Youth Empowerment Program Manager

Youth Empowerment Program Manager

Summary of the role

This is a 2-year full time contract with possibility of extension based in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB).

The role of the Youth Empowerment Program Manager, is to provide program management to and oversight of Plan’s Youth Empowerment Program in the ARoB which has two components: the Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health , which focuses on community health awareness through youth champions, providing training to teachers and health wokers, and providing ASRH services through a Youth Clinic for referals, counselling, screening and treatment; and the Youth Gender and Livelihood Project focused on youth empowerment for leadership, gender equality and women economic empowerment.

The role of the Youth Empowerment Program Manager is responsible for in-country planning, budgeting, monitoring and implementation of the program activities in Bougainville including engagement with, and support to, local implementing partners. The role includes maintaining relations with, and strengthening the capacity of, key ARoB stakeholders both formal and non-formal like Department of Health (DoH), Department of Education (DoE), community leaders et al. , The responsibilities of the role include project management, partnership assessment, monitoring, evaluation and reporting, including input to, and oversight of, youth related research activities in Bougainvillle. The role will be required to develop and maintain relations with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in PNG, in particular with the DFAT Buka office, as well as other international representatives, such as MFAT, UNICEF as well as other NGOs involved in youth empowerment or related areas.

All PI-PNG projects have a particular focus on striving for best practice in child rights, gender equality and social inclusion (GESI). The role will also be involved in seeking other funding opportunities for the youth empowerment program, in collaboration with the Bougainville Program Manager and other parts of the Plan International federation.

What we're looking for:

  • Relevant qualifications and demonstrated experience managing implementation of government grants and the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of youth empowerment programs.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Experience leading in-country implementation teams to deliver complex programs targeting social change.
  • Relevant qualifications and demonstrated experience in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of youth empowerment programs.
  • Strong understanding of gender issues, particularly in the context of young people in PNG and Bougainville.
  • Experience implementing community development programs in PNG, including youth programs: community mobilisation methodologies and gender and youth engagement methodologies.
  • Experience coordinating stakeholder relationships and partnerships, including influencing and engaging governments, particularly in youth sector.
  • Experience with training, facilitation and capacity building of community-based organisations, particularly in youth.
  • Understanding of, and/or experience in, rights based approaches including child rights, gender and inclusion.
  • Experience developing and leading project knowledge and learning strategy and activities and in evidence based approaches to sector and stakeholder influencing.
  • 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).
  • Technical expertise and experience in gender and women empowerment is desirable.


  • At least 5 years implementing community development programs in PNG, including youth programs.


  • Willingness to undertake some international travel and to work outside of standard Bougainville office hours (to enable effective communication across time zones).

About Plan International Australia

Plan International is a global independent development and humanitarian organisation. We work alongside children, young people, supporters and partners to tackle root causes of the injustices facing girls and the most marginalised children.

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. Girls are taken out of school, fed least and last, married as children, intimidated out of public spaces, abused and excluded – just for being a girl. Yet when girls have the same opportunities to thrive, they have the potential to transform their futures, and the futures of those around them.

We also work with boys, recognising that each child faces different barriers and that equality is the key to ensuring all children can thrive.

How to apply

To be considered for the role, applicants must attach both, an updated CV and a cover letter clearly stating how their skills and experience meet each of the selection criteria, which is listed in the Position Description and email to

Applications must arrive before 5pm AEST 6th of September 2019

If you have any questions regarding the role, please do not hesitate to contact and

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 has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is a child safe, girls’ rights organisation. As part of the screening process, candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory National police Check, sign our Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct, and where necessary complete a Working with Children Check and undergo psychometric testing.

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