Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs 

Founded 65 years ago and now working in over 90 countries, World Vision implements disaster preparedness programmes and helps build resilient communities. Our Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs team acts to save lives and alleviate suffering of disaster-affected people by implementing sustainable programmes focused on meeting immediate and long-term needs.

Humanitarian Emergency Affairs Advisor

Humanitarian Emergency Affairs Advisor

Purpose of the position:

The incumbent will provide leadership for the development of emergency response Humanitarian Emergency Affairs (HEA) capacity in World Vision Somalia. In the event of humanitarian emergency, the HEA Advisor will lead the National Disaster Management Team in the development of a response strategy and plan, coordinating action between different departments in support of timely, accountable and effective response.

The position will be the key focal point for internal and external stakeholders for issues related to capacity development for emergency response, early warning information, prepositioning exercises, lessons learnt and emerging best-practice for slow on-set and rapid on-set emergency response. The position will develop and sustain external relationships with key government, NGO, and donor in support of timely planning, implementation and for information-sharing mechanisms.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Response: Ensure timely, effective and efficient response in humanitarian emergency situation of WV Somalia

  • Preparedness: Ensure Emergency Response Capacity Development for WV Somalia and Partners

  • Preparedness and Mitigation: Ensure Responsive, Coordinated Response, Employing Best Practice

  • Response (Technical Quality Assurance) Resource Mobilization and Reporting Against HEA Portfolio

  • Foster Internal and External Engagement

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Development Management, and Climate Change, Public Policy or any relevant social sciences with experience in Program Development.

  2. At 5 years of progressive management experience in complex/ protracted emergencies and recovery operations.

  3. Proven ability to manage a large and diverse program portfolio with multiple donors.

  4. Familiarity with EU, USAID, DFID, GAC, UN, and ECHO grant compliance and procedures. Willingness to assume other project tasks as required.

  5. Capacity to provide solid leadership and decision-making skills for efficient and effective program implementation.

  6. Strong problem solving, interpersonal and negotiation skills.

  7. Knowledge of humanitarian industry including sphere standards, NGO code of conduct and humanitarian charter.

  8. Experience in staff security and safety management for humanitarian organizations in complex and insecure environments is a must.

  9. Very strong organizational, management and communication skills.

  10. Experience in program design, monitoring and evaluation in a complex humanitarian context.

  11. Proven financial, logistics and procurement management skills.

  12. Proactive problem-solver able to unravel and solve multiple complex challenges.

Working Environment

  • Travel to Somalia: 35%-40% travel to project areas is required.

  • International Travel: 5%-10% international travel will be required

  • On call: In emergency and disaster situations, the position will always be required to be on-call.

MEAL Cash Programmes Advisor

*Preferred location: United Kingdom. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.


This position leads World Vision’s humanitarian MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning) for Cash and Voucher based Programmes (CVP).

The advisor will develop new models to provide MEAL services aligned with WVI’s commitment n to scale up multipurpose cash, and enhance CVP quality.

The advisor will deploy to emergency responses, fragile contexts and large cash based programmes to lead or contribute towards the set up of MEAL functions. The advisor will build a group of deployable staff with technical and leadership skills in MEAL for CVP.

The advisor will build relationships with external stakeholders and multi-agency networks that lead MEAL-cash functions. The advisor will collaborate on joint initiatives with other agencies and influence the direction and decisions of these groups through the profiling of WV work.


  • Lead the development of a service-based model for MEAL as outlined in the WV cash roadmap. This will be done in close collaboration with the global CVP team.

  • During Cat Ill emergencies and other prioritized cash programmes set up or strengthen MEAL cash functions at field level through a combination of short-term deployments and distance support.

  • Keep abreast of external promising humanitarian practice and ensure that these are adapted to the field realities of World Vision.

  • Carry out additional responsibilities and projects as assigned, including administrative and planning functions.


  • Master’s degree in relevant subject or equivalent field experience.

  • Five years of experience in MEAL for cash and voucher based programmes in a humanitarian context. Ability to work in both an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity.

  • Detailed knowledge of the content and application of quality assurance to humanitarian MEAL in a broad range of cash and voucher programmes, Multi-Purpose Cash Programming experience preferred.

  • Good knowledge of MEAL requirements of major humanitarian institutional donors for CVP.

  • Expertise in CVP-related market assessment, market system analysis.

  • Capacity to represent World Vision effectively in external international forums.

  • Must be prepared to travel for up to 30% of the time including up to two deployments of up to 6 weeks at short notice.

  • At least three years mid/senior level experience on work to enhance MEAL and quality assurance in emergency situations.

  • Experience dealing with financial service providers, international donors, accessing funding and fulfilling donor requirements.

  • Excellent communication skills including facilitation, training and influencing.

  • Additional language skills in either French, Arabic or Spanish language skills are desirable.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Excellent knowledge of WV, how it responds in an emergency and where the key points of influence lie.

  • Proven ability to develop learning/ case study materials and develop simple practical tools for field application.

  • Strong cross cultural communication skills and high levels of cultural sensitivity.

  • Ability to strategically plan the development and support for MEAL related to multipurpose cash and general CVP in an NO or Region.

  • Excellent networking and influencing skills.

  • Experience in promoting, establishing and implementing at least two major new initiatives in a large Global NGO.

Work Environment/Travel:

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