Product Lead – Can’t Wait to Learn
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 implemented in Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, Uganda and Ukraine. 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.
Can’t Wait to Learn is a digital, curriculum-based, context-specific learning application for education in emergency offering maths and reading curricula for primary grades 1, 2 and 3. Accessed on dedicated, preloaded, low-cost tablets and by application on personal iOS and Android devices played both on and offline, CWTL offers children a digital, self-guided education game adapted to context to support motivation and active self-paced learning. Children can access it at home, in the community or in school settings. It has been providing children in conflict-affected areas a high standard of education since 2012. Maths and reading curricula are in line with national standards and endorsed by the Ministries of Education. The programme also offers training and support tools for teachers and facilitators in all implementation settings, and diagnostics for every learner to track learning progress.
We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Product Lead to join our team. As the CWTL Product Lead, you will be responsible for overseeing the development and enhancement of the CWTL digital gaming applications. Your role will involve collaborating with cross-functional teams, managing relationships with partners and suppliers, and ensuring innovative CWTL game development and updates. You will lead the technology aspect of game development, content production, and training to drive the success of the CWTL product with the support of education/content specialist and CWTL programme coordinator. As a product lead, you must be familiar with a variety of technology business concepts, experienced with technological trends, and align technology with CWTL goals in coordination with CWTL education/content specialist. You will act as a tech visionary for the CWTL and provide all the necessary tech leadership to the teams.
The Product Lead reports to the Programme Director CWTL, working closely with the CWTL team colleagues.
The role can be based in any location where War Child Alliance has an office.
- Developing the technical aspects of the CWTL product vision and strategy and articulate it to the team and game developers (design thinking, user focus, user experience (UX), interface design, user journey design and user testing etc)
- Defining a technology roadmap and product requirements aligned with CWTL scaling ambition, envisioning the tech stack required to scale and deploy in humanitarian emergencies
- Experimenting and adopting new & relevant technologies to CWTL
- Leading the development of new CWTL games, including conceptualization, design, and execution, ensuring alignment with the product vision and goals
- Collaborating with the development team to define game features, mechanics, and gameplay experiences that engage and captivate learners
- Overseeing the quality assurance process to ensure that games meet defined standards and timelines
- In close collaboration with IT specialist, education/content specialist, overseeing the entire life cycle of CWTL games, from ideation to post-launch improvements and updates
- Continuously monitoring and analyzing CWTL game performance; user and partner feedback to identify opportunities for enhancements and adaptations to meet evolving learner's needs and requirements
- Developing and maintaining documentation related to product development processes and improvements including a detailed workplan and reporting on the product’s progress
- Developing and implementing comprehensive IT/technical training programs for WC teams and partners involved in CWTL game implementation and scaling
- BSc/BA/MSC in Computer Science or game development or a related field.
- Experience of product development and user centered design.
- Proven experience as a product/technology lead or similar role.
- Knowledge of technological trends to build strategy.
- Understanding of budgets and business planning.
- Ability to conduct technological analyses and research.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Leadership and organizational abilities.
- Strategic thinking.
- Problem-solving aptitude.
- Understanding of primary school education and curricula.
- Demonstrated expertise in product ownership or management, particularly in education and/or serious gaming or coordinating Edtech product development would be a plus.
- Ability to collaborate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
- Fluent in English, French and Arabic an added advantage.
- The following offer is based on a Dutch employment contract, actually conditions depend on the local office
- Salary range from € 3, 898 – € 4, 847 gross per month, based on 40 hours per week (the exact step determined by the years of relevant working experience).
- An employment contact with War Child for 32-40 hours per week to start with a one-year contract
- until December 2024.
- 28 vacation days on full time basis (consisting of 26 vacation days plus 2 additional fixed free days, based on 40 hours work week).
- A pension scheme fully paid by War Child.
- Compensation for travel and work from home costs.
- Laptop to work from any location and monthly mobile phone contribution of € 25.
- Possibility to follow training and/or courses where relevant.
- Pleasant working conditions, good atmosphere, great colleagues and of course the meaningful purpose of our work!
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.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply by forwarding their CV and a short cover letter, in English, before 23 February 2024.
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