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?

  • 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


  • 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 by using the following hyperlink:

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