Chief of Party

Plan, Pakistan

Skill Required:, HR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th January, 2017

Job Description

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation 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 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

The Opportunity

Plan International seeks a dynamic leader and project strategist to fill the role of Chief of Party (COP) for USAID’s anticipated Let Girls Learn Project in Pakistan, a grant with an expected budget of approximately $8-19million over five years.

The Let Girls Learn program focuses on three pillars: 1) increase girl’s access to quality education; 2) reduce barriers to girl’s educational and economic success; and 3) empower adolescent girls to engage in Pakistan’s social, political, and economic advancement.

The COP will lead and oversee all aspects of this high-profile project, including directing strategic planning and decision making, providing technical guidance, managing the activities of sub-recipients, and supervising staff. Serving as the key liaison with USAID, the Government of Pakistan, implementing partners, and other stakeholders, the COP will also establish and maintain an integrated vision among different actors while ensuring adherence to all project objectives, performance requirements, and donor regulations.

Responsibilities to include:

  • Provide overall technical and managerial oversight and leadership for the project.
  • Ensure efficient management of financial resources, including the review and approval of program budgets and monitoring expenditures.
  • Supervise field operations, project administration, logistics and procurement.
  • Oversee the delivery and monitoring of sub-grants.
  • Supervise program monitoring, evaluation, and reporting and ensure quality control and timeliness of all deliverables as required by the grant and donors.
  • Ensure full compliance with all USAID, Plan, and other fiduciary regulations.
  • Serve as the principal liaison with the Government of Pakistan, USAID and other donors; and project partners and stakeholders to ensure effective program implementation and build lasting relationships.

The Person

Consideration for this role will be given to development professionals with 1) a clear understanding of the education sector and workforce barriers to success for adolescent girls in Pakistan or a similar social context; 2) experience in USAID project management and administration policies, procedures, and reporting requirements; and 3) the ability to meet rigorous timelines, track results, effectively manage staff and multi-stakeholder relationships, and influence decision-making at the local and national level to create positive change.


  • Master’s degree in education, international development or a related field is desired
  • Strong knowledge of the education sector in Pakistan.
  • Experience managing a large program for an international NGO or USAID contractor.
  • Significant experience managing large-scale, multi-year programs, with a strong track record of successfully managing USAID-funded programs including previously serving as COP or Component Lead in Pakistan.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID project management, including USAID rules, regulations, and reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of gender issues and proficiency in managing development projects that mainstream gender.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables and to track program quality through donor-approved monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Ability to work under pressure, as part of a team or independently, and meet deadlines consistently.
  • Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders, such as local NGOs, government officials, donor representatives, and local and international staff.
  • Ability to respond to requests on short notice and simultaneously plan and execute several activities.
  • Proven experience hiring, training, and supervising teams of international and local staff.
  • Proven leadership, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills, with the ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
  • Excellent command of English, with strong verbal and written communication skills; knowledge of Urdu highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Location: Pakistan country office

Type of Role: fixed term contract

Reports to: Country Director

Salary: Competitive salary available

Closing Date: Tuesday 3rd January 2017

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