AGIP Project Manager
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The Strategy & Collaboration (S&C) Department is responsible for Plan International’s strategy, UN Liaison, communications, partnerships, Innovation, Digital and new ventures, leading and supporting the organisation to increase its influence and impact. Within S&C, the Partnerships Team (PT) is the unit responsible for leading and supporting the cultivation, building and nurturing of strategic relationships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders including private sector, foundations & trusts, the United Nations, international financing institutions, multi-stakeholder coalitions, civil society organisations (CSOs) and academia.
As part of our global strategy to transform the lives of 100 million girls, Plan International hosts and co-chairs the development of a new innovative multi-stakeholder coalition for adolescent girls. The organisation seeks a Project Manager to join the Partnerships Team to lead the development and scale-up the design and implementation of the Adolescent Girls Investment Plan (AGIP) and its related projects. AGIP is a growing alliance of 11+ partner organisations (including civil society, youth, academia, foundations and others) working to push for prioritised and evidence-informed investments in adolescent girls by governments and donors, at all levels. The Adolescent Girls Investment Plan will act as a bridge between evidence on ‘what works’ for girls and budgeting and policy making leading to real change for girls in a number of selected countries.
We are looking for an individual with strong strategic project & partnership management experience (preferably in research, programming, and partnerships for gender, girls rights and youth engagement fields) to lead the second phase of development for the AGIP, managing the development of the multi-stakeholder partnership including: high level stakeholder engagement, research outputs, an advocacy and resourcing strategy, youth engagement and national level engagement.
Dimensions of the Role
This role will provide critical project leadership, management, and oversight to advance the Adolescent Girls Investment Plan. Working cross organisationally and with multiple external partners at CEO and senior technical level, this role will be leading technical meetings and shaping board agendas for the AGIP, collaboratively leading and developing the AGIP strategy and roadmap, project plans and resourcing strategies, and ensuring key project milestones are met during the second phase of the project.
You will also be responsible for leading on AGIP Project outputs and managing the development and delivery of an annual project plan in collaboration with partners as well as maximising engagement for AGIP at key global and/or regional events, and managing business development efforts for AGIP.
To succeed, you will enjoy working in a fast-paced team environment, have strong strategic project leadership, research and communication skills and a proven ability to work proactively, autonomously and maintain effective relationships with multiple external stakeholders at the highest level. The postholder will be working across at least 11 organisational structures, working with people in different time zones and diverse organizational cultures. He or she must be able to plan and communicate clearly and efficiently with senior leaders of all partner organisations , ensure that tasks are delivered on time, manage multiple demands, initiate activities, and be personally committed to the goals of AGIP and the principles and approach of the supporting organisations.
The postholder will be an experienced professional able to play a central role in establishing momentum; creating accountability for delivery; identifying opportunities for partnership and innovation; and anticipating and solving problems.
You will work with the Board which comprises of CEOs of all partner organisations to determine allocation of AGIP resources to key activities and monitor and manage budget expenditure against agreed project deliverables and you will be required to work independently in leading agreed AGIP activities.
You will also be responsible for matrix line management of the AGIP Youth Officer in collaboration with the host partners. Management of consultants on an adhoc basis.
High Level Relationship Management
- Lead on establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with the CEOs of each of the partner organisations as well as senior technical colleagues and experts.
- Network and represent AGIP in external networks and forums, where relevant, including Generation Equality spaces
- Lead the delivery of a membership call and drive to diversify the membership of AGIP brokering new strategic relationships for AGIP
- Promote shared and peer to peer learning and capacity sharing within AGIP. This may include but not limited to convening community of practice meetings with key partners, managing virtual networks to collate and synthesize evidence and other capacity sharing strategies.
Strategic Project Management
- Lead the AGIP Project Plan and a project tracker with key milestones, dependencies and outcomes to support the successful delivery of Phase 2 of the AGIP
- Work independently to oversee and lead on preparations for all AGIP Technical Working Group meetings and Board meetings in consultation with the board and partner staff.
- Work with the AGIP Research Associate based at the Population Council (New York) to manage the development, publication and dissemination of landscaping reports for the partnership
- Lead the development of a monitoring and evaluation plan for AGIP with a strong accountability with and for AGIP partners, collaborators and donors
- Convene and lead cross-organisational project meetings and workshops to support the AGIP
- Maximise partner engagement and strengthen the AGIP’s positioning at global events, networks and forums by project managing and owning side events, workshops and meetings
- Lead the identification and scoping of existing adolescent girls’ programmes of relevance implemented by Plan International and other AGIP partners to support the strategic direction for AGIP’s evidence and advocacy priorities
- Co - Lead the delivery of a youth engagement plan for the AGIP working independently with partners to ensure strong consultation and engagement of adolescent girls in the AGIP – including matrix management of the Youth Coordinator
- Author reports, partnership reviews and briefing materials for the board and senior leadership
Strategy Development and Resourcing
- Undertake horizon scanning to identify relevant partners, global alliances, coalitions and multi-sectoral initiatives with whom the AGIP should connect including the Coalition for Adolescent Girls.
- Lead on AGIPs resourcing strategy working with partners to identify and secure longer-term resourcing for AGIPs work - developing funding proposals and concept notes with member organisations.
The post holder will regularly engage with senior staff across Plan International Headquarters (the ‘Global Hub’), including within the S&C, Programmes, Advocacy, technical networks and the CEO’s Office. Across the wider organisation, the post holder will be expected to build effective relationships with staff in National, Regional, Country and Liaison Offices.
Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
- Knowledge of Civil Society & research organisations is an advantage
- Experience of working in multicultural environments, participation in networks and coalitions, and working effectively in non-hierarchical setting
- Knowledge of Research, Advocacy, Policy and/or Fundraising
- Knowledge of current issues and trends in international development and the Girls’ Rights space
- A high level of written and spoken communication skills – including persuasive writing and editing skills and ability to facilitate appropriate information flow amongst members
- Strong research, organisational abilities and presentation skills
- Ability to work independently to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines
- Effective relationship management and communications, within a complex international environment
- Extensive project management experience in a complex organizational setting
- Experience of convening networks and/or working groups desirable
- Understanding of multi stakeholder funding processes, and an ability to manage them and transparently report on them (in cooperation with finance experts from member organisations if required)
- Excellent collaboration and interpersonal skills
- Capacity to independently manage complexity and demanding workloads, prioritise tasks, work independently and to deadlines
- Ability to build and manage relationships with a wide range of high-level stakeholders
- A team player; open, able and willing to work collaboratively as part of a team deliver on shared objectives
PLAN INTERNATIONAL’S VALUES IN PRACTICE
We are open and accountable
We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation by being open, honest and transparent. We hold ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others, while doing what we say we will do.
We strive for lasting impact
We strive to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative.
We work well together
We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organisation, including our sponsors and donors. We actively support our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners.
We are inclusive and empowering
We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge inequality in our programmes and our workplace. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.
Location: Flexible location, in most locations where Plan International has a legal entity and you have the pre-existing right to live and work. Our preference is for the person to the based in one of our programme offices, closest to the point of impact.
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