Senior Project Manager

Plan International, Amman, Jordan
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The Organization

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian 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 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

Plan International Jordan is established in 2016 and has programmes in Azraq refugee camp and host communities

The Opportunity:

Plan International in Jordan is contracted by EU to implement a 30 months’ project called “Mubaderoon” (Enterprises) for social change: Strengthening social enterprise initiatives to combat poverty and exclusion in Jordan . The action is designed with a strong focus on strengthening existing Social Enterprises and Social Entrepreneurial Initiatives as well as social entrepreneurship support structures. Growth and acceleration of existing high potential SEs and SEIs (SO1) is a precondition to contribute to tangible socio-economic improvements for the most marginalised groups, most notably formal job creation, social innovation and social impact and for strengthening the national SE ecosystem (SO2) in the long run.

The Consortium: the ‘Mubaderoon’ project is implemented by an international consortium, formally led by Plan International Netherlands and further consisting of: Ruwwad (Jordan), Alfanar (UK) and EURICSE (Italy).

Responsibilities include:

*The Senior Project Manager will be based in Amman with frequent travel to project locations inside Jordan; He/ She will lead and oversee project implementation, assure the quality of programming and ensure adequate coordination of the Plan implementation team as well as overall coordination and planning with all project’s stakeholders.*

Coordination and Communication:

  • Leads overall coordination, involving all partners in the consortium to ensure adequate implementation of the project;
  • Coordinates with other Plan International sectors to ensure implementation of standardized and quality activities.
  • Supports the project’s Board of Directors in taking strategic decisions and representing the consortium at the highest level.
  • Chairs the project’s Steering Committee, that incorporates program experts and operational management focal points of each partner, is responsible for annual planning, coherence and synergy.

  • Works in close collaboration and consultation with available government structures, non-government actors, cluster system and community representatives.

  • Coordinate with other departments (program and support) as necessary

  • Represents Plan, and the other members of the consortium (if needed), in platforms and meetings held at community and national level.

  • Develops a network to facilitate the project acceptance and stake holder’s contribution and ownership

  • Provides compiled reports to the Country representative and national office, including relevant context update and amylases
  • Maintain positive and productive relationships with partners and support to complete their responsibilities in compliance with donor rules and regulations
  • Work closely with other departments to elaborate and harmonize tools, SOP, guidelines and conceptual frameworks to guide the implementation
  • Undertake all other duties that may be determined by the line manager and head of Mission and that are compatible with the job.

Project Implementation:

  • Develop, implement, oversees and monitors the social enterprise project, in accordance with the objectives, activities and targets outlined within the proposal and in line with project’s budget.
  • Manage budget and monitor expenses for the project.
  • Forecasts and follows up on expenditures related to the project and participates in budget revision exercises.
  • Field monitoring visits to Plan’s and partners’ activities.
  • Submit periodic internal project activity updates (activity and budget follow up) to Plan Netherlands
  • Identifies logistic and admin support needs related to the project and communicates these to the programs manager and relevant log/admin support person.
  • Lead the work planning process with partners and coordinate between partners to ensure complementary activities and sequencing among activities and between projects
  • Frequently revise the work plan ensuring proper sequencing of activities and timelines match donor and other project commitments
  • Develop and manage an indicator tracking tool for the project
  • Managing the technical leads of all partners, ensuring that the activities are synergized, organized and managed optimally while at the same time operated in compliance with donor requirements and relevant guidelines
  • Managing Plan’s partnership expert and technical expert related to the project.

Technical capacity building

  • In collaboration with the Social Enterprise Specialist and with technical team at national office, participates in designing strategies and objectives for improved support to beneficiaries and contribute actively in its monitoring, evaluation and revision.
  • Ensure quality technical inputs into the design and delivery of the program activities including field implementation.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:


  • Knowledge of business and income generating activities in the context of Jordan with clear understanding of related legal and policies frameworks.
  • Previous experience in team leading and implementing through partners’ projects.
  • Experience in livelihoods development in humanitarian or refugee settings, community-based and social enterprise and community participation required.
  • Experience in budget management –2 million and above.
  • Experience of working with partners.
  • Experience in working with donors including: EU, MADAD, ECHO.


  • Ability to communicate and maintain appropriate and productive relations with a range of actors, including children, parents, local and national authorities.
  • Flexible work attitude and ability to work independently within a small team.
  • Excellent knowledge of Arabic and English.


  • Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in project management in sectors of youth livelihood, youth social enterprise or youth economic empowerment.
  • University degree the field of Social Work, Business, Social Sciences or another related field.

Behaviours (Plan International’s Values in Practice)

We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people.

    We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.

  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.

  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.

  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

    We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.

  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.

  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.

  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

    We are inclusive and empowering

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.

  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.

  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.

    Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

Type of Role: One year contract

Location: Plan's office in Jordan - Amman

Reports to: Programs Manager

Closing Date: 18th of April 2019

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

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Child Protection Policy.

As an international child centered community development organization, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realization 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 organization, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.