Plan International Job Vacancy: Programme Development Specialist - Helsinki, Finland

Plan International Finland is an independent civil society organization working for child rights in developing countries and around the wo... thumbnail 1 summary
Plan International Finland is an independent civil society organization working for child rights in developing countries and around the world. We connect committed people with powerful ideas in order to find solutions and trigger change that makes a real difference for children, especially girls. For over 79 years, we have supported girls and boys and their communities around the world to claim their rights, free themselves of poverty and live positive fulfilling lives.

Plan has no religious or political affiliations.


Plan International Finland is seeking a professional with strong expertise in design of development programmes, to lead the growth and strengthening of Plan’s programme portfolio. The focus will be on mobilising resources from institutional donors through innovative programming that brings lasting change in the lives of children and young people.

Your responsibilities will include:
  • Analyse trends in development funding and identify new funding opportunities from various multilateral donors such as the EU and development banks;
  • Engage in identification and design of new grant-funded projects in our partner countries, and strengthen the capacity of country offices on proposal development;
  • Lead proposal development from inception to contracting with support from the programme team in Helsinki and in country offices;
  • Together with the team, shape the direction of Plan’s programming through innovative and high-quality projects;
  • Establish and maintain relations with key donors;
  • Provide support to programme staff on donor compliance and contract management;
  • Ensure consistent learning and strengthen Plan Finland’s grant management process.
Your qualifications:   
  • A degree from an appropriate field (e.g. social sciences, economics);
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience (past experience from developing countries is an advantage);
  • Demonstrable evidence of successful NGO grants acquisition from EU and other multilateral donors (please specify where, when, amount of funding raised);
  • Good understanding of the current trends in aid funding and an ability for strategic thinking;
  • Fluency in English; strong writing skills – other languages incl. Finnish are an asset;
  • Readiness to travel up to 6-8 weeks a year, sometimes at short notice
  • Work well under pressure / against tight deadlines;
  • Strong team-working and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Expertise in child rights, gender equality, and a passion for development.
We offer:
  • An opportunity to work in an exciting, future-oriented role in one of world’s largest development NGOs, in a position that truly brings lasting change to the lives of boys and girls;
  • A competitive salary (and for posts in Finland, standard non-cash benefits);
  • A flexible, result-oriented professional culture that places much value on employees’ wellbeing at work;
  • A chance to work as part of a fun, talented, multicultural team.
This is a re-advertisement of the same position advertised in March. The Programme Development Specialist will work in the Programme Team of Plan International Finland. The location of the position is flexible, and can be based either in Helsinki or in any of the countries where Plan International has a presence within East, Central and Southern Africa (other locations are subject to negotiation). This will be a local contract and suitable candidates need to have a work permit and a residency status in the country they reside in. 

Please submit a cover letter and resumé to by May 16, 2016. Interviews will be held on the week of May 23, 2016.  Only the candidates invited to interviews will be notified.

More information from Annukka von Kaufmann, Head of Programme Development; telephone enquiries +358 50 568 6638 on Monday 2 May at 1-2 pm (EET) or Tuesday 10 May 11-12 am (EET).
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