Program Coordinator (MERL) 80-100%

Role Description: Program Coordinator (MERL)

Reports: Global Program Manager

Contract Type: 01.07.2024 (or upon agreement) – 31.12.2027, with possibility of extension.

Level of Effort: 80-100%

Plan International Switzerland

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls since 1937. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.

Plan International Switzerland, a member of the global Plan Federation, leads projects globally focusing on Inclusive, Quality Education, Protecting girls from Harmful Practices, Climate Change Adaptation, and Youth Economic Empowerment.

Plan International Switzerland is a member of the Zurich Climate Resilience Alliance (the Alliance) and leads the overall coordination and management of climate resilience building projects implemented in multiple countries, with a special focus on children and girls’ rights. Plan International Switzerland contributes to the steering of the program through the global governance bodies of the Alliance.

To support the Global Program Manager and Plan International Country Offices in the coordination of the program, we are looking for a 

Program Coordinator (80-100%)experienced in Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) 

from 01.07.2024 until 31.12.2027, with possibility of extension.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Overall support to Plan International in the Alliance (especially MERL). This includes:

  • Represent Plan International Switzerland in the MERL Function of the Alliance, working together with other Alliance members on MERL deliverables.
  • Contribute to the Knowledge and Climate Resilience Measurement for Communities (CRMC) Functions of the Alliance, working together with other Alliance members on Knowledge and CRMC deliverables.
  • Work closely together with the Alliance team at Plan International Switzerland on MERL, Knowledge and the CRMC.
  • In collaboration with the MERL Focal Points of Plan International Country Offices:
    • Set up program-specific MERL systems.
    • Deliver interim and longer-term outcomes -both quantitative and qualitative- based on the impact measurement approach of the Alliance.
    • Track progress made against the targets set at the beginning of the program.
  • In collaboration with the Global Program Manager, train the Plan International Country Offices in the use of the Climate Resilience Measurement for Communities (CRMC) tool and framework. 
  • Provide technical support to other programs/projects on an ad hoc basis (TBC).
  • Contribute to (and potentially co-lead) the Early Warning System Theme of the Alliance (TBC).

The Program Coordinator (MERL) is expected to provide support to other areas of work, as required. A detailed work plan will be defined together with the Global Program Manager at the beginning of the employment.

Your Profile

  • Commitment to the cause of children’s rights and gender equality.
  • Valid work permit and residence in Switzerland.
  • At a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in development studies or a related field, and three years of work experience in international development. Work experience abroad is an added advantage.
  • Proven experience in project cycle management, including MERL.
  • Knowledge in Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change Adaptation and/or Resilience. Knowledge about Early Warning Systems is an added advantage.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally for work.
  • Fluent in English (both verbal and in writing). Spanish language skills are an added advantage (to facilitate working together with Country Offices based in Central and Latin America).
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office. Knowledge about additional software is an added advantage.
  • Motivated team player, with strong attention to detail, and eagerness to learn.
  • Cultural sensitivity, flexibility/adaptability, and ability to work with a wide variety of people.

We offer a dynamic, flexible, and positive, working environment, and you have the opportunity to help shape our organization with your initiative.

If this challenging and multifaceted role appeals to you, we look forward to receiving your application! Please send your complete application documents (a cover letter, your CV and three references) to by 31.05.2024.

Please direct any questions to Mariya Mervenetska, Program Assistant (