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Brazil Programme Coordinator

Start date: 1 May 2024


Position: Programme Coordinator Brazil

Team: Programme Team

Reports to: Representative Brazil

Based in: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Gross yearly salary: BRL 162,446 – BRL 223,363


The Van Leer Foundation is an independent Dutch organisation working globally to foster inclusive societies where all children and communities can flourish. We bring together people with different perspectives and support them to achieve large-scale impact. Our support involves a unique combination of funding, networks, executive education, technical assistance and knowledge.


Brazil’s Programme Coordinator facilitates the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Van Leer Foundation’s investments in the country and its impact on policies and practices for early childhood. The Programme Coordinator supports the Brazil Representative in the execution of the strategic plan in the country, working with partners specifically in four areas to support early childhood development (ECD):

  1. Advocacy, strengthening the ECD ecosystem in Brazil
  2. Early childcare and education, increasing the quality and equity in the educational system
  3. Caregiver wellbeing
  4. Urban95, implementing strategies aimed at adapting the urban environment of the city to the needs of young children and their caregivers


  • Contributes to the design, monitoring and evaluation of country partnerships and programmes in coordination with the Brazil Representative
  • Manages key partners and programmes, proactively monitors the progress of projects in the country
  • Coaches and supports partners and allies
  • Participates in key meetings with external stakeholders and assists with timely follow up
  • Assists in capturing and sharing knowledge on the Brazil programmes within the Foundation and externally
  • Works with the Brazil Representative to identify opportunities for investment
  • Supports the proposal, work plan, budget assessment and the administrative approval process for new investments
  • Documents and reports programme progress, including writing quarterly progress reports, proposals, workplans, and political updates
  • Resolves issues by initiating appropriate management interventions or extra activities when gaps in the programme are identified
  • Coordinates communications needs of the Foundation in Brazil, including online and offline content development, power point presentations, localisation and translation
  • Adapts global content to the local context
  • Provides logistic support in country when needed


Inside the Foundation: Brazil team, programme team, communications team
Outside the Foundation: Strategic institutional or individual contacts, partners, allies and stakeholders


  • Knowledge on early childhood development or ability to acquire a basic level of knowledge quickly
  • Master’s degree in health sciences, urban development, social sciences, or related field; or complete graduate studies in an Iberic America University (equivalent to Bachelor plus Masters)
  • Track record in programme management (5-7 years) in health sciences, urban planning, social sciences, international development, public policy, or related field
  • Have been living in Brazil for at least 3 years with good knowledge of policy environment and government structures
  • Working knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures
  • Experience in organising events
  • Proven ability to work with different stakeholders
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Fluent in English and Portuguese; Spanish is an advantage
  • The candidate should be willing to travel frequently
  • Good knowledge of PC-based word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet applications

Organisational-wide competencies: Teamwork, learning ability, results-oriented

Job- specific competencies: Networking, planning and organising, written communication, entrepreneurship


If you are interested in this position, please send your CV and cover letter in English before 10 March 23:59 GMT to pcbrazil_vacancy@vanleerfoundation.org

For any questions, please contact Agnes Buis at Agnes.Buis@bvleerf.nl