Closing Date : 2020-01-19
Duty Station : Kampala, Uganda
Application : Apply for the job

Organization: War Child Holland
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 19 Jan 2020

Passionate Program Manager experienced in management of programs in education, child protection, play and psychosocial support in refugee settings

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 EnglishCV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter by using the following hyperlink:

Please mention where you found this vacancy. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

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The safety of children is essential to War Child. War Child does not tolerate or accept any form of abuse. 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.


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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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