WHAT DESIGN CAN DO is looking for a project assistant to join our Programme Team in Amsterdam

What Design Can Do (WDCD) is an international organisation that seeks to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, fair and just society using the power of design. Our mission is to empower the global creative community to make a valuable contribution to solving the major problems of our time.

Based in Amsterdam, with hubs in São Paulo, Mexico City, Delhi, Nairobi and Tokyo, WDCD started in 2011 and is initiated, curated and organised by creatives. Since its inception, WDCD has undertaken numerous activities to promote the role of designers in addressing the world’s most pressing societal and environmental issues. It has done so by showcasing best practices, initiating discussions and facilitating collaboration between disciplines. So far, WDCD has hosted successful international design conferences in Amsterdam, São Paulo, and Mexico City.

Through its print publications, website, blog and social media, WDCD reaches an international community of engaged designers and creatives. In addition, our Challenge programme provides a space where the creative community can pilot, test and scale new innovations led by design and design-thinking. Challenges provide the global creative community with the connections, resources, skills and funding to help their new ideas thrive. In October 2022 WDCD will launch our next global design challenge with local tracks in at least six cities (Delhi, Amsterdam, Mexico City, São Paulo, Nairobi and Tokyo). In May 2022, we will host our 10th annual WDCD Live Festival in Amsterdam.


We are looking for a new colleague to join the WDCD programme team in developing and executing our next design challenge and WDCD Live Festival.

This role can be 4 or 5 days per week, partially remote with in-person working days at our office in Amsterdam Oost. 

You will be working directly with our project manager and programme manager on:

  • Planning events & programmes
  • Administration
  • Production
  • Communication
  • Research


  • are interested in design, innovation and/or sustainability
  • are enthusiastic and have a great sense of accountability for your work
  • are tech-savvy and experienced with tools such as Google Suite and Microsoft Office
  • are capable of updating and creating pages on a WordPress website
  • can speak and write comfortably in English 
  • are committed to supporting a safe, inclusive and pleasant workplace for all


An interesting position with career opportunities, in a creative social impact organisation with an international scope and network. You’ll be joining a team of 12 Amsterdam-based creative professionals. The working atmosphere is informal, multilingual, team-oriented and encourages individual input and development. 

Send your CV and motivation to Maartje van Dehn (jobs@whatdesigncando.com) before 6 September 2021 at 09.00h. With any questions or comments about this vacancy post, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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