War Child Holand: Youth Engagement Program Coordinator

Background on the organisation
War Child is an independent and impartial international non-governmental organization investing in a peaceful future for children and young people affected by armed conflict. We strive to empower children and young people while enabling adults to bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of conflict affected children and young people. 

Youth engagement
In the contexts in which we work, many young people feel excluded and disempowered, especially during the school-to-work transition. War Child has decided to embark on programme development regarding the psychosocial wellbeing, civic and community engagement of older adolescents and young adults, beginning with a new program in Gaza which will combine sports, life skills, job skills development, and psychosocial wellbeing. 

As well as providing direct services to adolescents, we highly value the commitment demonstrated by the young adults involved in implementing community programs with War Child, and think we can do more to ensure that their involvement also: 
1.    enhances their employability and success in making the school-to-work transition
2.    encourages positive community engagement during this key transition period
3.    continues to provide opportunities for personal growth and wellbeing, and help coping with the challenges of this developmental stage

Objective of the job
The purpose of this job is to explore, develop and test an approach that provides adolescents and young people with opportunities for recreation, positive engagement, skills development and personal growth.  

The Youth Engagement Program Coordinator will work with War Child and external stakeholders to develop and implement a package of interventions for adolescents and young people which emphasises positive community engagement, skills development, personal growth and wellbeing. In the first stage, this will involve kick-off and further development of a project combining these topics with sports activities in Gaza.

Position in the organisation
The duty station of the Youth Engagement Program Coordinator is Gaza. The Youth Engagement Program Coordinator will be an active member of the global youth engagement technical network and will work closely with the Programme Quality and Research & Development departments at Head Office, and with the Regional Partnership and Business Development Advisor. S/he will also work closely with partner organisations and young people participating in projects. The Youth Engagement Program Coordinator will not manage other staff. 

Result areas (max 5)

1.    Project development and implementation
•    Oversees and monitors initial kick-off of sports activities with partner organisation in Gaza
•    Maps and analyses the needs, interests and potential of young people involved in War Child and partner program
•    Identifies gaps between needs of young people and opportunities available, and identifies ways for War Child and partners to contribute

•    Designs and leads the formulation of an approach and associated project in close collaboration with War Child partner
•    Monitors and evaluates project implementation, and adjusts timely and accordingly
•    Compiles relevant project proposals, reports, plans and budgets in collaboration with relevant War Child Gaza team members
•    Contributes to organisational strategy development, and provides advice, information and support on the theme of youth engagement in regional/country strategy, planning and reporting processes
•    Continuously advises management on project design and status
•    Documents all stages of project development and implementation in language and format suitable for testing/adaptation in other War Child countries
•    Coordinates closely with Psychosocial Support Specialist (PSS) to identify ways to deal with conditions affecting the youth wellbeing
•    Identifies  and design with the PSS procedures to work on Psychosocial support needs of youth.

Performance Objective: A project/s for adolescents and young people in Gaza is developed, implemented, and documented. 

2.    Relationship management

•    Establishes and moderates a project working group
•    Develops intellectual relationships with actors from related sectors, including academic where relevant
•    Co-maintains funding relationships with Programmes & Grants Management
•    Represents the organisation in relevant external events and coordination forums
•    Maintains relevant internal communications and relations related to project development and progress
•    Takes care of information provision to relevant actors and monitors expectations
•    Coordinates with the local authorities as need arises in agreement with the line manager

Performance Objective: The project working group functions well, and relations are maintained, facilitating smooth collaboration within and outside the organisation in the field of youth engagement



•    A Master’s degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience
•    Demonstrated ability and enthusiasm for youth engagement and participation
•    Fluency in spoken and written Arabic and English
•    Ability to live and work in Gaza, and willingness to undertake frequent work-related travel within Gaza, and outside if possible
•    Commitment to the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence


•    A minimum of 5 years’ experience featuring experience in at least some of: 
o    project/content development
o    project implementation, including programme start-up
o    programming targeting the school-to-work transition
o    youth participation and engagement
o    child/youth-focussed social work, mental health, social sciences, protection or similar
•    Experience with sports programmes for young people (Desirable)
•    Experience with gender sensitive programme design (Desirable)

•    Flexibility and creativity, ability to deal with complexity and ambiguity
•    Communication skills which clearly and transparently ensure that all stakeholders have the information they need to feel engaged
•    Good networking and meeting facilitation skills
•    A personal profile that brings positive energy, can-do mentality and a sense of both humour and perspective
•    Social media skills an advantage
•    A learning attitude

•    Problem solving
•    Written communication skills
•    Networking
•    Cooperation
•    Flexibility

How to apply
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before the 18th of Sep. Make sure to send your English CV and cover letter to info.opt@warchild.nl. Please mention ‘Youth Engagement Program Coordinator in the title of the email.

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. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Previous applicants for the ‘Youth Engagement project developer’ are still under consideration and need not re-apply. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to undertake a written assessment in English.

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.