior Program Manager - Bilingual French/English
Plan International
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Job Description

What can you expect from joining a leading organization in the global movement to advance children’s rights and equality for girls?

We are one of Canada’s Most Admired Cultures and here’s why: together, we have created a climate of trust and inclusivity – where diversity in people, ideas and approaches is not only respected, it’s encouraged.

Amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19, these qualities have come to the forefront as our organization evolves to remain agile. Though we will evolve in many respects, our mission and strategic ambition will not change – and our work has never been so imperative. We will never stop believing in the multiplying power of girls and that every child deserves that right to learn, lead, decide and thrive. Our future success will be founded upon Plan International Canada’s 80+ year history of focusing on our mission, our core values, responding to challenges and seizing opportunities with purpose, relevance and impact.

Further information can be found at:



Plan International Canada

Reports to:

Director, Program Management & Compliance


Toronto/ Ottawa, Canada (up to 20% international travel annually)


Contact Level:

Full-time, Permanent


The Position

The Senior Program Manager will be responsible for the quality implementation of a diversified multi-million dollar grant portfolio financed by a variety of institutional donors, including Global Affairs Canada. The incumbent will bring proven leadership and program management experience working in an international development context.

The Senior Program Manager position has people leadership as a core competency; the individual is accountable for a team and is directly responsible for the management of that team and portfolio. The role includes full accountability for recruitment, hiring, setting performance expectations, and managing performance.


What success looks like?

  • Leading a team of program management professionals, ensures workloads are well balanced, roles and responsibilities are clear, and a positive team environment is fostered.
  • Ensuring all grants in the portfolio have start-up and subsequent annual workplans and corresponding budgets which are developed in a participatory manner with counterparts across the global organization and subject matter technical experts at Plan International Canada. Ensuring workplans are developed within a results framework and receive appropriate donor approval.
  • Providing financial oversight to the grant’s portfolio including analysis, review and oversight of relevant budgets and financial reporting.
  • Ensuring all grants are regularly monitored against standard Program Management KPIs for timely identification and mitigation of potential risks to implementation.
  • Working with the Program Effectiveness team, ensure all grants in the portfolio have a mechanism for regular monitoring and reporting of results including coordination of project evaluations and contributions to Plan International’s knowledge management.
  • Fostering & maintaining strong relationships with key partners including Plan International Country / Regional colleagues and other implementing partners.
  • Maintaining a standard of excellence in all donor reporting and donor relationships.

Organizing forums to share successes and program learnings with donors, partners and peers.

As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • Fluency in oral and written English and French
  • Proven leadership and people management skills.
  • Extensive experience managing grant funded international development programs such as multi-country projects or projects in a consortium setting using a multi-stakeholder approach
  • Knowledge of and experience in the management Education programming would be an asset
  • Solid understanding of compliance requirements of donor government agencies such as GAC; Development Banks and other multilateral agencies and charitable organizations / foundations.
  • Superior skills in building productive working relationships with team colleagues, field offices, donors and partners and in promoting and maintaining a collaborative working environment.
  • Demonstrated competency with gender transformative, rights-based programming and monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Skilled in budget development, reporting & monitoring.
  • Flexible approach to dealing with ambiguity.

How to Apply:

To express interest in this exciting opportunity at Plan International Canada, please apply with your resume and cover letter to by July 8, 2022.

Plan International Canada is a hybrid workplace. You will work from the office and from home.

Plan International Canada hires based on merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and to providing an inclusive workplace. Plan International Canada especially welcomes applications from Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

If you have a disability that may affect your ability to perform in a role in which you are interested, we will be happy to discuss with you what adjustments or arrangements we can make to accommodate your needs. If your disability is likely to affect you adversely within the application process itself, please let us know (as soon as you feel comfortable to do so) by emailing so that we can consider any adjustments to the process that will allow you to be considered fairly for the role.

Consistent with our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy the successful candidate must receive clearance by a police background check, including the vulnerable sector screen.

Plan International Canada requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Applicants who receive an employment offer will be required to self-declare they are fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. Plan International Canada has a duty to accommodate those who are unable to get vaccinated due to religious, medical or other protected grounds. For applicants who require an accommodation, please contact to discuss further.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the work term. Proof of eligibility will be required.

Thank you for your interest in a career at Plan International Canada!

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