Jobs at Plan International – March 2024

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Urban Programme Lead (Re-Advertisement)

ABOUT THE ROLE
The primary objective of the role of the Urban Programme Development Lead, is to:

  • Provide leadership and technical support in the development of innovative sustainable urban programmes, with a particular focus on climate action programmes, youth and livelihoods etc. that have a lasting impact in the lives of children and youth.
  • Work directly with country office partners to realise urban program priorities in the MEESA Region.
  • To lead and support urban-focused external representation in the MEESA region- building collaborative external partnerships which can drive deeper impact and complementary expertise in urban contexts.
  • To support urban business development opportunities in partnership with PII offices in MEESA region where urban expertise and contributions of the Urban Hub are of value.
  • To work with Plan International Denmark and their country office partners who directly implement urban programs to provide any necessary technical or program management support.

ACCOUNTABILITIES AND MAIN WORK RESPONSIBILITIES

External Representation and Partnership Building in the MEESA region (50%)

  • In coordination with the Global Urban lead, represent Plan International in building strong partnerships with relevant organisations and build the profile of Plan International. This includes taking leadership on realisation of the priorities of the Plan – UN Habitat MoU and developing relations with the Africa Development Bank.
  • Actively explore and seek new partnerships which can complement Plan’s programs and expertise.
  • Support and contribute to business development in the area of urban programming, and assist in the formation of coalitions and consortiums in bids, particularly in the area of urban climate adaptation and resilience, youth leadership and economic empowerment.

Strategic Urban Leadership in the MEESA Region (20%)

  • Facilitate and build knowledge, support and collaborate in the MEESA region in the area of urban programming in thematic areas that include climate action, job creation for youth, youth engagement/ advocacy and urban development.
  • Provide direct support and technical advisory services to Country Office partners in the MEESA region in relation to key areas of urban expertise.
  • Work to assist and support the development of new urban tools and resources. Deliver training, mentoring and support to country office partners in the region.
  • Collaborate with other regions of Plan International, as needed to support urban programming and learning.

Program development and Technical Support of Plan Denmark – funded Urban youth-led climate adaptation programs (20%)

  • In coordination with Plan Denmark and relevant country offices take part in developing, managing and offering technical support on new youth-led urban climate adaptation programmes.
  • Contribute to and provide technical feedback on project reports, research pieces and evaluations of urban projects.
  • Provide technical review of bids where urban climate adaptation, resilience or other aspects of urban programming represents an integrated component of the bid, and / or review proposals from other technical teams, as relevant, to provide input and advice.
  • Collaborate with DNO’s Program Development Manager, on program development and business development where there is a need to do so.

Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) (5%)

  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion 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.

Other duties (5%)

  • Any other duties as assigned by the line manager

LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES

  • Courageous, taking a lead, challenging self and others to achieve purpose, safeguard others and role model values, inside and outside work. Responsible for my work and learning, striving to improve. Self-aware, resilient and constructive in embracing change. Striving to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. Challenging myself to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative;
  • Creating a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation by being open, honest and transparent. Holding myself and others to account for decisions and impact on others. Doing what I say I will do. Working effectively with others, inside and outside the organisation, including sponsors and donors. Actively supporting colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. Coming together with others to create and implement solutions in teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners;
  • Respecting all people, appreciating differences and challenging inequality in programmes and the workplace. Supporting children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. Empowering other staff to give their best and develop their potential;
  • Understanding Plan International’s purpose, priorities, values and approaches in our work context. Adhering to relevant policies, processes, practices and standards, and being pro-active in continuing technical and professional development.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COMPETENCIES

  • Understands relevant sectoral context including how the sector operates in terms of funding and governance and awareness of Plan’s purpose, values, and global strategy
  • Manages legal and reputational risk including risk assessment, communication, risk management and reporting in full compliance with risk-related standards, including in areas such as Child and Youth Safeguarding and Protection, Gender equality and inclusion, Counter Fraud, Safety and Security
  • Managing activities and resources including skills in strategic thinking, planning and organising, financial planning and monitoring, negotiation and programme and project management
  • Managing people and information including skills in assessment and coaching, evidence-based management, communication skills, both speaking and writing, and digital working, including personal digital skills

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

Essential Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in program development or equivalent with at least 5 years working in the international development sector, with an explicit focus on the area of resilience, job creation, youth, green jobs, climate change or urban programming
  • At least 10 Years’ demonstrable and relevant work experience
  • At least 5 Years in leadership/managerial role
  • Experience in capacity building, mentoring and delivering training.
  • Well-developed organisational and time management skills including the ability to manage workflows, balance competing priorities and to deliver quality results within deadlines.
  • Demonstrated communication and negotiation skills, as well as the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with external and internal stakeholders (cross functional teams across all levels of the organisation).
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment and a commitment to Plan International approach and values including diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging in external partnerships, and understanding of good partnership practice and principles.

Languages required

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Qualifications/ experience desirable:

  • Experience in donor engagement for purposes of resource mobilization
  • A Master’s Degree in Development Studies, Rural and Urban Studies/Planning, Population/ Demographic Studies, Environmental Management or other relevant qualifications.
  • Ability to influence/ engage in advocacy
  • Experience in addressing development issues in the region (Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and the Middle East)

Senior Business Development Coordinator (Re-Advertisement)

ABOUT THE ROLE

  • Working under the overall direction of the Business Development Manager the Senior Business Development Coordinator (SBDC) will play a critical role in the development and realization of an ambitious business development country strategy. The role will support the BDM in market research, identification of emerging trends as well as coordinating specific end to end bid development, which may include but not be limited to synthesis of the opportunity, partner identification and managing of assigned proposal development teams and with a view to leading collaborative teams that promote winning proposals. Under the direction of the BDM, the incumbent will support the identification of new business development and identify new funding opportunities and ensure appropriate tracking of such bids in line with Plan International Kenya systems and standards and oversight for business development end to end business processes for bids as assigned.
  • The position requires the incumbent to have strong experience in partnership building as well as private sector engagement, undertake a wide range of assignments that compete for time and resources, think strategically and drive innovations as needed. The role involves a high degree of problem solving for project contexts and works with project teams to design to deliver results. The position requires an individual with the capability to work with a diverse range of individuals of different cultural contexts. The post holder will demonstrate the ability to problem solve, thinking strategically while introducing innovations as needed to meet the demands of a dynamic and sometimes unpredictable operating environment.

ACCOUNTABILITIES AND MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

Support in the development of opportunities such as proposals, concepts to donors (including institutional, corporate, multilateral, and, foundations, etc.) (40%)

  • Prepare and develop concept notes and other proposal write ups including proposals;
  • Monitor, document and highlight new business development to ensure that Plan Kenya is abreast of new opportunities in line with Plan Kenya’s strategic focus;
  • Support the effective tracking of opportunities on Plan Kenya corporate business development pipeline tracking tool on Plan’s Grant Management Tracking portal whilst ensuring accurate information on databases

Representation, Partnerships Engagement and Networking (10%)

  • Lead in strategic repositioning and build strategic partnerships for new resource mobilization and program development
  • Build a network of professional business contacts within Plan’s industry including negotiating partnership teaming arrangements, related budgets and other institutional arrangements with partners;
  • As delegated and under the direction of the Head of Business Development and Partnerships, represent Plan Kenya to donors and partners in line with the an agreed upon Country office response plan;
  • Attend forums and meetings (including Skype calls) with/or on behalf of the Head of Business Development and Partnerships to represent Plan that will advance its interests to improve its resource base;
  • Support to mobilize and setup network meetings between Plan Kenya, its partners, donors and other interested parties.

Project start-up and Contracting (10%)

  • Develop Fund Agreement Documents and monitor to ensure contracting is finalized between National Offices (NOs) and Plan Kenya;
  • Act as a liaison between Grants Department and Business Development Department to ensure there is a harmonized coordination between the departments especially during proposal development (including developing proposal budgets), contracting and hand over of contracted projects to the Program leadership and project staff;
  • As part of hand over processes, support in setting up new project start up workshops with the program team and designated project staff and other Plan International key staff.

Support a high performing team and ensure all relevant departments have the necessary knowledge and skills to acquire and implement sustainable grant funding (20%)

  • Identify staff training needs and Work together with the Head of Business Development to identify and coach Plan Kenya staff on grants acquisition to ensure there is a steady pool of staff to support the department in its fundraising efforts.
  • Participate in regular team meetings and contribute to the overall smooth operation of the department.
  • Support in the development of training materials for staff on Business Development and mentor staff in proposal development as needed;
  • Take an active role to develop and keep up to date on trends, issues, and solutions pertaining to Plan’s Areas of Distinctiveness

Support the roll out of YODA and its integration with business development processes (10%)

  • Perform YODA specific functions which include but are not limited to; creation of projects and grants in D365; tracking and updating the funding gap in D365, generating grant reports and supporting the D365-PMERL integration for projects and grants.
  • Any other responsibilities that may emerge after full rollover to YODA

Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) (5%)

  • 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;
  • Leads the orientation of programme staff to ensure that they 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 project design, during implementation and as principles applied in day-to-day work of Programme team;
  • Ensures that Plan Kenya contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted.

Other duties (5%)

  • Any other duties as assigned by the line manager but not limited to;

LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES

  • Courageous, taking a lead, challenging myself and others to achieve purpose, safeguard others and role model values, inside and outside work. Responsible for my work and learning, striving to improve. Self-aware, resilient and constructive in embracing change. Striving to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. Challenging myself to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative;
  • Understand and adhere to the policies, processes, practices and standards relevant to own work and keeps their knowledge and skills up to date;
  • Collaborating with team members, colleagues and partners in finding creative solutions to problems by sharing information, experience and ideas and actively seeking their input.
  • Respecting all people, appreciating differences and challenging inequality in programmes and the workplace. Supporting children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. Empowering other staff to give their best and develop their potential;
  • Achieves desired outcomes and finds innovative solutions by using the expertise and creativity of others and adopting a coaching approach with the people they manage or advise;
  • Creates space for reflection and uses external evidence and internal evaluation to identify what and how we need to improve and then to support others through change;
  • Understanding Plan International’s purpose, priorities, values and approaches in our work context. Adhering to relevant policies, processes, practices and standards, and being pro-active in continuing technical and professional development.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COMPETENCIES

  • Manages legal and reputational risk including risk assessment, communication, risk management and reporting in full compliance with risk-related standards, including in areas such as Child and Youth Safeguarding and Protection, Gender equality and inclusion, Counter Fraud, Safety and Security
  • Managing activities and resources including skills in strategic thinking, planning and organising, financial planning and monitoring, negotiation and programme and project management
  • Managing people and information including skills in assessment and coaching, evidence-based management, communication skills, both speaking and writing, and digital working, including personal digital skills
  • Managing resources and delivery: -Knows the resources required for their role. Manages their own workload, avoiding under or overcommitting to delivery activities; -Works according to a budget and uses the relevant financial systems.; -Works according to principles of data protection; -Understands how information is used for reporting and decisions making; – Seeks to continually improve personal working practices.
  • Programme and project management: -Aware of the programmes that Plan International delivers directly and through partner organisations. -Aware of the programme and project management procedures relevant to their role.; -Complies with financial procedures and controls relevant to their role; -Seeks opportunities to reflect on and learn from all work.
  • Digital working: Identifies ways to use digital to improve the effectiveness of work activities. Understands how digital enablers can contribute to achieving Plan International’s purpose. Utilises the digital tools available in line with privacy and safeguarding guidelines.
  • Evidence-based management: Understands the importance of high-quality data and the implications of poor data. Understands what data Plan International needs to inform decision-making. Interprets a range of sources to inform evidence-based decisions relevant to their role.

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

Qualifications/ experience essential:

  • Bachelor’s degree equivalent practical experience, in interdisciplinary areas within human rights, international development and program leadership;
  • 7 years of demonstrable and relevant experience in managing multilateral and bilateral donor funded grants/contracts and other fund sources;
  • 3 Years in a leadership/managerial role
  • Experience in private sector engagement will be an added advantage;
  • Proven experience in proposal writing, concept development, and business cases;
  • Understanding of multiple donor policies and procedures particularly ECHO, OFDA, Global Affairs Canada, SIDA, DFID, USAID, EC and UN Agencies;
  • Proven ability to develop, drive and support end to end business development processes;
  • Proven results-based client/donor relationship management;
  • Good understanding of gender equality programs and meaningful child participation;
  • Knowledge of development challenges and contexts in Kenya, in particular in child rights, girl’s rights and child protection;
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and supportively without the need for close supervision;
  • Proficient computer skills and use of relevant desktop applications and internal systems.

Languages required

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Qualifications/ experience desirable:

  • Master’s degree in relevant discipline – Development Studies, Communication Studies, Business Administration, Marketing, Gender Studies, etc.
  • Knowledge of key programme areas such as child protection, livelihood and economic empowerment.
  • Knowledge of development and humanitarian issues affecting girls, adolescent girls and women is preferred.
  • Ability to influence without power

Business Development Manager (Re-Advertisement)

ABOUT THE ROLE

  • Plan Kenya’s redefined strategy represents a strategic shift in focus; the Business Development Manager leads in ensuring optimal resourcing of the strategy and is responsible for identifying multiple and diverse sources of funding locally and internationally. As a member of the Plan Kenya extended Country Management Team, the Business Development Manager will help formulate, review and revise country business plans, as well as organisational strategies and priorities. S/he leads in the development of new business opportunities in order to generate resources for programme development. S/he will develop and/or review and steward the implementation of the Resource Mobilisation Strategy and ensure PIK’s strategic positioning with Plan International National Offices, partners and donors and maximise opportunities in line with the country strategy. S/he will represent Plan International Kenya at relevant forums and networks whenever appropriate as well and collaborate with colleagues to foster innovation and new product development for resourcing. The position holder will stay abreast of international development policies and best practices with particular attention to issues pertaining to climate change, gender equality, children and young people. S/he will work closely with the Director of Program Design and Business Development in identifying, nurturing and strengthening strategic partnerships with donors so as to advance our purpose in Kenya through resourcing of our Country Strategy.

ACCOUNTABILITIES AND MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

Strategic Leadership (15%)

  • Provide leadership in the design and implementation of the Resource Mobilisation strategy and drive the delivery of related key performance indicators;
  • Provide overall strategic Business Development oversight in aligning Plan Kenya’s Grants Funding Portfolio with programmes based on the Global Strategy and Plan Kenya’s five-year strategy (FY2022-FY2026);
  • Develop briefings to the Country Director and/or Country leadership team on potential business opportunities and with a view to making informed decisions on “go: no go” and briefings on resource mobilisation efforts;
  • Lead the review and implementation of the Business Development strategy, with a strong focus on funding diversification and priorities in line with the Country Strategy through regular and clear engagements with relevant parties;

Strategic Engagement and Prepositioning with in-country Private Sector Companies, Corporate & Philanthropic Foundations for purposes of Resource Mobilisation (20%)

  • Lead the phased roll out of the Local Fundraising Strategy with a priority focus on Corporates and Corporate Foundations.
  • Develop, in collaboration with the Technical Leads business cases and funding propositions to private sector
  • Engage selected private sector companies for relationship building and BD pursuits and target to have engagement MoUs with at least 3 for FY25
  • Support the Director of Program Design and Business Development and the team in strategic partnerships engagement targeted at prepositioning PIK as a GO-TO Agency for the Private Sector in Girl child and youth focused programming (Child Protection, Health -SRHR, Resilience and Youth Employability & Entrepreneurship).
  • Manage end-to – end business development processes (mapping, pitching ideas, bid development and project start up) for Private Sector Companies, Major Donors, Corporate and Philanthropic and other non-institutional funders.

Delivering a Healthy Funding Pipeline (20%)

  • Explore and diversify new business opportunities from institutional donors, corporates, and non-institutional donors by conducting donor analysis needed for business plan and contribute to Plan Kenya’s growth in line with the Country strategic plan;
  • Develop, review and regularly update Plan Kenya’s institutional donor opportunities and non-institutional donors mapping by theme, geographical coverage and priorities;
  • Work closely with relevant staff members in in the field and engage with the donors to further explore and negotiate on grants funding opportunities;
  • Lead the Country office in making informed decisions on ‘go’ or ‘no-go’ for emerging funding opportunities, as part of PIK Bid Pursuit and Capture Processes;
  • Drive the diversification of PIK’s funding portfolio whilst ensuring alignment with PIK’s five-year strategy.
  • Create and sustain relationships building and engagement all mapped NOs for entry into their markets for Mission Driven Private Sector Engagement supported by Products, Business Cases, Ideation and Co-creation mechanisms
  • Provide strategic blueprint for the development and implementation of partnerships with potential donors
  • Engage in and lead high-level representational role with the government, donors, partners and other stakeholders for overall organizational growth and sustainability;
  • Develop and maintain high quality working relationships with donors and counterparts from different parts of Plan and its partner organizations;

Bid Development (20%)

  • Play a coordinating role for the design of the Expression of Interests, concept notes and/or proposals as necessary, based on agreed actions with key stakeholders, including Plan Kenya Country Management Team, donors, Plan National offices,
  • Collaborate and participate in new programme development initiatives in collaboration with the Program development directorate and support readiness for market;
  • Provide strategic leadership to Senior Business Development Coordinators in development of concept notes and some full proposals based on capabilities and agreed actions and increase conversion rates through adoption of smart techniques that assure quality, strategic partnerships, positioning, etc.;
  • Lead in the development, writing and packaging of successful grant applications in different stages of grants development process, as necessary;
  • Ensure the implementation of relevant business development business processes to ensure streamlined bid development processes, including identifying related process gaps and mitigating accordingly;
  • Contribute to institutional learning by thoroughly documenting and sharing practices and sharing fitting practices on bid management, including leading on learnings from bids won and/or lost;

Capability Building and People Management (5%)

  • Provide overall vision, direction and coaching to the Business Development Team and enable collaboration, coordination, planning, prioritization;
  • Ensure the Business Development team is operating as a high-performing team and have clear accountability lines and Business processes;
  • Conduct performance management processes of direct reports on a continuous basis;
  • Model our value-based leadership framework underpinned by our feminist leadership principles;
  • In collaboration with other members of CMT and Technical team develop and implement initiatives/programs that enhance internal capacity to generate new business at both country office and field level.

Financial Responsibility (5%)

  • Contribute to the coordination in the BD departmental budget preparation, consolidation, analysis and timely submission
  • Actively participate in new grants inception/launch and closeout workshops/meetings.
  • Provide support for timely project expenditures that are aligned to the budget (within permissible variance limits) and participate in budget reforecasting and reallocation exercises as required.

Supporting YODA roll out (5%)

  • Actively participate in and support the roll out of YODA
  • Exercise oversight over YODA specific functions which include but are not limited to; creation of projects and grants in D365; tracking the funding gap in D365, generating grant reports and supporting the D365-PMERL integration for projects and grants.
  • Any other responsibilities that may emerge after full rollover to YODA

Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) 5%

  • 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.
  • Leads the orientation of programme staff to ensure that they 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 project design, during implementation and as principles applied in day-to-day work of Programme Strategy, development and Innovation department;
  • Ensures that Plan Kenya contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted.

Other duties (5%)

  • Any other duties as assigned by the line manager

LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES

  • Courageous, taking a lead, challenging self and others to achieve purpose, safeguard others and role model values, inside and outside work. Responsible for my work and learning, striving to improve. Self-aware, resilient and constructive in embracing change. Striving to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. Challenging myself to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative;
  • Creating a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation by being open, honest and transparent. Holding myself and others to account for decisions and impact on others. Doing what I say I will do. Working effectively with others, inside and outside the organisation, including sponsors and donors. Actively supporting colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. Coming together with others to create and implement solutions in teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners;
  • Respecting all people, appreciating differences and challenging inequality in programmes and the workplace. Supporting children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. Empowering other staff to give their best and develop their potential;
  • Understanding Plan International’s purpose, priorities, values and approaches in our work context. Adhering to relevant policies, processes, practices and standards, and being pro-active in continuing technical and professional development.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COMPETENCIES

  • Understands relevant sectoral context including how the sector operates in terms of funding and governance and awareness of Plan’s purpose, values, and global strategy.
  • Manages legal and reputational risk including risk assessment, communication, risk management and reporting in full compliance with risk-related standards, including in areas such as Child and Youth Safeguarding and Protection, Gender equality and inclusion, Counter Fraud, Safety and Security.
  • Managing activities and resources including skills in strategic thinking, planning and organising, financial planning and monitoring, negotiation and programme and project management.
  • Managing people and information including skills in assessment and coaching, evidence-based management, communication skills, both speaking and writing, and digital working, including personal digital skills.

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

Qualifications/ experience essential:

  • A Degree in International Relations, Development studies or similar relevant to the position;
  • 7 years of relevant experience especially in the INGO Sector with at least 3-5 in Business Development within the INGO or the Private sector;
  • 3 Years in a leadership/managerial role.
  • Demonstrated track record of proposal writing with a proven fundraising record;
  • Proven experience and ability to collaborate with different donors, governments and the private sector;
  • Demonstrable working experience in programme design and development; experience in Plan International’s areas of programming preferred;
  • Knowledge of developmental agendas in complex and protracted development and humanitarian landscape with pertinent pitch capabilities;
  • Experience in funding within this context would be an added advantage
  • Ability to communicate effectively and authoritatively on area of expertise, and influence others to reach common goals;
  • Experience in leading team, coaching and mentoring, especially managing a large team.
  • Demonstrable at influencing stakeholders and consensus building.

Languages required

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

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