War Child
22 februari 2023
AMSTERDAM, Nederland
Soort Dienstverband
Tijd per week
36-40 uur


General Description & Background

Can’t Wait to Learn (CWTL) introduces new (cost-) effective solutions to the serious challenges facing education for children in emergencies. By utilising innovative technological solutions with a focus on serious gaming, CWTL builds on concepts, which have been successfully implemented in Ukraine, Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan and Uganda. CWTL seeks to increase the number of children with access to quality education in mathematics and reading in areas affected by conflict globally. Developing fresh, interactive materials based on the national curricula, and creating effective partnership structures to distribute these, CWTL creates new opportunities for making education accessible to those children who have been excluded from education, increasing their resilience and preparing them for a positive future. 

Purpose of the Role

The position is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the programme to achieve impact at scale in line with the programme key performance indicators and organisational scaling strategy and vision. The position involves the management of a complex global programme, including strategic partnership development, programme planning, product development, project implementation and quality assurance. Can’t Wait to Learn is currently active in Jordan, Ukraine and Uganda in cooperation with implementing partners and War Child technical and in-country teams.

Position within the Organisation 

The Programme Director CWtL manages the global programme team, which includes gaming, education, design, and content production technical expertise, as well as implementation, logistics and admin capacity. The position also manages internal and external partners, stakeholders and expert, and manages the software development service provider.

The CWTL Programme Director reports directly to the Director of International Programmes.

Your Challenge 

  • Team management: Nurture & maintain a globally based team and achieve maximum outcomes and motivation via participatory and inclusive leadership including actively engaging with staff.
  • Strategy development: Contribute to strategy evolvement based on recent developments and additional expert (policy) proposals. Ensure the management team is provided with quality advice and guidance with regard to strategy development.
  • Programme management: Ensure the CWTL Programme is effectively planned, coordinated and implemented in line with quality standards and as per War Child strategy.
  • Fundraising: Ensure timely and appropriate funding sources are secured to cover all programme components and for longer term scaling ambitions of the CWTL Programme.
  • Networking (depending on the profile): Networking & relationship building to maintain and expand relevant collaborative partnerships / relations, provide effective external communication with respect to programs, and contribute to the positioning of the organization.

The Programme Director CWtL would typically represent the programme to donors and education sector actors, working toward sector endorsement of Can’t Wait to Learn as an effective, evidenced based, cost efficient EiE intervention, generating opportunities for funding, strategic and implementation partnerships. Depending on the profile of the interim role holder contribution to this will also be included in the overall responsibilities.

Your Profile

  • Relevant academic degree or studies (international development, conflict or social studies, etc).
  • Knowledge of war affected emergency, post-emergency or developing countries humanitarian education sector priorities would be beneficial.
  • Experience in leading and managing multi-stakeholders programmes.
  • Experience in leading and managing a team.
  • Strong planning and organising skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Problem solving and can-do mentality.
  • Fluency in English required, French, Spanish or Arabic an asset. 

The Organisation

War Child is a young and dynamic organisation. We try to keep an informal ambiance within our office, with a lot of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. We practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused and a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs. War Child offers a challenging job in an inspiring workplace in Amsterdam.

Job Location

Amsterdam, Netherlands. Multilocational options will also be considered although Netherlands based is preferable. 


Approx 3-month period with the possibility to extend, commencing as soon as possible and ideally full time



How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to appy by forwarding their CV (max. two pages) and short cover letter in English by 8 March 2023 using the following hyperlink:



Applications will be considered and reviewed on a rolling basis.

By submitting your application you certify that all of the statements made in your application are true, complete, and correct and are made in good faith. You understand that falsifying, misrepresenting or intentionally withholding information will be grounds for rejection of your application or withdrawal of any offer of appointment or, if an appointment offer has been accepted, this will be ground for employment sanctions, such as, but not limited to, instant dismissal. In addition, you understand that you need to submit a Criminal Record Certificate and that, if you fail to submit it, no employment relationship can be established. 

War Child is an international organisation, and we are committed to be a diverse and inclusive employer, placing human and child rights at the centre of our existence and work.  We hire our new colleagues based on their talents, competences and shared values; we do not distinguish them based on their age, gender and gender identity, race, color, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, disability etc. 

The safety of children and youth is a paramount and essential to War Child’s work. War Child has a zero tolerance policy towards any form of abuse. To prevent placing children and youth at any risk this subject is addressed in our recruitment and selection procedures. Moreover, the accepted candidates will be required to state their commitment/ intent to be aware, consider and adhere to the minimum standards applicable in development and humanitarian settings, such as humanitarian values and principles, Sphere Humanitarian Charter, Standards in the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, Core Humanitarian Standard, International Humanitarian Law, Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief and IASC Six Core Principles Relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.


  • Only applications received via our website are processed.
  • If we appoint a suitable candidate before the given closing date, we reserve the right to remove the vacancy from our website before that date. In such a case, any responses received after that time are not processed.
  • It could be that during our selection process the closing date for the vacancy is extended. If so, and you have not yet heard from us, your application will remain live.
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