Job Opportunities with World Vision Afghanistan

World Vision Afghanistan has worked with the vulnerable children of Afghanistan, their families and communities, since 2001.

Currently, World Vision Afghanistan has a commitment to bring hope and help to children and communities in the country through a range of holistic, integrated projects that promote change and improve well-being. Every year, about 488,609 children and adults benefit from World Vision Afghanistan’s programmes, which currently operate in four provinces and cities throughout Afghanistan.

Thank you for your interest in working with World Vision Afghanistan!

Senior Director, External Engagement

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.


The Senior Director, External Engagement provides overall leadership, coordination and alignment of global level external engagement, seeking to achieve influence, support income and ultimately to impact external targets in support of WV objectives for children as articulated in Our Promise. The Senior Director will develop and deliver annual plans that maximize the external engagement of Senior leaders, sector and thematic experts, policy advisors and children. The Senior Leader leads and facilitates the External Engagement (EE) Advisory Group for aligned and impactful external engagement across the Global Centre, including through analysis and prioritization of external stakeholders and partnerships, and through regular reporting, innovation and excellence. The Senior Director leads the alignment of EE in WV Global Capitals, leads a team of EE advisors (including in the Global Capitals) and ensures that WV voices are addressing the most important and impactful stakeholders, forums and processes in support of the rights and well being of children, especially the most vulnerable. The Senior Leader will support strong external engagement across all entities of the Partnership, including support to Regional Advocacy Directors in their EE planning. S/he will support Senior WV leaders, including the President, in their participation in major multilateral events and dialogue with external bodies.


Develop and deliver a global External Engagement agenda focused on the rights of children and the achievement of priority Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) External Engagement agenda provides the best opportunities for WV to advance its external objectives and positively impact the lives of most vulnerable children.

Examples include:

  • Work with Global Capital leads to represent or position WV within the UN, diplomatic, and NGO communities.

  • Coordinate and facilitate external relationships that enable WV to articulate its concerns to NGO, UN, Governmental, and other multilateral bodies.

  • Strategic briefings to inform organizations of WV's work and policy positioning.

  • Direct meetings with key individuals and active participation in meetings of multilateral bodies.

  • Support, coordinate and facilitate representation at agreed global events on behalf of the wider A&EE.

  • Translate in-depth policy work in A&EE priority thematic areas into messaging for use in external relationships.

  • Maintain good relations and work effectively with other members of the GC, SOs and GFO teams to ensure that World Vision presents a professional and efficient point of contact to global institutions.

  • Including maintaining awareness of the activities of other members of the team to enable mutual support during times of high pressure activity.

  • Management of the EE team, including across Global Capitals in New York, Geneva and Brussels. Support regional capitals in other locations (Africa, Asia and LAC).

  • Aligned, well functioning team supporting overall EE objectives of the A&EE team and Global Centre.

  • Develop team culture in line with agreed A&EE behaviours and mindsets.

  • Contribute to the overall leadership of the A&EE team.

  • Set and monitor the team’s annual workplans and the individual workplans of the team.

  • Manage budget.

  • Represent World Vision, and/or support representation of World Vision leaders at priority external forums, events, networks and other processes to promote agreed policy positions.

  • Strong and effective World Vision representation at priority global forums and processes, through:

  • Consistent use of strategic planning processes and tools. This includes working with Global Communications to develop communications plans for all priority engagements, and working with the President’s communications team when he is participating.

  • Support for participation in international meetings, and provision of direction re: networking with multilateral leaders. Briefing key World Vision leaders before key events and debriefing afterwards.

  • Act as the organisational representative, the representative of the President, or the representative of the Advocacy & External Engagement Partnership Leader at external forums.

  • Advise WV leadership on industry thinking and new developments.

  • Provide overall leadership to EE Advisory Group.

  • Aligned, coherent and bold World Vision EE across the Global Centre, directed at the most important and prioritized external stakeholders, leading to influence, income and impact for children.

  • Provide guidance for the development of strategic global partnerships.

  • WV’s highest priority global partnerships are performing and delivering at their optimal level and, thereby, making substantive contributions to WV’s impact.


  • Masters degree in International Affairs, Public Policy, International Development, Human Rights, Law or other relevant field.

  • Minimum 7 year leadership experience working in child rights focused External Engagement in CSO context and/or government or multilateral context.

  • Expert level understanding of child rights policy debates and dialogues, including regarding the Sustainable Development Goals, ODA, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • Significant field experience and/or understanding in international development or humanitarian contexts.

  • English language fluency.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Excellent communications skills, verbally and written.

  • Excellent trends and political analysis skills.

  • Excellent team leadership and management skills.

  • Strong understanding of World Vision Partnership and Our Promise.

  • Strong understanding of global trends, debates and agendas related to development and humanitarian issues.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.

Protection and Gender Sector Lead, WV Afghanistan


The position holder has a dual role of providing technical leadership and oversight to World Vision Afghanistan’s Protection programming, encompassing Humanitarian Protection, Child Protection and Safeguarding, as well as ensuring Protection and Gender Mainstreaming across all sectors and programming.

The position is a technical advisory role and the holder also acts as an advisor to senior management in designing a protection strategy that fits within the broader Humanitarian Protection Strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with affected populations, including children, adolescents, and youth.

The Protection Advisor’s Key Areas of focus will include among others:

  • Protection Strategy Development and alignment with WV Afghanistan National Strategy and Our Promise 2030.

  • Grant acquisition and resource mobilization in the Protection Sector, with a specific focus on Child Protection and addressing Negative Social Norms.

  • Technical support to ensure Protection and Gender Mainstreaming in Program / Proposal Development.

  • Provide external and donor representation for Protection programming, including cultivation of partnerships and networking with respect to Protection and related sub-sectors.

  • Technical guidance and quality assurance of Protection, Child Protection, Gender Based Violence (GBV) programming, as well as mainstreaming of protection considerations, gender and Disability inclusion approaches for achieving gender sensitive and transformative outcomes in programming.

  • Build organisational capacity and provide training to implement prioritised project models and evidence-based practices in Protection, Child Protection, and Gender, including facilitation of key training packages in alignment with the Protection Cluster and related sub-clusters.

  • Ensure WV Afghanistan’s compliance to all safeguarding and other minimum requirements for protection in humanitarian action.


Strategy & Program Development:

  • Participate in revision of WV Afghanistan strategy and priorities based on emerging needs, change in context and donor interests.

  • Lead development and alignment of WV Afghanistan Protection Technical Approaches and Technical Programs with the National Office Strategy and Our Promise 2030.

  • Ensure Protection, Gender and disability considerations are mainstreamed into all World Vision Afghanistan Sector Strategies and technical approaches and proposals.

  • In coordination with the programme development team, take lead in the design of new protection specific projects and provide technical inputs to all new project proposals/concept notes.

  • Together with PDQ team, meet donors to preposition for new program ideas and models based on evidence.

  • Conduct regular situational analysis of the sector and feed recommendations back to WV Afghanistan for decision making on future priorities.

  • Ensure the participation of Women, Men, Gils and Boys (children, adolescents, and youth) in the development and implementation of strategies that address key protection priorities, including through participatory assessments.

Support Implementation, Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Provide leadership to ensure the overall technical quality of all WV Afghanistan Protection programming, both through direct efforts, and through mentorship and coaching of field-based Project.

  • Ensure all programming and implementation follows WV Afghanistan’s standard technical approaches to each sub-sector, uptakes donor, international and country-specific guidance, minimum requirements and global best practices.

  • Support DM&E to develop assessment, monitoring & evaluation tools to measure Protection, Gender, CP and Safeguarding issues, risks; Build staff capacity on use of Protection tools (i.e. Safety Audit).

  • Review grant progress reports and M&E reports specifically program findings and recommendations.

  • Provide technical leadership to Protection, CP and other sector related research, case studies, learning reviews and publications for WV Afghanistan, and as part of WV Regional / Global initiatives relevant to Afghanistan or fragile contexts.

Organizational and Staff Capacity Building:

  • Take lead in strengthening of internal organizational systems relating to Protection Programming.

  • Provide technical support to the recruitment of Protection related and other technical staff (i.e. JD review based on existing standard JDs, technical short-listing, technical interviews, etc).

  • Develop and revise protection capacity building plans and share with P&C (HR).

  • Review, update and where necessary, develop contextualized training or other guidance material for Protection field staff based on project needs and assessment findings.

  • Facilitate key Protection, Protection Mainstreaming, Gender Mainstreaming, Child Protection and GBV related training packages as recognized by cluster/sub-cluster.

Staff Matrix Management:

  • Duly conduct performance planning and evaluation of matrix reports in close coordination with their line Manager.

Networking, Coordination & External Engagement:

  • Maintain strong relationships with key strategic donors, UN, Cluster system, Line Ministries, INGOS and NGOs including cultivation of partnerships, collaborations and advocacy for resources to strengthen programme scope and effectiveness.

  • Represent World Vision Afghanistan in the inter-agency humanitarian cluster system through active participation in cluster meetings and other existing coordination mechanisms at national, regional and international levels (e.g. the

  • Protection Cluster, GBV sub-cluster, Child Protection sub-cluster and other existing coordination mechanisms.

  • Provide support and senior leadership to the WV Afghanistan national advocacy It Takes A World Campaign theme “ending child marriage”.

  • Provide support to research, advocacy, case studies and policy briefs on protection issues, including inter-agency collaboration with policy-focused NGOs in Afghanistan or externally, and coordination with World Vision International and

  • Support Office initiatives.


  • Provide Strategic Leadership in Safeguarding and implementation of the Child and Adult Safeguarding Policy across the National Office

  • Lead, develop and coordinate Safeguarding Capacity Building and Awareness Raising strategy for WV staff and affiliates

  • Take lead in coordination and management and response to Level 1 child protection community-level incidents according to local Child Protection/Safeguarding Incident Preparedness Plan

  • Manage the response of Level 2 and Level 3 safeguarding incidents including investigations and reports, with accountability to the Global Centre’s WVI Integrated Safeguarding Unit, according to global protocols and local Child Protection/Safeguarding Incident Preparedness Plan with support from Regional Safeguarding Focal Point

  • Jointly with Operations team(s), ensure that accessible complaints and response mechanisms are in all communities where WV works, in line with the Programme Accountability Framework (PAF), which aim to help children and adults report harm, abuse, exploitation or other breaches of Behaviour Protocols by WV staff, volunteers, visitors, consultants or WV affiliates.

  • Coordinate care for and support to staff working on difficult child protection and safeguarding issues

  • All other safeguarding duties as specified in the Safeguarding Policy.


  • University Degree in International Relations, Humanitarian Protection, Human Rights or Social Work; Master’s Degree is strongly preferred.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a technical position related to Protection, with a comprehensive experience in both child protection and GBV technical sectors strongly preferred.

  • Certification or other similar demonstration of capacity to facilitate trainings and provide coaching and supervision to key Protection, Child Protection and Violence Against Women technical packages (i.e. Protection Mainstreaming

  • Minimum Standards, Child Protection Minimum Standards, GBViE Minimum Standards, PSEA, Community Based Complaints and Reporting Mechanisms)

  • Proven experience in identifying Protection (CP/Violence Against Women) resource opportunities, engaging with donors and partners on Protection issues (or including child protection and Violence Against Women), designing high quality

  • Protection/CP programmes and budgets.

  • Experience mentoring and coaching staff to improve Protection technical quality, as well as mainstreaming in key sectors such as Food Security and Livelihoods, Education, WASH, Health & Nutrition etc.

  • Experience in leading or contributing to a Protection focused advocacy campaign preferred.

  • Must have experience in fragile or humanitarian contexts

  • Better Understanding and application of the Humanitarian –Development Nexus

  • Candidates applying, should have experience in grant-funded field offices - Strongly preferred

  • Deep knowledge of international humanitarian and human rights frameworks; understanding of Afghanistan frameworks for human rights, children’s rights, women’s rights and protections from GBV preferred.

  • Creative, interested to refine, create, test and produce protection, child protection, child rights or GBV prevention methodologies, approaches, training and materials informed by international guidelines and best practices.

  • Collaboration and teamwork – Excels in collaborating with external partners (UN, NGO, local actors, other); Interested to actively participate in technical working groups, and keen to learn from other agencies to refine approaches and high technical standards.

  • Team leadership & People Management – Motivated, enthusiastic leader interested to engage all staff on Protection , child protection or Safeguarding issues, and to support the professional development of national staff.

  • Three to five years of technical expertise in the areas of protection and child protection

  • Experience in capacity building processes, tools and methodologies

  • Two years or more NGO experience in the humanitarian and development fields respectively

  • Experience in needs assessment and project design

  • HEAT Training

  • Excellent written English, with fluency in speaking English.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Masters Degree in the above mentioned areas.

  • Experience participating in program implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes.

  • Experience providing technical guidance or operational leadership to interventions intended to mainstream gender considerations and promote gender equality and disability inclusion.

  • Proven experience in identifying Protection (CP/Violence Against Women) resource opportunities, engaging with donors and partners on Protection issues (or including child protection and Violence Against Women), designing high quality

  • Protection/CP programmes and budgets

  • Experience in facilitating trainings and providing coaching and supervision to key Protection, Child Protection and Violence Against Women technical packages (i.e. Protection Mainstreaming Minimum Standards, Child Protection Minimum

  • Standards, GBViE Minimum Standards, PSEA, Community Based Complaints and Reporting Mechanisms)

  • Strong Safeguarding experiences especially in establishing and strengthening internal safeguarding systems across all sectors and programmes.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position is Herat based and requires approximately 60% of the time to be office based.

  • The position also requires 30% of travel within the country including Kabul and 10% internationally.

  • The position requires ability and willingness to continue to function during a crisis, including during a World Vision response to a man-made or natural disaster.

  • The position requires availability and willingness to work outside regular office hours occasionally.

  • The position requires willingness to travel and work in a hostile environment and stay in a shared team house with strict security protocols for international staff.


*We have consolidated World Vision's Emergency Response Roster. If you have previously applied your information has been retained and is in our database; do not reapply.

*Answer all questions on the application to be considered for the Emergency Response Roster; country location to be determined based on response.

*If you do not meet minimum eligibility requirements, we invite you to support and help through prayer and donations.

World Vision’s Emergency Response Roster is comprised of highly experienced and vetted humanitarian aid professionals available for short term, medium term, and long term emergency response assignments with World Vision. This roster allows World Vision to more rapidly identify and hire for key positions in its humanitarian response offices.

If selected, eligible applicants will first be fully vetted and then approved for the Emergency Response Roster. As vacancies arise in our humanitarian offices, roster members will be considered for employment opportunities.

If you have the required experience and would like to work with us helping protect lives, restore dignity, and renew hope, we’d love to hear from you.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for all Emergency Response Roster Positions:

  • 5+ years of cross cultural humanitarian emergency experience outside of your home country.

  • Minimum 2 years experience serving successfully in fragile or unstable environments.

  • Experience directly managing staff during humanitarian emergency responses.

  • Ability to work long hours in stressful environments with a variety of skilled professionals.

  • Demonstrated management of budgets in emergency response settings.

  • Willing to serve unaccompanied; most likely in a team house setting.

  • English proficiency; written and verbal.

  • Grant Acquisition Management experience in your personalized expertise.

  • Strong track record in developing good working relationships with governmental institutions and multilateral agencies.

Below are the World Vision Emergency Response Roster positions that are currently open and accepting applications. If a position matching your background and interests is not listed, we encourage you to check back often as a more appropriate roster position may be listed and accepting applications at that time.

When submitting your application to World Vision’s Emergency Response Roster, please indicate in your cover letter / application which roster position you would like to be considered for.

Director positions currently accepting applications (must have 5-7+ years’ in response leadership role):

  • Response Director

  • Operations Director

  • Programmes Strategy & Development Director

Manager/Specialist positions currently accepting applications (must have 5+ years’ related experience):

  • Communication and External Engagement Manager

  • Human Resources Manager

  • Support Services Manager

  • Finance Manager

  • Information Management Manager

  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Humanitarian Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Manager

  • Grant Acquisition and Management Manager

  • Cash Programming Manager/Specialist

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Manager/Specialist

  • Health Manager/Specialist

  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Manager/Specialist

  • Nutrition Manager/Specialist

  • Education in Emergencies Manager/Specialist

  • Livelihoods Manager/Specialist

  • Protection Manager/Specialist

  • Child Protection ManManager/Specialist