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Programme Manager, PLAY International Kosovo

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Programme Manager, PLAY International Kosovo

Provide overall leadership in the planning and implementation of PLAY International’s project portfolio in Kosovo and the Western Balkans. Deadline 28 June 2020.

Purpose of the job

To provide overall leadership in the planning and implementation of PLAY International’s project portfolio in Kosovo and the Western Balkans. The Programme Manager is crucial in building and maintaining the framework within which projects can thrive and create long term change where PLAY is working. The key areas of responsibility for the Programme Manager include project cycle management, project financial management, monitoring, evaluation and learning, communications management and human resource management.

Context of the position

PLAY International has been active in Kosovo since 2002, using sport to build bridgesand promoting peace and reconciliation between communities on a national and international level. New large-scalefunding opportunities from 2019 have enabled the Mission to scale up its engagement in the formal and non-formal education sector, with a focus on inclusion, access and retention in school for vulnerable groups, and active education. Working on several complimentary initiatives at the same time, PLAY actively engages local partners and multipliers to ensure sustainability and impact. Operating with a small, busy,local teamon a variety of challenging 3-year projects, it is crucial to have a central coordinating role within the teamto ensure PLAY manages all its responsibilities effectively and the implementation team operate in a targeted and efficient way. Moreover, with new and ambitious projects, the Mission must build on progress already made in key project management areas to ensure the impact of the work is captured and capitalised on.

Skills and experience required


  • Master’s degree in Project Cycle Management, international cooperation, political sciences or other relevant discipline
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in project management
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in team management
  • Budget/financial management experience
  • Interest or experience working in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and gender-balanced environment
  • Languages: English (essential): fluent, written and spoken (C2)
  • Strong sense of initiative and autonomy
  • Strong organisation and planning skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills


  • Youth work
  • Languages: French (highly desirable), Albanian(desirable), Serbian (desirable)
  • Previous work experience within the Western Balkan countries
  • Current driving license

Passport/nationality requirements: Right to work in Kosovo. Right to travel in the Western Balkans.

Read the full job description for full details.

Applications to be sent by 28 June 2020 to


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