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Programme Manager – 18+ Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage in Southern Africa Plan International

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Organization Background

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian non-governmental organization 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 its 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 have been building powerful partnerships for children for 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries. Child protection is key in all that we do.

Working in Zambia since 1996, Plan International Zambia’s development and capacity building programmes focus primarily on Education, Health, Water and Sanitation, Economic Security and Youth Empowerment, including Child Protection and Participation. Plan International Zambia has Programme Areas (PAs) in; Central, Luapula, and Eastern Provinces including in Lusaka, where the Country Office is located

We are looking for experienced, vibrant and self-starters to fill the following positions;

Programme Manager – 18+ Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage in Southern Africa

Position Description

The 18+ Programme is currently being implemented in all regions (where Plan International works) with a long-term and sustainable vision that is well coordinated and provides space for shared learning. 18+ Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) in Southern Africa is part of this global umbrella. The primary scope for this position is the five countries within the Southern Africa sub region where Plan International works namely: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. These countries have the highest prevalence of Child Marriage in the Region of Eastern and Southern Africa.


  • Providing Monitoring & Evaluation guidance and support to participating countries.
  • Facilitating sharing, learning processes-including research and documentation of best practices.
  • Building strategic partnerships, alliances and social movements to influence policy and practice at Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), African Union, and global levels with the view of ending Child, Early, and Forced Marriage.
  • Implementation of a coherent sub-regional programme to address Child, Early, and Forced Marriage that is technically sound, well-documented, provides a robust basis for resource mobilisation and influencing, to drive a social movement for girls’ rights.
  • Ensuring that the 18+ sub-regional programme is funded by a range of donors and is operating smoothly at sub-regional level, allowing donors to remain engaged and supportive of the programme.
  • Active participation and engagement as part of the Girls 2030 Global team and a leading voice of the Global 18+ task force and related actions.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with the Regional, Country, and Global staff and partners (inside and outside the organisation) working on CEFM and related thematic areas.
  • Developing solid communication and influencing plans and reporting systems developed and conveyed to key stake holders.
  • Innovative programming and scaling up of good practices that have worked.

Educational Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences or relevant field.
  • 6 years of experience working on CEFM in a competitive INGO.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and/or girls’ rights issues and international development theory and practice, with specific wide-ranging knowledge on gender issues in Southern Africa, focusing on the impact of child marriage and related gender issues.
  • Experience in leading programme initiatives on gender equality (preferably with a focus on girls) in a large, global organisation. Knowledge of gender analysis programme frameworks and their application to child-rights and rights based approach to development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of donors with an interest in gender issues and/or the Southern Africa region including knowledge of donor requirements in relation to concept development, proposal writing and implementation planning.
  • Demonstrated experience in fulfilment of donor compliance measures (narrative and financial reporting).
  • Strategic thinker with experience working strategically with institutional partners, donors and INGOs
  • Proven skills in the development of successful proposals for large grants, particularly in gender related areas.
  • Proven experience of working effectively with dispersed team members and in a matrix management arrangement.
  • Strategic thinking and innovation.
  • Decision making and risk management: Influencing and Communication.


  • Excellent networking and partnership building skills.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Good communication, facilitation and report writing skills.
  • Strong team-building and motivational skills.
  • Strong negotiating, strategic thinking and influencing skills.

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To apply, kindly send through your application letter, copies of NRC, Qualifications and CV, indicating day time telephone and/or mobile contacts clearly stating the job title of interest to Kindly note that only candidates who meet the above specifications and competencies should apply and applications should reach the undersigned not later than 16th April, 2021, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

All Applications should be addressed to;

The Country Human Resource Manager

Plan International Zambia

Private Bag 518X

Plot 87A Kabulonga road


We provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organizational 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.

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