Programme Director, CWtL (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 (EdTech) solutions with a focus on serious gaming, CWtL builds on concepts, which have been successfully implemented in Ukraine, Sudan, South Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, Chad, Bangladesh, 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.



Your Challenge

You will be 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. You will be involved with the management of a complex global programme, including the scaling of the CWtL programme, strategic partnership development, programme planning, product development, project implementation and quality assurance. Can’t Wait to Learn is currently strongly embedded in our programming in Jordan, Ukraine and Uganda in cooperation with implementing partners and War Child technical and in-country teams and from the perspective of scaling the innovation, multiple opportunities for implementation of CWtL by (i)NGO/MoE /and UN partners are being explored and planned for.



Your Responsibilities


Develop policy and vision

§  Lead the strategy development for CWtL in line with War Child organizational strategy. Further develop the vision and programme policy, based on strategic organizational policy.

§  Develop multiannual plan and budgetand ensure this is embedded in program proposals, projects and activities.

§  Evaluate implemented policies, programs and projects, make proposals for improvement and change to ensure programme success and impact.

§  Create a product strategy, including product maturity, long term sustainability and look into scaling approaches such as replication and open source considerations and implications.

§  Stay abreadth of relevant external economic & social-political developments that may relate to consequences and opportunities.


Develop and realise the programme to scale

·       Lead & motivate the team to define, design and coordinate plans for each programme component in line with quality standards, timeline, detailed budgets and milestones.

·       Oversee the development of processes, tools and guidelines to ensure smooth project management and implementation

·       Build a network of technical partners and actively engage in high level strategic game development/product decisions

·       Responsible for effective integration of new components into the CWTL portfolio, together with the R&D department as well as with external partners.

·       Lead in-country partnership development for implementation in collaboration with in-country teams where relevant.

·       Manage programme operations, including finance management, logistics, and procurement in line with programme and organisational parameters and policy.

·       Develop and implement a scale-up strategy designed to foster broad education in emergencies sector acceptance of intervention approach, together with other programme partners.

·       Develop a financial (self-)sustainability model for CWTL, including development of business model(s).




§  Ensure buy-in and support from a diverse set of national and global stakeholders as well as of external partners and donors.

§  Foster sharing and learning from programme experience within War Child and the education-in- emergencies sector more generally – written articles, contribution to conferences and events, and by initiating learning events.

§  Represent the organisation in relevant (inter)national events, networks and sector groups, especially the EdTech sector.

§  Identify and drive forward collaboration opportunities with external parties for the purpose of implementing programs and fundraising, selects new partners and consults the management team.

§  Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of internal and external partnerships.



§  Secure the necessary multi-donor portfolio to support scale-up ambitions, including developing strategic donor relationships in collaboration with War Child fundraising teams.

§  Actively seek and pursue funding opportunities and coordinate the proposal development process in line with programme strategy and funding needs. 

§  Document and share programme results and the potential for replication and scaling-up with relevant stakeholders, including potential donors.



Your Profile

·       University degree, preferably in general management, development studies, education, EdTech or related fields.

·       Knowledge of humanitarian contexts – preferably in EiE sector and stakeholders.

·       Extensive knowledge of (humanitarian) innovation and scaling.

·       Prior experience in the EdTech sector, either having worked on developing a product, or responsible for creation and execution of a program implementation strategy.

·       Extensive knowledge of the evidence base of educational (tech) programs and the key players in the education technology in developing countries.

·       Experience with conducting research is not necessary but a plus.

·       Experience in leading and managing multi-donor and multi-stakeholders’ programmes.

·       Experience in running fundraising initiatives.

·       Demonstrated experience in leading teams with highly specialized subject experts and working cross-functionally with technical and non-technical teams.

·       Demonstrated experience with technical product development as part of a larger team of professionals

(Ministries, design teams, programmers, curriculum developers, educational content specialists and       creators)

·       Demonstrable social and communication skills, able to deal effectively in a variety of cultural and political contexts.

·       Strong strategic and analytical skills for effective risk management coupled with problem solving and a can-do attitude.

·       Result-based management: demonstrated capacity to plan and drive results in a structured manner.

·       Strong leadership skills: demonstrated capacity to take decisions regarding operational and personnel matters.

·       Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at different levels.

·       Fluent in English and preferably also some of the other War Child country languages (Dutch, French, Spanish and/or Arabic).




Any country where War Child has a large CWtL programme (Jordan, Uganda and Ukraine) or where the majority of the global team sits (in Amsterdam, Netherlands). The successful candidate must be eligible to work in that country. Preference will be given to local candidates.



Our Offer

Depending on the duty station, local contract with salary and secondary labour conditions based on the country’s salary scale and T&C’s will apply.



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.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before 12 May 2023. Make sure to upload your English CV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter by using the following hyperlink: Working at War Child | Career site (

N.B. War Child will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and reserves the right to close the vacancy if a successful candidate is identified prior to the closing date.

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