Plan International: EU Partnership Manager (EU Development Cooperation)

Deadline: 23 June 2019
Open to: candidates with at least 5 to 7 years professional related experience
Benefits: salary based on experience


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. They support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. We believe in the power and potential of every child and in gender equality. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it is girls and young women who are most affected.  The organisation is active in over 80 countries across the world.

The purpose and ambition of Plan International EU Office is to advance children’s rights, equality for girls and youth in particular in the EU’s external action. In line with Plan International’s Global Strategy, One Million Reasons, and the EU Office’s 5-year strategy, they will contribute to ensuring that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive. Plan International works with the EU in its three roles as a donor, policy-maker and promoter of human rights.

The Plan International EU Office is the Global Account Manager for EU development cooperation (DevCo) on behalf of the Plan International family. As such, they work together with 11 European national organisations of Plan International and their 53 programme countries around the world. The EU Partnership Manager oversees the fundraising process and the engagement strategy with the EU, focusing primarily on DevCo. Her/His role is to maximise the funding potential for Plan International as a whole and to influence the EU regarding Plan International’s priorities and approaches. She/He is responsible for ensuring that there is a coherent and well-managed approach to the EU, presenting a “One Plan International” face to the donor. This position is designed to ensure that Plan International is effective and efficient in its fundraising (and influencing) with the EU Institutions, and that it has effective and contractually compliant systems and processes to deliver any programme and manage any contract.


The successful candidate will balance excellent organisational and coordination skills with strong interpersonal communication in a multicultural context, and the ability to plan and implement under their own initiative. They will share Plan International’s Purpose and Values.

1. Knowledge & Experience:

  • At least 5 to 7 years professional related experience;
  • Solid experience in leading institutional donor strategies, including the EU;
  • Proven track record in raising significant funds from major donors, including DevCo;
  • Understanding of the EU institutions and its decision-making processes;
  • Good knowledge of the EU’s interests, external relations policies and trends, particularly in connection to Plan International’s purpose and global strategy;
  • Good knowledge of the EU’s priorities and compliance mechanism;
  • High level of understanding of gender equality;
  • Experience of managing EC grant contracts is an asset;
  • Experience in managing diversified teams and knowledge of inclusive and participatory leadership;
  • Network/relationship management experience, preferably with EC personnel (with personnel of other EU institutions will be an asset) and other relevant actors;
  • Knowledge of children’s and human women rights standards and conventions;
  • Experience in facilitating trainings and workshops.

2. Skills & Personal Qualities:

  • Excellent level of written and spoken English; other European languages are an advantage;
  • Proven managerial skills;
  • Proven strategic relationship & networking skills;
  • Proven problem-solving and strategic planning capability with creative skills to support the development of strong proposals;
  • Excellent communication, networking, consensus-building and inter-personal skills;
  • Self-starting and self-organizing skills, capability to work equally autonomously and as part of a team, and to lead others when required;
  • Excellent organisational skills and capacity to shift priorities in a very short time;
  • Commitment to Plan International Federation’s vision and mission;
  • Constructive, collaborative and diplomatic approach;
  • Capacity to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Innovative and creative thinking in relation to programmatic advocacy and funding;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform well under pressure;
  • Excellent coaching, training and facilitation skills;
  • Computer literate, familiar with standard software;
  • Willingness to travel.


Working Conditions

Based in: Brussels, Belgium (Plan International EU Office, Galerie Revenstein 27, 3rd floor.)
Duration: CDI (Belgian permanent contract)
Status: Full-time (5 days = 37.5 hrs./week)
Salary: Based on experience
Benefits: 20 legal holidays + 4 PLAN holidays, pension scheme, life assurance cover, hospitalization and outpatient cover, meal vouchers, work-related public transport costs
Travel: Yes, travel might be necessary depending on need, within or outside Europe, including to projects and operations
Reporting: The position reports to the Head of Office/EU Representative, Plan International EU Office

How to apply?

If you meet the skills requirements above and are interested in applying for this post, please send your CV (no Europass) and cover letter in English to [email protected] with “Application: EU Partnership Manager (DEVCO)” in the subject.

For more information, please visit the official web page.