Specialist Business Development, Partnerships & Scaling (Can’t Wait to Learn)

“Result oriented, service minded networker with experience in relations management and fundraising with institutional donors”

Your Challenge

Can’t Wait to Learn is one of War Child’s flagship programs. A self-paced serious gaming format accessed on tablets, the model takes conflict-affected children through Government-approved curriculum, providing them opportunity to work toward primary level. Crucially, in line with War Child’s programming strategies, Can’t Wait to Learn is designed with targeted children. The unique co-creation process culminates in the development of locally contextualised game content, including the design, storyline and curriculum. Can’t Wait to Learn is now scaling in Lebanon, Jordan, Uganda, and Sudan, and being introduced in Chad. It is acknowledged as an outstanding innovation with the potential to improve equity and learning outcomes and strengthen education systems, winning recognition with multiple international awards and through the support of government and non-government implementation partners.

As CWTL Specialist for Business Development, Partnerships and Scaling, you drive fundraising efforts to support the scale up of Can’t Wait to Learn in current and new settings. You actively support fundraising efforts, provide overall support and advice to relevant teams in proposal development, and oversee correct administration, reporting and compliance of grants. You liaise closely with programme and finance staff from the country offices and HO teams to assure that funding proposals are designed in line with War Child’s quality standards and the donor’s requirements. You also contribute to the positioning of War Child in external networks and with (possible) partners and donors.

As CWTL Specialist for Business Development, Partnerships and Scaling you are part of the global Programme Partnership and Grants (2PG) team and you report to the Manager of the 2PG team, and coordinate and collaborate closely with the Can’t Wait to Learn Program Director and team and country/regional offices.

Your responsibilities

  1. Fundraising (60%)

- Support the Can’t Wait to Learn team and relevant country offices in developing and implementing fundraising strategies to support scale-up ambitions

- Pro-actively identify funding opportunities and initiate and support the development of proposals

- Liaise with relevant departments to ensure their timely contribution and review of proposals

- Lead internal review and approval processes for proposals

- Implement fundraising activities, monitor and report on their progress and propose adjustments if necessary

- Support the Can’t Wait to Learn team, country offices, programmes and partners in improving knowledge on main donors, and their application processes and rules.

  1. Compliance and grant management (10%)

- Act as focal point in coordination with the Team leader Quality Assurance for all compliance-related issues for awards supporting Can’t Wait to Learn, with a focus on those administered at the HO (global) level

- Advice and support relevant teams in all phases of the project cycle, to ensure project implementation in line with the War Child’s quality standards and the donor’s requirements

- Pro-actively inform relevant teams on donor requirements and policies, in coordination with Account Managers and the Team leader Quality Assurance

- Ensure timely and quality donor and internal reports and requests, and if necessary, liaise with relevant teams to obtain their input and advice

- Lead internal review and approval processes for contracts, reports and donor communication

- Maintain all grant related documentation according to War Child policies and procedures.

  1. Networking with (possible) donors and partners (30%)

- Follow-up and inform relevant teams on most recent trends and policies of main donors relevant to Can’t Wait to Learn

- Liaise with internal and external stakeholders on Can’t Wait to Learn and proactively explore relevant opportunities for joint fundraising and cooperation

- Participate in external meetings and working groups in the Netherlands and relevant for War Child (e.g. Dutch Relief Alliance)

- Identify needs and opportunities for partnerships, in close coordination with the relevant teams

- Prepare and conduct visits to/from donor, partners and stakeholders relevant to Can’t Wait to Learn.

Your profile

  • Academic background in Development or International Cooperation and/or Communication and Marketing
  • Minimum 5 years work experience in the area of fundraising with institutional (bi/multilateral) donors such as the European Commission, USAID, DFID, SIDA and UNICEF in an international development and/or humanitarian aid environment
  • Demonstrated experience in writing successful concept notes and grant proposals
  • A good grasp of and experience with the funding environment and donor trends in one or more of the countries where Can’t Wait to Learn is being implemented
  • Knowledge and understanding of (institutional) donor networks globally
  • Good knowledge regarding current development and trends in the international cooperation sector (humanitarian aid or development)
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English and one of the following languages: Dutch, French, Arabic and/or Spanish
  • Able to write detailed, yet clear and compelling, materials including brochures, pitch decks, concept notes, proposals and business cases under the pressure of donor deadlines
  • Good relation building and diplomatic skills and strong in building and maintaining networks;
  • Excellent facilitation and organisational skills
  • A strategic thinker, flexible and with (cultural and organisational) sensitivity;
  • Willing and able to travel to War Child programming areas
  • Available for 24 hours per week
  • EU national or eligible to live and work in EU.

Our offer

  • Salary range from €3193 – €4130 gross per month, based on 40 hours per week (the exact step determined by the years of your relevant working experience)
  • 26 vacation days (based on 40 hours per week), plus 2 additional free days
  • A contributory pension scheme
  • Monthly mobile phone contribution of € 25,-
  • Possibility to follow training and/or courses and attend War Child’s events
  • Pleasant working conditions, good atmosphere, great colleagues and of course the meaningful purpose of our work!

The organisation

War Child is a young and dynamic organisation. 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 offers a challenging job in an inspiring workplace in Amsterdam.

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply by no later than January 12th. Make sure to upload your English CV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter here:

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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.
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