Partnering Through Faith

The Christian faith is a seamless part of all World Vision's response to the poor, oppressed and most vulnerable children. We seek to celebrate our Christian faith in deverse, uniting and joyful ways, while building relationships of mutual respect, understanding and inspiration among staff of different churches, faiths and views. Is your vision our vision? 

Faith & Development Evidence Advisor

Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate within Middle East/Eastern Europe Region (MEER) where WVI is registered to operate.

FAITH AND DEVELOPMENT EVIDENCE ADVISOR

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The purpose of this position is to support Middle East/Eastern Europe (MEER) Regional and Field Offices (FO) to ensure that Christ is at the center of all of our work. Through creating a vision to: Equip our leaders and staff to live out our faith; Further develop and scale guidance and evidence-based models for integrating faith in ministry practice and tracking the roots of poverty, vulnerability, and injustice; Ensure consistent communication of our Christian identity and mission; Expand and deepen our partnerships with churches and faith leaders.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Develop and scale evidence-based models for integrating faith in ministry practice:

  • Support FOs with integrating and tracking faith matters in their strategies and programming, including grants

  • Work closely with the GC (Global Center), FO and the MEER Strategy and Ministry Quality (SMQ) team to contribute to refinement of program quality standards and overall programming from F&D (Faith & Development) perspective

  • Support the FO with developing program (including grants) designs with a strong focus on F&D whenever possible and relevant

  • Support the FO with smooth integration of the F&D specific Core output and outcome Indicators in programming across all funding streams

  • Support the region and the field with generating evidence of impact on F&D related priority themes at the individual FO level as well as across MEER

  • Develop new and/or refine existing F&D specific evidence platforms and other info materials for knowledge management, progress monitoring and program quality assurance

  • Promote knowledge sharing on organizational F&D/SNC policies and standards and help the field with their realization in a context sensitive manner

  • Promote application of existing F&D models as well as help with developing new approaches especially relevant for the Response and other fragile context programming

  • Ensure fulfilment of Partnership F&D metrics, i.e., alignment to policies and completion of Mission Immersion Programme.

Expand and deepen our partnerships with churches and faith leaders, acting as connectors:

  • Support MEERO and FOs with developing new, and nurturing existing strategic partnerships with churches, and regional Christian agencies from a broad spectrum of denominations

  • Fulfil the External Engagement objective to create special platforms to amplify voices of faith partners to positively utilize their influence to reduce vulnerability and increase well-being of children and their families

  • Advise and support the FOs on interfaith partnering and engagement

Equip our leaders and staff to live out our faith as appropriate in their context

  • Create and nurture a network of F&D point people in the field for successful realization of related strategies and programming

  • Advise the FO leadership on all F&D policies and their contextualized implementation

  • Support the regional and FO leadership in further developing their spiritual leadership competencies and strengthening organizational culture enabling spiritual empowerment of local staff in the context sensitive manner

  • Develop resources and provide support to MEER leadership enabling them to work effectively in non-Christian dominant contexts

Other

  • Perform other duties related to F&D program quality and evidence building

  • Support with implementation of various F&D specific World Vision initiatives and pilots in MEER

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Required

  • Post-graduate degree in development, theology/mission, sociology or similar fields.

  • Minimum 7 years of experience of working on integrating faith in development in local or international organization; work experience in fragile context would be an advantage

  • At least 5 years of experience in building evidence of impact on faith’s contribution into well-being of children

  • Demonstrated experience and ability to support field offices in developing and assessing faith in development programming

  • At least 5 years of experience of integrating faith matters in grant funded programming

  • Demonstrating experience of building and strengthening partnerships with faith leaders

  • Proficiency of English

  • Good knowledge of data analysis software (SPSS, Stata, NVivo etc.) would be preferred

Preferred

  • Great understanding of the evidence base of the role of faith in fighting various dimensions of poverty and its practical applicability in different contexts

  • Good understanding of existing models and approaches promoting spiritual empowerment and thrive among children and their families, especially the most vulnerable

  • Good understanding of traditional and non-traditional donors’ strategic position and interest in faith in development and their readiness (if any) for investment

  • Ecumenical vision and proven ability to work respectfully across all Christian traditions

  • A basic understanding of Islam from a Christian perspective and willingness to work in Islamic contexts

  • Good experience in interfaith/intercultural dialogue

  • Experience in research project on the role of faith in transformation would be highly preferred.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Willingness to be flexible with hours when necessary and able to travel in the field, including the fragile context countries, per need.