Head of Programme – Strategy Egypt at Plan International

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 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

The Opportunity


Plan started working in Egypt in 1981 and has a presence in twelve of the 27 governorates in which the country is divided: two urban (Cairo and Alexandria) and five rural (Giza, Beheira, Kalyoubia, Damietta, Qena, Assuit and Sohag, Port Said and Luxor). Plan Egypt’s work focuses on child rights, implementing programmes designed to enable communities to improve the lives of the most marginalized children and their families. Plan Egypt’s Country Strategy will come to an end by June 2022. Its current focus includes five strategic objectives.


  • Improve the quality of early childhood care & education.
  • Promote economic empowerment of vulnerable young men & women.
  • Facilitate girls in realising their full potential in an enabling and gender responsive environment that protects them from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence.
  • Support adolescents and young people, particularly girls to become active drivers of change and lead the way towards more equitable and inclusive societies.
  • Promote adolescents and young people, particularly girls to be empowered to take informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and live free from gender-based violence


The Head of Programme – Strategy (HOP-S) is senior position that will report directly to the Country Director (CD) and will assume direct responsibility and accountability for the effective support and oversight of all five Plan Egypt programme departments.

These are the Strategic Partnerships & Advocacy, Programme Quality and Partnership, Business Development, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), & Sponsorship. Together with the Country Director, the HOP – S will co-lead the design of the new country strategy for PIE.


In addition, the HOP– S will undertake a senior internal and external representation role with donors, government counterparts, Plan National Offices (NOs) and other key stakeholders. The HOP – S will be a leading member of the Country Leadership Team (CLT) and work with her/his peers to ensure Plan is making progress towards its purpose.


Do you have what it takes?


  • The post holder will report to the Country Director, oversee the design of Plan Egypt country strategy, ensure the implementation of Plan Egypt’s country influencing strategy, strong technical support to programme implementation team – particularly in the area of gender transformation, promote programme quality and effectiveness, and support knowledge management & learning through robust M&E;
  • Supervise, support and mentor the managers of the Strategic Partnerships & Advocacy, Partnership Support, Programme Quality , Business Development, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) & Sponsorship departments;
  • Ensure smooth teamwork within and across the different units and management lines within the departments, while enhancing integration with other departments. Of particular importance is supporting the creation of high performing teams through establishing effective working relationships between programme staff at the Country Office and in the Program Units working in tandem with the Head of Programme – Implementation;
  • Support the CD directly in senior level representation, both internally and externally, including brokering and enhancing productive working relationships with key NO partners, donors and influencers for Plan Egypt.
  • Support the CD closely in realising the full income target for the Country Strategic period, to be sourced from both institutional grants and individual giving funds.



Location: Cairo, Egypt

Type of Role: 3 year fixed term contract 

Reports to: Country Director

Grade: F

Closing Date: 11th July 2022



Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.


We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.


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