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Burkina Faso: Head of Programming & Influencing

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Plan
Country: Burkina Faso
Closing date: 28 Jul 2017

Established in Burkina Faso since 1976, Plan International works to advance children's rights and equality for girls, especially those who are excluded or marginalized through the implementation of development programs and projects that offer lasting benefits in collaboration with the communities in which these children live.

The latest Country Strategy (CS) for Burkina for the period 2016 – 2020 is under revision to align with the global strategy. The new country strategy aims at reaching out 6 000 000 children through advocacy and influencing actions with authorities and strategic partners. It has a country annual budget of over 13 million Euros, a team of 100 full time staff, a caseload of about 41,300 enrolled children and a large grants portfolio from bilateral and multilateral donors.

In this context, Plan International Burkina Faso is looking for highly qualified candidates for the position of Head Programming & InfluencingThe Head of Programming & Influencing leads the country programme team and the development and implementation of strategies to deliver quality programmes to children and communities using Plan’s Child Centred Community Development (CCCD) Approach. S/he supports the Country Management Team to strengthen programme quality, mobilise resources and to provide opportunities for partnering, networking, learning and knowledge management.

The Head of Programming & Influencing is managed directly by the Country Director and may at times be required to take on the responsibilities of the Country Director (CD) position in his/her absence.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Strategic planning and delivery of programmes : Review update and monitor the Country Strategy
  • Influencing: Develop and implement an influencing and advocacy strategy to support partners in driving changes in policies, norms, behaviors, and practices to eliminate gender inequality, discrimination and gender based violence (GBV)
  • Working with Youth: Develop strategies and mechanisms to support youth groups and movements to implement projects, carry out influencing activities and campaigns and lead change
  • Resources Mobilization: Ensure relevant grants acquisition and quality grant management are in place to support the delivery of the Country Strategy
  • Team management: Ensure the Programme Department is a high performing team supporting quality interventions
  • Communications: Ensure Plan International Burkina’s communication/influencing portfolio is in line with the Global Comms Strategy “***100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive***” and effectively supports resource mobilisation, media requests and programme learning.
  • Working in partnerships: Develop and implement effective partnership strategy

Candidate’s profile:

  • Master Degree (level II) in International development, social sciences or any other relevant field of studies,
  • In-depth knowledge of child-rights programming at least 10 years’ experience in related field,
  • Sound understanding of integrated development issues and critical analysis of child poverty
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of the complexities of working in conflict and fragile situations and how to effectively deliver commitments while minimizing security risks
  • Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development
  • Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning processes
  • Knowledge of effective participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Research systems and processes

  • Fluency in French and good working knowledge of English

How to apply:

Interested candidates are requested to send their application at (Specify the job applied for in the subject of your email) Send an application letter and a comprehensive CV (in English)