Program manager Learning through play program 'play matters'


Beschrijving van de vacature

Your Challenge

Are you a seasoned and creative Program Manager with a passion for tackling the challenges facing refugee children, their families, communities and teachers? Do you have experience working with refugee populations in East Africa? Are you ready for a new challenge, which will see you lead War Child's efforts in collaboration with an IRC led consortium to bring Learning through Play to hundreds of thousands of children in East Africa?

War Child Holland (WCH) is seeking for a passionate, creative and qualified candidate to support implementation of an exciting new five year program to bring Learning through Play to refugee and host community children in Uganda, Ethiopia and a possible third country. The PlayMatters program is an IRC led consortium and is funded by The Lego Foundation for the coming five years.

The Program Manager will be based in Kampala, with a possible first phase in the Netherlands (War Child’s Home Office in Amsterdam), and will oversee all programmatic aspects, ensuring that objectives are met on time and within budget.



  • Provide dynamic and creative leadership to the program and the team
  • Oversees process bringing innovation to implementation
  • Serve as the principal liaison with the lead partner, as well as with other key partner officials and implementers, civil society partners, and other stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships with local and national organizations and Government
  • Ensure project activities are implemented on schedule and within budget
  • Supervise, manage, and mentor project staff
  • Oversee project budgeting, financial management, and compliance
  • Oversee monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of program activities
  • Represent WCH publicly and support its organizational development.



Based in Kampala, Uganda, with significant travel to refugee-hosting Districts in Uganda. Induction/orientation in Amsterdam, with subsequent periodic visits to War Child's head office and/or other locations in Europe/the US for donor/partner engagement.


Reporting to: War Child’s Director Research and Development


Supervising: Play Content Specialist; Senior Project Officer (Kampala based); Team Leaders (field-based) & Project Officer


Key relationships (internal): Uganda CD/Regional Rep; Uganda Country Program Manager; Regional Finance Advisor; Senior Acountmanager Foundation Partnerships and Senior Communication Manager.


Key relationships (external): lead INGO partner Project Director; fellow partner project leads and in-country implementation teams.


Your Profile

  • Post-graduate degree in International Development, Conflict or Social Studies or other relevant discipline
  • Min. 10 years progressive experience, including management experience in international development, with experience working in East Africa (with an educational background as a plus)
  • Min. 3 years in a relevant technical position, designing and implementing programs with a focus on improving learning outcomes for children
  • Ideally, experience managing programs in education, child protection, play and psychosocial support - in refugee settings
  • Proven leadership qualities and excellent management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to track and manage budgets and plan both strategically and creatively to meet project objectives;
  • Affinity with Research and Play
  • Full professional Fluency in English required; French is an asset
  • Fully support War Child’s mandate and mission
  • Available full time and ready to travel
  • Preferred if candidate is already be based in the region.


The Organisation

War Child is a dynamic organization. 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 Holland offers a challenging job in an inspiring workplace in Amsterdam.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before 19 January 2020. Make sure to upload your English CV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter here:

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