Technical Advisor – Learning through Play

“energetic professional with solid technical expertise and passion for quality programming and capacity building”


As Technical Advisor – Learning through Play within the War Child Holland Research and Development (R&D) team you have strong expertise and experience in a key technical area of work relevant to the PlayMatters project: ECCE, education (primary age, formal or non-formal), and/or MHPSS.

PlayMatters is a 5-year $100 Mil USD consortium project, funded by the LEGO Foundation and lead by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). PlayMatters is designed to promote wellbeing and learning through play for all conflict-affected children aged 3 to 12+ in Ethiopia and Uganda, working with stakeholders including children, caregivers, educators, communities and education systems. War Child Holland’s (WCH) role in the consortium includes co-leadership of the research agenda with IRC, as well as designing and implementing War Child’s own program activities.

As Technical Advisor – Learning through Play you support and ensure quality program development and implementation for WCH within PlayMatters. You provide technical support for relevant country, regional, and head office departments and/or WCH affiliates, and liaise with technical teams within War Child and the consortium, promoting collaboration and cooperation.

As Technical Advisor, you travel to head office and field locations of WCH, its affiliates and elsewhere if required to fulfil the obligations of this role. You are part of the R&D team and report to the PlayMatters Programme Manager. You work in close collaboration with programme, R&D, and other department colleagues at head office, regional, and country level.

The role will be based preferably in Kampala, Uganda, however potential to be based in another War Child country offices can be discussed.

Your Challenge

· Coordinate operationalization of PlayMatters programme strategy in your area of technical specialization **

· Lead or support development and adaptation of interventions, standard-setting and quality framework development for the PlayMatters project within WCH**

· Support technical aspects of roll-out of PlayMatters content

· Act as MEAL focal point for WCH in the PlayMatters consortium

· Monitor and support the application of and adherence to PlayMatters programme strategy and quality framework within WCH programming **

· Ensure effective communication of PlayMatters technical developments and programmatic results

· Work closely with researchers to ensure that content and implementation maintain fidelity with research trial design

· Incorporate and apply emerging research findings in iterative program design and adaptive management of program quality**

· Provide training materials and conduct training and capacity building for implementation of relevant PlayMatters content

· Ensure adherence to relevant WCH policies and principles related to child safeguarding, inclusion, and accountability and assist with competency development and learning to achieve this

· Participate in or facilitate on behalf of WCH relevant technical working groups, workshops, meetings, and workstreams, and continuously update relevant R&D colleagues and management on same.

Your Profile

Essential qualifications:

· Masters or PhD in a relevant academic background, or equivalent professional experience

· Min. 5 years’ experience in area of expertise, of which at least 3 years in the field

· Experience in developing and adapting content, methods, tools, programs/interventions and designing/delivering training

· Knowledge of East Africa context as related to children’s development and wellbeing

· Knowledge and experience in Monitoring & Evaluation

· Fluency in English, written and verbal

· Strong advisory skills, understanding of (learning/capacity strengthening) needs

· Good facilitation skills & intercultural sensitivity

· Good communicator, willing to share knowledge and experience

· Willingness and ability to travel

· Fully support War Child’s mandate and mission

· Full-time role based in Kampala (other War Child office locations can be discussed).

Desirable qualifications:

· Experience of working with and applying research and development inputs

· Demonstrated ability to undertake thematic literature and content reviews

· Experience of working in a (post) conflict setting

· Basic familiarity with common research methodologies e.g. RCT

· Project management experience.

We offer

· A challenging job, within an inspiring and motivated team of people and the backup of a strong and professional organisation in the Netherlands

· A fair salary that depends on base location and years of relevant working experience of the candidate and comprehensive secondary benefits that (depending on location) include housing contribution, good insurances (including health, travel and disability) and opportunities to develop and learn professionally.

Job Location: Kampala, Uganda. This is a family duty station (location in other WCH offices can be discussed, not all locations are family duty stations).

Contract: War Child Holland is looking for someone committed to invest up to 5 years in this position, starting with a 1 year contract with the intention to prolong.

Starting date: August 2020

War Child strives to create an inclusive work environment. Candidates from all backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences who judge that they are able to fill all or most of the essential requirements for this role are encouraged to apply. East African candidates are encouraged to apply.

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