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