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Senior advisor PMEL

Plan International Nederland


Equal opportunities for girls and boys. That is what Plan International is committed to. We protect girls worldwide against circumcision, child marriages, sexual exploitation and teenage pregnancies. Girls also receive extra attention in our projects in the field of education and work, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and emergency aid. We have this focus because girls and women are systematically disadvantaged and discriminated against. Plan International is working on improving the position of girls and young women so that they can decide on how they want to shape their own lives.

By investing in girls and young women, along with their families and communities, the vicious circle of poverty and discrimination can be broken. We invest in a better future for the next generations. From Uganda to Colombia and from Mali to the Philippines; in more than fifty countries girls and young women find us by their side. To listen to them, stand up for them and support them in using their strengths and talents. Always with the goal to create systemic change and improve their lives.

For the International Programs department, we are looking for a fulltime:

Senior advisor PMEL (Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning)

(35 hours a week)

In this role you are responsible for developing, maintaining and monitoring an effective PMEL system for transparent accountability, effective (re)management and optimal learning of the progress and results of the Plan International Netherlands Programs. In addition, you will advise the program staff in increasing the PMEL quality of individual programs and projects. You will also advise the Program Director/Chief Program Officer in the development of policy and strategy for the International Programs. You are accountable and report to the Program Director/ Chief Program Officer.

What are you going to do?

You will be developing, maintaining and monitoring an effective PMEL system that meets the requirements of the organization and its major donors. You will also contribute to increasing the PMEL quality of individual programs and projects by advising colleagues in program development and management. You will advise and support the Chief Programme Officer in the development of policy and strategy for the International Programs Department.

You are responsible for the PMEL policies for the Plan International Netherlands office/programmes:

  • The PMEL policies include both the development and humanitarian work and consider the requirements of a variety of donors including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union, ECHI, SHO etc.
  • You will coordinate the PMEL tasks with two other PMEL specialists for Plan International Netherlands.
  •  You will advise and support program staff on programs, thematic policy development, alliances, on result measurement, log frames and Theory of Change development.
  • You will need to support program baseline, mid-term and final evaluations, the selection of external consultants for evaluation, the review of evaluation reports and the use of the findings from these evaluations.
  • You will also need to facilitate (ensure quality of) the preparation of annual reports for the different donors as well as for general public. Moreover, you will need to monitor the organizations KPIs.

You are responsible for the development of the digital PMEL system of Plan International Netherlands and for stimulating learning processes:

  • You develop, maintain and monitor the digital PMEL system and the IATI reports. You are also a spider in the web for connecting the PMEL system of Plan Netherlands with the new PMEL system of Plan International.
  • You advise the managers on internal learning processes and learning agendas and on securing lessons learned in the organization.
  • You translate outcomes of evaluations into concrete learning and improvement actions for colleagues within the International Programs Department. Subsequently, you will coordinate and facilitate the department’s learning process. You also take part in the DRA MEAL task force and contribute to shared learning.

What do you bring?

We are looking for an experienced expert who can oversee and develop Theory of Change and Results Frameworks. A flexible team player who is also a good coach and can communicate tactfully with colleagues from different cultures, both verbally and in writing. Field experience in managing programs is an advantage.

In addition, you meet the following criteria:

  • Relevant scientific training at Masters level, e.g. Cultural Anthropology/Social Geography, International Relations/Development.
  • Minimum of eight to ten years of work experience of which five years is field experience with PMEL.
  • Knowledge of the various methods of PMEL.
  • IATI knowledge and experience.
  • Good network in the industry and with PMEL experts.
  • A good communicator: you need to be able to present and give good briefings to externals.
  • Consultancy skills needed to make difficult/complicated subjects understandable to colleagues.
  • Perfect command of Dutch and English in speaking and writing,
  • Fluency in French is desirable.
  • Up-to-date knowledge in the field of international developments.

The following competencies are essential for this vacancy: Focused on quality, strong analytical skills, good in collaborating/teamwork, networking and gender sensitivity.

Plan offers

A position in an international work environment. Plan International offers its employees a solid benefits package, which includes, among other things:

  • Gross monthly salary between € 3,222 and € 4,300 for 35 hours per week, depending on your background and experience.
  • Full reimbursement of your travel expenses based on second class public transport.
  • Ample opportunities for personal growth and education.
  • 5 weeks vacation per year.
  • Good pension scheme.

Are you interested?

For questions on this position, please contact Joke Langbroek, Chief Programme Officer ( You can respond up to and including Wednesday 16 September 2020 with your cv and motivation via CV Selection. See If the link does not work you can copy it and paste it into your browser (Chrome). The first round of interviews will take place between September 21st and 24th, the second round of interviews will be scheduled in the week of September 28th. The envisioned start date for this position is 15 October when feasible.

Plan International wants to be a diverse and inclusive organization. Because an employer where everyone feels welcome and appreciated, can use the power of diversity to get the best results. That’s why we strongly invite everyone who wants to use his or her talents with us, regardless of cultural background, gender, age, religious preference or sexual preference.

Safety of children and young adults is essential for Plan International Nederland. Therefore, Plan International Nederland does not accept any form of abuse. This subject is addressed in the selection process. Submitting a recent Declaration of Behavior and taking standardized references in accordance with the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme is part of the procedure.

Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated. Sharing in your own network is appreciated!

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