Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time




1255 23rd Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


Plan International USA (Plan) is part of a global organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters, and partners to:


  • Empower children, young people, and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability.
  • Drive change in practice and policy at local, national, and global levels through our reach, experience, and knowledge of the realities children face.
  • Work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and to overcome adversity.
  • Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood.


We see clear links between fulfilling children’s rights, achieving gender equality, and ending child poverty. Every girl and boy has the right to be healthy, educated, protected, valued, and respected in their own community and beyond. We support these rights from birth to adulthood, working to ensure that girls and boys know their rights and have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to fulfil them. This approach inspires and empowers children and communities to create long-lasting change.


In 2016, Plan was active in 71 countries, and our programs reached more than 32 million children, directly impacting almost 70 million people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Program activities ranged from training health care workers and constructing health care facilities, to setting up water systems and building latrines, to working with children and families to improve early childhood care and development practices and outcomes. For more information visit,


The Program Manager will work as a member of the Project Implementation and Management Unit and have management/backstopping responsibilities of grant-funded projects from a range of institutional, foundation and multilateral donors, primarily the US Government. The Program Manager will ensure projects under his/her responsibility comply with Plan’s project management standard operating procedures. This includes ensuring programmatic, operational and financial deliverables of projects are met. S/he will participate in related research and documentation efforts and represent Plan at sector meetings and events.   




Program Management and Support

  • Participate in the management/backstopping of multi-year grant-funded projects, including providing project management support for the assessment, management, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and compliance with donor rules and regulations;
  • Work with field counterparts to ensure timely and quality planning and donor reporting including; work plans, detailed project implementation plans, baseline reports, progress reports, etc;
  • Works with Finance team to review and oversee budgets and ensure timely and appropriate use of project funds;
  • Identify project monitoring and evaluation needs on field programs and work with the M&E team in developing M&E action plans and work with the M&E team in supporting the documentation of effective practice and program impact related to Plan programs;
  • Promote program quality by identifying field programs technical needs and coordinating the necessary technical assistance;
  • Represent Plan to donors, colleague agencies, government and the private sector when requested;
  • Present results of implementation at international conferences and through international working groups;
  • Participate in the development of organizational processes and procedures to ensure efficient operations of program implementation


Prospecting and Proposal Development

  • Assists with the identification of potential business opportunities


Representation and Dissemination

  • Responds to requests for information from the field.
  • Liaises with other staff members to share information regarding projects, to discuss field needs, and to develop strategies.
  • Represents Plan to the international community in the U.S. through participation in key coalitions. Such representation may include speaking/presenting on behalf of Plan, facilitating the attendance and participation of Plan field personnel, and networking with other attendees and presenters.
  • Ensures coordination and information sharing across Plan USA and Plan International teams
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Masters Degree or equivalent experience in a field relevant to international development
  • Seven to ten years professional experience in development organizations working on related projects, with increased management responsibilities
  • Proven experience in the related field with preference for strong practical experience in a developing country (emergency or development)
  • Experience in the management or backstopping of multi-year grant funded projects, in particular USG funded
  • Experience and/or demonstrable knowledge of key {Team} best-practices and approaches  
  • Experience living/working overseas in a developing country is a plus
  • Excellent representation, planning, and management skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel at least 25% of the time to designated countries, including in an emergency setting
  • Strong team player
  • Strong report writing and presentation skills and fluency in written English
  • Foreign language proficiency either French or Spanish, a plus

Plan International USA has two offices, located in Washington, DC and Warwick, Rhode Island. It is part of the global federation, Plan International, which is comprised of collaborative partnerships between 21 national offices and 51 country offices. Plan International USA is registered 501(c) (3) and has an independent Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors of Plan International USA also participate in global federation governance through membership on the federation’s Members’ Assembly and International Board. 


The Plan USA Program Team works in direct partnership with the Regional and Country Office staff contributing expertise in business development, program design and implementation. The Program Team helps to manage, monitor and evaluate all US-funded programs, as well as reporting back to donors on the progress of program initiatives.


We aspire to five core values that help us define our culture and to inform our business decisions: Accountability, Passion, Integrity, Respect, and Excellence - AsPIRE. Plan expects all staff to exhibit and embrace these values in every part of their work lives.


We are committed to adhering to Plan’s Child Protection Standards and protecting the wellbeing of children in any situation that may arise. The protection of children is everyone’s responsibility.


Plan offers opportunities for growth and development through internal and external training opportunities. We value the ideas and opinions of staff at any level and provide forums in which those can be shared with others.


Plan International is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, national origin, disability, veteran status, and any other classification protected by law.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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