Program Manager - Equal Measures 2030

Plan International USA
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 6 September 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 7 August 2018

Job Description

Equal Measures 2030 is a global civil society and private sector-led partnership with the mission of fueling progress towards gender equality by making sure girls’ and women’s movements, advocates and decision makers have easy-to-use data and evidence to guide efforts to reach Global Goals by 2030 and leave no one behind.

Partners include Plan International, ONE Campaign, ARROW, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Data2X, Women Deliver, KPMG, International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), and The African Womens’ Development & Communication Network (FEMNET).

The Equal Measures 2030 partnership is hosted and administered by Plan International, an independent child rights and humanitarian organisation committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice.

Equal Measures 2030 is bringing a new program into its portfolio of data-driven advocacy on the SDGs. The Achieve SDG 5 initiative seeks to support grassroots advocates to influence government-led processes on the SDGs and ensure their needs and priorities are taken into account in SDG5 implementation strategies, policies, and programs. Strengthening advocates’ ability to use data and evidence effectively in their advocacy is also part of the approach, in line with the work Equal Measures 2030 does in its other six focus countries. The initiative is being piloted in Tanzania, with plans to replicate more widely.

To lead this exciting work, Equal Measures 2030 is seeking an experienced gender equality advocate and program manager with demonstrated skills in working with grassroots women’s organisations, supporting coalition activities, successfully delivering grant-funded advocacy work including managing timelines, as well as monitoring, evaluation and reporting. Belief in the power of data and evidence to strengthen advocacy and drive progress on gender equality is an asset.

Preferred location: The Plan International office in Washington, DC or Woking, UK. Other locations where Plan International has a presence will be considered.

Part-time and job-shares will be considered.

The role is contingent on funding. If confirmed, it is expected to continue until December 2019 with some possibility of extension.


Under the supervision of the Head of Policy and Advocacy, specific tasks include:

  • Lead the Achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 initiative for Equal Measures 2030, including delivering on the grant-funded program in Tanzania and supporting with resource mobilisation to scale up the work in other countries
  • Lead on all project deliverables for Equal Measures 2030, including developing project timelines (in close consultation with the coalition in Tanzania) and implementing monitoring and evaluation plans to track impact
  • Provide direct support to the SDG 5 coalition in Tanzania to help members develop effective advocacy to hold their governments accountable for achieving SDG 5 and increasing participation in policymaking processes related to SDG 5 and gender equality issues
  • Design and provide tools for coalition management and structures, including tools for M&E, advocacy, and SDG5 reporting
  • Work closely with EM2030 team members and partner organisations to connect the work of the SDG 5 coalition in Tanzania with broader regional and global influencing opportunities
  • Work closely with EM2030 team members to connect the SDG 5 coalition in Tanzania with tools and support on using data and evidence to strengthen advocacy towards the SDGs
  • Support on all donor reporting for the Initiative
  • Support on identifying and securing resource mobilisation opportunities to replicate the SDG 5 Initiative and related approaches in other countries
  • Identify communications opportunities to profile and amplify the work of the coalition and EM2030 more broadly, working closely with the EM2030 Head of Media and Communications
  • Provide related technical support and tools to EM2030 focus countries

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to international development and/or gender equality, with solid work experience in a directly relevant area of work within an NGO, UN agency, government department or other relevant institution (essential)
  • Experience of providing technical support to stakeholders in the global south, particularly in the field of policy and/or advocacy (essential)
  • Experience developing advocacy strategies in a national and/or international context using a variety of advocacy approaches (essential)
  • Experience of producing high quality tools and guidance to support effective policy and advocacy (essential)
  • Experience building positive relationships with partners and stakeholders in the Global South (essential)
  • Experience of managing projects and tracking implementation, including facilitating effective monitoring, evaluation and learning processes (essential)
  • Strong understanding of advocacy and influencing processes and approaches, particularly in the Global South (desirable)
  • Experience with monitoring, evaluation and learning of advocacy work (desirable)
  • Belief in the power of data and evidence to strengthen advocacy and drive progress on gender equality is an asset

About the Organization

Plan International USA (Plan) is part of a global organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters, and partners to:

  • Empower children, young people, and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability.
  • Drive change in practice and policy at local, national, and global levels through our reach, experience, and knowledge of the realities children face.
  • Work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and to overcome adversity.
  • Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood.

We see clear links between fulfilling children’s rights, achieving gender equality, and ending child poverty. Every girl and boy has the right to be healthy, educated, protected, valued, and respected in their own community and beyond. We support these rights from birth to adulthood, working to ensure that girls and boys know their rights and have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to fulfil them. This approach inspires and empowers children and communities to create long-lasting change.

In 2016, Plan was active in 71 countries, and our programs reached more than 32 million children, directly impacting almost 70 million people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Program activities ranged from training health care workers and constructing health care facilities, to setting up water systems and building latrines, to working with children and families to improve early childhood care and development practices and outcomes. For more information visit,

Plan International USA has two offices, located in Washington, DC and Warwick, Rhode Island. It is part of the global federation, Plan International, which is comprised of collaborative partnerships between 21 national offices and 51 country offices. Plan International USA is registered 501(c)(3) and has an independent Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors of Plan International USA also participate in global federation governance through membership on the federation’s Members’ Assembly and International Board.

The Plan USA Program Team works in direct partnership with the Regional and Country Office staff contributing expertise in business development, program design and implementation. The Program Team helps to manage, monitor and evaluate all US-funded programs, as well as reporting back to donors on the progress of program initiatives.

We aspire to five core values that help us define our culture and to inform our business decisions: Accountability, Passion, Integrity, Respect, and Excellence - AsPIRE. Plan expects all staff to exhibit and embrace these values in every part of their work lives.

We are committed to adhering to Plan’s Child Protection Standards and protecting the wellbeing of children in any situation that may arise. The protection of children is everyone’s responsibility.

Plan offers opportunities for growth and development through internal and external training opportunities. We value the ideas and opinions of staff at any level and provide forums in which those can be shared with others.

Plan is an equal opportunity employer and follows all laws associated with the EEOC.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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