Development Programmes Coordinator
(One Year Maternity Cover)

This is a unique opportunity to join a one of Ireland’s fastest growing INGOs, where you will be responsible for leading a dynamic team to manage and grow a diverse portfolio of child- centred development programmes.

Location: Dublin

Reporting To: Head of Programmes

Duration: One Year Maternity Cover


Plan International is a child-centred NGO working in 51 developing countries. With an emphasis on long term sustainable development and emergency response, Plan International assists children and their communities across a range of programmes in areas such as education, child protection, livelihoods and child protection.

Established in 2003, Plan International Ireland is a dynamic organisation that supports Plan International’s work worldwide. Funding is received from a variety of sources including through the public via child sponsorship, Irish Aid, EU, ECHO, UN bodies, trusts, foundations, trade unions and corporate firms.

Plan International Ireland engages in both long term development and humanitarian work.

It’s an exciting time to join a young, growing organisation.

The Role

The Development Coordinator will lead a dynamic team to manage and grow a diverse portfolio of child- centred development programmes.   

Reporting to the Head of Programmes, you will be a senior manager in the Programme Department and will play an active role in the delivery of Plan Ireland’s programme strategy.

You will have a strong background in institutional funding and programme management, as well as being able to demonstrate an ability to manage and motivate a diverse team.

Key Objectives

  • Portfolio management: implement donor strategy and ensure appropriate systems are in situ to manage, grow and diversify our grant portfolio.
  • Donor relations: manage and build strong relationships with our key donors, including ensuring high quality reporting and programme delivery.
  • Programme quality: ensure all our programmes are of appropriate, innovative and high standard – from proposal execution to programme implementation and review.
  • Team management: ensure Plan International Ireland’s development team is fit for purpose and has the relevant knowledge, systems and skill-sets to support the implementation of quality programmes, and to influence policy and advocacy.
  • Learning: promote a culture of managing for results and outcome monitoring so that the real changes in childrens’ lives are captured, promoted, shared and used in learning.
  • Coordination: build relations with other Plan International National Offices for joint programming, harmonised approaches, match funding, donor positioning, etc.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

  • Lead the development team in the implementation of Plan International Ireland’s programme strategy, adopting an innovative, solution-based approach to portfolio management and growth.
  • Manage and build a team of development professionals, ensuring effective performance management.
  • Manage the development team budget.

Institutional Funding

  • Identify and prioritise funding opportunities from new and existing donors by monitoring calls for proposals, meetings, brokering of partnerships, etc.
  • Develop and sustain key funding relationships in Ireland and overseas, particularly in relation to Irish Aid.
  • Oversee the production and submission of high quality proposals to donors.
  • Support the planning and management of institutional funding income through strong systems management and tracking of our grant portfolio.

Programme Delivery, Contract Management and Reporting 

  • Provide strong strategic oversight of Plan International Ireland’s thematic priorities, including the monitoring and delivery of key results-based indicators.
  • Manage technical support requirements, and bring in additional technical support as required, to ensure Plan International Ireland delivers effective programmes.
  • Ensure the production and submission of high quality reports to ensure compliance with all contracts and funding agreements.
  • Support the monitoring of programmes, lesson learning, and information sharing to strengthen programme delivery.


  • Contribute actively to networks such as Plan International’s EU grants team and contribute to other technical networks both within and outside of Plan.
  • Represent Plan International Ireland at relevant Plan International fora e.g. EU, HQ, Regional Offices, Programme and Grant Management Units, etc.
  • Conduct regular field visits to partner countries as necessary. 

Essential Attributes

  • Relevant third level qualification.
  • Senior management experience within the development sector.
  • Minimum six years relevant experience (including overseas development and emergency experience).
  • Experience in working with a portfolio of donors.
  • In-depth understanding of the programme/project cycle, the child rights approach and results based programming.
  • Financial acumen.
  • Staff management experience
  • Excellent proposal writing and project design skills.

Desirable Attributes

  • Fluency in French
  • Knowledge of working in West Africa and/or Asia.

Filter Questions

  • Current remuneration (salary + benefits)
  • Desired salary / remuneration – please advise of minimum salary required and expected benefits
  • Notice period (in weeks and/or months)

To Apply

Closing Date: 14 December 2015

Send CV with cover letter answering filter questions (below) to To discuss the role in confidence feel free to call Suzanne Keatinge, Head of Programmes, on 087 1221752.

Please note:

  • This document is not intended to be an exhaustive job description – it serves only as an overview of the role. 
  • Plan International Ireland regrets that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted in relation to their application.

Garda checks and clearance are essential prior to job offer as part of our child protection