We are recruiting for a Senior Program Manager – disaster risk reduction

  • Senior Program Manager – Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Competitive remuneration package including salary packaging benefits
  • Utilise your vast experience and technical expertise on a global level

This is an opportunity for an experienced Senior Program Manager specializing in Disaster Risk and Resilience to make a genuine difference in the international development sector. You will be joining Plan International Australia’s Disaster Risk and Resilience Team. As the successful candidate, you will be committed to disaster risk reductions and have extensive field work experience.

Plan International is a global independent development and humanitarian organisation. As one of the oldest, largest and most experienced organisations in our field we know that there is nowhere in the world where girls are treated as equals. We work alongside children, young people, supporters and partners to tackle root causes of the injustices facing girls and the most marginalised children.

Key accountabilities:

  • Lead on the management of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) program portfolio implemented as part of Plan International Australia’s Strategy
  • Setting the strategic direction of the DRR program
  • Lead on the income growth of the program portfolio in partnership with the Programs Development Team (PDT)
  • Manage the DRR program budget
  • Ensure quality processes and outcomes for the projects, with a particular focus on striving for best practice in child rights, girls equality and inclusion

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Post Graduate qualification in development studies or in the Disaster Risk Reduction field, or equivalent experience in the sector.
  • Extensive experience at a senior level in development contexts, with specific experience in the Disaster Risk Reduction sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement effective emergency preparedness, response and recovery planning.
  • Proven ability in grant proposal writing, and experience with a range of donors, including DFAT.
  • Proven experience in program design, management and appraisal
  • Understanding of, and/or experience in, rights based approaches. Previous international experience with child rights issues.
  • Sound financial management skills, and (preferable) experience of the DFAT ANGO accreditation system
  • Experience managing staff, volunteers and consultants
  • Demonstrated written skills and well developed assessment, program development, evaluation, project proposal and budget preparation skills.
  • Well-developed organisational and time management skills including the ability to manage workflows, balance competing priorities and to deliver quality results within deadlines.
  • Demonstrated communication and negotiation skills, as well as the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with external and internal stakeholders (cross functional teams across all levels of the organisation).
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment and a commitment to PIA’s and Plan International approach and values including ethnic diversity and cultural sensitivity.
  • A good understanding of disaster management and development issues.
  • Strong ability to work with the team in DR&R unit

Please refer to the Position Description for our complete selection criteria.

We care deeply about what we do and are big-hearted about it. Our passion is to be positive, courageous, bold, forward-looking and supportive. If this resonates with you, and you have the skills and experience that we need. Please send your cover letter addressing our key selection criteria and CV to recruitment@plan.org.au  - With Senior Program Manager – Disaster Risk Reduction in the subject line.

By COB 2nd August 2018.


Plan International Australia is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an inclusive workplace culture that embraces and celebrates diversity.  We welcome applications from all sectors of the community because we believe diverse opinions and experiences will enrich our team and best represent our beneficiaries and partners across the globe.

Plan International has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is a child safe, girls’ rights organisation. As part of our screening process in support of the safeguarding of children, candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory National police Check, sign our Safeguarding Children & Young People Policy.