Programme Area Manager (PAM) NGO Jobs – Plan International

Job Title:        Programme
Area Manager (PAM)
Organisation: Plan
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to: Head
of Operations   
About US:
Plan International
was founded over 75 years ago and is one of the oldest and largest children’s
development organizations (non-profit / INGOs) in the world. We work in 50
developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child
rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plans vision is of a world
in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect
people’s rights and dignity. Plan is independent, with no religious, political
or governmental affiliations.
Job Summary:  The Programme Area Manager (PAM) will lead and
manage programme location unit staff in planning, implementing and monitoring
programme interventions to high quality, and manage the teams to ensure they
perform highly and achieve organisational goals. The Programme Area Manager is
in charge of providing strategic leadership in the overall implementation of
the Country programmes at the regional/district level through the approaches
which are aligned with organisational priorities. Donor compliance across all
grants is also key. She/he is responsible in ensuring that all targets are met
by staff across all key management areas of operation, programme, sponsorship,
human resource and finance. She/he works in partnership with local authorities
at the district /regional level and with Country office team. Overall, she/he
is the representative of the Country Director at the regional/district level
and will ensure Plan’s visibility and participation within the programme area
by facilitating appropriate collaboration, networks and partnerships. The post
holder is responsible for coaching, managing performance and creating enabling
environment where staffs are able to carry out their duties effectively and all
accountabilities of a programme area are satisfactorily met.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Strategic Planning,
Development and Implementation
  • Provide overall guidance and support to the region in development of
    regional Annual Operational Plans, Programme/Project plans and budgets,
    and their implementation.
  • Lead the PIA to deliver high quality programme through implementing
    projects in a timely manner and to high quality, reflecting CCCD
    standards, Gender analysis, Child protection as well as other
    organisational priorities.
  • Monitor and guide regional programmes in the implementation of
    designs/AOPs, DME processes, budgets and audit recommendations.
  • Map out funding gaps and support preparation and/or review of key
    funding proposals before they are submitted to the potential support
    offices and donors.
  • Lead the development and review of the annual operation plans and
    budgets of projects and programmes, in line with global, regional and
    national guidelines.
  • Support and monitor implementation of projects/programmes and ensure
    programmes/projects are being managed and implemented in a manner that
    will result in achievement of goals within set time frame and allocated
  • Ensure scheduled design, monitoring and evaluation processes
    (assessments, designs, baseline surveys, evaluations, and transformational
    indicators measurement) are conducted and reports completed and approved.
  • Integration of Child Protection in Programmes, projects, sponsorship
    operations and other interventions,
  • Provide leadership to staff and communities in planning for and
    responding to emergencies and disasters, including having in place a PIA
    level Disaster Preparedness Plans.
  • Disseminate and support implementation of partnership and NO
    strategies, guidelines, initiatives and policies in the region.
  • Develop regional human resource development plan, and manage staff
    development/growth in order to build a cadre of high performing staff and
    regional teams.
  • Support rolling out of partnership and national level initiatives in
    sponsorship, DME, and adaptation of policies/guidelines.
People Management
  • Staff capacity is built and their performance monitored through
    coaching, development plans and identification of talent for grooming as
    potential successors
  • Identify skill gaps and suggest to HRM/CLT for capacity building
  • Enhance team performance through sharing learning across PIAs
  • Deal with unsatisfactory performance proactively, alerting
    supervisor of any poor performance which requires escalation
  • Prepare clear staff Individual Accountability Plans & KPIs as
    per relevant job requirement
  • Leading in building a motivated and high performing team which
    strives for success.
Networking and
  • Build strategic partnerships, networks, coalitions and alliances at
    the regional level and link it with national level strategic engagements.
  • Spearhead, coordinate and promote regional level advocacy, lobbying
    and influencing initiatives.
  • Work with the MER department to document lessons and learnings from
    the regional programs and link with national level advocacy initiatives
Management of
Operations and Standards
  • Ensure that costs from grants are effectively recovered and all
    related costs under grants are charged in appropriate account lines.
  • Track Programme Area budget to ensure efficiency, timely and quality
    program investment, including full expenditure to 100% at the end of the
    FY with well planned spending throughout the year.
  • Ensure existence and compliance of controls for risk reduction and
    management and that the PA risk database is up-to-date.
  • Deliver cost effective programs and adhere to internal control
    systems as per operational manual and local policies.
  • Ensure PIA assets are used and managed appropriately.
  • Work on the Audit Action List as per the internal and external
    audits reports and suggestions share monthly progress to Director of
  • Fleet Management: Review the vehicle weekly/monthly reports, logbook-,
    trip-, and fuel records, monitors utilization, maintenance and fuel
    consumption and carry out monthly fuel and maintenance spend analysis

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the Plan International Programme Area Manager
    (PAM) job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any development
    related field (social sciences, development studies, management,
    education, agriculture or public health). Master’s degree is an added
  • Five years of working experience in a similar role with a good
    awareness of current issues in the field of development
  • Significant understanding of project/programme design,
    implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Understand development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities
    and implication to community (child) development.
  • Knowledge of development issue especially those impacting child
    rights realisation
  • Knowledge on child right programming.
  • Experience on project management cycle especially on the
    participatory approach
  • Knowledge on people, Budget, grants and financial management
  • Excellent people manager with good team-building skills and proven
    record of managing and developing teams of professionals, including those
    in dispersed/distant locations.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Organisation and time management skills in order to manage
    priorities within own workload, identify deadlines and cope with
    conflicting demands.
  • Experience in networking with children experiencing poverty and
    their families, local and international NGOs, local government partners,
    and local community-based organisations.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified candidates should send their letters of application, together with
updated CVs, contact telephone numbers, copies of relevant certificates, names
and contact details of three references plus salary history and send to:
The Country Human
Resources and Organizational Development Manager,
Plan Uganda
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