Roving Programme Manager

War Child

Amsterdam, Netherlands


You are flexible and you adapt easily to new challenging work environments. You enjoy variety in your work and the opportunity to travel to different countries worldwide. As the Roving Programme Manager (PM) you are responsible for stepping in for Programme (Development) Managers in the War Child programme countries, either when capacity is lacking, or extra support is needed. You are responsible for the quality of the programme you are assigned to. Programmes can be implemented by War Child staff and/or (partly) by local partners, and as the Roving PM you are responsible for coaching and training either War Child staff or partners, to ensure that quality programmes are delivered.
In the programme country you are the technical/content advisor to the Country Director (CD), the Field Location Manager(s) (FLM), Project Officers, and in general all programme staff responsible for implementing programmes. You are a temporary member of the Country Management Team. You are most of the time based in country offices, with frequent travel to the different field locations, and short periods of time in Amsterdam between assignments. Assignments in country offices may vary in length, from a few weeks to several months. Hence a high level of flexibility is a must for this position.

Your challenge


  • Contribute to the development of the Country Strategy and the production of the annual plan;
  • Ensure the Country Strategy is in line with the context of the programme, based on assessments, child rights situation and conflict analysis, lessons learned and best practises;
  • Lead and facilitate the process of developing (and writing) programme and project proposals (with a focus on content/ technical components);
  • Monitor local needs and developments;  
  • Monitor programme implementation and measure programme effectiveness;
  • Develop tools and formats for planning, monitoring and evaluation in close cooperation with Head Quarters (HQ) and support programme staff and local partners in application of these tools.

Management and capacity building staff & local partners

  • Indicate training needs and advise FLM(s) on possible improvements and training options for the programme staff;
  • Develop training manuals and carry out training of programme staff and local partners;
  • Manage well-being of the programme unit staff.

Maintain network of contacts/representation

  • Represent War Child in content meetings and coordination platforms;
  • Liaise with professional counterparts of (inter) national authorities and organisations.

Your profile

  • Relevant academic background (Psychology, Education, Community Development, Social Sciences);
  • At least 5 years field experience in Child Protection and/or Psychosocial Support programming in humanitarian or development work;
  • Proven experience with community based programmes with an (International) Non-Governmental Organisation in a (post) conflict context;
  • Experience with training and capacity building of senior and junior staff;
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative monitoring & evaluation tools;
  • Knowledge of psychosocial programmes for children within the development sector;
  • Knowledge of participatory assessment and community based programming;
  • Excellent advisory skills;
  • Strong social and communicative skills;
  • Excellent level of English (written and oral) for writing proposals and reporting;
  • Fluency in French and Spanish is an added value;
  • Ability to assess social/political situations and the ability to act in a diplomatic way in delicate situations;
  • Excellent capacity building and training skills:
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills:
  • Stress-resilient and able to cope with deadlines and complex problems;
  • Culturally sensitive.

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