Program Development Manager – Climate

Support us in furthering our expertise in programmatic areas from a climate perspective, and achieve our vision of gender equality and justice for girls around the world.

The Opportunity

Plan International Australia is looking for a Program Development Manager – Climate to support us in developing partnerships and program models in climate adaptation, resilience and knowledge practices. This position will work with community partners, working in both rural and urban settings with a specific focus in Asia and the Pacific, and overall further our outreach to catalyse change in the gender equality and justice space from a climate perspective.

Who are we?

Plan International is a global not-for-profit, working to change the world so that all children can live happy and healthy lives, and so that girls in all their diversities can take their rightful place as equals.

At Plan International Australia, we celebrate diversity. We deeply believe all different opinions and experiences will enrich our team and represent our beneficiaries and partners across the globe. Our commitment to an inclusive workplace culture means we embrace working with all sectors of the community.

For 85 years we’ve worked hand-in-hand with local communities, so babies can survive their first 1000 days, so children can learn in safe environments, so girls can strive for work outside the home, so young people can speak up for their rights. We know that girls are the most marginalised by poverty, and for too long have been held back from reaching their full potential. This is why we work with all children to solve poverty but especially girls. We have a long history, but our approach is new. We’re secular, and we view the children, families and local communities we work with as our partners and our equals.

Possibility. Opportunity. Equality. Partnership. Love. Humanity. This is what we stand for.

What is it really like?

An average day in the PIA Program Support, Partnerships and New Ventures (PSPNV) team is quite varied – no day will be quite the same, but throughout your time, we will see you performing these duties:

  • Provide technical thought-leadership, technical support and collaboration in the area of climate change adaptation and resilience with a range of key stakeholders; including:
    o Internal & external program partners
    o PIA program areas
    o Plan International Urban Hub (global function)
  • Explore and lead new ways of working, trialling new innovations (including digital) within projects and testing new program approaches that generate new impact, increased impact, scale and / or income for PIA
  • Maintain and strengthen existing partnerships, as well as leading the development of finding new partnerships both within and outside of the international development sector
  • Develop and maintain a strategic direction or roadmap for business development in the area of climate change resilience programming
  • Identify funding opportunities, write technical proposals and contribute to grant acquisition of programs
  • Represent PIA amongst donors, external partners and other relevant stakeholders
  • Design or support design for new programs, in accordance with PIA Manual of Procedures & DFAT accreditation standards, including maintaining compliance in child safeguarding and other standards
  • Devolve (wherever possible) decision-making related to project implementation to local country offices or partners and actively make efforts to support localisation in whatever form is deemed appropriate and relevant by partners
  • Contribute to departmental strategic and program planning meetings, exercises and documentation.

Our office is in Southbank. We’re looking for someone who can undertake some of their work here, and some of their work at home.

We work hard, but we are always flexible and supportive, offering inclusive leave. We have weekly team meetings, and regular organisation-wide catch ups. From salary packaging to an Employee Assistance Program to support your wellbeing, we are a people-first workplace.

Who are you?

We are looking for someone who is a specialist in the climate change space; someone with a knack for program design & implementation, and the ability to find and maintain long-term partnerships with a range of partners. You will have a deep understanding of what it means to work respectfully alongside local country partners on issues that will impact them most.

The core skills we are looking for are:

  • Someone who has had approximately 8 years working in the international development sector, with strong climate adaptation and/or disaster resilience engagement, and at least 1 year field experience
  • Someone with extensive specialist/technical knowledge of climate change – ideally someone with a post graduate qualification relevant to climate change, resilience and urban programs and/or equivalent technical experience
  • Experience in capacity building, mentoring and delivering training
  • Demonstrated communication (written and verbal) and negotiation skills, ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships across a wide range of stakeholders
  • Well-developed assessment, program development, evaluation, project proposal and budget preparation skills
  • Alignment with PIA’s values and commitment to social impact, intersectional feminist leadership, power-sharing and diversity and inclusion.

Our commitment

We make hiring decisions based on your skills, passion and experience – this experience extends outside the workplace, and includes lived experience. Even if you don’t wholly fit the criteria, we still want to hear from you! At PIA we believe in looking for perspectives and abilities that new team members can bring and add to our culture.

We are dedicated to working people from all sectors of the community. We strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Hours, pay and start date

This is a full time, ongoing role with a competitive salary. We are looking for someone to begin the role immediately, however can be flexible on start time.

What’s Next?

Read the full Position Description (PD)and see whether you think the role is right for you. If you’re interested, upload your cover letter and resume through either SEEK or Ethical Jobs. Include in your cover letter how your skills align with the criteria as set out in the PD.

Once we’ve got these, if you advance to the next stage, you will be contacted and invited to an interview, either online or face-to-face at the office.

Please note: When you apply, and if you are comfortable to do share, please know PIA upholds a safe space to share the pronouns you use, and is also prepared to make any reasonable accommodations or adjustments you may need throughout both the recruitment process as well as the course of your employment.

Apply before Monday 08 May 2023!

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as a child-safe organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. As part of the screening process, candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory National police Check, sign our Safeguarding Children and Young People policy and code of conduct, and where necessary complete a Working with Children Check.

Join Plan International Australia and help create justice for children and equality for girls.