Chief Program Officer, Global

Ref: 4984

Right to Play

London, UK

Role Managed by:

Cora Hui

Research Associate

t: +852 3703 9324


Primary Practice Group: Global Non-Profit Practice and Social Impact

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 02/03/2021

Formal Interview Date: April 2021

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Right to Play | Appointment of Chief Program Officer, Global (4984)

Right To Play protects, educates and empowers children to rise

Right To Play is a global organisation that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity using the power of play. By harnessing play, one of the most powerful and fundamental forces in a child’s life, we help 2.3million children each week to stay in school and out of work, to prevent life-threatening diseases like HIV and malaria, and to stay safe from exploitation and abuse. Right To Play is the only global development organisation focused exclusively on using play to transform the lives of children and youth impacted by poverty, war, disease, and inequality. Established in 2000, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in 22 countries across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Right To Play is now seeking a strategic and visionary leader to join the Executive Team as our next Chief Program Officer (CPO). This critically important, global leadership role reports to, and collaborates closely with our CEO, serving as an external representative and thought leader to raise the organization’s profile. In addition, the CPO will develop, articulate and implement the strategic vision and provide leadership for programs across Right To Play; oversee a significant portfolio of programs and related services; evaluate the effectiveness of programs to provide ongoing feedback; help to promote and diversify funding through effective resource stewardship with a healthy mix of government funding and private philanthropic support; harness expertise in play, technology and innovation; provide mentoring, guidance, supervision, and professional development to all programs staff; and enhance the mission of the organization by staying abreast of developments in the sector.

The successful candidate will be a driven, innovative and collaborative senior leader who is passionate about the power of playful learning. Experienced in developing and delivering program strategies internationally, they will bring to bear a combination of strategic and practical skills to ensure quality and impact. The CPO manages the Global Programs Unit including Program Development, Training and Capacity Building, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning, and Program Operations across Right To Play’s operational footprint. Currently, we operate in 14 countries and the CPO directly oversees country operations and our 300+ staff located in the field.  The CPO provides mentoring, guidance, supervision, and professional development to the team ensuring that departmental and organizational objectives, and operating requirements are met and aligned with the mission of Right To Play.

If you are excited by this opportunity, and bring a skillset that combines inspirational and visionary leadership, proven and effective development of global program strategies, excellent communication skills, as well as the ability to collaborate across a global and dispersed organisation, then we look forward to hearing from you.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Cora Hui at Perrett Laver at To download further information and apply for this role, go to quoting reference number 4984. The deadline for applications is Tuesday March 2, 2021 at 12 noon ET.

This role is based in London, UK.

Right To Play provides equal employment opportunities to employees regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.  We offer a family-friendly environment that allows for flexible work arrangements in order to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance. We are a child-centered organisation. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory police record check and vulnerable sector screening as a condition of employment.

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